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  1. Question and Answer
    Our little bathroom has no window and just the exhaust fan to move the air around. It has nice shelves lining half of one wall where we store our towels, linens, and various bathroom items (no linen closet). The trouble is that the linens pick up a mildewish smell after about a week even with...
  2. Homesteading and gardening
    What do you use to plan out your garden and keep records? do you use pencil and paper? computer spreadsheets or some sort of online tool? I've seen a few online tools, and the farmer's i've worked for used both paper and spreadsheets, but I'm wondering how more experienced gardeners generally do...
  3. Frugal Living
    Heard this on the news Americans keeping their cars longer. I thought good then they went on to say the all time high was 6 years. This surprised me because I thought keeping cars 10 years was common. Maybe I was raised more frugal then I thought. Hubby and I have a 2001 vehicle (bought it...
  4. Home Environment
    Hi all - I am not great at keeping the house clean. I have a large house (3 bedroom, 2.5 baths, large rec room, large kitchen, living room, dining room) and am single, working full time. I have two cats and two bunnies to add to the mess. I recently started the daily to-do challenge, which has...
  5. Financial hardship
    So our baby that was born August 1st needed surgery after he was born so he stayed in NICU for 26 days. We knew that he would be in NICU, but given all of our other medical and debt obligations we weren't able to sock money away to pay for any of this. DS and I have each met our $3000 out of...
  6. Frugal Living
    I noticed several threads on heat waves. That is usually us! But this year it's rain. But I thought we could put our collective frugal minds together for tips and tricks to keeping cool. A couple years ago, i noticed summer power bill was skyrocketing, so I did some research, not...
  7. Frugal Living
    Okay guys, I'm gonna need some "tough love" the next 3 weeks while we're traveling around on vacation. I find when I'm in a good mood I tend to let down my guard and spend money. Plus we're going to be around the kids. And I love to spend money on them! It's now or when I die. I choose now...
  8. Home Environment
    For those who are home during the day while kids are at school, what adjustments will you make to your daily schedule/routine during the summer break to ensure that you can keep up with your house? Do you find that having the kids at home during the day makes it harder to stay on top of things...
  9. Family
    My DS is 4 weeks old and he is starting to stay awake more during the day and I’m having trouble of thinking of ways to keep him entertained. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" /><o:p></o:p> I have a few rattles and toys but he hasn't mastered gripping...
  10. General Chat
    Old Man had an interview for an internal transfer last Tuesday, at 6am :thud: The job would mean he would no longer have to work outside all the time because he would be one of the Regional Trainers. He would be working for the parent company and would no longer have to deal with the donkey...
  11. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    We've sold our house this weekend. :) As such, the money from the sale will go to pay off all debts. This includes the mortgage, the renovation debt and our Best Buy card. In other words, we're wiping out every single cent of debt before venturing into the new house. We're about $127k in debt...
  12. Health and beauty
    I am so amazed by those who can get out of bed on a chilly morning and get their exercise in early! I'm more likely to burrow in deeper under those snuggie warm blankets, or do a little knitting in front of the woodstove. Then by the end of the workday it's late and I'm tired and I'm getting...
  13. Leisure & Media Arts
    This is so sad. I always loved his performances. I hope he can beat this again, but I know the odds, as my FIL succumbed to this same cancer. Showbiz - News - Ex-Corrie actor battling cancer in hospital - Digital Spy
  14. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    Hi everyone! Been a reader for a long time and finally decided to register. We are cash-only, with an ATM card, not a debit card. So when we grocery shop, etc, we use cash that's pulled from the ATM. That's our leak, big-time. We pull 40, spend 35, and the extra 5 disappears. DH and I are...
  15. Home Environment
    Is there any way to deter raccoons and other pests from ripping apart your garbage bags and strewing the contents all over the place? We keep the garbage in the garage normally, but I accidentally left a small bag on the step last night :rolleyes: What a mess I had to clean up this morning! I...
  16. Just Tips
    here,s a tip if you want to keep cooler put heavy draper and curtains on your windows and sliding doors it will help your AC keep the house cooler and not work as hard ---will save a little on the elect. ---its 94 here in WV this week and i don't mind being in a somewhat dark house -its cool and...
  17. Frugal Recipes, Leftovers, Budget Meals
    Have you found a great container, wrap, or gadget that helps keep your foods fresh longer? Throwing spoiled or rotting foods in the garbage is like burning money in the fireplace to me, but sometimes it still happens and I want to put a stop to it to the extent that I can. I find my food saver...
  18. Question and Answer
    Just wondering what are some of your tips/ideas on how to keep an elderly person hydrated during the summer or heatwaves/heat alerts. I know the larger cities set up 'cooling stations' where you can visit or pop in if you're downtown with free water/juice and its usually air conditioned. My...
  19. Home and family challenges
    For far too long, I've had clothes that I just "tolerate" wearing. They don't fit right, look shluppy, or otherwise make me feel awkward while wearing them. In the past few days I have been cleaning and organizing my closet and I am donating the things that don't make me feel good when I am...
  20. Kitchen Basics
    We love fruit. We love it. However, I find that we often can't eat it fast enough before it goes bad. I only do the grocery shopping once a week, and am not adding another shopping day in there. I know myself well enough to know I wouldn't get out of the store with just my fruit. :) I...
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