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Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-01-2011, 02:07 PM
Replies: 52
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Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-26-2011, 08:41 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,727
Posted By Om Girl
a metal rack holding my cook books, salt &...

a metal rack holding my cook books, salt & pepper shakers, a basket with napkins and a crock with utensils.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-25-2011, 12:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,911
Posted By Om Girl
we get our car washed (exterior wash/hand-dry,...

we get our car washed (exterior wash/hand-dry, interior vacuumed/dusted) once per month and detailed once a year in the late spring.
living in MN we deal with excess amounts of snow/salt/snirt...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-25-2011, 11:51 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,815
Posted By Om Girl
I voted: $51-99   We host parties at our...

I voted: $51-99
 
We host parties at our home
We send out e-vites or handmade invites 
We buy one gift for the birthday child ($20 range)
We have a party activity that doubles as a party favor,...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   01-25-2011, 11:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,124
Posted By Om Girl
I would gather basic essentials, but wait to...

I would gather basic essentials, but wait to make any purchases until you're living in your actual space.
Then you can evaluate what you actually need and can use...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-29-2010, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 816
Posted By Om Girl
Oh mama, you're definitely adjusting to life as...

Oh mama, you're definitely adjusting to life as a new mama with SAH hours!
 
It's exhausting caring for little ones, keeping house, working and maintaining some semblance of sanity. It sounds like...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-29-2010, 08:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,499
Posted By Om Girl
They go back in the closet!

They go back in the closet!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-21-2010, 02:42 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 8,179
Posted By Om Girl
Joining in here...I just finished my first...

Joining in here...I just finished my first semester back at school full-time and while we anticipated finances would be tight I didn't realize they'd squeak!
 
Things that I'm doing...applied and...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-21-2010, 02:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 534
Posted By Om Girl
We use stacking "storage" bins that we keep in...

We use stacking "storage" bins that we keep in the hall closet. Kids' stuff in one, adult pain relievers in another, first aid in another and vitamins in the last. We also keep a small plastic box...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-21-2010, 02:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 649
Posted By Om Girl
I went from SAHM to Student Parent this year and...

I went from SAHM to Student Parent this year and it's actually been easier for me to get things done...I have to prioritze more as a PP mentioned so I get things done when I can (instead of putting...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   12-21-2010, 02:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,097
Posted By Om Girl
Decluttering & simplying has definitely changed...

Decluttering & simplying has definitely changed my gifting habits and also my requests to those gifting to us...
For the holidays this year I asked those gift giving for either consumable items,...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   11-06-2010, 09:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By Om Girl
EASY: my clothing, youngest DD's clothing (I...

EASY: my clothing, youngest DD's clothing (I have a separate bin of "keepsake" items), books and small kitchen appliances, etc.

HARD: books (mainly because they take up so much space and are so...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-10-2010, 12:37 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,730
Posted By Om Girl
Thanks for your advice...sorry that this became...

Thanks for your advice...sorry that this became such a fire-starter thread
I seriously just wanted advice/BTDT experience, etc...

We decided as an extended family for me to enroll in school.
I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-02-2010, 02:10 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,730
Posted By Om Girl
Hello and thank you all for your replies... ...

Hello and thank you all for your replies...

things have been tense and stressful as we as a family have been trying to figure out the monetary logisitics of this mommy "going back to school"...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-26-2010, 03:26 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,730
Posted By Om Girl
I just received my financial aid award letter...

I just received my financial aid award letter and the amounts of aid offered just cover my tuition and books.

How do people afford to go back to school when they have kids, a mortgage and a car...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-06-2010, 02:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 411
Posted By Om Girl
I shop 3 stores monthly... the co-op or...

I shop 3 stores monthly...

the co-op or farmers market for fresh produce
the "chain" grocery store for BOGO deals on everything
the "super store" (Sam's Club) for household products

I shop...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-06-2010, 02:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,395
Posted By Om Girl
spending money to save money? we definitely do...

spending money to save money? we definitely do this...

new roof + added insulation = lower energy bills
new ac/heat pump = lower energy bills and tax credit
energy efficient WD = lower energy...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-02-2010, 02:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 678
Posted By Om Girl
apply for heating assistance and contact your...

apply for heating assistance and contact your local gas/electric (heating) agency and ask if they have replacement subsidies for replacing your hot water heater. A lot of agencies have energy saving...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-30-2010, 06:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,729
Posted By Om Girl
I work with a lot of expecting families and new...

I work with a lot of expecting families and new mamas and this attitude is very prevalent in our modern day society.

Natural Family Living is the new "keeping up with the Jones'" mentality.
...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-30-2010, 06:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 410
Posted By Om Girl
Oh mama, it is soo hard to give up things that...

Oh mama, it is soo hard to give up things that are significant to us. But, it sounds like you've made the financially responsible choice to give up your studio space.
$200/month can go a long way...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-30-2010, 12:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 526
Posted By Om Girl
Anna Maria Horner & Amanda Blake Soule have...

Anna Maria Horner & Amanda Blake Soule have great patterns for boys pants made from old t-shirts and repurposed mens business type shirts.

You could find a lot of "material" at the thrift store...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-30-2010, 12:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 763
Posted By Om Girl
I think quality over quantity is better...even...

I think quality over quantity is better...even thrifting or buying at consignment stores I will look for labels that I feel are "better quality" and spend the little extra.

When I shop I think...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-30-2010, 12:16 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,190
Posted By Om Girl
There is a big difference between dumpster...

There is a big difference between dumpster diving in a corporate or business dumpster that is located in a locked/cordoned or sectioned off area and picking up things curbside behind a private...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-28-2010, 02:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,248
Posted By Om Girl
To keep our organic foods budget frugal we eat...

To keep our organic foods budget frugal we eat locally when in season and then buy organic frozen fruit and veggies and stockpile when they're on sale. We use less and save more money this way.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-23-2010, 08:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 502
Posted By Om Girl
DH has a draw/commission job. When it was...

DH has a draw/commission job.

When it was just DH he was fine...because his draw covered all his monthly expenses and then his commissions were 'icing on the cake'.

The draw is a safety net,...
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