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And some MORE Menards Freebies!

August 31st, 2014 at 02:11 pm

Everything listed below was FREE after rebate!



Knee Pads (Bought 4)
(Marked $12.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 3 for $12.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
1 left to sell

Water Bottles (Bought 8)
(Marked $2.50 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 8 for $4.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $32.00

Cricut Tool Kits (Bought 4)
(Marked $4.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 4 for $5.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $20.00

Nitrile Gloves (Bought 8)
(Marked $1.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 8 for $1.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $8.00

HDMI Cords (Bought 8)
(Marked $4.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 for $4.00 on 9/2/14 on FB
*ETA - Sold 6 for $4.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
1 left to sell

Womens 6pk Socks (Bought 8)
(Marked $3.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 8 for $4.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $32.00

Flexible Chopping Mats (Bought 4)
(Marked $2.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 4 for $2.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $8.00

Not pictured

Sawblades (Bought 4)
(Marked $2.50 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold all 4 on FB on 9/2/14 for $2.50 each
Profit = $10.00

Oven Liners (Bought 2)
(Marked $2.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $2.00 at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $4.00

Magnifying Glasses (Bought 2)
(Marked $3.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $3.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $6.00

Mini Flashlights (Bought 2)
(Marked $3.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 for $3.00 at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - Sold 1 for $3.00 at 10/1/16 rummage sale

Menards Freebies!

August 31st, 2014 at 01:57 pm

Everything listed below was FREE after rebate!



Party Cups (Bought 20)
(Marked $1.50 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 17 for $1.50 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - 1 is chipped so keeping that one
2 left to sell

Athletic Tops (Bought 4)
(Marked $4.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 3 for $4.00 at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - Kept 1 for me
Profit = $12.00

Scoop Neck Tops 2pks (Bought 4)
(Marked $4.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $4.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - Sold 1 for $4.00 at 9/23/16 rummage sale
1 left to sell

Pot Holder Sets (Bought 12)
*These were actually a $1.00 Money Maker for everyone I bought!! They were $1.49 each and the rebate on each was $2.49!!
(Marked $1.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 12 for $1.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $24.00

Spic and Span Cleaning Supplies (Bought 6)
(Marked $1.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 5 for $1.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - Sold 1 for $1.00 at 9/23/16 rummage sale

CVS Deals from last week

August 30th, 2014 at 03:41 pm

Got a couple little gems in clearance lately!


(No Giftcards for this transaction)

Luster Pro Light Teeth Whitening System
Regular Price $41.99
-$31.50 Clearance Price 75% off
-$5.00 Mfr Coupon
Final Price = $5.49!!
(Marked $20.00 for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold for $20.00 at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $14.51

Nexium 24hr 42ct (Bougt 1)(Not pictured)
Regular Price $28.99
-$5.06 Sale Price
-$5.00 Mfr Coupon
-$10.00 CVS CMC Coupon
*Received $5.00 EB
Final Price = $3.93!!
*ETA - Sold to coworker for $12.00 on 9/3/14
Profit = $8.07

Renu Contact Solution (Bought 2)
Regular Price $10.79 Each
-$2.80 Sale Price Each
-$2.00 Mfr Coupon Each
*Receive $5.00 EB for Eac
Final Price = .99 Each!!
(Marked $4.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $5.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*I decided after looking at the store prices (ranging from $8-$10 a bottle) that I could ask $5, instead of $4 and they all sold!
Profit = $8.02

Dial 16oz or 18oz Bodywash (Bought 4)
Regular Price $5.99 Each
-$2.49 Sale Price Each
-$2.00 Mfr Coupon for each set (2)
-$2.00 CVS CMC $2 off $8 Bodywash Purchase
*Received $2.00 EB for each set (2)
Final Price = $1.00 Each!!
(Marked $3.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 4 for $3.00 each at rummage sale
Profit = $8.00

Dial Mens Bodywash (Bought 2)
Regular Price $5.99 Each
-$2.49 Sale Price Each
-$2.00 Mfr Coupon
*Received $2.00 EB
Final Price $1.50 Each!!
(Marked $3.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $3.00 each
Profit = $3.00

Ronson Butane (Bought 4)
Regular Price $4.19
-$3.77 Clearance Price 90% off
Final Price = .42 Price
(Marked $2.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 4 for $2.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $6.32

Everything in this entry is SOLD! Made a profit of $47.92!! Smile

$20K Update

August 30th, 2014 at 10:25 am

Yesterday was payday. Since I don't have to pay my mortgage till October I had a nice chunk extra to toss in savings.

Current Balance $22,215.00
+$400.00 Payday
Balance $22,615.00

Local Savings $1380.00
ING Savings $21,235.00
My Total Savings $22,615.00

$700 Win at the Casino!

August 27th, 2014 at 02:19 pm

BF and I and a few of his family members made an impromptu trip to the casino last night....and I came home $700 ahead! YEAH!

