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(CNN)   The economy is so bad, stay-at-home moms are now cooking, gardening, breastfeeding and serving leftovers. EVERYBODY PANIC   (money.cnn.com) divider line 553
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2008-04-21 09:48:06 AM
The way that "breastfeeding" works in that list, squeezed in between "cooking," "gardening," and "serving leftovers," makes me wonder what sort of meals, exactly, are being prepared.
 
2008-04-21 09:52:16 AM
The woman highlighted in the article is a stay at home mom with a kid whose husband is a bartender. No wonder they're having a hard time making ends meet. Get a job you lazy slut.
 
2008-04-21 09:52:49 AM
Like in the 1800s
 
2008-04-21 09:57:10 AM
All at the same time?

`Honey, you got breast milk and tulip bulbs in my warmed-over stew again!'
 
2008-04-21 09:57:56 AM
My wife and I do/did all of those things with both of us keeping our jobs (but she did have a year of mat leave for the full-time breastfeeding). We eat dinner at 7:30 or so, which gives us time to cook after work.
 
2008-04-21 09:59:37 AM
So spoiled, lazy middle-class women are enduring the indignities of comparison shopping, eating leftovers, and going to restaurants less than three nights a week? Oh, the huge manatee!
 
2008-04-21 10:01:23 AM
Righteously Indignant: Oh, the huge manatee!

That was pretty close to the original headline.
 
2008-04-21 10:02:18 AM
Stoj: Righteously Indignant: Oh, the huge manatee!

That was pretty close to the original headline.


Thank you. I hadn't noticed.
 
2008-04-21 10:03:15 AM
Mmmmm, breastfeeding leftovers...

/fap
 
2008-04-21 10:05:49 AM
There are things Christopher won't skimp on, such as bottled water and baby formula.

dumbass
 
2008-04-21 10:12:09 AM
FTFA: Christina Pond says she's saving money by making her own detergent (as seen in this picture), growing her own herbs and shopping at a local feed store for farm eggs.

Ya, I've been thinking about doing the same. $40 a week hurts.

/wait what?
 
2008-04-21 10:13:33 AM
benlonghair: FTFA: Christina Pond says she's saving money by making her own detergent (as seen in this picture), growing her own herbs and shopping at a local feed store for farm eggs.

Ya, I've been thinking about doing the same. $40 a week hurts.

/wait what?


$40/week... $60/month for me!!

/another benefit of getting rid of the ex-boyfriend
 
2008-04-21 10:15:45 AM
Some of us learned to do the things mentioned in the article a long time ago, and as a result we feel a lot more financially secure.

Saving money isn't something you only do in a recession.
 
2008-04-21 10:15:54 AM
Coupons for the win.

I generally save around $20 - $40 by shopping specials and clipping coupons. If you plan your meals around the specials instead of planning your meals and then hoping for a special, you can save a good deal of cash.
 
2008-04-21 10:16:32 AM
jamminatorr!: The woman highlighted in the article is a stay at home mom with a kid whose husband is a bartender. No wonder they're having a hard time making ends meet. Get a job you lazy slut.

yeah, so all that "extra" money can go to child day care?

dumbass.
 
2008-04-21 10:16:35 AM
From TFA:

Richardson, who's in her late 30s, works in cancer research. Her husband is a self-employed carpenter who's struggling to find new business.

Either she really underachieved when she married, or "works in cancer research" translates to "is a receptionist at a laboratory that does cancer reasearch". ;)
 
2008-04-21 10:16:55 AM
All Bush's fault: even the breastfeeding.
 
2008-04-21 10:17:05 AM
and making me a sammich!
 
2008-04-21 10:17:07 AM
Adman12: My wife and I do/did all of those things with both of us keeping our jobs (but she did have a year of mat leave for the full-time breastfeeding). We eat dinner at 7:30 or so, which gives us time to cook after work.

Hmmm...I don't come home from work till after that. (George Foreman Grill FTW).
 
