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Happy last day of the year!!

December 31st, 2008 at 09:26 am

Well, 2008 is almost over and we have all taken a pretty big financial hit in the stock market. I hope 2009 is a much better year, but I have my doubts.
The stock market did close up yesterday, I had a no use gas day and I won two games of mah jong, so i will pay myself $5 towards the $20 challenge. This will be my last money for the year, but I am all ready to start the 2009 challenge with a bang!
prev. total $25,369.00
today 5.00
new total $25,374.00

NSD

December 29th, 2008 at 07:13 am

I had a no spend day yesterday. I stayed home and used no gas. I played mah jong and won 4 games (finally!), so I will add $5 to my challenge money.
Prev. total $25,364.00
today 5.00
new total $25,369.00

Happy with my goals!

December 27th, 2008 at 11:47 am

I am pretty happy with most of the goals that I set for myself this year, especially my $20 challenge goal. I wanted to save at least $20,000 and I did and then some. I also earned the amount of interest I set my goal for and paid off my car.
I plan to try and save at least $20,000 for next year's 2009 $20 challenge, but it may be hard. Work is slowing down, my husband has had no floor plans to draw and things like his health insurance, garbage pick up and electricity has all just gone up. The power bill (per KWH) just increased about 25%
Anyway, yesterday I saved $3 at the grocery store, the stock market went up and I won 1 game of mah jong, so I will add $5 to the challenge.
Prev. total $25,359.00
today 5.00
new total $25,364.00

Had a wonderful christmas!

December 26th, 2008 at 01:56 pm

We had a wonderful quiet christmas here. The weather was perfect, sunny and about 60. we ate all day, including most of the cookies that I made. My "check" came in on christmas eve, so I transfered that plus the $59 in interest that I made in the business checking account over to my savings, for the $20 challenge.
Prev. total $24,749.00
today 610.00
new total $25,359.00


Ho Ho Ho!!!!!!!!

Elvis champagne

December 24th, 2008 at 09:27 am

Everyone that knows me, knows I am an Elvis fan. I have an Elvis bedroom with all my collectibles in there and I keep an Elvis throw in the back of my red corvette, so everyone knows it's mine.

Dh brought home gifts last night from the people he is building a house for. My gift was a leather liquor carrier, with a bottle of Elvis champagne inside and a chiller. The champagne is bottled in California by "Graceland distillers"

The name of the champagne is "All shook Up"!! I am thrilled.

I won 3 games of mah jong on Monday, so I need to add $3 to my $20 challenge.
Prev. total $24,746.00
today 3.00
new total $24,749.00

Property taxes due today.

December 22nd, 2008 at 02:17 pm

It seems like bad timing, but property taxes are due today. I got mine paid; I always wait til the last minute. we are lucky that taxes here are lower than most states.
On Friday, I "lost" my link to the mah jong game I like to play. Well, I didn't lose it, but it acted up and would not correct.
I found an new one that was similar but much harder and I did not win one game all day.
However, I shocked myself by winning 3 games yesterday. I also had a no use gas day yesterday, so that is $5 that I am adding to my challenge money.
Prev. total $24,741.00
today 5.00
new total $24,746.00

First day of winter!

December 21st, 2008 at 10:35 am

Today is the first day of winter although it has been a very cold month so far. It is also the shortest day of the year. That is good, cause now the days will start getting longer.
I did my grocery shopping this morning. I bought several things I did not need (yet) because they were on sale. According to my receipt, I saved $10 using my advantage card. I will add that to the challenge.
Prev. total $24,731.00
today 10.00
new total $24,741.00

I wrapped my presents today.

December 19th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Well, actually, I just gift bagged them, so it didn't take much time at all. I don't even write on the tags. They are all for dh and I put his on one side of the tree and mine on the other side.
We have really cut down over the years cause we just don't need anything. I did have a throw blanket made for his yellow vette. It has a picture of our house with the yellow vette parked in front. We keep these throws in the back part of the vettes to keep the carpet very clean. My throw is of elvis, but I got him something personal.
Yesterday, I had a no use gas day and won 3 games of mah jong, so I have $5 to add to my challenge money.
Prev. total $24,726.00
today 5.00
new total $24,731.00

Gift bags

December 17th, 2008 at 09:09 am

Three years ago, I ordered an assortment of gift bags and tissue paper from QVC for about $25. It was some of the smartest money I have ever spent. There is just my husband and I and we reuse those gift bags every year. It sure does save a lot of time. I use to hate wrapping presents. Now, we just open the gift bag!!
They had pies on sale yesterday, so I bought one for christmas dinner and saved $2.
Challenge money
Prev. total $$24,724.00
today 2.00
new total $24,726.00

Two small checks in the mail.