Normally I would stick that into savings or the mortgage, but since we are going on that trip to Laughlin in the beginning of October I will keep it aside for that and now I won't have to take any money out of savings for my gambling money, so unless I lose the bet and have to pay for food, I am going to have 5 free days in Laughlin! SCORE!

August Spending Tracking

August 25th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

8/1 Coke .75
8/1 A&B Pizza $4.98
8/1 Electric Bill $94.38

Out of town for BFs state softball
8/1 Blackjack $50.00
8/2 Strawberry Pop $1.06
8/2 Gordmans $21.01
8/2 Scheel's Earplugs $3.21
8/2 Long Horn Steakhouse $49.37
8/2 Hotel Room/Fuel $100.00

8/3 - NO SPEND DAY!!
8/4 - NO SPEND DAY!!
______________________________________________________
8/5 Groceries $35.25 (Milk, bread, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, frozen pizzas, 4 carton of juice, salad dressing, Miracle Whip, Capri Sun for rummage sale)

8/6 Ice Cream Treat $1.00
8/6 Fuel $40.31
8/6 Red Lobster $66.44

8/7 - NO SPEND DAY!!

8/8 Taco Johns $6.16
8/8 Pat Benetar Tickets (2) $40.00
______________________________________________________
Out of town for state softball
8/9 - NO SPEND DAY!!
8/10 Fuel $38.31

8/10 CVS $12.29
8/10 CVS $2.15
______________________________________________________
8/11 DressBarn $62.54
8/11 Ground Round $20.00
8/11 CVS $15.85
8/12 McDonalds $3.40
8/12 CVS $17.96
8/13 Fuel $39.91
8/14 McDonalds $4.69
8/14 Cookies for softball potluck $7.98

Out of town for wedding
8/15 - NO SPEND DAY!
8/16 - NO SPEND DAY!
8/17 Fuel $42.00
8/17 Wedding Gift $25.00

8/17 Pop for rummage sale $32.02
8/17 Coed softball fees $25.00
_____________________________________________________
8/18 Breakfast $5.10
8/18 Hooters $27.00

8/19 - NO SPEND DAY!

8/20 Space Aliens $49.00

8/21 - NO SPEND DAY!

8/22 CVS $3.55
8/22 Fuel $36.75
8/22 Taco Johns $5.23

Out of town for Pat Benatar Concert
8/23 - NO SPEND DAY!

8/24 Chinese $25.00


Monthly total so far = $1014.65

Eating out is crazy....any of the bills for food that are over $10 is cause it was me and BF eating together....and he pays for a lot of our meals (though I have been pushing to pay for more)...so we are eating out way too much. I challenged us to just eat out once a week in September, it will help our weight loss challenge, plus give us some cushion for the Laughlin trip. Hopefully we can help each other and pull it off! Smile Other then the eating out everything is ok with me for spending. Fuel bill is high since we were out of town so much. That should go down some now that all of the out of town "trips" are done, however since BF lives out of town my fuel bill will continue to be higher then I would like it to be....but it is definitely worth it to have my rock. Smile

I did have to go to the Dr and get almost $200 in RX on Friday for a surprise eye infection...but since that was paid for out of my HSA I am not counting that towards my monthly expenses.

Week One Weightloss Check-In

August 25th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Only down 1 lb this week..shoot! Was down 2.5lbs at one time,but the weekend out of town for the Pat Benatar concert didn't help things with "grab what you can when you can" food and too many drinks in the diet. Oh well at least I am going in the right direction.


Me - Down 1 lb, .56% lost
BF - Even, 0% lost

Goal for the week, be down 3lbs total. NO SWEETS.
Limit drinking, continue ab workouts and add cardio.

It's official - I am a divorcee

August 21st, 2014 at 07:32 am

Got the papers in the mail yesterday. I am no longer married.


I called the gym and got our memberships seperated and mine put onto my own CC and let X know he will need to do so as well. Also called my health insurance to find out what I need to do to have him removed. Will be doing that in about a week as X was picking his plan and I don't want him to have a lapse in coverage.

Last night I went through all of my files (back to 2004) and got out all of X's papers (CC bills that were only in his name, resumes, car titles, medical claims, etc.) and put them in a bag for him. Also got the last few items of his from the basement brought up and put in the garage. One of his friends is coming to pick it up tonight. I think that is everything physical out of the house now.

Other then a few things to still seperate (cell phones, Netflix, car insurance etc.) we are done. Contact should be extremely limited going forward.

$20K Update

August 19th, 2014 at 05:20 am

Got a $12 rebate from UV Vodka that I submitted back in June. I tossed it in savings and added $3 to even it out. $15 more dollars towards my future! Smile

Current Balance $22,200.00
+$12.00 UV Rebate
+$3.00 Even Out Amount
Balance $22,215.00

Local Savings $1380.00
ING Savings $20,835.00
My Total Savings $22,215.00

Can we please be done with this....

