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Weekend Happenings!

August 11th, 2013 at 06:49 pm

I've definitely been spending a lot of money this weekend. Yesterday DS and I spent some time shopping for clothes and shoes. Normally I don't make a big deal out of buying him a new wardrobe for back-to-school, but he is a teenager and has outgrown many of his clothes. We went to Kohl's (which is where I generally shop for him--he doesn't care about brand names)and I spent $222 for 17 pieces of clothing and 1 pr of sneakers. I used a 15% off coupon plus $10 off $25 purchase. In addition I got $40 in Kohl's cash. I'm very careful when spending the Kohl's cash too so that I don't go much over the value amount!

We also stopped at Chili's, which is one of my son's favorite restaurants, for lunch. I must admit I love the chips and salsa, which I had a free email coupon to redeem.

Today I made a another quick trip into town to get some canning jars and some veggies that I forgot yesterday. Since I have an abundance of cucumbers, I figured I should try to make some pickles. I have never canned anything in my life, but I found and made a pickle recipe on Pinterest. I'm concerned though because I don't think the lids sealed on the jars properly...

Other than that, I found a penny today in the store parking lot. I also have two loads of laundry hanging out to dry. I'm planning on listing a few more items on Ebay. Oh, and I want to spend some time on the Swagbucks siteSmile

Saturday Job

April 4th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I got a call a few weeks ago asking if I would be available to work yesterday. At the time I didn't really want to commit to it since I was off Good Friday at my FT job and I would have had a 3 day weekend. But since I did not have any plans, I thought I should take the opportunity to make some extra $. Besides since I don't work there regularly (every Saturday) like I once did....I would probably regret it if I turned down the offer. It was a good day, not crazy, just a steady flow of patients. I'm actually happy that I did it!! Since I don't work there regularly, my extra income fund isn't growing as quickly as it had more than six months ago.

In other news, I found a dime yesterday at the convenience store where I stopped to use the ATM.

A Bit of Extra Money!

April 2nd, 2010 at 05:22 pm

Yesterday I found a dime and a nickel while I was at the grocery store. I also got a $3 DD from Pine Cone in my Pay Pal account.

So I am adding $3.15 to my extra income account!

Ebay, Found $, Mystery Shopping

March 28th, 2010 at 03:19 pm

I'm hoping to list some items on Ebay today. I sold 1 item so far, four others are listed all with bids which will be ending in a couple of days. I also have to contact someone that may be interested in an item I listed on Craigslist a few weeks ago.

Yesterday while at the grocery store I found 5 pennies on top of a gumball machine. So a bit of extra income there!

Friday evening I did another restaurant mystery shop. It ended up being about $7, after reimbursement, for 2 people at a casual restaurant. Not bad IMO!

I received a DD in Pay Pal for $30 for a mystery shop payment, so more $ to the extra income account!

Sunday News

March 21st, 2010 at 08:54 pm

Today is a NSD!! I haven't even left the house.

Yesterday I found a dime and a penny while running some errands. We did another mystery shop on Friday evening.

I received an Amazon GC by email from Reward Port Surveys. It was for $10.

Today I listed 5 items on Ebay today. One of them had a bid on it. Another one has a watcher.

Other than that...not much going on here.

Have a wonderful day!

Busy with Mystery Shopping!

March 14th, 2010 at 07:15 pm

I have done three restaurant mystery shops in the last week. The food has been delicious. The service, on the other hand, especially at the one place was not very efficient with less than acceptable wait times after ordering meals. But all in all, not bad considering we can eat out for minimal OOP expenses due to reimbursements and shopper fees. I have another casual restaurant assignment scheduled for tomorrow night.


I have found a total of 2 dimes, 1 nickel, and 2 pennies over the course of the last few days while doing these assignments. So 27 cents in found money.


I got a $2 check from Survey Savvy on Friday. Yesterday, I received my Rite Aid monthly check rebate for $12.99. So a bit of extra money to send to the extra income fund.


Today is another NSD! Yeah!!

Friday Update

March 12th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Not much financial going on here. I did a mystery shop at a restaurant for dinner earlier in the week. I have another one scheduled for tonight...

I've found a nickel and penny in the last few days, so 6 cents to the extra income fund!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Another Penny!

March 2nd, 2010 at 01:46 am

Today I found a penny at work in the bathroom. Another small addition to the extra income fund! Smile

2 Pennies

February 25th, 2010 at 03:57 am

Today after work I stopped at Wal-mart. I found 1 penny in the parking lot and another by the exit door.

I love finding money!

