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I had a lot of trouble this week....will try to post later this week, but I'm completley trying ot dig out of the sand hereon all levels - mess, clutter, finances, profesional life, personal life....I'm a mess at the moment...<br><br>
How's everyone else??<br><br>
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I feel inconsistent. I made my own cleaners and spent the weekend using them, but was so tired/out of time afterwards that I sent my husband out for dinner. Arggghhh!<br><br>
Now, off to write lesson plans...<br><br>
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I'm tired. I thought I'd get time to get my sewing machine set up, and I didn't at all, and now the weekend is over. I didn't get as much decluttering done as I wanted, either. I was just tired all weekend and wasn't motivated. :yawning:<br><br>
Did have one interesting experience. We rarely eat out at restaurants because they are unhealthy and unfrugal and we find it a good place to save. But today my mom was visiting and took us out to a restaurant that is kind of like California Pizza Kitchen.<br><br>
It was a great visit but I was appalled at the portion sizes and the low quality of the food and the amount of waste. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I was essentially forced into wasting food because it was way too much for me to eat, and it wasn't going to keep for much longer than a day, and I already have tomorrow's meal planned. I mean, I could have taken it home, but it was only enough for one person, so I would have to cook dinner anyhow. Ugh. I really hate seeing so much waste. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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We are still getting ready for our move.(only 11 days to go!!) I am so ready to be done. I am trying to make the decision to accept a job offer (watching one infant in my home M-F) or not.Cutting back on doing childcare part of the basis of the move but it also REALLY scary not bringing any income in I would be making $600/month or I can take the job at a church I was planning on taking ($200/ month w/ potential for more) We can "survive" on either but I guess it all comes down to commitment Church is 5 hours per week (3 in church/2 at home - with possibility for more) Childcare is 45-50/week. I will probably just take the church job then decide if I ned to make the switch. I have NO clue!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
On a happy grocery note - We were able to get containers of strawberries buy 1 get 1 free, as well as ears of corn too. Plus I scored a steak (yep meat eaters here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: ) for 1.94 for pretty cheap it was my dinner last night & will be lunch today!
 

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Hi All<br>
I am new to this board- just wanted to say hello! My name is Kerri and I live in Maine in farm country, but not far from civilization. After a seemingly long winter and a 3-day power outage last week, I have been going nuts trying to get my act together for spring. I have the spring cleaning bug- I dug out my sewing machine yesterday and did nothing with it, started raking the garden and didn't finish, threw a load of laundry in and still have not hung it on the line. I can't seem to finish anything!<br><br>
Today DH and I are off together so we are going to take one thing at a time and finish it! We are really trying to not spend any extra money on our garden this year- we started some seeds inside, are getting a couple of plants from a neighbor who I had done some work for (he has an organic garden center), and we have a hefty pile of compost to start with.<br><br>
Nice to "meet" you all!
 

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Subbing. Still taking notes. I started tomato seeds last week. I'm using up seeds from a few years ago. I only bought one variety this year. I also bought flower seeds but nothing like my usual $30 seed buying extravaganza.<br><br>
We went on a big shopping trip over the weekend. Mostly stuck to the list and didn't go out for lunch. Made it home before stomachs growled to make lunch. We did not buy any new gadgets, just consumables.<br><br>
Anyhow, I'm Amy, I live in rural upstate NY.
 

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Subbing...doing good. Went to the Green Festival yestersay, not necessarily frugal mind you, spent $16 to park, $10 to get in before even getting into the expo, but it happens too infrequent, we enjoyed ourselves, and saw old friends, made new ones- well worth spulging.<br><br>
Part of frugal living is also preparing for events such as this as they come up. That way you can enjoy yourself and not worry about the cost since you already factored that in. Or, you can also bring lunch like we did instead of buying it or anything else along that line.<br><br>
I am interested in how you shop/get for groceries and how much it costs for your family. Meaning- what are your resources? For us, we go to the local Trader Joes, and a local grocer in my town 3 blocks away. I am also part of a CSA that starts up again next week, I also use Frontier for many items. This year we are also going to purchase a side of beef.<br><br>
How are you able to trim costs or how are you looking to trim costs??
 

