3 Financial Myths About Having Older Children

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One of the best aspects of spending so much time on YouTube is the people I “meet.”  It is so much fun to get to know others who enjoy watching videos.  Many of those folks are bloggers, too.  One such person, is Liz. She has been frequent visitor to my YT channel and even started her own channel about a month ago.  Her YT handle is The Frugal Libertarian, and her blog is, you guessed it, frugallibertarian.com.  One of the things I most appreciate about Liz is that, though we don’t have a lot in common, we can connect over the things we DO have in common.  For instance, we are both mothers and frugal.  Let’s be honest, those two things connect most of the women I know 😉

Anyway, Liz asked me if I would consider doing a collab with her.  She wanted to talk about some financial myths about having kids.  Liz is the mother of young children, and she has had to deal with SO many critical comments about her purchases that were based on financial myths- including a lecture from her pediatrician who felt that only the most expensive formula was acceptable!  She wanted to share her experiences and encourage mothers of young children, but she thought I could add to this as a mother of older children.  Of course, I have also had my share of criticisms based on financial myths, so I agreed to join her.

I know all of you mothers of older children are fighting battles, especially now as it is Christmas time.  There is so much pressure to buy bigger and better.  Don’t buy into it (literally or figuratively)!  You can have happy, healthy kids without over-spending- at Christmas time or any other time!  Here are 3 Financial Myths About Having Older Kids…

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$60 Bi-Weekly Meal Plan- Extra for a Long Term Guest

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I did it.  I went over my budget.  Actually, this is the SECOND time in a row I went over budget.  On my last shopping trip I went WAY over with junk food.  You can check out the haul for that trip here.  In fairness, I went over and bought the junk food on that trip because I was recovering from gall bladder surgery, and I needed some easy things for my family to make and eat.  I wish I had enough time to prepare meals in advance, but I didn’t.  That’s just the way it goes sometimes.

Anyway…  This time, there is ANOTHER emergency situation that has caused us to expand the budget.  My mother is staying with us for a while.  She lives one street from the ocean on the SC coast, and she was forced to evacuate because of Hurricane Matthew.  We are not sure how long she will need to stay, so we planned to include her in our meals for the next two weeks.  Since I have a family of 5, and we normally budget $50 for two weeks (check out How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month for more info), that means we normally budget $10 per week per person.  So, I added $10 for my mom for a total of $60 to spend on this bi-weekly budget.

The menu plan for the coming weeks has proved to be a little tricky, though.  It’s not all because of my mom.  It’s because I have a LOT going on.  We have revival coming up.  There is our homeschool co-op and a Mom’s night out.  Plus, I have a doctor’s appointment. It just feels like I need an easy meal or crockpot meal just about every night.  The thing is, that gets boring, and it’s just not possible.  So, I finally came up with a meal plan, but I am still not 100% happy with it.  I may be hitting Pinterest up.  Still, I wanted to share with you what I have down.  It may help you to make a plan for your week.  Here it is…

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Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed? Virtual Homeschool Co-op 2016-2016 Assignment 1

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Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed? Virtual Homeschool Co-op 2016-2017 Assignment 1, The Fundamental Home

It’s a new school year!

I am so excited to, once again, be participating in the fantastic online community: The Virtual Homeschool Co-op.  This is a YouTube channel (and now a blog) where community members are assigned a question every week.  They answer that question about their homeschool and share that information online.  This can be in the form of a YouTube video or in a blog post.  Every Tuesday, we are linking up!  You should totally consider joining, too!  It’s free!  Plus!  If you don’t want to make videos or blog posts, but you are interested in learning about how other families homeschool, the Virtual Homeschool Co-op has all of this information in one place for your convenience.  We hope it will be a help and an encouragement to you.

This is the first assignment for the 2016-2017 school year: “Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed?”  We were supposed to answer this question in terms of our curriculum, our schedule, and our classroom.

Let me share a little bit with you about how I responded…

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins & Pumpkin Bread Rolls

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It’s starting to feel like fall!  That means pumpkin flavored everything!

Recently, I made a vlog showing how I make some pumpkin treats.  The pumpkin bread rolls were tasty, and I wanted to share the recipe, so I looked all over the internet thinking I could just attach a link.  Would you believe that I could not find it?!  The recipe came from an old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.  I figured that the blog would be a good place to share this old, classic recipe.  To spare my fingers from typing more than necessary, I snapped this picture of the recipe:

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$50 Bi-Weekly Menu Plan for Family of 5

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Thanks for checking out THE UPDATE on the “How I Feed My Family for $100 Every Month” Series.  Here is our menu plan for the next two weeks.  I am pretty sure I will have leftovers from my grocery purchases.

Remember, this plan only includes dinner.  We have breakfast and lunch options on our menu that are open to everyone.

For more information about how I feed my family of 5 for under $100 every month, check out the series of blog posts linked below:

Part 1: Organization and Discipline

Part 2: Menu and Inventory

Part 3: The Process with Video and Tips 

Part 4: Making Your Groceries Stretch (this is my favorite part)

Part 5: Tips to Make the Most of Your Budget

Here is our bi-weekly menu- be sure to click the links to find video tutorials (made by me!) showing how I make some of these meals:

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Keeping Connections When Family Lives Far Away

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After a long week with the flu last week, I scrambled to get the house presentable for a visit this past weekend.

My dad comes every year to spend a few days with us at Christmas time.  This year was a bit different because he wasn’t able to get here in December.  Our visits are determined by when he can get off work., so we didn’t get to enjoy his company until mid-January.  I was glad that he hadn’t decided to come the weekend before this one.  That was when the flu was just starting, and I fear he would have taken home a present that would not have been appreciated.

This past weekend, I was just starting to feel like myself.  I have a bit of a lingering cough, but overall, I am at about 85%.  The fine weather also helped.  While it rained on Friday, Saturday was sunny and rather warm.  It felt like a spring day, and I found it hard to believe that we would get any snow on Sunday even if the weather report said we would get some.  We took advantage of the nice weather to visit a semi-local tourist site that I have been trying to get him to visit for years.  I took pictures, but my dad isn’t a fan of sharing his image online.  Instead, I will share with you a picture of Briana and Brian from the visit.

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Do you have family that lives out of town?

All of our extended family lives far away.  Every single one is in a different state, the closest being 5 hours away.  It is tough to live so far away from the people you love.  We are especially sad that our children have mostly grown up without extended family nearby.  There were no cousins to play with or grandparents to spoil them for a large portion of their childhood.  Having my sister far away is difficult for me.  Today is her birthday, and I wish I could be there to tease her about being older and getting gray, but I will have to do that by phone (I am too old-fashioned for Skype).

It’s a challenge to be far from loved ones, but we have found ways to make it work.  Here are some ways we keep connections with our family that lives far away.

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