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  1. Homesteading and gardening
    OMG! I never would have believed it... but chickens are frikkin ANIMALS! We trimmed the fat from a ham that we cut up for ham and beans and the wife suggested I give to the chickens. huh? :confused: So, we cut it up in small chunks and OMGosh they are very very carnivorous and stop at nothing...
  2. Careers
    I've been looking into helping my oldest get set up for when he's old enough to be out on his own. This includes a job, residential living, health care, etc. I started looking around at places that actually help people with disabilities to do such a task and well, there really isn't that many...
  3. General Chat
    I decided to get someone else to dye my hair and add hilights today. I really like the cut but I think I went overboard with the hilights. Normally, my haircolour is a dark redish brown and I wanted a change. I went for blonde hilights and boy, there are ALOT of them! It's even more...
  4. Homesteading and gardening
    So since we're going to be here for a while, DH made the suggestion to finally utilize the space in the backyard for the garden. :cheer4: The trouble is that the backyard is filled with lots of goodies to get rid of before I can do that. So here's the initial plan of what needs to happen...
  5. General Chat
    I hope that this is the right place to post this. Several bills have come in for next year with the new amounts on them and I have therefore started to make the new budget for 2009. GULP!!! and YIKES!!! Our health insurance is going up 100 euros per month and another 25 in July. I am also...
  6. Kitchen Basics
    Incoming mail from my Mom, LOL this is disgusting!!! Pass The Butter ... please Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to...
  7. General Chat
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,396182,00.html Did you guys hear about this??? Darlene...hope the eagle doesn't try to pull something like this out of your creek! It cracks me up...doesn't quite look like a dead raccoon to me, but then what could it be??? Hmmm??? :abduct:
  8. Frugal Living
    We just received our property assessment. Taxes went up approx $300. Not bad, not good. But I'm laughing. Property assessed at 229500 last year. This year.................381500 !!!! I guess we could do a re-assessment, but the house is now completely finished so it would be valued higher..lol
  9. Frugal Living
    I have a friend who sets the new tags for groceries every week. She has done this for 10+ years. She told me that prices are jumping not 5 or 10 cents each week, but rather 30 cents to a $1.00 each hike. I thought it was an exaggeration, so I decided to go take a look for myself. Today I walked...
  10. Utilities
    well, we filled that oil tank up today, its a 550 tank, it took 427 gallons at 2.59.9 a gallon, you can believe I'm going to make it last. Here in NY the weather has been so nice and warm, we haven't even had a killing frost yet. My goal is to hold out till Nov. 15th before I put the heat on...
  11. Frugal Living
    I cringe to tell this story. Feeling very sheepish about the whole thing but I went WAYYYYYYY overboard back-to-school shopping for the kids and going on vacation. OUCH I spend $700 in total. Two days of shopping, a night in a hotel and a day at the amusement park. HOLY COW. So now I am...
  12. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    I got one those mass mailing type offers the mail today from QuickClick Loans. I just happened to notice the interest was 96%!!:ack: I got to thinking, there's probably people so desperate they would pay that kind of interest. I personally think that kind of rate shouldn't be legal. Dixie Jean
  13. Food for Kids
    DD asked me to get nectarines. I want to get more fruits and veggies into our diet, so I agreed, even though they're not on sale. I picked out 4 nice looking nectarines just for her. How much do you think those 4 nectarines rang up at? About $4.80. Yikes!
  14. Frugal Living
    Due to gluten intolerances in the family (dh,dd1,and dd2), I am cooking a lot from scratch. I finally took the time to calculate the cost of using skim milk powder that a lot of the recipes call for and it is ~double what I pay for regular milk (~$2/L for enough to make 1 L powder versus ~$1/L...
  15. Frugal Living
    Can I ask for suggestions as to how to cut back? is it true that it is more economical to run full load of dishwasher and washing machine late at night or early in the morning (not run things between 9am and 9pm)? Of course, hang laundry to dry and wash in cold water. What else can we do...
  16. Frugal Living
    I had a $100 budget for September. After adding up my receipts, I went over around $27. I had run into some B1G1 offers at the grocery on things that I always buy, so I did a bit of stockpiling. I suppose even though I went over, I still did really good. I'm sure it will all even out over...
  17. Frugal Living
    We just found out it could cost us up to $2500.00 to add our 16 year old daughter to our car insurance! Right now she still has her permit and is an added driver with no high premiums until she gets her licence. I think she'll keep her permit longer than usual. In August we paid our car ins...
  18. Frugal Living
    Oh brother! We just got the first insurance bill for our new insurance. $615!!!! Yikes!!! It was SUPPOSED to be around $300!!!!!!! Add this to all the other bills that are due between now and the time the insurance is due (the 11th) and we're about $100 in the red. Thats not including gas and...
  19. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    We go in on Saturday to get the taxes done. Last year we got $150.00 refund. I hope we do better this year, but, I know we will not owe for sure, since we claim zero... Next year, since we have the rental, will do better, I think! :reindeer:
  20. General Chat
    The wind has been blowing about 30 miles a hour almost all day. Sometimes it slows down to 15 mph.:toothy: It is horrid! The air is full of sand and dirt. Our spa cover broke loose and is in the neighbors yard. It had to travel from beside our back door, down the yard and over the chain...
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