A Penny, Pinecone, & Mystery Shop

February 23rd, 2010 at 04:30 am

I completed a Pinecone survey this weekend. I received a PayPal payment today for $3.


At work today, I found a penny in the bathroom.


I received a voice mail message from a scheduler with a mystery shopping company. I did assignments with this company previously. She stated that a mystery shop was available in my area. Generally, when a scheduler calls it means that a deadline is nearing and there are still assignments that need to be scheduled. Otherwise, an email is sent to make mystery shoppers aware of upcoming assignments and it is possible to self-assign a specific job.

Anyway, I suspected that the scheduler was desperate to assign a shop. I returned her call after I left work. She asked if I could do a restaurant mystery shop either tonight or tomorrow. The shopper previously assigned to this job failed to communicate with the scheduler and didn't enter the report online by the assignment due date. A $10 bonus was offered plus a reimbursement of $25 for the meal. Since I didn't have anything planned for this evening, I accepted the assignment. The scheduler kept thanking me throughout the conversation. I'm glad I made her day! When I got home from work, I gathered up the children and we were on our way to the restaurant. It turns out I spent $32.71 including tip. So I'm making a couple of extra dollars, plus a free meal!!

Ebay, Taxes, Found Money, etc...

February 14th, 2010 at 05:53 pm

Last Sunday I listed 5 items on Ebay. All of those are ending today. Each item has bids and plenty of watchers. I will be happy to get rid of some clutter and have some extra money.


Normally I use Turbo Tax to do my federal taxes, but I'm researching other options this year. Even though I get a discount through an investment company, it stills ends up costing *at least* $50. I'm thinking about using Tax Act since it is free for everyone with no income limits...Does anyone have any feedback using Tax Act? I doubt that I'm getting a refund. I may just complete the online forms and save it. Then I can submit it closer to the deadline. We will see what happens...


Last night I did another mystery shop at a restaurant. I just finished submitting the information online a bit ago. We stopped at Wal-mart to get a few things. I found a nickel in the parking lot and a penny on the floor near the exit doors.


Have a nice Sunday! I will post the Ebay profits in a few days!!

A Day Off Work!!

February 10th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I had off work today due to the snow storm. I'm not sure about going to work tomorrow either because it is still snowing with blizzard-like conditions. My children had off today as well. I shoveled part of the driveway, but it is drifted again plus there is additional snow...

I found a nickel and 3 pennies walking to the building where I work yesterday. Then, I stopped at Staples before heading home. I bought DD a calculator and some pencil lead using my Staples Rewards certificate, so I paid $0 OOP. Near the checkout area I found another penny.

My internet access has been intermittent today...I hope that it doesn't go completely out!

Small Amount of Extra Money

January 30th, 2010 at 05:23 pm

I got 19 cents added to my Pay Pal account from You Data yesterday. Also, I found a penny at the gas station while running errands last night.

Today I have been doing some surveys. I requested a payout of $2 from Survey Savvy.

It looks like today will be another NSD!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Found $, Refund & Coupon Income

January 29th, 2010 at 02:02 am

I received a refund check in the mail today for $9.98. Also I traded some coupons (which were useless to me) with a coupon queen for $3.80. Plus yesterday I found a penny at the grocery store!

I will add these to my extra income fund.

Sunday Update

January 25th, 2010 at 02:20 am

Yesterday I found a penny while at the grocery store. I also received a refund check in the mail for $3.69.

I had Direct TV installed yesterday. So far everything is fine. Many more options than with cable TV and much less expensive Smile.

Today was another no-spender!!

Have a safe evening!

Sunday Update

January 11th, 2010 at 01:12 am

Yesterday was a NSD for me. In fact I didn't even leave the house.

I got $20.49 in refund checks yesterday to add to the extra income account.

Today I went to Staples to get a few items (pens, manila folders, envelopes, binder clips, and legal pads) that were free after getting Staples Rewards. While at the register, I found a penny there.

Just an Update

January 4th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

I was supposed to go back to work today, but both children were sick with ear aches! Today was to be their first day back to school after Christmas vacation. I made a doctor's appointment for them this morning. I spent $40 on office visits, then both needed prescriptions. Those cost $30 total + I used a coupon for a $10 gift card for having a new prescription. So a grand total of $60 spent today on copays.

I did find a penny today, plus I got a $2 refund check in the mail to add to my extra income fund.

Hopefully I can go back to work tomorrow and the children can go to school...

A Nickel, A Penny, and Pinecone

December 22nd, 2009 at 03:09 am

Over the weekend I found a penny in a crack in the sidewalk. Also, last night at Walmart I found a nickel under a bench.

