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  1. Are they metal? They look like the clamps that hold bed rails together.
  2. Oh wow, half the month is gone and I haven't even posted in here yet! I didn't even realize we were halfway through the month until the water bill showed up in the mail today. I'm not tracking as closely this month - finishing up school supply shopping, letting the kids take over some of the meal planning (a Minecraft cookbook will get my picky kid to cook/try anything), a bunch of birthdays at the end of this month/beginning of next month. *We're going to our neighborhood party tonight. Other than some of the cheap games, we won't spend money. *I finally got a coupon for the place where I get my hair cut every 18 months or so, which means tomorrow morning I'm getting my hair chopped off. *Swimming at a relative's house tomorrow, instead of paying money for a public pool. *Signed oldest DS up for a birthday freebie at the place he wants to spend his birthday. I'll have to pay full price for the rest of us, unless a Groupon pops up. So I mentioned a month or so ago that I was getting a bit discontent. Even though we did a lot of fixing up of our house last year, we still have quite a bit to go. It was starting to get to me, I was getting restless and wanting to move, and that was bleeding over into not being satisfied with other things. It all seemed to start with the house though. Last night, DS9 and DS5 (almost 6, yikes) called me downstairs to show me what they had created in Minecraft over the past couple weekends... it was our house. They made our house, put in all our messy bookshelves and my big freestanding kitchen "island" and the bikes cluttering the garage and even our Lego room, complete with Lego bricks scattered all over the floor! And they added lights in places where I had mentioned I'd like to have lights put in. Yeah, it's "just one of those mind-numbing video games", but it meant so much to me that they found so much joy in the house home we already have, not the fancy one we wish we could find/afford/live in. I'm definitely much more content today.
  3. That's one of the reasons my GERD is so hard to control - I don't smoke or drink, quit tea and coffee (occasional Dr Pepper to kill a headache), haven't taken NSAIDs in years, no citrus or onions or tomatoes or other trigger foods (although you'll have to pry my birthday cheesecake out of my cold, dead hands), sleep with three or more pillows, and I'm borderline underweight. The acid production isn't really the problem, it's the leaky "toilet tank flapper" between my esophagus and stomach. I can literally feel it relaxing and opening up as I drift off to sleep at night. So fun. I have to limit the acid to keep food down, but then it doesn't digest well, which causes the IBS symptoms... and so forth. The alternative is even more unpleasant. If I ever had to chew another Tums I'd probably yak that up too, but I do go through a ton of cough drops. Back to the topic of squash quantities, I did buy zucchini and yellow squash at the store today to try this recipe.. two small ones, but that should feed the 3-4 of us that are willing to eat it. The recipe says four 3/4 c. servings, and her portion sizes are usually spot on for our household.
  4. Yep. Passed the gastric emptying study though.
  5. Trying not to, but GI doc said this week that if we can’t get these new meds to work, that option’s on the table. It’s frustrating. I like food. And I don’t mind small portions or skipping meals (it definitely took off all the baby weight and then some), but constant nausea or having to avoid things my kids cook is obnoxious. My 9yo actually made salmon a few nights ago, didn’t even get to try it. I should have still plated it and took a picture though, lol.
  6. Yeah, I can eat about 8 servings of food a day, total. This thread had me concerned I was not eating enough and I should try dinner. Terrible idea, one of my worst. Five hours and two medications later I am still trying to force a bowl of rice noodles to stay out of my esophagus. I don’t know how people do this meal thing every night.
  7. That’s about what portions I eat for breakfast and lunch, dinner is about half that if I eat at all. Plus a cereal bowl sized salad at lunch, usually. I have pretty severe GERD. Any more food than that would come back up my nose.
  8. My grandparents had one that I loved as a kid. I suspect it was lost in my aunt and uncle's basement during the Flood of '93, as I haven't seen it since then and there's zero chance my packrat/hoarder uncle would have parted with it willingly.
  9. I’m in. I need some motivation with all our restrictions - Celiac (DH), wheat/sesame allergies (me), IBS/reflux (also me), and a picky-ish kid. DH is injured and needs to be smarter about what he’s eating while not exercising. And I’m waiting on test results that could possibly mean a low-fiber diet for me for a while. Ugh. Heading to the farmer’s market and store. We’ll see what I come up with for the weekend.
