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$16,000 error

September 30th, 2009 at 05:11 pm

One thing I like about computers is that I can track my balances at the banks; checking, savings, and Certificates of deposit.
I check my balances every day except on the weekend and keep track of all my outstanding checks.
Imagine my surprise when I checked my balance this morning and found a $16,000 error made today, in MY favor!
Of course, I know they will find it when they balance this afternoon, but it is fun to see a much larger sum in my checking account, even if just for a few hours.

sweater weather

September 29th, 2009 at 05:57 pm

It was cool when I got up this morning; 46 degrees at 9 am. So, I am wearing a sweater for the first time in a while. I like this type of weather. Nothing is running, no a/c and no heat!
I got a $50 rewards check from my Chase mastercard in the mail yesterday. The stock market went up yesterday and the braves have won 3 games in a row, so that is $54 that I will add to my challenge money.
Prev. total $13,894.00
today 54.00
new total $13,948.00

Just 3 more months til christmas!

September 25th, 2009 at 09:37 pm

I hate to remind you all of that, but the time is fast approaching! Three months from today! The braves won their last game and I had a no use gas day today. $3 more to the challenge.
Prev. total $13,891.00
today 3.00
new total $13,894.00

Did I save money, or what!

September 24th, 2009 at 08:06 pm

I stopped at Bi Lo today to stock up on steaks for sale. They also had cranberry juice on BOGO. I even got bread for 39 cents! According to my receipt, I spent $16 and saved $13. I guess I will add that $13 to my challenge money!
Prev. total $13,878.00
today 13.00
new total $13,891.00

Welcome back sunshine!

September 23rd, 2009 at 09:38 pm

Well, the rain in North georgia has finally stopped for a while and the sun is out! Dh managed to go back to work today but came home a little early. He is trying to get the grass cut before dark. (We have 2 acres, all grass)
The braves won twice in a row; the stock market went up yesterday; and I had a no use gas day. That is $5. Today, I saved another $5 by using my Ingles advantage card at the grocery store, so that is a total of $10 for the challenge.
Prev. total $13,868.00
today 10.00
new total $13,878.00

Rainy days in Georgia!!

September 22nd, 2009 at 06:25 pm

We have had rain for over a week now, especially heavy the past two days. The creek is at the top of it's banks and there is a lot of flooding in the Atlanta area.
Because of the rain, my husband has not been able to work very much this past week.
Sunday, he worked outside in the rain all day, cleaning out gutters and sawing off tree limbs. Yesterday, it rained heavy, so he went and did "fix it" jobs for 2 of his friends. (He built their houses and they always call him for everything)
Yesterday afternoon, he got a call to come and look at another house he built. It had just gotten struck by lightening and was a mess!

He never charges for these little "jobs". (which is why he is so popular)
He did come home with a check for $50 for taking out and putting in a new anderson door. He did have to drive 40 miles round trip to do the chore, so I am glad that he took it. I will add it to my challenge money.
Prev. total $13,818.00
today 50.00
new total $13,868.00

$52.84 in interest

September 20th, 2009 at 07:55 pm

That is how much interest I earned on my business checking account this month. I have not been adding to my savings account lately because my dh has not been working a lot. So, I thought I would take that $52 in interest and the normal $583 check that I receive every month and deposit it into my savings this week.
Prev. total $13,183.00
today 635.00
new total $13,818.00

Nice mail day!

September 19th, 2009 at 06:56 pm

I had a nice mail day yesterday. I got a check for $10 from NFO my survey and another check for $8 from the Wendy's Arby group. My electric bill came, and it was $30 under budget. I love not having to run the air and heat right now. Next month's bill should be even lower, even tho the cost per kwh has gone up. So, I have a grand total of $48 to add to my challenge.
Prev. total $13,135.00
today 48.00
new total $13,183.00

Changing my address!

September 18th, 2009 at 04:54 pm

What a pain in the neck that can be. Our county changed everyone's address this week to update their 911 system. Most of us have the same street, but all of the house numbers have changed. I have so many account, mutual funds, individual stocks, etc. and I will have to change the address on all of them.
Oh well, the stock market went up on Wednesday, the braves won on Wednesday (I am a day behind) and I saved $3 using my Ingles advantage card, so $5 more to add to the challenge fund.
Prev. total $13,130.00
today 5.00
new total $13,135.00

No use gas day!

September 16th, 2009 at 03:58 pm

Last year, when gas prices were so high, I starting putting $2 into my $20 challenge for every day that I did NOT use gas. At that time, I was spending $4.50 or more per gallon. I drive a corvette, so I have to use premium. (It pings if I don't)
Even tho gas has come down to $2.75 (for me) I am still saving that money.
Town is round trip for me about 10 miles, which is about 1/2 gallon on gas. When I stay home, I just don't use that gasoline.
Now, I probably spend less than $30 a month on gas.
I got another pinecone check for $3 in the mail yesterday;, the braves won, the stock market went up and I had a no use gas day. all totaled, I will add $7 to my 20 challenge.
Also, my little Molly was 6 months old yesterday. She has me pretty well potty trained. I take her out every two hours, she goes and then she gets a treat. (soft dog food that I call a cookie. She licks her lips when I say cookie)

Prev. total $13,123.00
today 7.00
new total $13,130.00

Turned in the change!

