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 - 4:44pm
The ring is probably an inexpensive item to make, with a high mark up...making it the item that the company is pushing to sell. Just b/c it's being heavily marketed doesn't mean that it's a popular item.
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:46pm

sweetsummmerdays wrote:
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.

What do you mean by more learning than having parties in school?  In my experience, school parties end in elementary school for the most part, with the exception of foreign language, lol.  

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:47pm

sweetsummmerdays wrote:
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.

Ah yea, you did and now you are backpedalling on the importance of these issues.  Not surprised mind you but still backpedalling.

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:48pm
Not sure if this is to me but no, not at all. I WAS there though at every practice.
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:48pm

reginageorge2005 wrote:
The Cozi app was a game changer for me. DH uses it, DS can access it from his iPod--both can add food to the grocery list (that I can then access while shopping), if DH has a question about our schedule, instead of calling me and asking, he checks Cozi first. I also have a dry erase calendar on the fridge, but Cozi gets used more and more in our daily life.

I think I'm going to have to try that . . . if I can ever convince DH to get a smart phone.  lol

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:49pm

sweetsummmerdays wrote:
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

Who and what are you talking about?  The quote button is really a good button to use!

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:51pm
Littlemiss....they wouldn't know about the parties the night before the meet until usually a day or 2 before as they needed to find a family to host the party. That was nothing but picking up a soda or dessert on the way though.
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:52pm
Eating breakfast before and then competing in one race and then coming home at lunchtime does not = needing food IMO. lol.
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:53pm

sweetsummerdays wrote:
PKA-I think this year was because of Hurricane Sandy. Many games had to be made up, changed days, times, places. (h.s. and "little league" football as we had the same thing with my son's games).

Midwesterns don't understand the effects of hurricanes, Seriously...  How long were your kids out of school again? 

 


 


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Registered: 11-14-2011
Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:54pm
so unexpected activies and expenses were tied to the weather, not to the age of your children..... That makes sense.

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