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A wonderful weekend

May 8th, 2005 at 08:41 pm

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)

Another day

April 25th, 2005 at 03:53 pm

Wow, it's been a while. I could have swore I left an entry a last week. Oh well. My vacation was great. I had a lot of fun and relaxed quite a bit. I spent a bit over my budget, but that also included some airport food and such frivilous things. On my return trip, I stopped at the grocery store the day before and stocked up on food for the day. I spent under $10 and had food for the whole day and beyond.

Oooh I've sold a few more things on Amazon. A book just sold and two CDs. That should bring in just over $25. Not bad for cleaning out my book shelves. I actually got the CD idea from my friend in MT. I also used leftover bubble wrap and paper bags to mail it in. Then I save over $2 on shipping! I'm making out good!

Oo, what a surprise I need to run and catch my train ride home.

Almost vacation time!!!

April 14th, 2005 at 01:52 pm

Today at 4pm is going to be vacation!!! This'll be fun. I'm heading to Montana on my $10 ticket! (See 3/8) But before I can leave, I've got to go buy a gift. I haven't quite decided what I was going to get yet. My friend is kind of quirky, so definatly something unique. I'm going to stop and do that downtown Chicago. Too bad the taxes are higher, but the selection is better. I'm going to hit the discount places too.

Hmmm Other than today, spending has been down. I did have to buy gas 3 times last week Thursday. I took a trip to Springfield for work again, and borrowed my BFs car. The thing over heats too. It was a long drive. I did manage to get some overtime from it, and I'll have a decent reimbursement check from it too. THat'll essentially cover my friend's gift.

One crappy thing did happen though. Two checks were overdrawn!!! It was totally my fault (i forgot to record a withdrawl), but it could have been only 1 depending on the order it was withdrawn. So that's $60 gone. It's the 3rd time ever that's happened, so not worth the yearly fee. I then changed my direct deposit distribution so hopefully that won't happen again.

My goal for vacation to MT is to spend less than $200 while still having an awesome time! $200 is definately on the high side, but I plan on taking her out to eat and buying some souviners. I'll probably spend quite a bit less though.

I'm back

April 6th, 2005 at 01:41 pm

Seems like it's been a while since I've even surfed here. So much stuff to do. I had my first formal Greek class last night. It wasn't too bad and I think I'll be fine. 7 weeks to go and tons to learn. Our teacher did mention that if there was interest, he would host a private class over the summer. Very cool.

Not so cool, my car's check engine light came on yesterday morning. I have no idea. It sounds fine, and I had the oil changed (not the filter though). I won't be able to get it in till Monday. But that's ok, I have off MOnday anyways. I'll use the nice rental for bumming around. I do have to head down to Springfield tomorrow for work, but my bf is letting me borrow his car with satellite radio!! Atleast it will be more enjoyable, than no radio stations and the same cds. Hopefully, with this nice weather though, his car won't overheat. Let me tell you, that feature is great in the winter, crappy in the summer.

Oh and the plumbing is fixed. It took quite a few tries, but now I can hose off my patio, without hosing off my wall and carpet as well. I only had to take my dad out for beer and an appetizer. I definitely had the better deal, but he did enjoy the microbrewery.

Groceries

April 2nd, 2005 at 11:31 am

I desparately had to do some grocery shopping last night. I haven't shopped for probably 2 weeks, and my fridge was pretty bare. The last few days have been pasta. Luckily for work, I've had lunch paid the last 3 days. So I had a very full cart. I did manage to save $28+ on coupons and in-store ads. All that stuff should last me another 2 weeks.

Tonigth we're going to a bodybuilding competition. My bf is really dedicated and wants to see on in action. It ought to be interesting for sure

Book Selling

March 31st, 2005 at 06:58 pm

OOOoh I forgot, I sold a book on Amazon!!!! I listed it 2 days ago, and it sold in a day, and I mailed it out today!!!. That's awesome! Now I just need to put some more up for sale.

Still broke

March 31st, 2005 at 02:42 pm

Well I got my dad to come and try to fix my leak. Turns out I have 2 shut off valves and that I got the right one to shut off the outside faucet and not the rest of the house. SOoo I can use everything again without fear. Bad new is, it's still broken. Something about a pipe not fitting. But my dad's going to come back and fix it for me.