September 14th, 2009 at 09:25 pm

I had to run to the bank this morning to cash dh's paycheck, so I turned in all the change I have saved for the past month. I have $34 to add to the challenge money.
Prev. total $13,089.00
today 34.00
new total $13,123.00

Pinecone check!

September 13th, 2009 at 09:41 pm

I got a pinecone check for $3 yesterday. I did two surveys in a row, so I should get another check this coming week. The braves won 3 games in a row, so that is $6 more to add to my challenge account.
My dh made it home safely from the car show in Pigeon forge. The best thing was, he did NOT find a car he just has to have. You can tell we have never been apart very long, I really missed him and he was only gone 13 hours!
Prev. total $13,083.00
total 6.00
new total $13,089.00

Home alone!

September 12th, 2009 at 07:45 pm

Yes, I am home alone today. For the first time in over 25 years my dh has gone to the Shades of the Past car show in Pigeon Forge,Tn.
I have a fairly new puppy, so I stayed home with both dogs. In a way, we have saved money, cause we generally spent about $500 for a motel room two nights and many nice meals out.
But it sure felt funny to wish him a good trip at 5 am. this morning. We are almost never apart other than his work.
The braves have won their last two games and since I have no singles, I am adding $5 to my challenge money.
Prev. total $13,078.00
today 5.00
new total $13,083.00

Medical bills, dogs $1800, me 0

September 11th, 2009 at 05:11 pm

I picked up my older dog from the vets yesterday and paid a $274 vet bill. I had paid $150 on tuesday. This was for teeth cleaning and 2 extractions.
I have figured out what I have spent on the two dogs this year and it comes to $1800. Of course, I am so lucky that my medical bills for the past three years, has come to 0.
I called an made a doctor appt. yesterday. When the receptionist asked me what I was coming in for, I said, I am coming in for nothing. I have not been there for 3 years and I am afraid he will drop me as a patient.
Holly has another ear infection, so that means I have to go back to the vets in 10 days. I am so glad I have the money to keep my babies well.
The stock market went up two days in a row, the braves won a game and I had a no use gas day on Wednesday, so I can add $5 to my challenge money.
prev. total $13,073.00
today 5.00
new total $13,078.00

09-09-09

September 9th, 2009 at 02:45 pm

Sept 9, 2009. You won't see 09-09-09 anytime soon again.
This would be a good day to change your eating habits or your saving habits. Saving small sums of money on a weekly basis really does add up. I had a no use gas day on Monday ($2) and saved $5 on coupons at Ingles yesterday. $7 more to add to the challenge.
Prev. total $13,066.00
today 7.00
new total $13,073.00

$150 to the vet!

September 8th, 2009 at 08:31 pm

I took my older dog to the vet today. She is going to get her teeth cleaned on Thursday and they had to do blood work. The bill today was $150, so I wonder what the total bill will be for teeth cleaning?? Dogs are expensive, but they give back so much happiness that you can not put a price on that!!

Happy labor day!

September 7th, 2009 at 01:34 pm

Happy labor day! I read about why this holiday was created and it was not a very happy reason. However, my husband has gone to work, to labor, like he has done every labor day that I have known him. I hope his entire crew shows up.
I saved $6 on steaks I bought this weekend, so I will add that to my challenge money.
Prev. total $13,060.00
today 6.00
new total $13,066.00

Another small check

September 4th, 2009 at 06:40 pm

I got another small check in the mail yesterday for $15 from Tim Horton.
Normally, I reinvest my dividends, but Tim Horton company always mails me a check. As usual, it will be added to my $20 challenge.
On a cute note, I heard a dish rattling in the kitchen. I thought it was my puppy playing with her water bowl. Instead, she was INSIDE the dishwasher, licking the dirty dishes! Too cute!
Prev. total $13,045.00
today 15.00
new total $13,060.00

We have a new Walmart!

September 3rd, 2009 at 07:05 pm

For the first time that I have lived in this area, (25 years), we have a wal mart. Before this, we had to drive to North Carolina to shop at Wal Mart. I did that a few times a year.
So, I thought I would start doing my grocery shopping at Wal Mart to save money.
That did not work out. They either did not have the brands I wanted or they only carried the brand in a superduper size. We are a family of 2; we do not need a gallon of log cabin syrup.
So back to Ingles I went today. I saved $6 using my advantage card and the bonus 5% off card that came in the mail.
so that is $6 more to add to the challenge.
Prev. total $13,039.00
today 6.00
new total $13,045.00

I want to know about the moneytree??

September 2nd, 2009 at 06:39 pm

Gamecock has a blog about a friend that has a money tree. I have tried 4 times to read it, but I can't seem to get into her blog.
So what is her blog about??