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My Birthday present

January 31st, 2006 at 02:50 pm

OK so my birthday isn't for a couple months (March) but I know what I want. My mother always asks ever year what I want, usually I pick something for the kitchen, this year I picked a bench for my kitchen. I want a bench running the length of one side butting up against the wall, then later a table, and even later a set of cabinets above.

I know it is a bit weird but I really want it. DH is going to build it and Mom will donate her loot normally spent for it.

For the rest of the time we are in this house I will see it and smile at my awesome birthday! I think that beats flowers or a niknak any day!

January bills

January 30th, 2006 at 02:25 pm

Or February, depending on how you look at it.

I balanced the checkbook, found my 3$ error, and came up with no money left, but that is normal.

We also filed our taxes! And we are getting money back, enough to pay off the CC bill..and some left over Smile.

We have no money comming out of the check for federal taxes, for normal hours, but they tax bonuses and overtime like crazy, then since we are dirt poor they give it all back Smile.

Now I get to starty planning our trip to Washington DC! (DS has been begging to go!)

Official pick for February

January 30th, 2006 at 01:49 pm

Ok it isn't exactly saving me money, but I want to do this. I want to be able to spend more time with extended family, and I need to be able to do it cheaper. So my goal for February is:

Frugal Family Fun

I don't mean my house family, I spend lots of time with them! I mean the cousins, and aunts and uncles and g-parents.

My first goal is to figure out food, We eat a lot, and when visiting that can be rude or expensive, I want to work on packing more food, and making batches of stuff to share.

My second goal is to work on 'penpals'. Most of our family is far away, so we can't always travel, I want to help DS write notes online. I might set up a kid email to avoid spam, or I might try to figure out a way to get an ad free guestbook on our website.

My third goal, is to use the free cell phone minutes. They are free on weekends, so I need to make a date to call people!

I know the end result will be about the same amount of money, but I am hoping to get more family for my buck!

I already started on the penpals by getting the kids to make Valentines cards. I want to make communicating a monthly or weekly thing.

Reading site

January 28th, 2006 at 07:11 pm

I am putting this here cause of the nifty categories, I can ship anyone to BBA category, and have them find all my frugal teaching stuff (plus eventually the stuff I do, which stalled out due to lack of time!). I hope that is ok.

I use site with both my kids, DS is about a first grade reading level, and still likes it. DD is back on the letters. It is a great site lots of fun, and pretty easy to use the mouse on.

Text is starfall and Link is

and it is Ad free, the best part!

If only I could find a site for math that does the same thing, or make one, but I know nothing about flash editors and the like.

BBA 'stuff'

January 28th, 2006 at 06:40 pm

I found a great website with coloring pages of all sorts of things, including DS's favorite the presidents! I love finding work for him.

Text is childstory hour and Link is
childstory hour

I was looking for a pig, my DD wants to read, but doesn't blend I thought if I let her sound out the word and then asked her to find a picture she might start blending more, or at least I will know if she cant.

Poker final note

January 28th, 2006 at 06:35 pm

DH put all the info on his website, so I wont be updating it here, but you can go visit him:

Text is Wixx's Wasteland and Link is
Wixx's Wasteland

or to go direct to the poker news
Text is Poker and Link is

February goal

January 28th, 2006 at 12:46 pm

Each month, err Ok for the last two months, I have had a frugal goal for the whole month. December was 'unplugged' Januarry was 'paperless palace'. Now I need something for February. I really have no idea what to do.

December went well, practically nothing is plugged in all the time, not even the second alarm clock that no one used. And in spite of the coldish weather (NC here, not like PA!) I still managed to contine to line dry at least some clothes.

January went OK, I have switched almost all cleaning to cloth, and most of the diapers. But since we cance;led garbage and recycle more paper I was amazed to discover how much paper and cardboard we still go through in a week! Lots of junk mail, some schoolwork, and some packaging.


January 27th, 2006 at 02:04 pm

Budget =75
Actual = 36

January budget = 375 (75 x 5 Thursdays)
January total = 361

Nice aint it? course it only worked cause I sent DH this week with 37$ cash! I now the budget is 75 a week but we only had 37, course that is all the cash, so next week we will use the debit card again. And that brought us in under the budget for the month! yipee!!!! Course I am out of a few things, like eggs, and nuts, but.. guess we will survive.

Cinnamon mess

January 26th, 2006 at 01:15 pm

Ever try to make cinnamon rolls with no recipie? It was interesting to say the least! I used a roll biscut (err bisquit, biscuit, biscit, whatever!) recipie and spread it with butter, then sprinkled cinnamon and sugar. (that is the BIG mess!) After rolling it like a jelly roll, and cutting into umm rolls Smile. I stuck it in the fridge overnight and now it is in the oven. I hope it works.

