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October 6th, 2011 at 01:45 pm

My mom is giving me a great wedding present: a bachelorette party in Las Vegas! I am going with my best friend, my mom, and my closest aunt. We leave next Monday and will be home on Wednesday. I am looking forward to enjoying the buffets, the sights, and enjoying some girl time. I am taking $100 to gamble, as I think of myself as a lucky person, but most of my money will be spent on food and a couple of chips from casinos that I will bring home as souvenirs.
I am also looking forward to lounging by the pool with the ladies, as I never get to do this in Indy.
It will be in the 80's there then, and here today in town. Gonna be a good week!!!

November 11th

October 5th, 2011 at 06:54 pm

It's coming fast. I am getting married that day.
We did it all backwards.
We got the car, the kids, the house, the dog, now it is time to get hitched.
I am on the countdown, not looking forward to mixing my debt with his clear history. I am looking forward to fixing my old ways to make sure this doesn't happen to the two of us together.
I am sure that we can work as a pair on our expenses. I will be plastering the bills where he can see them, I will give my bank savings to our savings, and we will grow and learn together.
Looks good on paper anyway.
Wish me luck!

Okay, new plan

August 6th, 2011 at 03:34 am

So, since quitting, I have made plans to have a garage sale at the end of this month to keep from going in the red too quickly.
Our wedding is in November, only three months away, and one month ahead of the holidays.
I made a promise to my son that if he received nothing but good remarks from school for the first semester, he would receive an X-Box for Christmas.
I know this seems extreme to some, but if he goes 90 school days without getting in trouble ONCE, then he deserves it!!!
I will be working extra at my security job I have had since 2006, so we aren't in dire straits.
The State Fair is here today and I will be working at my job I quit for one more week.
The people I am training to take over are in awe of the crap that I have been dealing with over the last almost full year and don't know how they will do it.
I said to ask the boss if they didn't know where something went, such as checks written with no reason, and they knew that he would lie or make up a reason before even asking.
That's why I am leaving.
I hope the kids school year does well, that our wedding goes off without a hitch (pun intended), and the year finishes as well as it started.
I bought four dollars in scratch off tickets and won $20. I think I'll be starting up with the challenge again. I find change constantly and never add it up. I will again be doing this.
Great to be back and doing so well!

Well, I did it

August 2nd, 2011 at 12:45 am

I quit my job. I was trying to stick it out until I got one year in, but I just couldn't. I quit on principal. I was working for an accountant who did more than fudge the numbers. When it came to lying to the government and doing EXACTLY what they say NOT to do, he was lying about them not doing it, when in fact, they were.
I have issues with writing payroll checks for two thousand dollars when the foster children they work FOR aren't getting their benefits.
I hope you aren't upset with me, quitting in this day and age. Funny, we always call the current strange thing "this" day and age. It was one hundred years ago, and today.
My fiance is in a stable job he's had for over three years and I do have my security job I've worked at since 2006.
I'm not jobless, just Mon-Fri while kids were in school, don't want a guilty conscience, accounting job.
I don't know why I worked there, I have no degree in that field, no experience, but I am good in an office and that showed.
I know that he is upset I am leaving, but that's because he won't find anyone willing to do this type of thing either.
I feel better about it, so that's life. It goes on, and we push through.

Saved a lot this summer

July 30th, 2011 at 05:56 pm

No vacations, working every weekend, and naughty kids have kept us from overspending this summer.
I am looking forward to splurging in Vegas for my bachelorette party! We booked months in advance for savings, get vouchers for food, free tix to shows, and have a limo driver at our disposal for the three day excursion as a gift from my aunt's mom.
I am only going to buy one or two shirts for my kids, as there is a Harley store they don't have a shirt from; and only gamble $50. Once I lose that, or win and gamble $50 of that, then I am done.
I will take any winnings above and over $50 and give it to my mom, who is going and paying for most of it, as payment on my mortgage, as she is my landlord.
Looking good, little adult me!

I thought I was past all this

July 8th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Over drawn? What!! I am almost thirty years old and can not fathom what happened to my bank account.
I can not understand why after three years of steady work they are trying to pull me under with the current and sweep me away.
And a monthly fee? ARE YOU INSANE!!! ITS FREE CHECKING!!!

