I have a question

My dryer apparently needs a new heating element (?) or thermostat or something. I hang most of my clothes out, but was drying a load of towels last night and went to check on it and the dryer was not even warm.

Can anyone tell me if this is something we can do ourselves and if there is any way to get parts fairly inexpensively?? Of course everything is breaking now that I left my job to be a SAHM again……..but I’m becoming quite handy with the help of my 14 and 10y/o!

I just went through this exercise and I definitely think that you can make this repair yourself. First of all I would flip the breaker. The heating element runs at a different voltage then the rest of the dryer and so even though the dyer may “run” the heating element may need to be tripped. If that doesn’t work I would take plate of the back and look at the thermostat.

There are two and they kinda look like a Mickey Mouse head – round with half circles on the side. You can look at the schematic on the dryer to see which one goes to the heating element or just test them both. Inspect these to see if there is a dark spot that may indicate that it has burnt out. Use a voltmeter to see if there is a voltage running across the thermostat. Or if you don’t have a voltmeter you can short circuit these wires (put them together – use a small amount of electrical tape to hold them as you would shock yourself if you keep them in your hand) and see if the dry heats. Only do this for a couple of minutes as it is a fire hazard. As a last resort you can apply for payday loan (you live in Utah as far as I remember) here or at similar established website and order dryer repair. Fast solution and you are done.

If the dryer heats while the wires are together then you need a new thermostat which if I remember correctly runs about $12. If the dry doesn’t heat it is most likely you heating element. For this you just about have to take apart the whole dryer. Under the back of the housing you’ll find the heating element. It is kinda long and looks like springs side by side. If it is broken you should be able to tell right away because one of the “springs” will be broken.

A new heating element costs about $40 if I remember correctly. I hope this isn’t to confusing. There are many web sites on appliance repair that give detailed instructions and show pictures. You can also go to your local appliance repair shop and tell them how it is acting and they will help walk you through the process and make sure that you get the right parts.

Finally made last payment!

After 10 years I just made my last student loan payment! WooHoo! Anyway, I digress. It was with Sallie Mae, and they are really good about working with you, because they would rather have some money than no money.

But, student loans are not a write-off, but if you get a 2nd mortgage to pay off your student loans, then that 2nd is a write-off. Friends of ours just did that. I wish I had a site to figure out the amount for you. But I think you will be better off in the long run adding the amount to your mortgage. I enjoy anything that is a write-off! Hope this helps!

Also, Once a month my local Library has a book sale put on by The Friends of the Library

I have never been to the book sale but you have reminded me to get some books ready for this coming month’s sale

I was at the library Thursday and there was a table displayed with National Geographics (old) and in good condition Condensed Hardbacks of Reader Digest Novels

I did no succumb as I am getting rid of a lot of reading material also when my daughter came to take me home – she was also in the Library as my grandaughter was at the Safety Town Camp the prekindergartners go to before school – It is a2 week camp but they were in doors because of the rain it is put on by our Local Police station which is next to library —-
When my daughter came to get me she showed me a flyer of an Alice In Wonderland performance being put on by another camp – this one was for Secondary and High School Students – the show was a musical and it was free – I did not attend for I had to attend a meeting in a few hours

my daughter said it was well worth the price and it couldn’t be any better than free. wish there were more performances in our area

If you like to stay home and cook then you can get more meals at a cheaper rate for bean dishes – some beans take longer to cook and you have to consider your gas or electric whichever your stove requires

Are you still going to be the moderator of Creativie Budget – If you are please let me know by Email how I will be able to sign on

Marie G

I have to agree with you about catholic school

The three R’s in our Catholic School is Respect, Religion and Responsibility. Last year was the first year our daughter went to private school.

What difference it has made in her. She actually talks and has conversations with adults instead of mumbles when spoken to. She is totally responsible for her assignments and she always comes home and does the homework right away before she does anything else- without me nagging at her. The teachers treat them with respect and demand nothing less from them. And you’re right the “bad kids” don’t get in. They have to meet the requirements-grades, recommendations from previous schools, etc. I’m not saying that there are no bad kids but in this school, parents are so involved and everyone knows everyone else (only 135 kids-Kindergarten through 8) that it’s like when I grew up.

