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  1. General Chat
    Hi Frugal Villagers, I just recently started cake decorating, I started taking my first class last week through Michael's. So far coupons have been great especially when it comes to a hobby that can be expensive. I've also started looking online for novelty cake pans by Wilton, on places such...
  2. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    I am really serious about trimming the bills and one of our major household expenses - albeit a necessity, I know - is insurance costs!!! I looked at what we spend annually and it just makes me sick to think of how much goes out to pay insurance premiums, to the tune of about $8950/year for...
  3. General Chat
    My friend who bless her heart says " I believe".... I love researching, learning new frugal things, sharing and stepping back and evaluating my life plan, and situation once in awhile to make sure I am on track. I know so many here do as well. That is why you are here. Kudos to you all for the...
  4. Laundry
    Hi Everyone :) Ok i have a question and I'm sorry if it sounds dumb. I also can barely see this as I type (forgot my glasses at home and haven't left the office yet lol). Here's the thing. The beautiful suits I bought for work and some tops are to be dry cleaned. Some of the pants I can wash...
  5. Question and Answer
    I see a lot of people are moving or getting ready to move soon. What are some unexpected costs to moving? For example, maybe someone would encounter an increased trash or utility bill. I wanted to list the changes in expenses that maybe someone might overlook as well as just surprise costs...
  6. Automotive
    I am putting off going to the DMV (need a dumb eye test or else I'd do it online) to renew my license because I hate the lines and the money I need to shell out. That had me wondering how much it costs you for your license and registration. I'm in NY & costs are: New license, good for 8 years...
  7. General Chat
    Here is information from a radio discussion I heard on NPR...can save LOTS of $ Online Tool Lets Patients Negotiate With Doctors It would never occur to most people to haggle over healthcare costs. But it turns out that doctors, hospitals and labs are willing to negotiate. And in fact, surveys...
  8. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    The decision has been made: DH is taking the job in Edmonton. What does this mean? Well, the hopes of earning more by staying with Dometic here in Calgary and/or DH running the contract by himself is off the table. I think the trade-off for us is that the kids will be closer to their...
  9. Pets
    Here is a scenario I created in March 2010. I was trying to visualize the first year's costs of getting a puppy. There are one time costs: There are recurring costs of various intervals/frequencies: These magically produce the following chart: If you know of someone considering getting a...
  10. Homesteading and gardening
    I have a nice stockpile of canning jar lids. Thank goodness. I was pricing them recently at a couple of stores. The one store wants $1.50 for the standard mouth ones, which were $ 1 a box last year. Second store wants $ 2.29 a box for the standard. I don't plan on having to buy any lids this...
  11. Health and beauty
    Went to get my teeth cleaned this week and was wondering how much it costs in and outside of the US for others. I think my dentist is a little high but I really like the way they run their practice and treat my family so I keep doing business with them. Adult cleaning from hygienist is $90 and...
  12. Frugal Living
    What can we do? Should we just accept that we are spending more & getting less? This seems to conflict with being frugal. Maybe we can get a better deal, but time is often a limited resource like money. Have you saved by switching companies or by "shopping around"? Did it require a lot of time...
  13. General Chat
    We had a built in bookshelf in our bedroom. It was quite deep and since we did not have a closet. Brain storm why not turn it into a closet. It cost us about $10 and we did it ourselfs and it pretty large and I am thrilled with it. We have a door that we have had for years to put on it yet...
  14. Family
    I have been spending an extra 20-30 a week on gas on top of my normal gas bill for my 60 mile round trip commute 3 days a week (dh commutes 60 miles 5 x a week) because of kiddos job. We are very rural so it is 17 miles to drop him off, 17 miles back home and repeat that cycle when he is done...
  15. General Chat
    *** If you are on MDC, you'll see I posted this over there as well, but thought it was too telling to just introduce to only one online community. *** I posted here in general chat, as I belive it can help the entire FV community and could in turn be posted in just about every subforum and be...
  16. Frugal Living
    This weekend is going to be a pricey one. We have 2 tournaments in 2 different cities, neither being where we live, meaning 2 nights in a hotel for me, dd9 and dd5, and 2 to 3 nights in a hotel for dh and dd11, depending on if they make finals or not. Both hotels provide a continental...
  17. Health and beauty
    I just went down and filled my DH Lipitor RX and just about fell over when they asked for $123 instead of the $30. The amount his insurance covers has really changed. I am thankful he has a job and that some of the cost was covered, $23, but this was totally unexpected and a big hit to the...
  18. Frugal Living
    There was an article in our paper today about the cost of Christmas dinner nationwide. Here's what the Portland area stores charged for the fixings: 2 bottles wine (1 red, 1 white)--22.48 2-2L pop--1.48 2 heads lettuce--1.56 2lbs tomatoes--4.32 10lb turkey--17.25 6lb ham--13.69 3lbs...
  19. Green Living
    I'm a new home owner and just got my first energy bill with heating costs on it. You can imagine my shock :) Especially when my apartment energy costs were 1/3 of what I'm paying on the first cold month of the year! I'd appreciate any energy saving tips you can give.
  20. Frugal Living
    I lost my benefits when my hours were cut back to 30 per week as of July1. We were able to enroll in the health insruance program at the Univ. where Dh is a grad student. We have 2 daughters so the costs are just over $6000 per year. Deductible is $50 a doctors visit. No pap smears or mamograms...
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