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$20K Update

October 30th, 2017 at 04:11 pm

We should start receiving Nov Rent in the next few days and have a nice boost to savings!

Current Balance $16,955.00
+$30.00 FB Sales
Balance $16,985.00

Local Savings $6280.00
GC Savings $1500.00
Capital 360 Savings (US) $3865.00
Capital 360 Savings (Mom Loan Payback Account)$2575.00
Capital 360 Savings (Rental Deposit Account #1)$1265.00
Capital 360 Savings (Rental Deposit Account #2)$1500.00
Total Savings = $16,985.00

52 Week Challenge
2017 Total = $892.00(We have paid weeks 1-28 and 44-52)

FB Sales Week of 10/22/17

October 30th, 2017 at 03:10 pm

Total Sales for the week were $57.00!

As soon as Halloween goes by I will start posting my Christmas stuff, decorations, clothes, wrapping paper, etc. I have a lot from Christmas clearance last year, so hopefully I can keep up the good numbers!

Sale #753 (MAJ) $5.00
Pumpkin Carving Set - We paid $2.65
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $2.35

Sale #754 (DA) $2.00
Travel Containers - We paid .53
Sold for $2.00 each
Profit = $1.47

Sale #755 (DI) $5.00
Kitchen Knife Set (Me) - I paid $1.99
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $3.01

Sale #756 (TB) $5.00
Pumpkin Carving Set - We paid $2.65
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $2.35

Sale #757 (JN) $8.00
Adult Coloring Books (2) - Free After Rebate
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $8.00

Sale #758 (HF) $2.00
Travel Containers - We paid .53
Sold for $2.00 each
Profit = $1.47

Sale #759 (HL) $30.00
Pumpkin Carving Set - We paid $2.65
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $2.35

Kitchen Knife Set (Me) - I paid $1.99
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $3.01

Mini Tupperware Sets (2) - We paid .53
Sold for $1.00 each
Profit = .94

St. Ives Lotion (Me) - I paid .99
Sold for $3.00
Profit = $2.01

Chapstick Holiday 3pks (2) - We paid $1.33 each
Sold for $3.00 each
Profit = $3.34

Mike the Knight Training Grounds - We paid $2.19
Sold for $6.00
Profit = $3.81

For my Mom: $3.00 Sally Hanson Nail Polish

Lotion Deals

October 26th, 2017 at 09:20 pm

My Mom picked up some lotions for us to resell.

5 lotions and 1 bag of floss, total paid was $1.75.
*ETA - Sold 4 for $4.00 each on FB on 11/5/17

Paid off my Iphone! $30 per month for Gazelle Savings!

October 26th, 2017 at 04:56 pm

I got my Iphone 6-S(my first smart phone!) in October 2015 and it was on a 0% interest payment plan through my monthly cell phone bill. Now it's been 2 years so my phone is paid off and my bill went down $28.81!

Starting off the Gazelle Savings right I set up a new auto transfer of $30 per month to savings. Every little bit helps!

Gazelle Time - Trying to stay out of massive medical debt

October 26th, 2017 at 02:49 pm

MO and I have been talking and gearing up for 6 months of "gazelle like intensity" from November to April. We were going to focus on cutting costs as much as we could, no casino trips, no eating out, no cases of beer/pop in the fridge, no un-needed spending, and at the same time me doing more OT, making FB sales (which are going amazing BTW) and MO coaching Bball and earning that extra money. We wanted to ensure that we can payoff the Mom Loan by March/April and then bball is over and we could go on vaca and celebrate having the Mom Loan paid off. We were already planning this (making freezer meals, stocking the pantry, discussed in detail, etc.) and then yesterday we found out we are probably going to have a $20K medical bill coming up.

So for now we will not be looking to make any early payoffs, but just to keep our heads above water mentally and financially. We are still going to do our 6 month gazelle, but instead of planning on using it to payoff the Mom Loan, we will be holding it to see what we will owe for the medical and hopefully not go severely backwards on the debt total. We do not have a time line yet for the procedure, but probably not till early next year. I do have health insurance as well as about $6K in my HSA account. I also changed my elections for next year to start putting money in the HSA again (I had it up to $10K at one time but weekly tests/apts/ have drained a lot). So my paycheck deductions are going to double from about $80 a paycheck to $160 a paycheck.