You knew that if you did something you weren’t supposed to, there was going to be someone, neighbor or relative, around that knew your parents and it would get back to them. I’m not against public school, my son is in fifth grade and still goes to public school. his elementary school is great. But when he starts middle school he’s going to the Catholic school with his sister. The teachers at the public school have their hands tied.

They can’t do much about discipline for fear of law suits and discrimination suits. And they are required to teach so much more then the basics subjects that the basics often don’t get the attention they need. I applaud anyone that can homeschool. I think it would be a battle ground here. Terry

This is exactly why i put out the money for my kids

Guys, this is exactly why i put out the money for my kids to go to a private catholic school!

basically there are bad kids in any place- but the parents of the problem kids cannot pull the old “my taxes pay for your salary ” argument- if they say “my tuition pays your salary ” they are told if they don’t like the schools rules they do not have to pay tuition- they can leave – the teachers are treated with respect at all times as are the Moms who run the cafeteria and playground – rudeness to a teacher or Mom gets ya seated alone at lunch or recess smart mouthing gets ya to the principals – cursing is an instant detention of course (and probably a few holy Mary’s LOL!!) ( oh and before someone says it our school is not a drop off point for bad kids who need to be reformed – if they are coming with a bad record they most likely will no get in at all) and i do not believe it is the public schools fault, that they cannot always enforce things the same way, but as you said the parents fault for taking their kids side no matter what happens -and not teaching their kids respectfulness and the kids who are taught right and are respectful are probably in the minority in their school

A friend of mine works as an aide in my towns public school district – and said that if everytime a kid smart talked a teacher they went to the principals office they’d need a class room for the principals office- not to mention the hissy fits a lot of parents would make …

i kind of see this all an extension of the need of parents to have a perfect child- the best at baseball or the best at school – kind of like they are their trophies- to admit the child may have done something wrong tarnishes their “trophy ” which they think makes them look like not as good as a parent to their peers- unfortunately to many its just the opposite i have much more respect for a Mom / Dad who acknowledges their kid done wrong and does soemthing about it – denial will just bring bigger problems later on

I’m back from vacation

Thanks Jane for directing me where to join the blog. I was getting very lonely.

I have been back from our camping vacation for almost 2 weeks and I had no clue what happened to you.

We had a great vacation. We went camping for a week in Cherokee, NC.

There is so much free stuff to do there. We went to see the old farm houses in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. We seen the old cable mills where they still grind cornmeal. There was so much to do there. (Hiking to the waterfalls, swimming in the rivers). We camped in a wonderful campground called Wolf Campground. The kids loved it, every afternoon that we came back to camp from our adventurious day the kids had tons of kids there to play with. We cooked breakfast every mourning, took our coolers with us when we left camp and had a picnic lunch whereever and whenever we decided. Then we would come back to camp and cooked dinner each night. We did eat out one night at the BRIO Tuscan Grille.

We went to Ghosttown in the Sky and the Bear Zoo. It was great.

We had a very wonderful and frugal vacation.

Below is what it cost us:

$110.00 in gas (round trip)
$119.00 campsite for 7 nights
$120.00 GhostTown in The Sky (includes 2 adults, 3 children, 1 toddler and eating lunch there) We could of took our coolers there and had our picnic lunch but didn’t realize we could.
$7.00 for hubby fishing license for one day the kids didn’t need onebecause they were under the age limit.
$7.00 for wood for our fire
$15.00 for Bear Zoo (admittance fee for 5 people, toddler was free.
$50.00 for dinner for 6
$45.00 for souvieners
$15.00 for bread, milk, and ice

We took all of our groceries for our meals and snacks from home except the extra bread, milk, and ice we needed.

We had a wonderful vacation for less than $500 and we could of even went cheaper if we left some of the stuff out. It was a blast.