Last night I was really tired, and bored and couldn't do any thing with water (or so I thought) so after working late, I headed home and stopped at McDonald's. I can't remember the last time I did that. I spend $2.05 for 2 cheeseburgers. I also noticed that gas was $2.31!!!!! Whoa what happened since the day before? It jumped over $0.15

No spend days 17/31. Not too bad for my first month of counting.

Oh I did find out that my Greek class got cancelled and I'll get my refund, but I think I'm going to try and take a different class. That stinks.

Water pipe break

March 29th, 2005 at 05:51 pm

Since I've moved into my townhouse, things have been great except for the water. I've had all types of things go wrong, from clogged showers, to leaking under the sinks to today''s event. UGH!! I went to use my spigot outside and wouldn't you know it, I hear nothing, no water, nothing. So I turned it off and then back on, wahlah water, but I also hear a crack. Well being as I'm the second unit in, and I didn't unlock my patio door, I had to run around the place, to the front to unlock the patio door/ see the water gushing to turn off the spigot again. Well that stinks. I managed to get access to the pipe that burst, so that shouldn't be bad to replace, but all my carpet is soaked in one corner. Now would be a good time for pergo. Now I wiped up any excess I could get (not much really) and put two fans blowing on it to dry. Looks like I'll have a nice weekend project to do. I'll call my dad.

So any suggestions? I've turned off the water main to my house. If I turn it back on, it's not leaking out of the pipe so does that mean I can take a shower tomorrow? Anyone?

Hmm other than today, it's been busy, lots of work. From the weekend, I spent less than $200 and got quite a few outfits that should last me for all summer. The most expensive thing I bought was $30 for a pair of summer shoes and $30 for a skirt. 14/26

Sunday was better. We just went to visit my grandparents and celebrate. I did buy gas, but that was because it was cheaper by them. 14/27

Monday...hmmm I've already forgotten much about yesterday. I didn't buy anything and I worked most of the night. See the easiest way to not buy a thing. 15/28

Today... nothing so far. I may be making a trip to the hardware store later tonight.

Spending the weekend off right

March 25th, 2005 at 06:05 pm

Still busy... I just found out I have another project going out. Good.

For Kashi's sake, I'm an electrical engineer. I do building electrical design meaning I put in all the outlets, lights and make sure everything that needs power has it. I was doing the same thing at my last job, but, I believe, my last job didn't have any work because their overhead was tooooooo high.

Hmmm, my spending has been up, I needed to get more eye drops - too much staring at a computer. I did have a $3 coupon and got free qtips, hehe. I did need to buy gas too. Oh and I was so pissed I forgot my lunch too. it was sitting in the frigerator. So my new lunch consisted of $4.35 for an awesome, awesome calzone!!!! and fries. I figure that was pretty cheap for Chicago!!!! Gas was $25, not awesome.

No spending days: 14/25 I've been slipping too much lately.

This weekend is going to be expensive. We're going out for my friend's bridal shower (in town with 3 of us) we're going out to lunch and then do some spring shopping. I've already been clipping coupons out of the paper for a few stores, so it might not be too bad. Cross your fingers.

Well time to run again.

Busy Busy week

March 23rd, 2005 at 05:51 pm

Originally I thought this week was going to be nice and laid back at work, but nooooo. It's been really good though. I haven't had to any over time, and my days are busy. It's so nice actually. My previous job didn't have any work for me for over 6 months. I was literally surfing the internet, and playing games. I even found a website to learn Greek. I'm so much happier here. My boss also talked to me yesterday and said that he and our boss wanted to take me out to lunch for doing such a good job on some reports. (I didn't really do anything special. All I did was review some other peoples work, and edit it. I also assisted in putting in some pictures and making them 'pretty') So I'm a little confusedas to why they want to take me out. Maybe it'll be something cool like a raise. Only time will tell..

Otherwise. I've paid almost all my bills for April today. Most are due at the beginning of the month anyway. I don't know if I would consider that a no spend day, but it doesn't matter. I need to get gas anyways.