August 19th, 2014 at 05:16 am

Found out last night that XH never did stop messing around....even when he said he wanted to work things out and counseling sessions etc. I had accepted the fact that there were probably lots more incidences and girls that I didn't know about....and I was happy NOT knowing. Last night I accidentally found our more junk that I just really didn't want to know. Frown Sucks....BUT I think maybe FINALLY opened my eyes to realize this is not a good person making mistakes...this is a bad person....

Could not be more thankful for my BF right now who continually tells me he wants me to be happy and stop being hurt by someone that never deserved me. So lucky to have found him.

Looking to the future and feeling it will be BRIGHT!

Divorce Papers are filed

August 18th, 2014 at 01:04 pm

It somehow slipped my mind to post that I did file the divorce papers. Filed last week Wednesday (8/30/14). The cost was $80 which we paid jointly. When we turned the papers in the court clerk stated that there probably wouldn't be anything else to do, we will just get notice in the mail when we are divorced. Frown So sad how simple that is.... Cried like a fool on the way out of the court house and XH tried to comfort me a little but I was crying too hard for him to understand anything I was saying. Bad, bad day. Frown

Well anyways it is a relief to be done and the only sad punch in the gut left is the day I get that paper in the mail telling me I am no longer married. I do hope that I get that done and over with before the trip to Laughlin and can just enjoy my time and look forward and not backward.

Still have some items on the "To Do" list for the divorce, but as long as the house is done and the divorce papers are filed, I am good. Working on the other items though and after the BIG rummage sale at the beginning of September I will have lots more extra time to make sure all my bases are covered.

6 Week Weight Loss Challenge and FREE trip to Laughlin!!

August 18th, 2014 at 11:09 am

BF is taking me to Laughlin! YEAH! I have never been there before and this is the first trip outside of the state for us together so I am very excited!

Best part is it's FREE! He got comped from a previous trip he took there and he got 2 free flights there and back, free room for 5 nights, free appetizer at one of the restaurants, and 2 free tickets to Larry the Cable Guy (random, LOL)! Our hotel has 2 pools and a private beach, FUN!

So the only thing to pay for is eating (we will do some nice dinners, but there is also a McDonalds and other cheap food options), drinks (free while you are gambling), gambling ($$$) and shopping (not planning on doing much of this, but maybe?!). We are flying out from a city 2 1/2 hrs away, so we will have gas there and back (which I have said I will pay for) as well.

BF and I would both like to lose some weight before the trip, so we decided to have a little bet. Whoever looses the highest percentage of weight is the winner...the loser pays for all of the meals while we are in Nevada. The contest starts today and ends 9/30/14. So I have 6 weeks! My goal is to loose 15 lbs which I think is reasonable if I work hard and stay focused.

My plan of action:
-Cardio outside or in the gym 4 days a week
-30 days Ab Challenge
-No sweets except for 4 brownies when I work the rummage sale (it's 4 days and unrealistic for me to sell brownies without sampling the products... Wink )
-No pop at home (except during rummage sale) and no pop when eating out. Try to get down to 1 can per day at work (currently at 2 per day).
-Only drinking for special occasions (weddings, parties, etc.), not when out for dinner/softball etc.
-Be vigilant on portion size
-Make good decisions when eating out
-Water, water, water!!!

I would really love to win....not just for the free meals on the trip, but just to feel a little better about myself. BF is ALWAYS very complimentary, but losing a little weight is always a great confidence booster so I am looking forward to it! Smile

CVS Oral Care Clearance Deals

August 17th, 2014 at 07:33 pm

Lots of clearance in the Oral Care Aisle at my CVS! I let my Mom take a lot of the deals since she keeps me supplied with coupons. Smile



Firefly Angry Birds Mouthwash 16oz (Bought 3)
Regular Price $4.99
-$3.75 Clearance Price
-$1.00 Firefly Mfr Coupon (3)
Final Price = .24 Each!!
(Marked $3.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 3 for $3.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $8.28

CVS Brand Kids Bubblegum Mouthwash 16oz (Bought 1)
Regular Price $4.19
-$3.15 Clearance Price
Final Price = $1.04!!
(Marked $2.00 for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold for $2.00 at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = .96

CVS Brand 2pk Toothbrush (Bought 3)
Regular Price $4.99 Each
-$3.75 Clearance Price Each
-$2.00 CVS CRT $2.00 off $10.00 Toothbrush Purchase
Final Price = .58 Each!!
(Marked $2.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 3 for $2.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $4.26

CVS Brand Floss Picks 75ct (Bought 5)
Regular Price $1.57 Each
-$1.93 Clearance Price
Final Price = .64 Each!
(Marked $1.50 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 4 for $1.50 each at rummage sale
*ETA - Gave 1 to BF
Profit = $3.44

And 2 more Nivea I picked up at the end of last week but I hadn't gotten on here yet.....
Nivea for Men Bodywash (Bought 2)
Regular Price $5.29 Each
-$5.29 (1) BOGO Free Sale
-$1.00 Mfr Coupon (2)
Final Price = $1.65 Each (Free on CVS GC)
(Marked $3.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold for $3.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $6.00

Tons of Freebies at CVS last week!

