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Spending, Updates, etc

October 27th, 2014 at 06:22 pm

I have done some spending this weekend (other than groceries and gas) -

1. I bought an iPhone 5S from Glyde for $348. It is listed as in excellent condition and should be here in a week. Once it is here and I can verify that it works well, then I'll be listing my current iPhone 4S on Glyde and see what I can get for it.

Then I can also fully switch to Ting and tell ATT goodbye forever!

2. I bought a year's membership to Sam's Club via a Living Social deal. $45 - you get the membership, a $20 gift card and 4 free food items (2 of which I'll probably let NE have since it's meat items) So the membership will really cost $25 for the year.

I can get cat litter there so much more cheaply, as well as some other food staples (rice milk, quinoa, lentils, etc.)

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I'm still going fairly strong with the no eating out challenge. Five weeks down, and on week six. Sunday I did stop at DQ with NE -- it was the last day they were open for the season and everything was half-price. So .. we splurged a bit as part of an actual outing date. (We don't have too many actual outing dates - most "dates" are stay at home.)

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I think I'm going to slow way down on Bubblews. It was taking way too much of my time ... and with the recent changes, it really isn't worth it anymore. In a few days I'll be able to redeem for another $55 payment. So, all in all I made around $300 something since June with it. Not too shabby.

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I'm debating if I really need a couch. I don't really spend anytime in my living room - all my time is either in my bedroom/computer area or kitchen. Even in NM when I had a couch and loveseat (the missions) I think I can count on two hands the number of times I sat on them or others sat on them - other than when I had company overnight and slept on the couch. If I need a sleeping couch, I've got something for that. (inflatable)

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On Saturday I walked 1.1 miles to my local library branch to pick up something that was on hold. The walk was great, except ... I decided to wear a brand new pair of tennis shoes (bought for $15 on sale a few months ago.) By the time I got to the library, one of my heels had developed a large blister and had that blister pop. The other heel had a small one do the same thing.

Thank goodness the librarian had band aids!

It's nice to know that I can easily walk to the library here. In NM I could walk to the PO, but I can't here. I'd much rather be able to walk to the library. Smile

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I start my belly dancing class on Wednesday night!! I am a little nervous about doing it in front of other people - in front of my mirror is one thing ... but I hope I'll have fun. Smile

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I'm getting seriously bored at work. There is a LOT of downtime. I just have to keep reminding myself that it pays decent and has really good benefits. Especially health insurance which starts on Nov 1!!

I'm considering trying to write a book or something on my downtime (between spurts of phone calls and people buying passes.) I haven't quite figured out what it would be about yet though. Maybe a fictionalized version of some of my family's story. It would be something to keep keep my brain busy at least. (and probably look better to be typing away at something on the computer rather than reading the newspaper or a book --- reading the newspaper - or at least scanning it, is actually one of my tasks .. I just extend it to thoroughly reading it.)

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3 months and one week til I get a pay raise and am eligible to take vacation and sick days. I can hardly wait!

8 Responses to “Spending, Updates, etc”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    You should join NaNoWriMo with me and CB! If you do it, I'll give you my one secret for success--plot out all the scenes/chapters in advance so you're not sitting in front of a blank screen wondering what should come next.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Does it cost anything to do NaNo WriMo?

    Your secret is a good one - that's how I always did my term papers - made the outline first, and then filled it in.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Nope, even though it's a group challenge, it's self-regulated and totally free to do. You don't even have to create a login at the website; you could just keep track of your word count. (The challenge is to write a 50,000-word novel in November.)

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I joined. Smile I've completed most of my outline already this morning. I'm going to send it to my mom and brother to see what might be missing - but am mostly going to write it from my perspective. I'm itching to start the actual writing ...

  5. snafu Says:

    If you don't use a sofa, don't need a sofa, why deal with the hassle and expense of shopping, finding a sofa whose colour and size works in the apartment plus working 'X' hours to pay for something useless? I could liken it to a colleague whose new house has a room the realtor named 'dining rm.' She spent months finding a dining rm suite whose dimensions and details met her criteria. I've not the nerve to tell her the pretty cupboard she bought for dinnerware yet to be bought is actually a French Secretary,' better for living rm or bedrm as a mini 'home office.' She bemoans constantly as its become a 'drop zone' for anything and everything. They have not yet used the dining rm for a meal!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's the way I'm leaning Snafu - just forget the couch. Even if I find one I like on the FB garage sale site, I'd have to figure out how to get it - maybe NE would be able to put it on top of his Subuaru wagon .. maybe not. Either way, it'd be a pain for something I wouldn't use much.

  7. Petunia 100 Says:

    Are you still searching for a librarian job? Don't give up, you worked long and hard for that degree. A job that pays your bills is great in the meantime, but pursue your dreams. Smile

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Hi Petunia - Not this year at least for the librarian job. I'm not really sure I want to go back into a school system - especially since it looks like NE is going to have to adopt Common Core after applying for a waiver from No Child Left Behind. I really don't want to have to mess with Common Core. Maybe if a really good situation opened up, I'd go for it. But as bored as I am with my job, I do like that when the day is done, I am done with it. Nothing to take home, nothing to plan, etc.

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