Spendless days: 13/23

Manic Monday

March 22nd, 2005 at 03:25 pm

Well nothing like the Bangles to sum it up. Monday wasn't that bad really, I did manage to keep my spending in check. I just went grocery shopping. I spend ~$52 and that should last quite a while. There were some great sales going on. $0.87/ lb for chicken breasts. There were lots of buy 2 get 2 free. I also picked up 2 dozen eggs for $1.49! I didn't know they got that low. I even had some free beef jerkey (saved $5.99!).

I also went to the bank and cashed a rebate check!. It feels like free money, because I've already paid off the previous purchase and now I get $20.

THen today out of the train station, they were handing out free orange juice! But today will be a no spend day!!!

So that's 13/22.

Spring is in the air

March 21st, 2005 at 07:55 am

Well that was a nice weekend.

Friday was the last day of my upholstery class. I gave the instructor my mom's chair to finish. I didn't want to pay another $200 to take the class and finish it myself. I know he'd do a better job, for probably the same price too. This is going to be my birthday present for her (a little late from March 15th). Then we headed out for a late dinner. We went to a burger place, and it was really good. We also had a buy one get one coupon from REd Robin, courtesy of Kimmie Smile Thanks. No spend day: 11/18

Saturday was a bit more pricey. I tried to get my oil changed, but the wait was 3 hours. I'll wait till next weekend. Then headed over to Menards. My boyfriend picked up a tool chest for $40! It's a decent sized one too. This also means that I'm going to inherit his small one for my tools. Then in the afternoon, we headed to Panda Express for lunch. He said he was going to take me out, so he paid. Then it was off to the mall. He needed to get a filter for his refrigerator (no such luck on that end). We were mainly passing time though so we stopped a few places to get there. I'm looking for a bedroom set (no luck) but we did stop at the bakery outlet. I picked up a loaf and the good whole wheat English muffins for $2.22. Yeah, I could have paid less for white bread, but this is so much healthier and tastier.

Then on our way home, we stopped by the cheap theaters to check on the attractions. Then we had an hour to kill, so off to Borders. Yes, we splurged and ordered drinks and browsed magazines and books. I paid ~$10 Then I bought two clearance cookbooks for $7.40 Then off to the theater. I paid for that too. $14 for two, with popcorn and drink. We saw Hitch. It was hilarious and well worth it! THen it was off to dinner, and he treated me again.

So ~$33 for a day of entertainment, not bad.

Sunday was relaxing. I did my first spring cleaning. My place was getting pretty bad. So I cleaned everything. Smile Then I went to visit my parents, my dad had an Easter performance. I managed to come back with some food, a rug and some misc stuff. I stopped by my bf's house and we cooked dinner using a recipe out of one of the new books. It was great!!! It was ground turkey stir fried and then put into a lettuce leaf. I even have left overs for today. Then I ended up finishing watching The Incredibles. I had fallen asleep about 30 min. into it on Friday. That is a funny movie. No spend day: 12/20

And now here I am on another Monday morning. Unfortuneately today will be a spend day. I need groceries. I haven't done some serious grocery shopping for over 2 weeks. We're going to cook at home again tonight.

Spendless days: 12/21

Lunching out

March 16th, 2005 at 02:44 pm

Well, I haven't eaten out in quite a while, and since there's a convenient restaurant in my building that was serving up corned beef and cabbage, I just had to go. It was good. I did spend about $15 for lunch though. Oh well, it's only once every few weeks. I've think I've gotten it down to once every 3 weeks. Usually I don't spend that much though.

Tonight I need to do some other shopping. I need to stop for some cat litter (~$8-9,clumping kind definately, generic if possible), cat food (~$2, generic), dishwashing detergent (~$2, generic) and eggs(

Price of coffee is going up

March 15th, 2005 at 12:30 pm

I just read in the paper today, that the price of coffee is going up. It wasn't much, maybe 30-50 cents, but it made the front page. It even said that the average starbucks cup could cost over $4.00 and that the average coffee drinker has 3.4 cups/day. That's $13.60 a day!!! Wow I couldn't imagine spending that every day. I bring coffee from home...so if that goes up 30 cents, I think i'll be ok.

Sunday was relaxing. I didn't do much at all. I did end up doing some work, but I didn't have to go to the office. We made some fabulouse tillapia for dinner. It was fresh from the meat market.

