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Kroger $10.74

February 27th, 2013 at 09:19 am

I stopped by Kroger yesterday on my way home to pick up allergy meds and got the following 15 items for $10.74.

-(2) Orville popcorn w/Redbox code .56 -.50mfc=.06/ea
- Bounty paper towel 1.00-.25mfc=.75
- Progress soup .48
- Bush beans .21
- Kroger beans .29
- Kroger kleenex .49
- Jiffy cornbread mix .29
- Canned cranberry .22
- Deodorant .34-.50mfc= +.16
-(2) Luna bars 1.00/ea-FREE catalina=FREE
-(2) Beef (grassfed) $3.59/ea
- M&M's peanut butter .77

Total $10.74

I used $3.75 in coupons. Regular price for the meat was $5/ea so not a bad deal.

Mail Order Perscriptions

February 26th, 2013 at 10:58 am

I received an order yesterday in the mail.
It is $235.61 and due in 10 days.
After talking to the perscription call center I am not able to return the perscriptions (even though unopened) and I am responsible for the bill.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get out of this? I wasn't expecting to pay that much and frankly, I just want to send everything back and be done.

Randalls $.76

February 26th, 2013 at 08:15 am

I stopped by Randalls on my way home last night and picked up the following items.

Interview/Mortgage/Tree Update

February 25th, 2013 at 01:27 pm

I heard back on my interview that I had last week. My salary is about $10K more than they are willing to pay for an admin position. The HR lady said that they will keep me in mind on other positions that would be a better fit.

This is still great news because while I was interviewing with the two VP's seperately they both thought that I would be better suited for a scheduling position (scheduling natural gas). The hiring VP told me that they had 3 scheduler positions open. So since they were the ones to reach out to me I will sit tight.

Since the begining of the year I've dropped my mortgage down from $110,207.95 to $108,579.95. That's pretty good progress for two months! The thing that irritates me is that when I make and additional payment towards the principle it gets applied toward the blanace and they keep extending my payment due month. I have to call and have them issue a credit back and apply it properly. It's an ordeal! I definately have to stay on top of it.

I bought a tree yesterday! One of my goals was to purchase 2 fruit trees for my back yard. I was aiming for two trees at $20/each. Instead I ended up getting one tree for $42. My daughters have been eating alot of "Cuties" lately so I bought a Clementine tree. It should start producing fruit in October!

Other than that I am trying to plan things out that we will do on Spring Break and look into a new cellphone plan for my daughter. Right now I pay $45/mth but I saw something over the weekend and I'm hoping to get it down to $19/mth.

Interview Today!

February 21st, 2013 at 09:57 am

I'm pretty excited that I have an interview today.

Yesterday I received an email from an HR lady that works for a company that I used to work for prior to where I am now.

One of the VP's that I support recently moved over to that company a few months ago and now she is seeking me out to see if I would have any interest in supporting her and her group along with another VP and his group. I am very flattered that she thinks highly of me and my work to go this extra mile to try to bring me aboard.

Since I have worked at this company before I am familiar with their processes and culture. Last night I was playing out the pro's and con's but I will have more after the interview today.

Menu for the week 2/11/13

February 11th, 2013 at 10:54 am

Monday-Pork stirfry and rice

Tuesday-Jason's Deli salads (free using Jason's Deli Dollars)

Wednesday-Steak, baked potatoes, chocolate covered strawberries and heart shaped cookie cake


Friday-Grilled cheese and soup

Snacks-cutie oranges, bananas, celery w/laughing cow, cheese sticks, yogurt

Making moves on my goals

February 9th, 2013 at 04:24 pm

Today I made some moves as in moving money out of my checking account. That large sum was making me nervous I didn't want to stick my hand in the cookie jar and blow it!

Here is where it went.

Property taxes $3082
Christmas $283
Vacation $1100
Flooring labor $2000
Sponsor Son $342

I've fully funded my Property Taxes $3700.
I've fully funded my Christmas Account $400.
I've fully funded my Vacation Fund $1400.
I've fully funded my Flooring Labor $2000.
I've paid my yearly dues for my Sponsor Son $476.

Yesterday I bought 5 rose bushes for my yard.

I sent $860 from yesterdays paycheck to pay down the principle for my mortgage(2).

I am making headway with my goals for the year.

Income Tax

February 3rd, 2013 at 05:08 pm

I was so surprised at how fast the money was in my account just days after I filed. I use TurboTax and absolutely love it!!
My withholding allowance that I select is 5.
My return was $3336.

Something that was different for me this year is I did not get a child tax credit for my 17 year old and that is because she is 17Smile

Right now I am parking this $3336 and I will also park the $4500 child support and wait until March when I get my bonus and then decide how the money will be used. I find it best for me to give alot of thought and play out scenerios before making a move.

Child Support Court Update

February 3rd, 2013 at 04:58 pm

I had court last week regarding back due child support.

No punishment was given which I thought there would be. Instead another payment plan was offered and we have to go back to court every two months to make sure that my ex is making progress.

My lawyer was able to get him to run to the bank to get a cashiers check for $4500. I mailed the check off so that he would get credit for it.

(1)He is to pay me the $200 it took to file by EOM February.

(2)Pay my lawyer $1500 in $200 increments starting 2/15 until paid in full.

(3)Pay the remaining child support owed $1913 in $300 increments starting 2/15 until paid in full.

(4)Set up college fund in the amt of $5608.50 due EOM April.

February's payment is due. I am glad that we went to court and that I stay on top of this.

Books Read -January

February 3rd, 2013 at 04:44 pm

I've read (3) books this month that I checked out from the library. It felt like I read more.

-The Bag Book by Vivki Lansky
-Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards
-You Are Made for More by Lisa Osteen Comes

Weekly Menu

February 3rd, 2013 at 04:37 pm

DD1&DD2 will eat bfast and lunch at school.
I will have a shake w/banana for bfast.
Fruit, veggies, cheese sticks for snacks.
My job provides food for employees so I will have lunch there.

M-crockpot chicken, rice, carrots and green beans
T-chicken chili w/saltine crackers
W-chicken soup w/grilled cheese sandwiches
F-tacos w/rice and beans
Dessert - jello and banana bread w/cool whip

Groceries $75 for 2wks

February 3rd, 2013 at 02:44 pm

I have a $75 grocery budget to last me for 2 weeks. I spent $73.49 for the items below.

All of these canned items were in the reduced for sale section. Some of the cans are dented.
-canned pumpkin
- (2)beets
-(4)green beans
-reduced for sale milk
Total $6.72 for 10 items

-(2)jello 4pks
-(2)peanut butter
-veggie tray
-whole chicken
-(2)hot dogs
-turkey sausage
-(2)ground turkey
-(4)shaving gel
-(2)laundry detergent
-dishwasher tabs
-salad dressing
-tater tots
-toilet paper
Total $63.60 for 41 items

*not pictured $3.17 spent on card and gift wrap