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  1. Utilities
    yesterday when the hydro crew were here fixing our power line my guy asked them if there were any grants available, they weren't sure but said if we want to save money to use most of our hydro at night. Apparently the cost is twice as much to use power during the day opposed to using it at...
  2. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    I need some advice to direct toward my DH. In June 2010, he purchased am 04 pickup truck(which he "needed" for work). The payments on it are $360 a month and are totally killing our budget. They are exactly 10% of our take home pay. We are self employed, so that is without taxes taken out. We...
  3. Frugal Living
    11 Things That Will Be More Expensive in 2012 Intersesting. Gas has been down here lately. Looks like that won't be lasting :(
  4. Secondhand Shopping
    Apparently my Goodwill has decided that some things are just worth more $$. I found the perfect pair of corduroy pants. Perfect color perfect fit. Not so perfect price They now have red tag items that are the better items and they are not priced the same as the other items. This pair of...
  5. Frugal Living
    for many The cost of raising a child climbed 40% over the past decade - Sep. 21, 2011
  6. Question and Answer
    Am curious to know how expensive it is to live in the NYC area. Everyone automatically says oh it is expensive to live there. I have comparison priced stores in the area compared to where I live now. The prices are the same. Also do not own a car. So I am wondering how much more expensive...
  7. Homesteading and gardening
    Lumber is just crazy expensive. I have the DIY ability but my question is...what is the most economical way to make raised garden beds? Is 2x12 fir/hemlock acceptable or does it have to be cedar? I will be building 4 boxes that are 4' x 4' each with a minimum depth desired of 12". These are...
  8. Frugal Living
    I was looking for a dog collar for my pup. It is her 4th birtday and she needed a new collar. I looked around and found a pretty one at the local pet store in town. The price(regular price it wasn't on sale) was about the same as the plain ones at walmart and about the same as the plain ones...
  9. Green Living
    Well, I did serious research into green flooring for my basement rec room. Because it's subflooring I was limited - no bamboo or wood. I have pets and so cork was also out - read lots of bad reviews about durability with pets. So that left me with real linoleum...but it was so expensive. Just...
  10. General Chat
    What is your least expensive season of the year?? Take into consideration everything if you can. For example: This time of year the gardens should be producing quite a bit, but some of you may be buying school supplies and clothes. Maybe list some things to stockpile now (summer) to make...
  11. Appliances
    I want to get a new energy efficient refrigerator. I know I could get a nice one at any of the major big box stores. But I'm in love with these that cost over twice as much! And the shipping to my house would be awful, too. My frugal self says its not a good use of money... but I want the...
  12. Automotive
    Hi Everyone, This morning I finally did it. Backing out of my apartment carport I hit the passenger side mirror on the pole. Cracked the mirror, pulled the outer part away slightly. The mirror is electric and still works. I'm wondering if they can just put a new mirror in and then seal the...
  13. Frugal Living
    In the documentary, Food Inc. They showed a family going through the drive thru buying off the dollar menu. Said they had to even though they knew it was bad for them because they were to busy (not a home much), it was cheap, and it filled them up. They spent $11 something for the family of 4...
  14. Frugal Living
    I have a soda... problem. We'll just be generous and call it that. I drink it for the caffeine. I drink it because it's cold and I like cold beverages. But it's the carbonation I can't seem to find a way to replace. Any advice?
  15. General Chat
    Just wanted to share with FV that I've always been envious of my friends and family eating SO WELL, compared to my frugal menu. Most of my shopping expense was meats, fish, & poultry. Having a single limited income, I didn't think I'd ever eat as well as other families. A few days ago, there...
  16. Question and Answer
    My sister drew my name for the family secret santa, and asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I was thinking about working on our stockpile, and asking for some of the more expensive stock items, and providing a bunch of ideas. We cook mostly from scratch, and I don't want to ask for anything...
  17. Blog
    Over the years of simplifying my life and spending I’ve rediscovered the joy of doing things manually. Years ago I was hooked on every electronic gadget and power tool. If it plugged in and was convenient, I used it. But I learned that the convenience came with a price tag. Not only were the...
  18. Question and Answer
    Outside of your house or car, what is the most expensive thing you own in your home? I'll be honest, I don't own much. If a robber broke into my home, they'd be disappointed. They'd probably leave empty handed. LOL
  19. Meal planning
    For me, fresh fruit is not always the best quality, but it's almost always expensive. I can buy frozen fruit at Sam's rather reasonably, but I don't have a lot of ideas except for smoothies and cobblers. How would you use frozen fruit? Here's what I can get at Sam's: mixed berries...
  20. General Chat
    Stopped in at one of the stores we shop at, decided since it is so hot, I'd pick up some different types of fruit. I picked up some kiwi, plums, strawberries, peaches and a watermelon. Trying to stay away from the sweets (chocolate, my absolute downfall:choco:). I selected about 8 plums and...
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