Sunday = no spend day = 7/13

Monday on the other hand was horrible. My project was going out, and at the last minute every trade added another electrical device. I was expecting to just work 4 hours on it, but that turned into the whole day. I was so exhausted. I even got up an hour early to get to work.

Then right after I got home, I had to head out to my condo association meeting. I'm a board member at large (I guess that's my title). I figure it's my first step to political office, if I ever go that way. So our usual meeting was over in 45 minutes, but then I found out that we had 2 complaint hearings. That was a learning experience about the they said/I said dispute. we found both guilty, but only one had a fine of $50. I hope both get resolve. They were between neighbors. People need to talk more with each other.

Monday = no spend day = 8/14 I finally beat the 50% mark.

Tuesday is going well so far. It's a bit more relaxed, but I'm still getting stuff done. It's looking like today will be another no spend day. I'm going to put together stew tonight for the crockpot tomorrow for dinner. So I'm going to predict my spending today and stick to it.

Tuesday = no spend day = 9/15

Orchid blooming

March 12th, 2005 at 01:35 pm

Wowo, my orchid's blooming. I always seem to never get them to do that. Specially since I moved, I haven't paid as much attention to them. Well I think one was getting very dry and figured it was on it's last life, so was going to shoot out a flower stalk. That will be a nice change from the winter.

Business wise, I've been busy. It looks like I'll have to go to the office tomorrow. Bummer, but atleast I won't be spending. Since I ddin't have any time on Friday, it was a no spend day. My mom came to see me and she paid for coffee. 5/11

My last upholstery project is almost done!!! it'll just require about 30 minutes. Just in time for class to be over with too.

I did some spending today. We ate lunch out together at Panera. I haven't been there for quite a while either. I picked up some of their fabulous bagels for breakfast for this week ($19.68). On the way back home, we stopped at a meat market store. It's now my new favorite place. I could never be a vegitarian, I love meat too much. I picked up some meat for lunches, smoked fish, spices and also beef for a stew this week. The place was so nice too, they threw in some free potatoes. Total there $14.73.

Then I stopped at Aldi's like I said i was and picked up some staples, mainly milk, bread, canned goods and fruit. $11.89

Meals for the week: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4-5 dinners and snacks for just over $30. Not too bad. I must say that I will not scrimp on groceries. I'll cut coupons and shop at the cheap places, but I will not cut out the things I like or trying something new because of the price...no i don't buy $50/ounce of caviar or anything like that. I just cut out stuff that's bad for me and weeding out a lot of the processed foods.

Total no-spend days: 6/12

Snowing again

March 10th, 2005 at 10:17 am

Winter needs to be over. We're suppose to get another 1", yucky. Not much that I can do though.

Today has been a spending spree so far...well almost. I filled up with gas. I probably could have waited, but I wanted to hit it before the weekend. The lowest that I've seen it is $1.91. Some other ones are around $2.05 Ugh. Total ~$22

The second spending trip was for coffee. Usually I make my own, but I forgot to set it up last night and I didn't remember till 10 minutes before I left. Oh well, that's twice lately. I'll definately have to cut back. Coffee $1.49

Bonus today though: Payday, direct deposited. When I did my closing on Monday, I found out I'd have to pay some extra fees unfortunately. Just the way things worked out and credited, I'll have to pay about $930 by tomorrow. So I think that'll get taken care of today.

Wednesday: No spend day

no-Spend days: 5/10

I just saved $383! on my...

March 8th, 2005 at 06:37 pm

AIRFARE!!!! I feel like a Geico commercial. But I really did save that much. It just made my day.

I have been planning a trip to Helena, Montana for the past 2 years. I just never made the time to do it and tickets are expensive. My friend is finally moving, so I'm running out of time. Tickets run about $393 for the average weekend. Well I was getting pretty close to a free ticket with my UAL card, but I was going to have to buy about 4,000 miles, plus pay some fees. I figured it would cost me about $150. But then today NWA sent me their e-cert discounts and it would have cost me about $250. Then, I dug out my old mileage acount number and registered and did all that great stuff, and then I see I have 25,210 miles!!!! enough for a free ticket. YIPPPPEEEEEE!!!!!!!