2008-04-21 10:17:10 AM
As American families face the double whammy of higher gas and food prices, moms nationwide are resorting to considerable ingenuity to stretch their monthly grocery budget.

As a single Dad I am offended. When is the subtle oppression of the white male going to end?
 
2008-04-21 10:17:13 AM
I'm being breastfed right now, so I'm really getting a kick out of these comments.
 
2008-04-21 10:17:38 AM
There are really stay at home mom's that don't sit on there asses all day and not do shiat? Holy crap I just thought that was on TV!
 
2008-04-21 10:18:10 AM
Awwwwww.
Lazy people aren't eating that well?
That's a shame.
 
2008-04-21 10:18:41 AM
Sluts!
 
2008-04-21 10:18:44 AM
There are things Christopher won't skimp on, such as bottled water..

Yeah who would want to make compromises like that! Unless this guy has sulfur water he's just another yuppie putz trying to "rough" it during the downturn by doing things that most people do anyways. I'm surprised he didn't say he even had to drink *gasp* Folgers instead of his triple shot soy machiatto with a vanilla shot and cinnamon powder.
 
2008-04-21 10:19:28 AM
Adman12: My wife and I do/did all of those things with both of us keeping our jobs (but she did have a year of mat leave for the full-time breastfeeding). We eat dinner at 7:30 or so, which gives us time to cook after work.

I save a ton using the following tactic:

Sunday night I make a "big" meal. Then I divide it in five containers for lunch throughout the week. Sure you have the same thing for lunch every day, but it beats eating out at $12 a day.
 
2008-04-21 10:20:09 AM
I feel their pain. Times are so hard, I've had to resort to using $20 bills to light my cigars with (and they just don't burn quite the same as $100s), and I've had to downgrade to the $50-$75/bottle wine selections.

But I assure you, my manservant will definitely be getting a kick out of these replies for me, tut-tut.
 
2008-04-21 10:20:12 AM
SaladMonkey: Adman12: My wife and I do/did all of those things with both of us keeping our jobs (but she did have a year of mat leave for the full-time breastfeeding). We eat dinner at 7:30 or so, which gives us time to cook after work.

Hmmm...I don't come home from work till after that. (George Foreman Grill FTW).


That and making extra food / extra meals on the weekend for reheating later on.

Off work at 5, fitness stuff until 7 (with travel), shower and then food if I've not got something political scheduled that night. Having food ready to go is beautiful.
 
2008-04-21 10:20:53 AM
subby +1
 
2008-04-21 10:20:59 AM
So, in other words, doing exactly as my mom did. In fact I was thinking of reopening her old garden this summer but mainly because I'm tired of store-bought tomatoes that taste like cardboard.

/might skip the okra, though
 
2008-04-21 10:21:24 AM
FlatulatingVagina: There are really stay at home mom's that don't sit on there asses all day and not do shiat? Holy crap I just thought that was on TV!

Which brings up another way I save a ton of money:

Separated from the wife, who sat on her ass all day playing WoW.

Sure I pay child support, but even then it is still cheaper overall. Plus I get to hear her complain about how crappy her retail job is.
 
2008-04-21 10:21:29 AM
If you have time, look up the lyrics to Merle Haggard's Are the good times really over?.

I cant get to the lyrics sites due to company firewall (most are malware sites).

Something about "...back before microwave ovens, a woman could cook and still would..."

Not to mention other great relevant lines to today's society.
 
2008-04-21 10:21:32 AM
Oh, the thread where we all say how much we spend a week on groceries. ($70 this week, $50 last week family of 4, 2 kids under 4)

That piss poor article failed to mention USDA has a some helpful tips on how to save money on the food bill here,

USDA Healthy, Thrifty meals.
 
2008-04-21 10:21:33 AM
Wait till Exxon collapses just like Enron did.

Great depression 2, electric boogaloo!

/dnrtfa
 
2008-04-21 10:21:50 AM
As oil prices rise vegetable gardens and home prepared meals are going to come back, it isn't such a bad thing.
 
