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« Reply #620 on: February 25, 2010 08:01:43 PM »

I'm with you on the swaps, craftylittlemonkey - I'm taking a break, although a few girls are trying to talk me into the next frugal swap...which may very well be happening right when baby is due.  But if I do another one anytime soon, I'm budgeting for shipping and limiting my outside stash spending to like $5!  And even though the random swap was super fun with all it's lovely goodies and fun crafting, it was expensive!!  So I think I'll be sticking to small requirements on swaps in the future unless I think I can do the whole thing from stash. 

And yeah, my stash is basically taking over my 800 square foot house..it's in the kitchen, the hallway, under my bed, under the kids bed...none in the bathroom yet but I bet I could find a bit of extra storage there if I needed it. Grin
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« Reply #621 on: February 25, 2010 10:51:15 PM »

Aiki- CONGRATS ON THE COMMISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Baby Clothes- Take it from an expert, lol. Seven outfits a day is playing it safe because of all the little spills, accidents, health hiccups.

My DS lived in sweatshirts, diapers, & onesises for a long time. He was comfortable in them and loved it. I was able to build him a nice wardrobe extremely cheap. I was glad for all the extra clothes because he had bad food allergies so there were a lot of dirty clothes. He was tiny so in the Summer we would put him in long T-shirts and everyone loved it because they would call him Sweet Pea. That was his nickname for the longest time, lol. Everybody just had the need to cuddle "Sweet Pea."

Gosh can you all tell I am going through the empty nester stage right now, lol.

A lot of frugalites and parents will argue that your lil ones don't need shoes. I did have mine in shoes and after a couple of mishaps I was glad he had them because he would have hurt those tiny precious baby feet.  I know it's the first thing they grow out of but you can find them cheap at thrift stores and they are practically new since babies either never wear them or outgrew them quickly. My son was a kicker and used his feet for everything.

Swaps- I am taking a break too after JOW. I really need to get my craft room organized and my garden in. I am going to take some time out for myself so I can heal.

Aiki- We have to plant our potatoes like yesterday, lol. How the heck are we going to do that with frozen ground? Are you starting to feel pressured because the weather won't let up?

It was frugal here just worked on JOW swap, watched Olympics and relaxed.

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« Reply #622 on: February 26, 2010 06:10:34 AM »

A lot of frugalites and parents will argue that your lil ones don't need shoes. I did have mine in shoes and after a couple of mishaps I was glad he had them because he would have hurt those tiny precious baby feet.  I know it's the first thing they grow out of but you can find them cheap at thrift stores and they are practically new since babies either never wear them or outgrew them quickly. My son was a kicker and used his feet for everything.

Or, you could craft him or her a few pair. Wink
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Swaps- I am taking a break too after JOW. I really need to get my craft room organized and my garden in. I am going to take some time out for myself so I can heal.

*sigh* This is the best swap I have ever been in. But after taking a long, hard look at our finances, no more anything for me for a while.

The last three years have been rough on us with my husband only working four months last year.
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« Reply #623 on: February 27, 2010 02:45:36 PM »

Lylac:  Just do trashcan or tire stack potatoes.

Frugality.  *sigh*  I have got to ease off of swapping.  I just CANNOT afford the postage.  I keep sending late because it's so hard to set aside postage money.  I can't quit swapping -- it is literally a mental health tool.  But, I've had to design some new rules for myself for once I've cleared up all my current swaps.  

1.  Err more toward personal swaps with trusted parties over regular swaps.

2.  For regular swaps, stick with OTT's, swaps that will yield helpful things more than brainfluff (e.g. the frugality swap), and swaps where everything could be sent in a large envelope.  Avoid swaps that require big boxes with packing around breakable things.  Make sure "fun only" swaps are very small shippingwise.  Be very clear with organizers that I need to partnered with someone who is willing to do a no-spoiling, just swap requirements swap.

3.  Only be in 1 swap at a time.

*sigh*  Sad  

Went to the hometown hardware store on the west side of town in an effort to avoid the evil empire and Lowe's.  Priced pitchforks (more expensive), straw bales ($4.50), canning jars (same price and cheaper), and manual hedge clippers (same price).  Kiddo had fun exploring the hardware store which is full of things that Jamie and Adam use all the time on Mythbusters.  He spent a dollar and change getting a BIG metal hook that screws into wood and a handful of by-the-pound nails.  

Then, we spent a while playing with baking soda and vinegar at the end of the driveway --- cheap fun enjoying the sunny weather with temps in the 40's.





And, then kiddo reaaalllyyy pissed me off by not following instructions and causing a big, NONFRUGAL mess.  Before heading back into the house, I told him, "Cut on the hose and rinse out the volcano and the jar before carrying them inside."  He said he understood.  I told him, "Just turn the hose on real low."  This should've taken 30 seconds max.   Roll Eyes

A while later, I went out the door to call him in, and there was water EVERYWHERE.  He had cut on the hose, rinsed out the volcano and the jar, and then was washing the driveway --- and turning the yard on that side of the house into a 2" deep swamp.  His shoes and pants legs were drenched.  AAARRGGGHHH!!!  As if my water bill isn't already high enough!  *growl*  *bangs head on desk*

But, to end on a good note, frugal bonus:  I am taking care of a friend's animals, mail, newspapers, house, etc. while the family is out of town.  She called last night to tell me, "While we're gone, any eggs you gather from the chickens are yours.  Just take them on home."  Hoodyhoo!
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« Reply #624 on: February 27, 2010 06:20:00 PM »