I only paid $10. I am so happy!!!!!!! This is great!

So my no-spend days are at 4/8, but I don't think this one should count.

Monday another story

March 8th, 2005 at 10:31 am

It was rainy so I didn't make my usual coffee for the train. It get's really tricky holding a mug upright, bag on the shoulder, umbrella in the other hand and then trying close the umbrella. It's not worth it. I also knew I had to go on a job site, so I splurged and bought a coffee. $1.37. I did bring a lunch, but it didn't matter. I ended up going to another job site before the other one, so I had no time to get back to the office and pick it up. So lunch on the road: $7.16

At least no-spending at night. I made it to the gym and worked out and then played video games. Ahhh the fun.

Total no-spend days: 4/7

Busier than I thought

March 8th, 2005 at 10:24 am

I made it though the weekend and into the week. So far so good. It was a busy weekend, but I managed not to spend too much. I don't remember much of Saturday...no I was not drunk. I ended up just taking it easy and relaxing. I did some cleaning, but of course it's never enough. It's already a mess. Oooh I remember something now. I reupholstered my 3 bar stools. I didn't even bother taking off the old material. They look a 1000x better. We went out to eat that night to Weber Grill. Yummy!!! My bf paid for everyone, so I guess it was a cheap no-spend day for me. 3/5

Sunday was nice too. I read the paper, cut some coupons and then visited my parents. Granted I drove my car, but I didn't have to put gas in. My mom took me shopping too. I found a few cute shirts and some border wallpaper and soaps. Of course this was all on sale and I think our total bill came out to $45 for 6 shirts, 1 pants, soap, lotion, and scrubs. Thanks Mom! Then we headed back to her house and she made dinner and I got to take some leftovers home. Nothing like a home cooked meal for a few days for free. That's another no-spned day: 4/6.

Update

March 4th, 2005 at 09:31 pm

Here' my update on Friday.

Lunch: $6.75 cab ride, ~14 for lunch, $7 for cab ride back.

I exchanged my basket and packed it up. It turned out cute.

Upholstery class was good. I almost finished another chair. It should only be another hour or so to finish it up. I made a few mistakes, but the it was along the back and I was planning on puting it in a corner anyways.

Dinner was great. We hadn't been out for a while and met up with some friends. It was ~$25

Ugh, no more shopping, no more eating out (but it was good).

I was suppose to go to Michigan tomorrow, but I don't know if I will. I'd probably be driving over 3 hours one way. That's assuming I don't hit traffic...and I'd be diving alone. hmmm. I think i'm going to call and cancel tomorrow.

No spend days in March: 2/4

The easiest way to save money

March 4th, 2005 at 09:19 am

is not to spend it. Easiest way not to spend, always be busy. It's been nuts for me the last few days and this weekend will be too. Hmmm I don't even have time for details.

Wednesday was a no-spend day. It was suppose to be but I didn't have time. My daily train ride home had a dispatcher strike at 4:30pm and all trains were canceled in and out. So a bunch of us got a company car and drove home. It was too late to go bridal shower shopping.

Thursday was a spend day. I bought the dreaded Girl Scout cookies, $3.50, and ate about half in one sitting. Then I had to go to a site visit for work and that went through lunch, so I bought: $7.16 (expense I'm not use to). THen I did my outlet shopping and picked up enough to make a gift basket for martinis. I ended up spending ~$85 there ($5 was for me) and ~$20 at Target. But the gift is almost done. I need to get a larger basket (same price as the other one though.

Today I will be spending. Lunch with a friend, and a half day of work. Then after work, and upholstery class, is out to dinner for my BF's birthday. He does have a 2-1 coupon though.

Tomorrow will be long and gaseous. I'm driving to Michigan tomorrow on the dreaded 80/94...meaning stuck in traffic for hours. There's really no other way around it. Literally no other way around the lake that wouldn't involve 3 days. This is for the bridal shower, and then driving back. I'm hoping to time it for better traffic though. So that'll be atleast 1 1/2 tanks. Then we may be going out to celebrate his birthday with friends.

