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My license expired!!

November 29th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

OMG, my driver's license expired last week on my birthday. I never even thought about it til Tuesday night. I thought we received notice in the mail to renew it. My dh did and he renewed for 10 years. So, I went down there today with my fingers crossed.
Turns out, you have to be 59 or younger to renew by mail. No penalty, but I had to take an eye exam. I was worried cause I have never had an eye exam. I wear reading glasses to read, but they are the kind you buy at the dollar store.

I took the test with my glasses on and could not see one number. Then, I took them off and I could read every number.
So, I am a licensed driver again!! I have had a license for 50 years with no accidents and no tickets.

When I gor home, I had received a $50 check from my Chase reward's master card. That makes $650 for the year and I will add it to my $20 challenge.

Prev. total $23,855.00
today 50.00
new total $23,905.00

OMG

November 28th, 2008 at 09:03 am

I just heard the news. Somewhere in New York, a 34 year old worker was trampled to death as he opened the doors at a Wal Mart store. Isn't that terrible. To think, that shopping means so much to so many, does not make sense to me.What a way to start the Christmas season. So sad.

Hunters get up so early!

November 27th, 2008 at 08:46 am

I was awakened before 6 a.m. by several cars full of hunters.
Back in 1957, the owner of this subdivision (well he was til he sold all the lots) had a father that purchased 300 acres on this side of the creek and 200 acres on the other side. He paid $25 an acre. He left it all to his one son, who has built a house in this subdivision. He sold the rest of the lots and most of them have houses, on one side of the creek, but he kept the 200 acres on the other side of the creek for his private hunting. A few years ago, this man put in a private bridge to his 200 acres. He keeps a chain across it so that no one can access it.
He and his son are big on hunting. Apparently, he invited a bunch of his friends to go hunting this morning cause several cars drove down here before 6 am.
The headlights woke me up.

Thank goodness, dh is NOT a hunter. Instead, he is a worker and that is what he is doing right now. Yup, he got up and went to work today. We will have our turkey for dinner tonight.

The stock market went up three days in a row, so I will add to the $20 challenge.
Prev. total $23,852.00
today 3.00
new total $23,855.00

Another check

November 26th, 2008 at 08:23 am

I got a check from Sears today. A few months ago, we bought a new refrigerator from Sears and I think this is a rebate of the delivery charge. Anyway, I had forgotten about it, so it was a nice surprise and I will add it to my $20 challenge.
Prev. total $23,777.00
today 75.00
new total $23,852.00

Wipe Out!

November 24th, 2008 at 08:52 am

If you read my blog yesterday, you will remember that my husband tried in vain to buy me the birthday card, that when opened, plays "wipe out" It is my favorite song to dance to as everyone who knows me, knows.
This morning, on my way to the bank, the radio started playing "wipe out" When was the last time you heard that playing on the radio?
I turned my radio up full blast, but durn, I could not get out of my car on the highway and dance!!!!
Thank you to the unknown radio person who played "wipe out" for me.

The perfect card!!

November 23rd, 2008 at 10:15 am

A few months ago, I was looking for a birthday card for a friend. I was in Rite Aid, and I saw cards that played songs when you opened them. One of them played "wipe out", my favorite song to dance to. I told my husband that I had found the perfect card for me.

Bless his heart, he has been trying to buy me that card for a month now and the store is always sold out! He gave me a very nice card this morning and 3 rose bushes, but nothing that played "Wipe Out". However, it is the thought that counts!

I had a no use gas day yesterday and the stock market finally went up on Friday, so $3 to add to the challenge.
Prev. total $22,958.00
today 3.00
new total $22,961.00

Now, I will go and dance to "wipe out"!!

45 years ago today

November 22nd, 2008 at 08:09 am

President Kennedy was killed. Most of you were not born, but if you were, you remember where you were when you heard the news. I was in college, but working full time as a cashier/bookkeeper at a restaurant across from the college. One of the cooks called the restaurant to tell us the terrible news. It was Nov. 22, 1963, the day before my birthday.

68 cents a pound

November 21st, 2008 at 12:43 pm

That is what I paid for a turkey today. I think that is a pretty good price. If I spend another $45 or more next week, I can get a free turkey. I don't cook turkey very often, as much as we like it. There is just two of us and it seems to last forever.
According to my advantage card, I saved $5 on groceries today, so I will add that to my challenge money.
Prev. total $22,953.00
today 5.00
new total $22,958.00

Filled up for $13

November 20th, 2008 at 11:24 am

I have not gotten gas in about 2 weeks. I am so happy to watch the prices fall. I was able to fill up, about 6 gallons of gas for a little over $13. (My car holds 18 gallons)It is under $2 a gallon here, but since I use premium, I paid $2.19 a gallon. I know this is really easing things for some people. I think I can lower my husband's allowance!! (He probably won't like that)

Stock market went up yesterday!

November 19th, 2008 at 08:40 am

Finally, the stock market went up yesterday for the first time in a while. I had a no use gas day and I walked a mile. all in all, that gives me $4 to add to my challenge money.
Prev. total $22,949.00
today 4.00
new total $22,953.00

Do you like spam?

