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$51.00 to fill my tank today

March 27th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Yikes! That was at $3.64. I was almost on "E"....my mileage counter said I had approx 30 miles to go until empty. I usually never let it go below 50 (when the reminder comes on) but I was visting my grandmother today and hopped on the freeway home. I was sure I could make it to my area to fill up but didn't want to take the chance I would run out on the freeway so I hopped off and found a station on my way home taking surface streets........how accurate are those things anyway? $3.64 wasn't too bad considering I have seen stations at $3.79. This should last me until at least next Saturday. I have been filling up on Sunday's but dd2 has a soccer game next Saturday on the other side of town....at least 25 to 30 miles each way will probably put a dent in it and force me to fill on Saturday instead.

A new way of doing things?

March 26th, 2011 at 03:30 am

DH came up with the brilliant idea. Have no idea where it came from....really out of the blue....but I am on board and willing to try.

He is wondering if we can "live" off of his paychecks and put one and at least part of mine totally to savings and get my vehicle paid off soon.

I think we can do it. But I think it will be harder for him. On his 4 days off in row (every other weekend) we tend to spend money like crazy. He is always wanting to go out and look around ect and we tend to eat out more.....truthfully...I think he gets bored and wants to get out of the house.

So we are going to try it....not exactly sure how yet....still working on budgeting and allocating....like how much to spend each week for eating out/entertainment, groceries each week ect.....I mentioned envelopes....at least for a few categories and pulling out a specified amount of cash each week for groceries.

We are hoping to sit down this weekend and work it all out so we can start this in April.

I will report back with the final verdict!

Big Payment!

March 21st, 2011 at 06:03 pm

Sent $1200 to the SUV loan. It cleared this morning so the new balance is $12,000.00....Yipee!

Updates....

March 18th, 2011 at 02:58 am

Ugh....I've been draggin these past couple of weeks....been super busy at work and with the time change and all I will be glad to see this Friday.

Financially things are back and forth....last Friday dh and I hit Costco...$257 later we left......Saturday we took a short road trip to vist dd1 at college...went to an Air/Space Museum but only got to see the Air part....Space part was closed due to a food and wine festival....it was nice though that the admission was discounted since part of it wasn't open but we sprung for the IMAX movie so all in all I am not sure it really saved us any money...had breakfast (just dh and I) and lunch out but used a BOGO coupon on both...for lunch dd and I just split the sandwich and shared the drink.....we are cheap like that Smile We also hit the college student store before we left.....dropped $85 on a couple of sweatshirts (50% off) a t-shirt for me, hat for dh and a couple of bumper stickers. Sunday dh and I went to a movie....had a free movie ticket (Regal rewards) and a coupon for $2 from the Entertainment book for the second ticket.....did spring for popcorn and a water though....absolutely cannot resist the popcorn.....I know.....bad, but oh so good Smile All in all, a very fun weekend alebeit a spendy one.

Work has been crazy busy these past few weeks.....we have been short staffed for various reasons....staff members kids sick...vacations....someone was moving....ect....ugh! I am just exhausted.

I am looking forward to this coming weekend....dd1 will be home from college for Spring Break....I am taking Monday and Tuesday off and am spending it with my girls....we will try to find some free or cheap stuff to do but mainly just spend time together.

My last paycheck was a 9 day one...I hate those...most are 11 days with a 10 or 12 day one thrown in there here and there....I am so glad dh gets paid every other Friday no matter what....mine are the 15th and the last business day of the month...either the 30th or 31st.

I have more to write but at this point I am just ready to sit down and relax...have a nice evening!

Gas prices.....

March 4th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Ugh! Saw a station today at $3.65 for regular! Yuck! I've seen prices anywhere from $3.37 up to the $3.65.....average is around the $3.50's.... Frown

Got it!

March 3rd, 2011 at 12:53 am

Federal tax refund was deposited on Tuesday the 1st....we weren't even expecting it until at least the 4th....that's ok by us.

Also, for some reason, thought the refund was $2000......turns out it was $2600! Woo Hoo! Over to the cruise fund it goes.