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    apprentice tycoon
    Getting to know you........
    • #1
    • 4th May 05, 8:58 AM
    Getting to know you........ 4th May 05 at 8:58 AM
    I'm just curious to ask what all the 'old style' contributors do when not contributing.
    I expect that there a good number of stay at home full time parents, maybe some of us work at home, perhaps some are part-time workers that can use the computer at work or at home or both. I guess also that there are some students out there and I'm really intrigued by the people that post after midnight, are they shift workers or night owls?

    Just to start the ball rolling - I work at home as a full time ebayer selling china and antiques (that is - should be working when I stop cruising around MSE) and our family is late teens /early 20's so don't need too much attention, just money, both are still in full-time education which is one reason why I'm here constantly searching for ways to make ends meet. We have consoled ourselves with the idea that we can be a drain their finances when we are old and doddery We have 4 wonderful cats, one ginger tom plus a tabby mum and her 2 boys, one is creamy beige the other is black /white /tabby

    I'm coming up to 50 (where did the last 25 years go?) My husband works at home too, which is great, we can take time off together but in practice rarely do as we're too busy trying to keep a large pack of wolves from the door. I love my kitchen garden which keeps us self sufficient in strawberries, summer veggies and salads.
    Last edited by apprentice tycoon; 17-09-2005 at 5:42 PM.
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  • swampytiggaa
    • #2
    • 4th May 05, 9:04 AM
    • #2
    • 4th May 05, 9:04 AM
    I am a stay at home mum/part time childminder/part time tesco checkout assistant

    and in my spare time i look on here
    five children? I must be mad........
    aug grocery spend - 166.45
  • moggins
    • #3
    • 4th May 05, 9:05 AM
    • #3
    • 4th May 05, 9:05 AM
    Stay at home mum here too but don't know for how much longer
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

    F U Fund currently at 250
  • Sarahsaver
    • #4
    • 4th May 05, 9:06 AM
    • #4
    • 4th May 05, 9:06 AM
    self-employed lifestyle manager - just setting up own business
    single parent of 3 kids
    sure start volunteer
    keeper of chickens
    Member no.1 of the 'I'm not in a clique' group
    I have done reading too!
    To avoid all evil, to do good,
    to purify the mind- that is the
    teaching of the Buddhas.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 4th May 05, 9:08 AM
    • 13,812 Posts
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    • #5
    • 4th May 05, 9:08 AM
    • #5
    • 4th May 05, 9:08 AM
    Grumpy old git who can't work any more but has found a way to make himself useful. Here at MSE I'm having a ball. I'm so glad a good friend pointed me at this site

    I'm mobile again after a major bypass op and it's so great to be independant once more.

    I share my house with a cat and eighty White Cloud Mountain Minnows.
    Last edited by squeaky; 04-05-2005 at 9:32 PM.
    Hi, I'm a Board Guide on the Old Style and the Consumer Rights boards which means I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly and can move and merge posts there. Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to It is not part of my role to deal with reportable posts. Any views are mine and are not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.

    Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
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    • coffeebean
    • By coffeebean 4th May 05, 9:10 AM
    • 91 Posts
    • 53 Thanks
    • #6
    • 4th May 05, 9:10 AM
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    • 4th May 05, 9:10 AM
    Stay at home Mum, (2 boys, 19 & 13) part-time fund-raiser & trustee of a charity working in Africa, and part-time secretary/accountant(!)/dogsbody to OH who is self-employed. I'm supposed to be working now!
  • Lillibet
    • #7
    • 4th May 05, 9:20 AM
    • #7
    • 4th May 05, 9:20 AM
    Full time legal exec with not enough work to keep occupied, about to become a stay at home mum for as long as possible
    Post Natal Depression is the worst part of giving birth

    In England we have Mothering Sunday & Father Christmas, Mothers day & Santa Clause are American merchandising tricks Demonstrate pride in your heirtage by getting it right please people!
  • coffeeandfags
    • #8
    • 4th May 05, 9:29 AM
    • #8
    • 4th May 05, 9:29 AM
    Full time disabled (erbs palsy) single mum to 2 girls (one with ADHD)
    Seller on Ebay to everything thats not bolted down to the floor!
    And with all the lovely savings i make (shopping bill down from 240 a month to 100!) we have 2 weeks in Florida every year!!

    • Debt_Free_Chick
    • By Debt_Free_Chick 4th May 05, 9:29 AM
    • 13,145 Posts
    • 9,488 Thanks
    • #9
    • 4th May 05, 9:29 AM
    • #9
    • 4th May 05, 9:29 AM
    Self employed, work from home. Well, I do some work, sometimes

    Seriously, I need to spend less time here and more on my work

    in between tending the vegetables and walking the dog
    • elona
    • By elona 4th May 05, 9:29 AM
    • 9,575 Posts
    • 43,679 Thanks
    Stay at home mum with twin 19 year old daughters, one 16 year old daughter and one just turned 11 year old.

