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Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-11-2012, 02:03 PM
Replies: 11
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that NYT chart is from 2005....a lot (A LOT) has...

that NYT chart is from 2005....a lot (A LOT) has changed in personal income and finances in that time period!
Forum: Working and Student Parents   03-05-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 548
is it at all possible for you to get up before...

is it at all possible for you to get up before everyone else and workout early?  I've been the most successful ever with getting up before 6, and going to the gym (in the winter) or hitting the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-22-2012, 11:44 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,391
we have several checking accounts, for various...

we have several checking accounts, for various things (one is the main bill account, like mortgage, utilites, etc, another is the monthly variable stuff like groceries, gas, clothing, and then one...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-03-2012, 03:30 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 13,734
Ours is $225/wk for 6 people, 5 of which are...

Ours is $225/wk for 6 people, 5 of which are athletic, active male (ie: BIG eaters) Youngest is 5, then 8, then 10, and 12.5.  They eat a ton, because they never stop moving.  We do whole, healthy...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-21-2011, 12:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 408
homeaway.com and vacationrentals.com are ones...

homeaway.com and vacationrentals.com are ones we've used for 1-2 week long trips; they often quote monthly rates.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-21-2011, 12:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 836
If you go with the laptop, you'll also need to...

If you go with the laptop, you'll also need to get something like this car adapater...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   12-20-2011, 11:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 284
henry's attic has a few - you can't order from...

henry's attic has a few - you can't order from them directly without a wholesale account; but there's a few place online that sell it retail.  here's a reputable one:...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-20-2011, 12:15 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,536
we've budgeted $500 for gifts (for our 4 boys,...

we've budgeted $500 for gifts (for our 4 boys, and my niece/nephew) - $100 of that will be for our boys to select a charitable giving opportunity for.  We're doing a joint giff for all 4 of them...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-17-2011, 02:49 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,877
My kids are always swiping my hot water bottle,...

My kids are always swiping my hot water bottle, so I just ordered one for each of them; cheapest price ($5.55) I've seen on them so thought I'd share :)  I'm going to sew some berber fleece or...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-11-2011, 09:48 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,955
 Quote:Originally Posted by...



Quote:Originally Posted by gabbyraja http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1322293/do-the-little-things-really-count/60#post_16742940)
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Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-11-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 278
My first thought after reading your first...

My first thought after reading your first sentence ws PILLOWS! :)  We got two tempurpedic pillows free when we bought our mattress, and they are a-w-e-s-o-m-e.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-24-2011, 10:36 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,165
we do eat beans and/or rice often, but it's...

we do eat beans and/or rice often, but it's probably because we really like them and not necessarily because they're traditionally "frugal" food.  I'll cook a huge batch of rice on sunday, and we'll...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-21-2011, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10
  Stuck.
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We don't currently feel stuck, but oh man, can I...

We don't currently feel stuck, but oh man, can I vividly remember feeling that way for many, many years.  We had our first baby when I was 22 and DH was 25, and we spent the rest of our 20's having...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-21-2011, 03:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 402
I was really excited to try the Magic Jack, but...

I was really excited to try the Magic Jack, but was completely unable to get it to work for me.  I was able to get it connected, etc - but there was either no dial tone, or when I did get a dial...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-20-2011, 12:16 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,888
Ours is just over 30% of our real take-home (so,...

Ours is just over 30% of our real take-home (so, after deductions, health care ins, FSA, 401K have been taken out) and about 18% of total salary (gross).  The only help we had purchasing our house...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-20-2011, 09:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 503
ugh, we go through 3-5 jars of PB a week!!  I...

ugh, we go through 3-5 jars of PB a week!!  I already pay a lot since we only eat natural PB - no added sugar or oils allowed.  I wonder if Im just better off buying peanuts and doing it myself. 
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-05-2011, 12:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,030
   Can you explain more about your moral...


 
Can you explain more about your moral objections?  (I'm not being snarky here at all, I've just never heard of anyone objecting to thrift shop purchasing before on a moral level.  I'm curious!)
Forum: Birth Professionals   06-30-2011, 07:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,226
 Quote:Originally Posted by Doula...



Quote:Originally Posted by Doula Kerry http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1262065/2011-ibclc-exam/20#post_16522914)

Is...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-16-2011, 12:06 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 10,285
I've never seen the show, but couldn't help but...

I've never seen the show, but couldn't help but comment on the gatorade ;)  With a family of super athletic boys (including a husband who is a triathlete, and 5 baseball teams between my 4 boys) I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-12-2011, 12:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,080
we don't do the easter bunny or baskets, so the...

we don't do the easter bunny or baskets, so the only expenses are new white shirts for each of the boys (and I'm making them bowties) for church, and then food for Easter brunch.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-12-2011, 11:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,217
Older 3 boys are in piano, which is $40 each per...

Older 3 boys are in piano, which is $40 each per week (so, between 480-600 month, depending on how the weeks breakdown)  In spring and fall they all play baseball, which is capped at $140/family per...
Forum: Gardening   04-11-2011, 06:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 768
I'd suggest doing a "square foot" garden.  You...

I'd suggest doing a "square foot" garden.  You won't need to till, and you build up the bed, so you can avoid any possible contamination from your neighbor's pesticides that might already be in your...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-30-2011, 10:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,396
  Quote:We were spending about $350. a month...


Quote:We were spending about $350. a month for a family of 7, 2 adults, 2 teenage boys and 2 boys and 1 girl. That is including paper goods and cleaning products. Since December though we have...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-18-2011, 07:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,044
we didn't have help with downpayment, but in my...

we didn't have help with downpayment, but in my family it's become a tradition for parents to pay for closing costs on your first house (as a "housewarming gift" of sorts)  We didn't "need" my...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-16-2011, 11:21 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,695
We had our first child in 1999, when I was 22...

We had our first child in 1999, when I was 22 and DH was 24.  We quickly had two more (in 01 and 03) and bought our first house in spring of '04, when I was 27 and DH was 29, then had baby #4 in...
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