I got $6 deposited into my Paypal account today for 2 Pinecone surveys I completed over the weekend.

So $6.06 in extra income!

Friday Update

December 19th, 2009 at 02:19 am

I bought a Columbia jacket on Ebay that was less than $30, which included shipping. It arrived today and is in excellent condition. It is purple, dark pink, and turquoise.


Last night I went to the Dollar Tree to pick up a few more stocking stuffers and there was a nickel and penny on the floor at the checkout counter.

Then today at Rite Aid, I found a dime. So 16 cents in 2 days!


There is snow in the weather forecast for our area this weekend--and a lot of it. At least it is considered significant for this region--8-10 inches! Smile I'll probably work on the finances some tomorrow since I doubt we will be leaving the house!

Friday Update

December 4th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Today I was off work--I took a vacation day. I still have several more to take this month or I will lose them.

I had a few items to return at Staples and Kohl's. I returned an ink cartridge at Staples for $34.97 which was credited back to my CC. I also turned in 2 cartridges for recycling. I guess they give the $3/cartridge now in the form of Staple Rewards payable each quarter instead of the coupons that I received the last time I recycled some.

At Kohl's I returned 3 Christmas ornaments that were an impulse buy at the time, but I decided that I didn't *need* them. So $6.72 was credited for those. I even made it out of the store without purchasing anything additional!

I went to the Dollar Tree to pick up a few stocking stuffers.

I found a penny also while running errands. So I saved almost $50 with the refund transactions, recyclable cartridges, and found money!!

Have a safe evening!


November 21st, 2009 at 01:49 pm

I get payments deposited in Paypal yesterday for $100 in reimbursements for 3 restaurant mystery shops + $3 from Pine Cone!

Then I went to Walmart for a few items which included yams $0.25/lb, celery $0.88/stalk, head of cauliflower $1.98, and broccoli $1.25/lb...all pretty good deals in my opinion! I found a penny at the checkout register there.

So I had extra income yesterday of $103.01!!

More Checks + Found Money

November 15th, 2009 at 09:58 pm

Yesterday I received two checks in the mail. One was $7 for completing a mystery shop. The other was from Toluna Surveys for $10.

After work yesterday I stopped for gas at a convenience store and found another penny in the parking lot!

Have a great Sunday!

Credit Score Update

November 13th, 2009 at 02:25 am

I get a monthly FICO score update as a free service with my credit union. For about the last year, my score has decreased then stabilized a few months ago. The last two months my score increased...this time by 7 points!!

Oh I found another penny in the Wal-mart parking lot yesterday morning!

Have a great evening!

17 cents!

November 9th, 2009 at 04:49 am

This weekend I found a total of $0.17!! Friday night, while doing a mystery shop, I found a nickel. Last night at the grocery store I located a penny. The today when I stopped at the convenience store to use the ATM, I scored a dime and a penny!!

Another 11 cents!

September 21st, 2009 at 03:00 am

I found more money today. I located a dime at the exit door at CVS. Then leaving CVS on the sidewalk there was a penny!

So 21 cents now that I've found in 2 days!!

Found a dime + Rebate Checks

September 20th, 2009 at 12:37 am

Today when I was at Wal-mart I found a dime at the checkout area.

This week I received $49.43 in refund checks from Rite-Aid plus a few others. So a little extra money for the extra income fund!

Have a great evening!

Ebay Update

August 24th, 2009 at 05:33 pm

Yesterday I listed four items on Ebay. I checked today and I have bids on three items and plenty of watchers on all of the items.

I also listed something on Craigslist too yesterday.

I'm trying to reduce some clutter again. I'm thinking about having a yard sale in a couple of weeks too. We will see if that happens or not.

I found another penny yesterday at Walmart.

Have a great day!

Mystery Shopping News

August 22nd, 2009 at 09:12 pm

This week I got a total of $134.92 reimbursements in my Paypal account for 3 restaurant mystery shops I completed in July.

I'm leaving soon to do another restaurant mystery shop assignment tonight. Then, tomorrow I have a retail one to complete.

Oh I found a penny also the other day at the store.

Some Extra Money

August 15th, 2009 at 03:58 am

Today I got a $7 refund check in the mail, I found a penny, plus earned $0.51 from You Data.

So I have $7.52 to add to the extra income fund.

Extra Money

August 10th, 2009 at 04:22 am

I got another refund check in the mail yesterday for $4.50.

Today, I was out and about with DD and found a dime and 3 pennies in the mall while shopping for school clothes.

So I have another $4.63 to add to the extra income fund!

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