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« Reply #610 on: February 24, 2010 06:19:36 AM »

Yeah, looks like the Delta may dodge the bullet on this one.  The wind chill this morning has me so completely pissed off, though!  Enough of this!

Finishing up a bunch of swap items today to go out in the mail tomorrow and Friday.  Being frugal and using up stash.  Only had to buy a bottle of fabric glue which is something I should keep on hand anyway.

Went to the library last night and got 2 bags of books.  3 fiction books just for fun, a bunch of practical cookbooks with an eye toward frugality, and a couple of cookbooks just for curious fun (e.g. a book of Cuban cooking recipes because I know absolutely nothing about that).

I have gotten seeds for gardening in 2 different swaps and am soooo happy about this.  Looks like the only seeds I'll need to order are full size tomatoes and cherry tomatoes.  I'm ordering from Baker Heirloom.  OK, yeah, well, kiddo and I are ordering another packet that we really don't NEED but that we just gotta give into --  Dragon's Tongue beans!  Wink  Too cool to resist, and it's a big help toward getting kiddo into gardening  (he reads, reads, reads any dragon books he can get ahold of).  

Oh, and I guess I can post this, now, for those who aren't following the gallery.  Lydiaharper is happy with her frugal afghan which makes me very happy.  I finally finished the great time sucking vortex of yarn!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338669.0
It was all stash.

I've started a new afghan.  It's a gift for someone who will never feel about me the way I feel about him, but he needs to be encouraged and to know that someone cares.
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« Reply #611 on: February 24, 2010 07:06:07 AM »

Thanks for the congrats everyone. My husband is happy, trust me. He's just a planner at heart and a very careful spender/saver. I think he will be surprised at the amount of hand me downs we will get from family (I've already had 3 high chair and 2 crib offers, plus maternity and baby clothes) and even friends. And I'll hit my second trimester just in time for yard sale season so I can get out and find things too. Those of you that are Mom's - I know babies frequently have WAY too many clothes, but what is a good estimate of what they need? I was thinking an average of 3 outfits per day, one of which is pajamas. Maybe? Or is that way not enough?

Things are pretty frugal here right now. My husband is out of town on business and I am mostly tired or queasy, so I am hanging out at home, eating leftovers and such.  Smiley Today I'm off to the grocery store, but awhile back they sold $100 gift cards for $84.99 so we bought a bunch. So, every time I go it's like a free $15 on top of other sales and coupons.
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« Reply #612 on: February 24, 2010 07:44:28 AM »

Oh, I love it when you find those gift cards with the bonuses.  I got a freebie in the mail for filling out a survey.  They sent me a $25 visa card.  Gotta love free money.

And remember folks, life, liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness.  What counts is the journey, not the destination.  I can't even imagine a perfect world where we have all we want.
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« Reply #613 on: February 24, 2010 10:15:32 AM »

I'm so happy that there's such a huge group of like minded frugal people to keep me encouraged.  The one thing that I've noticed is that it's forced me to stay home and enjoy what I have more.  Which is kind of a new idea for me.  I seem to be always running and going and doing.  It's nice to take the time to appreciate what I have.  I try to consolidate my errands and plan outtings more than I have previously.  Meal planning has made dinnertime a lot less stressful and entertaining.  Lastnight, I tried a new salad recipe that I found in a magazine.  The salad itself was great.  The dressing, however was a nightmare.  Luckily, I was the first one to put it on the salad, everyone tasted mine and then we dumped the dressing and my salad.  Not exactly frugal dumping a bowl of salad, but it was only my bowl.  Everyone else loved the salad with a different homemade salad dressing that my 94 year old aunt gave me the recipe for.  Aunt Hazel's dressing is pink, so usually gets an eyebrow raise, but everyone that's tried it loves it.
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« Reply #614 on: February 24, 2010 08:33:35 PM »

Well, I'm hobbling around with a swollen, black and purple, sprained ankle wrapped in an Ace bandage.  *sigh*  If it's not one thing, it's another...

Trying to frugally plan the grocery list for when I go shopping tomorrow.  The cupboard is waaaay bare so I'm really not going to enjoy the final total.  And, kiddo's dad bailed on a day of visitation this weekend so I've got bottomless-pit-tween-boy to feed for 2 extra meals.  Wink  It's gonna suck doing the grocery shopping on a throbbing, purple ankle, but I really don't have a choice.  Like I said, the cupboard is bare.

Oh, before I forget, just to make everyone smile, swoon, and get all fluttery gutted:

http://roflrazzi.com/2010/02/23/celebrity-pictures-david-tennant-fangirls-smart/

*blissful sigh*

I included several vegetarian and vegan cookbooks in the stack I checked out last night in an effort to guide my seed planting planning.  I've decided to add some variety.

