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Our Christmas Gift 2016 and 2017, etc

December 2nd, 2016 at 07:32 pm

DH and I had our December budget meeting Thursday night. I d smhing pretty cool to discuss with him.

The rewards points for the Chase Freedom account had finally hit - and I redeemed for $182!

As we'd discussed before, all credit card cash rewards would be pt towards debt. So I added the 182 to the 300 already allocated for December.

The exciting news was that due to DH making a bit extra in November, we had a little extra play money to decide on. The balance left on the medical (no interest) debt and the balance in our repayment category was just over $200!

So ... DH and I agreed to use the bit of extra to completely fill up the debt repayment category - as our Christmas gift to each other.

Then, in January we;re going to focus on our 2017 gift - paying off the student loans!

I plan on using CC bonuses to help with that (which is why the money is just sitting for now. Ready for action.)

We really could pay them off more quickly if we cut back on some things .. but I'm okay with a year from now. Smile

I had to call CVS again today - my new card hadn;t arrived yet, and my app missing all my coupons ...
Turns out that whomever I talked to last tine messed up. The person I spoke with today was able to fix it, and help me change the card in my app.

I think they sent me $3 as a sorry ... Smile

Crazy busy week at work this week. Free bus fare ended on Thursday. So EVERYONE came to buy their December pass this week, Around $2500 in sales just at our office. (Normal in a week - maybe $800-1k)

Kari was a pain the first two days of pills, the expensive grain free wet food which she used to chow on - she turned her nose up at. So ,,, Friskies Pate it is.

I bought a pill grinder .. since I'll be giving her the lysine for the forseeable future. Much easier than the back of a spoon.

I have 3 spaghetti squash ... I'd never had it before - and neither DH nor I were too impressed with it (just roasting and eating the strands) I don't want them to go to waste ... but haven;t found a interesting recipes for them yet,

Any ideas?

9 Responses to “Our Christmas Gift 2016 and 2017, etc”

  1. Carol Says:

    I think some people put marinara ( tomato sauce) on it. I've liked it with butter- but it is very bland.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    That is so awesome that you are paying down debt as a gift to each other! DH has come a long way!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    We saute spinach and mushrooms to combine with spaghetti squash...and then add parmesan cheese! I think it's the cheese I like the best. Consider adding flavor in the form of onion and garlic as well. You could also roast other veggies and add them, along with cheese.

  4. Kiki Says:

    I use it in place of spaghetti. My mom has this great recipe for baked spaghetti and we often substitute it there too.

  5. snafu Says:


    Spaghetti squash is a wonderful vessel for any of the sauces and leftover vegetables you might have at hand. Allrecipes.com offers wonderful ideas, just leave out any meat or ingredients you don't use and substitute vegetable broth, tofu or protein you prefer and/or have on hand.

    I'm so impressed with DH and the huge changes in thinking he is demonstrating. Since marriage is 50/50 does DH also identify adjustments he sees you offering? [we who have been married more than 25 years hardly remember ourselves before; I only know because I have a journal of desired aspirations] In spite of the huge increase in prices due to our currency devaluation, I'm so delighted with savings that has accumulated in our food budget 2016, I likely keep repeating myself. It kicked home again early this AM as I got around to straightening out the pantry. For the 1st time in ages, nothing has expired, no dried out marshmallows or rancid bake ingredients, no ridiculous excess of any one item. I'll make it a point to go to the 'bin' store to top up my jars of various shaped pasta as meals will be more basic between tomorrow and 3rd week holiday indulgences.

  6. Liz Says:

    I love spaghetti squash!!! I don't use it as a spaghetti replacement though - the way I make it is to cut the root end off, split in half then scrape out seeds. place cut side down in a roasting pan, add a small amount of water and cover with foil, then bake for about hour, or until it's tender. I drain the pan, then scrape the strands into the pan and discard the shells. I add a generous amount of butter, grated cheese, salt & pepper, spread it into a thin even layer, add another sprinkle of cheese and broil for about 15 minutes or until bubbly and brown. It's so yummy and nutty. By itself, it doesn't taste like much so you really need to add flavor. I will eat a whole one as my dinner every other week or so!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks for your ideas/thoughts everyone.

  8. kashi Says:

    A friend loves this recipe: http://www.skinnytaste.com/baked-spaghetti-squash-and-cheese/

    Also, I buy powdered lysine from Amazon. Hope she's feeling better!

  9. sandy Says:

    what kind of school loans does a pizza delivery person have?

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