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Something borrowed, something free!

5 Aug

There’s been a lot happening over here at the same time that nothing’s been happening.  You know what I mean?  In a lot of ways, it’s the same thing day in and day out, but there’s just always something going on.

I’ve returned cans, I think, twice, since I saw you last.  The first time was a small haul–I just wanted them out of the garage, and I got 15 bucks.  The last time, last week, was bigger and I got 36.  I put the 15 in my wallet and squandered it on something frivolous, I’m sure and the $36 went into Addie’s savings.  We also had a yard sale a few weeks ago and made $156.  We went away for a weekend to a Lake and that was pretty much our gas and food money.  Man, Addie sure can put away some pancakes!


I’ve also been doing more massage jobs when they become available and you know how much I like me the random gig!  I did a sales pitch for a re-enactment tv show yesterday and took home a cool hundred…I think that will mostly go to debt.  Remember that time I played one of Tinkerbell’s friends at the premier of some new Tinkerbell movie? I applied glitter to three year olds and got paid $175.  I think that’s been my favorite random job.

Anyhoo, due to the extra work and all, I currently have $250.17 in one account and $56 in another.  So it’s a little like I never blew that 220 on tires! Woot!

The game is (sort of) back on!!!  I’m still horrible…I mean, rotten-awful….at not spending money on lunch or coffee.  It’s kind of ridiculous.

Oh! I also auditioned for the Pyramid game show coming back to GSN…and made it into the contestant pool! So you know, one of these days, I’ll win $25,000!!! Can’t wait for that little number! If you don’t know me that well, be informed: I’m a game-show whore and believe it’s my destiny to win a shit-ton of money.

 

(Is this show still on? I auditioned for this one…didn’t get on.)

Lastly, my friend Alex and I traded cookbooks and I think this is a great way to shake up the cooking and get some new recipes (free!) So borrow some cookbooks, y’all!  And more free….if you or someone you know is going to have a baby, have them go to http://www.uddercovers.com and enter Breastfeeding2012 in the code space at checkout and they can get a free breastfeeding cape.  Or pads…or, I think, carseat cover. I have no idea why these people give so much crap away, but they really do.  You just pay shipping.  I’ve gotten a sling AND a cape from them and they haven’t spammed me with other stuff or stolen money from my credit card.  Suspicious I am…but what the hell.  Free stuff!!!!

It’s like this one: 

Image   Go ahead! Let people think you’re a superhero who doesn’t know how to correctly wear a cape! Do it! For free!

 

Didn’t mean to blow that $220, but there you have it.

15 Jun

I’m not making eye-contact.  I know you know I’ve been avoiding you.  I’m sorry.  I just wasn’t ready to admit that the whole $220.28 I had saved was gone. 

But it is.

I woke up one day, got in the car with Addie to hit Babies R Us (I hate that place anyway) and realized my car was driving funny.  I’m not an expert on cars, but I’ve had this one for 8 years or so and seem to know when it just doesn’t feel right.  It kind of felt like I had a flat tire, actually.  So being the responsible driver I am, I pulled over and got out to have a gander.  It wasn’t a flat, but my front driver’s side tire looked pregnant and about to give birth any moment.  Awesome.  I didn’t even know it was screwing around.

 


(Actual car. She should have used protection. Especially if she was messing around with this guy….)

So I almost gladly scrapped the Babies R Us outing and hit the nearest tire store.  Addie doesn’t like going ANYWHERE, really, and the tire store was no exception.  Sometimes I wish people in line behind me would talk to her.  When she’s being afraid of people, she stops squirming and screaming.

Anyway…the gentleman behind the counter agreed that I needed a new tire and then quoted me for 4 new tires.  “How much for just one? One really cheap one?” 

Apparently, you aren’t supposed to get just 1. SO I got 2.  Any guesses on how much that adventure cost?  I won’t make you guess, I’ll just tell you:  $256.

Sweet.

I don’t know why, in the name of sweet baby Jesus, every time I seem to save something, the universe sends me some awesome event to bite my savings account square in the ass, but it does. 

So there you have it.

I DID, however, collect some more bottles and return them the other day for $15.46.  Didn’t save it, though.  Bought food.  And coffee.  And a lottery ticket. 

I’ve also listed some things on Ebay, so hopefully they’ll sell and we can get this freak show back on the road.

In the meantime, I hope you all are enjoying your Summer!  Clip those coupons for hot dogs! They’re all over the place!

Starbucks adds an addictive chemical to their coffee that makes you crave it fortnightly, smartass.

23 Mar

I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like because I’ll admit:  I’m not doing as well at this frugal deal as I’d like. 

I blame Starbucks.

My favorite movie in college was “So I Married an Axe Murderer.”  There’s a line where Mike Meyers (playing his own Scottish Dad) is talking about KFC and states they put an addictive chemical in their chicken that makes you crave it fortnightly…smartass.  And that’s about how I feel about Starbucks.  I’m sure you could argue that the chemical is caffeine.  But then, that’s not conspiracy enough for me.

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I got another couple of $3 checks in the mail for filling out online surveys. And I honestly have a garage full of bottles waiting to be returned.  I have no idea how much that will be.  $23?  $30?  Not more than 30, I’m sure.  I’ll bring them to the recycling center when my Mom is in town in two weeks.  I’m not bringing the baby to a recycling center.  And I can’t fit her AND the bottles in my car. 
Not been doing so hot at not spending money eating out to lunch, either.  Is it laziness?  Probably.  Laziness and a heaping side order of forgetfulness.  I leave my lunch at home a lot. 

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I haven’t touched the money I HAVE saved and that’s a pretty big deal for me.  I’ve gotten to this place before and then have had to take the money out to pay for….something.  Whatever.  Groceries, a bill…a new sweater.   So I’m budgeting a bit better than I was.

I need to celebrate the little victories.

High five.  (That’s Addie’s new trick of the week.)

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