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Cutting Out Lessons

August 21st, 2017 at 11:08 pm

We have decided to cut out flute lessons from our budget temporarily. While the decision effects the budget, it was not cut to influence the budget. We have figured out that a new flute teacher is not available on the days my daughter is available, which is only three days a week. The other four days a week all involve band practice, games or competitions. This makes her very busy this fall along with taking three AP classes (which at her school are all completed in one semester). We now have $25 a week to put back in the budget. We expect to start back up as early as December or as late as February depending on how the school classes seem to be going.

I went to the grocery store today and was able to purchase groceries for $59 for the week for my daughter and I. That seems super cheap. The meals are simple and I did find several of the things on my list on sale.

My older daughter (in college) started classes today. She already had to buy more things at the book store. A non graphing calculator to use on Calculus tests. She has a graphing one, but they are not allowed. And because she is in an 80 person class, she rented a Clicker. A Clicker is way for the professor to ask multiple choice questions and have the students respond on their Clicker and then be able to gauge how the class is doing. At least that is my understanding. As a music/graphing design major we don't expect her to be in any other classes requiring a clicker, thus the rental made the best economical sense.

I did get to see the eclipse. We are in an area where it was 96% covered. And it did not get completely dark. It was definitely a different kind of lighting and I did hear crickets chirping (apparently they think it's night). We had eclipse glasses that my mom sent. I invited two neighbors and their kids over to view using the glasses. The kids had made their own cereal box viewers, which kind of worked. I liked viewing through the glasses much better. I feel grateful to have experienced it.

Did you see the eclipse where you live?

4 Responses to “Cutting Out Lessons”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    We were 100% covered, but the last 20 minutes or so had too thick of cloud cover to really see it. It didn't get as dark as I expected.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    My daughter was texting me during it. She was happy to be let out of French class early to view it.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Our university planetarium had a big special event for the eclipse. We were only 83%, but it was fun.
    Some of my colleagues teaching big sections use clickers; many swear by them as a way to keep students engaged in a big lecture.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    @MEC, I can see how they would be helpful for large lectures. I have no problem with the cost for that reason alone.

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