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What's FCM?

I first found this thread via the New Posts feature, and then I subscribed to it. I always check my subscribed threads before I check New Posts.
post #542 of 832
FCM = Financially Challenged Mama's.

It's a thread over in "Finding Your Tribe" that apparently has not been moved by a mod to here.

I think a few moms are a wee tad miffed because this thread was moved here from there.
post #543 of 832
I was wondering why there can't be a financially challenged mamas tribe? Seems kind of weird to me. There are tribes for everything over there.

Oh, and it was moved over here. Just a matter of time I guess. LOL

post #544 of 832
Delurking to say I lurk in both tribes.. here and over in FCM. I think anyone interested in this tribe could benefit from the other and vice versa.

Keep talkin' ladies.. I've been getting helpful ideas from this thread. I should join.. maybe one day, lol.
post #545 of 832
I think this is a more appropriate location. I NEVER go into FYT, but I come to MHM forum every day. I would have never found ya'll if it hadn't been moved,
post #546 of 832
I was someone that was a little miffed to see this thread get moved here and have already been PMing mods about it asking it to move back.

And now the other one got moved here Go figure. I guess that is probably going to be my answer when I get a PM back.

If some mamas dont' care or prefer it to be here, then I can drop the issue What say you(s)?
post #547 of 832
I think it belongs here to be honest. I think the only threads that are supposed to stay in FYT are the ones that don't have a forum they belong in. I rarely go into FYT and if the thread where there I never would have found it.
post #548 of 832
I don't think DS will be able to go to camp this summer. I just don't see how I'll be able to swing it.
post #549 of 832
ruthla, could you look into one of those 'send kids to camp' things? there's got to be a way. could you contact the camp to find out?

i couldn't care less where this thread is, so long as it exists.
post #550 of 832
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Originally Posted by josybear View Post
ruthla, could you look into one of those 'send kids to camp' things? there's got to be a way. could you contact the camp to find out?

i couldn't care less where this thread is, so long as it exists.
I've been in contact with 3 different Gan Israel camps (Jewish day camps.) I contacted 2 different ones, one in my county (but further from my house) and one in one county over (but closer to my house). Then the mom of one of DS' classmates said to try this other one, also in the next county but a couple towns over from the one I contacted, telling me they have more financial aide available than the first one I contacted. Also, several classmates will be going to that camp.

I just spoke to them and they don't have any financial aide at all- either they never did, or they don't have any left this late in the year. They also don't have a 3 day a week program like the other one offered, and it would be awkard for him to be the only camper not there every day.

They only go swimming twice a week, and they only offer swim instruction once a week. I might do better signing him up for the town's swimming instruction, which is an hour a day for two weeks and repeats 4X over the summer- even if it requires signing up the whole family at the pool it will still be cheaper than a few weeks of camp. Or we can just do activities with the family, go to the beach, take the kids to the park, etc, and not be tied to any artificial schedual.
post #551 of 832
I think this thread belongs here. I never go to FYT either. However, i hope it can stay in supportive mode.
Ruthla, I am sorry to hear that. Does your town have Park and Rec camps? Would you be open to that? They usually have scholarship money.
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I still feel the thread belongs elsewhere, but I'm going to drop my efforts to move it and just enjoy the thread
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KBecks, Thank you for the thoughts, I typed a reply but ds reached up and turned off the computer before it got posted (I thought it made it through but I guess not). I have decided against going down there. Mainly because of a lack of resources in the area, the nearest specialists are hours away, the nearest CA early start center is hours away. Also I have to be very careful with ds's diet, it affects him greatly. If he ate the food that they eat he would never sleep, he has ataxia as well and it is tremendously worse when he is tired. Ultimately I just don't think it's worth it.
post #554 of 832
I've read pretty much this whole thread. Just wanted to say lots of good thoughts/prayers to you all. You're doing a fantastic job with what you've got on your plates/

I was reading this thread because I've got a very close friend and her family who are in a somewhat unsteady financial situation. They're able to pay their bills, but they have to pay for their own insurance, and things are very tight. They can't really save anything.

