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Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-28-2015, 03:11 PM
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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
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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
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Views: 162
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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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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: 75
Views: 3,364
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: 75
Views: 3,364
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: 75
Views: 3,364
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
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Views: 3,364
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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: 75
Views: 3,364
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: 75
Views: 3,364
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: 8,261
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: 737
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: 737
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: 1,439
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: 288
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: 737
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: 737
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: 156
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: 297
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: 1,716
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: 432
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: 156
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: 3,277
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: 760
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: 760
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...
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