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  1. 2 hours ago, Ottakee said:

    My decorating styles over the years have Included Early Attic, Modern Poverty, Craigslist Chic, Contemporary Castoffs, and Delightful Dumpster Dives.

    Love this 😄  As sad as it is I think my style definitely resembles a mix of all the above right now.

    I love to watch HGTV but then get mad LOL.   Not really mad but you know when they come in and say "oh these cabinets and counter tops are horrible, a complete gut and remodel has to happen"  And those are the cabinets & countertops I have now.  I mean I know my house is out of date/style but geez I don't have to hear it on national tv 🤣🤣

    I like Rehab Addict, where she redoes old houses, in mostly the original style.  I love old houses.  I live in an old house and would love love love to have the money to do some of the stuff she does.   

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  2. I wouldn't spend your money to fix up house owned by someone else.  Like previous poster said they could tell you to move right after.  Also even if you don't use the door going outside for it to be a rental they may be required to keep a 2nd escape route out of house. Hope something becomes available for you soon!

    Was doing ok on spending but spent some money to eat out with friends.  Also bought dss each a shirt.  And made a couple extra trips to grocery for forgotten items which means I didn't just buy those items ugh. It has been a rather spendy few days.

  3. Dh sold a car he has been working on (it needed minor repairs).   Car wasn't worth a whole lot so not like mega bucks here.  But the sale allowed us to pay a bill and dh go to the eye dr and get new glasses & contacts (no eye insurance).  He was way behind on eye visit.

    Filed taxes, not getting back as much as I hoped.  But I always hope for more lol.

    Dh offered last night to stop and pick up supper on the way home (using some money left from eye dr).   He was trying to be nice saying I deserved a break.   At 1st I said ok because I didn't have a plan for supper.  Then I thought of an easy to put together casserole that everyone likes.  So I text him backing saying "save that money I have supper covered".    Cooking cost us 1/2 what would have cost dh to buy supper and we had some leftovers.

    Mostly been staying home.  Reading free books, decluttering house and working on projects I already have the supplies for.  Mostly just reading but it has been so blah I don't feel like doing anything else.   

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  4. On 2/21/2019 at 12:47 PM, vonfirmath said:


    How do you make albums with digital pictures? I've realized I have TONS of digital pictures -- but the kids never see them because they are on the computer. Is there some sort of digital scrapbook I can use to put them together then order a book they can actually page through?

    Snapfish, Shutterfly, Walgreens & Wal-Mart are a few places that you can do this. 

    Upload pictures to the site then load into books and order.  Can add stickers & captions or leave plain. It is up to you.

    Also most places run sales.  You can make the album and save it until they run a good sale if not running one currently.

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  5. Still mostly staying home.  The one really nice day (sunshine, not to cold, no rain or wind) I went to the grocery.   Didn't do to bad. 

    A friend wanted to get together and catch up.  Instead of the local coffee house I invited her over and I made 1/2 pot of coffee and she brought us each a cookie.  It was a nice visit.


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  6. Some of y'all are doing GREAT on the budget.  I like seeing the menus too.  Helps me remember I have such and such and can make something with it.

    hjffkj - yay for sneakers from a friend

    Mostly just been staying home.   Nasty rain for days made it easy to not want to leave the house.  We did leave to go to stepmoms for lunch.  She was in the mood to cook and asked us to just show up and eat.  Then sent us home with some of the leftover meat.  I turned that into the next day meal 😉

    Also went to dollar tree.  I needed a card and they have really nice ones for 50c or $1.  Also picked up a few things of pasta.  Their boxes have more in them and are cheaper than other stores.   Also picked up a coated whisk.  The new pots I got for Christmas say no metal utensils and I only have metal whisks.  I had a couple things I like to make but prefer using the whisk.  So when I saw a betty crocker brand at dollar tree I grabbed it. 

    Going to double check the pantry & freezer today to see if I can possibly make it another few days/week without going to the grocery.  We have food but it may require being more creative instead of my usual standbys.  


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  7. Staying home all week makes for a frugal week 😉   

    Somewhere along the way (Christmas) I really messed up and things are super tight right now.  So actually I had no money to go anywhere but this past week has also been a bad weather week so good week for staying home. 

    Would love to go get Chinese or a pizza today but instead will focus on the fact that ds asked for a specific easy to fix meal that I have all the stuff for.  Will make him happy, save money and I don't have to get out in the cold.

    I am thankful for a freezer & pantry full of food, heat, free books (kindle library books) and kiddos that are happy staying home.   

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  8. Between ball games and hs group outings we use to do a lot of picnic style meals.  I use to keep a small bag in the back of the van with a roll of paper towels, plastic utensils (kept in a peanut butter jar), paper plates (sometimes), pack of baby wipes & hand sanitizer.  

    Also in the warm months I kept a small cooler back there with bottles of water.  It just got to be a habit to dump off water and add ice before we left the house.  I would freeze ice in butter bowls etc. and use that in the cooler.  Ice lasted longer.


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  9. YAY for paying off truck! 

    I need to remember to only got to dollar general on Saturday.  I went Friday to pick up a birthday present and couple items.  I could have just waited and gone right before the party yesterday and used the $5 off coupon but wasn't thinking UGH

    Didn't do so hot in January and so far I am doing horrible in February.  Ended January going out to eat with friends and started February the same way.  Then buying a birthday present and picking up food for super bowl.   Gonna see if I can spend the next little bit making some February goals and a list of meal ideas using what I have on hand.  

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  10. Everyone is doing great!   I was on such a good roll before Christmas season but having trouble getting back in gear. 

    I remembered an idea I heard about.  Get some empty totes with lids and box up the kitchen like moving (not the food). Clean the cabinets while empty.  When I need an item I will pull it out, use, wash and put back in the cabinets.  By the end of the month I should have everything I use in my cabinets.  The article said donate the rest.  

    Thinking about trying this with a few minor variations.  Like after cleaning cabinets putting the stuff I know I use back in the cabinets (plates, cereal bowls, new cookware, everyone's favorite cup) and using cardboard boxes for stuff I am pretty sure I want to get rid of but have some doubt about (old cookware, some glasses etc) and totes for stuff that I am not sure about.  This way when I get done with my experiment I don't have to touch the things I had some doubt about again.  I can just load the boxes and donate them.  Yes if I touch a boxed item again even if I haven't used it in a year I sometimes get the "what if I really need this" doubt again.  

    I got some new cookware for Christmas but the pans are different sizes than what I am use to using.  I am hoping this will help me figure out what I can get rid of and what I need to keep.

    Maybe I could try this concept with other areas of the house I am struggling with.

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  11. On 1/27/2019 at 2:14 PM, Pen said:

    Fill gas when at 1/2 to 1/4 tank left. Makes for more frequent fill ups, but less stress—especially living rurally where there aren’t nearby stations.  


    Yeah when I was growing up dad traded vehicles often.  They were all used cars.  Some of those if the gas hand hit 1/4 tank it meant empty.  We found out the hard way.  Even when I have had brand new vehicles I still don't like to get to 1/4 tank.  

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