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Display Name: eclectorama
Member Since: 3/19/09

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@John: I don't know that you'll see this, but if you or others in a similar situation see this, caring for an elderly or disabled relative can qualify you for a stipend in some states. Please look into it. You are doing society a service as well as your mother. You should get any pay/benefits you are entitled to. Good luck!


Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage
7/26/14 11:51 AM

I think the <minimum wage is still accurate for some. I can think of a number of scenarios. For example, servers are paid a lower wage which tips are supposed to boost up to or even above minimum wage, but that might not always happen. Others are working odd jobs for cash that might not pay min.wage averaged over the time they work.

I get where the person is coming from who claims she might have made the comment that sparked the article. I've been the college student, renting a room in a run down house, living on ramen noodles cooked in garage-sale cooking set, working 2 minimum wage jobs, etc. Now I'm past that point. The thing is, even when I was living the poor-college-student stereotype lifestyle, I didn't have a wish list and would never have asked for something specific unless it was a practical item...say an electric blanket/heater to get me thru northern winter in a woefully under-heated house. In fact, as long as my basic needs and bills were covered, I would have told people I didn't need anything and to get me what they wanted me to have.


Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage
7/25/14 02:14 PM

What about a twin bed as sofa like a recent AT article? That's 39inches out of the 7.5 feet. Or...there are futon chairs available. I have one in my
Living room that is very comfy to sit in. Mine is a chair ottoman combo where both go together to make a full length twin. I didn't get the ottoman but its still handy and comfortable for impromptu naps. One or two of those would give more seating options and/or space when in office or pass-thru mode.


Ideas for Narrow Loft Space? Good Questions
7/17/14 09:01 AM

LOL My husband insisted we needed a microwave when I tried to nix it. Now I use it the most and for mostly hot water. He hardly ever uses it. So I actually agree with you!


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 06:05 PM

I'm another that insists on a top sheet. Maybe if you have a duvet cover you wash frequently that will work, but I use a blanket in winter that I don't want to wash weekly and in summer I need at least a sheet over me or I can't sleep.

I don't see the need of a tea kettle, either stove-top or electric. I heat water for tea in the microwave or in a cooking pan on the stove. I don't want the extra clutter when I can get the job done with things I already own. My mother-in-law will *never* understand this.


Don't Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON'T Need At Home
7/11/14 11:26 AM

I was raised that it's rude to criticize another person's home. I shrug off negative comments and make a note that the person making them might have bad manners. If I respond it's with "I like it that way".


Positive Ways To Deal with Other People’s Negative Opinions
(About Your Home)

7/10/14 07:27 PM

Only one of those is macrame as far as I can see.


Make It: DIY Fiber Wall Art
6/6/14 05:07 PM

If you aren't totally put off smoothing it, you might try a grinder for concrete. You'd have to rent one. Maybe your landlord would help you out with the cost since this texture seems to have bothered other tenants in the past. If you can get it fairly smooth, you could try the skim coat or maybe a heavy duty wall paper over it.


How Can I Hide Horrible Texture on Focal Wall? Good Questions
6/2/14 12:02 PM

I lived for years in a hot climate (Southern California) with long very hot summers. Pretty much all of these tips apply. Shade the west side of the house and windows? Check. Plan your day to be outside during the cooler times of day? Check. I'd argue that some of these tips apply *more* in very hot climates. I live in an area with cooler but more humid summers. I've learned that the clothes that worked for S. Cal don't work here and vice versa. Loose cottons and linens worked for me in S.Cal. while tighter wicking clothes like exercise/active wear works better for me now.

And I'm sorry that you have a health condition that requires you be in cool temps, miniLauren, but please realize that 77deg is perfectly comfortable for most of the population.


Real Life on a Budget: Regina's Summertime Money Saving Tips & Ideas
5/29/14 11:29 AM

I like it. I normally like wood left alone, but the lighter pieces of wood between the drawers wasn't doing it for me. Nice job.


Before & After: A Knockout Dresser Gets Even Better
5/26/14 11:26 AM

I like the suggestions on looking into restoring them. Do some research, ask for advice at hardware/paint stores, and restore one as a test. If you are anything like me, you might be overestimating what will go into the project. I also agree that painting them will just make them look like regular old hollow core doors. That's not exactly a great look either, IMO.