Sorry this was so long but I had to let some of ya’ll know you could have a great vacation without spending thousands of dollars.

Thanks, Tina in FL

Coming from a former teacher’s POV

Coming from a former teacher’s POV, alot of teachers have limited resources to work with and many of them are burned out, BUT, we have many ways of cajoling unmotivated and rowdy children, and diffusing situations diplomaticly. I get really sick and tired of people saying that it is the public schools’ fault for making these kids unruly and undisciplined. I know of many HS children; ALL of which are active in church, sports, 4-H, among other things, and they still have to deal with all kinds of kids.

As a parent, I can empathize with wanting to protect your children, but they also need to learn how to deal with unpleasant people since one of them might turn out to be your child’s boss or co-worker one day.

I agree with Janet. Parents’ involvement in the schools makes all the difference. The school my dd attends practically begs for volunteers! We are very fortunate to find it although I did my homework to find the best one for my dd’s needs. She is in a multi-age classroom (3rd, 4th, and 5th grades), her class learns thematic units and has a year-round schedule.

Her first day was yesterday! So she will have a couple weeks off in October unless we decide to put her in intersession classes.

I hope I am not stepping on too many toes and will fade back into lurker mode now!

This topic thread hits home with my family

This topic thread hits home with my family right now as we are still trying to decide on school options. We currently have our kids enrolled at both our local (across the street) school and a charter school. We are really trying to make our minds up concerning which would be the better choice in educating our children. At the beginning of summer I was really leaning towards a charter school mainly because of the behaviour concerns within the classroom.

They do have the option to kick kids out of the school ~ right?

We are also weighing up opppotunities and curriculum. We went to the ice cream social for the charter school and talked to teachers but they didn’t seem to know much about the classes they were teaching as most were newer teachers ~ not all bad because they have enthusiasm that SOME of the older teachers lack.

And then there is the realization that perhaps it matters more what we teach at home and the standards we set that will carry the kids through whatever school we send them. I babysit two children who go to the charter school and I wasn’t too pleased with their language (just as I wasn’t pleased with some of the language at the public school!) and I also talked with the daughter of a friend (whom I hadn’t seen for a few years) who attended public school and she really had her head screwed on right.

Does anyone have any solutions? If so email me! I really want to know!

Shari <~~~~ who needs a crystal ball to see what kind of school would really suit our needs

Re: May I play devil’s advocate for a few minutes?

Sad to say- but it’s not the kids, it’s the parents. The problems with our children today did not start in the public school system but rather in the home.

I couldn’t agree more HOWEVER, our home isn’t that way and that is where my kids would most often deal with this stuff.

I respect your reason for wanting to HS your kids, but sooner or later they will have to interact with their peers.

I am not homeschooling currently (my children are two and four) but I am sure a lot of homeschooling parents would agree that school is not the only place for socizlization and interaction with peers. This is one of my concerns simply because although as it was mentioned that there are thousands of homeschooling families in Missouri I have found only one other family in our county….definitely no others in our small town. There are also not a lot of other activities that are not centered around the school.

If the kids that are misbehaving are at church then where are you going to take your kids for them to form friendships? Are you going to quit going to church?

Now I don’t think that is fair. I am not trying to start a debate about homeschooling and I certainly have no intention of removing human contact from my children’s lives. That is why I asked people to email me and marked it OT so that people could skip it if they wished and email me privately if they wished. I simply wanted resources for homeschooling without local support.

As I said this is Vacation Bible School. None of these problem children are from our church but these ARE kids they will go to school with in the public schools (we have no private schools in the county either). If they carry on half as bad (and I know that they do because it is a small town) in school as they do at our church I don’t want my kids to be their victims. Many parents use VBS as a babysitter (not so they can learn and from talking to the parents of our worst ones they dont’ even expect them to behave) and send their kids to all of them in town and they are bored stiff because they just went to the other baptist church last week and did the same activities.

