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  1. Homesteading and gardening
    Last year I had some extra broccoli plants so I stuck them in the flower border. 4 tomatoes went in the new straberry border in the front yard, and 2 plum tomatoes went in a different flower border. Those plants did excellent and had little disease or bug problems Again this year I have plans...
  2. Success Stories
    A year ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer on 2/24. Couldn't have been more scared for our future. This year I paid off the rest of our debt on 2/24. Yep, all of it, even all of the new medical bills incurred through 2011. It's ALL GONE! Just like the cancer - Gone Gone Gone!!!!! Now...
  3. Green Living
    We successfully reduced our 8-week water usage from 18 cubic meters to 15 cubic meters, and brought our bill down from €45 to €36 :D I'm very proud of this as we really were trying. I don't know if it's possible to reduce it even further but I'm going to try!! :grball:
  4. Success Stories
    One thing always leads to another.... It hailed, damaged our neighbors' roofs, somehow missed any major damage on mine, but got our truck. The insurance doesn't total our '95 Ford F250, and gives us $2500 for those hail dents. We didn't even get the chance to fix the dents because...... That...
  5. Kitchen Basics
    So I have a case of unsweetened applesauce and wanted to try the fruit leather with kool aid added. The kids didn't like just the applesauce leathers and blending in fruit while easy enough, I just didn't have any to add so I added a little cherry koolaid to the applesauce and they were red and...
  6. General Chat
    So, I decided to set a goal of having X amount of money in the bank in 3 months. My current budget has all of my expenses listed and I spend whatever is left over on Groceries, Gas and folding money. My new budget I have let everything the same except limited these to a total of $60.00 a...
  7. Kitchen Basics
    A few nights ago, we wanted to have chicken alfredo for dinner. As the water was boiling to cook our box of Smart Taste pasta ($1 sale), and our pre-seasoned garlic butter chicken breast (purchased on quick sale for $1 a breast), was cooking, I made my very first homemade white sauce. And you...
  8. Success Stories
    Lots of bad stuff going on here right now, but today I made the final payment on our mini van. Now, woo hoo, it's free and clear, ours.
  9. DIY
    I decided to turn the project over to my 11 y/o. I printed him off the plans from the internet and had Daddy stop at Lowes for parts. That was the funny part. Wife sent hubby to the hardware shop for a balun and it took 4 men to find it. Actually, not a one of them knew what they were...
  10. General Chat
    It has been a while since I've visited this site and I have missed you guys! I had a small success this past Thursday because of living the same ideals each and every one of you live every day. My husband makes pretty great money but works in a volatile profession. All of his coworkers make...
  11. Success Stories
    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED GRAND TOTALS - 2010 Principal: $526,153.90 Interest: $167,708.67 http://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/money-challenges/126978-2010-debt-reduction-challenge-totals-6-3429-a-22.html#post1446110 This wonderful group has paid off more than half a million dollars in principle...
  12. Success Stories
    Our son has made a turn around. He used to not be able to keep $2 in his pocket. His savings has now hit over $5k! We are making him take on some of his personal bills while working. He pays his bus pass. He pays his cell phone($25). But he spends very little. He takes out $40 for 2 weeks...
  13. Frugal Living
    If you remember the pay what you can/want Panera bread ( non profit store) from this post http://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/frugal-living/130893-non-profit-restaurant-pay-what-you-wish-what-your-thoughts.html It appears that it was declared a success and Panera bread will be opening more non...
  14. Kitchen Basics
    Made ginger snaps for the first time the other day. They are Dad's favorite, and he ate four of them in one sitting. Wasn't totally happy with them, because they were kind of chewy instead of crisp and snappy. Last night I tried again, and yay! They are perfect. Dad is VERY happy! I'll...
  15. Holidays-Special Occasions-Celebrations
    I think this fits (mods: if it doesn't, I apologize and totally understand it being moved to the right forum). All I know is that I just got promoted from Technical Trainer 1 to Tech Trainer 3 and it included a double-digit percentage bonus raise. :whirly: :dancing: This will mean significant...
  16. Success Stories
    I get paid weekly. Two weeks ago, armed with a handwritten budget on a paper scrap, I wanted to have $25 left as an ending balance in my checking account. I failed. Last week, after session 1 of FPU, I let my not-so-inner nerd take charge of the process. I ended up with a Google docs...
  17. Success Stories
    ... but for US it is! After nearly 3 years of having only a dorm-size fridge (4 cubic feet, no freezer) we bought a fridge... IN CASH! (success) We still don't have a credit card... as tempting as it was to get one, we knew as soon as we had a Home Depot CC we would find things that need...
  18. General Chat
    I just had to share this... :) So...Dh and I were out and about all day today. Him at work, me at school. In the evening we're home and as the day is winding to a close he suddenly says, "GUESS WHAT?!". I'm thinking "uh-oh"... (I should insert here that his work has a LOT of free food...
  19. General Chat
    I have been having a very depressing conversation with a cousin of mine who asserts that the "fat cat" rich have had the scales tipped in their favor for too long, and that the average "peon" cannot get ahead. It is, in my view, the ultimate victim mentality - nobody's able to do anything to...
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