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I am starting to put in my fall garden here in very hot San antonio. I have tomatoes and egg plant planted. I will plant butternut and kale. I also have mint and basil in another area. I would like to plant lettuce.

The last time I tried I used the county extension suggestions and it was a very bitter lettuce. I was wandering what lettuce grows great and tastes pretty good too.

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Question – sahm’s and paying off debts

Well i told my boss i am pregnant – and will probably take my leave in January and take at least 6 months- ( left her a note as i never see her as i work weekend / or nights) she called me this week and was soo nice – she was like “oh and don’t worry your seniority will be held for when you want to come back” ( i basically am a sub – i fill in shifts when they are available – they call to ask who wants what shifts based on seniority)

Since we have paid off the minivan -i probably will be able to quit all together when the baby is born as long as nothing comes up – that is what scares me – the something coming up – i ALWAYS was the one to work an extra shift etc. when that happened and that will be unavailable- It will be extremely tight no extra $ at all – and i cannot imagine anywhere else i can cut back (i mean 200 a month for food cleaning beauty paper is pretty darned low for 6 of us soon to be 7 !!)

( oh and i get my AOL for free since i get reimbursed for doing testing for a site every week and honestly $20 isn’t gonna save the deal anyway )

i really think i can do it but do not want to severe ties with work totally just in case we have a problem (plus in 2 years Ds goes to high school and we go private that is a lot of money that’s not in the budget now )

So my question – IF you had the ability to go to work say 2 days a month -at a low stress job you actually liked – NOT have all the problems that go along with work ( child care – milage – clothing – food etc etc ) and would bring in probably $350 ( after taxes ) a month to help pay off debt for those two shifts would you consider it – ??

If i was debt free that would be one thing but i feel that the debts will just sit at the same place being paid off very slowly just the minimums if i am at home FT (unless DH gets a huge raise which is highly unlikely ) and 16 hours a month – well to be honest i know sham’s that go out one night a week and leave their kids for that same amt of time a month easily – which i rarely if ever do – and they will be with their dad

I think I am nuts — I mean I am finally – 99 % possibly able to be at home FT but NOT HAVING to work actually makes working maybe 2 x a month more appealing as it will get us out of debt sooner ( of course the baby would have to be 6 months to a year old for me to do it !!)

As I said it wound not be like leaving my kids to work fulltime it would be 2 x a month when they are asleep anyway – I leave when they are asleep ( 9:45pm and get home before they even awake ( 6: 15 am ) – and of course if they were sick I wouldn’t go in at all)

Boy am I confused LOL!!

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Just when things look bad

Our budget has been looking pretty bleak lately. We had a lot of unexpected bills (car, glasses,etc) that my dh thought I should start looking for a job. Well my son is starting Jr. High and my dd is going to a new elementary school and I really feel I should be home for them.

Well today my dh called from work and he was given a promotion today and a 9% raise and another 3% in March. He has worked for the Co. for 11 years but only 9 months at this plant. A few employee’s have been there for 7years and have never been given a promotion so I’m feeling a little blessed tonight!.

The only change we have to make is going from a weekly paycheck to twice a month paychecks which will always be the same (salary pay).

Any hints on how to convert over?? Thanks for listening! I don’t have to get a job-well I have one I just don’t get paid in money.

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I have a question

I have a question and I’m sure someone here must know the answer. I have been wanting to buy a water heater timer. I have checked around and have found a best price of $34.99 which I’m hoping will go on sale someday.

The question is can you use a timer on a gas water heater? If not is there some kind of gas water heater equivalent?

I’m working on reducing my gas bill and it seems that the water heater is taking about $25/month to run. Just to let any of you who have older fridges and freezers. I got a new fridge in Jan that was almost 2X the size of my old one and I am saving about $130 a year on electric usage because of the energy efficiency.