    Dogsbody for everybody especially when hubbie is working from home.
    "This site is addictive!"
    Wooligan 2 squares for smoky - 3 squares for HTA
    Preemie hats - 2.
  • leonie
    I'm a full time carer to my daughter who was diagnosed with bone cancer last year. She's made a brilliant recovery so I wont be needed for much longer :-)

    I also sell free trade ingredients on my little website. People use the ingredients to make their own body butters etc.

    Apart from that, im the general dogsbody............ well im at home all day, I have nothing to do!!!!! or so say the family!
    • Murtle
    • By Murtle 4th May 05, 9:43 AM
    • 4,019 Posts
    • 2,576 Thanks
    I work for myself when I get work but thought I'd have some time out!

    So I am just a stay at home bod!!! I should be looking for work, not looking on here!

    Trying to ebay and trying to sort the place out!!
    (they work together..... less clutter = more space + less to tidy up )
    Hurrah I can finally change my signature!

    13 in 2013 challenge completed 0/13
  • Magentasue
    Part-time teacher, mother of four, chicken keeper, veg grower, internet addict ...
    • honey
    • By honey 4th May 05, 9:52 AM
    • 672 Posts
    • 3,049 Thanks
    Stay at home mum to 6yr old son and 3yr old daughter.

    Part time library assistant and part time volunteer pre-school secretary.

    MSE addict!!
    • tru
    • By tru 4th May 05, 9:57 AM
    • 8,050 Posts
    • 35,461 Thanks
    Self-employed, work at home

    Three kids - 15yo boy, 13yo girl, 34yo husband
    The horrifying moment when you're looking for an adult but then you realise that you are an adult
    So you look for an older adult, someone successfully adulting
    An adultier adult
  • Trollydolly
    As the name suggests im a Trolly dolly (cabin crew), hence my posts appearing and silly hours of the day, i work silly shifts so when i finish work i like to sit down with a cuppa and read whats been happening during the day!

    Ive just bought my first house and am waiting to move in with my Chihuahua Lucy and ill be adopting my brothers Golden Retriever, Amber. But thats it just Me and my dawgs!

    Nice to meet u all
    TD xx
  • Trow
    Work full time at the moment, but am in the process of selling the business - not sure exactly what the future holds now, but need to bring in some kind of income - two kids and a husband to keep! (Hubby does the whole stay at home thing with the kids)

    All ideas welcome - still want to choose my own hours but want less of them!
  • Eliza252
    Full Time Researcher for Health Care Consultancy Company - Part Time Staff for Events. I dont bother sleeping much - its boring! heh heh heh!
    Nb. I spend time on here during the day, cus it stops me from dribbling on my keyboard too much when am cross eye'd from staring at stats or going mad trying to glean information from hair transplant clinics in Bolton.
    Becoming an MSE is all part of my grand plan to take over the world!
    - Am here because I have been offered a place on a really good post grad course and an opportunity to study for a doctorate but dont have any money to do it + my reams of debt of course! - rapidly decreasing - woo woo!
    Last edited by Eliza252; 04-05-2005 at 10:22 AM.
    I've made my debts bite-size too depressing to look at all at once so am handling them one at a time - first up Graduate Loan 1720 paid off! only 280 to go!!!
    Money to raise for tuition fees: 3000
    When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!!
    • Bargain Rzl
    • By Bargain Rzl 4th May 05, 11:00 AM
    • 6,175 Posts
    • 21,392 Thanks
    Bargain Rzl
    Full time senior administrator/report compiler for a London electricity firm. Part time internet opera critic - unpaid as yet but it does get me some free tickets occasionally. Part time semi-pro classical singer - my regular church job pays just enough to cover the cost of singing lessons. Weddings and funerals can be a nice little earner except that my church hardly ever has any (congregation of young families and old - but not that old - people).
    • nicki
    • By nicki 4th May 05, 11:06 AM
    • 6,546 Posts
    • 78,584 Thanks
    Full time mum to daughter 4 and partner/housekeeping/secretary/financial advisor etc etc to OH

    I also help run the forums at

    Recently volunteered for position of parent govenor at daughters school/nursery just awaiting the result of the vote.

    OH has announced that he wants me to go out to work, at least part time, once our daughter starts school properly in September to bring in some extra money I haven't been in paid work since I October 1999 and then that was only a few weeks of pub work. I think I'd rather make cut back and tart credit cards, just the thought of going out to work makes me feel ill
    Total Debt: (31/12/10: 8800.40, 31/12/11:8513.87, 31/12/12:8414.68, 31/12/13 : 8226.88) 31/12/14: 8667.91 (includes new @rg0scard of 410.88) - Been one of those year with lots of expensive things needing replacing

    Aim for 2015: Pay off my overdraft.
    Balance 31/12/14 :
    1689.20 (Balance after bills due 2287.13)
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