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  1. #1
    Kim
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    Default Hi! (new here) and quick question (or two) :)

    Hi there,



    I was on this list some time ago, but had to leave b/c of no time for

    the 'net.



    I'm Kim in KY, living with my 3 kids, hubby and a new baby on the way.

    I've got a few questions, and I hope they are okay to ask.



    1. Do any of you do your own home health care? We do a lot of things

    that you would get from a regular check-up at the doctor except for

    blood tests. This has saved us a lot of money over the years...



    Anyway, if you do a lot of your own home health (herbs, alt. remedies

    and so on), what are your favorite sites/books/blogs to reference?



    2. Any suggestions on saving the budget once a new baby arrives. I

    have twin girls, age 8, and a boy who is 18 months. Every time I

    think we are living as close to budget and frugal as we can, I see

    that there are more ways to save money. Again, any sites/books/blogs

    that offer good advice would be great.




    Loads of thanks!

    Peace,

    Kim U in KY








  2. #2
    Herlean
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    Default Hi! (new here) and quick question (or two) :)

    The best things I have found for saving on having a new baby (I have a 15 month old and one on the way), is buy what you can in bulk. Speaking from experience, some things you CAN NOT RETURN once they leave the store, so ASK FIRST. If you buy more than you need and your child outgrows the product, you are stuck with it. I ended up finding a different store to take one item and sold some of the others online. At least they did not go in the trash. Breastfeeding - I did it for my baby's health and well-being. It is less expensive than formula though. Make your meals at home. Don't eat out often. Don't feed your family fast food. Learn to make your own pizzas, chili, burgers, etc. Learn to pack for outings so you don't get stuck out away from home and having to feed your family quickly and expensively. Hang laundry. Where we
    live, winters gets brutal. So, I had my husband install a clothesline in the utility room and that helps a lot. I use it year round. Herlean

    Kim <greenbeing@windstream.net> wrote: Hi there,

    I was on this list some time ago, but had to leave b/c of no time for
    the 'net.

    I'm Kim in KY, living with my 3 kids, hubby and a new baby on the way.
    I've got a few questions, and I hope they are okay to ask.

    1. Do any of you do your own home health care? We do a lot of things
    that you would get from a regular check-up at the doctor except for
    blood tests. This has saved us a lot of money over the years...

    Anyway, if you do a lot of your own home health (herbs, alt. remedies
    and so on), what are your favorite sites/books/blogs to reference?

    2. Any
    suggestions on saving the budget once a new baby arrives. I
    have twin girls, age 8, and a boy who is 18 months. Every time I
    think we are living as close to budget and frugal as we can, I see
    that there are more ways to save money. Again, any sites/books/blogs
    that offer good advice would be great.

    Loads of thanks!
    Peace,
    Kim U in KY



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  3. #3
    Shawnee
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    Default Hi! (new here) and quick question (or two) :)

    Look into WIC if you have not, the help with juice, milk, cheese,

    cereal, and peanut butter is a HUGE perk. They are awesome for paying

    for most/all baby formula for the first year as well.



    Look up a local freecycle group, I think Yahoo has groups for most

    communities. You can post what your child outgrows, and you can

    request clothes they will be coming into. There are also groups on

    Yahoo for community sales and things if you do not want to give away

    your used items. Craigslist is another good site for finding used

    items and making money off of your used stuff.



    A way to stretch money for toys is to create a "toy trade" with a

    couple other mom's. It does not even have to be official, maybe

    someone you have lunch with here and there can bring a couple toys to

    swap for a week or something.



    Baby specific tips are as follows...

    Tell friends and family you want a Costco membership (or other

    warehouse store membership) for a baby gift, or if you are already a

    member, have them pay for the next year for you

    Stay away from the Playtex bottles that take the insert you have to

    buy. There are other bottles now that allow less air without having

    to buy the inserts.

    Buy wipes in bulk if you are not making your own.

    Buy diapers in bulk after size 1. Size 2 only buy 1 bulk box, than

    buy the bags until baby is out of them. Size 3 is safer to buy bulk

    without fear of wasting half a bulk box due to baby growing too fast.



    Even if you use disposable diapers, you should buy a couple of cloth

    to use at home. Imagine the savings that three diapers a day can add

    up to after a couple of years. You can find them used online at Ebay,

    Craigslist, and other auctions sites.



    Buy the three packs of baby Tylonal, I am sure you know this after

    having older children.

    Take baby toy shopping with you. Things that do not make their whole

    face light up, do not buy. My daughter looks things over and if she

    does not really BEAM over them, we keep looking. Who needs more toys

    that they leave behind while playing with the empty kleenex box?



    Find a mom to trade sitting with. You have no idea how hard it is to

    find someone to watch 4 children until you have 4. Family is great,

    but 4 children is alot to expect them to take when YOU ask them to. I

    know this one, I have 4 who are 10, 4, 3, and 10 months. I had tons

    of sitters and offers when it was 1, 2, and even 3 children... now..

    not so much.



    Ok, think I am done rambling now.

    Shawnee



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Kim" <greenbeing@...> wrote:

    >

    > Hi there,

    >

    > I was on this list some time ago, but had to leave b/c of no time

    for

    > the 'net.

    >

    > I'm Kim in KY, living with my 3 kids, hubby and a new baby on the

    way.

    > I've got a few questions, and I hope they are okay to ask.

    >

    > 1. Do any of you do your own home health care? We do a lot of

    things

    > that you would get from a regular check-up at the doctor except for

    > blood tests. This has saved us a lot of money over the years...

    >

    > Anyway, if you do a lot of your own home health (herbs, alt.

    remedies

    > and so on), what are your favorite sites/books/blogs to reference?

    >

    > 2. Any suggestions on saving the budget once a new baby arrives. I

    > have twin girls, age 8, and a boy who is 18 months. Every time I

    > think we are living as close to budget and frugal as we can, I see

    > that there are more ways to save money. Again, any

    sites/books/blogs

    > that offer good advice would be great.

    >

    > Loads of thanks!

    > Peace,

    > Kim U in KY

    >










 

 

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