Electric Bill Review

July 3rd, 2011 at 12:16 am

Past view of my electric bills from the date I moved in way back in October:
07/06/2011 $221.75
06/03/2011 $147.64
05/04/2011 $158.69
04/05/2011 $80.39
03/04/2011 $130.93
02/03/2011 $249.78
01/03/2011 $160.23
12/02/2010 $74.32
11/04/2010 $29.12
10/05/2010 $177.06
Wonder what's up with that!

Going without for a while

June 30th, 2011 at 04:10 am

I'm going to go minimalist.
I hope this works.
Found an article here:

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More work?

April 7th, 2011 at 02:49 pm

Tomorrow, I'm going to ask my boss if I can work Monday through Friday again. I have been doing three days for the last month or so and I am anxious about my kids over summer break. I want to take it back down to three days then as my night job will pick up as the warm weather progresses.
I love summer. It brings out the best music!

No spend day, HARDLY!

April 3rd, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I started the day thinking that I wasn't going to spend a dime. I didn't need gas, bought cigarettes two days ago and still have almost a full pack, and knew that I went to the store and spent $200 the day before.
Well, after a short trip to take the boys to Grandma's, I stopped in at the Dollar General.
Bought a clearance belt for $3 and some Easter cakes for $1.50.
Why did I stop?
Do I need that belt? No, but I noticed my fiancée wearing my work belt because it is real leather and his is not.
So I got a new one for me for work.
And the cakes, well, I wanted one. That's why they are put there, to tempt me into purchasing.
I will control my spending!!!!
I will not stop next time!!!
I will be responsible!!
Next time!

Grocery Store Trip

April 3rd, 2011 at 12:48 am

I saved over $100 today at the store, and I didn't even use a coupon. I also did not buy a ton of stuff that we didn't need, so who knows how much I really saved.
I am glad that I had my mom cash my check for me. She gave me a couple more bucks than it was for and I sprung for paper plates and cube steaks.
Taco Night is tonight and Manwich is for lunch tomorrow.
Can't wait to try out that new bag of french fries I got on sale. They are Rally's~Checkers brand. They should be yummy!

hangers? Yes, hangers.

March 24th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I know this post isn't going to get great reviews, but I am too excited to not share.
I have huggable hangers in my closet. I bought some from HSN, the Christmas Tree Shoppe, and Target.
I am saving money, as I only buy them when on sale. But I am currently thinking about using them for my children's clothes.
In the process of ridding my closet and my finance's, I am getting rid of the others on I have been getting rid of the "extra" hangers, by which I mean store hangers, dry-cleaners hangers, and donated hangers, from family that lent them to me when we had none.
The reasoning for purchasing such fuzzy and thin, magnetic, wonderful hangers that cost way more than their plastic tube counterparts had nothing to do with money.
I needed to finish putting our clothes away, specifically, mine.
I would wash, dry, fold, and put away their (F, and 2 sons) clothes. But mine, the only person who works in an office and needs neatly hung clothes, would be last and I didn't want to finish the job.
I would hang them on door handles, leave them in the garage on the sorter/hanger and have to go out there to get my clean clothes. I decided that I would need incentive and I wasn't to slip up again. If you spent that much on hangers, you'd make sure that every single one was used and in its proper place.
So, I use blue for mine and silver for his. Black for the kids? but they only get a few, and only on the clothes they won't be wearing often. Just the best for my hangers!
I love them and will be using them soon, as my dryer is full and I will be needing to hang work clothes again!!

Saw the cable bill

March 24th, 2011 at 12:48 am

And was shocked!
I thought I was getting a good deal, for the channels I get, speedy internet, and all that jazz, it was almost $80!
I had it down to around $69, but I guess my free HBO and Showtime is over. Now those channels are $10 each.
I will have to rethink this, as we are not spending any time watching those channels, but it is nice to use the On Demand part for movies when we have the time and inclination.
I will have to pay $46 for my plates in two weeks. I will also have to get a new license with my new address on it.
Woo Hoo. Then I'll be officially and totally settled in here.
I hope that the tennis ball sized hail we just had didn't damage my roof too much. I wonder what it did to the car. Too late to check. I'll see it in the morning.