Posts Tagged ‘money’

New Money

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 by by

Well, making money look like new anyway! Today we did an experiment using copper pennies and vinegar. The Older loved this because he likes his coins shiny (and in proper order according to size, edges, and pictures on the coins, but that’s a whole other post).

Part of the fun was having the kids look for dirty pennies. It was like a scavenger hunt for them, and they really got into it! I even found The Older hanging upside down in the washer. Wish I had a picture of that, LOL!

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Survey Says….. New Cloth Diaper Survey Conducted by

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 by by

babydiaperSOUTH PARIS, Maine (June 9, 2010) – In tough economic times it’s no surprise that more budget-strapped parents are switching to cloth diapers to save money. In fact, a new online survey out today conducted by Harris Interactive for, a leading online cloth diapering boutique, reveals that one-third (33%) of parents who use disposable diapers say they would be “extremely” or “very likely” to switch to cloth diapers after learning that cloth diapers could save them $2,000 over the course of their baby’s diapering years.

However, just because parents say they are willing to switch doesn’t mean they are. The survey found that only approximately one in ten parents (9%) with children in diapers (ages 0-2 years) use or have used cloth diapers. This number represents a substantial minority (more…)

My biggest problem with being a SAHM

Monday, May 24th, 2010 by by

First of all, I love almost everything about being a stay at home mom. I love that I get to watch my boys grow and learn daily. I love that, when it’s nice, I can get things done quickly and then spend the day outside, usually at the playground. There are just so many positive aspects that I adore and wouldn’t change for anything in the world.

However, I have one huge problem. I HATE HATE HATE not making any money! I feel so guilty for buying anything that isn’t a necessity and try to avoid it, but I really stink at that. What am I buying, you ask? I get bored with cooking or just don’t feel like doing it, so I want to run out and take the boys somewhere quick or just different. I want a good coffee or soda or to take them out for ice cream, but because I am not making the money, I feel so guilty. (Yes, I still do it, because I have no willpower.) For instance, I went to pick up Troy from preschool and wanted to take him and Will out for lunch because for most of the year, my mom or a close family friend would pick him up and take him out to eat before bringing him home. The problem: I had no cash. I didn’t want to use a credit card, but I didn’t want to dip into the cash stash we have, because it wasn’t a good reason. It was driving me nuts! I was like, “I JUST NEED $15!!!!!!”

Now, before anyone beats me up about admitting this, I know I work my tail off as a stay at home mom. I cook, clean, do laundry, run errands, take care of the lawn (somewhat), and most importantly take care of our boys. I know that I deserve the little extras here and there, but I can’t justify spending the money easily when I am not making it. AAUUGGHHHH!

Dancing Away Our Money

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 by by

Today, we enrolled my daughter, formally known as Calla but who I will now refer to as Snow White, because she insists that’s who she is, in dance and gymnastic classes.

I wasn’t planning on going all the way and committing to a studio. I wanted to shop around, meet the teachers, and price the different studios. But the studio up the street was having an open house, so we just dropped by to get an idea of what they offered. Ten minutes and a hundred bucks later, Snow White was in a combo beginner tap and ballet class and gymnastics.

“I just wanted to check it out,” I told my husband. “It happened so fast.”

“That’s how they get you,” he replied, shaking (more…)


Child Labor

Friday, March 20th, 2009 by by

Given this tough economic climate, I feel that it’s high time to instill in my children the good old fashioned values of hard work and an honest dollar. My oldest children are becoming soft and Bernie Madoff-ish, making most of their money in “sure things” like Tooth Fairy returns.

In the olden days, even the youngest children in the family contributed to the family’s bottom line so it’s definitely time to start getting some sweat equity out of these moochers. We still have time to build the pioneer spirit in our youngest moppet, lest he become fiscally weak and insolvent like his siblings. To that end, I am pleased to announce that today K opened his first company. We expect there will be much shareholder interest once he goes public, but (more…)