December 15th, 2008 at 01:42 pm

I just got my mail and I got two small checks in the mail. One was for $10 from NFO my survey and the other was from Wendy's Arby's group for $8. That is $18 more for the challenge.
Oh and I bought a package of pork chops that was marked down $2, so that makes $20 I can add today.
Prev. total $$24,704.00
today 20.00
new total $24,724.00

Frugal Saturday

December 15th, 2008 at 08:32 am

I had to buy prilosec for dh on Saturday. He takes it every day. I buy the biggest package, which is $29.99. we use to have to pay $120 a month for just 30 pills, now it is $29.99 for 42 pills.
Ingles had the pills on sale for $2 off and right under the pills were coupons for $3 off, so I saved $5.
Then, we were planning on going out to eat dinner Saturday night, but at the last minute decided to stay home and watched the movie, "Fargo", so that saved us at least $20. So I will add that $25 to my $20 challenge.
Prev. total $24,679.00
today 25.00
new total $24,704.00

Surety Building and Loan

December 13th, 2008 at 09:20 am

I got a job working at Surety Building and Loan back in 1977. If you have ever seen the Jimmy Stewart movie, "It's a wonderful life" you would know what Surety Building and Loan was like.
Just like in the movie, we made mortgage loans only.
We had 3 types of savings accounts that we offered; DI's, OS's and CD's.
The DI was for daily interest. Those accounts had the interest paid daily and paid 5.25% interest.
The OS's were Optional shares. Those accounts had the interest figured monthly (if you deposited by the 10th you earned from the first) and paid 6% interest.
The CD's were, of course, certificates of deposit, and they paid 8%

All of the home mortgages had an interest rate of 9%. Of course, mortgages were much smaller 30 years ago.

But I sure wish we could get those saving rates now.

BTW, I was the bookkeeper (one of 3 employees) and I had to figure out all the interest by hand. We never had a computer.

possible snow tonight!

December 11th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

They are calling for snow tonight, so I went to the grocery store to stock up on a few things.Using my Ingles advantage card, I saved $6 on groceries. I am also paying myself $1 for the stock market going up yesterday, $2 for not using gas yesterday and $1 for walking a mile. That gives me a grand total of $10 to add to my challenge money.
Prev. total $24,669.00
today 10.00
new total $24,679.00

Good for the boy scouts!!

December 10th, 2008 at 10:05 am

I just read an article about the personal management badge, which boy scouts between 12-17 have to earn. It teaches them about simple, compound interest, mutual funds and certificates of deposit. They also learn why good credit is so important. Good for the boy scout leaders to teach these boys about money.
Well, I had a no use gas day yesterday and the stock market went up on Monday, so I will add $3 to my challenge money.
Prev. total $24,666.00
today 3.00
new total $24,669.00

Tim Hortons check

December 9th, 2008 at 11:42 am

Well, I am having a no spend day today and we are grilling steaks tonight, so no eating out this evening. I did get a Tim Hortons dividend check in the mail yesterday, so I will add that to my challenge money.
Prev. total $24,654.00
today 12.00
new total $24,666.00

Took in the change jar today.

December 8th, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Today, I took in all the change that was in the change jar. It was getting full due to my husband's contribution last week. I got $47 to add to the $20 challenge, plus I have $60 left over from my car fund envelope. That is $107 that I can add to my challenge money.
Prev. total $24,547.00
today 107.00
new total $24,654.00

Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 2008 at 11:58 am

Just thought I would remind everyone that today, Dec. 7th is Pearl Harbor Day. This was the beginning of WWII. Thank you to all our veterans and men and women in the armed forces.

I am back!

December 6th, 2008 at 07:26 am

We went on a trip to florida this week to visit the in laws. It was a pretty frugal trip. Gas prices are down, so we only spent about $100 for gas. Since it is such a long ride, we pretty much ate fast food and ate in the car while we drove.
I got to shop in target for the first time, but only spent $25 and that included 2 christmas presents. The hardest part of the visit was that my in laws do NOT eat dinner at night and their little town has no restaurants. But we had big lunches out every day and we brought home the left overs. No, we did not loose any weight like I hoped we would.
I sure missed you all!!

I scored pretty good on change today!

December 1st, 2008 at 12:56 pm

My dh came home after 2 hours at work. The snow was getting worse and he did not want to spend the night there, so he got home by noon. This afternoon, he cleaned out his van and he gave me all his change. I did pretty well. He had $13.85 in change. He had over 60 pennies too. I use pennies and never save them. I add them to the change jar and will take them into the bank one day.

I also got the money out of my "eating out" envelope when I paid my charge card. I have $32 more in there than I needed, so that gets added to the challenge today.
Prev. total $24,515.00
today 32.00
new total $24,547.00

1st day of December and it's snowing!

December 1st, 2008 at 08:23 am

When we woke up this morning, it was snowing. It looks like it will snow all day. Dh managed to make it to work; hope he can make it home ok.
i am adding my usual end of the month check to my challenge. I also withdraw the interest from my business checking now that I am earning interest on it. That is a total of $610 to add to my challenge money.
Prev. total $23,905.00
today 610.00
new total $24,515.00