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My kids are getting it!

March 16th, 2008 at 06:17 pm

Last night I had a discussion with my children (5, 4, 2) about prayer. To see what they thought, I asked them a few questions.

"If we ask Heavenly Father for a bunch of candy, will it magically appear?"

"NO!!!" was their answer.

"If we need help with something, can He help us?"

"Yes!"

Then I asked "If we ask for a million dollars, will He give it to us?"

My 5 y.o. son replies "Um, no, Mom. You have to work for your allowance."

You have no idea how happy I was to hear that.

What public school can teach you about money.

March 13th, 2008 at 08:27 am

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*crickets chirping*

Cleaned the pantry

March 11th, 2008 at 07:30 am

I'm so happy that we've been able to accumulate some food storage. I'm also glad that my local Wal-Mart (you know, the one I usually loathe), sometimes clearances food and I stock up on it if I use it (for instance, I got cans of 100% pure pumpkin for $0.25 each!). We also got some free Nutrisystem products from a friend. I don't know exactly how long it will last us. I should run a food storage calculator and see. Anyway, I just wanted to take a pic.

Wal-Mart's "Right Price Guanantee" - Phooey!

March 7th, 2008 at 06:02 pm

I've always assumed that if something rings up the wrong price when you're checking out, then you either 1. get $3 off of your total order, or 2. get the item free (which ever is less). Not so, my friend. If you decide to tell the cashier that the price is wrong and s/he corrects it, the RPG is not put into play. Apparently, You have to have paid for the item at the wrong price and then go to the Customer Service desk to get the $ back. Technically, the print on the checkstand about the Right Price Guarantee says if Wal-Mart charges you the wrong price, then the guarantee comes into play. Do you know how much of a hassle this is with anywhere from 2 to 4 kids in tow? They must bank on the fact that it is too much of a hassle for most people to deal with.

I hate you, Dinner!

March 7th, 2008 at 02:23 pm

Why, oh why does dinner have to come at the end of the day when I'm ready to go to bed? We're having sandwiches tonight because I haven't planned well and so I'm not prepared for anything else.

Embarrassment~~~~ to you, Dinner!

Um, about that free landscaping...

March 6th, 2008 at 08:15 am

... apparently not everyone just throws their discards away. In fact, the big box home improvement stores return it somewhere for a credit (long story, but it ended in my husband high-tailing it out of there because an associate was writing his license plate # down). So, I would advise doing a thorough investigation before you become a landscape freegan.

I hope my van lasts forever!

March 6th, 2008 at 08:12 am

My van is an 11 year old rebuild (my dad rebuilds salvaged cars - in fact, I've only owned a non-junkyard vehicle once, and it was the worst vehicle I ever had).

Anyhoo, it has had routine maintenance on it, plus some minor other things. Now, I know that well-built makes like Toyotas will last eons if they are kept well, but I'm wondering how long a Plymouth will last? Here's hoping another 5-6 years, at least.

From time to time, my kindergartener asks me when we will get a van with an automatic sliding door. He sees these things in the carpool line at school. Of course I tell him not for a very long time. I'm tryint to teach my kids to think along these lines: why spend money when you 1. Don't have it and 2. Don't have to ?

10 Things I've learned...

March 4th, 2008 at 04:32 pm

...from the children I know.

10. Time out is for babies, not sophisticated 2 year-old girls

9. No matter how hard you rub chicken nuggets together, they WILL NOT make a fire

8. A DVD will not play in a VHS slot

7. Refrigerators with the freezer on the bottom are a dumb idea

6. A 1-year old can fit more than one banana in his mouth at a time

5. The cops WILL be called if you don't let your 3 year old wear a cereal box on his head

4. Those b.b. guns at the county fair (you know, shoot out the red star and win a prize) are modeled after corn kernels and a spoon (the latter being more effective on targets, especially a sibling's head)

3. Kids will clean any room in two minutes if you set a timer

2. Spit-up on a black shirt doesn't look so bad, after all

1. There's nothing better than being the apple of a child's eye

Consumer debt - gone!

March 4th, 2008 at 04:09 pm

Finally! Now on to the student loan debt. ARGH! However, to stay excited, I made a check-off chart with each payment on it. Then, when we make a payment, I mark-off that payment on the chart. Cheesy, I know, but it keeps me excited about it.