Debt Update - 10/27/17

October 26th, 2017 at 02:42 pm

$297.28 paid off in the last 2 weeks!!!

Celebrations for this update:
-$297.28 paid off in the last 2 weeks!

Student Loan $0
Payback Savings $0
David's Bridal $0
Scheel's Card $0
Total Rewards $0
LOC - US Bank $0
Ring Iddeal $0
Best Buy $0
HELOC $0
Store Loan $7,578.14
Mom Loan #2 $18,466.86
MO Mortgage $84,110.75
My Mortgage $150,650.00
Our Mortgage $247,474.44
Total = $508,280.19

Down $297.28 in the last 2 weeks!!

Starting total was $587,351.27
$79,071.08 paid off since 6/19/15 (including downpayment on house)!!!!!

We have $2575 in a savings account to pay off the Mom Loan, so the amount we still owe that is $15,891.86.

Logging some old deals

October 25th, 2017 at 06:59 pm

I found a bag of clearance deals from Nov 2016 that I never got around to logging. Lucky I found them now since it had Halloween goodies in it!



Pumpkin Carving Kits (Bought 4)
Regular Price $9.99 Each
-$7.50 Clearance Price Each
Final Price + Tax = $2.65 Each
(Marked $5.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 3 for $5.00 each on FB on 10/22/17

Travel Containers (Bought 2)
Regular Price $2.00 Each
-$1.50 Clearance Price Each
Final Price + Tax = $.53 Each
(Marked $2.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $2.00 each on FB on 10/22/17
Profit = $2.94

Mini Tupperware Sets (Bought 2)
Regular Price $2.00 Each
-$1.50 Clearance Price Each
Final Price + Tax = $.53 Each
(Marked $2.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $1.00 each on FB on 10/22/17
Profit = .94

Mini Lantern (Bought 1)
Regular Price $3.00 Each
-$2.25 Clearance Price Each
Final Price + Tax = $.80 Each
(Marked $2.00 each for rummage sale)


$20K Update - Vikings Game

October 25th, 2017 at 05:16 pm

We went to a Vikings Game this weekend with my in-laws. It was a lot of fun! We went to Dave & Busters, the football game and also a new casino. Great times with family and the Vikings won! We did ok on spending, gas there and back was probably like $150 so that was the worst expense. I won at the casino, MO lost but I won enough to cover him, and then we spent like $100 at the game on drinks and food(wow they sure get you good there! $10-$15 per drink!). My in-laws paid for the tickets as an early Christmas gift. Hotel was about $115.00.

I would love to pull $45.00 from checking to get to the $17K Mark, but I really don't even have an extra $45.00 right now.

I won football pics for the 3rd week in a row!!! But this time I tied with a 3 other people, and I lost the tie breaker so no money for me this time. But it was good that I wont again, as now I am in 2nd place overall so maybe will win the end of the year payout which is $85.00


Current Balance $16,725.00
+$50.00 MO Payday to Our Savings (10/27)
+$80.00 FB Sales
+$83.76 Yearly Oil Company Dividend Check
+$16.24 Even Out Amount
Balance $16,955.00

Local Savings $6250.00
GC Savings $1500.00
Capital 360 Savings (US) $3865.00
Capital 360 Savings (Mom Loan Payback Account)$2575.00
Capital 360 Savings (Rental Deposit Account #1)$1265.00
Capital 360 Savings (Rental Deposit Account #2)$1500.00
Total Savings = $16,955.00

52 Week Challenge
2017 Total = $892.00(We have paid weeks 1-28 and 44-52)

FB Sales Week of 10/15/17 - My 750th Sale!

October 24th, 2017 at 05:16 pm

FB Sales this week were $179.00!!

I haven't been posting much of our older inventory, I will try to do that more this week so I can keep the sales moving!

