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2 reward checks!

June 28th, 2012 at 01:21 pm

I got two Chase reward checks in the mail today, each for $50. My chase card pays back 3% in home repair catagories. Since my dh is a self employed builder, he spends a lot of money and time at Home Depot. I can redeem any time I get 5000 points and this month I had over $11000 points. Those two cheks plus $1 cause the braves won last night will be added to the $20 challenge.

Prev. total $6287.00
today 101.00
new total $6388.00

$3.15 gasoline per gallon!

June 27th, 2012 at 01:34 pm

I filled up my car today. A few months ago I decided to try regular gasoline in my car instead of premium. When I tried it in my 2004 corvette, I heard a pinging noise, so I switched back to premium. In this corvette, there seems to be no problem. The car is running fine. Since I am saving over $4 per 10 gallons of gas, this seems a good savings. I remember when premium was 20 cents more per gallon. Now it is 40 cents more and I don't know why!

The braves won last night, the stock market went up today and I got a $3 pinecone check in the mail. That is $5 to add to the challenge.

Prev. total $6282.00
today 5.00
new total $6287.00

Grocery savings!

June 26th, 2012 at 02:01 pm

I did my grocery shopping yesterdaysince we did not play bridge. I was surprised to find that I saved $13 using my Ingles advantage card.
We did however spend money yesterday. DH had to replace his worn out cell phone. He has had it for over 6 years and it quit working. He uses it all the time to order materials. That cost us $96 but he will get $50 back in a rebate check.
I don't know if he has figured out how to use the phone yet, but he is playing with the camera part of it. He took a picture of the dog and of the floor. I am happy NOT to have a cell phone!
I will be adding the $13 grocery cash plus a small $3 check to the $20 challenge.

Prev. total $6266.00
today 16.00
new total $6282.00

HOT!

June 22nd, 2012 at 02:21 pm

It has been very hot here. It is almost 90 degrees here today. I am paying the last of the under budget electric bills for a while. This bill was $60 under budget but both a/c's running full blast, I am sure I will have a much higher bill next month.

The braves won their last two games; the stock market went up today, so that makes a total of $63 to add to my $20 challenge today.

Prev. total $6203.00
today 63.00
new total $6266.00

Found a penny!

June 19th, 2012 at 01:41 pm

I found a penny today. Like some of you, I decided to keep a total of the change I find for the year. Not too many change droppers around here. My biggest find was 2 quarters in a vending machine on Jan. 6th. Since then, I have found 2 dimes and 4 pennies for a grand total of 74 cents for the year!!
I saved $7 using my Ingles card at the grocery store today, so I will add that to my challenge.

Prev. total $6196.00
today 7.00
new total $6203.00

dividend check!

June 18th, 2012 at 02:38 pm

I own 558 shares of Wendy's stock. Today I got aa dividend check from Wendy's. It was for 2 cents a share! Now, I am $11.16 richer! I will add that to my challenge!

Prev. total $6185.00
today 11.00
new total $6196.00

I love lucy!

June 17th, 2012 at 11:58 am

I have not seen I love Lucy reruns in years. All of a sudden, I have found a bath of them on tv. I forgot how cute some of the shows were. Sorry, but I think tv was much funnier in the "good old days"

In honor of father's day, we will be having steak for supper tonight! (of course, he will have to fix it himself) I saved $2 today at bi lo.

Prev. total 6183.00
today 2.00
new total $6185.00

p.s., I meant to say batch! not bath!

Another pinecone check.

June 16th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I got another pinecone check today. That makes 4 of them in the past month. They also sent me a free product to try out.
Yesterday, the stock market went up; and the braves won. With my pinecone check, I have $5 to add to the challenge.

Prev. total $6178.00
today 5.00
new total $6183.00

Closing today

June 13th, 2012 at 10:41 am

We have a land closing this afternoon. I swear, I am becoming land - poor.
This is the 7th lot that we have bought in the past year and a half. There is a land company in Tennessee that is going around buying large land tracts around here and then having huge land sales! I have got to quit going!

But the prices are so much better than they were just a few years ago. We bought two lots with beautiful long distance mountain views. They were selling for $120,000 each a few years ago. We got them for $45,000 and $40,000.

The lot we are closing on today is a lake view lot with a private boat dock. It is just beautiful!

I did my grocery shopping today and I saved $7 with my advantage card, so I will add that to the challenge.

Prev. total $6171.00
today 7.00
new total $6178.00

Saved $75 at Lowes today!

June 12th, 2012 at 03:19 pm

WE went shopping at lowes over in North Carolina. We nneded to buy all the light fixtures, shower doors, mirrors, etc. for the spec house. I am not adding the money to my $20 challenge, but I did save $75 using my Lowes credit card cause they give you 5% off. Plus, we got great service too!

Tim Horton check arrived.

June 11th, 2012 at 02:39 pm

My dividend check from Tim Horton arrived today. It is for $29 and some change. I also saved $2 when I bought canberry juice on sale this morning. This will be added to the challenge. I had a great time playing bridge all afternoon.

Pre. total $6140.00
today 31.00
new total $6171.00

My Red Faced dog!

