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  1. General Chat
    I'm sure everyone at this point knows that a huge storm hit part of the United States last week and that it came as a huge surprise to quite a few people, my home state of WV included in the surprise. We were told that thunderstorms were possibly headed our way but in reality what really...
  2. General Chat
    I was sitting here thinking about FV and what I get out of it. I have learned how to budget, how to look at what I have and be satisfied with it. I have learned to listen to people here before I listen to anyone else. (you know, people are always trying to get you to spend money you know you...
  3. Christmas
    ... I need new friends! I posted briefly about this in another thread on "the spirit of giving." This year I sent 3 people whom I thought were friends small gifts. Two got a book that I thought they'd like. I'd read the book and LOVED it, so I bought them each a new copy from Amazon. The...
  4. General Chat
    Buddy set a goal this summer to learn to ride a bike. I nodded politely thinking, sure you are. You see he is 14 and has never learned to ride a bike. We would try to get him learn every year but he seem to only give it half a try. Last year he said he didn't ever want to learn to ride a bike...
  5. General Chat
    Could we learn a lesson from the Japanese? There has not been the general price gouging, and looting/crime we see following tragedies of this magnitude. One could say there is not much to loot, true, but crime in general has not been a problem. The people of Japan have been through an...
  6. Just Tips
    I'm trying to get the bills down. I had my Dish Network, internet and phone bundled. I asked the bundling company if I could get the cheapest cable bill and they told me I had to unbundle and then talk to Dish Network. The tech then said, "Don't tell them I told you, but when you go to change...
  7. Frugal Living
    It's a few days into 2011, but I've already learned something new about my frugality that I wasn't aware of before: I'm spending too much on groceries. I usually spend about $250 per biweek on groceries. Apparently, this is something that I should have had under control before now. In...
  8. Frugal Living
    Last night DH and I were supposed to go out to eat for our Anniversary. We had been looking forward to it too. But when the checkbook got balanced and the envelopes filled it was just going to be close. And in the past we would have said the hell with it and gone anyway. Probably even taken...
  9. Frugal Living
    Maggie is 5 months old now and I figured it was about time to break out the playpen and high chair that we had stored in the basement from Wesley's baby days. I went to pull them out of the basement today and they were covered in nasty mildew and mold. Our basement gets very humid and there...
  10. Family
    Today when I picked DS1 (14) up from football practice he gets his candy out and this lil bag with a card and a pin in it. He proceeds to tell me the story that goes along with this pin and card. The pin says"I am worth the wait" and the card is a vow to abstinence from now until marriage. They...
  11. Pets
    I have always been terrified to use grooming clippers because I was afraid I would cut or hurt my dogs. I used to have Springer Spaniels who I had to take to a groomer. That got really expensive after awhile. When I got Bella, the cocker spaniel, I knew I would have to go a frugaler route...
  12. Frugal Living
    So we had snack for the Super Bowl "party" My son asked for football food so Hubby research a boneless buffalo wings recipe. Found a Applebees copy cat one. Since daughter doesn't like spicy I picked up a tysons anytizers BBQ wings bag. Lessons learned 1) From scratch nuggets are so much more...
  13. General Chat
    Just know trying to help on another thread, I was trying to figure out how much electricity my crockpot used and what the cost was. I was looking at my most recent bill and found out that we have a rate for any usuage up to 17 kWh per day and a rate for anything over that. So on my bill I went...
  14. Frugal Living
    With a few days left until the end of the year (and don't forget, the end of the decade as well), I figured this would be a good time to reflect upon what we all learned this year frugally. I know that there are lots of new members and some old ones have returned to this lovely village of ours...
  15. General Chat
    Christmas 2009 #1 Always keep a list of what you've bought for Christmas especially if you shop at garage sales.....I ended up with a couple of duplicates which leads to #2 Always keep a list of where you hide things.....I tore the house apart last night looking for the rest of youngest...
  16. General Chat
    How do you make my Statler Brother/Merle Haggard/Reba loving dh put on his coat and RUN out the door??? Insert the new AC/DC cd (AC DC CD I think I'm confused now) into the computer and turn it up really loud LOL! Geez he started running before I could find my earbuds and plug them in so poop...
  17. Simple Living
    It doesn't take a lot to make someone smile.
  18. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    Always make a backup of your Excel spreadsheet. My computer died and on my old HD sits my Excel spreadsheet. I have a backup on the external HD at DH's work, but the more recent version is on the old computer. Ahh well, I guess I can wait to offload the more updated spreadsheet onto this...
  19. Simple Living
    Being a dirt magnet is the common occupation of all children.
  20. Simple Living
    Every day is a good day to let those you love how much you care.
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