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Raise! Used Apple Pay for First Time, Bullet Journal brain dump

January 26th, 2018 at 06:55 pm

I met with my supervisor today for my 3 1/2 year check-in. My score was higher than last year (whether that means anything really or not ...) but the end result is I got my next step raise of 2.5% That puts me at ~$16.28/hr if I'm figuring it correctly. It should go into effect by my 2nd February paycheck.

Once I see the first check with it, then I'll figure out how much I'll up my 457 contributions. I currently do $100 per check (26 checks)

I'm now making about what I did my 4th year of teaching ... My 8th year I was in the 40k range. Sigh...
I miss the paycheck, but not the hours or dealing with parents of perfect kids.

I forgot my purse at home this morning, so I had to stop by home to get it in order to make my weekly deposit of DH's tip money. That meant I went to the 84th st location, which made stopping at Aldi's a no brainer.

Right now Chase is doing a promotion where they pay 5% if you use one of 4 mobile payments systems with the Freedom card. I usually use our Citi card once we've maxed out the debit card transactions (for our accounts that pay checking interest) but for the next few months where Apple Pay is accepted, I'll be using that.

After Aldi's I stopped at Walgreen's to pickup a fedex package I'd had held there. (love it!) It was my blackstrap molasses, iodine supplement and Amla powder from Amazon.

My bullet journal stuff should arrive tomorrow.

I plan on having
An index
1. Monthly calendar spread
2. Daily habit tracker spread
3. Bi-Weekly Chores tracker
4. Monthly chores tracker.

2, 3, and 4 are kind of the SHE system all in one place.

5. Anything Goes page - a place to record phone #'s of places I need to call w/acct info, etc. Essentially one place for all the scraps of paper this stuff normally goes on ...

6. Dailies Pages - Record anything that needs to happen / remember on a specific day

7. Memories - Things I want to remember that happened that month

8. Gratitude's - Things I'm thankful for

Info Pages -

9. Swagbuck offers Info / how to cancel / when / crediting info

10. Items I want to sell - where listed, how much, when did they sell, etc

11. Library books - title, when due, etc


12. Books I want to read

13. Movies I want to see

14. Recipes I want to try (use post it notes - include info about book, web, page etc.)

15. Memory Verses Learned

16. Books read with short reviews

17. Movies watched with short reviews

18. Recipes tried and liked (post it notes so easily moved to new journal or to daily page for planning)

19. Master Grocery List - A cumulative list of common items purchased each week. Use a pencil to mark the items you need the current week - mark in pencil unit price to track when its on a stock up price

20. Spice Index - list of spices owned - mark in pencil when running low

21. Wants List - Write in pencil things you think you might want - research, wait at least a few weeks ...

22. Home repairs list - big list of things that need to be done

23. Medical appointments (all in one place)

24. Vet appointments /vac records, etc

25. Car Maintenance

Other things I haven't thought of yet. Smile

The index makes it easy to find what you're looking for so you don't have to worry about pages being in an organized order.

The journal I bought has a pocket where you can keep photos or other items.

There will be little artwork in my book - drawing isn't my forte. Smile

This journal will go with me everywhere. It'll become my second brain.
Morning Pages - I have a tendency to be wordy sometimes, especially when upset ... The idea of the morning pages is that you write out by hand 3 pages (1 1/2 sheets) of unedited, unfiltered thoughts every day. It's a way to process thoughts which may not be good to share with others, or just get the creative juices flowing.

It's suggested that you don't reread them at all for a few months - in order to build your confidence/desire to keep up with it with no judgement

13 Responses to “Raise! Used Apple Pay for First Time, Bullet Journal brain dump”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    I am looking forward to seeing your journal!

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Petunia - I'm anxious to get started on it Smile

  3. Wink Says:

    Congrats on the raise!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Kind of sounds like my old day-timer! Which I loved at the time. Still have it, but I only use it for addresses now.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Wink

    CB - that's the one thing I didn't have listed - addresses Smile I love my iPhone, but I think going back to paper and pen/pencil will be refreshing

  6. snafu Says:

    Congratulations on a high performance appraisal and pay raise. I've really enjoyed my small sized , square and make up your own, for example I use $ for items I wish to buy

    I mentioned the biggest benefit for me has been the advanced planning that limits missing deadlines or having things fall through the 'cracks,' or losing opportunities due to procrastination. After all these years DH and I still mess up as he thought I was to do/to go/to decide while I thought he had taken the responsibility or lead.

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Snafu - I'd love to see your tasks page - do you have any links to something like it?

  8. ceejay74 Says:

    Congrats on the raise! The journal is interesting. I keep seeing suggestions for going offline and using paper and pen for certain things (e.g. in my book about book-writing I just read). I don't think I will because I tend to be cluttered. But in your case having it all housed in a couple of journals eliminates the clutter factor.

    Also interested to hear you used the package hold option! I write a lot about that topic for my main client (one of the two companies you mentioned Smile).

  9. kashi Says:

    Congratulations on the raise!!

  10. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Ceejay - that is so cool! I love the package hold option - so many times there is a signature required pkg and it is nearly impossible to get. Now I can have it held for me at the same place I get my prescriptions Smile Win win

    Thanks Kashi Smile

  11. snafu Says:

    I couldn't get decent photos from BUJO. Am attempting 'cut 'n paste' from the computer outlinel I used previously. Hoping the time spent collecting facts might be useful. As homeowners over the years + a lot of help from You Tube, we became proficient DIYers. Big issue with contractors here is running scams

    TOOL KIT: , putty knives, scissors, staple gun, T-sq. tape measure, tape [electric, masking, paint], wood putty, white glue, paint brush/pad, wall anchors, picture hooks. A straw to scoop up excess glue. Stretch the foot of a nylon stocking over a paint can with lumpy paint; dip the brush into the can thru the nylon, leaving the lumps behind!

    Protect shoes while painting by slipping on an old pair of socks over the shoes; retain sawdust to mix with glue to create wood filler; hide small scratches on wood furniture by rubbing the surface with a slightly warmed crayon stub in a similar color

    *sorry, I note my laptop is again dropping phrases

  12. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Snafu - that is helpful

  13. snafu Says:


    It's helpful to use a small as an advertising promotion years ago. I mark upper left circle each pay, lower, right corner each bill due which have been manipulated due 1st though not necessarily drawn by recipient.

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