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  1. Frugal Living
    We moved in on January 15th and while we did spend the first few days eating take-out (Wok Box, Harvey's, etc.), we haven't done it ever since. Even our trips to the store to pick up supplies has dwindled in occurrence. I think for us, it's been a combination of location and fixing the menu at...
  2. Stay at home moms
    I've been blessed enough to be able to stay home since my oldest was 3 1/2 years old. I say blessed, but I wonder if it's not a double edged sword sometimes. I have just my two boys and my husband so it's not really been hard to spoil them all and wait on them at bit. As the boys have grown...
  3. Financial hardship
    My husband and I have struggled financially for our whole marriage. We don’t make much money but we were able to pay off all our credit card debt. The only debt we have left is our student loans. Last week we got great news my hubby got a promotion. He is now a supervisor, which means 37 hours...
  4. OAMC, Homecanning, Freezing, and Preserving
    Do you have a way of making canning easier, faster or cheaper? What tips would you share with others if you were teaching a class on canning?
  5. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    It's three months into 2009. We've been budgeting since May 2008. That's ten months' worth of budgeting practice, perfection and outright chaos that we've been working through to get to where we are now. I can safely say that our budget's at the best it's ever been. We paid off two nagging...
  6. Stay at home moms
    I'm a new SAHM with a 9 1/2 wk old. It's been a battle of wills since I got home between being new parents learning how to deal with a newborn and each other. The first 2 weeks were holy hell. I tried BF'g and with the exhaustion, pain, bleeding & frustration of not pumping enough and more...
  7. Freebies
    http://www.freeflys.com/MoreFreeSamples.php Hope this works. Multiple freebies, some with strings (ie., sign up for email newsletter) and some just flat out free. :)
  8. General Chat
    :crackup: The kids have decided that they want to move all the small stuff as we change everyone's rooms around. So, as I am making dinner here in the kitchen, the kids are up the stairs, down the stairs, up the stairs, down the stairs, up the stairs, down the stairs, moving all the small...
  9. Christmas
    I decided a few years ago that I was the only one not having any fun on Christmas Day. This was due to the fact that while the family were all here I was stuck in the kitchen, slaving away. I would get so aggravated at the sounds of laughter coming from the living room and not being able to be...
  10. General Chat
    ok folks... here's the story... I've been wanting to start chiseling away at our debt and cut down on our expenditures... Yesterday, while I was working on my menu's and inventory, my hubs came in the kitchen and asked what I was up to... when I told him, he got excited. Then when she heard us...
  11. Just Tips
    Our friends are moving next fall ('08)...just wondering if anyone has any tips to make preparing, saving $, packing, etc. easier and cheaper...
  12. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2005/12/getting_rich_is.html
  13. Freebies
    Free inhaler with doctor's prescription plus rebate program http://www.advair.com
  14. Health and beauty
    The whole "deferred gratification" thing that I had to learn with frugality has made WW much easier. I don't think of it as depriving myself anymore. It's more of a "saving" for when it's worth it to splurge calorie wise. Anyone else notice similarities?
  15. Frugal Living
    i use a binder to keep my coupons in. it's one that has the plastic on the front to side a sheet os paper in to make a fancy cover. well last night after i made out my shopping lists, one for super walmart and the other for sam's, i folded them in half and slide them in the front. well this...
  16. General Chat
    And no, you can't say a maid!!! :laugh: Mine is a big item: A bigger home!!!! Our home is very small and we are all crammed in here. I'd love to have a bigger home so we could spread out a bit more. I really would love to have a library/family room and a huge cold storage and pantry area.
  17. Sewing
    OK briefly I've been playing with my Burda World of Fashion magazine patterns again, and they are VERY difficult to trace off. Till now! And what I've learnt this last wrestling match between me and the patterns (they are multiple sizes and multi patterns all printed on top of each other like...
  18. OAMC, Homecanning, Freezing, and Preserving
    Just shoved dinner in, a frozen roast (yup it'll be fine by dinner time) surrounded with carrots and onions, and an envelope of onion soup mix on top. I scrubbed and didnt' peel potatoes, quartered them, sitting in a saucepan covered with cold water for later (they won't fit in the crock) so...
  19. Home Environment
    I've used this method over the years, and till recently worried I was removing some silver. I was watching a TV show with a chemist a year or two back and he said NO, you don't remove ANY silver, this simply reverses the oxidization by releasing the sulpher molecules from their bonds with the...
  20. Home Environment
    When I go to wash my hands, I hold the soap, rinse the spiky little soap drying rack thingy, put it down, soap up. AND THEN I take my wet soapy hands and sort of swish around the sink bowl, rim, sometimes the counters if they have mud spots from dh or ds, and the taps. RINSE hands, and with...
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