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Really nice rebate checks!

May 31st, 2011 at 12:45 pm

We got some really nice rebate checks in the mail. Dh attended alunch at the local building supply and one of the vendors was talking to him about his product. It is like hardiplank siding, but better. The company was offering a$250 rebate to first time users. Dh picked up the form and we mailed them the receipt cause we just used it on our spec house. Today the check for $250 came as well as a check for $416 which is a rebate from our building supply place.
$666 today just for buying stuff we needed for building. Sweet!

Prev. total $ 9349.00
today 666.00
bew total $10,015.00

Excellent party!

May 29th, 2011 at 01:33 pm

The party we went to last night was great! Lots of good food, drinks and live music!
I did my grocery shopping this morning and saved $12 by using my Ingles card. Of course, this will be added to the challenge money.

Prev. total 9337.00
today 12.00
new total 9349.00

Memorial day weekend

May 28th, 2011 at 01:23 pm

We had to go to Blue Ridge this morning to get some tile at the home depot there. (It is where North Georgia gal lives) They were out of the tile at our Home depot.
There was an awful lot of traffic on the road. You all be careful driving this weekend.
We are invited to a Memorial day party tonight. I have a tie dye shirt that looks like the flag, so I think I will wear that. I must look true American!
The stock market went up yesterday and I got aa dollar bill in the mail for a survey I did, so $2 to add to the challenge.

Prev. total $9335.00
today 2.00
new total $9337.00

I miss my puppy!

May 27th, 2011 at 11:29 am

Whenever I take my puppy to be groomed, I miss her so much while she is gone. That happened this morning and I am so glad she is home with me now. She is already 2 years old, but until she quits snitching my slippers and shaking them, she is still my puppy. She is the sweetest thing and now she smells sweet too. I never regret the money I spend on the dogs grooming.
I really don't know how anyone can live without a pet. My dogs are a joy to me! I haven't been on a trip or vacation without a pet in over 30 years. I just can't leave them behind!
I got a check in the mail from pinecone, the stock market went up yesterday, the braves won and I found a dollar in an old purse for a total of $6 to add to the challenge.

Prev. total $9329.00
today 6.00
new total $9335.00

Under budget on the electric bill !

May 26th, 2011 at 01:43 pm

We were under budget on the electric bill again this month. This probably will not happen for the next several months. It is starting to get warm here and we will have to run the air conditioning. As usual, I will add this money to the $20 challenge. I am so glad that Jeffrey started this challenge several years ago. Even tho he does not feature this challenge anymore, I am still sticking to it and I have saved a lot of money.
Prev. total $9269.00
today 60.00
new total $9329.00

We accepted the offer!

May 25th, 2011 at 02:08 pm

We sold the spec house. My dh's spec houses always use to sell quickly and usually to the first couple that looks at it. This time it was no different. The first couple that looked at it offered the price we were asking. We are going to have to convert the garage into a rec room, but dh has done that before. He is the best carpenter in the world, so it will look good.
WE felt so good about it! We have not sold a spec house since 2006, so we had no idea how long this would sit on the market. (dh has been building custom homes, but he likes spec homes better)
We looked at land last night and made an offer, so we have the next property lined up for another spec.

I guess we need to celebrate!!

My usual e.o.m. check came in today, so I will add that to the challenge money.

Prev. total $8783.00
today 486.00
new total $9269.00

The bear got us again!

May 24th, 2011 at 02:35 pm

A bear came the other night and tore up all the feeders. This happened last year too, but we were able to straighten them out. This time, they had to both be tossed and they were pretty expensive. They were squirrel proof, but apparently not bear proof.
I went back to Ingles today to stock up on some more sprite zero. It was half price this week, so I saved $10. I will add this to the challenge.

Prev. total $8287.00
today 10.00
new total $8297.00

Some good deals at the grocery store

May 23rd, 2011 at 03:05 pm

I got some good deals at the grocery store today. I usually pay $4.98 for a 12 pack of diet sprite; today it was 4/12 packs for $10. I got several meals worth of chicken for under $4. Dh is going to cook it on the grill tonight and have lunches for the rest of the week, plus supper tonight. All in all, using my advantage card, I saved $15 which I will add to my challenge money.

prev. total $8272.00
today 15.00
new total $8287.00

We got an offer on the house!

May 22nd, 2011 at 03:45 pm

WE listed the house for saleon Friday the 13th and had our first lookers last week. On saturday, they made an offer. The offer is what we were asking, but they want some changes made.
They want the garage converted to a rec room or family room. That involves taking out the garage door and putting in a french door. Of course, that involves tearing off the hardee plank, trim, etc. Then frame in the house again, insulate the walls, patch up the ripped up drywall and get heat and a/c ducts put in. Of course, everything will have to be repainted 3 coats of paint. They also want the entire floor of the garage and two bedrooms downstairs to be finished in laminate flooring. (Pergo)
We have been discussing this all day and still have not decided whether to accept this offer or not! Any thoughts?? This is a spec house we built with our own money, so we do not have to pay back a bank loan.

Monthly interest

May 19th, 2011 at 01:54 pm

The monthly interest got added to my account at my local bank. I am adding the interst I get there and in my ING account to my $20 challenge. I use to have the money loaned out at 4%. Now i am getting a pitiful 9/10th of 1 percent.
The good news is that we got our first lookers at the spec house we put up for sale last Friday the 13th.
Prev. total $8157.00
today 115.00
new total $8272.00

Yay Braves!

