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    <p>Hi! My son is turning 6 and we are having a birthday party for him at a local State Park. I'm trying to keep it simple and not spend too much but it is challenging. The site is free, we are going to BBQ veggie burgers & veg hot dogs with the fixings and some basic snacks (fruit, chips, etc)...
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    <p>A few years ago, I got some wonderful advice and support from the ladies on this board. I cut expenses to the bone, got TWO jobs and worked the opposite shifts of my husband so we wouldn't pay for childcare.</p> <p>Everyone thought I was crazy. I agree it was a hard and crazy time but I...
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    Hi everyone, I'm curious if anyone here makes their own laundry detergent and wondering if you could share tried and true recipes? I've come across a few on the web here and there, but not sure how good they are. I really want to start making my own as it's very cheap and not full of...
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    <p>Desperately needing to save money, I've just starting skimming the surface of the instructional videos on YouTube.  </p> <p> </p> <p>So far, simple things like today shampooing the car interior.  My old 200K+ Camry needs to survive another 100K if we can, and salvaging the inside from years...
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    <p>So, I am trying to decide what to do about dropping cable altogether. I am wondering if streaming TV through Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu is something to look into. It would be mainly for the kids. My husband only watches hockey, and our team just was bounced out of the playoffs last night, so...
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    <p>I just went to my local Aldi and they had a huge buyout of gluten free products. I don't know if it is at all of them, but if anyone is gluten free, I would check it out.</p>
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    <div id="user_content_17607416"> <p style="margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;padding-bottom:0px;padding-left:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-top:0px;">This is a support thread to help you not spend your money. </p> <p...
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    How do you deal with finances?<br><br> DH and I have very different money philosophies and there's almost always stress around money management. I'm very frugal by nature (some would say cheap <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif">...
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    <p>Money is beyond tight and what little money I was hoping for didn't happen since I couldn't even donate plasma since I've been sick, I have $2 to my name and I need easter basket ideas! My mom pulled baskets out of her decorating stuff along with some easter grass. I picked up some of those...
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    <p>I live in the South East and I usually shop at Aldi for most staples like milk and eggs. Suddenly both the eggs and the milk jumped up in price significantly in just a couple of weeks. Milk went up to $2.99 and eggs went up to $1.99 which means Aldi is no longer the cheapest store for those...
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    <p style="margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;padding-bottom:0px;padding-left:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-top:0px;">This is a support thread to help you not spend your money. </p> <p...
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    <p>I know I'm not the only couponer and clearance shopper here! Let's share our tips, tricks and awesome shopping trips. </p> <p> </p> <p>One thing I always do is keep my eyes peeled for items I can get for free - even if it's not something we eat/use, I always get as many of the free items as...
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    <p>I just really need to vent about this.</p> <p> </p> <p>We have been trying (and failing) to get out of debt for a long time now. Every single time we try to do it and get on a better path something major happens. In January my husband got a job upgrade. He was told he would be making double...
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    <p>I  put new tires on this thing this year.    It has new breaks,  but the transmission went out and that plus a few other issues like the timing belt change will cost more than it is worth.    Does anyone have a frugal way to dispose of a car,   should I sell it for scrap? donate it ?</p>...
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    <p>Are there any other YNAB users here? Some local mom's suggested it to me and I'm learning the ropes, just wondering if anyone else here uses it and might have some tips or success stories! </p>
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    I'm looking for tips to save money. Does anyone have any for me?<br><br> I do a monthly budget, cloth diaper, and use family cloth. I have $14,500 in credit card debt and 18,500 in student loans, 12000 left on my car payment. I'm a teacher who has my summers off so I considered offering summer...
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    <p>Every now and then, I surprise myself by doing something really frugal and cool. I need a place to brag, and I would love to hear what others have done.</p> <p> </p> <p>So here is my latest cheap accomplishment:</p> <p> </p> <p>I have a 6 month old puppy who needs to chew. At the store, bags...
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    <p>I e-filed my federal taxes with Turbotax (as I've been doing for at least 10 years). I ended up with a refund of about $750. This year I was given three choices: receive a check in the mail, have the amount deposited to my bank account, of receive an Amazon gift card (in $100 increments). If...
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    <p>My mom just had a big argument with me tonight.  She's turning 70 this summer and we were talking about party plans.  Out of nowhere she mentioned that she would like to have a cruise to Alaska, with everyone in the family, and have her party on the ship.  I probably said it too fast but I...
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    <p>My family and I have decided to make the switch to vegetarian living.  We still have some meat in our freezer that I will cook up, but I'm not going to be buying any more.  My husband might be getting some meat here and there but the kids and I (two 6 year olds and a 1 year old) are going...
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