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    Default Frugal Living - Staying at Home

    Hello,

    To aid you in making the choice to stay home.. ck your libr. section for
    books on frugal living.. there are usually many many choices.. read all you
    can.. some ideas may seem over the top for your family.. but pick out those
    that are doable and give it a try..
    And a BIG Plus a libr. has movies for free .. books for kids.. and free
    story time and activities !! Free entertainment.

    Track your spending .. little expenses add up !!
    Find another stay at home mom and find out how she does it.. it may seem that
    everyone else in the entire world has plenty of money .. but most don't .. they
    make do and set priorities

    I make my own cleaners & laundry soap.. it saves me a trip to the store ..
    saves from buying extras , saves time and gas ..
    I shop a lot at thrift stores.. certain ones have better quality clothes then
    others ..and a few have great kitchen things .. shop often and shop around..

    Make one trip a week to shop.. don't run out for just one thing !!

    I would be happy to eml with you off line if you have any questions
    I have been home full time for 7 years and part time for a total of 17 years !!
    I have one grown , married dd .. one grandson.... one dd at home !

    Lisa M

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    How wonderful that you are trying to do something new with your life. We were
    forced into single family income status because of illness. Here is what I did
    first. Assess your current bills. Do you really need all the bells and
    whistles the phone company has you signed up for? Check your long distance
    bills and call your carrier to see if they have cheaper plans. Do the same
    thing for your cable company and the your utilities. Some times those
    equalizer plans can be a god send if you live in a very hot climate or a very
    cold one. Once you have your bills pared down to what you want, then you can
    start on doing more make it yourself stuff and find less expensive ways to do
    what you would like. If you take a good hard look at the budget101 website
    you can find so many things that you can make yourself from simple easy to find
    ingredients and you can stop buying bottled, boxes and overly processed foods.
    Not only is it cheaper and easier, it's also a lot healthier.
    And I found a great bonus to making your own bread by hand.... kneeding is
    great stress reduction therapy!

    Sheila
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    HI...I too am new to the list. I have been hanging back just listening to
    others (and learning a lot). I have a goal to be a stay at home mom. We have
    4 large bills we have been working towards paying off (1 auto, 3 credit
    cards). I make the final pymt on the auto this month so I finally feel like
    I'm getting somewhere. My goal date is by the time school starts as I also
    hope to homeschool my oldest. My hubby is self employed so as many of you
    probably are aware we will never know when we will have a paycheck, so I am
    looking into ways to tighten up the ol' purse strings...just in case. Someone
    mentioned making their own cleaning supplies...I'm interested in the recipes
    and curious to know if the product is scented...just one of my little quirks,
    but I don't feel like the house is clean unless I can "smell" it. Any helpful
    suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Dana

 

 

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