Speaking of having 3 kids...

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Speaking of having 3 kids...
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Mon, 04-07-2008 - 3:21pm

Any comments on this editorial that ran yesterday?


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/04/AR2008040403217.html


I really object to the line that says that a family with just two kids is minimalist and "even a little sad."


Any other comments?


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Mon, 04-14-2008 - 11:41pm

Oh come on! You can't judge women in Manhattan by a tv show! There are prima donna women in every metropolitan area. One could easily do a "real housewives" of Boston, Stanford, Palo Alto, Chicago, Phili, heck name a city....


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Tue, 04-15-2008 - 1:15am

Most toddler/preschool clothes can be sewn from 1-1 1/2 yards of fabric. Infant clothes much less. Buying when it's on sale or getting a little more than needed for another sewing project holds the costs down. So does buying fabric from Walmart or off the flat fold/seconds table or using remnants. Using multi size patterns and tracing off the size you need onto cheap lightweight interfacing means the pattern can be used more than once. I'm using the same infant/baby patterns for my grandkids that I bought for Joy 30 years ago. Buying the largest size spool of thread in the color you need means that you don't have to buy more thread when you use that color again.

But you're right. If you don't sew regularly, most of the above savings aren't available to you. On the other hand, having the supplies on hand and the sewing machine ready for use can also mean that you would sew more. Home dec sewing is a great way to keep the cost of changing the decore in the home down. And just think of the savings of being able to replace a broken zipper or resew on buttons or shorten a garment.

Chris

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Tue, 04-15-2008 - 1:21am

There is that. One not only needs to know how to sew but have the complusion to spend time at it. My mom would have made a great dressmaker/tailor but she doesn't have the interest in it. Sewing was something she did in order to save money. Once us girls became good at sewing, she stopped doing it and either bought the fabric for us or gave us the money and sent us the fabric store on our own. On the other hand, even if I had the money for an expensive outfit, I'd rather spend less money and more time sewing it than buying it.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Tue, 04-15-2008 - 6:52am

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I definitely agree with that!

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Tue, 04-15-2008 - 7:41am
One of the things I want my children to be when they graduate from college (besides being educated ;)) is debt free. Both DH and I graduated debt free and it has served us well. It opened up opportunities and experiences that we would not have otherwise had. Some spiritual, some financial, some life changing.
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Tue, 04-15-2008 - 9:10am
Phili?

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Tue, 04-15-2008 - 11:06am

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Tue, 04-15-2008 - 12:04pm

I saw that article and was thinking of those of you on this board who live in VA.

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Tue, 04-15-2008 - 9:49pm
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Tue, 04-15-2008 - 9:56pm

Yes, it would be nice for them to graduate debt free but I am not sacrificing my retirement so they can go to Harvard, Yale, or an expensive out of state college. There are plenty of good colleges in Virginia. If they have to they can go two years to NOVA because it is easy to transfer into UVA.


I can not take out loans to fund my retirement so that is the highest priority on our plate. So far we have save more than most have for our kids college. We are planning to buy a condo no matter where they attend. It will be an investment for us and we should profit off of it. They will have to come up with the difference or go hunt for scholorships to make up the difference.

 

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