  10. Final Frugal-Thing-a-Day Round Up: 6/1 - Bought two pairs of used baseball cleats (next two sizes up) for less than half the cost of a brand-new pair. 6/2 - Used a $10 Kohl's reward to replace DH's holey dress socks. 6/3 - Used free admission coupons to a local children's museum and took a picnic lunch with us. 6/4 - Took sandwiches, snacks, and drinks with us to an MLB game instead of paying obscene stadium prices (outside food/drink is allowed, we didn't sneak it in). 6/5 - Saved all the non-chocolate candy from recent holidays and let the kids pick something out after t-ball/baseball instead of buying concessions. 6/6 - Free program at the library for the summer program, and found a cool logic puzzle book on the freebie shelf. 6/7 - Found an old gift card for Panera in my wallet and used it to treat myself to a bagel while the kids were at camp (bad idea, feel like garbage now). 6/8 - Got a family discount on oil changes by taking the cars to the shop where my brother works. 6/9 - Did some meal prep (homemade pizza sauce, crust, and potato skins, and baked oatmeal) for a busy week and made some treats (sugar cookies, smoothie popsicles, cookies and cream ice cream) rather than buying expensive gluten-free packaged versions. Froze half of the sugar cookie dough and pizza dough for another week. 6/10 - Used our Kids Bowl Free passes to go bowling. 6/11 - Waited until I was nearly out of gas to maximize the discount when you buy a car wash at the gas pump. The ground is still too saturated (and the forecast too wet) to be washing off the cars in the driveway. Also when the kids wash the cars, I end up with a large increase on the water bill and still dirty cars, lol. 6/12 - No spending day #2 for the month. 6/13 - DH had to get gas, but other than that we stayed home, played board games, and recovered from the Stanley Cup final. 6/14 - Finally signed up for a rewards card at Walgreens in order to save $10 on something I had to buy. 6/15 - Could have gone to the downtown parade and celebration for free (DH's parking pass, taking food/drink in), but I didn't feel well, weather was iffy, and half-million people crowds... we watched it on TV and lived vicariously through Twitter. It was still amazing. 6/16 - No spending Father's Day! Instead of going somewhere that costs money, DH set up a Lego Minecraft D&D Fortnite-style adventure in the living room (that's a lot of nerd in one sentence) and we played some badminton in the yard. 6/17 - Another free library program. My mom came over for lunch and I treated her to the Leftovers Buffet in my fridge. I'm very fortunate to have people in my life that are thrilled when they can have yesterday's roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, and pancakes for lunch, lol. 6/18 - Going to try to make some fruit slushies today using some leftover Capri Suns from soccer treats. I have to hide the fruit punch ones in other things or no one will drink them. 6/19 - DH re-injured his foot. We already had braces and crutches, so we waited until the next morning to go to urgent care ($25 copay), rather than the ER ($75 copay). 6/20 - Found disposable plates and cups marked down cheap at Target while I was getting more ankle wrap stuff, saving for my kids' late summer/fall birthdays. 6/21 - I mowed the yard myself instead of having to pay someone to do it. DH normally does it, but I'm pretty sure he's done for the year. 6/22 - Got one of the two final soccer games of the season in before the worst rainstorm I've ever had to drive in. Instead of participation medals or trophies, they give out useful items. This year was one of those cooling towels, of which we can always use more. 6/23 - Sun came out and I used one of the car wash codes I already had on hand. The kids are still young enough that a trip through the car wash is their idea of an exciting afternoon. 6/24 - I found a pair of khaki shorts in my oldest's closet that middle DS should be able to wear for golf this summer, so I didn't have to go buy a new/new-to-him pair. 6/25 - Another free summer program for one of my kids. Unfortunately we also came down with this nasty summer cold. I stocked up on tissues and meds last time we were sick, so no last minute Walgreens trips. 6/26 - No Spending Day, still sick as a dog. I haven't been this sick in a couple years. 6/27 - Still sick! Dug the rest of the sugar cookie dough out of the freezer for some free comfort food. 6/28 - Took a bag of canned goods to the library to clear all our fines. Back to $0... for now. 6/29 - Used a free shipping code to order the science materials needed for the upcoming school year. We're using a free curriculum, but I needed to buy/replace a lot of materials (although I already have a bag of 100 plastic droppers sitting around here, for some reason...). 6/30 - Returned at item to Sam's that I can no longer use with a new food allergy. Also saved $10 by getting my soccer kids registered this weekend for fall season. Overall, we did pretty well this month, apart from everyone's health taking a nose dive. My usual stock up shopping day fell on the last day of the month, which really skewed the month's grocery budget. Next month should be much smaller. One more week off and then we start our new school year. Hopefully I'll still have time to track spending and practice intentional frugality as thoroughly as I did this month. It helped.
