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 - 4:33pm
Yes it is my first year but when a meet is for 8-11am, then no, no food would be needed. A longer one that would be around lunch or dinner time, yes.
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:34pm

sweetsummmerdays wrote:
Yes, it was a different experience and one that was just introduced to me. On a regular basis, we would be having lunch at home on the weekends or dinner on weekdays when these meets were planned. It is not like I am giving my child food money every single day. I pack lunches for school and we eat at home.

I don't give my child food money every single day either.  Most of the times they eat the team meals and/or I plan to pack their dinner/snacks.  Actually they don't usually eat a full dinner before a sporting event during the week, they eat something light and then eat again after the event.  I've been doing the sporting event for a long time now and its pretty easy to plan looking at the schedule at the beginning of the season, in my experience. 

I think it's pretty easy to look at the schedule and plan accordingly.  shrug.

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:35pm
I have boys and a girl. My teens (boy and girl) are equally "into" clothes. There isn't much difference. He WAS easier though, until about 8th grade.
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:35pm

sweetsummerdays wrote:
Jam-I still have my h.s. ring :) The rings now are more like "rings" and not big bulky things for the girls. Sr. pictures...yeah, about $100

$100 for senior pictures seems really low.  Most of the photographers charge close to that for a sitting fee, let alone the price of the actual photographs.

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:36pm
My hs child has occasional parties--I'm glad it's not every week, I do prefer she do more learning than having parties in school. Last one she said she'd bring a drink so I paid about $3.50 for a big bottle of juice. That would come from my food budget and it doesn't register as a blip on our screen of life, except to find the time to swing by the store to get the item. -----------These parties were not in school but at someone's home the next before a meet.
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:36pm
Here, parents are required to be at every football practice. Is that not the case where you are?
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:38pm
I never made a big deal out of any of the issues. Just speaking about them here to say that there are extra expenses and last minute ones when dealing with some things with older children.
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:39pm

coconutshrimp wrote:
The meet she would know before that actual day. The parties and other things she does, most likely that day. Most school things are last minute, IME in every school. I think because they think people will forget. I personally like to know way in advance but I am adjusting to this last minute stuff lol.

I don't understand what kind of thing would be sprung on your kid the day that it is scheduled.  If there is no advance notice then obviously the kids are not expected to bring anything.  If this was money that my child was expected to cough up every week for various things that came up at school without notice I would give her a certain amount that week and she could choose which things to participate in/pay for etc out of that money.  I can't even imagine my high schooler needing money for things popping up.  My highschooler tells me about things, like there is a pizza party next week for everyone who made honor roll.  It was free, but she knew about it ahead of time and told me, since she wouldn't need a lunch that day.  There are lunches to buy occasionally from clubs who are making food to raise money.  If she wants to buy that, she has money on her--I don't even give her money every week--except for all these plays she keeps going to--but that's another story and it's in the evening.

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:41pm
Glad you are able to do that. So am I as I said before when I am told the exact time the meet my child was going to. Why are we still debating this? lol
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:43pm

sweetsummmerdays wrote:
Yes it is my first year but when a meet is for 8-11am, then no, no food would be needed. A longer one that would be around lunch or dinner time, yes.

I don't agree for my children as athletes but of course, ymmv and you can do as you wish for your children.  

PumpkinAngel

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