August 17th, 2014 at 06:28 pm

I tried to get this entry up last week, but just didn't get around to it....check it out!!


Got $176.10 worth of product for FREE! YEAH!
Not the kinds of things I would normally want to pick up to sell, but it it is free I will take it! If it doesn't see I can always donate it.

If I sold everything for what I have it marked would be a profit of $70.50!!

CVS Brand Antacid Tablets 72ct (Bought 3)
Regular Price $4.49 Each
-$1.50 Sale Price Each
*Received $2.99 EB for Each
Final Price = 3 Free!!
(Marked $2.50 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 3 for $2.50 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $7.50

CVS Anti-Diarrhea Capsules 12ct (Bought 3)
Regular Price $5.79 Each
-$.80 Sale Price Each
*Received $4.99 EB for Each
Final Price = 3 Free!!
(Marked $2.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 for $2.00 at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - 2 expired before they were sold so I put it in my medicine cabinet.

Active D’Lites Chocolate (Bought 3)
Regular Price $2.57 Each
-$.58 Sale Price Each
*Received $1.99 EB for Each
Final Price = 3 Free!!
(Keeping these)

CVS Acid Controller 25ct (Bought 3)
Regular Price $9.29 Each
-$2.30 Sale Price Each
*Received $6.99 EB for Each
Final Price = 3 Free!!
(Marked $4.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 for $4.00 at 9/4/14 rummage sale
2 left to sell

CVS Hemorrhoid Cream (Bought 3)
Regular Price $6.49 Each
-$.70 Sale Price Each
*Received $5.79 EB for Each
Final Price = 3 Free!!
(Marked $2.50 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - All 3 expired before it sold so I donated them on FB.

CVS Brand Fiber Supplement 3lb Container (Bought 3)
Regular Price $13.29 Each
-$3.30 Sale Price Each
*Received $9.99 EB for Each
Final Price = 3 Free!!
(Marked $6.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $6.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
1 left to sell

CVS Gas Relief 50ct (Bought 3)
Regular Price $11.29 Each
-$3.30 Sale Price Each
*Received $7.99 EB for Each
Final Price = 3 Free!!
(Marked $4.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $4.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - 1 did not sell, so I moved it to my personal stockpile in May 2017.
Profit = $8.00

CVS Milk of Magnesia (Bought 3)
Regular Price $5.49 Each
-$1.50 Sale Price Each
*Received $3.99 EB for Each
Final Price = 3 Free!!
(Marked $2.50 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - 1 did not sell, so I moved it to my personal stockpile in May 2017.

$20K Update

August 17th, 2014 at 05:47 pm

Only putting $100 out of this paycheck into savings. Pat Benatar concert is next weekend so keeping some out to play with, will probably put some more in savings after next weekend.

Current Balance $22,070.00
+$24.00 FB Sales
+$6.00 Even Out Amount
+$100.00 Payday
Balance $22,200.00

Local Savings $1380.00
ING Savings $20,820.00
My Total Savings $22,200.00

3 More FB Sales!

August 17th, 2014 at 05:40 pm

Not posting much on FB right now since I have the BIG rummage sale coming up, but still been making a few sales here and there. Smile

Sale #38 (RP - My boss) - $7.00
Discounted items from Target

Olay Bodywash - I paid $1.82 Each
Sold for $3.50 Each = $3.38 Profit

Sale #39 (AM) - $5.00
Free curbside items

Kids Pool - Free from curb
Sold for $5.00 on FB

Sale #40 (DC) - $12.00
Discounted items from CVS

Scope 1 Liter Bottles (4) - I paid $1.49 each for 2 and .99 each for 2(All 4 free on CVS GC)
Sold for $3.00 Each on FB on 8/15/14 = $12.00 Profit

August Spending Tracking

August 17th, 2014 at 04:26 pm

8/1 Coke .75
8/1 A&B Pizza $4.98
8/1 Electric Bill $94.38

Out of town for BFs state softball
8/1 Blackjack $50.00
8/2 Strawberry Pop $1.06
8/2 Gordmans $21.01
8/2 Scheel's Earplugs $3.21
8/2 Long Horn Steakhouse $49.37
8/2 Hotel Room/Fuel $100.00

8/3 - NO SPEND DAY!!
8/4 - NO SPEND DAY!!
______________________________________________________
8/5 Groceries $35.25 (Milk, bread, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, frozen pizzas, 4 carton of juice, salad dressing, Miracle Whip, Capri Sun for rummage sale)

8/6 Ice Cream Treat $1.00
8/6 Fuel $40.31
8/6 Red Lobster $66.44

8/7 - NO SPEND DAY!!