Sunday, you ask, how could the spending get worse? Actually I don't think I'll be doing anything. Groceries would be the expense if any. I'm going to sit on my butt and probably do some work for work. I have a 20,000 sq ft building to design in a week. So another busy week next week, so by the time I get home, the stores won't be open.

Avoiding temptation

March 1st, 2005 at 05:04 pm

I avoided temptation twice today. One thing I'm just putting off, and the other is gone. I had the opportunity to buy girl scout cookies. Oh I love the caramelm chocolate, coconut ones...and there were 3 boxes ready to be bought. I even had money with me and was so tempted. BUT I WON. no cookies for me. I'm still dreaming of them.

Now the second episode: I have a bridal shower to go to Saturday, and I haven't picked anything up yet. I'm still getting ideas, so if anyone has any suggestions I'm open. The few ideas I got were for some sort of alcohol gift, like a margarita gift. Well there happens to be a Crate and Barrel Outlet right by me and it's a real outlet with real low prices. It's great. Anyways, I was going to stop there sometime this week and look for something. BUT I DROVE RIGHT BY. I'll spend $ tomorrow or Thursday. I figure if I can start the month off with no spending, it can only improve, right?

I did buy some groceries yesterday, but that doesn't count towards March.

Spendless days in March: 1/1

Raining, sleeting, and snowing.

February 28th, 2005 at 02:30 pm

It's another wonderful day to top off the weekend. It always seems to rain or snow on Mondays by me. The reason I know this, is garbage day is on Tuesday. So for the last month or two it has been crappy taking out the trash. I feel bad for the them and the recycling people.

I had to buy my next monthly train pass. I'm out $17.50 I think I got over charged by a dollar too. That stinks, because I know about it. Atleast I have $105 taken out pretax for my ticket so only $16.50 (not $17.50) should be after-tax.

Already today I've eaten lunch out. We've been planning for a week to go out, and it just hasn't happened. So today 3 of us went to catch up on the news. $5.81

I was also thinking about going grocery shopping today. It all depends on the amount of snow, the number of driving idiots, how the gym goes and what time I get done. Aldi closes at 8pm, so I don't know if I'm going to make that. I will try though, maybe before the gym.

$30 for 3 wines

February 28th, 2005 at 02:04 pm

The weekend turned out good even though it was raining and snowing and sleeting. I finally finished one chair completely!!!! Now I don't ever want to sit on it to get it dirty. It turned out really really cute.

After class I went to visit my grandparents and spent all of Saturday there. It was a good time. We played some cards, watched tv, did a bit of shopping, and caught up on the news. I also got to seem my uncle and his fiance.

My grandma and I went shopping at Target and I spent ~$17 for a cd and some sporting equipment. I used up the rest of my gift cards. Then we stopped at Aldi's on the way home. I was amazed at how cheap everything was. So my resolution this week: Get cash and go shop at Aldi's.

Sunday morning around 1:30 am I pick up my bf from the airport. He actually landed 20 minutes early and at O'Hare!!! Granted it was a red eye, but I was shocked. Eventually we woke up and read the paper, had some coffee, ate baked donuts and lounged.

The baked doughnuts were actually good. I didn't feel like stinking up my place by deep frying, so I baked them. They turned out like little hard dense cookies, we just put some powered sugar on them and they were good.

The wine part's coming up now.

Then we headed over to his cousin's house so he could set up their entertainment center. I hadn't been there so I was going to bring a gift. I stopped and bought 2 bottles, one for us and one for them. Then we stopped at my bf house and I brought the bottles in...oops. So then we left without them naturally. So we had to make another stop for gas, and I bought another bottle.

We got to the house (it's a nice house) and the installation went fine, they bought pizza, and they have a cute 18 month old daughter that was happy to entertain us. It was a fun weekend.

Friday

February 25th, 2005 at 01:54 pm

Another cheap day is in the works. It should be a almost a no spend day. I'm going to track that next month.

Just my upholstery class. I might have to pay for some sewing work. I should be finishing up two pieces today. One chair and my mom's ottoman. I have a second chair to get close to finishing today. I haven't decided if I'm going to finish up my 3rd chair. I might wait till after class to do it. I know how now after doing 2 chairs.

