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RetroPay, Grocery budget, Napa fires, etc

October 14th, 2017 at 08:06 pm

Hi all.

So on Thursday I got my Retropay - minus the OT hours (next check) and it was $768.xx. After taxes and retirement, it was about $576 extra. Not too shabby.

1/2 of it will go to our general budget and 1/2 will go to my fun money.

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I bought two clothing items from Grayson for $27. I'm disappointed in them, but it'd cost nearly $10 just to ship them back. So ... I'm thinking of just keeping them and making them work. One reason I don't like buying clothes online!

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I hadn't updated our budget for awhile, but finally got around to it yesterday. I was surprised to see we'd only gone through 1/3rd of our budget.

Of course I need to go grocery shopping tonight .. so we'll see what happens.

I decided to sign up for the clean food dirty girl meal plans - $20/month. I've kind of been backsliding on my eating and think part of it is due to boredom. So I'm hoping that having meal plans set out for me will alleviate some of that. We'll see.

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As some of you may remember, my brother lives in Napa. So far he has luckily not had to evacuate, but he's assured me he has his car packed and ready.

So sad about all those places destroyed and lives lost. Redwood Adventist Academy (one of my church's highschools) was completely destroyed.

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I'm planning on going to see The Princess Bride on Sunday at our downtown theater. 30 year anniversary showing. It's also showing on Wednesday at certain theaters across the USA.

After that we'll probably be going out to eat at Golden Corral again - Groupon deal 2 meals for $19. (all you can eat Prime Rib ... yuck.) I'll be loading up on fruit and veggies. Smile

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We're making slow progress removing the brush pile that our errant fence guy created. Probably two more truck loads to go.

I have the feeling the fence will not be put up til next spring ... Hopefully all the wood we have will make it through the winter (for the fence.)

What a fiasco.

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DH fixed the warm air blower machine. I thought it was dead and we'd have to get another one. But Thursday night he took off the shield and futzed with it for 5 or 6 minutes, and Voila! it was working again. Smile $30 not spent!

I've put on the electric blankets and our wedding quilt. It was very welcome Thursday night, but last night it was too much.

Haven't turned the heat on yet though. Smile

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I'm going to Aldi tonight to see if they have the $50 HP wireless printer. Our printer stopped printing 6 or 7 months ago, and there have been multiple times we wished it was working.

Goodwill Score

October 7th, 2017 at 01:23 am

I've been needing a new pair of jeans for awhile ... ones that aren't about to drop and give a show. Smile

So Thursday I shopped at Aldi's and picked up a pair of large yoga pants - got them home and they fit!!

This gave me the courage to stop at Goodwill today and see if just possibly I could fit into size 14 jeans. The jeans I've been wearing are size 20 ...

I found ONE pair of size 14 jeans and picked out 3 pairs of size 16. I ended up only trying on one pair - the size 14 jeans! They fit!!!!!

Not only did they fit, but they are Gloria Vanderbelt brand - so a pretty good quality brand and in REALLY good shape. ($7!)

I really needed this because the scale isn't showing any real progress lately ....

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I'm planning on going to see The Mountain Between Us on Saturday night (moviepass!) Then on Sunday I'm going out with a group of ladies collecting money for a place called Fresh Start here. Should get in a lot of walking!

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DH almost bought a Toyota Tacoma yesterday for $4500. He has $3100 in his car fund - said he'd take the balance from his fun money.

I wish we could put more away for the car funds - but taking $1k off the top each month for the ROTH's really spreads the rest thin.

There's so many things to save for. So many places for money to go. It sometimes seems as though there's never enough. Sigh.

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Our bathtub faucet has been leaking since we moved in, but has gotten worse the past few months. DH had a plumber come out on Thursday and replaced the 30+ year old knob. Problem solved! $114 - and hopefully our water bill will be reduced ...