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Good Money News :)

September 20th, 2012 at 08:23 pm

This afternoon I went to the dentist for my second of two fillings. It went quickly, and when I went up front to pay, I got a nice surprise. I was fully expecting to pay upwards of $90. I was charged only $35! When I asked about it, I was told that I actually had a credit from my first filling. So .. I guess the new dental plan (which our school switched to this year) is pretty good for fillings. Smile

I moved the extra money from my Medical category to groceries and to car repayment. After the dentist, I went grocery shopping - I spent $38.xx. Some of what I got was stocking up type things - such as 3 cartons of Rice Dream (Enriched), which my other Walmart in big G had been completely out of last week - and 2 boxes of my after school snack granola bars, which for whatever odd reason were $.25 cheaper in small G's Walmart. I forgot to get more hummus (which I've been using in my salads this week - makes salad SO much more palatable!) and orange juice. I'm going to try to make what I have just last til next Friday.

I also did my first fill-up today for September - $3.65/gallon - total of $32.88 (not a full tank's worth ~8 gallons.)

I signed up for the Citi Forward Netflix deal. I had planned on cancelling Netflix at the end of September because I didn't think I'd use it enough to justify the expense in the next 6 months. But if I am getting it essentially for free ... well then it sure will be nice to still have available for when I need a break from studying. Plus, once my course is finished, it will equal roughly $51 extra to my savings (6 months @ $8.53.) Every little bit helps. (I noticed that their 5% rewards are geared towards restaurants - since I don't eat out very often, that probably won't be much use for me.)

**I just have to make sure I don't start ANY tv series on Netflix until my course is over. Movies are a one-time thing, tv series I have this obsessive need to watch episode after episode to see *everything* in as short a time as possible ...)

When I decided to *not* upgrade my iPhone 3GS, I moved the majority of the tech fund money to my car replacement fund. (I left enough to get a good case/cover for the iPad.) I also decided to up my ROTH savings to $200/mo, and reduce my Fun Money fund to $20/mo (for most months, except my birthday month. Big Grin )

I also realized today that even though my ed award money (which is paying for my 6 month course/iPad) is taxable income, I *may* qualify for the Hope tax credit (I think that's the one.) So .. it may not be such a big bite after all. Smile

Ok, off to watch more episodes of Ocean Girl. Big Grin (about 6 left I think)

5 Responses to “Good Money News :)”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    That IS all good news!
    I am happy that you'll be getting that iPad you've been wanting. Smile

  2. Momma and the boys living on budget Says:

    All good news! I can be a bit obsessive on the tv series on netflix as well.

  3. Monkey Mama Says:


  4. My English Castle Says:

    Lower dental costs make us all happy! Ours just paid for ALL of our last visit, which is a miracle. Do you recommend Ocean Girl?

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    MEC - I just finished watching the last episode. Awww!!! I really enjoyed it, but I don't know if everyone would. It's set in Australia off the Great Barrier Reef. It's very PG, almost G. Sci-Fi, but not really heavy on the Sci-Fi aspect, except maybe a bit in S3 and 4. I fell a little bit in love with Neri and Brett and Jason and Winston and Charlie. Smile I think it was aimed at teens and tweens mostly (there's a lot of episodes where the kids on board ORCA, the underwater living structure, do something to save the day.)

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