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    • JordynDarby5


      1 hour ago, SportsgalAnnie said:

      The " Dear America" Series

      The " Royal Diaries" Series

      I loved Dear America and Royal Diaries series. So many times I finished reading one of those books and go research or find more books on the time period, subject or princess I just read about. I also found out there was a Dear Canada series that branched off from it and was able to find many of those books and read them. It was so much fun about reading Canadian history.

    • Loveday

      Posted (edited)

      @usmcmom, the only time I buy something at the Navy Exchange is when it's on clearance, and then there's a 50% off the clearance price promo going on, usually on a holiday weekend. I've scored several Vera Bradley bags in the past few years for well under $20 that way. I've gotten a couple pairs of Converse that cheap, too, although they're getting harder to find on the clearance tables. The exchanges really seem to cater more to higher level officers and their families these days, than to the average enlisted families. 

      Edited by Loveday
      didn't really edit anything, hit the edit button by mistake! D'oh!
    • OldFadedStar


      12 minutes ago, usmcmom said:

      When I visited the PX while visiting my son on base, I was really surprised at the merchandise. It was mainly high end items, like Downey and Burke purses and designer brand clothing. Granted, the prices are typically about 20% cheaper than civilian stores and there is no sales tax. Still, I found myself wondering how young families on military pay could afford such things. I did treat myself to a Vera Bradley tote bag but I was expecting the merchandise to be more moderate. 


      Imagine living in Japan and only having access to a NEX for clothing, as you were slightly too big for Japanese sized clothes. And I'm not talking overweight... I'm talking like a size 8 and medium shirt. 

      This is why I'd spend like 500 dollars shopping each time I came back to the states. The only jeans my nex sold was True Religion or similar styles. 

    • CelticGoddess


      3 hours ago, usmcmom said:

      My husband once had to fire someone who happened to live in our neighborhood. The man he fired did not have all of his office keys, etc with him so Human Resources told him he could just drop it by our house - where I happened to be alone through the day with two small children. They called me to tell me this arrangement. I called my husband and asked him to put a stop to that plan NOW. I did not want a disgruntled ex-emploeee showing up on my doorstep. USMCDAD called the HR office and ripped them a new one. 

      No snark at all - Ken is foolish for putting his address on the internet like that when his wife is often home alone - sometimes caring for her grandkids. He should list email and phone number only and if he needs to meet with someone, make arrangements in such a way that does not include publicizing his address. 

      But what do I know - Ken knows all about being the protector and provider and laying down his life...blah, blah, blah.  I'm just a foolish woman. 

      My husband owns a business, knife sharpening and he sells knives and shooting targets.  He has a PO Box and he has a website.  He doesn't use our home address, because it is just stupid.  When he has a sharpening job, he will either meet the client at a neutral location or go to their business (he does a lot of sheers for groomers).  The only client that knows our address happens to be our neighbor.  Because he isn't stupid.  Unlike Ken.  

    • usmcmom


      My in-laws received their prescription medication "free" through retiree benefits. The catch was that they had to drive three hours to the nearest base to get them. The last few years, it has been necessary for someone to drive them and we have been trying to convince them to switch to mail order, the cost of which would equal the gas expense of the drive and their meals on the road. 

      They also had access to the commissary on these trips. The first time I drove them down, I was expecting them to really stock up on groceries. They boought...one roll of paper towels. :roll: Three hours one way and we spent twenty minutes in the pharmacy and bought some Bounty. 

      When I visited the PX while visiting my son on base, I was really surprised at the merchandise. It was mainly high end items, like Downey and Burke purses and designer brand clothing. Granted, the prices are typically about 20% cheaper than civilian stores and there is no sales tax. Still, I found myself wondering how young families on military pay could afford such things. I did treat myself to a Vera Bradley tote bag but I was expecting the merchandise to be more moderate.