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post #161 of 402
I keep losing this thread.

Lets see.. this month has been tough. I didn't get my SSDI/SSI checks in until just the other day. They were VERY late because of our move. That wasn't good for my bills at all. Luckily, housing was okay with it. I'm crossing my fingers that the money I gave the cable company is enough. (My 4 yo wouldn't be pleased without cable. Her obsession is Spongebob and life without cable is very, very rough.. btdt.) I'm not sure how we're going to pay CMP yet since they want double what we're used to paying. (damn hot water heater )

But for this month, the rent is paid. They didn't get any extra towards the security but they'll have to survive. My girls are getting 4 dance classes a week for free because the woman the runs the place is so nice and knows I'm having a hard time right now. Still it makes me feel bad.

On a good note, Ivy had her IEP meeting last week and it went well. They're going to be putting a speech pathologist and a developmental therapist in her preschool room every single day she's there, for the full 2 hours. They'll be able to assist her with learning appropriate social behaviors, and conversations. They are also going to see about getting her transportation to and from school, since our car won't last much longer and certainly won't make inspection in May.

Odin has a well baby check in a few hours and I can't wait to see how much he's grown! He doesn't fit into any of his 0-3 month size clothes anymore. He's got a little tummy on him now. Now if I could only get him to like the swing I'd be happy. So far he hates it. LOL

Ooops crying kids. Gotta go!
post #162 of 402
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Originally Posted by ediesmom View Post


i can share some of my cheaper gf meals if you want. shop asian markets for rice noodle soup....almost as cheap as ramen, and safe for your dd..yummy, too. and the asian markets have non-wheat flours really cheap. its not certified gf, but...

one of our local corner stores is run by a young woman who is very conscious of just about everything......she is allowing our buying club to purchase through her (HUGE discount....) and she accepts food stamps now.... so i can shop the food club with fs!

well.....good morning mamas!

i woke up late so i'm in a hurry...just saying good morning

big hugs to everyone
Good morning and thanks for the tips but, everyone forgets I'm Severely Rural ... which is to say that the nearest Asian market is about 100 miles away. Maybe next time I take my dd to the Children's Hospital I can see if there are any near there I can stop in at...



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Originally Posted by mum4boys View Post
That is true comparing it just at the face value. I use to buy only cheap food. Shoot for a few years I had a budget of $125.00 a month for a family of 6. I know cheap. Here is what I found out though. The more healthy food we eat, we eat less even though things cost more. It took about two months to have the cost of food calm down. Eating refined sugar and process food makes you crave more refined sugar and process food. We are a family of 7. I spent about $360 a month on food for us. We belong to a CSA which we get all our veggies and fruit from all year. It is all organic. We spend about 40% of our food budget on this alone which is very frightening when you look at the numbers. We only buy Organic milk and RBTS free other dairy products. We do only use meat mostly as a condiment. Oh I only buy organic beef now. I really watch our food waste also.

Seriously, I would never been able to make the switch if two things had not happen. First we had to go gluten free and most process food contains some sort of gluten in it. Second I needed really to free up about $40 from our budget each week in the beginning. There was a lot of trial and error and for a couple of months we were spending about $500 figuring everything out and that was before joining the CSA.

I totally get eating crap and feel your pain. But just know it is doable.

BTW I find the Hillybilly housewife to be very $$$. If I am going to eat like she suggest I can do it much cheaper.
Maybe this is just entirely dependent on region... CSA's are not available where I am...not year round anyway. I was an extremely food-conscious Vegan for over two years and in my experience, no it's not possible here... I never spent less than $400 a month for just three people (that was before my dd was born).

I mean I get your point and all but it's not doable here. I only have about $250 in fs ~ that's our food money for the month. When I have to spend more, as I have had to the last couple of months, it comes straight out of our budget for things like toilet paper, and laundry, and rent, and medications.. It's a pain in the butt trying to decide whether you're going to buy enough food to feed your family for the rest of the week or pay for your medications for the month so you and your kids can survive. So that initial several months of hundreds of dollars spent on "healthy" food just. isn't. possible. I really don't know how I'm going to manage if my dd really is gluten-sensitive.