2008-04-21 10:22:02 AM
I keep hearing about this crappy economy yet don't seem to feel the effects. Must be because both my wife and I have good jobs and didn't buy our house on a subprime loan.
 
2008-04-21 10:22:10 AM
Bullshiat, people don't make their own soap and detergent because it really saves them money, they do it because they are either bored and enjoy the crafty aspect or they are Mrs. Flakey McLovebeads. Probably both.
 
2008-04-21 10:22:12 AM
I had no idea they still sold Twenty Mule Team Borax. My granddad used to mention that stuff all the time, viz. "Looky yonder at that purty (meaning fat) woman. I bet she'd lay a farkin on you that Twenty Mule Team Borax cain't wash off."

.
 
2008-04-21 10:22:46 AM
at least not in the U.S.
 
2008-04-21 10:22:50 AM
jst3p: Adman12: My wife and I do/did all of those things with both of us keeping our jobs (but she did have a year of mat leave for the full-time breastfeeding). We eat dinner at 7:30 or so, which gives us time to cook after work.

I save a ton using the following tactic:

Sunday night I make a "big" meal. Then I divide it in five containers for lunch throughout the week. Sure you have the same thing for lunch every day, but it beats eating out at $12 a day.


If you made one huge meal at the beginning of the year and then divided it into 365 individual servings you could have lunches for like a penny.
 
2008-04-21 10:22:58 AM
$4.50 for *20* eggs?

I get 24 for under $3.00 at Krogers.
 
2008-04-21 10:23:10 AM
"We're a typical middle-income family," she said. "If we did not carry foolish debt, we would be OK. But with our debt burden, combined with paying for two children in day care, there is nothing left over at the end of the month."


Maybe if you knew how to manage your money and not allow yourself to get into debt in the first place, things wouldn't be so tight.

Jesus Farking Christ people, money management isn't rocket science.
 
2008-04-21 10:23:18 AM
Cerwin3302: If you have time, look up the lyrics to Merle Haggard's Are the good times really over?.

I cant get to the lyrics sites due to company firewall (most are malware sites).

Something about "...back before microwave ovens, a woman could cook and still would..."

Not to mention other great relevant lines to today's society.


Merle will always be relevant.
 
2008-04-21 10:23:27 AM
jboomgaarden: Bullshiat, people don't make their own soap and detergent because it really saves them money, they do it because they are either bored and enjoy the crafty aspect or they are Mrs. Flakey McLovebeads. Probably both.

I feel the same way. Half of me thinks I may have finally "made it" and will be fine.

The other half is scared shiatless that I must be next.
 
2008-04-21 10:23:39 AM
So stay at home moms are using name brand ingredients to make homemade detergent? I don't think that girl could find a job past stripper.
 
2008-04-21 10:23:56 AM
She pays $4.50 for 20 eggs!!??!! They're less than a $1.50 a dozen where I live. Holy Crap!
 
2008-04-21 10:24:09 AM
jst3p: jboomgaarden: Bullshiat, people don't make their own soap and detergent because it really saves them money, they do it because they are either bored and enjoy the crafty aspect or they are Mrs. Flakey McLovebeads. Probably both.

I feel the same way. Half of me thinks I may have finally "made it" and will be fine.

The other half is scared shiatless that I must be next.


And I quoted the wrong post. Meant to reply to :

I keep hearing about this crappy economy yet don't seem to feel the effects. Must be because both my wife and I have good jobs and didn't buy our house on a subprime loan.
 
2008-04-21 10:24:13 AM
wait... so a family with a stay-at-home mom, whose husband is a bartender, is having a tough time?

maybe they should've thought of this situation BEFORE having kids.
 
2008-04-21 10:24:17 AM
MadAsshatter: Merle will always be relevant.

AMEN!
 
2008-04-21 10:24:24 AM
MadAsshatter: I keep hearing about this crappy economy yet don't seem to feel the effects. Must be because both my wife and I have good jobs and didn't buy our house on a subprime loan.

It generally helps to have a job in an industry that doesn't disappear in an economic downturn. Construction workers are struggling in some places right now, especially in the residential sector.
 
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