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Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-29-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,662
Posted By ArtsyMomma
I think some kids will grasp the Food = Money +...

I think some kids will grasp the Food = Money + Time + Work, but some won't. I have been actively trying to reduce my grocery bill, eat better and cut back on food waste. I do talk about it with the...
Forum: Diapering   04-03-2012, 02:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By ArtsyMomma
When I lived in an apartment I shared a dryer...

When I lived in an apartment I shared a dryer with the neighbor for 6 months or so. It wasn't a pay per use dryer. I was a single mom, the neighbor was a single dad. As you can imagine, with 6-8...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-03-2012, 02:21 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 10,789
Posted By ArtsyMomma
My worst feeling financial moment was a few...

My worst feeling financial moment was a few summers ago, we were at the state park and my kids asked for snow cones. It would have been $3, just $3, but I couldn't afford it and going to the park...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-03-2012, 12:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,721
Posted By ArtsyMomma
When we bought our house we learned that the...

When we bought our house we learned that the former owners live about a half mile down the road. It's worked out really well for us. We have been able to ask about some little quirks and get more...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-03-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 894
Posted By ArtsyMomma
I hand down shoes to younger kids, especially...

I hand down shoes to younger kids, especially boots! As long as the shoes are still in good condition, I say go for it! I can usually hand down sandals, sneakers my kids tend to wear out after age 3...
Forum: Family Safety   03-11-2012, 07:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By ArtsyMomma
Wow! Three full twists was more than I was...

Wow! Three full twists was more than I was expecting! Good to know though! I went to BRU and tried the Britax Frontier, I was able to get a really nice install so I went ahead and ordered one from...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-09-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 742
Posted By ArtsyMomma
We bought a house last summer and I've been...

We bought a house last summer and I've been slowly painting every single room. So far I've done 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an large hallway/stairway, the living room, and a dining room - all the walls...
Forum: Family Safety   03-08-2012, 08:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By ArtsyMomma
Oh...that is good news! I don't think the...

Oh...that is good news! I don't think the Odysseys are very different at all - though I don't know for sure. I do know that my 2001 looks an awful lot like the 2010. I'd imagine it is very similar...
Forum: Family Safety   03-08-2012, 06:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By ArtsyMomma
Darn, I was hoping there was a chance the Radian...

Darn, I was hoping there was a chance the Radian would work. The Britax Frontier seems similar, I think the belt path will be too low. I'm considering a boulevard for the 2 year old, or a marathon?
Forum: Family Safety   03-07-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By ArtsyMomma
Hello, I was hoping someone would be able to...

Hello, I was hoping someone would be able to give me some advice. I need to replace two Britax Decathalons, they expire soon. The children sitting in them are 4.5 years old (52 lbs,39 in) and 2...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-22-2012, 02:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,870
Posted By ArtsyMomma
Like the other posters, I try to stock up on...

Like the other posters, I try to stock up on kids gifts when I can. I get craft supplies after the back-to-school sales, I get toys after Christmas and I stock up on books when we have a local...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   01-11-2012, 05:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,142
Posted By ArtsyMomma
I haven't been air drying laundry indoors this...

I haven't been air drying laundry indoors this year. We just moved to a new house and we have humidity issues, but I line dried everything until about october. For socks and little things like...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-26-2011, 06:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By ArtsyMomma
We have our home phone through the cable...

We have our home phone through the cable company. It is about $45 a month, free long distance, caller ID and some other features I've never used. We don't have cable TV - just the internet and...
Forum: Gardening   06-23-2011, 09:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,245
Posted By ArtsyMomma
Thanks Owen'nZoe! I didn't realize I'd missed...

Thanks Owen'nZoe! I didn't realize I'd missed fruit tree planting time. I'll wait until next spring like you suggested. I know myself, and I know I would likely forget to water the trees. It's just...
Forum: Gardening   06-23-2011, 09:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,245
Posted By ArtsyMomma
Thanks Heather! It seems as though my first...

Thanks Heather! It seems as though my first frost date is October 3rd. Thanks for the advice about checking the dates on seeds! I'd love to get some lettuce. I also thought a fence would be a lot...
Forum: Gardening   06-22-2011, 08:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,245
Posted By ArtsyMomma
DP and I closed on our first home together at...

DP and I closed on our first home together at the beginning of the month, and I've been really hoping to start a garden. My previous attempts at container gardens on the deck of my apartment have...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   06-22-2011, 06:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,504
Posted By ArtsyMomma
My kids are 8,7,4,1 and I babysit an 18 month...

My kids are 8,7,4,1 and I babysit an 18 month old. I get very overwhelmed when I'm disorganized. I keep a day planner to track things that need to get done eeach day - appointments, playdates, etc....
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   06-22-2011, 06:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,773
Posted By ArtsyMomma
Good Financial Planning! DP and I just purchased...

Good Financial Planning! DP and I just purchased a home, we put about 35% down and the mortgage payments will be about 25% of his moderate salary. We hope to pay off the house in 5 years.
 
We...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-09-2011, 05:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,131
Posted By ArtsyMomma
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Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-07-2011, 05:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,131
Posted By ArtsyMomma
I agree with the above posters....the person you...

I agree with the above posters....the person you choose to marry will have a huge impact on your financial life, and your personal life.
 
My first husband was not a very motivated person. We...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-07-2011, 04:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 372
Posted By ArtsyMomma
I think it's standard to charge for incoming and...

I think it's standard to charge for incoming and outgoing texts. Bummer to get caught unaware though. I get unlimited texting for $5-10 a month with my plan, there are other limited plans if you...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-07-2011, 04:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,353
Posted By ArtsyMomma
WOW! Great find!!!!!

WOW! Great find!!!!!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-26-2011, 05:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 800
Posted By ArtsyMomma
Wow !! Congratulations!!!! The house we are...

Wow !! Congratulations!!!! The house we are buying was only on the market for a few days also. We knew exactly what we wanted, when we found it, we made an offer. Good Luck finding a new place too!
Forum: Organize & Declutter   05-26-2011, 05:34 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,442
Posted By ArtsyMomma
Does anyone use a hand-held steam cleaner? I've...

Does anyone use a hand-held steam cleaner? I've used baking soda, ecover, and vinegar to clean the bathrooms for years. It never really occurred to me to kill germs in there, but those hand held...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-24-2011, 08:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,584
Posted By ArtsyMomma
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