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Under budget!

May 29th, 2012 at 01:14 pm

I aws $60 under budget on my electric bill this month. I am sure this will be the last month for a while, to be under budget. It is getting hot and thee A/C is kicking on every afternoon, which is the biggest expense for me. I got my little Molly's shots all up to date today, so I am good for a while with her.

Prev. total $5853.00
today 60.00
new total $5913.00

Graduation day!

May 25th, 2012 at 01:48 pm

Happy graduation for many who are graduating tonight. Our little town's high school will be having a graduating service. I have a girlfriend whose daughter is graduating down in Florida.
It has not been a good week. The stock market was down all week; the braves lost 4 games in a row and my little Molly was sick and had to go to the vet. She is much better now.
I stocked up on sprite zero on sale and saved $10 to add to the challenge.

Prev. total $5783.00
today 10.00
new total $5793.00

Bonus

May 20th, 2012 at 08:44 am

Although my dh has been building a spec house this year, he has also been busy on other projects.
He built a large house about 10 years ago. The owners wanted to turn their open back deck into a family room, so dh did that for a few months.
My bridge partner wanted a new garage, do dh has built that for her and her hubby.
Then, people he built a house for two years ago, wanted their basement finished up, so dh has been working on that.
He just finished up the basement yesterday and came home with a final check to cover the expenses. On top of that, they gave him a $300 bonus in cash!

Now, I must add that to the $20 challenge.

Prev. total $5483.00
today 300.00
new total $5783.00

Pretty Molly!

May 15th, 2012 at 10:13 am

I took my dog into get groomed today. She is a maltipoo and pure white. She looks so pretty and smells so good now. I know it is a luxury, but I love getting her groomed.
I did my grocery shopping while she was being groomed and saved $5 using my advantage card. The braves won both Sat. and Sun., so that is another $2; for a total of $7 to add to the challenge.

Prev. total $5476.00
today 7.00
new total $5483.00

35 years ago today!

May 13th, 2012 at 08:50 am

Thirty five years ago, on Friday the 13th, I got married.
We went out to dinner last night to celebrate cause none of the restaurants in our small town are open on Sunday nights except for the waffle house and fast food.

Dh insisted he go and get us some take out breakfast before he went to work this morning. I had my first every sausage McGriddle and it was good.
I told him that the gift for 35 years was jade.
He brought me home an egg custard pie; heck I would rather have the egg custard pie! I already have jade.

Pinecone check

May 12th, 2012 at 03:10 pm

I got a pinecone check in the mail today for $3. I had a no usse gas day for $2 and the braves won. That is $6 to add to the challenge.

Prev. total $5470.00
today 6.00
new total $5476.00

Mother's day!

May 11th, 2012 at 01:05 pm

I got my first mother's day card today. It was from my maltapoo (maltese and poodle) Molly!

I had a no use gas day yesterday, so $2 will be added to the challenge.

Prev. total $5468.00
today 2.00
new total $5470.00

No heat, no air!

May 8th, 2012 at 03:27 pm

I like May. Usually you don't have to run the heat or air. It is a little warm, so the a/c does run some in the evenings. The braves won Sunday and I had a no use gas day yesterday, $3 for the challenge.

Prev. total $5465.00
today 3.00
new total $5468.00

Nice rebate check!

May 7th, 2012 at 02:33 pm

WE got a nice rebate check from a building supply company today. They have been sending us rebate checks for years, but you just never know when you are going to get one. They never come monthly like I wish they would. I am, as usual, adding this to my challenge money.

Prev. total $4921.00
today 544.00
new total $5465.00

cinco de mayo party

May 6th, 2012 at 08:22 am

We went to a cinco de mayo party last night. We got there early. Each couple put $5 in the pot and drew a name of a horse that was running in the Ky. derby. Of course, we did not win. I think dh's horse came in last.

Then we played a game that involved toilet plungers and toilet paper. Iwas on the winning team and received a free bottle of toilet cleaner.
I do not like mexican food, so I filled up on dessert instead. (always my favorite)

The braves came from behind to win last night and I had a no use gas day, so $3 to add to the challenge.

Prev. total $4918.00
today 3.00
new total $4921.00

Major League Ballgame!!

May 4th, 2012 at 08:32 am

DH attended his first ever major league ball game yesterday. I was so excited for him.
He built a house about 10 years ago for a couple that retired to this area from Atlanta. He was the head of trade and tourism for the state of Georgia.
As we do for most couples we build for, we remained good friends with them.
Last summer, my dh turned their ourdoor back deck into a large (500 sq.ft.) family room. They were so thrilled with how the room turned out, they wanted to take him to an Atlanta Braves game!
I was invited to, but I am terrified of traffic; I won't even travel on the interstate at all.

So, the guys took the day off and went to the daytime game yesterday. My husband loved it, even tho he mentioned that you have to drive 75 miles per hour, or get run over. The other guy did the driving. He has lived in Atlanta all his life, so he was use to it.

Dh could not get over all the huge buildings in Atlanta. We have lived all our lives in small towns.
He is ready to go back. He will invite the friend to go to a daytime game next year, if the friend will drive. Even dh didn't like the traffic!

Sadly, the braves did not win. They did, however, come from behind the night before (May2nd) to win. I got a dollar bill in the mail yesterday, so $2 will be added to the challenge..

Prev. total $4916.00
today 2.00
new total $4918.00

$30 a day challenge!

May 2nd, 2012 at 12:11 pm

So far, I haave been doing great on the $30 a day challenge. I have put away $30 in savings every day since the first of the year. Since April had 30 days, this means I added $900 to my savings the past month. I hope I can continue to do this everyday.

ING interest

May 1st, 2012 at 03:22 pm

I am adding the ING interest I received last month to the $20 challenge. The amount is going down each month cause I am using the money in the ING account to finish up the spec house.

Prev. total $4811.00
today 105.00
new total $4916.00

Happy May day!!

May 1st, 2012 at 01:48 pm

Today is the first of May, so happy May day! When I was a kid in Virginia, we had a big maypole and aa carnival at my school. I guess they don't celebrate it like that any more.
Yesterday, the stock market went up ($1) and today I took all my change to the bank ($39), so I will add that to my challenge money.

Prev. total $4771.00
today 40.00
new total $4811.00