November 18th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

I heard on the radio that spam is really selling now a days. The factory is working overtime to make the stuff and more and more spam is being sold.
Do you like spam? My husband does. He frys it in a pan and eats it with eggs for breakfast.
I wonder if spam has become more popular because of the economy?

Two beautiful dogs

November 17th, 2008 at 09:07 am

There were two beautiful dogs at my house when I got up this morning. I hoped they were not dropped off. They are both white, no collar, and looked like huskeys. One of them has blue eyes. It is getting so cold out now. I sure hope they can find their way back home because our shelter is full and will not take any more animals til some are adopted. We have a no kill shelter.
I played mah jong yesterday and won 3 times so I will add that to my challenge money.
Prev. total $22,946.00
today 3.00
new total $22,949.00

Dinner home last night.

November 16th, 2008 at 11:33 am

We eat out most Friday and Saturday nights unless we are invited to a party. Last night the weather was yucky, rainy, about to sleet and dh asked if we could stay home and eat. Luckily, I had gone grocery shopping yesterday, so I had food in the house. Even tho the weather was nasty, dh cooked burgers on the grill. He makes the best burger! He should open up a burger stand!!
Anyway, I know we saved at least $20 on the meal, so I will add it to the $20 challenge.
Prev. total $22,926.00
today 20.00
new total $22,946.00

This strange weather!

November 15th, 2008 at 01:32 pm

I have been trying all day to go grocery shopping but this weather is so strange. It will be bright and sunny one minute, then raining the next minute. So, I keep getting ready and then I have to wait cause it is raining again.
Tonight they are calling for snow? In the middle of Novmember?? In Georgia??
Anyway, I finally got my shopping done and according to my receipt, I saved $7 using my advantage card today, so i will add that to the $20 challenge.
Prev. total $22,919.00
today 7.00
new total $22,926.00

Debt cures

November 15th, 2008 at 07:48 am

That is the name of a book I saw being promoted when I turned on the tv this morning. It was on an infomercial on CNN. The author was selling it for $29.95. He says, it is not your fault if you are in debt. Buy my book and I will show you how you can reduce your debt immediately.
He was telling people that he could cut their debt in half with just a few phone calls. Pay off their mortgage in half the time.
Sorry, but anyone buying that book is only going to reduce one thing, the money in their wallet.

Interesting letter from Sears.

November 14th, 2008 at 11:21 am

Yesterday I recieved a letter from Sears. I just bought a new GE refrigerator to replace my old one cause the ice maker was leaking.
The letter thanked me for my purchase and went on to say that they took a poll about appliances. Apparently, people are more concerned about price than they are workmanship in appliances.

So, the owner went on to say, appliances are not made as well as they use to be.(My refrig cost the same as it did 12 years ago.)
He strongly urged that we buy a protection plan so that the refrigerator could be worked on and repaired for free instead of being replaced when it messes up.
I think it is funny that they are admitting that things are not made as well as they use to be.
Well, the market went up yesterday and I had a no use gas day, so I will add $3 to the $20 challenge.
Prev. total $22,916.00
today 3.00
new total $22,919.00

$29.29

November 13th, 2008 at 01:12 pm

That is the amount of interest I earned on my personal checking account. I have had a personal checking account for about 40 years and never earned any interest, so this is nice. I am keeping track of it and am going to use this as my "mad money" For example, I will use it to update my subscription to Money magazine and to Debt proof living. (use to be cheapskate monthly, a newsletter that I enjoy.)
I had 2 no use gas days this week, so I will add this to my challenge money.
prev. total $22,912.00
today 4.00
new total $22,916.00

Now, I have been poor!

November 12th, 2008 at 11:16 am

I had someone on another forum say they thought it was terrible for me to go to a "poor man's dinner" party. They said it sounded like a bunch of rich people getting together to make fun of poor people.
I think what the hosts of the party were thinking was that the economy has taken such a hit; everyone has lost money in stocks, mutual funds, roths, ira's, etc.
So we are all poorer these days, but we are NOT making fun of poor people.
Heck, I don't know anyone who has been poorer than me.

My father died before I turned 10 and his retirement check for serving 32 years in the army, ended. In stead my mother started getting a check from the VA (veteran's admin.) in the amount of $25 a month.
Imagine 3 people (myself, my mother and my older sister)living on $25 a month? That was for food, phone, electricity, heat, gasoline, insurance etc.

That is exactly what we did for over 2 years til my mother found a job. We barely had enough to eat. There was never any snack food or soda to drink.
At age 12, I got a job and worked full time during the summer and holidays and on weekends when I went to school.
My mother was never able to buy me anything. I bought my own clothes, shoes, school supplies , etc. ( I earned $3 for a 9 hour day)

I actually am glad that I had a rough childhood cause it taught me to be frugal at a young age and I just kept on being frugal. We have never earned the big bucks, but we have always been big savers. No, I will never make fun of someone being poor.

Happy veteran's day!

November 11th, 2008 at 09:30 am

I wish my father could have lived til I was older and could have asked him about his army experience. (I was not quite 10 when he died)
I know he was in both WWI and WWII. I think he had to lie about his age to join the army for WWI. That is ok, there were very few birth certificates back then.
I know he was in Germany and France during WWII. I am pretty sure he did something pretty secretive cause my mother was never allowed to know where he was or what he was doing.
All in all, he was in the service for over 30 years and retired a captain.