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toy computers, heat, and 'free dinners', why I'm not here

November 17th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

My mother sent us her old net book that was crashed, she said if we fixed it we could keep it.

We fixed it. Ok so my husband fixed it, I just heard the daily updates.

I am not knocking my mothers generosity, it is a cool toy but....

It is just a very expensive toy. With the amount of memory and hard drive space, and especially with the type of hard drive. It really only runs a few simple kid games. (Starfall.com type online options and we barely managed to fit times attack on there)

The size of the keyboard means even my 8 year old son couldn't really use it for typing practice. Though it does make it perfect for the 5 year old and only marginally small for the 7 year old (with small hands - she is kinda petite considering her 6 ft tall parents)

No heat still, and the windows are open, so not really an achievement of mine.

We had coupons for free kids meals, with 5 kids that takes a sizable chunk out of our meal cost. Since we had a few birthdays to celebrate we thought we should take the plunge. Unfortunately with two hungry adults still add up to a pricey meal (least for unemployed folk) And no I am not sitting in a restaurant with 5 kids and not eating.

Speaking of unemployed, yep we still are. UI wont run out for a good long while, but dental bills are eating into our EF.

And as to why I'm not on here. Partly due to keeping up with education blogging, which is kinda more my life. And partly because it is embarrassing. Here it is finance, and my finances suck, and are not looking up. Both due to things I cannot change, lack of husbands job. And due to things I don't feel like changing -spending any less.

I got comfy in the level we spent, and I cut it a bit to make it all fit in UI, but...I really don't want to go back to the drastic measures I had to make a few short years ago. And yet if no new job comes before the EF runs out. OR if any other big reason to need the EF happens...I will only blame myself.

So not interested in change, and full knowing it is stupid to keep spending all the UI (which is essentially living paycheck to paycheck) I hesitate to come to a place full of smart people who might tell me I am being an idiot. (though you folk would never be so rude about it)

7 Responses to “toy computers, heat, and 'free dinners', why I'm not here”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    I totally get it. But, I 've found it most helpful to post here when my finances weren't in order. These people can come up with some great ideas and be encouraging.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    It's okay to vent during the down times financially too. It's life. It's the truth.

  3. SnoopyCool Says:

    I hear you. We were on track in my family, financially, until DH lost his job. It's been hard ever since, and I haven't been happy, so I quit posting, too. I'm finally coming back, slowly. Hang in there.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    Hope things get better soon.

  5. Homebody Says:

    It's okay if your finances suck, we want to hear about that too! Hang in there.

  6. PrincessPerky Says:

    See I knew you guys would be wonderful!

  7. nanamom Says:

    I agree the Netbook isn't worth what I paid but at the time I didn't realize the speed issue it would have. I wanted it to store pictures on, or to at least transfer them from a floppy (I have an external floppy) to a sd or usb drive and it was cheaper than a laptop. I figured I'd never need more, I was wrong. Hindsight is wonderful!
    I agree it would be useful to people to hear how you are coping on UE for this long. While I might not be in the same boat, potential in this economy if for some of us to be in it someday.
    Besides, I miss you on here!!

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