8/8 Taco Johns $6.16
8/8 Pat Benetar Tickets (2) $40.00
______________________________________________________
Out of town for state softball
8/9 - NO SPEND DAY!!
8/10 Fuel $38.31

8/10 CVS $12.29
8/10 CVS $2.15
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8/11 DressBarn $62.54
8/11 Ground Round $20.00
8/11 CVS $15.85
8/12 McDonalds $3.40
8/12 CVS $17.96
8/13 Fuel $39.91
8/14 McDonalds $4.69
8/14 Cookies for softball potluck $7.98

Out of town for wedding
8/15 - NO SPEND DAY!
8/16 - NO SPEND DAY!
8/17 Fuel $42.00
8/17 Wedding Gift $25.00


8/17 Pop for rummage sale $32.02
8/17 Coed softball fees $25.00


*DressBarn was a new dress and a bracelet for the wedding this weekend. Not a NEED, but I think a good investment as I got a very cute, and elegant dress that I could wear for many weddings.
*I have been a lil out of control lately with McDonalds breakfast...it's bad for me in the tummy and the pocketbook. Working on it!
*CVS has been a lot lately....but it is all items that are free after EBs or reselling at the rummage sale.

Monthly total so far = $863.02 YIKES.

New Glasses

August 11th, 2014 at 07:10 am

I got new glasses at the end of July. I like to keep track of that on here, makes it really easy to see when I last got my eyewear. Smile

Lens $139.00
Frame $249.00
Standard Eye Exam $89.00
-$397.80 Insurance Payment
------------------------------
$79.20 My Costs

I paid the $79.20 out of my HSA.

Normally I try to keep the costs of the frames down so that I don't have to pay anything OOP, but the ones I picked out were a little spendy. Luckily I have over $10K in the HSA account so nothing OOP for me!

August Spending Tracking

August 11th, 2014 at 05:24 am

I did awesome with my 2nd trip out of town for the month (I am out of town EVERY weekend this month!). I opted to not get a hotel room for state softball so had to drive up Saturday and Sunday, BUT I didn't spend a PENNY other then fuel! I brought my water, pop, snacks and lunch from home. Pretty proud of myself!

I am officially out of CVS Giftcards so I will be having some CVS spending, everything I got so far this month was free after EBs, so I will have EBs for future purchases, but for now I did spend some OOP.

Next weekend the out of town is going to DBF's town for a wedding, so should have very minimal costs there as I will be staying with DBF and eating at wedding, so no food or lodging costs, just fuel and then any money spent at the wedding for drinks or gifts (dollar dance, etc.). So shouldn't be too expensive of a weekend.

8/1 Coke .75
8/1 A&B Pizza $4.98
8/1 Electric Bill $94.38

Out of town
8/1 Blackjack $50.00
8/2 Strawberry Pop $1.06
8/2 Gordmans $21.01
8/2 Scheel's Earplugs $3.21
8/2 Long Horn Steakhouse $49.37
8/2 Hotel Room/Fuel $100.00

8/3 - NO SPEND DAY!!
8/4 - NO SPEND DAY!!
______________________________________________________
8/5 Groceries $35.25 (Milk, bread, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, frozen pizzas, 4 carton of juice, salad dressing, Miracle Whip, Capri Sun for rummage sale)

8/6 Ice Cream Treat $1.00
8/6 Fuel $40.31
8/6 Red Lobster $66.44

8/7 - NO SPEND DAY!!

8/8 Taco Johns $6.16
8/8 Pat Benetar Tickets (2) $40.00
______________________________________________________
Out of town
8/9 - NO SPEND DAY!!
8/10 Fuel $38.31

8/10 CVS $12.29
8/10 CVS $2.15

Monthly total so far = $566.67 YIKES.

$20K Update

August 9th, 2014 at 04:45 pm

Current Balance $22,030.00
+$40.00 Sold 4 Piggy Banks on FB
Balance $22,070.00

Local Savings $1350.00
ING Savings $20,720.00
My Total Savings $22,070.00

Sold 4 Piggy Banks!

August 9th, 2014 at 04:43 pm

The items I got from lids.com have been selling well. Lots of interest! I already sold 4 piggy banks!

Sale #35 (LN) - $10.00
Discounted items from lids.com

Minnesota Vikings Piggy Bank - I paid $5.00
Sold for $10.00 = $5.00 Profit


Sale #36 (DE) - $10.00
Discounted items from lids.com

Minnesota Twins Piggy Bank - I paid $5.00
Sold for $10.00 = $5.00 Profit


Sale #37 (LS) - $20.00
Discounted items from lids.com

Minnesota Vikings Piggy Bank - I paid $5.00
Sold for $10.00 = $5.00 Profit

Minnesota Twins Piggy Bank - I paid $5.00
Sold for $10.00 = $5.00 Profit

$20K Update - Deal on Pat Benatar Tickets!