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Originally Posted by justmama View Post
didn't get the house because i'm low income:::

at the library nak and reading to sara . just trying to say my motherboard bit it and dan is taking his sweet @$$ time giving me his so i might be gone another week. love you guys. i'm going mad without you all.

by the way, wish me luck. i'm on a strict elimination diet because fatty is breaking out in major rashes due to something in my milk and i cant figure it out. so no food for me.
s Good luck and, I'm so sorry about what you're going through.


Nature! s That sounds like hell. It's so hard trying to balance a family's needs with no money.

My ex used to tell me, "money doesn't make the world go round" when he was trying to justify not looking for a job ... well yes actually it DOES and those of us without buckets of it are kind of SOL


Ah anyway. Since I haven't done this in a while... my Gratefuls:
  1. Cheap K-mart laundry detergent
  2. That my kids are highly entertained by nailing random pieces of scrap wood together
  3. That phones have rechargeable batteries (I ran down the batteries in both of my phones - cordless house phone and my cell - twice yesterday, talking to my friend, and sister, alternately, both of whom are in the middle of crises ) ~ so, I'm really glad I could just pop them on the chargers and not have to like, go out and buy a million sets of AA's or something yk?
  4. Windchimes
post #163 of 402
hello all - finally came back to MDC after a break.

We're looking at losing most of our income within days, as my father is moving out and his pension is the primary income.

any ideas for $$$ making would be greatly appriciated.

*hugs* to all.
post #164 of 402
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Originally Posted by Aura_Kitten View Post
Maybe this is just entirely dependent on region... CSA's are not available where I am...not year round anyway. I was an extremely food-conscious Vegan for over two years and in my experience, no it's not possible here... I never spent less than $400 a month for just three people (that was before my dd was born).

I mean I get your point and all but it's not doable here. I only have about $250 in fs ~ that's our food money for the month. When I have to spend more, as I have had to the last couple of months, it comes straight out of our budget for things like toilet paper, and laundry, and rent, and medications.. It's a pain in the butt trying to decide whether you're going to buy enough food to feed your family for the rest of the week or pay for your medications for the month so you and your kids can survive. So that initial several months of hundreds of dollars spent on "healthy" food just. isn't. possible. I really don't know how I'm going to manage if my dd really is gluten-sensitive.

Hey I totally get about the expense. Like I said for a few years we had a budget of $125 a month for 4 kids and two adults. There is a list of CSA so you can see what is in your area if any http://www.localharvest.org/csa/
post #165 of 402
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Originally Posted by justmama View Post
didn't get the house because i'm low income:::

at the library nak and reading to sara . just trying to say my motherboard bit it and dan is taking his sweet @$$ time giving me his so i might be gone another week. love you guys. i'm going mad without you all.

by the way, wish me luck. i'm on a strict elimination diet because fatty is breaking out in major rashes due to something in my milk and i cant figure it out. so no food for me.
I'm sorry mama.
post #166 of 402
hi mamas
i am here well kinda- the last two days i have been in pain. feels like this baby wants out not so much pressure down in my who ha. oh vie i dont know what to think. never felt like thisthe 2 other times. 8 days away from the ultra sound and my first prenatal.

i just want to curl up in a ball and sleep. my mama is gone for amonth she left today for a trip to korea. so im alittle more emotional. she called this morning saying her good byes and to take care of daddy.

the two toddlers are at eachother throats today which sucks. last week mil came and we were able to go to the zoo. holy crap the zoo is expensive. even the the kids got in free - three adults and a "parking fee" was 30.30 in admission alone. thank god that all the little vender food carts and such didnt accept debit card so we just did all thing and left and ate at home. it has been 10 plus years since i been to that zoo. and boy how has it changed. they got rid of the lions and" big cats" which was a disappointment. apparently they are building a new habit/exhibit but it wont be til 2009-2010 til it opens. they down size the bear exhibit. it was kinda a waste of $ in my opinion because most of the animals were asleep or eating and not really near the viewing spots. oh well kids seem to enjoy the animals that were awake.
post #167 of 402
Thread Starter 
hey mamas!

aura.....rice, in very large bags. to be used for everything.
potatoes....same thing. mashed, boiled, baked, roasted, fried......even potato pancakes with rice flour or whatever
cornmeal...the possibilities are endless.....polenta sliced a thousand ways. fried baked, etc.
carrots, super cheap and versatile
onions, super cheap and versatile
eggs, peanut butter, beans, lentils.....we really don't NEED meat (yummy, i know)
apples and bananas
cream of rice for breakfasts
i can give you recipes for the cheapest mixes to bake with...and some fun stuff like crackers, snack bars, cookies, etc (a bit pricey, but safe) and try to find a dehydrator( or dehydrate in the oven) to make your own fruit snacks...

