Speaking of Money

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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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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 1:54pm

sweetsummerdays wrote:
Again, if it is at the school, thing end too late for the late bus. Same with away meets that they are taken to. You still have to go and pick them up from the high school. On weekend meets either Sat or Sun, we drop off said child and then pick up said child when we get a call that they are about 10 mins away from the school.

This is why a car for The Girl was importnat to us. I was tired of droppiong her off at 7am on Sat mornings and picking her up at 2am on Sat night (errr, Sun morning).   Love that she can drive herself.

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 1:53pm
If you are not into clothes, shoes, "girly" things than you would not understand how a teenage girl would be PKA. lol
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 1:51pm
I have one calendar at home that anyone can see at anytime. One at work I can check there and then a pocket one when I go out and need to put something down right away and then put on the other ones.
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 1:50pm

sweetsummerdays wrote:
Dear Lord, a new name. This is ridiculous, really. Yeah, the girls are worse than the boys. My son likes certain clothes and some other ones not as much but I can still shop for him, without him. lol. I can't do that with my teenager. I couldn't even pick out clothes and shoes for Christmas. Gift cards are the only way to go. lol.

If you think new usernames are ridiculous, why do you keep creating new ones????

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 1:50pm

sweetsummerdays wrote:
If they wore uniforms, yes PKA. Since you don't have a girl, it is really hard to understand lol. I have both and there is a HUGE difference.

Again, going to have to go with a parent I have more parenting styles in common with, such as savcal.   But fwiw, there is a huge difference between my two and they are both boys.

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 1:49pm

sweetsummerdays wrote:
Again, if it is at the school, thing end too late for the late bus. Same with away meets that they are taken to. You still have to go and pick them up from the high school. On weekend meets either Sat or Sun, we drop off said child and then pick up said child when we get a call that they are about 10 mins away from the school.

Yes, but the high school would normally be fairly close, so I don't see why the driving would be much different if one isn't attending these events. 

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 1:48pm
coconutshrimp wrote:I have 3 calendars Jam. Some months I can't even SEE the calendar anymore lol. I enjoy the nights not having to run though as in the fall it was crazy. I was literally shoving a sandwich down my throat in a car running from one thing to the next. Lack of planning will do that to ya .. --------no, not lack of planning. Working full time, having 2 kids in 2 activities at the same time, not wanting to eat dinner at 8pm. If I was able to sit at a football practice, I would sometimes make myself a meal and have my hubby bring it with him. Other times, I would grab something quick or maybe eat something at the field.
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 1:48pm

Paper trails are a good rule of thumb..

 


 


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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 1:46pm

sweetsummerdays wrote:
PKA-you have had more experience is what you are doing right. lol. This was my teenager's first year so now I know what to expect :)

But isn't all of that outlined in the parents meeting before (or shortly thereafter)  the season starts?  So there aren't any surprises?

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 1:46pm
PKA-they still have those lettermen jackets at the high school (which is the same one I went to). :)

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