Sale #745 (DA) $37.00
Adult Coloring Books (8) - Free After Rebate
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $32.00

Sophia Lacing Cards - We paid $2.12
Sold for $5.00
Profit = $2.88

Sale #746 (MR) $20.00
Adult Coloring Books (5) - Free After Rebate
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $20.00

Sale #747 (SB) $4.00
Adult Coloring Books - Free After Rebate
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $4.00

Sale #748 (SR) $10.00
Olay Bodywash (2) - We paid $2.17 each
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $5.66

Sale #749 (JW) $10.00
DUO Cleanser (2) - We paid $1.44 each
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $7.12

Sale #750 (JF) $22.00
Disney Princess Dresses (2) - We paid $1.06 each
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $7.88

Ceramic Hairbrush - We paid $1.05
Sold for $4.00
Profit = $2.95

Paddle Hairbrush - We paid $1.05
Sold for $5.00
Profit = $3.95

Kids Hairbrush - We paid $1.05
Sold for $3.00
Profit = $1.95

Sale #751 (AVB) $41.00
Adult Coloring Books (2) - Free After Rebate
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $8.00

Mens Flannel PJ Pants - Can't find this on my blog, so I am unsure what we paid?
Sold for $4.00
Profit = $?

Crest Toothbrush Packs - We paid $1.32
Sold for $3.00
Profit = $1.68

Earbuds (2) - We paid $1.33 each
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $5.34

Kids Golf Set - We paid $1.86
Sold for $4.00
Profit = $2.14

For my Mom: All-In-One Measuring Spoon $4.00, 3pk Mens Socks (2 @ $5.00) $10.00.

Sale #752 (HL) $35.00
Girls Marled Hat and Glove Set - We paid $2.77
Sold for $7.00 each
Profit = $4.23

Frozen Slippers - We paid $3.83
Sold for $6.00 each
Profit = $2.17

Clorox Wipes (2 Containers) - We paid $.54 per container
Sold for $2.00 each
Profit = $2.92

Basketball Hoop Set - We paid $2.37
Sold for $5.00
Profit = $2.63

Bubble Blower Guns (2) - We paid $1.56 each
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $4.88

For my Mom: Mens 3pk socks $5.00

CVS Deals Week of 9/24/17

October 18th, 2017 at 09:42 pm

I meant to get these deals posted sooner, but there were a lot of transactions done, so I couldn't do a quick breakdown, and am finally getting to it now.

Also I used CVS Giftcards that I got free from my Discover Rewards, so I actually didn't pay anything OOP!



Trolli Gummies (Bought 6)
Regular Price $2.79 Each
-.79 Sale Price Each
*Received $2.00 EB on each
Final Price + Tax = .13 each!!
(Keeping these)

ELF Eyeliners, Eyepencil and Sharpener (Bought 18)
Regular Price $1.00 Each
*Received $3.00 EB for every 3 purchased
Final Price + Tax = .07 each!!
(Marked $1.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 7 for $1.00 each on FB on 10/13/17

Old Spice Deodorant (Bought 6)
Regular Price $6.99 Each
-$1.99 each for 2/$10 Sale
-$1.00 Mfr Coupon Each (6)
*Received $10.00 EB for spending $30 on PG
Final Price + Tax = $2.48 each!!
(Keeping these)

Old Spice Bodywash (Bought 8)
Regular Price $5.99(4)/$4.99(4) Each
-$11.00 BOGO 50% off sale
-$1.00 Mfr Coupon Each (8)
-$1.50 CVS CMC Coupon
*Received $10.00 EB for spending $30 on PG
Final Price + Tax = $1.68 each!!
(Marked $3.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 8 for $3.00 each on FB on 10/13/17
Profit = $10.56

Olay Bodywash (Bought 6)
Regular Price $8.29
-$3.29 each for 2/$10 Sale
-$1.00 Mfr Coupon Each (6)
-$1.00 CVS CMC Coupon
*Received $10.00 EB for spending $30 on PG
Final Price + Tax = $2.17 each!!
(Marked $5.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 for $5.00 each on FB on 10/13/17
*ETA - Sold 2 for $5.00 each on FB on 10/15/17
*ETA - Sold 2 for $5.00 each on FB on 10/29/17

