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Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-24-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 300
Posted By annethcz
I remember in previous years, it was pretty...

I remember in previous years, it was pretty common for retainers to offer an extra 10% if you'd convert your tax refund into gift cards for that retailer.  I haven't seen that much lately though.
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Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   03-24-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 664
Posted By annethcz
Currently we use our grill on our driveway, a...

Currently we use our grill on our driveway, a couple of feet away from the garage door.
 
In the past, I've used a grill on a wood deck, and closer than 10 feet from the house, with no issues.  I...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-07-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By annethcz
I love One Girl's response! Because I often do...

I love One Girl's response! Because I often do the same thing. FWIW, it's not just my girls, but my boys are more moody as teens than they were as children. After a blowup, my kids really benefit...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-07-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 424
Posted By annethcz
My kids don't have TVs or gaming consoles in...

My kids don't have TVs or gaming consoles in their rooms, but they all have their own laptops/tablets. They sometimes game and stream Netflix in their rooms. As long as it doesn't become excessive,...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   02-07-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 493
Posted By annethcz
I agree that I would stop driving my kids to...

I agree that I would stop driving my kids to school. I'd be more conscious of planning/combining errands. But as it is, I use about half of the gas that I did 5 years ago because I've cut down on...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   02-07-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 5,980
Posted By annethcz
Drive by wave. I've been around since 1999ish,...

Drive by wave. I've been around since 1999ish, but rarely stop in anymore.

I do miss the community that used to exist. I've been through a ton of changes in the past few years. I divorced,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-05-2013, 03:51 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,892
Posted By annethcz
That does strike me as odd, but I can see the...

That does strike me as odd, but I can see the other parents' perspective a bit. My kids are similar ages, and we do host sleepovers on a regular basis. Although I do provide special foods and lots...
Forum: Learning at School   02-18-2013, 10:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 757
Posted By annethcz
I homeschooled for several years, but all of my...

I homeschooled for several years, but all of my kids are currently in school.  My younger kids attend a small charter school and my older kids attend the public jr. high. 
 
I love that my kids...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-18-2013, 09:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,365
Posted By annethcz
Quote:Originally Posted by...

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Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-18-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 502
Posted By annethcz
I'm with Tired on this one.  Most midwives I...

I'm with Tired on this one.  Most midwives I know don't accept credit cards for payment (or at least they didn't when I was having babies a few years ago).  While you do have 9 months to save for...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-18-2013, 09:26 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,191
Posted By annethcz
You've gotten some good suggestions.  For sure...

You've gotten some good suggestions.  For sure keep your options open as to location, be open to moving to the suburbs. 
 
My other question is- are you wanting to move right now? Or are you...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-02-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,607
Posted By annethcz
I was in a similar circumstance, although with...

I was in a similar circumstance, although with far lower temperatures.  Being in the heat made my family MISERABLE.  The kids were crabby, my DH was crabby, I was crabby.  We were lethargic and got...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-02-2013, 11:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,365
Posted By annethcz
I am not a morning person at all either.    ...

I am not a morning person at all either. 
 
When I'm feeling motivated I make egg, bacon and cheese sandwiches on English muffins.  I wrap each sandwich in wax paper, so they're easy to store and...
Forum: Nutrition and Good Eating   01-19-2013, 11:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 223
Posted By annethcz
I always make broth with the leftover bones.  ...

I always make broth with the leftover bones.
 
Chicken tacos or burritos
BBQ sandwiches
chicken curry
chicken stirfry
orange chicken
chicken & apple or chicken & pear turnovers
 
Those are...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-18-2013, 08:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,774
Posted By annethcz
I also talk a lot about choices and priorities. ...

I also talk a lot about choices and priorities.  My kids are probably sick of hearing that they're lucky because they have everything they need and some of the things they want.  I try to emphasize...
Forum: Learning at School   01-18-2013, 08:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By annethcz
My youngest is in 3rd grade this year.  Although...

My youngest is in 3rd grade this year.  Although her older siblings attended the same school and had much more homework at this age, my DD has almost no homework this year.  She has book projects...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-18-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,593
Posted By annethcz
I agree, I think that family activites where...

I agree, I think that family activites where your DD doesn't feel singled out would be a good place to start.  Being forced to participate in a group sport that she's good at could very easily lead...
Forum: Parenting   01-18-2013, 07:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 357
Posted By annethcz
I agree with the others, it's been a constant...

I agree with the others, it's been a constant conversation will all of my kids.  There hasn't been a big talk, just lots of little talks as topics come up.  Sometimes I bring up the subjects,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-29-2012, 08:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 607
Posted By annethcz
I was a sahm for 8 years or so.  During that...

I was a sahm for 8 years or so.  During that time I did have a WAHM online business, but it was fairly easy to work the hours I wanted to.
 
I now work outside the home part-time. The transition...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   02-26-2012, 10:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 337
Posted By annethcz
I did buy a new (to me) vehicle last fall, I'll...

I did buy a new (to me) vehicle last fall, I'll tell you about my decision-making process.
 
1.Top 3 considerations: capacity (we are a family of 6), price, quality.  I also strongly considered...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   02-26-2012, 10:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 295
Posted By annethcz
My family has always given money for birthdays...

My family has always given money for birthdays and holidays, starting when my kids were born.  The rule at my house is that any money from relatives goes into college savings, unless the relative...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   02-07-2012, 08:54 PM
Replies: 34
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Views: 1,626
Posted By annethcz
I also remember you.  You've been down such a...

I also remember you.  You've been down such a hard road.  I am amazed by your strength and your persistence.  You're a wonderful mother.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-24-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,356
Posted By annethcz
We keep a $1000 buffer in our checking account...

We keep a $1000 buffer in our checking account also.
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   01-17-2012, 07:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 166
Posted By annethcz
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Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   01-17-2012, 07:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 166
Posted By annethcz
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