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Focus Loan

May 23rd, 2013 at 07:32 pm

Another $500 to the Focus loan...that takes us down to $3475.00.

It's exciting to think next month we will be under 3K!

It's looking good to have this paid off in December Smile

New Storage

May 21st, 2013 at 03:19 pm

Here are some pic's of our new storage racks.







DH found a place called Safe Racks and we had them out a few weeks ago to install.

I have to say, it was expensive...about $1000.

But it is so nice to have that stuff up and out of the way. I finally have the closet back in our 4th bedroom...it is nice to be able to open the doors and not have stuff fall out on me. It mainly now holds my scrapbooking supplies and my wrapping paper/gift bags. I can actually get to the stuff without having to pull almost everything out and then put it all back.

It is mainly for large items, such as our luggage, tote along chairs, 1 bin of fall decorations, and a few storage bins of memorabilia from before kids (old albums, yearbooks, letters).

We actually have quite a bit of nice storage in the house...meaning drawers and cupboards...but for things like luggage and such, as you know, those take up alot of space in closets.

Not that we will get our money back or anything, but I think extra storage is attractive when you go to sell your house. Hopefully it will be a nice "extra".

Such a perfect weekend....

May 12th, 2013 at 08:26 pm

I really don't want it to end!

Friday night, DD2 and I went to see The Great Gatsby, for free since most of you know that DD2 works at the theater. It was a pretty good movie, and free makes it even better. DH got me some beautiful tulips for Mother's Day.

Saturday, DD2 and I went to grab a hold from the library, grabbed coffee (BOGO) and then my sweet girl treated me to a pedicure. It was so nice! DH and I headed out for dinner and a treat at Baskin Robbins after. DD2 came home for a quick overnight visit as she was in town for a volunteer event that she had to do. She walked in with tulips for me. Now I have 2 lovely vases to enjoy all week.

Sunday, DH made french toast for breakfast and I popped over to see my mom and took her some flowers and her favorite coffee drink. We got pizza for an early dinner before DD1 headed back to college. Unfortunately, DD2 had to work from 11 to 8, so I was missing her today.

The weather on Friday and Saturday was sunny and WARM....in the high 80's. So very unusual for our neck of the woods this time of year. No complaints though! Sunday was cloudy and humid...again very unusual as we do not get a lot of humidity here. It did rain a bit, but it is not cold. Next week the forecast is for clouds and maybe some rain and definately cooler weather. That's ok though, that is why it is so green around here Smile

All in all, it was a bit of a spendy weekend (more than usual for us) and I felt very spoiled and pampered.

Next week it is back to business though! Smile

Hope everyone had a very nice weekend!

Under 4K!

May 8th, 2013 at 08:15 am

On the Focus loan...barely...but still under at $3975.00. It's so great to see that balance go down! We continue to pay $500 a month and that means it will be paid off in December as planned. It also means that this loan will have been paid off in under 2 years.

We are also just under $125K on the mortgage too!

Love seeing the numbers go DOWN Smile

A little extra to the mortgage

May 2nd, 2013 at 06:46 pm

I added an extra $39 principal to the mortgage payment today....total paid...$950.00

I had our travel agent charge 1/2 of the remaining balance due on our upcoming vacation...the rest will be due on June 7th.

We have been having unusually gorgeous weather around here! Last week was sunny and in the 70's....had a couple of days of gray/light rain...and yesterday started back with the gorgeous weather again....it may hit the mid 80's this weekend! So nice after a very wet Spring last year.

Another $25 rebate

May 1st, 2013 at 08:22 am

Towards the mortgage principal. This is the 2nd rebate we have earned!

It's funny, because we have never been "big" credit card users. This is mainly the result of Christmas spending and pre-paying our July vacation. We also have our Dish bill on there. Any time we do want to use credit, we are using that card, rather than the Capital One. We also pay it off every month.

Might as well get something out of it!