Then off to Grandma's house to spend all day Saturday. Good food, good family, naps, the whole works. It should be fun. Then Sunday morning (1:30am) I'll be picking up the bf from the airport and then head back to one our places. It's been a quiet week without him.

Hopefully no spending on Saturday or Sunday. Although an orchid nursery is having their open house this weekend that I wouldn't mind getting to see. It's amazing to see an acre of blooming white orchids. Hopefully I'll avoid temptation and not buy something there.

Birthday's

February 24th, 2005 at 08:13 pm

My BF's birthday is next week and he really wanted a pressure washer. At first I thought, hey no problem, and I can probably get something else for him too. Boy, was I wrong. Pressure washers are expensive. I had no idea, even expensive buying on the interent. So on my way home I stopped at 3 hardware stores to compare prices. On my 3 store, I hit jackpot. I had been looking for a 1750psi unit for about $150-$175 and the internet had them for about $10 cheaper. But at the last store, they had one smaller model 1600 psi and it was on sale too. Wow, I didn't think those went on sale. It was and even $99. I couldn't resist. The worst case would be it's not powerful enough and he returns it and I spend another $50.

Total with tax: $105.68
Birthday gift shopping done: Priceless

Oooh I remembered another thing. I got wireless internet at home today. I worked out a deal with my neighbor to use his wireless internet and I'd pay him half. (it's already working out well)

Total per month: $20

(another oops, I did buy a coffee at the rest stop for $.70)

Total spending today: $163.39
Estimated amount reimbursed: ~$121
Actual spending (not including wear and tear on my car): ~$42

Pay Day + Flex Day = Great Day

February 24th, 2005 at 08:03 pm

Wahooooo!!!!!!!! My flex account was paid out today and ended up with my pay check. It's about time. I had eye surgery over a month and a half ago. I'm rich again...lol well almost, I'm not cringing. Now if only every pay check were this big....hmmm...

So that made my day. Otherwise, I spend $37.01 on gas today. That was for almost two tanks. I had to take a 3-hour 1-way drive for work today and drive back from Chicago to Springfield. Boring. The corn fields weren't even being tilled yet, so there was really nothing to look at. I did see a bunch of unmarked police, fortunately going the other way, except for one. He could have got me good too. I was at the end of a construction zone going atleast 10 mph over. Luckily no lights.

Total reimbursible miles: 358 miles at $.34/mile (I think) is $121. Nice for money, bad for driving.

Tuesday's over

February 23rd, 2005 at 11:19 am

Whew what an expensive day it was yesterday. I ended up spending another $10. This was for a month of parking, so I don't have to pay the $2 a day to take the train in. I'm really near the station now, but it'll be a pain leaving with the mad rush of people. It's a small price to pay to save $30+ a month. My name is on a 3 year waiting list for a monthly parking spot in the lot which would cost me $20 a month. Still beats spending $2/day for ~22 days ($44).

Total yesterday spending: $158.31

I need to do some birthday shopping this weekend, so unfortunately it won't be spendless till next month. However today will be cheap.

Total today spending will be: $0

It never ends

February 22nd, 2005 at 02:28 pm

I was at work, and 2pm hit like a nice warm soft bed. I started practically dozing at my desk...it was bad. I even had stuff to do and I was dozing as I was doing it. So I had to break down and do something. I had to buy some chips and cheese. That's one of the worst parts about working downtown Chicago, in a highrise with shops and restaurants on the first floor. My building takes up a whole city block. There's a pharmacy, bank, 4 restaurants, a juice bar, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, a manicure place and a few emplty places. Not to mention there are a ton of places across the street. Plenty of temptation. I do bring a lunch 9 out of 10 days or so and I bring coffee from home (yummy starbucks and dunkin donuts).

I was so tired though, and needed some energy. Total afternoon spending:
Warm Chips and warm spicy queso: $2.18

Torrential Tuesday

February 22nd, 2005 at 07:20 am

1. I'm dating a Greek.

2. I don't speak Greek.

3. I'm trying to learn to speak Greek.

4. It's not going well on my own.

5. I found a continuing education class for Greek

6. I registered and paid for the class today.

Spending in a matter of 3 hours: This is going to look bad
Class $144
OJ: $1.62
Breakfast: $2.51
Parking: $8

Total: $156.13


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