Speaking of Money

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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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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 7:51pm
I have never understood why people don't take charity deductions to which they are entitled. It's not like the charity benefits more if you don't. The way I figure it, it means I have even more disposable income, some of which will be used for charity! But perhaps some would rather donate to the government.
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 7:52pm
Don't you know Thardy that I just don't know what I am talking about when it comes to this military subject. Bawahhhaa... Psst...they are just mad that they are wrong and there was NO wrong doing with the person who quit the military IME. ;)
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 7:54pm
Well, I would not use those "cream of" soups because they are loaded with artificial stuff and high sodium, etc. as I said, the healthiness factor of canned foods varies. I tend to use single ingredient foods such as tomatoes, tuna, or chopped olives.
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 7:56pm
Bord-then maybe you should go back and look at the menu's as the blogger uses them in her weekly meals. But I guess she is still cooking better than the average family?
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 7:58pm

*Poor* families don't want high maintenance clothing....  they are lucky to have a way to wash their jeans, let alone something that needs to be dry cleaned.  *Poor* kids want decent clothing, and they don't really want to be called out for wearing someone elses hand-me-downs.  Noting that a woman at church was wearing your old sweater was tasteless.....

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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 8:00pm
I don't.
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 8:05pm

Bord, I am just too lazy to care about the deduction, lol.  We take monetary deductions, but I don't bother with "things" donated.  I usually just drop it off and call it good (usually I am just happy to have said items out of my possesion, lol).

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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 8:05pm
Rose, I went through the first two recipes on her site, then the recipes for menu #7. There were two cans of beans among the ingredients, and two envelopes of taco seasoning. I would not use the taco seasoning oackets, personally, but I found nothing else "unhealthy."
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 8:07pm

rosenylund wrote:
Don't you know Thardy that I just don't know what I am talking about when it comes to this military subject. Bawahhhaa... Psst...they are just mad that they are wrong and there was NO wrong doing with the person who quit the military IME. ;)

It's happened in the past and will happen again.  There is some room for discretion ~ military law is not always black and white.

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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 8:08pm

lifespeachy wrote:
<p>*Poor* families don't want high maintenance clothing....  they are lucky to have a way to wash their jeans, let alone something that needs to be dry cleaned.  ....

Wow.  Just wow.

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