– i am Alice -37 yo Mom of 4 soon to be 5 ( in February ) i have been a pretty good bargain hunter etc most of my life but have really been more frugal last 2-3 years- being frugal # 1 so i can be home with my kids as much as possible – basically in the last 2-3 years i stopped looking for new and improved frugal books that might have the “magic answer” in them and began implementing more of the things I learned from tightwad gazette and my own ideas- I am great at coming up with ideas but have just started really implementing them !! It really pays off too !!
we still have some debt but at least both cars are paid off thanks to DH’s bonus earlier this month that let me pay of the minivan!!
our debt is not so much CC’s as 2 credit line’s- that we used when we had to fix up the house (it was real fixer upper we did a lot ourselves as cheaply as possible but it still cost $$ ) and to cover bills etc when i was out of work on disability with the first three pregnancies – but we have not use them at all in three years and are paying them off slowly but surely!!
As previous posts may have shown i am in a quandary as to whether to not go back to work at all (i am a RN and work ~ 1 x a week right now ) after the baby is 6 months to a year or to go back maybe 2 x a month – to help get the debt paid off faster )
My kids attend a catholic school which the tuition runs about $350 a month for the ten months a year for the 3 kids in school – DS 12 will be in high-school in 2 years and the cost of high school also makes me very nervous- but we have not fully decided on that anyway – anyhow that is all about me in the shortened version LOL!!
I am a RN at a residential facility (campus- apartment type setting) for kids with severe behavioral disorders due to autism – brain trauma – congenital things etc.- i basically when i work nights walk around campus- and knock on apt doors and ck to see if all the kids are OK – then i hit the lockdown areas and see on the monitors each kid in in bed and document that – then for the rest of the night ( usually from 1-2am till 5: 50 am ) i sit in my office waiting for a phone call if anyone needs me for anything – and i can basically do what i please – i read- cut coupons – sometimes even catnap with my head next to the phone for about 15-20 min – so it is very unstressful 90% of the time that 10% of the time if kids hurts themselves or has seizures etc. or is sick bad enough to need to be sent to the hospital etc. is when it gets hectic especially if you have several; kids having a problem at the same time- but i use to work in a trauma floor so what might be called hectic by another nurse is not so for me …
at 5: 30 AM i give out some meds to some elderly MR woman in my building and i give report and leave at six am- i am home before 10 min – if i work days on the weekend ( 6a-2pm ) i just deal with the apartments not the lock-downs and just pour a lot meds – put on bandages do a few tube feedings etc and be available for any problems with the kids- there are staff in each apartment that deal with the kids with their actual behavioral problems.
The killer in giving it up fully is that for what i do i make $19 an hour base rate and i can make from $3 to $7 an hour bonus pay on the weekends – and i like the kids – i was stuck between being a special ed teacher and a nurse when i made the decision to be a nurse so the kids do not upset me – there is a high turnover where i work because some people just cannot handle the kids not being “normal ” — i guess i kind of feel that although is a job that i am kind of giving back by helping these kids too and they like seeing familiar faces rather than a different agency nurse every day = i have done things way past job expectations in the past i guess beach i feel the kids need a nice place to live ( ie repasted wall paper borders falling down in office / apartment using the wallpaper border paste i had at home etc )
i am worried about working past my 6th – 7th month as i will not be as quick as a normally am if i need to duck thrown meds- get out of the way of an unexpected ” behavior ” etc. and some nurses have been hit etc – but i am pretty careful and was only very lightly kicked and hit 1 x when i was new and didn’t know much about the kids now i know who to watch their eye s to know if they are going to act ut and who not too get too close to- to let them approach me for their meds . etc
so i am pretty sur ei will get out of there in early December at the latest for my maternity leave.
When I use raw potatoes, I grate them into a bowl, add some water with a touch of lemon juice to rinse off some the starch from the potatoes. Sometimes I will grate a fair amount, so I just grab a handful or two, drain in a colander and add salt, pepper and onion powder and put in the hot skillet that already has some melted butter/margarine in it.
But I like the hash-browns from cooked potatoes much better and for them, I like to use the red potatoes better than the russet. I like the reds better for salads also. I like the russets in baked potatoes, scalloped or mashed. Yukon Gold is also a good potato for the same thing that the russet is for, plus it comes out looking a pale gold color.
After last night’s hash brown disaster, my son says I “owe” him a good batch, lol, so I will try making them from cooked potatoes this time and choose red ones.
Last night was a comedy of errors, really. I forgot to rinse the raw (white) potatoes, then they were cooking so slowly I stuck the lid on the electric frying pan to increase the heat but then of course, they got steamy and soupy, and THEN the electric frying pan died in the middle of cooking them. So they took an hour and were awful. The next batch has GOT to be better.
I printed a picture from a clip art program with a cute tiger playing softball. I wrote something like To a Great Coach. and had all the kids sign and we framed it. My hubby says nothing too cutsy, guys aren’t into that so I tried to not be too cutsy. 🙂
We also pitched in 3 dollars I think and bought them a practical gift too like a gift certificate for dinner out. Just a thought
I’m the team mom for my 5yo tball team. I have the team party under control but need some frugal ideas for a coach’s gift. Can anyone help?
Someone was asking about photo coupons at Sears. Sorry I forgot who. We get all four kids yearly pictures done a K Mart in September. I usually get all four together for the package and send those out at Christmas. I then buy portraits of all the girls individually 8 x 10’s through wallets for their school pictures.
I think I spend a total of about 80.00. This is for 4 girls school pictures as well as Christmas cards and Christmas presents for family members. Not too bad when you see how much school pictures can cost.