Sunday, April 29, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Frugal deeds for the day: Wow - that was fast - we got one of our state tax refunds today. I called to find out if I could get a discount for our condo rental because the building is not under an "all in" insurance plan - too bad - we don't. I had fun shopping at Pier 1 with a coupon and discounted gift card - no additional monies out - may take a picture of the stuff tomorrow. Lots of grocery shopping - Aldi, Kroger and the Dollar Tree. We are stocked and should not be tempted to grocery shop. The cleaning service came out today (livingsocial coupon) - they did a great job :) So, to stay out of their way - I went to Barnes and Noble - read a magazine and picked up Bogo drinks. I listed two more items on Listia - and I purchased a shirt for my daughter - used all my points - but no shipping. Need to do some more arranging and cleaning - just in case we decide to sell the place this summer. I have started applying for jobs out of state - in states that my daughter wants to attend college. It will help to be in-state - and I think it would be a wash as far as cost of living. I am hoping by the sale of this house and downsizing - we can beef up her college fund even more and still be able to retire eventually :)
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Frugal deeds for the day: Mail call: Free sample of Gevalia coffee - yum and a rebate check. I am "off" tomorrow - and will be going to lunch - and maybe do a little bit of shopping with a friend. The lunch out will be a cheap, but healthy place. The maid service will be here (livingsocial deal) tomorrow while I am out. Hope I come back to a nice surprise! I need to plant some more seeds - I especially want to get the lavender into the soil - I love the stuff :)
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Mail call: I got a sample of Ojon hair serum - for the frizzies - just in time with this humid weather. I also got $7 in coupons from Crest - on dental floss, tooth paste, and tooth brush. I also want to downsize in case we decide to put the house up for sale this summer. A co-worker mentioned someone close to her needs a chest of drawers - we have one we can give up. Sent a picture - hope they take it. In a couple of week - our neighborhood is having a yardsale - can't wait to get rid of more stuff. Since my husband and daughter are in charge - I asked that they price stuff to "go" - not what they think it is worth. Nice to have $ in the pocket, but also nice to get rid of junque - hopefully a treasure to someone else.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Frugal and unfrugal deeds for the day: In my husband's haste, he overlooked my credit card bill. Called Customer Service and they took the $25 service charge off - and I paid proto out of my checking account - and they charged no additional fee to do that :) Imagine my surprise - no graveling, screaming, crying necessary. Other than that - I am going to find another piece of fabric to rip to shreds for my daughter's throw - my lunch project . . . and after my bath this evening - I will not drain the water. I will save it water the plants. The weather people have been predicting rain for the last X days - and so far, we have gotten not a drop. Oh, and our adoptive grandmother visited today just to hug us and chat - she is a very sweet lady.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Frugal deeds for the day: Happy Earth Day! My daughter and I each took an old moisturizer and exchanged for a brand new one from Origins. I also got back to trying to mindfully do my grocery shopping - and saved 50% at Publix. Now I am trying to get motivated to plant the rest of my free seeds. My lettuce is looking good. Also moved the cactus outside. My husband and I moved the bamboo framed sofa I "won" at the auction upstairs. I have several projects in mind . . . just need to find the time and motivation to do them.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Frugal deeds for the day: Today I looked through the catalogs in my mail stack. Wow - I checked the coupons in my latest Coldwater Creek catalog - and there was a $25 off any coupon in it and it expires at the end of the month. So, tomorrow, I will take my daughter in for tutoring and then head to Coldwater to see what kind of goody/goodies I can find for $25. Also, my daughter got a gift card for Barnes and Noble (not sure what the value is) for placing the highest in her school on the science exam. I sold another item on half.com and ebay today. More junque out - and a bit of money in to lessen the sting of gas prices - atleast. Last night, my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at a restaurant I got a $40 gift certificate for - for $10 out of my pocket. We also brought home a dessert (canoli) for my daughter. Added: I also redeemed my Rite Aid points for a fashion magazine subscription. Guilty indulgence for my daughter and I :)
Monday, April 16, 2012
Frugal deeds for the day: Got rid of another item on Listia today. HOST sent us a .30 dividend check. Got my Wal-mart giftcards with the ebay money. They are fast, and it will take a little sting out of gas budget. Worked a bit on my daughter's throw.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Frugal deeds for the day: Today, my husband did the grocery shopping and managed to use a $5 off $30 coupon. He helped me make potstickers and brown rice - because I made two batches of potstickers - one vegetarian and one for non. Oh, and I made a batch of macaroons with the egg whites we had leftover from the creme brulee that my daughter made. Next, I am going to shred up some fabric to crochet - although, I am in no hurry since my husband has driving duty this week and we will be eating lunch at home together. He is in town for training :) Nice to have him home. Last year for us to have driving duty as she will be able to drive on her own in a few short months. I have 1 item listed on ebay and 1 listed on Listia. But since I don't have to any estra driving duty this week - I hope to get some projects done - like fold up a mound of laundry, get my bedding plants planted, etc.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Frugal deeds for the day: I sold 3 out 4 items listed on ebay and the item I listed on Listia. Will be mailing everything out, plus our tax payment to the IRS on Friday even though we could wait until Tuesday - but who wants to stand in line forever? I see tax day offers this year - but they aren't as good as last year. First, the PF Chang 15% doesn't apply to happy hour not the 2 for meal :( Even though not a a tax deal, last year I got in on the free fondue from Melting Pot - all 25,000 certificates are gone :( Oh well, guess I need to cook a good meal at home. Had our free environmental lawn treatment today - although I did pay $19 on livingsocial or something. Lucky for me, my husband will be here over a week straight - and I hope he can get the kitchen cabinets finished so we can sell the house if we want to this summer.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Frugal deeds for the day: Mail was lovely - notification that condo rental check deposited. Got my Pier1 card with 20% off coupon - so, where's my $20 gift card - it is coming with my statement. I took my daughter for a tutoring session - and we had a BOGO Latte . . . and then to get some exercise in, I walked to Bath and Body Works to see if I could find a sheet set for my daughter. Found a set that was 25% off, used my $5 (expired - but in reality - they never do) coupon, the rest of my gift card and spent just under $5 additional out of my pocket. Listed another item on Listia. Lamented the stock market - that's all of the frugal/financial stuff I did today. (Other than brown bag and fight my temptation to eat dinner out :)
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Frugal deeds for the day: Today, I rebalanced my retirement funds and my husband gave me the okay to rebalance his too. I followed his advice earlier this year - but we went waaaay conservative. We are still conservative - but less so now. Nothing exciting in the mail :( and the stock market was a disappointment (except my fund transfers at todays prices - so hopefully, I am buying more shares). My husband promises to mail out any tax returns for refunds by Friday and the protest to the property tax assessment (means you have to face the assessor in person . . . uh, well worth it). Tax returns in which we have to pay will be postmarked the 16th or 17th . . .
Monday, April 2, 2012
Frugal deeds for the day: Mail was wonderful - I finally got my 2 free knives from Cuisinart for buying the pots and pan set over the holidays. I also got the organic soybeans I won on Listia to plant. I watered my plants and the bok choy are realling starting to show-out as are the basil. Picked up the rest of the auction stuff at lunch and my daughter unloaded them after school. I can believe it is already April - tax time is just around the corner. How can I tell - freebie deals for that day are showing up. Maggie Moos sent me an e-mail - a free scoop of yogurt ice cream on April 17th. I listed one item on Listia today. It is fun to get stuff I need for stuff I don't need. Next month is the community yardsale - I thought it was this month - sure hope we get rid of some junque.