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August 26th, 2013 at 08:02 pm

Electric and gas were down....water/sewer UP! By about $40.

DH has been doing LOTS of watering. He has been having to water his flowers every night. He has the sprinkler come on in the wee hours of the morning almost every day.

Will be glad for some cooler weather.

Also, with DD2 leaving 9/25/2013, I imagine water will go down even more. Not as many showers or laundry.

But that kind of makes me sad..that means we will officially be empty nesters Frown

Focus loan

August 16th, 2013 at 07:58 am

Sent $1000 to the Focus Loan yesterday...that brings us to under $1500!

Unexpected cash gift from my mom :)

August 14th, 2013 at 07:00 pm

That's right! I got home on Tuesday from work and there was an envelope that had come in the mail from my mom...it's funny...she only lives 1 mile from us....lol

DH didn't open and when I did, to my surprise was a check for $500!

I called to thank her and asked why...she just said because....she also gave my sister the same.

I think she is just wanted to thank us for being such good daughters to her and our dad....we are currently estranged from my brother and his wife (about a year now) and I think she just wanted to do something totally unexpected and surprise us. She also gave DH and I $100 before we went to Kauai.

For now, I just put it in the savings account.

What a lovely blessing!

Got my freebie....

August 8th, 2013 at 08:46 pm

Popped by Bath and Body Works on my way home and got my travel size signature item...actually...it's not for me. It will be a great stocking stuffer for Christmas.

I have another one that I will redeem tomorrow.

The sales clerk said there were a lot of people coming in to get their freebie as it expired today.

I am glad I stopped in...last time I let my coupon expire.


August 6th, 2013 at 08:38 pm

We were at Target last night getting some dorm room essentials for DD2. DH said he needed socks. The pack we bought came with a $5 gift card.

I also have 2 coupons for travel size items at Bath and Body Works. One expires on the 8th, so I need to make time to pop in there and grab something.

I am sitting on over 7000 my points, but can't decide what to do with them.

I also have enough points to redeem through Shop Kick, small gift cards to Starbucks, Target, or Redbox. For now, I am just going to hang onto them.

Vacation pics

August 3rd, 2013 at 06:51 pm

If anyone is interested Smile

Kauai Beach Resort

Waimea Canyon

Spouting Horn

Lydgate State Beach

Cute little turtle

Focus Loan

August 2nd, 2013 at 03:36 pm

is now under $2500!

Things are looking good to have this paid off in December as planned!

Back from vacation

August 1st, 2013 at 10:36 pm

We are back from Kauai! Will try to post some pictures tomorrow.

We had a wonderful (but a bit spendy) time. We had reserved a compact car, but DH really wanted to get a convertible...sigh...men and their cars. I have to admit it was fun, but not so much when I stupidly failed to put sunscreen on the first morning...at least it was only my shoulders and the upper part of my neck that got burned. Now I just feel like a lizard! Peeling and itchy....yuck.

Most of the vacation was prepaid, but we still had a few expenses. Gas was at $4.50 to $4.60 per gallon, and food (if you have ever been to Hawaii) is very expensive.

Flossie stayed out of Kauai for the most part (just a bit of rain and wind on Tuesday am) and then it cleared up. It was very hot and humid the entire time we were there. The big island and Maui got hit pretty hard from what we heard.

Anyway, July was a super spendy month and we will try to make August a low spend month, with the exception of DH's birthday and a family get together to celebrate DH's b-day, his sister's DH, and our great newphew (who both had July b-days).

Other than that, it will be sticking to regular bills, and gas and groceries.