May 17th, 2011 at 01:39 pm

I was watching the braves game this afternoon. Things did not look very good. The Braves were down 1 to 0 and it was the bottom of the 9th with two outs. Well, they did it, they tied the game with a home run and finally won the game in the 11th inning.
I said to my self, if they come from behind to win, I will be adding another $5 to my challenge. So they won last night and today, for a total of $7 to the challenge.

Prev. total $8146.00
today 7.00
new total $8153.00

Brrrr....it's cold!

May 16th, 2011 at 02:15 pm

I had to turn the heat back on when I got up this morning. It was a gloomy looking day, but I got to play bridge all afternoon. Yesterday , the braves won and I had a no use gas day today, so I have $3 to add to my challenge money.

Prev. total $8143.00
today 3.00
new total $8146.00

Free dinner out!

May 15th, 2011 at 11:21 am

We went out to dinner on our anniversary and the owners of the restaurant insisted that they pay for it. Dh had done some work there last week and I told them, no charge. They have been our friends for years.
I did my grocery shopping this morning and somehow managed to save $13 using my advantage card, plus the braves won Thursday night and Saturday afternoon, so I have $15 to add to my challenge money.

Prev. total $8128.00
today 15.00
new total $8143.00

34 years!

May 13th, 2011 at 11:34 am

I have been married for 34 years today to my wonderful dh. We got married on Friday the 13th back in 1977!

Lucky 13!!

May 11th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Today I called a real estate agent to talk to her about listing the spec house that my dh is building. The outside is finished and the drywall inside is all done. It is on a remote road so we have not had any lookers.
The realtor can not meet me tomorrow because she has some clients coming into town and needs to spend the day with them.
Instead she is going to meet me on Friday at 1 p.m. I am serious, she suggested the time!

That is the 13th hour of the 13th day of the month, Friday, May 13th. 13 is my lucky number! I hope that is a good sign. Also, this Friday the 13th is my anniversary!

The stock market went up yesterday, I saved $3 on steak at Bi Lo and a friend repaid a small $50 loan yesterday. That is $54 for me to add to my challenge.

Prev. total $8064.00
today 54.00
new total $8118.00

vette money

May 10th, 2011 at 01:25 pm

I am taking my corvette payment money each month and adding it to my $20 challenge. Dh still has not found out that I paid off the car two months ago. shhhhhhhh................

Prev. total $8064.00
today 660.00
new total $8724.00

It has been a nice day.

May 9th, 2011 at 03:36 pm

The braves won last night and the stock market went up today. The weather is perfect here and all the flowers and rose bushes are in full bloom. I have a coosa dogwood tree that is beautiful. (Only one I have ever seen)
What a beautiful day!

Prev. total $8062.00
today 2.00
new total $8064.00

Happy Mother's Day!

May 8th, 2011 at 01:30 pm

I want to wish all of the ladies here at saving advice, a very happy mother's day. We are just having a quiet day here, with dh outside doing yard work.
I had a no use gas day and saved $6 using my Ingles card yesterday, so $8 to add to the challenge.

Prev. total $8054.00
today 8.00
new total $8062.00

The heat is still running!

May 7th, 2011 at 08:33 am

It is still cold here in the north Georgia mountains. I woke up to the heat running this morning and I only keep it set on 64. It was so cold Thursday morning that we had to cover all the new plants cause we got frost. I will be glad when it warms up.
The stock market went up yesterday; the braves won last night and I saved $3 on some items for sale at Bi lo. That gives me $5 to add to the challenge.

Prev. total $8049.00
today 5.00
new total $8054.00

Go braves!

May 5th, 2011 at 02:18 pm

My Atlanta braves came thru for me yesterday and won both of their games. ( They got rained out on Tuesday, so played 2 games on Wednesday) I will add $2 to my challenge fund.

Prev. total $8047.00
today 2.00
new total $8049.00

$4.30 a gallon

May 4th, 2011 at 09:57 am

I just filled up my car for $4.30 a gallon. I use premium in the corvette and it cost me over $60 to fill it up.
Yesterday, we got our tax refund. I did not file until April 15th, so I thought that was pretty fast. We also got another check. My dh did a small job for a former customer and we received the check yesterday for $115. I had a no use gas day, so will add that $2 to the $115 check for a total of $117 for the challenge.

Under budget on Electric bill!

May 3rd, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I budget $160 a month for my electric bill and I was under by $60 this past bill. I know that my bill will start going up in June when I turn on the air conditioning. I will be adding this money to my challenge.

Prev. total $7870.00
today 60.00
new total $7930.00

One check in the mail is nice, but

May 2nd, 2011 at 08:47 am

two dhecks are even better. I got two checks from my Chase rewards card today, each for $50. The braves won yesterday, I got a dollar bill in the mail and I had a no use gas day yesterday, for a grand total of $104.00 to add to my challenge money.

Prev. total $7766.00
today 104.00
new total $7870.00

ING interest

May 1st, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Last year, I made a personal loan to a friend and really enjoyed 4% interest for a few months. I got completely paid back in January. I was counting that interest in my $20 challenge. So, now I am counting the interest in my ING account and local money market account. Today is the 1st of the month, so I earned $138 that ING credited to my account.

Prev. total $7628.00
today 138.00
new total $7766.00

Went dancing!

May 1st, 2011 at 07:19 am

We went dancing last night. It is the first time I have been in quite a while. We use to have a place that opened every Saturday night, but it closed down. They had a 6 piece band from Chattanooga that was pretty good and played music from the 50's, 60's and 70's. They even played my favorite song to dance to, "Wipe Out" We spent $25 on admission, but it was worth it!