justmama are you busting on us low incomers?
i might be able to help with some of the food allergen stuff. have you ever heard of diana schwartzbein? amazing woman with some interesting views on food.
sorry about the house.....

asianyoushihope you get feeling better soon, mama..... my third pregnancy was totally different than my first two, so try not to worry.

sandygirlso good to see you here! no bright ideas for cash flow...sorry, just a bunch of faith that you will get through it.

aura.....i don't know where you live, but if its that far away from things, i want to visit....and soon.....i live in the largest city in my state....right on the main street. its a bit hectic

mum4boysummmm, impressive food budget. i am trying desperately to get in touch with the community garden person so i can grow most of my own this year...csa's are too pricey here. last year in my shares i would get a lot of things i didn't enjoy....and a ton of tomatoes! i grow my own tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, etc.. the share seemed like a waste of money for me. and we don't have winter csa's (to my knowledge). i did do carrots and kale, with limited success....so i want a plot that i can grow inground. the soil in my yard has a high lead level.

nature, lanky, matey....and anyone else i missed....hi ladies

i'm having a 'moment'....i want more energy, less pain. i'm getting the feeling the surgery didn't fix my problem. i knew it was a tear and let the surgeon do a proceedure for bone spurs. i was hoping

but all is going well, other than that. really jonesing for dirt
post #168 of 402
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Originally Posted by ediesmom View Post
hey mamas!

mum4boysummmm, impressive food budget. i am trying desperately to get in touch with the community garden person so i can grow most of my own this year...csa's are too pricey here. last year in my shares i would get a lot of things i didn't enjoy....and a ton of tomatoes! i grow my own tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, etc.. the share seemed like a waste of money for me. and we don't have winter csa's (to my knowledge). i did do carrots and kale, with limited success....so i want a plot that i can grow inground. the soil in my yard has a high lead level.

One of the mamas that post regularly in the frugal forum mentioned her CSA and I knew we lived only a few miles from each other. So that is how I found about this yearly one. What I like about it is we can permanently opt out of 3 items and each week they let know what we are getting and I can swamp things around if I want. Our budget for food is not that impressive. If I put in a little effort I could get it down to $300. I have an excellent memory so I do not have a price book. But I know the price of items and how often then go on sale. Like I know twice a year I can get organic free range boneless chicken breast for 99 cents a pound. So I buy 50 pounds of that at a time so it last 6 months. We cook most of our meals from scratch. I can make a much better gluten free loaf of bread for just a little under $1.00 a loaf. The mix for an okay loaf is over $3.00. I also will never pay more then 7 cents an ounce for cereal. If we are out we will make deal with other food items for breakfast until cereal goes on sale. I can get organic corn meal for 49 cents a pound so I can make all kinds of breakfast foods out of that and still keep us in budget.
post #169 of 402
Ediesmom, actually a few local farms have started doing winter CSA shares, Fishbowl Farms which is at the Portland farmers market did one this past year. I heard it was good but didn't sign up because the farmer was not too flexible with his payment plan. As for summer CSA's after going back and forth we are rejoining the farm we were with for 4 seasons (wolf pine in alfred) and they are actually doing a winter share too this year (08-09) which we are going to sign up for. I agree that our local CSA's are costly, thankfully Wolf Pine is good with payment plans since there is no way I could do the full $475 in one payment. Though for the summer share I am splitting with a friend, also Wolf PIne does offer scholarships if you or Nature wanted to check them out.

Shay
post #170 of 402
I wrote to them Shay but haven't heard back yet. Though Alfred is close by, come May when I don't have a car I'm not sure how I'd get my food from them. :
post #171 of 402
Thread Starter 
looks like i need to re-google csa's!

i think i'm going to do my own summer veggies, but will be on the lookout for a winter csa.

i got a freecycled small freezer, so i am going to be able to freeze a ton from my harvest.....although i don't really do a good brocolli (yet!)

i was also freecycled some nice big containers to add to the crazy container garden......

and nature.....last year as part of my csa discount i had to do volunteering....i delivered shares to members who couldn't pick theirs up! i wonder if that farm could do that?

mum4boys.....i love the 'opt out' option! i had SO MANY tomatoes! and i don't eat brussel sprouts
post #172 of 402
*sigh* when it rains it pours.

