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Sat, 03-02-2013 - 3:33pm

Here is a SAHM who takes careful budgeting to new heights. It must, of course, be noted that since her DH is military, the family is probably covered in terms of health insurance. 

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/how-a-family-of-four-manages-to-live-well-on-just--14-000-per-year-174803218.html

"Wagasky, 28, lives with her her husband, Jason, 31, and their two young children in a three-bedroom family home in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Jason, a member of the U.S. Army, completes his undergraduate studies, the family's only source of income is the $14,000 annual cost of living allowance he receives under the G.I. Bill. Despite all odds, the family has barely any credit card debt, no car payment, and no mortgage to speak of."

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"By the time Wagasky's husband came home from Iraq, they had managed to scrape together the $30,000 they needed for a downpayment on a home. 


"But we decided the best option would be not to have a mortgage payment at all," she said. "We found a fixer-upper that didn't have a kitchen ... and we paid cash." "

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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 8:45am

oh my lord I'd stab myself in the head with a fork if I was required to be at every practice for a kid. Those four years of soccer nearly killed me... I don't hang out for rehearsals , dance classes or voice lessons... I just read in the car or run errands.. occassionally chat with the friendlier dance moms...

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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 9:21am

BeaArthurisMyReligion wrote:
<p>oh my lord I'd stab myself in the head with a fork if I was required to be at every practice for a kid. Those four years of soccer nearly killed me... I don't hang out for rehearsals , dance classes or voice lessons... I just read in the car or run errands.. occassionally chat with the friendlier dance moms...</p>

I hear that Bea, I drop DD2 off to dance every Tues on my way to school with pocket change so she can grab herself a snack or drink while she waits for her class to begin.  About voice, I had her in that for a while and miss it, I paid 20.00 for 1/2 hour lessons and that teacher was amazing!  Voice lessons were like therapy b/c she was able to pull out of her that confidence I knew she had.

A little OT but do you watch Dance moms?  We watch it now and then and chuckle at some of the scenes, I swear that coach and those moms are like what I see here, Some moms here have their kids in as many as 14 numbers and it's all about how good you are/n't and kissing behinds.  There's a striking resemblence b/w that tv coach and the studio owner here too, Lol! 

 


 


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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 9:33am

Yeah we do an hour of voice twice a month for $55 a lesson.. but the teacher is really top notch.. a music director who's highly regarded and he also does a lot of audition coaching and "life lessons' kind of stuff.  Dance runs us about $190 a month for 2 ballet classes, 1 jazz, 1 lyrical, 1 modern and 1 pointe class.   But she doesn't do the competition team stuff which is where I think the real ugly dance moms tend to be... It's our 10th year at this studio so I've found the moms I know who are 'like minded' and mellow and i hang out with them.

OTOH - we LOVE to watch Dance moms! guilty pleasure!

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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 9:37am
DD is in one number and that recital is once a year, in June. Some classes are picked for local/state competitions and that's earlier (her hip hop class last year was one of them, They danced to Move like Jagger). Your DD rocks!

 


 


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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 9:41am

aw thanks... my dd has never tried hip hop - she says "i don't have moves like that! " LOL   but i'm very happy at her dance studio, it's a good home for her.. she's in a Nutcracker, a holiday recital, and a spring recital each year so there are good performance opportunities... and she's really been there with a core group of girls since she was 4.. can't believe they're all goign to be FRESHMEN next year yikes!..

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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 10:03am

rollmops2009 wrote:
"but I'd rather watch him play soccer." ------- Wow! I am so glad my kid never got involved in sports, because I truly can not think of anything more painfully boring to watch than sports. It is so pointless.

I love to watch sports, all kinds....live in person and on tv/cable/computer.   Now concert band...oh boy, that was as struggle, lol.  

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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 10:06am

<<I don't think MIL texts either and when we call there we call their landline number. >>

My kids are in constant contact with their grandparents through their cell phones, they even specifically upgraded to a texting plan a few years ago to keep the flow of communication going with their grandkids!   Because you're right, it's a kid thing and I'm glad that their grandparents get that too!

<<Texting and social media is disallowed at school and some kids have had their phones taken away b/c they violate those rules. >>

It varies at our school by grade and teacher.  The lower the grade, the more restrictions...the higher the grade they more that they encourage responsible use on their own.  

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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 10:09am

BeaArthurisMyReligion wrote:
<p>You should see dancers eat between classes.. it's nuts... LOL... our daughter's dance studio has a hangout /homework/ eating room for the teenagers and they are always in there chowing down and doing homework inbetween classes...</p>

I chuckled over the email that I received last night from my younger sons high school coach, telling us about the upcoming spring sports meeting and what she had already told the boys during their practices and snacks was high on the list.  

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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 10:11am
I got bored watching sports and going to concerts/recitals, I confess, until the kids actually got good at what they were doing. Then it was all worth it. But that first year of kid pitch baseball, or viola lessons....oye vey...
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Thu, 03-07-2013 - 10:12am

BeaArthurisMyReligion wrote:
<p>oh my lord I'd stab myself in the head with a fork if I was required to be at every practice for a kid. Those four years of soccer nearly killed me... I don't hang out for rehearsals , dance classes or voice lessons... I just read in the car or run errands.. occassionally chat with the friendlier dance moms...</p>

Outside of young children playing sports, football was the only sport that required a parent to be there during the elementary and middle school years for club play.  Liability issues.  I don't hang out for practices and lessons now, heck I don't even go most times.

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