  11. Frugal-Thing-A-Day, 6/26 update: 6/1 - Bought two pairs of used baseball cleats (next two sizes up) for less than half the cost of a brand-new pair. 6/2 - Used a $10 Kohl's reward to replace DH's holey dress socks. 6/3 - Used free admission coupons to a local children's museum and took a picnic lunch with us. 6/4 - Took sandwiches, snacks, and drinks with us to an MLB game instead of paying obscene stadium prices (outside food/drink is allowed, we didn't sneak it in). 6/5 - Saved all the non-chocolate candy from recent holidays and let the kids pick something out after t-ball/baseball instead of buying concessions. 6/6 - Free program at the library for the summer program, and found a cool logic puzzle book on the freebie shelf. 6/7 - Found an old gift card for Panera in my wallet and used it to treat myself to a bagel while the kids were at camp (bad idea, feel like garbage now). 6/8 - Got a family discount on oil changes by taking the cars to the shop where my brother works. 6/9 - Did some meal prep (homemade pizza sauce, crust, and potato skins, and baked oatmeal) for a busy week and made some treats (sugar cookies, smoothie popsicles, cookies and cream ice cream) rather than buying expensive gluten-free packaged versions. Froze half of the sugar cookie dough and pizza dough for another week. 6/10 - Used our Kids Bowl Free passes to go bowling. 6/11 - Waited until I was nearly out of gas to maximize the discount when you buy a car wash at the gas pump. The ground is still too saturated (and the forecast too wet) to be washing off the cars in the driveway. Also when the kids wash the cars, I end up with a large increase on the water bill and still dirty cars, lol. 6/12 - No spending day #2 for the month. 6/13 - DH had to get gas, but other than that we stayed home, played board games, and recovered from the Stanley Cup final. 6/14 - Finally signed up for a rewards card at Walgreens in order to save $10 on something I had to buy. 6/15 - Could have gone to the downtown parade and celebration for free (DH's parking pass, taking food/drink in), but I didn't feel well, weather was iffy, and half-million people crowds... we watched it on TV and lived vicariously through Twitter. It was still amazing. 6/16 - No spending Father's Day! Instead of going somewhere that costs money, DH set up a Lego Minecraft D&D Fortnite-style adventure in the living room (that's a lot of nerd in one sentence) and we played some badminton in the yard. 6/17 - Another free library program. My mom came over for lunch and I treated her to the Leftovers Buffet in my fridge. I'm very fortunate to have people in my life that are thrilled when they can have yesterday's roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, and pancakes for lunch, lol. 6/18 - Going to try to make some fruit slushies today using some leftover Capri Suns from soccer treats. I have to hide the fruit punch ones in other things or no one will drink them. 6/19 - DH re-injured his foot. We already had braces and crutches, so we waited until the next morning to go to urgent care ($25 copay), rather than the ER ($75 copay). 6/20 - Found disposable plates and cups marked down cheap at Target while I was getting more ankle wrap stuff, saving for my kids' late summer/fall birthdays. 6/21 - I mowed the yard myself instead of having to pay someone to do it. DH normally does it, but I'm pretty sure he's done for the year. 6/22 - Got one of the two final soccer games of the season in before the worst rainstorm I've ever had to drive in. Instead of participation medals or trophies, they give out useful items. This year was one of those cooling towels, of which we can always use more. 6/23 - Sun came out and I used one of the car wash codes I already had on hand. The kids are still young enough that a trip through the car wash is their idea of an exciting afternoon. 6/24 - I found a pair of khaki shorts in my oldest's closet that middle DS should be able to wear for golf this summer, so I didn't have to go buy a new/new-to-him pair. 6/25 - Another free summer program for one of my kids. Unfortunately we also came down with this nasty summer cold. I stocked up on tissues and meds last time we were sick, so no last minute Walgreens trips. 6/26 - No Spending Day, still sick as a dog. I haven't been this sick in a couple years. I am extremely, very grateful for our fantastic health insurance, but even then, it gets expensive (12 weeks of Physical Therapy???!?). And we end up missing a lot of events/activities (some paid, some free) because we can't get everyone healthy at the same time. Since May 11, in our house we've had influenza, allergy flare ups, a secondary ear infection, a sinus infection, dental cleanings, a small dental filling, a larger filling with crown, periorbital cellulitis (swollen infected eye), a should-be-annual-but-more-like-every-decade physical, two food allergy diagnoses, a sprained foot, and now the Summer Cold From Hades. Oh, and I have a lengthy medical test at the hospital next week. And if we're not sick, it's pouring down rain and flash flooding. My kids have forgotten what their friends and teammates look like. At least I haven't had time for any mindless spending.
