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Sunday Update-Shopping, Ebay, etc.

June 29th, 2009 at 02:50 am

Last week I had 3 items end on Ebay. After fees/shipping I netted $27.15 for those.

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Today we went to Walmart, Wegman's, & CVS.
I had a $50 GC for Wegman's that I received almost 2 years ago at Christmas time from my employer. There aren't any nearby where I live, although there is one close to my Saturday job. Since my commute is so long, I just never felt like stopping to go grocery shopping after work. Anyway, I have never been to a Wegman's, and I was impressed with the quality/freshness of the foods. I have always heard excellent comments about their exceptional customer service as well. It definitely is a nicer, upscale grocery store in comparison to what I've seen around this area. I plan to return there again whenever I'm in the area because I still have $ left on the GC.
I bought (3) baby carrots 0.79/lb, 2 lb. blueberries $4.99, radishes 1.19/lb, 2 1b. strawberries $3, plus some other items, but the prices were the same or lower than Walmart (where I usually get fruits/vegs)& a lot fresher!

I found a penny at the entrance door at CVS.

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So, I'm adding $27.16 to the extra income fund!


3 Cents, Reward Check, & Sample..

June 28th, 2009 at 03:47 am

This morning on my way to work I stopped to fill up my gas tank and found a penny by the gas pump. Then driving home from work I went to the same convenience store to pick up an early edition Sunday paper and at a nearby Coinstar machine, I spotted 2 pennies lying on the floor!

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It was a fairly good mail day also. I got a sample pouch of Dunkin Donuts coffee that I had requested several weeks ago + a Citicard Rewards check for $57.44.

So $57.47 more to the extra income fund!

It's Been Over a Week!!

June 24th, 2009 at 02:48 am

I've been so busy lately, that I haven't posted an entry here in more than a week!

It seems like I may be a bit overwhelmed recently. I do work six days/week and have been doing that for a few years, so I don't think that is the problem. Last week, we had some activity or event to do each night.

DD & I went on a shopping spree at Kohl's...spent a little over $200 (save ~$93 with 30% off). She was helping me choose some clothes for myself. It seems like I have a closet full of scrubs and athletic wear, but nothing much casual or dressy. That was fun!

Then, another night we went to a pet store & bought a Yorkshire Terrier. The children have been wanting a puppy for several months now.

Also, I took DS to a local baseball game. He earned 2 free tickets at school for perfect attendance for last school year. I spent $17 there on food/drinks. He really enjoyed it as he has never been to a game before.

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I've been busy doing mystery shops also. I did one at The Cheesecake Factory. I took the children along with me. None of us had ever been there before, and let me tell you I was really impressed with the service and quality of the food. Smile
I also did a mystery shop at Texas Roadhouse with my BF. I do mystery shops there quite often.

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I had 2 items listed on Ebay within the last week and both sold, so I will post the net sales on those in a couple of days.

I didn't even post my extra income total from last week. I guess I will add it to deposit for this week.

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It seems that I don't have much of an interest in tracking expenses anymore. Of course, I'm aware of the main monthly expenses (mortgage, utilities, student loan payment), but I'm tired of diligently accounting for each penny that I spend on a regular basis. And I've been doing just that for months now...but I don't know if I can keep it up. It is very tedious, especially when one has an organization issue like myself! Smile

So that's my update for the last week!

Saturday News

June 14th, 2009 at 02:37 am

Today I found a penny by the gas pump when I was filling up my car.

Then in the mail I received a Rite Aid refund check for $4.99 + the title to my car that I paid off last week!! Smile

So a pretty good mail day and $5 to add to the extra income fund for next week!



Extra Income Deposit

June 13th, 2009 at 03:23 am

I have $481.43 to add to my account for this week:

$415.57...Saturday job
$058.72...Mystery shop reimbursement/fees
$007.00...Surveys
$000.14...You Data income

So I now have $3,677.13 in the extra income fund.

Pinecone + Mystery Shopping Income

June 11th, 2009 at 02:45 am

Last night I did a lengthier Pinecone survey with a $5 reimbursement instead of the usual $3. The money was deposited into my Paypal account this morning.

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Then I received a DD in my checking account from a mystery shopping company that I do assignments for in the amount of $58.72 (including reimbursements & shopping fees) for May.

So some additional funds for the extra income account Smile

A Small Attempt to Rebuild the Extra Income Fund!

June 7th, 2009 at 02:55 pm

I'm depositing $108.21 to the extra income fund for this week:

$74.30...Net Ebay Sales
$13.00...Surveys
$10.76...May interest
$07.67...Refund checks
$02.01...Found money
$00.47...You Data earnings


Have a great Sunday all!

Car Loan Is Paid Off !!

June 6th, 2009 at 01:59 am

Today I made a final payment of $2,102 (actual payoff figure) to the car loan. Even though I was paying at least $70 towards the principal each month, it didn't seem like I would get it paid off much earlier than February 2010 (end of contract)anyway.

So basically I've been thinking about doing this for a few weeks/months. Creditcardfree made a comment on one of my posts in regards to having enough money in my extra income fund to pay off the car loan. I believe I was swayed by that too Smile

Since my extra income fund has been growing at a nice pace, I decided that I could use $ from that account for the car loan and still be able to attain my goal of $8,000 by the end of 2009. That is if I can manage to hang on to my Saturday job in the upcoming months. Since this extra income is the main reason my account grows so rapidly.

As of May I quit my one Saturday job to be able to work *every* Saturday at the better paying position. It seems like I have been ranging from $700-800/month since the change now, so hopefully this goal is still within my reach. We shall see how it goes...

I've updated the sidebar, so the new balance in the extra income account is $3,087.49.

Thanks creditcardfree for your advice!

Ebay + Found Money

June 3rd, 2009 at 03:09 am

I had an Ebay auction end yesterday. After shipping/fees, etc. I netted $74.30 for an electronics item. Not bad...I will add that to the extra income fund, along with the penny I found walking through the laundromat to where DD works.

I filed a dispute for an unpaid item I had listed on Ebay. The bidder/buyer hasn't responded to any email or tried to contact me in any way. It has been over 7 days that the auction ended. We will see what happens there...

Survey Money

June 2nd, 2009 at 02:58 am

A week or two ago I completed a health care survey where the compensation is a gift card of my choice. I haven't picked it out yet, but I will add this $10 to my extra income fund.

I also got $3 from Pinecone in my Paypal account today for a survey I did the other day.

So $13 survey income so far this week Smile