June 10th, 2012 at 11:49 am

My dog Molly is pure white. She looks like a maltese, but she is a actually a maltipoo. (mother was a pure black poodle)

Today, I took the garbage bag out of the container and left it sitting on the floor of the pantry. (Molly's room) When I came back, she had ripped into the bag and gotten into the spagetti sauce I had thrown out yesterday. Boy, what a sight! Her face was red!!! Bright red!!

I threw her into the sink and scrubbed and scrubbed on her. She looks better, but still a little pink!

The braves won yesterday and I am having a no use gas day today, so $3 added to the challenge.

Prev. $6137.00
today 3.00
new bal $6140.00

$20 challenge.

June 9th, 2012 at 02:12 pm

I used a $2 off coupon today to buy some hair coloring. I have been doing my own hair coloring for about 40 years. It is no telling how much money I have saved by not going to a beauty parlor.
I also got several ace coupons in the mail today for $5 and $10 off merchandise. I shall use them when I buy dog food.
I got a pinecone check for $3 and the braves won last night. That is a total of $6 for the $20 challenge with the ace coupons to be counted when I use them.

Prev. total $6131.00
today 6.00
new total $6137.00

No, I am not paying 25%!!

June 8th, 2012 at 01:49 pm

Imentioned yesterday in my blog, that we had charged the appliances for the spec house, to our Sears card. Then I found out that Sears charges 25% interest on their cards. No, I am not paying the 25% interest. I will pay the card off in full next week like I do all my credit cards. I use credit crds that pay me back for using them. I generally earn a $50 check each month cause dh shops at home depot so much. I get 3% back at home improvement stores.

Ths stock market went up yesterday and today and the braves won their last two games; that's $4 more for the challenge.

Prev. total $6127.00
today 4.00
new total $6131.00

25% interest?????

June 7th, 2012 at 02:55 pm

Last month we bought all the appliances for our spec house. Sears was having a big sale, so we bought them there.
I got the bill this afternoon. If we do not pay the bill in full, the interest rate is 25!!!
Who in the world pays 25% interest on anything? I am amazed! I didn't even know anyone could charge that much!

$30 a day challenge for May!

June 6th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I am continuing my $30 a day challenge. I vowed to put away $30 a day starting on Jan 1st, 2012.
May had 31 days, so I managed to save $930 to put into my ING account. I am not adding this to the $20 challenge.
However, yesterday the stock market went up slightly and the braves won, so I will add that $2 to the $20 challenge.

prev. total $6125.00
today 2.00
new total $6127.00

advantage card!

June 5th, 2012 at 01:35 pm

I did my grocery shopping today and I managed to save $10 using my Ingles card. Of course, I will add this to the $20 challenge!

Prev. total $6115.00
today 10.00
new total $6125.00

Bridge day!

June 4th, 2012 at 02:25 pm

I love to play bridge. We play every Monday afternoon at my house. However, last Monday was a holiday, so we did not play. It felt good to get back to bridge this afternoon.
The braves won yesterday; I had a no use gas yesterday and a $3 pinecone check came in the mail today. That is $6 for the challenge.

Prev. total $6109.00
today 6.00
new total $6115.00

Rebate!

June 3rd, 2012 at 01:59 pm

For several years, we have been getting rebate checks from a local building supply place. I love getting the checks; but they seem few and far between. Sometimes, I only get 2 per year.
The manager of the store has suggest that we get a discount every month that we pay the bill on time. That is fine with me. I will just write myself my own rebate check each month. I always add that to the $20 challenge.
So, this week, when I pay the bill, I will add my $91 rebate check to the $20 challenge.

Prev. total $6018.00
today 91.00
new total $6109.00

Missed the car show last night!

June 2nd, 2012 at 11:45 am

WE had planned to be in our first car show for the year, last night. My husband has a bright red 1933 ford victoria, which is quite "souped up"
The Sears delivery guys were supposed to deliver the appliances to the spec house between 2-4. Then dh would come home, primp the car a little and we would take it to the show at 5 pm. I don't usually go, cause the show is out in the hot open field at Wal Mart's, but yesterday the weather was cool. I was even going to take my baby, Molly, with me.
Well, the appliances did not arive until almost 7 pm, so we did not go to the show at all.
No braves game last night either, as they got rained out. Thank goodness they finally stopped their string of losses. They had lost 8 in a row. Finanlly, they won the last 2, so I will add $2 to the challenge.

Prev. total $6016.00
today 2.00
new total $6018.00

ING interest!

June 1st, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I add the interest from my ING account to my $20 challenge every month. This month, I am adding $103.00

Prev. total $5913.00
today 103.00
new total $6016.00

June 1st net worth!

June 1st, 2012 at 10:59 am

I do my net worth on the first of the month every month. I have not added it up yet, but I can see that every stock and every mutual fund I own are down for the month! So, I do know that my net worth has gone down, I just don't know by how much.

Dh only has about a month's work left on the spec house. But we are getting no lookers at all. We have a lot of cash in that house and I am getting worried. His houses have always sold and sold quickly! I am keeping my fingers crossed.