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Cost of Living Raise, etc

September 2nd, 2015 at 06:45 pm

Today I got to see what my new salary is with the recent cost of living raise (2.25%). With it, I now make about $.20/hour more than I did before I was downsized from my oil and gas job in 2009.

After work today I went to Target and to HyVee (a grocery store here.) When I submitted my Walmart receipt to the Savings Catcher, it gave me money back for the cat food - saying that they found it at HyVee for $2 cheaper.

Yeah ... it was a different kind. Smile Same brand (Purina) but not Purina One Beyond. I still did buy two bags of it from HyVee because it was $.50 cheaper than Walmart (plus my $2 coupons of course.)

At Target I found the canned food (after asking for help from a store person) which was $.08 cheaper than the local grocery store - had a coupon Buy 8 get 2 free. I only used one coupon. I might go back and use my other 3. (I give Kari one can a week - her Sabbath treat.) I also bought a 3rd bag of her food ($2 coupon only usable in Target.)

I now have $12.50 in Ibotta rebates, $4.87 in Walmart Savings Catcher, and about $4 in other savings apps.
I can cash in the Ibotta anytime, but I think I'll wait til I get closer to the end of the month in case I decide to do any other rebates.

I am SO set on cat food right now it's ridiculous. I always buy the 3lb bags even though they probably aren't the best value money wise, but they also don't go stale before Kari gets through a bag. (I keep it in a plastic container .. but still, I think by the time we get to the bottom of it, it's starting to get stale.)

On my way home I almost stopped at Taco Bell. In fact, I did. But after waiting 6 minutes and still not being at the order board ... I decided to just go home. For the best.

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With SBs giving out the monthly bonuses early today, I have over 3200 SBs! I'm going to wait til the 14th to cash out so I can use my 50SB rebate.

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I'm not sure what is going to happen with my mom's planned trip out here. Brother told me yesterday he'd reimburse me for the hotel if I really can't get it refunded. (It can't be. It was prepaid.) So if mom ends up not coming out here, I'll still have a paid for hotel room here. Hmm ... maybe go and stay there anyway with NE for one night, and/or by myself for the other nights (at least Friday and Saturday.)

I hope we get this figured out soon because mom's supposed to be coming on the 17th!!

Brother says he doesn't want to nail down another date until "he doesn't feel like he's being manipulated." I'm tempted tell him that I already have plans for October and November, and so would rather not change the September plans. If he wants to come out and visit some other time, great, if not, that's up to him. But I can't keep my plans in limbo until he "feels not manipulated" :roll eyes:

Sorry for the venting. Just feeling so frustrated by this situation. I kind of wish he'd never suggested the idea in the first place .. back in February???

6 Responses to “Cost of Living Raise, etc”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Good for you getting out of the Taco Bell line!

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Your brother was the one who couldn't speak to you because he was too busy and now you've organised things and he's unhappy? I'd keep the plans still and simply say that October and November don't work for you, nothing to do with manipulation or dramatics. I'm sorry to hear you're being put through this.

  3. Carol Says:

    I know you'd like to see your brother too; but couldn't you just have a visit with your mom? It might be like two treats if he came at a different time.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    MEC - One good thing I did yesterday. Smile
    VS - Pretty much. He's mainly upset because mom went ahead and bought the tickets even though we hadn't 100% nailed down the dates as official. Thanks.

    Carol - I'd be fine with that. It's just that the whole point of all the shenanigans the last 7! months has been for all 3 of us to get together. The last time that happened was in 2011 when I graduated with my Masters.

  5. starfishy Says:

    yes, congrats on leaving the taco bell line - that's an accomplishment!! Smile what field is your masters degree?

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Starfishy - It's in Library Science with an emphasis on School Library.

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