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Forum: C-section Birth   06-07-2013, 08:42 AM
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Posted By holidaymama
I would contact your hospital or ask your doctor...

I would contact your hospital or ask your doctor the hospital policies. My dr. just told me yesterday at my last apt. that our hospital is very family/breast feeding friendly and baby never leaves...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-10-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By holidaymama
Thanks ladies! The more I think about it, the...

Thanks ladies! The more I think about it, the more it does make sense to keep it an pay as much as we can before we start daycare and then maybe be able to pay it off next year with a tax return. ...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-10-2013, 04:35 PM
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Views: 232
Posted By holidaymama
We are looking at several that are 2002-2004 age...

We are looking at several that are 2002-2004 age range, less than $5000...so $7000 with the loss. We could def. put a chunk down, but then we would have at least another year of car payments with...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-10-2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By holidaymama
So a year ago, we decided it was time to get rid...

So a year ago, we decided it was time to get rid of our 2001 vehicle that had over 200,000 miles as we averaged about $250 in repair a month. We ended up buying a 2008 CRV which now has 100,000...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-06-2013, 09:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 632
Posted By holidaymama
We have two kids and one on the way with a MIL...

We have two kids and one on the way with a MIL in tow a lot. We have a Ford Expedition 2003 with a third row. It's a gas guzzler, so we only take it when we have to, but we LOVE it for travel. We...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   12-26-2012, 04:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,027
Posted By holidaymama
Momsteader - great advice!   This is...

Momsteader - great advice!
 
This is something I didn't think about until I was reading the replies. My budget has gone up because I am doing weekly shopping instead of monthly like I did all of...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-25-2012, 10:50 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,027
Posted By holidaymama
I do shop mostly at Whole Foods. We have a...

I do shop mostly at Whole Foods. We have a Trader Joes, but I don't really like it. 
 
Here are monthly staples I buy there:
 
Bulk:
Organic cane sugar
Organic popcorn
Organic Rice
Nuts...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-25-2012, 06:36 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,027
Posted By holidaymama
I'm sure this topic has been posted before, but...

I'm sure this topic has been posted before, but I am looking for people who buy strictly organic and stick to some resemblance of a budget.
 
The only thing I don't buy organic is meat...which I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-25-2012, 06:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,685
Posted By holidaymama
I am in grad school and pay $820/month. There is...

I am in grad school and pay $820/month. There is once every few months that I don't end up having a grad school cost (my courses are five weeks on, one week off), so I used that extra $820 to pay...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   10-31-2012, 04:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 409
Posted By holidaymama
I don't have the weight loss issue or nongaining...

I don't have the weight loss issue or nongaining that some of you have. I am so damn bloated ALL the time that my tummy looks like I am way further ahead than I am (and this is my 3rd pregnancy). I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-14-2012, 05:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 458
Posted By holidaymama
We just found out we are expecting (which we are...

We just found out we are expecting (which we are SUPER excited about). That means that we will be paying medical costs so that it is all paid off by my 7th month (the birth included). This is about...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   10-05-2012, 04:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 458
Posted By holidaymama
Yay!!! I love this thread every year :)   I...

Yay!!! I love this thread every year :)
 
I tried making homemade vanilla for the first time this year...it is lovely!
 
We don't really do gifts to neighbors and coworkers, but we do have gifts...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-27-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,154
Posted By holidaymama
My hubby and I and one and then two kiddos...

My hubby and I and one and then two kiddos survived as full time students (we had our first when we were 18 and our second when we were 21 and in college full time). We made do with income based...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-15-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 956
Posted By holidaymama
Taco Soup: 1lb hamburger 1 can tomato juice ...

Taco Soup:
1lb hamburger
1 can tomato juice
taco seasoning
1 bag frozen mixed vegees
1 can or more of black beans
Can add rice and cut down on meat
 
Fried Rice:
Cooked Rice
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-13-2012, 09:38 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,306
Posted By holidaymama
Happy to say that I changed our phone plan today...

Happy to say that I changed our phone plan today so that should save us about $30/month and our Dish package to the lowest, so that will save us $40/month! I told my husband that he can either watch...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-13-2012, 06:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,306
Posted By holidaymama
We are just coming off a one month vacation with...

We are just coming off a one month vacation with our family at their house...sounds cheap, right? Not so much. I have gone through our budget and we were $700 over :( We have a great chunk in...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-15-2012, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,773
Posted By holidaymama
Only a couple of tbsp. I marked a cup and we...

Only a couple of tbsp. I marked a cup and we fill to the line.
Forum: Frugality & Finances   04-22-2012, 08:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,773
Posted By holidaymama
I use a modified recipe of the fels naphtha one:...

I use a modified recipe of the fels naphtha one:

1 part washing soda
1 part borax
1 part Dr. Bronners liquid soap
1/2 part oxy clean


Mix together so that the liquid is incorporated and...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   03-11-2012, 07:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,911
Posted By holidaymama
Do you happen to have a linen closet between the...

Do you happen to have a linen closet between the bedrooms? When we were in an apt, we used the linen closet for toys and the hallway just ended up being a little play area with their kitchen and...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   03-11-2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,441
Posted By holidaymama
Mamas, you are all AMAZING! I can't thank you...

Mamas, you are all AMAZING! I can't thank you enough for all the ideas http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif I love cooking, but I am so tired at night after work that often I sabotage...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-27-2012, 05:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,441
Posted By holidaymama
Thank you all!   SweetSilver - I will say...

Thank you all!
 
SweetSilver - I will say that I am almost positive that I can bake organic bread for less than the $3.95 a loaf I am paying! It's just the time factor...several hours when all I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-27-2012, 06:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,441
Posted By holidaymama
Well, if you read my last post, you know I am...

Well, if you read my last post, you know I am trying to figure things out if my hubby gets a principal job and I can then stay home.
 
It's going to take about $1900/month from our current two...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-25-2012, 11:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,177
Posted By holidaymama
We both have federal student loans. Each of...

We both have federal student loans. Each of about $32k. I am hoping he can fin a job for about $60k which would allow me to stay home if we brought those loans way down and found an inexpensive...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   02-25-2012, 06:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,177
Posted By holidaymama
Has anyone used it? Does it really bring down...

Has anyone used it? Does it really bring down your loans significantly?

My husband is looking for a principal jobs and will have a nice pay raise of around 15-30k. I would like to stay home or...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   09-03-2011, 08:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 862
Posted By holidaymama
I'm trying to get our budget to a reasonable...

I'm trying to get our budget to a reasonable amount. We were spending upwards of $1000 a month for groceries, including toiletries, but $250/week is over half of our weekly budget :( SO, I'm trying...
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