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What storm?

October 30th, 2011 at 01:19 am

Well, for now at least... not much of a storm here. That may change later of course. We're right on the edge of the rain/snow line, so it's a mix here. Sorry to hear Patientsaver is getting hit so hard! My brother was out and about west of here, but called to report he made it back to NH safely. You'd think he might have checked the weather report before heading down to MA, but noooo...
He said there were a LOT of cars off the road.

This was a fairly normal day for us. No panicked storm runs anywhere. I did need to go to the bread store and the bank. The bread I like, normal well over $4 at the grocery store, was on manager's special: 3 for $3. Sold! I went to the bank to drop off $265 in rebate checks. My bank is in the grocery store and boy was that place INSANE today. Yikes. I wanted to check out the manager specials in the meat department. We had some good luck there last Saturday. I found some good deals: 1.35 lbs ground beef for 3.21, four 5 oz packages of Butterball turkey for 0.79 each, and a package of shaved steak for 2.54. I went over to the discount bakery rack and found some rolls for 1.65. I thought these were all great prices, but for some reason there's a random line item on my receipt "CUST SERV ADJUST -5.00" I didn't notice it until I was going over my receipts a few hours later. Oops. So I only ended up paying a little over $5 for all the items. The screen said $10.xx when I swiped my card! That was quite strange.

I donated 1.00 to someone collecting money for Alzheimer's and 2.00 to a group of veterans outside. I'm a sucker for veterans! Put a bunch of older gentlemen in uniforms out to collect money and I'll give every time! Smile

So we had shaved steak subs for dinner. We'll have them again for lunch tomorrow. Then chili for dinner. Yum!!

After my errands I helped DH with a "minor" repair on his truck. He thought he had a bad tie rod end, but it ended up being a bad idler arm instead. The local parts store had one in stock for 42.99. I found a coupon code online for 10.00 off 30.00 or 20.00 off 50.00, so we added a pair of 9.99 Mechanix gloves and paid 35.xx with tax. Nice deal! He got the part installed while I cleaned up the garden. It was just starting to sprinkle when I got his text asking for help. He just wanted help cleaning up his tools. The rain really started coming down just as we got the tools packed up. The truck still needs some work (brakes, tie rod ends *eventually*) but it should be a lot safer to drive now. The brakes should be a simple job.

We're just taking it easy tonight. Silly us, just sitting here with our laptops and watching Criminal Minds. Smile

Where have I been?

October 28th, 2011 at 05:37 pm

I've been around. Still here for the most part. I read the blogs and comment sometimes, just haven't been interested in blogging.

Around the time I left blogging, I started getting into couponing more. That wasn't something I wanted to blog about here, so I posted it on my Facebook page then "graduated" to Blogger. Life got in the way and I got burned out in every aspect of my life. Frown

We started 2011 by losing 2 turtles, and our 16 year old black cat died of cancer after a 3 month battle. We had to put her down the night before my birthday in March. It was just too much to deal with all at once.

In July, the day after DH's birthday, we adopted a new black cat. He is 3 1/2 - 4 years old and a TERROR!! Oh boy. It has been a challenge, but he's starting to get better. He is buddies with our black lab, won't give the beagle the time of day, and terrorizes my poor tiger cat.

Since my last blog post: DH got rid of his 2001 Grand Prix GTP and bought a 2000 Ford F150. That was quite a change! We recently got back DH's Neon that my brother had borrowed for 2 years. Never thought to see THAT back in our lives again! So that's DH's daily driver while he makes some repairs on his truck. We have spent a pretty penny on car repairs lately - including swapping the transmission on the Neon! The vehicles are all paid for though. Smile DH has done most of the work himself, so this has been a great learning experience for a relatively "low" cost. He even found a used transmission for $320 shipped to us - and put that in himself with the help of my mom's BF.

Oh... I paid off my car. Big Grin

I'm still couponing, but not as much as I was last year. I'm having a lot of fun at the office supply stores at the moment. I was thrilled to find out I made Staples Premier status! Yes, the things that amuse me...

Just NEED to tackle that student loan debt. I want to blog here more to try and keep finances front and center again. They are for the most part, but you all know it's much easier when you're answering to others.

I'm just NOW starting to come out of the fog from the events earlier this year. I'm hoping I can stay level-headed and tackle this stuff.

I have more updates, but I will save those for other blog entries. Please give me a swift kick if I disappear again, OK? Wink