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Forum: Organize & Declutter   10-28-2012, 07:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 733
Posted By taubel
Keep the Thomas set! I have three boys and they...

Keep the Thomas set! I have three boys and they all went through MAJOR train obsessions! We also had multiple types of trains, including lego, and they played with all of them. Legos are hard...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   10-09-2012, 04:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,965
Posted By taubel
We got our son a balance bike when he was 4...

We got our son a balance bike when he was 4 (didn't know about it until then). At first he didn't have much interest, but by 4.5, he was a pro. A month before he turned 5, he asked to try a regular...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-04-2012, 02:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 155
Posted By taubel
We just bought a new house and need to buy a new...

We just bought a new house and need to buy a new furnace for it (planned). It's a natural gas forced hot air heating and cooling system.
 
The HVAC guy offered us two choices (both Trane...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-19-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,250
Posted By taubel
Well, we forked over the $325 for a structural...

Well, we forked over the $325 for a structural engineer. He was not worried about the house. He thinks the second story floor joists may have been installed improperly (with the crown on the bottoms...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-03-2012, 08:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,250
Posted By taubel
The house is only 25 years old! (Our current...

The house is only 25 years old! (Our current house is more than 50 years old and the floors are nearly level.) The walls, ceilings, etc. all seem to be fine. The foundation looks great (poured...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-02-2012, 05:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,250
Posted By taubel
We are in the process of buying a larger home...

We are in the process of buying a larger home and had the inspection this morning. Minor defects were found, with the exception of one major defect - mold in the attic (but that's a whole other...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-22-2012, 07:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,256
Posted By taubel
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Sharlla http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1356385/mortgage-gift-letter#post_17022403)

we got a large sum...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-22-2012, 06:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,256
Posted By taubel
We just signed a contract to buy a house and...

We just signed a contract to buy a house and still own the house we currently live in. It will work out that we are buying the second house before we sell our current house, which is not even on the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-12-2012, 02:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 197
Posted By taubel
My kids are 10, 8 and 5 and I involve them in...

My kids are 10, 8 and 5 and I involve them in many financial discussions. I have shown the oldest our credit card statement and our monthly budget. The older two know how much our house is worth,...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   06-09-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,018
Posted By taubel
Just curious what size space you all live in.......

Just curious what size space you all live in....
 
We live in a house which is somewhere between 1300 and 1400 square feet. We're in the process of bidding on house that is just under 2100 square...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   06-06-2012, 06:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 146
Posted By taubel
I'm not sure this is the best board to ask this...

I'm not sure this is the best board to ask this question, but I have gotten excellent advice on here so far.
 
We are in the midst of negotiating to buy a home and will then be planning to put...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-08-2012, 07:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 616
Posted By taubel
Don't have time for a well thought out reply,...

Don't have time for a well thought out reply, but I just wanted to let you know that your DS sounds very much like mine. My DS (now 10.5) was diagnosed with mild Aspergers and ADD at the age of 3.5,...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   04-29-2012, 07:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 613
Posted By taubel
We have a strict no-shoes rule in our house. We...

We have a strict no-shoes rule in our house. We had the same problem, with three kids taking their shoes off in our living room (no mud room or porch) and getting dirt everywhere. So now I make them...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-21-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 502
Posted By taubel
I just started budgeting $200/month for home...

I just started budgeting $200/month for home repairs/improvements. This doesn't seem like enough, but it's all we can afford at this point. It's enough for something minor, like a clogged drain, but...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-18-2012, 08:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 874
Posted By taubel
Well, we decided not to hand down the Keens....

Well, we decided not to hand down the Keens. I'll keep some extras around in case of an emergency (or if we're ever in a really tough financial situation), but I bought them each a new pair for the...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-16-2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By taubel
Thanks for everyone's advice! I did contact our...

Thanks for everyone's advice! I did contact our town's zoning department, and we can make the addition we want to make (which is a very small addition, of about 300 - 400 square feet). I'm going to...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-12-2012, 07:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By taubel
Thank you for all the great info, ZippyGirl! I...

Thank you for all the great info, ZippyGirl! I do not know anyone who has done a green renovation, so this is really helpful. We probably don't have any green builders in our area, but I will make a...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-11-2012, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By taubel
We have been looking for a larger house in our...

We have been looking for a larger house in our area for quite some time now, and have not found anything suitable. We love our current lot, neighborhood, etc. but our house is small, and we would...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-03-2012, 10:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 874
Posted By taubel
I have 3 boys and we are pretty successful with...

I have 3 boys and we are pretty successful with saving and handing down clothes from one boy to the next.
 
Their sneakers usually wear out before they are outgrown (my kids are very active). But...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-03-2012, 08:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,710
Posted By taubel
When I started my budget a few months ago, I...

When I started my budget a few months ago, I budgeted $70/month for clothing. This is for me, DH and our 3 boys. It includes outerwear, accessories and shoes.
 
We don't really have any good...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-02-2012, 07:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,599
Posted By taubel
  Yes, we're going to take a walk through it...


Yes, we're going to take a walk through it in a few weeks. I've never been in all the bedrooms or the basement, so who knows if we'll even want to buy it after taking a closer look.
 
At least...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-30-2012, 02:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,599
Posted By taubel
Well, it looks like nobody has too much of a...

Well, it looks like nobody has too much of a problem with our buying the neighbor's house, which is good. 
 
As far as the financial obligations of owning two houses for a period of time, that is...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-29-2012, 06:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,599
Posted By taubel
We would prefer not to rent our house. We're not...

We would prefer not to rent our house. We're not handy, and since we don't own it outright, we wouldn't really make much of a profit. Of course, if for some reason we couldn't sell our house, we...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-28-2012, 07:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,599
Posted By taubel
 Quote:Originally Posted by...



Quote:Originally Posted by zebra15 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1349237/would-you-buy-your-neighbors-house#post_16929028)

A...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-28-2012, 06:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,599
Posted By taubel
Our neighbors are planning to sell their house...

Our neighbors are planning to sell their house this spring. It's larger and nicer than our house, and we've been planning a home upgrade for a while. We love our current neighborhood and location...
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