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  1. General Chat
    Sorry this may turn long but what an interesting weekend! The kind weekend where the bottom of your belly is excited yet sick! We have somewhat been looking into getting a newer place to live since we are growing out of our home (technically we have 2 bedroom home considering my youngest...
  2. General Chat
    I just went through the process of having a virus removed and installing Norton Anti-virus on my computer. Oh Yea, just what I did not have planned but am trying to look at it as a special treat for myself. So it is a christmas present. While I find the whole ordeal taxing and very annoying...
  3. Financial hardship
    Wow, we had an unexpected bill. The good news is, we had the money to pay it. The bad news is, it hit in between pay days. We have $43 that needs to last 11 days. Here is the plan.... Both my husband and myself ride motorcycles - we will drive them back and forth to work....so gas should be...
  4. Question and Answer
    I see a lot of people are moving or getting ready to move soon. What are some unexpected costs to moving? For example, maybe someone would encounter an increased trash or utility bill. I wanted to list the changes in expenses that maybe someone might overlook as well as just surprise costs...
  5. Meal planning
    We did this meal just for fun and found out that it really stretched the meal. Spaghetti Tacos ( you know like on I Carly) I made the same amount of spaghetti noddle , the same amount of sauce, same amount of meat. It normally lasts us one family meal. I cooked it earlier in the day and let...
  6. General Chat
    So my laptop, which has been on life support for a while now, looks like it is going to die within days. I am thinking I will probably replace it with a desk top (cheaper), but even so, it's a stupid expense I don't need right now. I am debating whether to hold off, since I have a little...
  7. Pets
    We had to put our beloved Maine **** cat to sleep yesterday due to kidney failure. We miss her so much! I'm not sure we will be able to find another equal to her...she was just such a wonderful companion.
  8. Question and Answer
    I had one. . .unexpected, and unwanted. . . I heard some water running in the basement last night. It was the water heater running rusty water down the floor drain. My plumber friend called a company and got me a new 40-gallon gas water heater for $380, which he will install for me tonight. One...
  9. General Chat
    Yesterday my BFF asked me if I wanted another dog. I already have a pound puppy (5 yrs old). I laughed and said "H*@! no." I have my hands full now as it is and can't imagine training a new dog. She said this dog had been "set off" and had been wandering her rural neighborhood for 2 weeks. She...
  10. Frugal Living
    the Golf Shop of all places! A friend of mine works at the golf course that I frequent. And for all the naysayers stating that golf is not a frugal sport, it can be. Anyway, he gave me the head's up that the shop is putting all of it's '09 merchandise on sale. I bought a total of $287 worth...
  11. General Chat
    My husband has been taking his motorcycle test and he finally passes this week, but va dmv wouldn't give him his license with the endorsement because NC DMV had something on him from 1988!!! but his drivers license was ok. so he calls and leaves a message with the nc courts they call back and...
  12. General Chat
    Ds (7) and I had to do a bird rescue! The shelter said it was a starling chick. They are calling in a wildlife rehab individual to nurse it until it can be released. We just found it on the side of our house and it looked so small and pitiful and there was no nest in sight.
  13. Just Tips
    I still use cleanser, not just multipurpose spray. We're redoing our kitchen counter so everything under the sink had to be removed. In the back was a can of cleanser. I almost threw it out. I shook it, there didn't seem to be anything much in it... but I decided to take a look and see how much...
  14. Simple Living
    Today my kids and I were playing one of the new board games they got for Christmas when a friend called. I answered the phone but told her I'd have to call her back because we were playing a game. Later when I called her she complained that she hadn't managed to pull the kids away from the tv...
  15. Family
    What are the ABSOLUTE baby basics??? Thanks in advance :D -- A woman I know in my complex just found out she is pregnant... money is extremely tight for her and she asked me what the bare bone minimums are. I never had an infant... DD was 15 months when I brought her home... I told her I will...
  16. General Chat
    a few mins ago a ups delivery guy came to the door with the router that jason bought and :thud: a $250 visa gift card from rightathome.com for me. i have been entering the rightathome.com contests off and on for a yr or so now with no luck until now.
  17. Question and Answer
    I know this has already been asked but I couldn't find the link for the thread... I am revamping my budget and these are the items I've included that are not regular monthly expenses... the things that crop up; sometimes irregularly, sometimes at regular intervals but not monthly: - clothing -...
  18. Financial hardship
    I love DH but was about ready to shoot him Friday. I get the mail to find a bill from our old internet provider for $108! We had decided to drop them cause they wanted $25 a month for dial-up service unless I could afford the $150 a year. Well I couldn't and had decided to go with...
  19. Frugal Living
    Yep...opened the mail today and one envelope was from my doctor's office. I thought it would be a bill for an appointment I had a couple of weeks ago--you know...them sending me a bill for the amount that wasn't covered by my insurance. But NO! It was a refund check for $25...the amount of my...
  20. Drugstore & Grocery Store Deals/Product Reviews
    I went to my local Ralph's/Kroger's this morning to finish up my grocery shopping, and found that they were putting a TON of stuff on clearance....I got..... 2 boxes Bounce dryer sheets (120 in each box) for $1.99 each! 2 pkgs of Starbucks French Roast Coffee (for BF), $1.99 each! 1 bottle of...
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