Should I Restore 40s Maple Doors or Paint? Good Questions
5/22/14 10:28 AM

In my experience, farmer's markets in the US serve larger population areas but then fewer people per capita actually shop there. I'm talking one or two weekly farmer's market to serve a town of 30k-80k. I occasionally see people I know and chat, but it's rare. Where I live now, we get a lot of tourists and/or seasonal residents in the summer. They seem to be the ones that need to take to heart the advice to make it easier on others! There have been times I've given up on my favorite vendors and gone elsewhere or done without as wait times are just too long. And with the tourists clogging up the aisles, good luck getting too your neighbor to say hi when you do see them!

I'm posting in reply to one old post. Hope no one minds.
If you get a bad product or have a problem with a vendor, you have options. You can go the next time they are open and speak to the vendor and give them a chance to make it right. If you think the vendor was pulling a fast one, you might try to call the admin of the market. I did this once when a vendor tried to rip me off. I called her out on it, made her fix it and still reported her when she acted snotty about it. The person that ran the market wanted to know about stuff like that. If nothing else learn your lesson and check products thoroughly and find the reputable farmers and frequent them.


The Farmers' Market: Helpful Hints and Etiquette Tips
5/19/14 07:06 PM

The "shop against the clock" is a new one for me, but now that I think about it, it works. When I have a list and rush thru my shopping, I stick to the list better and resist impulses for random items. I tend not to budget for groceries so much as to stick to basic ingredients and away from processed foods. That keeps my grocery bill in check enough for me.


Tips for Sticking to a Budget: Getting Grocery Shopping Under Control Budget Living
5/15/14 01:48 PM

I love the idea of this. I don't need more speakers around my house, I just need a convenient way to connect them to wifi and to my phone would be a bonus. And lucky me, my wifi extends to my patio and even out to my garage. Not ready to buy one yet but I'll be keeping it in mind for this summer.


Play Music Anywhere & Everywhere: Rocki Play Tech Test Lab Review
4/25/14 09:54 AM

People do this in the suburbs and rural areas too. Well at least I have when living there. :D (Love B's answer!)


Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/15/14 10:47 AM

What a timely post for giving me a guilt trip. All places I neglected during the winter and all places I've noticed need a good scrubbing now that the spring sunshine is highlighting the grime. :(


Small Spaces Boost: Clean 5 Forgotten Spots for a Fresher Feeling Home Today
4/12/14 12:32 PM

To all the people saying this should be common sense and everyone knows it...this is not so!! I've had 2 younger women (one 16yo and one 20yo) living in my home recently and they were SLOBS! I can assure you that if either of them noticed my refrigerator looking cleaner after I'd gone thru it, they would have assumed little gnomes had done it. That's okay tho as their mothers were just as bad.

My grandmother swore by wiping down jars/containers before putting them in the fridge. I'm wish I were that disciplined!


How To Clean the Inside of Your Fridge in 30 Minutes or Less
4/10/14 11:43 AM

LOL I get it. I see the danger in all these little tasks and the humor in avoiding them while without insurance. After all, more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else.

And why are people saying that it sounds odd? You obviously understand the post, otherwise you wouldn't know that it has to do with a US situation. So you don't get the humor. /shrug


Household Tasks To Avoid Until My Health Insurance Kicks In
4/7/14 02:43 PM

I like storage containers to match. I find they take up less space in my small pantry and it's easier for me to see past the package and to the ingredient inside. It's a personal quirk that the "green and cheap" me has learned to live with by buying the same brands so I'm reusing the same jars and tubs. Having said that, I do sometimes think about buying some canning jars to replace the instant coffee jars I have. Sometimes I want the heat resistant qualities or the seal that the lids provide. Money is tight at the moment so I haven't bothered. But tupperware? I stick with disposable plastic since my husband is the type to lose/throw away food containers. :D


Recycled Jars or Pretty New Purchases: Would You Make the Switch?
3/24/14 09:44 AM

What exactly are you claiming about beans now? That they cause obesity among the poor? Or that carbs cause obesity among the poor? Or that one/the other/the both cause problems for people at risk for diabetes? Mind citing sources for whatever your claims turn out to be?

You know...for the people you were explaining it to...


10 Strategies For Saving Money at the Grocery Store Apartment Therapy Home Remedies
3/17/14 04:51 PM