We usualy buy the ones in a can, but I really don't like the cost or the preservatives and all that, so I thought since we were out of cans, and I had time (heh, yeah well sortof time!) I would try it. It only took about 20 minutes to mix and roll, would prolly take less if I knew what I was doing. So if it tastes good I will make it a Wednesday night tradition (DH is off on Thursdays)

How far we have come

January 25th, 2006 at 12:36 pm

If anyone had told me a year ago that we would:

-hang a fourth of our laundry,
-buy less premade food (I thought I hardly bought any already!)
-use cloth diapers (mostly),
-use less plastic/paper (I thought we hardly used any!)
-pack twice as many meals (we alredy packed so many!)
-use less electricity (unplugging computer, and lower heat/higher air mostly)
-Keep the house 65 winter/80 summer
-Have a food bill around 75-100 a week, with more healthy foods, not less
-drink less than a gallon of milk a day, wiht more kids
-cancel garbage, and compost/recycle more
-and a few other odds and ends

I wouldn't have believed it, there is no way I would have thought I could do so many things different, each one is only a minor dent in the budget, but all together they add up to us being 'in the black' -well other than the outstanding debt, which has budgeted lots down on it each month. Not always as much as I would like, but alot.

Anyway, We've come a long way!

poker update

January 24th, 2006 at 01:10 pm

Dh is up to 75$ starting from 20, playing in his off time. Mostly from free tornaments and occasional wins.

The only problem I have is when he takes other peoples money, they prolly don't have it to lose....


January 24th, 2006 at 01:08 pm

I wonder what happens if you forget to put the lid on the little containers of yogurt?

I did last night, I capped them this morning and put them in the fridge, but I am not sure if it worked, guess I will find out tonight.

I really am not that good at cooking, I sometimes think without modern conveniences, my family would never get a decent meal! And apparently with them I still fail...

Edit to add..It worked fine Smile

We survived!

January 23rd, 2006 at 12:33 pm

We made it! and aside from a fortune in gas dinner was only 15$ (only, I so could have cooked it for a fraction, but no stove in the car!)

We also got out of PB sandwiches for lunch, we arrived before lunch and my Father bought oriantle, it was wonderful. Remind me to thank him and send his birthday card.

Now why didn't we use those PB sandwiches for dinner if we didn't have to use them for lunch? because a guy who has to drive 5 hours to see his wifes family (and miss football) deserves a reward, and with my cold a burger is all he is getting!

BTW the Steelers won, but Panthers lost, so I was right, DH missed seeing the last game of the year for one of his favorite teams (well just the hometown team, he actually likes the steelers)

Travel cheap

January 21st, 2006 at 01:36 pm

That is an oxymoron if I ever heard one! Well actually we ahve done this trip to GA several times and I think I have it pretty well figured out except dinner.

Breakfast is Engliush muffins in the car,
Second breakfast is prolly grapes, while I nurse DS
Lunch is BBnoJ in the car or while I nurse DS
Snack is cheese crakers
Dinner is the kicker, I ran out of packable ideas, so it will prolly be burgers from Burger king Frown
Packing juice, and flitching a coke on the way home from Bro.

We drive 5hrs up and stay for a bit, then 5 hours back. Loong, but worth it to see my bro, and this time my father too.

Unfortunatly there isn't a vegetable on that menue! but we will load up today and on milk, so one day off wont kill us.


January 20th, 2006 at 02:29 pm

Budget = 75
Actual = 50

But that is decieving, we only went to one store (BJ's a wharehouse club) We still need bread, and want a few other things.

I also had to buy an airtight container for flour, I had one but it only held 10lbs of flour, we buy it in 20 lb packs, so I got a dog food container thayt will hold more than 20lbs. It is a bit weird to shop in a pet food store, we have no pets! (the strays outback are not pets, they are working gals Smile, kill the rodents and keep em out!) Wanna guess the cost of one large airtight container? 18$! Ouch... kills the grocery budget.

edit to add the 40 spent on other food.

total = 90

Progress and prosperity

January 18th, 2006 at 12:32 pm

As my Daughter was complaining about putting her 'pretty pink panties' in the washer, I reminded her that is the only way clothes get clean. Now I do know how to handwash, I have seen in action old fashioned washboards, and a roller machine, but to me, the only way to get things clean is a washer!

Can you imagine having to handwash all of your laundry? (I did once, long ago) There is no way people would own 50 shirts if they had to handwash it all, we would not be tossing a shirt in the wash after one little spot of BQ or baby spit up! So now we have a society that feels new clothes every day are essential (myself included) being rich enough to own a washer, means you must also be rich enough to own enough clothes to wear fresh every day!

I have mad a 'mud decision' kids muddy jeans are saved to rewear in the mud the next day, I might be thought weird, but I wont have fresh mud to clean every day!

I wonder if that goes for other things to, since I am rich enough to own a dishwasher I have to be rich enough to have more dishes, I need some to use while the dishwasher is full and running!

Since I am rich enough to own a 3 bedroom house (mansion in some countries) I must be rich enough to owna vacuum, all the furniture, and 'stuff'.

As I try to 'destuff' While I do find many things I don't need, I also find many I must keep because I am 'doing well'!

Progress must have prosperity to keep people moving forward... Lucky for America we are rather rtich, only no one seems to know this.