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We really need to trim grocery/gas costs & that ever present mindless spending. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: I will OFFICIALLY be a stay at home mom on Friday since I decided I would just take the church job! I am hoping if I can just stay out of stores! I am hoping it won't be too hard since we have a library & park in our new kid filled neighborhood plus a brand new library is 2 miles away so I should be able to bike to it. DH is getting our SFG beds put in tonight so they will be ready for me to plant once I get there. So hopefully we will be comfortable just hanging around the neighborhood (plus we are getting zoo & seaworld passes for DD's B-day)
 

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i was trying to start switching us from paper to coth in the kitchen but my sewing machine broke. i should either have it working again or have a working new-to-me machine soon though.<br><br>
i had just bought a ride-behind bicycle seat for dd to ride on my bike, then on sunday got one free from mil so returned the store-bought one today (though it's kind of scary so we will probably buy a trailer anyway). i also bought some soil today & 2 blueberry bushes. i hope to start some seeds tomorrow, after i plant blueberries & Arbor Day Foundation trees this afternoon.<br><br>
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Mama Kate, congrats on your decision! Good luck on the move!<br><br>
Welcome Kerri!<br><br>
Sarah, I saw a singer machine listed in the TP, might be worth checking out.<br><br>
I feel like we have spent some $ this past week but all in good effort.<br><br>
Bought the stuff and built our square foot garden boxes and they are all set. I'm planning our gardens and will plant once we get our protective cages built. Also set up our compost. We added the leaves that have been in the shed for over a year (we were too cheap to have them hauled away). I'm going to starbucks to get some Grounds of Gardens to get the compost working fast. The chicken wire we got for the gardens and compost was on close out for $13 from $48! So, we have some left over to use, give away, whatever. I'm planning to spend a little money on our yard before DS's bday party but I'm doing almost all perinnials so it won't be $ every year.<br><br>
We are remodeling our kitchen. I think it is going to total about $6k. I didn't want to start that project yet but hubby surprised me by starting it whiel I was out of town. Anyway, we bought our house out of foreclosure so we have been slowly doing stuff, the kitchen is the last major project. We have been able to get some good deals but not as many as I would like. So, we are about half way through the project now. I will be glad when it is over and I can go back to cooking instead of buying so much prepared stuff at the grocery.<br><br>
For saving at the grocery I go to a local chain, only 2 Thursdays a month when they have the spend $50 get $10 off deals. I also get alot at Costco and I'm very happy with their organic/veggie stuff. *Disclaimer, I'm not a hard core lots of veggies/organic person. Just trying to learn as I go and looking for those items.<br><br>
I'm slowly going through our stuff to sell on the TP or to donate to our LLL garage sale.<br><br>
So, just the usual I guess. Trying to make small but significant changes.
 

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I am sick. Husband is sick. Kid is potentially getting sick. Being sick makes being organized and frugal not so easy...<br><br>
Frugal things:<br><br>
Weeded out all of my son's extra clothes (getting too small for him) and donated them and then replaced a few things in larger sizes all from the used stores.<br><br>
Saved money on new work clothes. Not entirely frugal but it <b>had</b> to be done, and I feel that I did it reasonably frugally, considering that nice used clothes in my size are as likely as buying a unicorn at goodwill or something. If anyone is not so skinny, needs professional looking work clothes and lives near a 4th and Towne, they are closing and the sales are awesome for that type of thing. I am wearing new summer weight wool pants and a great cardigan that totaled under $30. All told, I took care of a basic spring/summer/notwoolytweedy work wardrobe for about $160. I manage a charity and must dress nicely every day. I have 3 pairs of pants and 2 skirts that will fit the bill plus blazers, light sweaters and button down shirts, so I should be able to avoid further shopping. Another thing, is that I trimmed down some summer casual clothes and did not need to buy any new casual house clothes.<br><br><br>
Not so frugal-<br><br>
Convenience foods while sick.
 