This week has been less frugal than I wish. I was sick and missed a day of work, and didn't feel like cooking, so we went and got food. But I went to the thrift store today and got some fabulous deals. I got a knitting book, a book on nutrition, and some novels, some fabulous fabric (one for a skirt, one for a dress if there's enough, or another skirt), a body shaper ($7! they are like $30 even at Target) and a dress that fits perfectly.
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« Reply #625 on: February 27, 2010 07:03:41 PM »

How NOT to be frugal:

http://thereifixedit.com/?utm_source=network&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=header

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« Reply #626 on: February 27, 2010 07:05:59 PM »

How NOT to be frugal:

http://thereifixedit.com/?utm_source=network&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=header

MacGyver has gone over to the Dark Side.

funny! The deoderant one reminds me of the dorms where I met dh!
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« Reply #627 on: February 27, 2010 09:16:23 PM »

Well, I was having a frugal day  Smiley ... given the day's events don't know if it actually ended that way. Well, every now and then I just like to walk around and see what they have in the stores. It's kind of a way for me to get out of the house and not think about job or business. Anyway, I go to Home Depot and bought some adhesive to attach closet rod holder in shower to hold up tension rod that has started to fall. (Digression: A few days ago I came home to hot water running because the rod had fallen down again!! Increase in water, gas AND electric .. ugh) Ok, so while there I look at power tools for crafting needs (yes, needs).  Wink Just looking, no purchase made.

Then, I check out the new Super Target after having some copies made at Office Max. Next, I go check out a new Aldi's ... still no purchase, just checking out the offerings.

Last, I go to Speedway to treat myself to a frozen soda, only 94 cents. (I could have spent $3 at Starbucks on the way to my training session this morning.) I am turning around in the very small lot and a car runs into the rear passenger corner as I am backing up. (They entered the lot from across the street.) In my city, the police only come to an accident if someone is hurt. So now I have to complete a report and send it to another city. Well, just have to wait and see what the end is gonna be.  Undecided
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« Reply #628 on: February 28, 2010 01:22:11 AM »

Swapping- I do only one at a time. I finish one, send off, do another, send off. I always save out postage and limit myself to about $15 a month.

I never ever send breakable items.

It's so tempting to sign up for all the ones we are interested in but realistically it's not possible.

I wasn't done with my Bath & Beauty swap when JOW started up. There is no way I will ever miss a JOW swap so I signed up against my swapping rules. You always have to break rules for special things. I knew I could do both easy.

Then I got horribly sick, got a horrible eye infection and got slammed down bad. All I can say is thank gosh for my hubby. I couldn't done the swaps without him.

I am limiting myself to swapping next month because I can not find anything in my craft room. I am a very organized person. Yes, OCD organized and my craft room is an explosion of mess. So no swapping until craft room is perfection again.

Aiki- I always forget about trash cans for potato's. Thank you for the reminder.

Oh Aiki I can't stop laughing at your DS. I just adore him. He's the cutest ever. You have a Mythbuster in the making. Smiley

CraftyDeJa- I am glad your ok.

We didn't go out on Saturday. I actually hate going out on the weekends. I really do because I just don't think it's frugal. All the greedy people are out running around like crazies so they can get their errands done. They are R-U-D-E! Then tourist season is coming up soon so weekends are even worse.

I am really anemic and excessively tired so I stayed home today. DH & I will run errands on the weekday with nice people who are not greedy. Smiley

I enjoyed my day today of sleeping and crafting. DH did bring dinner home. He's trying to get iron rich food in me.

We do eat at restaurants all the time because it's more frugal for us. By the time we buy the ingredients, use the energy (water, heat, electric) our dinner was more expensive. We are not big eater's so food does go to waste in our home.

For people reading this that think eating out is not frugal. Yes, that is true for some but then you hit a different lifestyle change and it's extremely frugal. If you have a family then cooking is definitely more frugal. If you hardly eat and are empty nester's cooking can be more expensive.

DH & I make balances in our grocery budget every week. We actually use our grocery budget for going to nice restaurants and spending time together. We love it so much.

Now my grump for the day. All my friends are in their thirties. All they do is complain about being sick. Most of them are not sick. They are just complainers. It's driving me bonkers. They won't do anything about it. Then they complain about money. They complain about their lives without any money. I want to throttle them.

I guess I don't get it. It's getting hard for me to listen to them and try to be understanding.

I did get very sick this year. I am healthy and strong. When I got sick I got really mad that I got sick. I am working my hardest to get stronger again. I am getting stronger.

When I got sick it didn't set us back for money. I didn't complain because what was there to complain about?

True example I had a friend complaining to me about her back. She wouldn't shut up about it. While she was complaining I was throwing up blood. She thought she was sicker than me.

I wanted to slap her, lol.

Do you all go through this? How do you feel about your complaining friends?

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« Reply #629 on: February 28, 2010 07:46:54 AM »

lylacfey- you will always have those people in your life who have to one-up you on everything. its so frustrating when you have a legitimate sickness and they cant even just be compassionate or loving-they have to be sicker or in more pain than you. gah. i hear ya.

I have been doing horribly with frugality. Just bought a new cell phone (which is amazing BTW). probably could have waited a few more months for it...

thankfully FHs mom just sent us a giftcard for groceries, so we were able to stock up on food.

I need to stop swapping too. I took a long break from it for a while, but got back into it over the summer. it is a nice escape, and a great excuse to make fun things, but its not so good for my very tight budget. I guess its not such a bad time to take a break (after my two currents are done of course) I have a few friends and family members expecting babies, and babies are my favorite people to craft for!
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