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Dean here. OK, what I have learned:

We have money problems because we have a marriage problems and the biggest part of our marriage problem is that we can't communicate calmly on important topics and acts as mature, calm adults when we do it.

I type lots of mean-spirited things that make things worse, not better. Hence, to state the obvious I need to try to get out of that bad habit.

I'm about to go back to bed. I'll KINDLY ask the forum . . . because if I ask my wife, I will get yelled at.

The forum has helped me to understand and give her cleaning business a chance (although some still hold my view -- a '9-5 first', THEN work your cleaning business - the 9-5 would bring in a steady income rather than a 'well . . . lets see how many cleaning jobs we can get these week, especially since I have only passed out about 200 business cards and will not risk posting in the local newspaper or other venues).

The forum has taught me that we need a more detailed budget. That we need better organization and tracking tools to minimize the 'mystery' out of our money.

We all know that 'groceries' are expensive and a 'mysterious' dark hole in our budget. This morning while I was grazing I came across Yoplait Yogurt, YoPlait Trix yogurt and Dannon Danimals - Smoothie. They are a six pack of 3.1 oz per bottles. The Trix Yoplait come in little 3 oz cups. The regular Yoplait at least comes in a 6 oz cup.

To me, the above name brand stuff seems like a TON of wasted money. When I was told last month by a doc that yogurt would help with my antibiotics, I went and got the cheapest yogurt I could find (Kroger brand). It tasted fine. And probably cost about half the price of the above mentioned products that I found in the fridge.

So, should I just keep my mouth shut about these expensive (yeah, she got it on sell . . . .' or, 'its the only one the kids will eat') in my opinion, products . . . or is this an important part of our food budget that we could save money on and therefore it should be discussed? Somebody mentioned before, branded products vs. generic, no big deal. Others have said the opposite. It seems like a no brainer to me . . . but I don't have a brain so maybe I'm all wrong again.

Your thoughts?


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