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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 - 4:29pm

savcal2011 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">pumpkinangel</em> wrote:</div>I agree, that is the trend around here as well.  I also miss the lettermen jackets that were popular, remember those?  &lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>Letter jackets are still popular here. The Girl will finally letter this year (possibly twice) and is so excited about.  She actually wears my letter jacket sometimes.  And, unlike rings, they can actually serve another purpose of keeping them warm!  I wore mine all throughout college too.</p>

I got a letter, but no jacket to put it on.  (I didn't like the way they looked).

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:27pm

savcal2011 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">coconutshrimp</em> wrote:</div>It sounds like your parenting ideas are about the same so you can probably go by what they say. I believe in kids being kids and while saying no (seems like most of the time lol), I also believe in raising them and supporting them financially until they are out of my house (for their main expenses but I am sure I will be still buying them things when they are older too as I am still their mom). I believe in them working to help out but don't believe they need to pay for all their expenses. I still have the old school idea of if I was charging my child rent in my home, I would keep all of it (or at least the majority of it) in a savings account to give to them when they move out. These parents would not.</blockquote></p><p>Who are "these parents"?</p>

Inorite?  My parents said no to quite a few activities and definitely put their foot down about last minute stuff, but my mom is currently spending a month at my sister's house while she is on bed rest.  That's the kind of thing a good parent does.

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:27pm

bordwithyou wrote:
Just wanted to shout out a hello to Laura. I've missed you!

Thanks!  I've missed you guys too!  I'm trying to get back into the swing of things a little, but I've got to say...the format hasn't improved since I abandoned the board two years ago.  I had expected at least some improvement by now, but I don't know how long I'll be able to put up with it :-/.

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:25pm

sweetsummmerdays wrote:
Again, PKA this was a totally different thing as I said before some meets were before or after meals and so no food was needed. When there are 2 different meets on a calendar for that day and you don't know until a day or 2 before the meet, you don't know if the child needs money or not for food and drinks. I really didn't think this would be so confusing. lol.

No, I don't think this is a different thing at all...please remember that I have been feeding an athlete for a number of years now, at sporting events.  Food and water are always packed, needed for fuel and not just at meal times for athletes.  It's also very rare for a concession stand to have the type of food that is needed for an athlete so I learned along time ago to plan ahead and meals/snacks are always budgeted and packed.

This is your first year, there is a learning curve to feeding a growing athlete.  

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:21pm

BeaArthurisMyReligion wrote:
<p>I agree with you about the HS rings.. they don't seem very big around here and I know a ton of HS seniors and juniors through my daughter and none of them have them... I don't see it happening... but oh yes.. the photos.. LOL ... those do come up !</p>

I got a high school ring that my parents paid for.  Looking back on it, I wish they had told me no and spent the money on something else.

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:20pm

sweetsummmerdays wrote:
<p>Not all sports have seating locations. Swimming (IME) only has one set of stands for both schools.</p>

It's rare for them to not have some sort of stands and/or seating area for specators, at least in my experience....but that's why I carry one of those folding camp chairs in the back of my car all year long.  

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:19pm
sweetsummerdays wrote:Ok, again. Times did change for some of the meets (some said they were longer too than they actually were) and BECAUSE my child was not in some of them (for the events she did), the ones on the calendar were not always ones she went to. She would find out which ones SHE was in 1-2 days before the actual meet. Then you could decide how long she would be there if she needed food money. Oh, guess my kid is good enough to be in every contest .. .--------------You attached it MY post.
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:18pm

<<I think band may be a bit different (I dunno; I don't have kids in sports) because they wear a full uniform for the actual competition, but they wear a modified uniform in the down times in between. The modified uniform is the "show shirt".  They may perform at 10am, and then again at 8pm. So there is a lot of downtime and they can't wear their full uniform in that time, as it can't easily be washed.     There are also often 20+ schools at the event, so having them in matching shirts aids in supervision as well. >>

It depends on the sport of course, but in my experience its similar.  The may not take off their entire uniform but they will either put a travel suit (basketball) on over their uniform or take off pants (baseball) and put short on..that kind of thing.  If there is more than one game.  They don't dress for the game until they get there for the most part, in the locker rooms with the teams for most of the sports.  Ds1 plays the higher leverl specator sports so they are much more pampered than some of the other sports.

<<And then there is the "support" aspect. The parents buy the show shirts so they can show which band they're supporting.  IME (again, I don't have a kid in sports, so enlighten me if I"m wrong) many sporting events have only two teams there, so it's pretty easy to tell (seating location?) who is supporting who. >>

Yes, that is true in my experince in sports with my kid as well.  I don't worry about planning for the most part to pickup my kid at school after the events because we are usually at the events supporting the boys.  I also have a variety of parent gear and the parents sit together, we socalize and so forth.  This goes back to the birthday party debate, I don't need to attend birthday parties (and haven't for years) becasue my son has been playing sports with (and/or against) many of these boys long before high school.


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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:15pm
Just wanted to shout out a hello to Laura. I've missed you!
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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 4:13pm

sweetsummmerdays wrote:
THIS is what you started with: "I guess my kid is good enough to be in every contest". It makes NO sense why you would have even said that about me as I DID indicate it was her first year and she did not qualify for many meets and I never thought she would have or should have been good enough to be in every contest. I am extremely proud of her for trying out for every sport that she has. It doesn't bother her when she does not make a team or doesn't rank high enough to make a meet. She does it because she enjoys the sport and the teams. You can read all the way back if you would like as I think you must have mis-read my posts.

Please tell me where <<I guess my kid is good enough to be in every contest>> says ANYTHING about YOU. It doens't even mention YOU.  It mentions ONLY my own kid. 

It's great that you're proud of your kids. We should all be proud of our kids.

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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