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I am back from a 2 week trip to visit family. It was a very frugal trip but did involve flying cross country and renting a car. We stuck to our budget though and still had a good time catchiong up with friends and family.<br><br>
Now I am back on my frugal, frugal bandwagon. I must economize for the next 5 months while we pay down our home equity loan. Gad, I hate that loan. It is the last reminder of foolish things dh and I did in the early years of our marriage and now we are so close to paying it all off.<br><br>
My grocery budget is down to $90 a week for a family of 4. We live out in the boonies and food tends to be expensive here with no competition from stores like Aldi or Trader Joes. Not sure how I could get it lower and still eat decent meals.<br><br>
Our electricity has gone up 30% over the last year and I am starting to feel it. I must must, must get my clothesline back up this week and stop relying on the dryer. Just got a notice that our electric rates are going to increase again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Goal this week: clothesline
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am interested in how you shop/get for groceries and how much it costs for your family. Meaning- what are your resources? For us, we go to the local Trader Joes, and a local grocer in my town 3 blocks away. I am also part of a CSA that starts up again next week, I also use Frontier for many items. This year we are also going to purchase a side of beef.<br><br>
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We shop primarily at the local grocery stores. We also do shop at Sam's Club once a month to stock up on some items in bulk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/tomato.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="tomato"><br><br>
When cash is flowing well (hardly ever) we do shop at our local natural food store once in a while.<br><br>
I just participated in my first Frontier co-op last month and I hope to be involved in more! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
We buy chickens from a local hobby farmer (he's also DH's friend) so that keeps us in chicken meat year round.<br><br>
We grow a big garden using the square foot method and I just planted raspberries and have a blueberry plant waiting to go in the ground this week as well.<br><br>
I'm looking to trim costs because we need *every* penny I can save these days! I'm looking at less expensive, but still nutritious meals. We're eating more soups and more bean based dishes. I'm trying to stretch the protein. DH isn't ready to go vegetarian and neither is DS.
 

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Let's see...grocery savings:<br><br>
1. Costco<br>
2. Azure Standard: order bulk wheat berries (gonna sprout and grind our own flour!), grains, beans, sugars, etc. No CSA around here so I'm also going to look into ordering produce from them...drawback? The truck only comes through once a month so I'm going to have to be SUPER organized so that I don't run out of staples!<br><br>
Unfrugal confessions for the week?<br><br>
1. Grain grinder...sure I could've ordered the cheaper, hand crank version, but we didn't and now own an electric WhisperMill<br>
2. Excalibur Dehydrator: in my defense...ok...no excuse really, except that we've wanted one forever and now that our bulk seeds are coming from Azure I'm itching to make some seed crackers in it...<br>
3. Oh, and all of the organic seedlings that we'd started were killed ruthlessly by "the big wind" that we had a couple of days ago so I'm going to have to buy starters now...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
All in all, NOT our most frugal month...I'm aiming for a "no spend" on groceries week next week though...gonna use a bunch of frozen veggies instead!<br><br>
One last thing...I'm real interested in buying Charlie's Soap for Laundry detergent...does anyone know if the home made version is cheaper than $.09 a load? (that's what Charlie's 5gal bucket turns out to be)
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> Hi, new to this thread. My name is Sarah and I am mommy to two wonderful girls. I'm a SAHM and dh works fulltime and schools fulltime. We are mostly frugal b/c we have to be, but we are very happy. I have a very mathematical mind though, I have some serious budgeting statigies. My dh doesn't really have much to do with finances. He just knows that he can't spend any money and that I make sure we are fed and the bills are paid <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
My frugal plans for the week/as soon as I can get to it are:<br><br>
*Make more cloth wipes so I can start using them (dh refuses)<br>
*Sell all my old FBs on the TP and get more prefolds and covers<br>
*Make dd 2 dresses (1 I alrady have cut out from fabric my mom gave me and the other is a pillowcase dress that I will make out of a pillow case I got at half off day at the thrift store <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">)<br>
*List more stuff on Craigslist! We have to much stuff as it is and we could use the money to pay for my dh needing to take a class this summer.<br>
*Make a menu plan! I'm horrible with this, I just try to keep the cupboards and fridge stocked and make what I can, but maybe this would help save some money.<br>
*Call AzureStandard and try to get on the truck route
 