  12. It probably has little to do with feminism and much to do with wanting/needing to stand out in an environment where her life experiences (military career vs. direct to college) are vastly different than those around her. That was me in college. While my mostly suburban, middle class college classmates were using their brain space to debate social issues and take up causes, I was working 2-3 jobs and majoring in something I sucked at so I could send money back home to stave off a foreclosure (even though there were mushrooms growing out of the bathroom carpet there). I was very, very different from my peers, in ways that I couldn’t describe, and the only way I could scream that difference was getting on the most out-there political train I could find. I don’t know if I grew out of my defiance or my life stabilized.
  13. Bulk bins are not always a great option with food allergies and Celiac. One of our nearby stores has them, and it's a cross-contamination nightmare. The whole wheat flour scoop gets around. Also, the bulk bin price at that store for 1lb. of rice or beans is greater than the 1lb. bag price on the shelves. Food allergies/Celiac here too. Portion control and reduction of food waste are often overlooked factors in keeping the budget down, especially when you are stuck with certain brands/sources, even when something should be GF (like lentils!). Since DS11 is the only person in this house that consistently eats normal-sized portions, we usually have a LOT of leftovers to cover lunch and some dinners. Making sure those get used/frozen instead of thrown out has a big impact. I always try to make my last couple planned meals of the week easy to carry over into the next one (frozen or shelf-stable ingredients), just in case we have too many leftovers to get through.
  14. Update on Frugal-Thing-A-Day: 6/1 - Bought two pairs of used baseball cleats (next two sizes up) for less than half the cost of a brand-new pair. 6/2 - Used a $10 Kohl's reward to replace DH's holey dress socks. 6/3 - Used free admission coupons to a local children's museum and took a picnic lunch with us. 6/4 - Took sandwiches, snacks, and drinks with us to an MLB game instead of paying obscene stadium prices (outside food/drink is allowed, we didn't sneak it in). 6/5 - Saved all the non-chocolate candy from recent holidays and let the kids pick something out after t-ball/baseball instead of buying concessions. 6/6 - Free program at the library for the summer program, and found a cool logic puzzle book on the freebie shelf. 6/7 - Found an old gift card for Panera in my wallet and used it to treat myself to a bagel while the kids were at camp (bad idea, feel like garbage now). 6/8 - Got a family discount on oil changes by taking the cars to the shop where my brother works. 6/9 - Did some meal prep (homemade pizza sauce, crust, and potato skins, and baked oatmeal) for a busy week and made some treats (sugar cookies, smoothie popsicles, cookies and cream ice cream) rather than buying expensive gluten-free packaged versions. Froze half of the sugar cookie dough and pizza dough for another week. 6/10 - Used our Kids Bowl Free passes to go bowling. 6/11 - Waited until I was nearly out of gas to maximize the discount when you buy a car wash at the gas pump. The ground is still too saturated (and the forecast too wet) to be washing off the cars in the driveway. Also when the kids wash the cars, I end up with a large increase on the water bill and still dirty cars, lol. 6/12 - No spending day #2 for the month. 6/13 - DH had to get gas, but other than that we stayed home, played board games, and recovered from the Stanley Cup final. 6/14 - Finally signed up for a rewards card at Walgreens in order to save $10 on something I had to buy. 6/15 - Could have gone to the downtown parade and celebration for free (DH's parking pass, taking food/drink in), but I didn't feel well, weather was iffy, and half-million people crowds... we watched it on TV and lived vicariously through Twitter. It was still amazing. 6/16 - No spending Father's Day! Instead of going somewhere that costs money, DH set up a Lego Minecraft D&D Fortnite-style adventure in the living room (that's a lot of nerd in one sentence) and we played some badminton in the yard. 6/17 - Another free library program. My mom came over for lunch and I treated her to the Leftovers Buffet in my fridge. I'm very fortunate to have people in my life that are thrilled when they can have yesterday's roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, and pancakes for lunch, lol. 6/18 - Going to try to make some fruit slushies today using some leftover Capri Suns from soccer treats. I have to hide the fruit punch ones in other things or no one will drink them. Surprise dental work this month is threatening to erase all the savings. Oh well.
  15. Gotcha. We have a couple pairs of Keens like that, but no one wears them because they are impossible to get on and off and uncomfortable.
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