August 8th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

BF and I, and his sister and her GF were all planning on going to a Pat Benatar concert at the end of August. Tickets were $40 reserved and $35 general admission. I was going to buy tickets for all 4 of us and the other 2 were paying me back for theirs. Well one of my coworkers ended up winning 2 tickets and she can't go so she said I could have them for free! Smile Sweet! I didn't feel right taking them from her for free, so I told her I would give her $20 a ticket for them, that way she makes $40 and I save $30 (they are general admission) by getting them from her instead of the venue! Didn't think there would be any way for me to save money on concert tickets, but I somehow found one!!

Tossed the $30 I saved into savings!

Current Balance $22,000.00
+$30.00 Savings on concert tickets
Balance $22,030.00

Local Savings $1310.00
ING Savings $20,720.00
My Total Savings $22,030.00

August Spending Tracking

August 8th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

8/1 Coke .75
8/1 A&B Pizza $4.98
8/1 Electric Bill $94.38

Out of town
8/1 Blackjack $50.00
8/2 Strawberry Pop $1.06
8/2 Gordmans $21.01
8/2 Scheel's Earplugs $3.21
8/2 Long Horn Steakhouse $49.37
8/2 Hotel Room/Fuel $100.00

8/3 - NO SPEND DAY!!
8/4 - NO SPEND DAY!!
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8/5 Groceries $35.25 (Milk, bread, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, frozen pizzas, 4 carton of juice, salad dressing, Miracle Whip, Capri Sun for rummage sale)

8/6 Ice Cream Treat $1.00
8/6 Fuel $40.31
8/6 Red Lobster $66.44

8/7 - NO SPEND DAY!!

8/8 Taco Johns $6.16
8/8 Pat Benetar Tickets (2) $40.00

Monthly total so far = $513.92 YIKES.

So I think I am doing ok....the tracking of the money is definitely making me think twice when I wanna grab a snack or a quick bite to eat.(Hard to tell when you look at my tracking, but I swear it's helping!)

I am out of town again this weekend, this time for my state softball tournament. I elected to drive down and come back the same day (it's about 90 miles away) rather then getting a hotel room. We play Saturday and if we win will play again Sunday. So potentially could be a lot of driving, but would rather be at home and save the hotel money and get stuff done for the rummage sale, especially if we lose Saturday I don't want to have a hotel room for no reason. I am planning on eating breakfast at home before I go and packing a lunch bag to eat lunch after the game. If my team goes out to eat after the game I may join them for comradery, but not sure yet, as some are drving back and some are staying in a hotel, and some staying with relatives, so we may all disperse after the game anyways. So other then fuel, I shouldn't have any costs for the trip. I will bring water with in a cooler.

Menards Deals!

August 7th, 2014 at 02:07 pm

Lots of freebies at Menards last week!



Everything listed below was FREE after rebate!

10pk Pens (Bought 10)
(Marked $1.00 each for rummage sale)
ETA - Sold 1 for $1.00 at 9/4/14 rummage sale
9 left to sell

Bolt Cutters (Bought 2)
(Marked $15.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 for $15.00 at 9/4/14 rummage sale
1 left to sell

Booklight (Bought 12)
(Marked $3.00 each for rummage sale)

Clorox 2 Stain Fighter (Bought 6)
(Marked $4.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 4 at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - Sold 1 for $3.00 at 9/23/16 rummage sale

Cutting Boards 12x16 (Bought 4)
(Marked $7.00 for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 on FB for $7.00
*ETA - Sold 2 for $7.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - Gave 1 to BF
Profit = $21.00

(I got more cutting boards)
Medium Cutting Boards 9 1/2x13 (Bought 4)
(Marked $5.00 for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 3 for $5.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
1 left to sell

Small Cutting Boards 8 1/2x12 (Bought 6)
(Marked $4.00 for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $4.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
4 left to sell

Safety Glasses (Bought 4)
(Marked $1.50 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $1.50 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
2 left to sell

Small Stackable Bins (Bought 24)
(Marked 2 sets of 12 for $5.00 for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 sets for $5.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $10.00

If I sold everything for what I have it marked it would be a profit of $144.00!!

Got the garage cleaned out and other randoms

August 7th, 2014 at 11:02 am

My mom and I cleaned out the garage yesterday. Ended up with quite a large pile of stuff for XH, he is coming today to pick-up.

So that is good, the garage is ready now for the BIG rummage sale and another baby step towards everything done with XH. I thought he only had a few things in there, so I am glad we cleaned it good cause I didn't realize he had so much stuff out there.


I am constantly on the move right now, even busier then before. Between work, OT, 2 nights a week of softball, getting ready for the rummage sale, and dating someone that lives an hr away, I never have a second to sit down!
However I do think staying this busy is helping me a lot so I don't have my mind wondering so much to the sad/mad parts.

