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Consignment Books and Coupons

January 31st, 2014 at 05:13 pm

I was planning on staying home today. I have laundry to do, some work for the week to finish up, and I want to list some things on Craigslist. I thought if I did go out, it would be to the used bookstore to drop off some books for store credit. But Dads called so I went out with him, and grabbed a $20 on my way out the door. I'm not letting myself use my debit card for "fun" money anymore.

Afterward Dads and I had lunch, I stopped by a consignment shop and dropped off a painting. The man who owns the shop agreed to take it for me and priced it at $30, of which if it sells I'll get $20 back. Yay! I also bought two books there; one for myself and another one that is a rare one I can resell online for anywhere from $20 - $50. Total for the 2 books: $5

All was going good, until I stopped to put gas in the car and put more air in my always-low tired. I get my check next week, and I need an oil change, so I was planning in getting the tired checked then. But when I put air in it, the valve started to snap off in my hand. So I detoured back to the mechanic to have him replace the valve. Usually they're only a couple bucks. But my car has the fancy one's with the sensor's on them and it cost me $154.87! Ugh! After it was fixed, I found out I don't HAVE to have the ones with the sensors installed. Next time I'll just go with the cheap $5 one instead.

Earlier in the day, I had decided that since I was going out, I'm stop at Walgreen's. I needed to pick up moisturizer for my skin, and I had a coupon for one that is also a concealer. The coupon expired in two days, and Walgreen's was having a sale, so it was good timing. I stopped there on the way home, and picked that up, along with some snacks for the house (bad, bad decision). Good news was that I also had enough points on my Walgreen's card to get a $5 coupon off my purchase. I spent $13.45 at Walgreen's.
The $1.55 I have left over will go into my savings jar Smile

So even though I had to spend $155 on my car, I was able to keep my "fun" money to under $20. Yay!

2014 Car Costs: $154.87

52 Week Money Saving Challenge

January 28th, 2014 at 10:11 am

I found this on Pinterest, and I love the idea of it. I don't think I'll be able to keep up with it, since the later in the year it gets to be, the larger amount you end up having to save each month, and I'm stretched pretty think already. But I can started it and I wanted to share it. I may just repeat month one over and over again, which works out to $10 a month. We'll see.

Since I started it the first week of January, I've already completed weeks 1-4. Which means I've got $10 added into my Savings.

Old Savings Balance: $21
Added: $10
New Savings Balance: $31

Spare Change

January 28th, 2014 at 10:02 am

At the beginning of the year (and any other time I think I have enough to do so) I love rolling up my spare change and cashing it in at the bank. I'm not an organized or neat person, but something about the sorting of pennies, dimes, nickles, and quarters, then counting them out and rolling them up relaxes me. maybe it's because I know I'm getting "real" money back when I'm done.

At any rate, I just finished rolling up all the change in my piggy bank that I had thrown in there last year. I came out with $15 in quarters (they were nice enough at the bank to let me give them $5 in loose quarters), $5 in dimes and $1 in pennies. I was short 3 nickles, damn it, lol

But that still gave me a nice start to my savings: $21

Old Saving Balance: $0
Added: $21
New Saving Balance: $21