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Candy, White Castle, Culvers

May 24th, 2005 at 08:47 pm

So since my BF is off his dieting and into the junk food thing for a while, we went out and ate.

First stop: Home for some peanut butter toffee with more peanut butter on top. (His idea)
Second stop: White Castle. We had the coupon for 2 free burgers (Thank you savingadvice.com) Then we split a meal. $6.67 for both of us.
Third stop: It was suppose to be for a funnel cake sunday but they were closed, so it became Culvers. That came out to $4.25 for both.

It's our new resolution to eat at places using all kinds of coupons, and only hit the non-coupon places once in a while. So far so good.

Bodybuilding Novice

May 23rd, 2005 at 04:42 pm

OOoh it was a long weekend. My boyfriend had body building contest in Peoria - about 2 hours away. So we drove down Friday and stayed all day Saturday and left Sunday. It was a long time. But some great news!!! He placed first out of 14 novice. He got a nice trophy. Then he did the lightweights and he came in second!!! Another trophy!!! I'm so proud. He worked his butt off, not to mention his arms, chest, back, abs, and legs. He was one of the best looking people out there for sure. His mother and sister came in for the morning show, so I had some company. It was just so exciting to see him. I hope he never does it again. Smile I'm pretty sure he will not. It was too much of a pain dieting and focus. He just wanted to be able to say, I did that and I got a trophy...in his case TWO!!! Now he can focus to other things. That also means that we can go out to eat again. It was by no means cheaper eating in, when all he was eating was salmon and chicken breasts. Besides we have some great buy one get one coupons we've been saving for when he got done.

Total spending on my end for his trip: $20 I bought dinner. Otherwise, he paid for the hotels and brought food. He said he owed that to me for putting up with his show. Isn't that sweet?

Then Sunday we drove back to his house and then into Chicago. He had tickets to the Cubs vs. White Sox game. He dropped me off a friend's house. We walked all over the North side of Chicago. Well maybe only a mile or so. I did buy lunch and a drink $10. We did some shopping, but nothing looked interesting to me. Probably a good thing. We walked to Wrigley and then I got a ride home. Cubs 4 White Sox 3.

Bridesmaid dress

May 16th, 2005 at 12:56 am

I finally got my bridesmaid dress sent in for alterations. My measurements were perfect for the size, I just really needed the straps attaced and something done about the very pointy bossom area. Apparently the boning won't flex. It took me over an hour to get it done, I was so frustrated. But I think it will look great. I'm having some nice rounding-out pieces added. The total cost: $56. Not to bad I guess. I ended up going to a department store. I know I could have gotten it cheaper, but I know I got better service, especially with the add ins.

I also bought a light jacket. This should last me for a few years. all my clothes were in the black shade, and I finally got a few browns... So I got a tan jacket that will go with everything. I could even wear it as a light blazer.

That was about all my spending with the exception of some food. There is this awesome polish grocery store by me. They have everything and it's huge. It's so much fun to look at everything and figure out what it is. I picked up some things to sate my sweet tooth and some fruit for the other days. I also bought some packaged Polish candy for my grandma. She'll love that.

The weekend was capped about at just over $100. It's amazing how that number gets put into perspective when comparing it to my hourly salary. Good thing I'm cutting back on spending.

I'm in the mood for the weekend

May 13th, 2005 at 09:13 pm

I'm in the mood for a wonderfully warm, dry, soothing, relaxing fabulous weekend. But I highly doubt that it will happen. It's suppose to be 50s and 60s!!!! Probably rain too. It's rained all week, so it'll probably rain all weekend too. That's going to stink.

Well no matter what happens, I need to get my bridesmaid's dress altered. I'm not quite filling up the bodice. Oh well. I'm going to try a department store. They said it'd take about a week. Not bad at all.

I can't think of much else. I need to study for a test. My problem is that I don't have a set deadline, so I'm not motivated to take it. It's been on my list of things to do for a loooooong time...hehe we'll see.

That's about it. I don't really need anything except some padded envelopes or packing material for a few more Amazon sales. SmileSmileSmile

A new doorbell and a glass table

May 11th, 2005 at 03:58 pm

I was finishing up some maintenance last night and successfully installed a new doorbell. The old one was yellowed and painted and just ugly. So I shelled $4.26 (w/tax) for a new one. Not bad for a nice white one to go with my new patio door.

I've been really good on spending lately. I think it helps that I haven't gone grocery shopping for about 3 weeks. I do really need to go. Also, I've seen my parents a lot, and they've paid for some things. I did have pay $29+ for a tank of gas at $2.21. Granted that's the cheapest I've seen, but wow, expensive. I'm so glad I don't drive much. Other than that I believe spending is way down. I'll probably make up for it towards the end of the month. My BF and I are going to a bodybuilding show about 2 hours away. He's competing so we'll probably be down there 2 nights. The following weekend I have a bachellorette party to go to. Maybe another $100 or so.

Now for the table. Last year my neighbors bought a glass table and it lasted for a while. A storm came along and it tipped and shattered. They bought another one right away. About a week later, a second storm tipped it and it shattered. They waited a month or so (probably insurance reasons) and bought a third glass topped table. This one lasted less than a week. The winter came and went, and a new glass table showed up yesterday. This morning there was a severe storm. They left the umbrella in the table like they did all of last year too. Well needless to say, the table tipped and the glass shattered. You would have thought they would have learned after the second one. The should just spend the extra $50-$100 and get a metal or plastic or marble or wood table. Issue solved. Their plastic chairs were blowing all over the place too. My patio, which is about 5 feet away, has an old wicker chair and a small side glass table. Both were still standing when I left for work this morning.

OOoh I have some other good news. I've been selling many CDs on Amazon. It's a really good market. Well I made about 30 a few weeks ago and I should be making almost $50 when it gets deposited into my account!!! That'll be my hotel money.

A wonderful weekend

May 9th, 2005 at 03:41 am

I just noticed the date and I've been away for a while. It's been so busy at work. I'm so glad I get paid for overtime. Granted it's straight time, but still it's something. It seems like all the projects I've had in the last few months decided to have deadlines all in the same week. Craziness, I tell ya.

Well the weekend was fabulous! I visited with the future mother-in-law, and sis-in-law and that went well. I've known them for a quite a while, but it's always wierd. (no we're not engaged yet, but I'm 99.99% positive it's coming) I spend a piddly little amount. It was mostly packing supplies. I've been hot on selling CDs on Amazon. I made ~$31 last week. It was more like $45, without Amazon's commission. Still that's better than them sitting around in my closet collecting dust till a garage sale, where I'll maybe get a $1 each. I just put another half dozen on tonight. I had some pricey ones too, that'll be nice if they sell.

I had my parents install a screen door today for me. It will be awesome to get a cross breeze on my first floor. Then my bf and I grilled dinner for them. It turned our really good.

I spend less thatn $20 for groceries today. That should hopefully last the whole week. I didn't go grocery shopping last week, and I was in desparate need. I just didn't feel like going, and decided to clean out my pantry, and freezer some. Needless to say, there were no fresh veggies. I did pick up some lettuce and tomatoes today, so that should help. I'm getting ready for another busy week. At least I'm not buying lunch every day. Hopefully I'll have some time to surf

Bonus: I just heard they my grandpa might be giving all the grandkids some money. I have no idea how much or when or what's really going on, but that would be sooooooo nice of him if he did that. ( I hope I didn't just ruin my chances by saying that)