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Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-16-2015, 02:22 PM
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Views: 17,841
Posted By Poddi
We just got 3 bags of boys clothes for free. ...

We just got 3 bags of boys clothes for free. Mom's co-worker has two boys who are 2 years older than ours. Now the kids got all the pants they need for fall. I just need to get a couple long...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   08-12-2015, 01:12 AM
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Views: 908
Posted By Poddi
ENTP and have stayed at home for 14 years. I'm...

ENTP and have stayed at home for 14 years. I'm actually enjoying it more now the kids are older.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-25-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 12,940
Posted By Poddi
That's wonderful this lady found this source. ...

That's wonderful this lady found this source. Our local grocery stores here seem to mark down expired food and keep selling them (usually in BOGO form). I've bought some that tasted awful, not...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-28-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 838
Posted By Poddi
Slightly OT. We did a little experiment on our...

Slightly OT. We did a little experiment on our kids on their 4th birthdays. We gave each $5 and let them go into a big store to buy something for himself. It's kinda funny and quickly shows the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-27-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 838
Posted By Poddi
We're not poor, but have always been frugal. ...

We're not poor, but have always been frugal. Kids growing up feeling that's the way things should be. That people simply should be careful with money, and reuse stuff and mend broken things. They...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-15-2015, 12:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 231
Posted By Poddi
The cheapest way would be to ask family, friends...

The cheapest way would be to ask family, friends or neighbors if they have one you can borrow. Many guys own nice suits or tux that they pull out only once every few years to wear. (I know my dad...
Forum: Meal Planning   06-12-2015, 06:08 AM
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Views: 77,665
Posted By Poddi
We had some BBQ pork, assorted cut veggies with...

We had some BBQ pork, assorted cut veggies with dip, strawberries and mango, baked sweet potatoes and garlic bread. I've love to mix things but both of my kids and DH are picky about food texture,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-12-2015, 05:47 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,076
Posted By Poddi
That's a very good tip! I guess I've been doing...

That's a very good tip! I guess I've been doing that for years and never thought about it much. I don't do menu plans, but buy produce based on their freshness and price, then plan dinners based on...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-06-2015, 02:37 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,076
Posted By Poddi
I think people now eat less beef and more pork...

I think people now eat less beef and more pork and chicken, driving those prices up, too. I'm sure the drought in the west isn't helping either. I'm actually buying more meat than ever (actually...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-04-2015, 10:04 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,076
Posted By Poddi
Talk about meat. Did anyone notice dramatic...

Talk about meat. Did anyone notice dramatic price increase in the last few months? I thought it's a local thing until I heard others complain, too. Nearly everywhere is raising prices while...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-16-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,076
Posted By Poddi
We've had CSA for years, until the farmer...

We've had CSA for years, until the farmer unexpectedly died and they closed. Then I found a couple girls who started a farm and subscribed for a couple years, until they all went their separate...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-07-2015, 04:25 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,076
Posted By Poddi
Oh nothing tastes better than freshly picked...

Oh nothing tastes better than freshly picked fruits! :) I get all giddy when I see some very fresh produce. My parents have a big garden and even though I'm not a fruit lover, every time I go there...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-27-2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,076
Posted By Poddi
Grocery budget per person per day

Just wondering how much on average do you spend per person? Nursing babies don't count, and kids under 5 count as half. :) Just use your monthly grocery budget and divide by 30 then divide by the...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-02-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,309
Posted By Poddi
DH and I always sleep naked. The kids are a lot...

DH and I always sleep naked. The kids are a lot more modest than us. :D They wear underwear and pajamas to bed. They cuddled with us until they were 9 or 10. Then they started getting a bit...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-21-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 817
Posted By Poddi
I'm afraid I fell off the wagon. :) Went to...

I'm afraid I fell off the wagon. :) Went to Costco yesterday to get some prescription, and picked up various stuff while waiting. At least I resisted buying any fresh or frozen food. Mostly things...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-14-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 817
Posted By Poddi
I've been cooking dry beans in my crock pot. ...

I've been cooking dry beans in my crock pot. Used up a bag of adzuki beans and a bag of green gram beans and a bag of coix seeds. I have to say I didn't expect that much beans to eat when they're...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-12-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,648
Posted By Poddi
Both DH's parents and mine paid partially for our...

Both DH's parents and mine paid partially for our university degrees. That's what we plan to do as well. Although I think our second kid might not be suited for college. We'll guide him into a...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   01-04-2015, 03:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 317
Posted By Poddi
Well my in-laws seem to give me a sweater every...

Well my in-laws seem to give me a sweater every year, too and they're consistently too small. I used to be a skinny person, about size 2, but I managed to gain weight several years ago and have been...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-03-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 817
Posted By Poddi
I'm still working through New Years eve...

I'm still working through New Years eve leftovers. We had a huge feast. Tomorrow is birthday party. I guess pantry clearing will have to wait until next week. :)
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-29-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 817
Posted By Poddi
I'll join. Though I might start a bit later. ...

I'll join. Though I might start a bit later. Two birthdays in the family in the first week. I'll aim to use at least one item from freezer and one item from the pantry everyday. Hopefully by the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-22-2014, 01:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 182
Posted By Poddi
Over here condo and apartment mean the same thing.

Over here condo and apartment mean the same thing.
Forum: Parenting   12-20-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 325
Posted By Poddi
Well I had my first Santa present (at in-law's...

Well I had my first Santa present (at in-law's house) at age 27. :D So can't vote here. I'm sure my 11 and 13 y.o. don't believe but they're just playing along. They haven't bothered to write a...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   12-18-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,771
Posted By Poddi
I have two autistic kids. First one would eat...

I have two autistic kids. First one would eat almost anything, maybe except very spicy food or very odd food like chicken feet, blood cubes. Even if he doesn't like a new food he would eat some...
Forum: Free For Shipping   12-16-2014, 03:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 493
Posted By Poddi
Oh I gave those away a long time ago. Sorry for...

Oh I gave those away a long time ago. Sorry for the confusion.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-14-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 182
Posted By Poddi
I'd probably keep looking. I'm sure more options...

I'd probably keep looking. I'm sure more options will pop up. You might be able to find affordable and gorgeous one. Or is your opportunity a time limited thing?
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