I might as well ask, how do you feel about friends occasionally sending you a check? I've done this recently for my friend's family. It's very clear it's a gift, not a loan ("Here's something I thought would come in handy.") Her DH was so thankful. They're like family to me. I'll occasionally take a meal or two over for the freezer (#2 is on the way). We trade stuff back and forth all the time. If we're decluttering, we'll first ask the other if we need whatever it is, especially books and kitchen stuff. We've both saved a lot this way.
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Amanda, sounds like you did a great job working out your decision. Thanks for the update.
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Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
I've read pretty much this whole thread. Just wanted to say lots of good thoughts/prayers to you all. You're doing a fantastic job with what you've got on your plates/

I was reading this thread because I've got a very close friend and her family who are in a somewhat unsteady financial situation. They're able to pay their bills, but they have to pay for their own insurance, and things are very tight. They can't really save anything.

I might as well ask, how do you feel about friends occasionally sending you a check? I've done this recently for my friend's family. It's very clear it's a gift, not a loan ("Here's something I thought would come in handy.") Her DH was so thankful. They're like family to me. I'll occasionally take a meal or two over for the freezer (#2 is on the way). We trade stuff back and forth all the time. If we're decluttering, we'll first ask the other if we need whatever it is, especially books and kitchen stuff. We've both saved a lot this way.

WE have friends who we share and declutter with... we've been known to take a plate/dish over as well....
I dont have friends who are close enough for 'family' to send us checks but i do have one dear friend that i would send a check to
post #557 of 832
Ruthla~ I would probably sign your kid up for the local swim lessons. IME they are more structured and better organized than summer camp where swimming is usually just offered for fun.

We are doing OK around here, just not eating much. Our banker is nice-enough to drive up here to meet us this week instead of us driving to meet him. Glad for the break on gas! I cleaned the whole apartment this afternoon!

We also went "window shopping" for a fridge this afternoon. Who knew that a super-de-duper fridge could cost as much as either of our cars!?! I knew they were expensive but not THAT high. The one we want cost ~$1200! Bad thing is that we missed one in the paper last week for $500. I called about it, but it was already sold! The good ones go fast!
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OneKnight

We just scored a $1200 fridge at Sears for $700, they are getting rid of last years models or something... it was a good deal, it is a BIG fridge tho! Can you do anything like that? Craigs list is hard to do unless you can go and pick it up... Have you considered used appliance stores? I went searching for one but got myself really lost and we really needed one here at the new place so just went and got this.

Ruthla, sounds like the swim lessons might be the thing. Around here they do them 4 days a week, so if they have to cancel one day (weather) they can do it that last day... but I hear you on the artificial schedule. I am sooo tired now of getting the kids up and out to school, I want a break from that! But I am also trying to not go broke on buying crafts kits and ideas... I am finding it harder to keep them busy that the oldest is almost 12 and the younger one is 5 1/2, but if I don't then the 2 boys will just fight all summer and that is not fun! In the past I have had one boy in camp every other week, so that I have peace in my home.... But this year I jsut can't afford that -either the camps nor the gas... so there are only 2 weeks they are signed up for things... A friend and I are getting together 4 of the weeks- 2 she will come here and 2 I will go to her and the kids can play, so that will help some, my kids love her kids...


Summer ideas anyone? For older kids? So far I have planned out, tye dying one day (with a friend) making "godseyes", stepping stones and there is one other thing I have planned but can't remember... we will be going to the library one day a week, so that will be cool but I need to come up with some mroe ideas.. I am also trying to come upw ith a cheap alternative to buying one of those shade tents... I really think if we can shade my back deck it would be a good thing...
post #559 of 832
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Originally Posted by Purplehaze View Post
Summer ideas anyone? For older kids? So far I have planned out, tye dying one day (with a friend) making "godseyes", stepping stones and there is one other thing I have planned but can't remember... we will be going to the library one day a week, so that will be cool but I need to come up with some mroe ideas.. I am also trying to come upw ith a cheap alternative to buying one of those shade tents... I really think if we can shade my back deck it would be a good thing...
Purplehaze, aside from the one day/week at the library, does your library have a summer reading program the kids can take part in? I know lots of libraries have them - the kids get prizes, the more they read, and often at the end of the program there is a free party with all sorts of good stuff.
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Originally Posted by 1growingsprout View Post
WE have friends who we share and declutter with... we've been known to take a plate/dish over as well....
I dont have friends who are close enough for 'family' to send us checks but i do have one dear friend that i would send a check to
I wasn't clear in my post. How do you FEEL when you get an unexpected check? Good thing, bad thing. I'm just sending them as an "I love you and want to help some" thing. I'm glad to help, but I'm not on the receiving end, so I don't know how it is.
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