Tonight went much better….the large group (all cousins) that basically harassed everyone did not return after some forced discussions with parents. The other kids learned, they had a ball and it was wonderful.

Basically what I am saying is that there really isn’t a lot we can do about bad behavior. As a church we are private and can ask them to leave but the schools really can’t do it that easily. Teachers have a very difficult job and there is no way for them to have the power to protect the majority…the ones who aren’t disruptive. I will agree that the problem is definitely at home but I can’t do a single thing about their homes and I can’t give the schools and teachers more power to do something about it. I can however choose not to let my kids be part of it and risk being physically and emotionally abused.

I will shut up now.

May I play devil’s advocate for a few minutes?

Today, I supervised registration for a large public high school. The only negative people we had were NOT the students BUT the parents!!

One man threw his papers up in the air and cussed us out (his boys apologized for their dad), one man insisted he be given preferential treatment because he had a business trip the next day, well you get the general idea… Sad to say- but it’s not the kids, it’s the parents. And, it’s not all parents just a few. The problems with our children today did not start in the public school system but rather in the home.

I respect your reason for wanting to HS your kids, but sooner or later they will have to interact with their peers. If the kids that are misbehaving are at church then where are you going to take your kids for them to form friendships? Are you going to quit going to church? There are not easy answers. I find the majority of young teens today to be creative, insightful, and respectful. They live in a society we as parents and adults have created. Good luck in your endeavors.

I’ve been on this blog for just a week or so

Hi, I’ve been on this list for just a week or so, sort of lurking, enjoying all your posts, but mainly I’ve just been trying to get a feel for this group. So, please allow me to introduce myself, My name is Melissa. I am a Frugal- pagan- homeschooling- Massage Therapist- Herbal/ Naturopathic Nutritional Consultant- Mom of 2 great boys.

*Whew* Think I got everything out there. Still with me? Great. As far as your predicament with homeschooling… first.. let me tell you, there are Thousands of Homeschooling families in MO. Yes, THOUSANDS. *smile* Thats the good news. The even better news is, You have just decided to join the ranks of some of the most talented creative people you’ve ever known. There are several ways to HS, for instance, we Unschool. That is, my children do not follow a set curriculum. We use Theme Units, (such as an Ocean Study unit), etc. These are great fun for the kids, and make it incredibly easy on you when your starting out.

Here are some website, I noticed that you mentioned Church, I’m not sure which religion you followed and whether or not you would prefer to keep education/religion separate.. so I offer these in Peace! As I said, I am pagan, so I have not used these particular sites, but they seem to be loaded with really great info: The Catholic Homeschool Network of America

If I knew which area you were from I could better direct you to a group near you: here are some examples… SLHSN – St. Louis Homeschool Network A support group for homeschooling families and an information source for prospective homeschoolers. Diverse, with many religious, political and educational philosophies; focused exclusively on homeschooling issues. Offers bi-monthly meetings for members (visitors welcome); a monthly newsletter; a Learning Coop; a resource “trunk” library; and field events and special activities arranged by members. A packet of information is available with resources, description of homeschooling approaches, answers to frequently asked questions and the laws in Missouri and Illinois as they pertain to homeschoolers. Membership is $12 per year; Information Packet is $3.

Bolivar Area Homeschoolers

Support, activities, classes, and a newsletter, for homeschoolers in Southwest Missouri – https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschooling-in-missouri/homeschool-organizations-support-groups/

Here is probably the most helpful link I can think of.

FHE is the Lobbying Group for all home educators in the state of Missouri. We are not affiliated with any religious, political organization or special interest group. We work to win support for home education among the general public and before lawmakers and public officials. FHE provides legally accurate information to anyone interested in home education.

So.. these are just a few I could think of, since I am in Maine.. I’m not so good at locating resources in your State. I would be more than happy to direct you toward some additional sources if you would like.

(BTW, Homeschooling can be done frugally! If your worried about additional expenses think of all the money you will save on school supplies (the perfect notebooks that Everyones kids have), Brand name clothing kids fight for, etc!

Take Care,