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Hubby is moving us

Hi Everyone, I usually lurk but wanted to get some advice. DH got out of the military on a single parent hardship. We were dating at the time and married shortly after. He went down to sign up for the reserves and came home and announced he is going active duty Air Force (he was Army before). Since I’ve been on this list I’ve paid off all bills except our car and our mobile home.

We bought a chest freezer and its PACKED. The pantry is full. We are looking at moving in Oct. (Don’t know where yet) We are in the middle of adopting a baby from China (next April?). So I put away $900 a month for the adoption. I’ve been paying double on the car and mobile home. We owe about $6000 on each.

My question is should I keep paying double? Just pay the minimum until we move. We will sell the mobile home. Plan on taking the car with us and then after it’s paid off save up enough for a mini-van. We had planned on selling our mobile home and then buying a house. Now we will be in base housing and am not sure if we should put the money from the mobile home in a savings account, try to invest it?

Any suggestions??

And I thought I’d share my frugal wedding. We bought Bride and Groom T-Shirts, drove to Vegas and got married at the drive through window for $25. We gambled $8. Took food in a cooler and ate it in our room. I had torn my Achilles tendon a couple days before the wedding so DH had to wheel me around Vegas. We caught the free shows in the casino. With hotel, gas etc it came to under $300. My rings are diamonique from QVC. Everyone thinks they are real. My mother had a fit saying we would be in debt forever after seeing my rings.

I’ve never said a word…lol

It’s done

My family room is clean and organized- i threw out 3 bags of stuff ( none in good enough shape to donate or i would have ) etc I even have extra space left on the shelves that I use for toys etc – I used bins from the $ store to sort things into trains- blocks – Barbies, etc., etc and I just hope that I can persuade the kids to use them to LOL!!

Of course my most recent method of teaching them to do it right the first time has worked out well with their dressers

If ya shove the clothes in any old way when Mom cks it SHE doesn’t fix it – SHE dumps every drawer in the middle of the floor and ya get to start all over LOL!!! should work with the toys too once they see i mean bussiness LOL!!

I do feel so relieved that this is done – i have been wanting to do it the last month but kept putting it off- next in line – the attic ( AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH)

Heartbroken

I don’t know what to say… Our two vehicles in the last week have both died. We have an 88 Dodge Caravan and an 88 Plymouth Reliant station wagon. The wagon died first – we still don’t know what’s wrong with it.

And yesterday, the van died. The crank shaft broke and the engine will need to be replaced. It is pouring rain outside, and my husband is walking home from the mechanic’s carrying his tool box and whatever else he could carry (3 miles).

I don’t know what we are going to do. Our Emergency fund is practically non-existent because of an incident earlier in the summer. Our 2 boys are at camp, and will need to be picked up tomorrow (200 miles away) and we have no way to get there…

I have no idea what we will do. Please, some prayers would be very helpful while we try to figure it out.

RI family law

My wedding was not as frugal as I would like. Some of the frugal aspects of the wedding were a beautiful chapel [$50], the reception hall [$50], tuxes [this one was interesting–got the cheapest pair of tales the tux place had and added a patterned vest to it for $3.00–hey, who says classy has to be expensive], silk flowers [$40] and videographer [He asked $15.00 but my MIL paid $40–hey, he was worth it!].

Now my inlaws vetoed me on some points [but they were also the ones writing the checks]. The wedding had a professional photographer [$1,000] and catered reception [$1,500]. Plus the wedding dress and bridesmades gowns were about $1,000.

We ended up spending more on the honeymoon then originally planned; however, we received a cash wedding gift that was given with the stipulation that we use it for our honeymoon [even though I wouldn’t have spent that much money on the honeymoon normally, I believe in honoring the intention of the giver whenever possible].