A few more things I need to get done:
-Close HSBC Account
-Change Midcontinent to auto pay on my CC
-Register my new Discover Card for an online account
-Change the checking account my Chase card pays from
-Pay XH's medical bill (this was already agreed by both of us that I would it out of the HSA account)
-Cancel the auto payments on XH's CC

lids.com DEALS!

August 6th, 2014 at 07:01 am

Recently lids.com had a super great clearance sale and had tons of items clearanced to $5.00!!



I got several items for gifts and others to sell, already have buyers for 4 of the piggy banks!

I got $609.77 worth of merchandise for $130.00 (free shipping!) PLUS I received 4 FREE magazine subscriptions for filling out a survey with my order. I was leary of this at first, but I read all the fine print and I just have to cancel it when they send the renewal notices. SOOOOO YEAH! SUPER DEALS!


UND Hats (Bought 2)
Regular Price $27.99
-$22.99 Clearance Price Each
Final Price = $5.00 Each!!
(Marked $15.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 for $15.00 on FB on 8/25/15
(Keeping 1 as a gift)

Vikings Piggy Banks (Bought 2)
Regular Price $24.99
-$19.99 Clearance Price Each
Final Price = $5.00 Each!!
(Marked $10.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 on FB on 8/8/14 for $10.00 Each = $10.00 Profit

Minnesota Twins Piggy Banks (Bought 7)
Regular Price $24.99
-$19.99 Clearance Price Each
Final Price = $5.00 Each!!
(Marked $10.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 on FB on 8/8/14 for $10.00 Each = $10.00 Profit
*ETA - Sold 5 on FB on 9/2/14 for $10.00 Each = $25.00 Profit

Minnesota Twins Baby Girl Onesie Sets (Bought 7)
Regular Price $21.99
-$6.99 Clearance Price Each
Final Price = $5.00 Each!!
(Marked $15.00 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 on FB for $12.00 on 8/2/15

North Carolina Piggy Bank (Bought 1)
Regular Price $24.99
-$19.99 Clearance Price
Final Price = $5.00 Each!!
(Keeping for gift)

North Carolina Hats (Bought 2)
Regular Price $25.99
-$20.99 Clearance Price Each
Final Price = $5.00 Each!!
(Keeping for gifts)

North Carolina Hat (Bought 1)
Regular Price $24.99
-$19.99 Clearance Price
Final Price = $5.00!!
(Keeping for gifts)

North Carolina Hat (Bought 1)
Regular Price $27.99
-$22.99 Clearance Price
Final Price = $5.00
(Keeping for gifts)

North Carolina Bikini Top (Bought 1)
Regular Price $45.00
-30.00 Clearance Price
Final Price $15.00
(Keeping for myself - not pictured)

$20K Update - Goal Met!!!

August 6th, 2014 at 06:21 am

When they redid my mortgage loan they overestimated by $2644.04, so that amount was deposited in my checking account today. I transferred it to savings and BOOM I am over $20K! YEAH!

So now I need to make a plan of action. I will definitely be paying extra every month on the mortgage and I have a number of home improvements that I have been putting off for too long and I will need to make a priority list and start on those soon. Should be back with a goal/plan soon!


Current Balance $19,360.00
+$2640.00 Overage on new mortgage loan
Balance $22,000.00

Local Savings $1310.00
ING Savings $20,690.00
My Total Savings $22,000.00

CVS Deals Week of 8/3/14

August 5th, 2014 at 11:49 am


Dial Bodywash 16oz (Bought 4)
Regular Price $5.49 Each
-$1.99 Each Sale Price
-$2.00 off 2 Mfr Coupon
*Received $2.00 EB on 2
Final Price = $3.00 for 2, $1.50 Each! (Free on CVS GC)
(Marked $3.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 4 for $3.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $12.00

Colgate Toothbrushes (Optic White and Floss Tip Bristles) (Bought 6)
Regular Price $5.49 Each
-$2.50 Each Sale Price
*Received $2.00 EB on Each
Final Price .99 Each!! (Free on CVS GC)
(Marked $2.50 Each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 6 for $2.50 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $15.00

Colgate Total Toothpaste 4.0oz (Bought 4)
Regular Price $3.79 Each
-$1.29 Each Sale Price
-$2.00 CVS CMC $2.00 off $10.00 Oral Care Purchase (2)
*Received $3.00 EB on 2 (2)
Final Price = $0!! 4 Boxes Free!!
(Marked $2.50 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $2.50 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - Sold 1 for $2.50 on FB on 12/1/14
*ETA - Sold 1 for $2.50 on FB on 4/27/15

Nivea for Men Bodywash (Bought 4)
Regular Price $5.29 Each
-$5.29 (2) BOGO Free Sale
-$1.00 Mfr Coupon (4)
Final Price = $1.65 Each (Free on CVS GC)
(Marked $3.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 4 for $3.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $12.00

Right Guard Xtreme Deodorants (Bought 9)
Regular Price $4.79 Each
-$2.30 Sale Price Each
-$1.50 Mfr Coupon (9)
Final Price .99 Each!! (Free on CVS GC)
(Marked $2.50 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 6 for $2.50 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - Sold 1 for $2.50 on 9/27/14 on FB
2 left to sell

Mars Candy (Bought 3)
Regular Price $1.19 Each
-.20 Sale Price Each
-.74 CVS CMC Coupon (3)
Final Price .25 Each!! (Free on CVS GC)
(Eating These!!)

