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Checking In

July 25th, 2013 at 01:19 pm

My paycheck is already in my acct. I went thru my spreadsheet for a quick review. Paid bills online and moved everything else into categories using the zero based budget!

Today, I'll go return some books to the library. In a weeks time I've listened to one good audiobook and read 4 books. Three other audiobooks that I got I didn't like. Maybe because of the narrator's voice.

The bank is on the way. I need to stop in to get cash and fill my envelopes. I will also get alot of ones for tips. We are headed to Disney on Sunday.

I'm in planning mode. Planning out what we will be eating and navigation thru the parks that we are going to attend. We will be there for 6 nights and 7 days. Arrival and departure days will be spent at the hotel with 5 days at the park. We have already started packing. I am excited!

When I get back from the trip I will be reviewing my budget and tweeking it a bit more. I hope my stepdad finishes my floors by then. It's tough not having carpet or tile and it just be concrete with dust. I like things looking nice and tidy!

Cheap Outfit

July 24th, 2013 at 11:03 am

Waiting really does payoff. I signed up for Fabkids.com awhile ago but never bought anything. I saw they had a promo where I could get 2 outfits for $20 and still passed it up. Today, they sent me an "invitation only" email for a free outfit and I only pay $4.95 shipping. I jumped on it! I think we will pair it with leggings under the skirt. Do you like it?

Menu Planning

July 15th, 2013 at 02:17 pm

I saw Scottish Girl post her menu and I thought I better get my butt in gear. Things flow easier when you have a plan.

I have 3 onions that I need to use.

Breakfasts - Oatmeal w/blueberries, cereal and toast w/jelly and fruit.

Snacks - Fruit, popcorn and nuts

Lunch - Soup, salads and sandwiches

Dinners -
Cucumber salad w/ quinoa
Beets w/lentil soup
Chili no meat
Egg plant and left overs
Summer squash w/onions
Left overs


July 15th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Right now I'm down to one book that I will finish this week.

I looked on Audible.com's website at the NY Times Bestseller audiobooks. Then requested every single one of them that I wanted from my library (all non fiction)! There were only two books that my library didn't have available cd that I got in print.

My commute to/from work is killer hence the audiobooks to keep me sane!

Have you read any books recently that you would recommend or just any in general that were good reads?

Spending Spree

July 11th, 2013 at 09:22 am

I've been spending lately but its budgeted money.

The ac went out in my car last Wednesday. I quickly drove it to the shop to have it looked at and that was $20. Brought the car back on Friday for the repairs and used a $50 coupon the bill was $1913.22. The ac compressor was replaced, drier, expansion valve, condensor assembly and they recharged the system with refrigerant. I used money in my car maintenance budget.

I started school shopping! I've bought everything for DD2 except for school supplies which I will get tomorrow after work!

Here's what I got..

The Children's Place using a 25% off coupon and free shipping.
-5 pr of jeggings
-10 tshirts
-2 skirts
-2 shrugs
-1 blue jean romper
-2 ballet flats
-1 sandals
-1 backpack

-4pr of Tom's shoes

She's stocked on socks and undies. Her clothes she had now with these clothes will last her a good while!

I bought DD1 2 pr of Tom's and I'd like to get her som Sperry's.
I've got a list of things she needs.
I hope to have things done sooner rather than later!

DD1's Recent Jobs

July 11th, 2013 at 05:47 am

The last week of June I mentioned that DD1 got a job walking the neighbors dog. She walked the dog for 7 days, an hour a day and got $20. The dogs are now staying with family members because the neighbors have their house up for sale.

We had another neighbor call last minute while they were out of town. A family member that they had watching their dog had to go out of town. My daughter kept that dog at our house from Sunday night to Wednesday afternoon (yesterday). The family will be back in town today and she will get paid. We do not know how much she will be paid.

Back to the neighbor that she was dog walking for. They are going out of town as asked DD1 last night if she could water their yard for a week and they would pay her $100. She jumped on it! Then she got a text msg later saying that comes with her keeping their bird and the ladies husband forgot to mention it. I told DD1 that I was okay with the bird staying with us.

I am very excited that she has got these 3 jobs within the past two weeks. We are learning as we go! When she is asked to do something she'll need to run it by me first then go back to the person with finer details and letting them know how much she will charge for the job instead of just accepting whatever the person is willing to pay.

I found out that a dog walker in our area makes $1 to $1.50 a minute and they normally only walk the dog for 30minutes because it is so hot outside. I would rather her run over to the persons house two-three times a day instead of the animal staying at my house.

I'm going sit down with her tonight and make some business cards on Vistaprint!

Taking Advantage of Free Food!

July 9th, 2013 at 10:42 am

Yesterday at the office I had a meeting catered and not everyone ate. The meeting was pretty intense I'm guessing! I ordered salads. I had one for lunch and brought some home for DD1 and I to have for dinner. DD2 is with her dad.

Today, we had our weekly catered lunch. Salmon, rice pilaf, mixed veggies, bread roll and there were two cake choices. Italian creme and German Chocolate! I had a small plate, not really hungry.

Job Offer

July 1st, 2013 at 08:17 am

On Friday I received an offer from the interview that I had last week. I told the HR lady where I was at pay wise before going on the interview.

What they offered me is 3% and I told her is that the best you guys can do and I was told yes. That the job is listed for $5K less than what I make but that they were will to go up for me. I will be at that in 6mths when I get my raise and I will have a full year to get all of my bonus verses if I jump ship. With the new company only being there 6mths, most likely won't get a full raise or bonus.

I really thought they'd offer more! Like 10! I'm not desperate or looking for a job. I was recommended by someone who worked with me at my current place of employment. Oh, and they aren't offering the flex schedule that I have come to love. Half day Fridays! Once you have that you are spoiled. I schedule my Dr appts, run errands, take a nap, etc!

I'm going to have to turn down the offer.