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  1. General Chat
    Maybe some folks read my thread started on Jan 20th called 'it's turning into quite a year already'. I now have a follow up. I have decided that damage control is going to be the mantra for this year. February has - I admit - not been as bad as January but we do still have half of the month...
  2. General Chat
    - Just before the end of the year, the brakes on my car had to be replaced (bill came in beginning of the year). - Our daughter went to see an orthopedic surgeon for her knee and we heard today that she will be operated on Feb 6th and will be on crutches for at least 2 weeks but will have a...
  3. Home Decorating
    I don't really like nicknacks at all, but I had to have all these shoe ones at the Goodwill today. It reminds me of Germany or something. Check out the funky shoes. Not the greatest pics though.
  4. Supplemental Income, Small Business
    Ok, here's the deal: I am a couponer. One of those crazy type ones that you see on TV... lol (I even auditoned for TLCs new show, but I was not extreme enough for them) lol Every time I check out at any store I am asked for a business card or website, or contact information. PPl want to know...
  5. General Chat
    Well, I thought I would purchase some plantain chips when I purchased my newspaper. The person at the convienence store rang it up for $1.19. I pointed out that on the package it states $.99. They guy says well yes but you have to include tax. Which I stated was $.07 on the dollar. They guy...
  6. General Chat
    So I am curious, how many of you have the windows wide open to let in the fresh fall air, wearing warmer clothing and determined not to turn the heat on in the evening? I keep on watching the weather forecast to make sure it does not get to cold at night. I am hoping the weather lasts for...
  7. Sewing
    I need help in how to turn a pair of shorts into a skirt.:pblow: Ok here is the deal ...I was at one of my thrift stores yesterday and the clerk anounces via the public address system "Welcome shoppers all summer wear is on sale 50% off this includes shorts, sleeveless shirts....." anyway she...
  8. General Chat
    Hello to all of you, I turned 30 this month as I am sure most of you were unaware, and I simply enjoyed being in my 20's even though I have learned alot(if I only knew back then what I know now I would probably have more in savings). As a friend put it being 30 is the new 20 but, with having...
  9. Money challenges
    Besides qualifying for some senior citizen discounts, I just got a notice in the mail from my insurance company that our truck insurance is going down. It works out to be about $10 a month, BUT I will take it!
  10. Success Stories
    So five days ago I said I was going to divert my grocery budget to debt reduction. That payment has gone in. To cover grocery expenses, I said I was going to sell some books to a used book store. As of today, I have sold 17 books. I have made $45. I have spent $7.96 on groceries. I'm no...
  11. Homesteading and gardening
    Yay! I am so happy. :D Two of my tomatoes that came before all of the others are turning orange! Whee! I was so afraid that they wouldn't, but they are and it's so amazing. :)
  12. Frugal Living
    I have a question for mama's who have done this. I just tried this - I grated up the soap ends, put a cup of water into a pot, added the soap and heated it. The soap melted, but it is so watery! Is there a way to get it to firm up just a little so that when I pump it out it stays in my hand...
  13. General Chat
    We went to Long's Drugs this evening and found out they're turning into a CVS. They were giving away medicine spoons and refrig. magnets. I got me a CVS card :) I know they give you 2% back per quarter, how does that all work? And do they take manufacturer's coupons too?
  14. Money challenges
    Do you have a date or temperature set before you will turn it on?? Do you think you can stick to it or have you already turned it on?? I am asking as i don't have central air, we just have window units to turn on. Since we moved in the winter we have not put them in and trying to hold off till...
  15. General Chat
    the recent thread on poor/slow quality internet connection motivated me to join the 21st century. due to financial issues during the divorce, i had to cut the cable off. now that I am in a better financial situation, I have arranged for bundled service with faster internet . Becuase i will...
  16. Kids birthdays
    We're not sure what we are going to do in terms of a party, she wants a sleepover, but she's having a hard time at who to choose..lol. Now for her gift, I'm stuck. We budget gift monies for each child. I'm *thinking* I want to book her at a salon and get a nice cut done, she goes to junior...
  17. Kids birthdays
    We're having a surprise party for DD next Saturday, 12/20. Her birthday is Christmas Eve, and she'll be 15! Here's what I have planned: food: pizza, cake/ice cream, soft drinks entertainment: These kids will entertain themselves. They are all athletic, and with the spotlights on the...
  18. General Chat
    We have loads of old vinyl: 78s, 33 1/3s, and 45s from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. And we have loads of tapes. The tapes tend to self destruct, and we really want to preserve them. The records last a long time, but it's hard to pop them into the CD player, KWIM? So..... we saw something at...
  19. Just Tips
    I made a batch of cookies last weekend and my dad mentioned a great tip to me. If your cookies start going a bit hard, put a heal of bread (or two) in with them and they will soften up. I've actually tried this, and darn it all, it worked! :D ~KB
  20. General Chat
    So, I've told the story many time about how we bought our house with 2 children, which is what we expected to be the case forever. Then, our miraculous, wonderful little Matthew suprised us and we had to make some adjustments. Now, our home is a split into 4 levels. There is the basement...
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