Oh, and I added a Cuban cooking recipe book and a Scandanavian foods cookbook in the stack last night just out of curiosity.  Conclusion drawn:  Cuban food might be quite yummy.  Scandanavian food (except for the cookies) --- *shudder*  No thanks. 

I have decided I will NOT be frugal all day tomorrow.  I'm going to spend $5.45 on myself and enjoy lunch at Zaxby's.  I've been craving it for a week!  I'll sit and eat and read a library book and be happy.
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« Reply #615 on: February 25, 2010 12:57:25 AM »

(((((Aiki)))))- Oh my gosh what did you do sweetie? I hope he was worth it. Cheesy!

David is a cutie. Who is he? ROFL! I honestly don't know. He really is cute. No, I am not behind times. Maybe a little, lol. My heart belongs to Ralph Fiennes and Rufus Sewell.

I realized I overcluttered my craft room. We are moving to the Northwest Coast soon. I decided I just needed to pare down and simplify everything even though I am moving to one of the craftiest areas in the world. You know a nice crafting stash is a must. Plus, I am one who finds her creativity in her crafting stash and not buying supplies as needed.  I am so happy the weather has been bad because we haven't been able to donate anything. I can fix my mistakes. I am still breaking down small packages.

It was a stressful day here. I need a break. I am trying to recover and mourn. I am one of those fighter girls who takes everything on her shoulder. I am not handling things well.  After I am done with the whimsy swap I am taking time to finish my craft room, plant my garden and just heal a little. Plus, my eye is still messed up. Sad

Even though it was a stressful sad day it still turned out nice. Lots of kitty cat attention, rabbit kisses, hot chocolate and sweet e-mails from friends.

I read this good frugality article: http://beingfrugal.net/2008/04/03/frugal-tips-to-survive-a-recession/

Excellent for newbies and a nice reminder for us seasoned pro's.

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« Reply #616 on: February 25, 2010 08:24:27 AM »

so a few weeks ago i put together some VERY badly sewn and ugly cloth pads (i'll show pictures here in the next day or two so you can witness my shame in my utter lack of ability!)  so anyway, it turns out i have a little vag infection (cause thats wonderful!) AGAIN (they tend to be pretty frequent for me, ever since the fibro started), so i decided to use some of the pantyliner/thinner ones the last couple of days and seriously, i admit i was doubtful, but these are AWESOME! 

i was hesitant because ive never liked even using pads - i was a tampon girl all the way, but just cant quite force myself to be okay with the idea of the diva cup.  i know its partly cause theyre thin, but the cloth is NOTHING like a plasticy, sticky pad!  these are SO much more comfortable and i feel so much more comfortable than not wearing anything at all with the infection, so its a win-win all the way around!!!  and since its not my period, i just pop one on before work and take it off when i get home and i feel SO much better and fresher than when i normally get home, plus it never becomes uncomfortable all day long!

just saying, i am totally about these!!

((((lylacfey))))  if youre not familiar with brian andreas, you should check him out at storypeople.com.  anyway, he has this one "story" where it says "there are days i drop words of comfort on myself like falling rain and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself"

((((aiki)))) take care of yourself!  and indulge in as much mancandy as your heart desires - i often find it helps quite a lot!   Wink
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« Reply #617 on: February 25, 2010 04:18:22 PM »

whew, I was having craftster withdrawls, and was able to catch up on this thread! yay for everybody doing so good! And some of these will be a few days/weeks late!
But I especially wanted to congratulate itchyfingers on her awesome financial progress!
And big love to cjclark for the new edition!
And to answer your question about clothes per day.. I would say it def depends on the kid, but I am so so glad that I got a ton of clothes from friends and family thrift and yard sales before Lily-Anne was born. She was pretty much in pjs, or onesies all the time when she was really tiny, but we sadly went through 5 or 6 outfits a day with her in her first few months because she had gastro intestinal problem, and would constantly vomit all over herself. Sad after the first couple weeks, I had to stop breast feeding her, and give her sensitive stomach formula. Thankfully, Walmart had a brand of it that I used.
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« Reply #618 on: February 25, 2010 04:25:59 PM »

*mutters something about it''s about f''ing time*

So, anyway:

preg_replace('/(.{49})/', '$1 ', 'SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE')!!!!!!!!!  I got commissioned today to crochet a scarf for $15!!!!  And, the yarn is all stash so there''s no overhead!  I''m doing another DNA scarf like the one I made for TeaCouture in the Feb. Odd Holiday swap. 

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=339240.0

Someone has me making one so she can give it as a gift to one of the bio teachers at the local community college.  $15!!!!!!!!!!! 
I am soooo freakin excited.


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« Reply #619 on: February 25, 2010 04:44:53 PM »

Congrats on the commission.  If it''s your first, double congrats.  The first one is always exciting.
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