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Murphy Strikes Again

February 20th, 2010 at 07:52 pm

For my second payday of the month, I pay the rent, buy groceries, and pay the internet bill. The rent makes a pretty big hole in our checking account, making it a little harder to make it until payday. Well, this time, dh and I each had a doctor's appointment on Friday ($40.00 total) and an appointment for the cats' annual checkups. The vet said both cats are too fat, which I knew and had been telling dh that. Dh insists on pouring the cat food into one of those feeders, which of course turns the food bowl into an all you can eat food bar for the cats. The vet said if we don't get her weight down, she will become diabetic and will need medicine. Our male cat is a little overweight, too. I bought some Science Diet lite food. It's expensive. I don't think dh is going to like it, but I think I will start feeding them myself so we know they are not eating too much. I don't want them getting sick. The male cat also has some kind of parasite. Between the $123.00 vet visit and $31.00 for cat food, I am feeling a little pinched. I will be taking some out of savings to be able to make it until next payday.

More Debt Paid Off

February 19th, 2010 at 03:11 am

I just scheduled a credit card payment to go through on Saturday. Tomorrow is my next payday. I will go to the credit union and draw out my Spare Change Challenge funds of $28.00, combine it with $20.00, and send it to pay a big hunk off of Hospital Bill #1. This brings the balance to $481.58. Yea!

Update on Spare Change Challenge

February 13th, 2010 at 09:11 pm

Well, I received a $20.00 survey check in the mail a couple of days ago. I took it to the credit union today and deposited it into my Spare Change Challenge account, bringing my balance to $28.00. I also have some actual change, but only a couple of dollars, so I will wait until next Saturday to take it in.

More Decluttering

February 12th, 2010 at 09:28 pm

Howdy, neighbors. I have done some more decluttering by discarding 2 more pairs of threadbare socks. This seriously pared down the number of wearable socks in my drawer, so I opened up a new bag of socks I had already bought months ago.

That's 6 things so far this month!

More Decluttering

February 7th, 2010 at 09:19 pm

My dh decided to list some more books on bookmooch because there are some books he wants to get. However, he needs more points. Anyway, two of the books we don't want anymore don't have isbns even though they were published in the last 30 years. I have decided to take them to Goodwill next weekend.

Continuing With Decluttering

February 7th, 2010 at 04:23 am

I was inspired by the 30 in 30 Days Challenge and have continued to declutter. Today, I got rid of an old cd player/radio combination unit that hasn't worked for years. I have no idea why I still had it sitting in my bedroom. Since I rarely used it, I don't see a need to replace it.

I also got rid of a pair of courduroy pants that my dh held up to fold after laundering. We could see daylight through them, so we threw them out. I will have to replace them on my next payday.

Spare Change Challenge Update

February 5th, 2010 at 05:02 pm

Well, I cashed in the spare change I had collecting in a jar for the past month. I had $8.00 which I deposited in an account. I will be keeping track of the Spare Change Challenge balance separately and when I get about $40.00, I will send it to my hospital bill #1.

Goals for 2010

February 5th, 2010 at 01:32 am

Well, I am well on my way to meeting my 2010 goals. My hospital bill #1 is now $529.58. I paid off $120.00 of it with $100.00 from my tax refund plus my regular $20.00 payment. I will be getting some survey money and other found money soon that I will also funnel towards that bill. I get paid tomorrow and my savings will increase by $40.00 to $598.91.