Purex Laundry Detergent 50oz (Bought 2)
Regular Price $6.29 Each
-$3.29 Each Sale Price
-$1.00 (2) Mfr Coupons
*Received $1.00 EB on each (2)
Final Price = $1.00 Each!! (Free on CVS GC)
(Keeping This)

August Spending Tracking Update

August 5th, 2014 at 06:07 am

It's only been 4 days, but with being out of town for 3 of those 4 I figured I better stay on top of my tracking so it doesn't get away from me.

8/1 Coke .75
8/1 A&B Pizza $4.98
8/1 Electric Bill $94.38

Out of town
8/1 Blackjack $50.00
8/2 Strawberry Pop $1.06
8/2 Gordmans $21.01
8/2 Scheel's Earplugs $3.21
8/2 Long Horn Steakhouse $49.37
8/2 Hotel Room/Fuel $100.00

8/3 - NO SPEND DAY!!
8/4 - NO SPEND DAY!!

Monthly total so far = $324.76 YIKES.

- The pop on 8/1 was because I forgot my cokes...I usually bring my cokes to work with me with my lunch, or sometimes keep a 12pk under my desk in case I forget, but neiter of those happened that day, so that was unfortunate cause the last time I bought pop I got them for .08 per can.

- The A&B Pizza on 8/1 was because someone STOLE my lunch from the fridge at work. YUP. ANGRY! On 7/31 I had a BOGO Free coupon for Pita Pit (which I never get cause it's too expensive, but since I had that awesome coupon I treated myself) so I got 2 pitas on 7/31 and ate one that day. I put the other one in the fridge at work at about 5pm, by 10am the next morning it was gone. I was sooooo looking forward to eating it too! So I do have some items in my drawer (oatmeal, Special K cereal bars, fruit cups, etc.) but after being excited to eat my Pita Pit I just wanted something delicious so opted for a taco salad instead.

- Gordmans I got $97 worth of merchandise for $21.01! It was nothing I NEEDED, but I haven't been shopping in IDK how long and we do not have a Gordmans where I live so I let loose a little. I got 5 items for $21.01 so very happy with my deals!

- Long Horn Steakhouse, BF never lets me pay for anything. This was only the 2nd meal he let me pay for in 6 weeks, and the other one was Taco Bell...lol. So this was well worth it to me. We do not have a Long Horn where I live and I had never been there. DELICIOUS! Highly recommend the parmesan crusted chicken! And my leftovers were my lunch yesterday and today so go a lot out of that meal!

- I wasn't sure what the plan was for the hotel room/fuel costs for the trip out of town. It was for BF's state softball tournament. We rode up with another player and also shared a room with them, which helped a lot with costs. BF told me later he had payed for 2/3rds of the costs for the room/fuel, so I feel obligated to pay for my 3rd of that. I haven't given him the money yet, so we will see if he will take it, but I already wrote out the check, so I am writing it down.

Should be able to have 2 more no spend days for today and tomorrow. I brought my cokes from home and leftovers for lunch. I will be going to CVS after work, but use my EBs and giftcards on that, so I don't count that towards spending.

Kmart Deals

August 4th, 2014 at 07:38 am

I know I have mentioned on here before how much I do not care for Kmart, but my Mom scored these great deals and since I have been doing most of the selling of items for her on FB she gave me half of her loot!

Covergirl Outlast Nail Polishes (Bought 8)
Regular Price $5.00 Each
-$3.50 Clearance Price Each
-$3.00 Mfr Coupon ($3.00 off 2 Covergirl Polishes)
-$3.00 Mfr Coupon ($3.00 off 2 Covergirl Polishes)
-$3.00 Mfr Coupon ($3.00 off 2 Covergirl Polishes)
-$3.00 Mfr Coupon ($3.00 off 2 Covergirl Polishes)
Final Price = 8 Polishes for FREE!
(Marked $3.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 5 for $3.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
*ETA - Sold 2 for $3.00 each at 5/5/17 rummage sale


*ETA - My Mom got me 5 more polishes at .10 each
5 left to sell

Brita Kids Bottle Water Filtration System (Bought 2)
Regular Price $8.99
-$6.49 Clearance Price
-$2.50 Kmart Coupon Each
Final Price .50 Each!
(Marked $3.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $3.00 each at 9/4/14 rummage sale
Profit = $5.00


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