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Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-17-2014, 09:08 AM
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Posted By mumm
I remember the first Christmas my partner had to...

I remember the first Christmas my partner had to work. I felt just awful about it. She has now been away for Christmas for 11 years straight, and I kinda like it! On Christmas day we get together...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-17-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 663
Posted By mumm
Yes. Our library loans out almost every type of...

Yes. Our library loans out almost every type of ipad/tablet there is so people can play with them before purchasing. It is a technology petting zoo. You could borrow just to use the camera.

I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-25-2014, 10:21 AM
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Posted By mumm
That is what is probably the hardest part I...

That is what is probably the hardest part I imagine. I feel very fortunate that my spouse and I are on the same page when it comes to money. Is he happy to go into (or increase) your debt?

My...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-25-2014, 04:20 AM
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Posted By mumm
Can you just leave it like that? I know I've...

Can you just leave it like that? I know I've struggled the same way. Then I realized I was just trying to follow the standards society sets up for celebrating this holiday. Several years ago I...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-15-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 227
Posted By mumm
This was a great conversation for me to read. We...

This was a great conversation for me to read. We are in the thick of trying to balance out these same issues. As parents, we were often embarassed by our things- clothes, lack of bike, beat up...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-29-2014, 09:24 AM
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Posted By mumm
Sorry. It is a federal program isn't it? I...

Sorry. It is a federal program isn't it? I assumed the rules would be the same across the board. I think we've been approved (system is difficult to navigate so it isn't really clear yet) and we...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-26-2014, 06:22 AM
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Views: 84,257
Posted By mumm
I just applied for SNAP and asked right up front...

I just applied for SNAP and asked right up front about savings rather than waste everyone's time. It is no longer considered. They just look at income. I tried to find something online to back...
Forum: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island   10-16-2014, 06:55 AM
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Posted By mumm
http://www.eastleighfarm.com/store.html

http://www.eastleighfarm.com/store.html
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-08-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 1,311
Views: 84,257
Posted By mumm
I'm so sorry. :Hug I'm feeling a similar way for...

I'm so sorry. :Hug I'm feeling a similar way for my daughter. I know she is missing out on social things because people either don't invite her or because I have to say no. It stinks and there...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   10-07-2014, 02:08 PM
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Views: 231
Posted By mumm
Cleaning baking mats- How??

About a year ago I got two baking mats. Not Silpat, but that sort of thing.

I use them for baking cookies/scones, roasting sweet potatoes, making oven roasted tomatoes, onions, etc. Sometimes...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   10-07-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 822
Posted By mumm
My SO was great to have with me during labor and...

My SO was great to have with me during labor and birth.

However, my first experiences with birth were as a support person for someone else. She had difficult births and it didn't work with her...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-19-2014, 07:20 AM
Replies: 1,311
Views: 84,257
Posted By mumm
Is anyone here comfortable answering food...

Is anyone here comfortable answering food stamp/SNAP benefit questions? I'm thinking of applying. In the on-line screening process they asked about income and savings. But the actual application...
Forum: Reuse & Recycle   09-10-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,838
Posted By mumm
I've read that air dryers are not as good as...

I've read that air dryers are not as good as regular drying (with paper or cloth) because even thought you've just washed the friction helps remove residual germs and dirt/grime. Also the air flow...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-07-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,029
Posted By mumm
My youngest two (twins, 7 years) each have their...

My youngest two (twins, 7 years) each have their own bed in the same room but sleep together about half the time. During the summer it is every night, but during the school year they tend to split...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   09-07-2014, 05:54 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,771
Posted By mumm
I think it seems fine. I didn't...

I think it seems fine.




I didn't see she said what state she is in. My state doesn't have any laws regarding what age is appropriate to leave kids home alone.


CPS is hovering over...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-06-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 1,311
Views: 84,257
Posted By mumm
Huge!! I've never been a smoker but I do...

Huge!!

I've never been a smoker but I do know that quitting is a big deal. And 6 weeks is phenomenal. Keep it up!!
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-04-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,987
Posted By mumm
For the past few years we've spent about 30-35%. ...

For the past few years we've spent about 30-35%. (I think- did the math quickly. About $8K in taxes annually, $2,200/mortgage, not sure what insurance is. I don't think you count utilities and...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-01-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 1,311
Views: 84,257
Posted By mumm
I do, to the point the school requires a note...

I do, to the point the school requires a note from an md saying one of my kids can attend public school. If you see she is eating well and is healthy and active, then continue on. If you think her...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-27-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 1,311
Views: 84,257
Posted By mumm
I'm new here. Been reading many of the previous...

I'm new here. Been reading many of the previous posts- lots of people to keep track of! I'm not in a dire situation but after years of living comfortably on one income, that one income has dropped...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-27-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,585
Posted By mumm
Yup! Wrapping paper always seems silly and...

Yup! Wrapping paper always seems silly and wasteful to me (albeit a beautiful waste). We mostly wrap in newspaper or if it is within our family we use pretty fabrics that are leftover from sewing...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-20-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,948
Posted By mumm
Interesting. Also remember this is brought to us...

Interesting. Also remember this is brought to us by the people who made the food pyramid.



You're probably right! We don't eat much sandwich bread, but when we do I buy the day old stuff for...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-19-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,948
Posted By mumm
This is interesting. I too wonder how much I...

This is interesting. I too wonder how much I "should" be spending. We spend less than that for 2 adults and 4 kids ages 7-14 but I also grow much of our food during this time of the year and try to...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   08-19-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By mumm
I think I am seconding the bunting! Triangular...

I think I am seconding the bunting! Triangular pieces of pretty cloth that hang from a line? I can sew a straight-ish line and that is about it, but I've made many many of these over the years for...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-13-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 612
Posted By mumm
My 13 year old gets $10/hr to watch one kid while...

My 13 year old gets $10/hr to watch one kid while the mother is home. He was getting $8 for the past two years but it went up in the spring. I haven't had a sitter in about 2 years but when I did...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-08-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,069
Posted By mumm
I'm in the minority here, but I leave my kids...

I'm in the minority here, but I leave my kids home all the time! Probably starting around age 2 or 3 I'll leave them when I walk to the mailbox. Then I'll leave them when I walk with other kids to...
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