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Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-16-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,200
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: 52
Views: 2,200
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: 52
Views: 2,200
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: 6,695
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: 684
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: 684
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: 50
Views: 1,085
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: 270
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: 684
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: 684
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: 138
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: 270
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: 1,689
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: 400
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: 138
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?
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   12-10-2014, 02:05 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 3,220
Posted By Poddi
Resurrecting an old thread. :D I love his...

Resurrecting an old thread. :D

I love his paintings. They just look so quaint. I first saw a flyer for a collector's plate back when I was a new immigrant and starving student. Had no money for...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-01-2014, 11:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 702
Posted By Poddi
I'm sure this thread is talking about financial...

I'm sure this thread is talking about financial help, so that's why practical help and emotional support is not on my list. :) A parent (or child for that matter) can never be free from those. None...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-01-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 702
Posted By Poddi
I think it's best to raise your children to be...

I think it's best to raise your children to be independent and not expect any help. Things can happen and you might not be able to help. They might join a radical cult and refuse your help. None...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-27-2014, 01:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 388
Posted By Poddi
Um, are you sure that's a good idea? There are...

Um, are you sure that's a good idea? There are people out there with weird fetish you know. I wouldn't want them to get wrong ideas. :)

Of course if you're just going to a private party where...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-23-2014, 06:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 508
Posted By Poddi
I would talk him into giving a smaller gift. ...

I would talk him into giving a smaller gift. Maybe a few gift cards to grocery store. We did give when we were in debt, but moderately. Something that doesn't affect your own finance too much. I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-09-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,842
Posted By Poddi
I suppose I don't have to. It's a habit starting...

I suppose I don't have to. It's a habit starting from when they were in Kindergarten. :D Well maybe I'll just do gift cards to coffee shop or something.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-07-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,842
Posted By Poddi
I've finished shopping for the in-laws (6 people)...

I've finished shopping for the in-laws (6 people) and now I'll get them wrapped up soon, because MIL is visiting soon and can take them back with her. So I won't have to worry about shipping. Last...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-29-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,210
Posted By Poddi
For an adult you can get a big nice bar of...

For an adult you can get a big nice bar of imported soap. They're usually up to 1/2 lb each and come in neat printed boxes. Boxes of note cards and nice stationary are good, too. I'm not too keen...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-24-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 371
Posted By Poddi
Well, how about two savings account? One for...

Well, how about two savings account? One for long term (maybe in those "high interest" accounts), one for short term. All those dental, gifts and misc. can go to the short term account, which is...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-21-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,842
Posted By Poddi
I have over $300 worth of points in a grocery...

I have over $300 worth of points in a grocery store. I would like to use it towards Xmas purchases but have trouble coming up with ideas. They do sell clothes, toys and household stuff, but there's...
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