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It's been a slow week for us on the frugal front.<br><br>
We've managed to eat dinner at home every night with meals cooked from scratch! (awfully proud of that)<br><br>
I've done less thrift-store shopping this week and managed to convince DD that two new (used) books (at 25 cents ea) is enough to bring home when we do thrift shop. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I responded to a freecycle offer of free strawberry plants and am *hopeful* that I'll be the lucky recipient. Could use good freecycle vibes on this one!<br><br>
DH and I plan to plant our onion sets and potatoes tomorrow if the rain stays away.<br><br>
What have you all been up to?
 

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Well for us, we are getting ready to move, so I am in declutter mode to a point.<br><br>
I forget who did their first frontier coop- congrats, and remember- its addictive!! IF you want to order and cant get in one, pm me. I usually order every 6 weeks or so on my own or I will run a coop here. They fill up fast here!<br><br>
Yesterday we went and picked out our new appliances for our new kitchen in the house we are buying. Our new house (well its pretty old but new to us!) is 30K more than what we sold this house for. So our mortgage is not really going up much so we are going to add a few more $ to the mortgage for the kitchen renovation that we are doing ourselves. To have it done, it would be 60-70K, but for us its about 15K incl appliances all very high end ones too. DH is building our new kitchen cabinets now before we move. Even though the appliances we bought (incl a Wolf stove) are expensive, we got them just over list with some connections we have. We also bought our dishwasher off of craigslist from a builder.<br><br>
We figure we can do the high end stove because we are bigtime cooks. I also get to get a new big huge freezer since I feed the freezer so much. So this house, which has a lot more usuable space, isnt that much bigger than what we are selling but in a great location and we plan to stay for a long long time and raise our family. We are buying a 5 bedroom 3 bath house but its not what it seems. Everything is sooo outdated and we are going to take it apart and put it back together like we did this house. One bedroom is going to go and will turn into a larger living room instead of a tiny tiny bedroom and a tiny living room. The basmt is unfinished and large and we plan to have a work out area and craft room eventually.<br><br>
Since we do things ourselves, it will take a while to do instead of everything at once. But its more frugal and no debt!<br><br>
But even though this seems expensive, its really not because we have found other places to look for things and know people. Also it helps to be handy like we are and creative about things. the only reason we splurged on the stove, was we are both big time cooks and it will get used a lot!
 

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Okay, I am going to stop lurking on this thread and post. Dh and I have done pretty well. I am trying to buckle down and get serious because I have been going through our finances and have realized just how out of control our spending has gotten! I used to be incredibly frugal, and over the years, dh's spending habits have really worn off on me. Yikes! I am embarrassed at how much I've slid. It's just so easy to live "his way," yk? We were eating out a lot - way, way too much. In the past four weeks though we only ate out once and that was a special circumstance. I feel pretty good about that. We ate out a ton in March, so we really improved this month. We also improved on our grocery bills. I bought a bunch of "new" stuff (we are going gluten-free, and it is always weird transitioning to a new lifestyle!), and we still only spent $40 more on groceries this month than last. My goal for May though is to shave a good bit off that bill. I've been going through my cupboards. I'm headed back up there in a few minutes to finish up - then I'm going to sit down and work on a menu. I also went through the cloth diapers, culled them (some are on kid #4), and organized them. Hopefully that should make it easier and less frustrating to use them! Dh gets really frustrated with the cloth dipes, so I'm hoping this will help. That's all for now. I'll be back.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I forget who did their first frontier coop- congrats, and remember- its addictive!! IF you want to order and cant get in one, pm me. I usually order every 6 weeks or so on my own or I will run a coop here. They fill up fast here!</div>
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Can you explain that co-op a little to me? I've never done anything like that! Do you have to pay shipping? That's the cool thing about Azure, since we're on the truck route...no shipping! All I know about Frontier is that I just bought some Frontier Garum Masala (not a very frugal purchase by the way) at Wild Oats! Learn me please! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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