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One person's trash....

October 7th, 2009 at 05:25 pm

is MY treasure! I scored a "dead" HP inkjet printer destined for the trash today. Well, if it wasn't dead before, it is now. We broke it trying to get the two ink cartridges out. Hey - those are worth $3 each in Staples rewards! The printer can be worth $50 towards an HP trade-in. Our IT guy put it in the trash because he was cleaning out his office. I agonized over it all day. I didn't feel comfortable just asking for "trash" and couldn't sneak it out of there. All of a sudden I had an idea!! I went up to him and said "Hey, instead of throwing the printer in the trash - mind if I haul it away for recycling?" Well, I really will be recycling it as a trade-in and the cartridges get recycled at Staples. I wasn't lying!! Smile

Sunday we went into Boston and did a sunset harbor cruise. This is regular $22 a person, but I bought "groupons" a while back for $12 each. First time redeeming a groupon and it was nice and easy. The cruise was GREAT!!! It was very cold out on the water though. They take you out by Old Ironsides as she fires her cannon at sunset! The Queen Mary II was docked in Boston. Uh, large just doesn't describe that boat! It was rather intimidating!

Old Ironsides

Sunset over the Zakim Bridge

On the way home, we stopped at T.G.I. Friday's to use our free burger coupons (Facebook promo). We each ordered a beer and burgers and were out of there for under $20 including tip. The burgers were really good, but I'm not sure if I'd order it again.

Yesterday was our 8th wedding anniversary. Hard to believe it's been that long already. We went out to T.G.I. Friday's, but DH's jaw (sinus infection) was bothering him so he didn't want to use a free burger coupon. I had the free chicken sandwich this time. I liked the chicken more than the burger. Not something I normally would order, but it was really good! I had three more coupons left, so I gave two to a coworker. I saved one so DH could try the chicken sandwich before the promo ends.

I'm feeling kinda bummed today because things are still not resolved with my mother. I still don't feel I did anything wrong. I just didn't agree with her car purchase, so I told her so. Honestly, I'm not sure who's not speaking to who!! I just know it's been almost three weeks since I sent her that email telling her I couldn't manage her finances anymore. Nothing since then. Oh, the reason I'm bummed? My mom ALWAYS sends us an anniversary card. Nothing so far. Frown

The payments hit my student loan, but I'll update that info on Saturday when I go over the finances.

Finally, I know this post has a lot in it, but I just HAVE to share this pic I took while I was writing my last blog entry!! My pain in the butt mutt again!!

10 Responses to “One person's trash....”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    It's a cute pain in the butt.

    Congrats! & sorry about your mom.

    I have rescued a few things from the office trash, for sure.

  2. HouseHopeful Says:

    MonkeyMama is right... thats a REALLY cute pain in the butt! Happy Anniversary!

    Sorry that things are unresolved with your Mom. Hopefully, a little time with help things.

    And I would have no problem with doing the same for the cartidges! Good thinking Smile

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I hope things get better between you and your mom.

  4. LuxLiving Says:

    Yes, a Happy Annivesary to you and yours.

    My Mom sulls up from time to time, and then she gets over it. In the meantime it sucks for a while. Mothers and Daughters! Sorry that you're in that place, but if you are doing what's best for your mental health and if she isn't listening anyway? Sounds as if you made the right decision.

    The boat ride sounds heavenly.

    And way to go beating back that student loan debt!

  5. dmontngrey Says:

    Thanks guys. Yeah, it's only been three weeks but this is really unusual. Especially about the card. My mom sends cards for EVERYTHING! I swear she's going through a mid-life crisis. She just wants to have FUN and ignore everything else!! I'm still keeping an eye on things from a distance - keeping my spreadsheet updated because I have a sinking feeling I'll have to turn things around again at some point. I don't want to start from scratch. I do not have any plans to offer advice right now though. She is not tightening her belt at all, like she said she would. I don't get it - she doesn't GET IT!! I do know my decision is right for me at this moment. I have no choice.

    Thank you all for the anniversary wishes. It certainly is this relationship that I wish to devote all my energy to right now. Frustrating at times, but more laughter these days. Smile

    Yes, I do love my cute little pain in the butt!! Purse ransacking and all! Wink

  6. Mooshocker Says:

    Happy Anniversary! Reach out to your mom asap! Let her know where your rationale is coming from but also how the separation has affected you. Love fixes all! God bless.

  7. Ima saver Says:

    Happy anniversary! Hope your mom comes around soon.

  8. north georgia gal Says:

    I have rescued things from work too. I currently have a box of printer cartridges tomail in...didn't know about the staples thing. Might have to look into that!

  9. dmontngrey Says:

    You just need to have a Staples rewards account (free) and they will give you $3 per cartridge up to 10 per month. Not a bad deal and you just save the rest for next month. You get your rewards certificate a month or so after the month ends. It's not hard to turn the certificate into "cash" with free after rebate items.

  10. Jerry Says:

    Nice job on the cartridge recycling, that leads to some savings and it was totally legitimate. I'm glad that Staples offers that program because it gives some insurance that people will actually turn them in. Money makes us all greener. =) Also, your pics made me miss Boston SO much!

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