Snowflaking, sort of

Posted by idawrites on April 18, 2008 in Budgeting, Money, Snowflaking |

I’ve probably said it too many times, but Mark and I aren’t the most frugal of people. We are doing better, and every step in the right direction counts in the end. But we still have a long long way to go. I’ve begun a little experiment. No matter what our other spending habits, whenever […]


Unemployment for Dad Means No Summer Visit for Kids

Posted by idawrites on April 17, 2008 in Children, Decisions, Family, Frugal, Snowflaking |

Summer break is 5 weeks away for the children at my house. Usually, my 3 daughters spend the summer with their father in a different state. They generally leave here the day after school lets out for the summer and don’t return until a week or so prior to the beginning of school in August. This […]


The Cost of Chores

Posted by idawrites on April 14, 2008 in Children, Chores, Snowflaking |

When we moved into our house 3 1/2 years ago, we made a decision that the children (the 3 that live with us) would have equal parts in maintaining it. Mark and I both work outside the home, and try to cook dinner and spend family time as often as possible. In order to keep […]


Is my snowflake too small?

Posted by idawrites on April 3, 2008 in Debt, Snowflaking |

I felt a little silly yesterday, sending a Billpay for $3.11 toward a $75,000 debt. I sent one for $3.89 not too long ago. I just wonder what the people who have to process these payments think of the insane woman paying an extra $3.11. Do they laugh? Do they make snide comments? Not that […]


First Paycheck

Posted by idawrites on March 15, 2008 in Budgeting, Snowflaking, Taxes |

Yesterday, we got the FIRST check made out to Mark’s new company. WHEW… I have to be honest, I was a bit panicked. The payment was 30 days overdue. Our savings account was officially down to one mortgage payment and 1/2 month worth of child support. To say that I was a little stressed might be […]


The Grocery Game

Posted by idawrites on March 12, 2008 in Grocery Game, Shopping, Snowflaking |

Well, I’ve been reading about the Grocery Game for quite some time now. I’m happy to report that I decided to give it a try. I signed up for the 4 week trial for $1. Last night, I did the grocery shopping, using the Grocery Game’s “game rules”. Here are this week’s results: Store — […]

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