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Archive for June, 2006

Another monthly update

June 23rd, 2006 at 06:27 pm

I haven't updated in a while, but I really haven't had much to add lately. I've been trying not to spend -- I've done so-so I guess. I've been doing much better with bringing my lunch to work (except for today). I did have a few additions to my challenge money. $27.00 net for my ebay sale, $2.00 that I saved at Walmart with coupons, $2.00 that I saved at CVS with coupons, and $2.99 for the Advil PM rebate that I just mailed off. That brings my June total to $101.99. The good news is that I've already met my goal for the month and there are still 7 days left. The bad news is that there are 7 days left in the month (I get paid monthly and some months seem really long). My DH and I just started the envelope system this month. I have to admit, I had no idea that it would help us this much. It has definitely taken some time to adjust, but I am happy with how it's going.

I did finall receive my payment from ebookdrop.com and the BofA bonus.

My outstanding items are: $4.49 Walgreens rebate, $2.99 Advil PM rebate.

20 minutes....

June 9th, 2006 at 05:12 pm

That's how much time is left on my eBay auction. It's up to $33.55. I was really hoping that it would get to at least $50. There are 10 people watching it, so maybe there will be a last minute bidding war. Smile

Yesterday, I signed up for Shopper's Advantage through MyPoints. I will get 200 points plus 2 $10 gift cards to Barnes & Noble. I never buy books from a bookstore (I usually get check out from the library or buy at the thrift store), but I have a good friend who does. She'll be getting these gift cards for her birthday next month. I love these trial memberships!!

I'm going to add that $20 to my challenge. New total for June $68.00.

Grand total so far: $229.68

June so far...

June 6th, 2006 at 05:59 pm

I thought June was going to be a slow month for me, but it's shaping up to be better than I thought. I used coupons at Bruno's Sunday for $3.00. I had a coupon at Target for a free $10 gift card with a new prescription, which I've already taken advantage of. I also transferred one of my prescriptions to Publix and received a $25 gift card. And, yesterday, I received one of the $10 gas rebates from AutoAdvantage. My total for the month so far is $48.

I've been doing some thinking about my Challenge money. I've been keeping it separate from all other money by putting it in a separate savings account. My banks makes it easy for me to make transfers to it whenever I need to. I've decided that since my DH and I already have an 'emergency fund' set up, I am going to use my challenge money to help pay off some debt. I'm still going to keep it separate, and then transfer it at the end of the month to checking. This way, it can be quantified easily and I can pay off some things sooner. I'm going to do it this way for 3 months and then re-evaluate my situation.

My outstanding items are: $1 from ebookdrop.com (???), $4.49 Walgreens rebate, $50.00 Bank of America bonus.

Second jobs

June 6th, 2006 at 05:51 pm

My DH has decided to pick up his side job again. I'm not sure how long he plans to do it, but I'm sure it will be until at least the end of the summer. Thankfully, this job brings in about an extra $1000 a month, so it will definitely help out. We are sharing a car now, which is a little bit of an inconvenience. He's going to use his extra money to pay cash for a car in a month or so. I'm so glad because now we won't have to worry about another car payment.

I also start my part time job tomorrow night at the church nursery. It will only bring in a little extra money, but I will add it to my challenge every month.