Duo Cleanser $12.79 each (Bought 12)
Dawn Dishsoap 8oz $1.69 each (Bought 6)
-$5.85 Sale Price Each on Duo
-.70 Sale Price Each on Dawn
-$3.00 Mfr Coupons on Duo (12)
-.25 Mfr Coupons on Dawn (6)
*Received $10.00 EB for spending $30 on PG (3)
*Received $2.00 on Checkout51 (3)
Final Price + Tax = $1.44 each on DUO + 2 free Dawn!
(Marked Duo $5.00 each for rummage sale, keeping the Dawn)
*ETA - Sold 4 for $5.00 each on FB on 10/13/17
*ETA - Sold 2 for $5.00 each on FB on 10/15/17
*ETA - Sold 1 for $5.00 on FB on 10/29/17
*ETA - Sold 1 for $5.00 on FB on 11/5/17

Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner (Bought 9 – Not pictured)
Regular Price $4.99 Each
-$4/$14 Sale Price
-$5.00 off 3 Mfr Coupons (3)
-$4.00 off $14.00 Pantene CVS CMC Coupon
*Received $10.00 EB for spending $30 on PG
Final Price + Tax = $1.01 Each!!
(Marked $2.50 each for rummage sale)

All of the deals generated $10.00 EBs, so we turned around and used those right away on clearance hair brushes and hair accessories! They were all on clearance for .99!!! That is over 90% off on some of them! This was a great way to get rid of some of those EBs as $10.00 is a lot to use at one time. We still have a few more to use, but used 4 of them on the hair accessories.

Hairbrushes, Paddle brushes, Curling Brushes and Headbands (Bought 44)
Regular Price $4.99 to $12.29 Each
-All Marked down to .99
Final Price + Tax = $1.05 Each!!
(Marked $3.00 to $5.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA – We kept 6 sets of headbands for me and for my niece
*ETA - Sold 2 hairbrushes for $3.00 each on FB on 10/13/17
*ETA - Sold 1 hairbrush for $4.00 on FB on 10/15/17
*ETA - Sold 1 paddlebrush for $5.00 on FB on 10/15/17
*ETA - Sold 1 kids brush for $3.00 on FB on 10/15/17

$20K Update - Football Winners Again!

October 18th, 2017 at 04:53 pm

Wow I won the Football pics again! Two weeks in a row and I have no clue about football! Wink

Current Balance $16,470.00
+$50.00 My Payday to Our Savings (10/20)
+$75.00 My Payday to Mom Loan Savings (10/20)
+$60.00 Football Winner
+$40.00 FB Sales
+$30.00 To get GC Savings to $1500
Balance $16,725.00

Local Savings $6070.00
GC Savings $1500.00
Capital 360 Savings (US) $3815.00
Capital 360 Savings (Mom Loan Payback Account)$2575.00
Capital 360 Savings (Rental Deposit Account #1)$1265.00
Capital 360 Savings (Rental Deposit Account #2)$1500.00
Total Savings = $16,725.00

52 Week Challenge
2017 Total = $892.00(We have paid weeks 1-28 and 44-52)

FB Sales Week of 10/8/17

October 17th, 2017 at 02:05 pm

Total Sales this week were $80.00!!

Sale #738 (CK) $10.00
Crayola Sidewalk Paint (4) - We paid $1.33 each
Sold for $2.50 each
Profit = $4.68

Sale #739 (V) $10.00
Disney Princess Dresses (2) - We paid $1.06 each
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $7.88

Sale #740 (JZ) $19.00
Disney Princess Dresses (2) - We paid $1.06 each
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $7.88

Old Spice Body Wash (3) - We paid $1.68 each
Sold for $3.00 each
Profit = $3.96

Sale #741 (AKA) $6.00
Old Spice Body Wash (2) - We paid $1.68 each
Sold for $3.00 each
Profit = $2.64

Sale #742 (SH) $7.00
Olay Body Wash - We paid $2.17 each
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $2.83

ELF Makeup (2) - We paid .07 each
Sold for $1.00 each
Profit = $1.86

Sale #743 (JSM) $2.00
ELF Makeup (2) - We paid .07 each
Sold for $1.00 each
Profit = $1.86

Sale #744 (SR) $26.00
Clorox Wipes 35ct 4pk (2) - We paid $2.13 per pack
Sold for $6.00
Profit = $7.74

Frozen Slippers - We paid $3.83
Sold for $6.00
Profit = $2.17

Bubble Blower Gun (2) - We paid $1.86 for one and $1.56 for one
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $4.58

Couple Menards Freebies!

