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Mother/Daughter Time on Saturday

May 25th, 2008 at 03:13 pm

Yesterday, my DD and I had the opportunity to spend the day together. My DS is camping with a friend this weekend. I really miss him, but it is nice to occasionally have some time with DD. Normally, I have more time to spend with DS due to the fact that DD has had a job now for about 10 mths.


So anyway, I went to do the Staples mystery shop. I bought a pack of pens for $6.19 of which I will be reimbursed $5, plus I get a shopper's fee of $17 for doing the mystery shop and entering the info online.

We went to Isaac's Deli for lunch, which is one of DD's favorite restaurants. I spent $21.53 including the tip. We were never at that location before. The atmosphere was nice, and we were there mid-afternoon so it was not busy.

Since DD is getting a different job(as a waitress in a local restaurant), we had to go clothes shopping for some white, button down shirts. At Boscov's, we bought 4 shirts and a pair of jeans. With the 30% off discount the total was $55.21. We also stopped at Kohl's and she got a swim suit and 3 shirts for $66.03 which included using a 15% off coupon.

Even though we spent some money, we had a nice day and bought items that she will need in the near future.

Staples and Refund Checks

May 24th, 2008 at 02:42 pm

I got two refund checks in the mail from Rite Aid Single Check Rebates ($47.11) and Sambucol Black Elderberry Immune Support Tablets TMF offer ($8.99). I will add those to my savings account.

I also am scheduled to do a Staples mystery shop today and will run some errands in town while I am there in the area.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!!

$100 Refund

May 16th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Yesterday, I received a $100 check which was refunded from the total professional license application fee of $375 that I applied for last month. I will add that to my savings account.

Also, I completed two online surveys today.

Have a great weekend everyone!

First Pinecone Check

May 13th, 2008 at 01:57 am

I received a $3 check today from Pinecone for a survey that I completed the middle of last week. Now I know firsthand just how efficient they are with their payments!!

It Has Been a Good Week!!

May 11th, 2008 at 01:47 pm

I received my stimulus payment on Friday by direct deposit into my savings account for $1200. Yesterday, I received a check from Walgreen's March Easy Saver Rebate for $33.75 which will go to my checking account.

Earlier in the week, I received the professional license that I applied for last month. This will allow me to work in a larger city in a nearby state at a higher salary. Initially, I plan to just temp an extra Saturday or two a month for extra income. I already have a permanent Saturday job where I work every other Sat.


I got a letter from my attorney regarding the settlement of property with my ex-husband. Even though I have been divorced since July 2007, my attorney bifurcated the actual divorce decree from the financial aspect of the divorce. In April 2008, the Divorce Master sent my ex a recommendation on how she felt the property should be divided based on all the facts. It stated that I should receive the house and he is responsible for paying my attorneys fees/court costs. Since we were only physically living together for 1 1/2 years after we purchased the house, I have been paying on the mortgage for over 5 years with no input from him. Even when we were together, he didn't contribute that much to the mortgage due to his poor work ethics. Anyway, he had 20 days to appeal this recommendation. Now the time has expired, since he didn't take any further action. The letter from my attorney demands that he sign the deed and forward to him a certified check for $4700 in attorney fees. I seriously doubt that I will see that money. He currently is unemployed once again and has not paid any child support that he has been ordered to starting from the end of March 2008. I will just be satisfied with being able to refinance the mortgage to free up some extra money each month. The current mortgage rate is 8.5% on my loan, but I haven't been able to move forward with this since it was marital property.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Paid Off Discover Card This Week

May 4th, 2008 at 02:01 pm

The balance on this CC I previously transferred from another CC with a 0% interest offer for 1 year. I have been switching this balance between cards for a few years to take advantage of the 0% offers, but the charges on the card were from living expenses that I accumulated while I was in college. The 0% offer expired on May 1. I am happy to have paid the balance of $5800. in full.

Now I will just use this Discover CC for automobile expenses (gas, maintainance, etc.) for the rewards and pay it off each month.

I have a Citibank CC that I use and pay in full each month for any other expenses. Since I get rewards for any purchases on this card, I use it for the balance of any purchases I make during the month. It is easier for me to track expenses this way.

I still have a Home Depot CC with a 0% offer on it until 1/09 that I used to purchase replacement windows. Other than that I do not have any other CC debt, and I will pay that in full before the offer expires as well.