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Cleaned my room

August 19th, 2012 at 06:22 pm

It's pretty quiet now that we no longer have cable. We made it to the library and checked out some books and dvd's but I've found myself to be more active. I cleaned my room and now I'm thinking about decorating ideas. I'd like to put a picture over my bed and I need something along the blank wall but I'm not sure what. A nice walk way rug would be nice too. If you have any suggestions let me know.

Last week's shopping trips

August 19th, 2012 at 04:53 pm

Babies R Us
Paid $3.23 Saved $12.98
I will stick these in the box for Christmas gifts (for my niece and nephew)

Paid $47.27 Saved $23.24

Paid $14.38 Saved $38.71

Paid $1.55 Saved $25.47

Travel Costs (NYC & Fredricksburg, TX)

August 13th, 2012 at 10:49 am

One of my goals was to go with Daughter#1 to NYC. Turns out she went with family. This is really a win/win for me cheapeast trip I'll ever pay for. I gave her $100 spending money and my mom gave her $30. She's with my dad, sister and my 11yr old niece. She is having a blast. I am enjoying the Facebook pictures. This morning she was in China Town. I have been to NYC twice so my feelings are not hurt but my moms were. She has a meeting with the school district and couldn't make the trip. Spur of the moment this weekend I took my mom and Daughter#2 to Fredricksburg, TX. Total cost of trip was $271. That included hotel, gas, food and spending money. I got a few goodies (Circle E candle, bluebonnet seeds and a mix of milk chocolate, white chocolate and cinnamon pecans). We had a blast!

Shopping - Kohl's

August 10th, 2012 at 06:32 pm

Yankee Candle Reg Price $14.99 sale $5.99
Messenger Bag $29.99 sale $14.99
After using my $20 Kohl's Cash I paid $.90.
Forgot to use my $40 gift card to put that $.90 on.
Don't you hate when you do that?

Daughter #2 was excited I let her get a messenger bag.

The Yankee Candle is for my Mom for Xmas.

Grocery Shopping - Randalls Paid $11.40

August 9th, 2012 at 07:59 pm

Stocking up at Randalls. For 17 items I paid $11.40.
Saved $34.42.

Shopping - Target $5.19

August 9th, 2012 at 07:51 pm

Here is what I picked up at Target today.
For 19 items I paid $5.19. Saved $17.11

Grocery Shopping - Randalls

August 6th, 2012 at 08:19 pm

I had no money left in my eating out envelope so to the grocery store I went. Everything in the picture was marked down 50% off.

$30.14 spent and I received a $2 catalina.
I've got $28 of grocery money left for the week.

Child Support - Cash Settlement Completed

August 6th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Lawyers are expensive. I kept telling myself that it will pay off in the long run. I was able to recoup my lawyer fees with the cash settlement leaving me with $170.17.

Lawyer Fees $5438.33
Cash Settlement $5608.50
Total leftover $170.17

Details of the child support settlement:
-$5608.50 cash to me due 7/31/12
*Completed today!
-$5608.50 college account due 7/31/12
(dad is supposed to set up)
-$1500/mth child support payment due 8/1/12

One of the three has been completed.

Few Things I Did Today To Save Money

August 4th, 2012 at 07:33 pm

A few things I did today to save money.

1) Ordered a free 8x10 picture from Walgreens.
I used a picture that my daughter sent me of herself.
Turned it into a black and white. I'll put it in a pretty frame and use it as a birthday present for her for next month. She told me she thinks she looks like a model in the picture so I'm sure she'll love it!

2) Ordered a free card from Cardstore. The postage was even free! I set it up to be mailed to my Mother as a thank you for all she does. Apprecation goes a long way and so does a card in the mail!

3) Coke Rewards have been giving out free points daily. I'm not able to load them everyday because I get busy but I had enough to order a Powerade.

4) Ebates will be mailing me a $6.55 check on 8/10/12.

5) Placed my order for $5 gift card to Amazon with using my Swagbucks.


August 3rd, 2012 at 08:32 pm

Went to Kohl's for the 2nd time this week.
Made out like a bandit!
They had a huge clearance sale going on and I had a 20% coupon. Spent $156 saved $393. Got back $20 in Kohl's cash. Wonder why I didn't get $30 in Kohl's cash since you are supposed to get $10 for every $50 you spend. Any ideas?

All of the clothes are for me except the clothes on the far right, those are for my daughter.

FREE FOOD At Work Everyday!

August 2nd, 2012 at 12:12 pm

You might think I'm lucky that I don't have to pay any out of pocket but my problem is I'm gaining alot of weight. The company I work for provides free snacks/lunch food/sodas for all 35 Houston Employees.
Let me give you some examples of what is here..Hostess cupcakes, twinkies, chips, trail mix, nutrigrain bars, etc.
I normally will eat out on Monday (we have a food court near by. Tuesday we have a hot lunch delivered. Then we eat left overs the rest of the week or a sandwich and soup. Something like that. Another problem I am having is because I am the Secretary here my lunch usually gets interrupted. I would like some peace and quiet. My breaks lasts 30 minutes.
My new plan is going to be to eat out on Monday and have lunch in the breakroom with my favorite co worker. Tues-Thurs make a healthy plate then high tail it and go eat in a conference room by myself and read a book.
If anyone has some advice, I'd love to hear it!