October 16th, 2017 at 04:09 pm

Couple free grabs at Menards! The adult coloring books sold really well last year, so hoping for success with them again this year!



Adult Coloring Books(Bought 48 Joint with my Mom)
Free After Mail in Rebate
(Marked $4.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 16 for $4.00 each on FB on 10/15/17
*ETA - Sold 2 for $4.00 each on FB on 10/22/17
*ETA - Sold 3 for $4.00 each on FB on 11/5/17
*ETA - Sold 8 for $4.00 each on FB on 11/19/17 (Gave $5.00 off due to a large order)

Corkscrew(Bought 4)
Free After Mail in Rebate
(Marked $2.00 each for rummage sale)

Framing Squares (Not pictured)(Bought 2)
Free After Mail in Rebate
(Marked ? each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 for $7.00 on FB on 10/29/17

Kitchen Knife Set (Bought 2)
$1.99 Each After Mail in Rebate
(Marked $5.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $5.00 on FB on 10/22/17
Profit = $6.02

Oven Liners(Bought 2)
Free After Mail in Rebate
(Marked $2.50 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 2 for $2.50 each on FB on 11/5/17
Profit = $5.00

Sodering Iron (Bought 2)
$.99 Each After Mail in Rebate
(Marked $4.00 each for rummage sale)
*ETA - Sold 1 for $4.00 on FB on 11/5/17

Debt Update - 10/13/17

October 13th, 2017 at 06:30 pm

$1414.56 paid off in the last 2 weeks!!!

Celebrations for this update:
-$1414.56 paid off in the last 2 weeks!
-Mom Loan went under the next $1000 mark!
-Total Debt went under the next $1000 mark for the third update in a row!

Student Loan $0
Payback Savings $0
David's Bridal $0
Scheel's Card $0
Total Rewards $0
LOC - US Bank $0
Ring Iddeal $0
Best Buy $0
HELOC $0
Store Loan $7,693.42
Mom Loan #2 $18,466.86
MO Mortgage $84,292.75
My Mortgage $150,650.00
Our Mortgage $247,474.44
Total = $508,577.47

Down $1414.56 in the last 2 weeks!!

Starting total was $587,351.27
$78,773.80 paid off since 6/19/15 (including downpayment on house)!!!!!

We have $2415 in a savings account to pay off the Mom Loan, so the amount we still owe that is $16,620.13.

$20K Update - Football Winners!

October 12th, 2017 at 07:30 pm

MO and I are in a football pics group, he won $60 last week and I won $60 this week! YEAH!

Current Balance $16,350.00
+$50.00 MO Payday to Our Savings (10/13)
+$60.00 Football Winner
+$10.00 Mortgage Savings
Balance $16,470.00

Local Savings $5970.00
GC Savings $1470.00
Capital 360 Savings (US) $3765.00
Capital 360 Savings (Mom Loan Payback Account)$2500.00
Capital 360 Savings (Rental Deposit Account #1)$1265.00
Capital 360 Savings (Rental Deposit Account #2)$1500.00
Total Savings = $16,470.00

52 Week Challenge
2017 Total = $892.00(We have paid weeks 1-28 and 44-52)

$20K Update

October 9th, 2017 at 06:45 pm

Here is our post-Vegas update.

