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Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-03-2015, 05:51 PM
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THere is no way I would lend her any money. I...

THere is no way I would lend her any money. I don't lend money. I would not necessarily end the friendship, because it will probably fix itself. And especially if I was in a situation where I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-01-2015, 03:25 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,119
Posted By EmsMom
I do this too. WIth bread typically take out a...

I do this too. WIth bread typically take out a half loaf at a time. with other breads I try to defrost as needed. I buy most bread at a bread outlet where everthing is $1 and that includes the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-23-2015, 04:45 AM
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I a lways thought the same thing, so when I found...

I a lways thought the same thing, so when I found one at a yard sale I figured I would give it a try. The one I bought cae with a lot of unused bags in unopend boxes and sets of Foodsaver...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-22-2015, 06:28 PM
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Views: 13,095
Posted By EmsMom
I have heard of hay boxes, but had forgotten...

I have heard of hay boxes, but had forgotten about it. Now I have to have one : ) I especialy like the idea of having a dedicated drawer for one. A solar oven is also something I have always...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-21-2015, 04:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 472
Posted By EmsMom
I have a credit card that gives me points. I...

I have a credit card that gives me points. I generally have enough points to get a $100 or 200 gift card by the beginning of Dec. I also pick things up at yard sales during that season, particularly...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-08-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,119
Posted By EmsMom
i dont think anyone has mentioned buying bread at...

i dont think anyone has mentioned buying bread at bread thrift stores on here. I recently moved and started going to one near the new house. I have been regularly buying very high quality, organic,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-03-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,655
Posted By EmsMom
1300 square foot house. Seems very well...

1300 square foot house. Seems very well insulated although there is one large single pane window that is quite drafty. ELectric runs between $40 adn $100 (higher in summer because of dehumidifier)....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-29-2015, 04:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 970
Posted By EmsMom
I once mended a fitted sheet that had a tear by...

I once mended a fitted sheet that had a tear by first stiching the tear and then using a very large patch over the torn area. I used that sheet for quite a long time and it was perfectly...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-17-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 13,095
Posted By EmsMom
That's crazy for a washing machine to last for...

That's crazy for a washing machine to last for such a short time. I bought a used washing machine about 14 years ago that is still going strong. I do think the older machines last better, though
Forum: Natural Parenting News   06-07-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 884
Posted By EmsMom
I have dealt with lice three times. I tried...

I have dealt with lice three times. I tried some of the over the counter natural treatments the first time but after that I just used the nit comb meticulously several times a day. I even got rid...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-05-2015, 04:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 624
Posted By EmsMom
I have stayed in a couple of b&bs that turned out...

I have stayed in a couple of b&bs that turned out cheaper than even motels. One had a small galley type kitchen where we could make dinner and they served a huge and tasty breakfast that kept us...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-05-2015, 04:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 624
Posted By EmsMom
Also, some zoos are a part of a larger network so...

Also, some zoos are a part of a larger network so memberships will include discounted or sometimes even free entry into certain museums, aquariums, botanical gardens and the like. You can usually...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-26-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 361
Views: 18,039
Posted By EmsMom
yard sale season again! Yesterday i picked up a...

yard sale season again! Yesterday i picked up a nice wooden side table from the 30s (cottage style) $13. Perfect and needed for my living room. And a floor lamp for $5, also for living room and...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-25-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,007
Posted By EmsMom
Update

I ended up finding a lot of small treasures in my parent's house. I have dragged home FIVE large rubbermaid containers full of yarn sets - usually 8 or more skeins of each kind, including some very...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-20-2015, 05:21 AM
Replies: 503
Views: 28,079
Posted By EmsMom
I have used the $5 solar/emergency blankets you...

I have used the $5 solar/emergency blankets you can get at walmart to block out the sun coming in windows. Makes the rooms quite dark but really does keep out the summer sun better than shades or...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-10-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 13,095
Posted By EmsMom
One thing I recently discovered about making...

One thing I recently discovered about making dinner is that if I come home and start something cooking, I can then heat up and serve something I cooked the day before and then some long cooking thing...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-04-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,007
Posted By EmsMom
Thanks so much ladies, I do appreciate it. When...

Thanks so much ladies, I do appreciate it. When my Dad passed I just couldn't think clearly and there are things of his I would have liked to have had for my kids. In this case, though, I know...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-03-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,007
Posted By EmsMom
stuff to take from parents house before an estate sale

my mother is moving to a nursing home and we need to clean out the rather quickly. There are a lot of antiques we are going to sell probably and a few family things I might take but I am wondering...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-03-2015, 05:55 PM
Replies: 503
Views: 28,079
Posted By EmsMom
I understand how you feel. I qualified for a...

I understand how you feel. I qualified for a subsidy on my mortgage so we could have affordable housing, but i sure don't feel poor. In fact, I won't post on this board because in truth, we have...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-21-2015, 05:13 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,679
Posted By EmsMom
In terms of the discussion of how kids party...

In terms of the discussion of how kids party during college: I worked for a year as a grad assistant at a local state college that really has a lot of lower income students. I did not see a lot of...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-04-2015, 04:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 302
Posted By EmsMom
All adults in a family should have a good...

All adults in a family should have a good understanding of the household finances, access to all accounts, an updated knowledge of pension and retirement accounts and insurance policies and know...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-02-2015, 03:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 829
Posted By EmsMom
[QUOTE=frugalmama;18323514]Does anyone have ideas...

[QUOTE=frugalmama;18323514]Does anyone have ideas for hot drinks that aren't tea based? We are drinking a lot of hot / warm drinks to help stay warm {our heat isn't that great} but dd can't drink tea...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-31-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 13,095
Posted By EmsMom
I here you on the time thing. I am a single mom...

I here you on the time thing. I am a single mom with an hour a day commute and now a homeowner. Not much time to make bread and definitely not making soap on any kind of a regular basis! But I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-15-2014, 04:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 300
Posted By EmsMom
I just moved into an older house that was mostly...

I just moved into an older house that was mostly already rehabbed. It still needs some new windows, but the doors are kind of amazingly good at not letting in drafts. Having lived in old houses...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-11-2014, 04:26 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 13,095
Posted By EmsMom
smart about the resoling. I will have to find a...

smart about the resoling. I will have to find a place to do that so I can rescue my shoes. That was a pretty common repair not so many years ago.
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