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Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-28-2010, 06:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By KariM
For quality casual clothing in plus sizes I love...

For quality casual clothing in plus sizes I love Land's End!

I have some shirts I bought over 10 years ago, wear weekly, and they're just now starting to show wear.

As for stocking up on food,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-21-2010, 07:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,802
Posted By KariM
We do! I don't use dry milk since DD1 has a...

We do!

I don't use dry milk since DD1 has a dairy allergy.

I buy our wheat berries in 40lb buckets and our yeast in 2lb packages.

Our bread is whole wheat flour, a bit of bread flour (for...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   01-13-2010, 05:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 869
Posted By KariM
We just had to provide the SSN when we got it....

We just had to provide the SSN when we got it. If memory serves that finally got taken care of about a month to a month and a half after the birth.

FWIW - we took the baby in to see our family...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-13-2010, 03:52 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,742
Posted By KariM
Some of the things we do to keep our costs down:...

Some of the things we do to keep our costs down:

1. Grow a garden and preserve (dehydrate and can) the excess
2. Let neighbors and friends know we'll accept excess produce from their gardens and...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-13-2010, 03:44 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,742
Posted By KariM
We're a family of five (2 adults, one 18 year...

We're a family of five (2 adults, one 18 year old boy, 5 year old girl, 21 month old girl) and budget $450/month for groceries. That does include some of our cleaning supplies (vinegar, borax,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-13-2010, 03:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,815
Posted By KariM
I haven't read through the other responses so...

I haven't read through the other responses so this will probably duplicate some of them.


1. Buy clothing in one color family for easier matching (DD1 likes pink, fuschia, purple)
3. We stick...
Forum: Spirituality   01-04-2010, 06:42 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,362
Posted By KariM
I could use your prayers and advice. I...

I could use your prayers and advice.

I don't want to go into too many details but a calling has been extended to me that just seems overwhelming. I don't have any experience in this area and...
Forum: Writing for the Web   12-30-2009, 06:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,178
Posted By KariM
My goals for 2010: 1. Continue to build up...

My goals for 2010:

1. Continue to build up a following of readers (would love to hit 100 by year's end)
2. Figure out how to know what my page hits are...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-30-2009, 05:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By KariM
I do and did! We bought a double jogging...

I do and did!

We bought a double jogging stroller at the Salvation Army Thrift store for 25 dollars. I took it down the block to the local bike shop and had new tubes and tires put on. When I was...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-30-2009, 05:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,072
Posted By KariM
I've had both over the years and right now we...

I've had both over the years and right now we only keep up the Costco membership.

For baby clothes, I like the brands and quality at Costco better than Sam's Club.

For healthy foods, I like...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-27-2009, 06:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,039
Posted By KariM
My advice would be a recap of much of what has...

My advice would be a recap of much of what has already been written:

1. eat out less (you already identified that)
2. use some convenience foods to babystep your way toward cooking at home
3....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-26-2009, 07:19 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 16,220
Posted By KariM
Our "extreme frugality" methods aren't going to...

Our "extreme frugality" methods aren't going to be extreme to a lot of MDC mamas at all. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif

1. One car family. DH carpools one day each...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   12-25-2009, 06:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 649
Posted By KariM
Probably too late on this (guessing you sewed it...

Probably too late on this (guessing you sewed it up already), but when I sew up these teething dolls I use wool roving. The doll is then machine washable on cold using the gentle cycle and can be...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-25-2009, 05:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By KariM
Our only credit card (through our credit union)...

Our only credit card (through our credit union) sent us a letter recently telling us they were uping our rate from a fixed rate to a variable rate and it adds another 7% to our interest rate.

I...
Forum: Spirituality   12-22-2009, 04:03 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,418
Posted By KariM
Drewsmom, I have some similar feelings from...

Drewsmom,

I have some similar feelings from time to time.

Our family lives an extremely frugal lifestyle and most others in our ward don't. They refuse to, in fact.

There are families...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-12-2009, 05:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,830
Posted By KariM
Well, we have a roof that needs to be replaced...

Well, we have a roof that needs to be replaced in about 4 years so I'd put the money in our roofing fund. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif

I imagine that's not a need...
Forum: Writing for the Web   12-12-2009, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,293
Posted By KariM
Sorry I'm late in getting back to you. I...

Sorry I'm late in getting back to you. I obviously made a mistake originally with the Mr. Linky, but the second time I figured out that name was the blog name....
Forum: Writing for the Web   12-07-2009, 04:32 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,855
Posted By KariM
I'm late coming to the conversation, but I made...

I'm late coming to the conversation, but I made it and I'm hooked on daily posts now! Yeah http://www.mothering.com/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif

That's what I was hoping would happen. You know...
Forum: Writing for the Web   12-07-2009, 03:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,293
Posted By KariM
I'm in! I have a parenting post scheduled to...

I'm in! I have a parenting post scheduled to launch at 8am tomorrow.

When we're out of bed I'll pop on over and complete the link thing....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-26-2009, 06:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,262
Posted By KariM
We've budgeted $25/person in our family for...

We've budgeted $25/person in our family for Christmas gifts. In addition, we receive checks from my parents and DH's mother and that adds about another $50/person in gifts.
Forum: Unschooling   11-22-2009, 09:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,881
Posted By KariM
You can find us at ...

You can find us at
http://moosaidthemama.blogspot.com/
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   11-22-2009, 06:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By KariM
I definitely live in the "it's not open for...

I definitely live in the "it's not open for discussion" camp.

That said, if I had a friend who was truly interested in *learning* more, I'd point her/him toward resources to help with the...
Forum: Writing for the Web   11-22-2009, 05:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 815
Posted By KariM
Title says it all. Did you use your existing...

Title says it all. Did you use your existing checking account or did you create a new one for AC payments?
Forum: Arts & Crafts   11-22-2009, 04:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 743
Posted By KariM
We used large paper clips on the fish and a...

We used large paper clips on the fish and a strong magnet on the end of the fishing line for ours.
Forum: Writing for the Web   11-21-2009, 07:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,293
Posted By KariM
Oh, I'm in! I have a toddler, but also have an...

Oh, I'm in! I have a toddler, but also have an 18 year old son so I can write about the whole spectrum of parenting. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif

Do we just link...
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