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Draggin!

May 28th, 2009 at 11:08 am

I was buoyed by my two payoffs, but am now back in draggin' land. Seems like the "I need" emergencies keep popping up like crazy with the end of the year festivities. Barely able to juggle and rob Peter to pay Paul. We are still eating in and the cupboard is getting a little bare. We are going to start reaching the freezer burn yum yums soon. June should be a little better as far as the money, but I think that and the "I need" emergencies pop up again!

Enjoying the new job as much as I can. I already got a raise and they have begged me to continue in the fall when the baby comes. I will tell them yes, as prospects of a "real job" are still extremely slim right now. I will tell them we will reassess at Christmastime.

DD1 is doing a German exchange student program. Our student comes in October. I am pleased to say, besides spending money, which she has saved for, all it will cost is the plane ticket. What a relief! We will start fundraising soon!

Keepin up weekend

May 22nd, 2009 at 11:04 pm

While my friend Ray is off on her lovely Mexican holiday, I am going to stay at home and catch up on well, lots of stuff! Smile I get a nice vacation this weekend. I am off from Fri to Wed!! And it is a paid vacation. My little family that I nanny for is off for a Florida vacation, so that makes a vacation for me! Today I checked a few of those pesky things off my list that have been staring at me. We had some really dusty air return vents. My daughters dresser needed a nice fresh coat of paint and the office, well, is a mess! I have a lot more cleaning and touch up painting to do, plus some organizing as well. But I am going to do it at a leisurely pace and hopefully spend some fun time with family and friends too!

Have a fun holiday weekend!

Another bill paid off!! :-)

May 19th, 2009 at 06:55 am

Wow! Two in one month! I paid off the brakes for the van. It was 90 days same as cash, so we are paid off before they can start charging us interest!
Can't wait till I can post about another victory!! SmileAmazing what having a little more money can do!

So MAD at HP!!!

May 18th, 2009 at 08:10 am

I don't know if you recall, but my MIL bought each of my girls a laptop last year. I was'nt thrilled, but its her dollar, so I let them have them. 2 of the 3 have already crashed/required fixing. The first lost its hard drive (after 3 months!!!!), I sent it in and it was repaired. The second had a crack in the screen, but we lived w/it for a while and used it anyway. When it was close to the warranty running out, I decided to send it in to have it fixed. Fixing the screen wasn't the problem, but they said I had a "liquid spill" in the unit and they could'nt fix the screen until they fixed the spill for $500. No way! So I said "Hey, send it back, we were using it, just could'nt see the screen." So back it came and guess what??? Turned it on and it would'nt work!! Called them up and they said the liquid spill caused it not to function any more. We could however, buy an extended warranty for $300 that would cover all the problems. Whaaa?? I had also been told that the unit was shot (less than a year old), but that I could go out and buy a new one, because that model was only $450 now (as opposed to the $700 new).
Long story long, I asked my brother to look at it and my older daughters one, because YES, the hard drive crashed AGAIN!!! (no longer in warranty). Anyway, he told me he could NOT find any signs of a spill and they had simple not reconnected ANYTHING inside the laptop before they sent it back. Gee, no WONDER it didn't work anymore!! He reconnected everything (drivers, WiFi, antenna, etc) and it came on just fine, you just can't see because of the screen. My brother has offered to fix it if I buy the parts (keyboard had some broken keys and the screen), so I am going to go surfing for some hardware. Not sure what I will do about DD2's.
Thanks for letting me rant. I am exercising my right to blast the scammers on my blog!!!

My Pantry has proved to be delicious

May 12th, 2009 at 08:22 am

Since we are at about $0 in the account, we have been eating from our pantry, freezer. I sure like that DH has been cooking since he has been working from home. I scrounge and he cooks! Hamburgers last night, chicken tonight. Wonder what I will find for tomorrow night??

Keep a tight reign on the budget

May 11th, 2009 at 10:42 am

Mothers Day was nice, even without the high cost! I gave my mom a nice card, DH gave his flowers and candy. Time spent together was the best gift of all!
Love that DD1 gave me a whole bag of Reeses Peanut Butter cups! I am guarding them with my life from DD3!!! DD2 sewed me a cute elephant and gave me flowers and DD3 gave me a candle and some "coupons". The hub gave a box of chocolates and took us to Bread Co for lunch/dinner (had a GC)!
Redeemed my Mypoints for a $25 Red Lobster GC to use for DH for Fathers Day. Searching Craigslist for a golf push cart that rolls your clubs for you. Probably give him that and some GCs. Gotta plan ahead!

A No Spend Day!!

May 5th, 2009 at 07:00 am

That is it really. I had a NSD yesterday. Today I am going to take the little ones swimming. Dinner is planned, so another NSD looks to be in the works! Smile

Why are people so gullible??

May 1st, 2009 at 07:18 am

I recently was watching an infommercial on the "In-Styler" hair tool. It allows you to straighten your hair, while curling your hair? Anyway, I thought it looked neat and with three girls, we do experiment occasionally with different hair "gadgets". The price was reasonable, $14.99 + shipping, but I am too cheap to really get it. But then I thought about my PayPal account which has some money just sitting in it. Perhaps I could find this cheaper on ebay? So off to ebay I went. Here is where the gullible part comes in, these things were going on ebay for $60+ dollars!!! Holy cow people! Go to In Styler.com and get it for $14.99!! Geeze! So now I am thinking, the infommercial offers 2 for $14.99. Perhaps I will purchase this and sell the other one on ebay and make my money back, plus some. I am just amazed that people do not research before they buy!