Tonight I had FPU - took DD with me to play in the daycare for the 1st time & she puked all over. Allergic puke, so thats out as an option for a break for gramma.

so now I get to figure out a way to make it up to the daycare worker she puked all over {nasty elemental formula puke too } Any ideas?
post #173 of 402
I'm not sure ediesmom.. I'll have to ask I guess! Its worth a shot. I am so hoping to be able to grow a few things in my backyard this summer. I haven't had a garden in YEARS though and I'm pretty clueless as to where to start. I know I want tomatoes if nothing else. We love tomatoes.

To bad we found out that my 2 year old is allergic to them. I gave her slices to eat and she broke out in spots all over her face. They went away but it was itchy and it burned her she said. Her eczema flared up from it too.
post #174 of 402
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I heard it was good but didn't sign up because the farmer was not too flexible with his payment plan.
Shay

I love the CSA we do because we get to pay weekly. YA.
post #175 of 402
saying hi on this thread....I'm a single mom now to my five kids, I was working but my ex-inlaws couldn't handle watching my kids, so now I'm living on child support, child tax benefit and I did manage to get subsidzed housing - but things are very tight. It's been a tough month...
post #176 of 402
Thread Starter 
good morning mamas!


welcome cheryl.....

i have a huge paper due on thursday so i think i'll be scarse around here i really hate writing papers....i think i'll try to stay at school where there are no dogs bugging me

i have spring fever so bad......

anyway, have a good day mamas....wish me luck on this paper...
post #177 of 402
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Originally Posted by Nature View Post
I'm not sure ediesmom.. I'll have to ask I guess! Its worth a shot. I am so hoping to be able to grow a few things in my backyard this summer. I haven't had a garden in YEARS though and I'm pretty clueless as to where to start. I know I want tomatoes if nothing else. We love tomatoes.

To bad we found out that my 2 year old is allergic to them. I gave her slices to eat and she broke out in spots all over her face. They went away but it was itchy and it burned her she said. Her eczema flared up from it too.

They don't do dropoffs but you could get do a pickup group which is basically a few families in the same area who rotate going out to the farm, and picking up for everyone, that is the only thing they offer aside from a Portland drop spot to minimize having to go to the farm. If you are able to sign up let me know, we might be able to work something out for getting your share.

Shay
post #178 of 402
Good morning mamas.

s and welcome to Cheryl. ... being a single mama sucks at times but is also so wonderful so much of the time. But I'm sorry for your hardship.


Everyone else ...



I'm feeling miserable today ... woke up shaking and sore and feeling reaaly dizzy for some reason ... walked my ds to school but almost collapsed. I keep having chills. Blah. : I'm so exhausted.
post #179 of 402
While Ivy was in school, dh and I took the other two out for a walk in our new (to us) stroller. They loved it so much they fell asleep and are still sleeping! They're sitting in the sun next to the sliding glass window in the kitchen snoozing away. And we had a gorgeous walk. So nice out that I wore a hoodie unzipped! It was very muddy though. The air is so nice, and the sun.... it was good to get outside. I've been stuck inside far too long and I've got spring fever badly!

Ivy had her first school pictures done the other day and I just got them back. Course they send the whole thing to you and make you send the ones you "don't want" back. I want them all!! But I don't have the $70 for them all yanno?? LOL Her picture came out so cute though. I'm so proud of her. We worked really hard preparing her for picture day so she wouldn't be too freaked out. I'll have to find $12 dollars somewhere so I can buy at least one of them for the wall.
post #180 of 402
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Ivy had her first school pictures done the other day and I just got them back. Course they send the whole thing to you and make you send the ones you "don't want" back. I want them all!! But I don't have the $70 for them all yanno?? LOL Her picture came out so cute though. I'm so proud of her. We worked really hard preparing her for picture day so she wouldn't be too freaked out. I'll have to find $12 dollars somewhere so I can buy at least one of them for the wall.
check your copy places - our local one will allow you to copy the photos with a color laser copy - they turn out almost as good!
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