Why We’re Homeschooling: Some Thoughts as a New Homeschooling Mom

The job I took on when I started homeschooling my children is a big reason my priorities have shifted away from this blog, which I miss terribly. So pardon me while I use you to air my thoughts and beliefs on what led me to this decision while also attempting to keep myself motivated to
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The Cost of a Teen Turning Sweet Sixteen. (and a muse on the driving age in the U.S.)

This is my son preening after one of many victory rides. He’s become rather obsessed with cycling since we moved to Monterey, and he cajoles his dad into long rides (think 20-30+ miles) up and down the coast as often as possible — at least once a week, though he’d go out more if he had
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You ever have one of those days when you feel like all you do is write checks?

You know, “checks”? Those paper things? Remember those? Since we’re renting out our house now instead of selling it and thus continuing our status as homeowners, some checkups have been in order: Chimney ~ check. Inspection Cleaning Total: $118 Heat Pump ~ check. Annual Maintenance Fee: $169.00 Leak Found. Leak repaired: $443.00 Drain Pan Treatment: $35.00 Pack of Filters:
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The Activities That Almost Were (and the cost of the ones that are).

It took a few weeks for us to settle into our Fall routine of school and various activities. Mainly because my kids kept changing their minds about what they wanted to do! I’m no soccer mom. But. I’m all about dabbling at the younger ages: what better time for them to explore all that is
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Organizing Kids’ Seasonal Clothes — and Saving $$ on Them, Too.

Do you Goodwill? Frequent Thrift Shops? Hop yard sales? Yes, yes, and yes? Do you (hardly almost) never shop regular retail for your kids’ clothes? I’ve steered away from yard sales in recent years. I’ve also declared [many times] that I will never again have one myself! Every time I do anyway, my husband is
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What is the average family spending on back-to-school shopping this year?

Another poll on USAA recently asked, “What will the average family spend on back-to-school shopping this year?” The choices: $167 $490 $606 $732 What say you? This is how the votes played out when I cast mine today: $167 10.7% $490 42.5% $606 30.1% $732 16.8% And the winner is…. $606! “According to a recent
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