Current Balance $18,405.00
-$2360.00 Vegas Vacation
+$50.00 My Payday to Our Savings (10/6)
+$75.00 My Payday to Mom Loan Savings (10/6)
+$100.00 FB Sales
+$60.00 Football Winner
+$.13 GC Interest
+$4.87 Even Out Amount
+$7.06 Cap 360 Interest
+$7.94 Even Out Amount
Balance $16,350.00

Local Savings $5910.00
GC Savings $1460.00
Capital 360 Savings (US) $3715.00
Capital 360 Savings (Mom Loan Payback Account)$2500.00
Capital 360 Savings (Rental Deposit Account #1)$1265.00
Capital 360 Savings (Rental Deposit Account #2)$1500.00
Total Savings = $16,350.00

52 Week Challenge
2017 Total = $892.00(We have paid weeks 1-28 and 44-52)

FB Sales Week of 10/1/17

October 9th, 2017 at 03:33 pm

A lot of orders are being picked up now that I am back from Vegas. Total sales this week were $178.00!!!


Sale #730 (JZ) $2.00
Mens Flip Flops - I paid .14 each
Sold for $2.00 each
Profit = $1.86

Sale #731 (JF) $12.00
Clorox Wipes 35ct 4pk (2) - We paid $2.13 per pack
Sold for $6.00
Profit = $7.74

Sale #732 (SH) $5.00
Basketball Set - We paid $2.37
Sold for $5.00
Profit = $2.63

Sale #733 (KHW) $27.00
Kids 7pc Golf Sets(3) - We paid $1.86 each
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $6.42

Disney Princess Dresses (3) - We paid $1.06 each
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $11.82

Sale #734 (BH) $10.00
Crayola Crayon Block Tube - We paid $3.99 each
Sold for $7.00 each
Profit = $3.01

Beauty360 Hairbrush - We paid $1.06
Sold for $3.00
Profit = $1.94

Sale #735 (KG) $7.00
Girls Marled Hat and Glove Set - We paid $2.77 each
Sold for $7.00 each
Profit = $4.23

Sale #736 (NC) $51.00
Clorox Wipes 35ct 4pk - We paid $2.13 per pack
Sold for $6.00
Profit = $3.87

Basketball Set (2) - We paid $2.37 each
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $5.26

Watermelon Mason Jar Cup - We paid .22 each
Sold for $2.00 each
Profit = $1.78

Bubble Blower Guns (2) - We paid $1.86 each
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $4.28

Beauty360 Hairbrush - We paid $1.06
Sold for $3.00
Profit = $1.94

ELF Makeup (3) - We paid .07 each
Sold for $1.00 each
Profit = $2.79

For my Mom: Men's FOTL Socks $5.00

Sale #737 (CS) $64.00
Air Freshner 2pk (3) (Me) - Free After Rebate
Sold for $1.00 each
Profit = $3.00

Dog Leashes (2) (Me) - Free After Rebate
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $8.00

BIC Soleil Glow Razor 3pk+1 (3) - We paid $1.60 each
Sold for $4.00 each
Profit = $7.20

Clorox Wipes 35ct 4pk (2) - We paid $2.13 per pack
Sold for $6.00
Profit = $7.74

Old Spice Body Wash (3) - We paid $1.68 each
Sold for $3.00 each
Profit = $3.96

DUO Cleanser (4) - We paid $1.44 each
Sold for $5.00 each
Profit = $14.24


Back from Vegas - We are safe!

October 6th, 2017 at 03:22 pm

We are back and we are ok!

We got to Vegas on the afternoon of 10/1/17, that evening was the attack.

When we got there in the afternoon, we checked into our hotel at The Linq and started walking down the strip to meet some friends to do some gambling at Planet Hollywood. We got to PH many hrs before we were planning to meet up, so we were gambling and drinking, typical Vegas for us. I was sitting at a machine and I just had this awful feeling of dread. I told MO I feel awful anxiety right now. I feel terrible in my stomach, like a ball of stress. I think I am having a panic attack. This made no sense to either of us, as we are on vaca, and a slot machine with a beer is one of my favorite places to be! I felt like I was going to puke, and like I was going to a job interview, or to give a speech. A terrible panicked feeling. But no reason???

I tried to shake it off and thought I just need a few drinks to relax. So we had some beers and met some friends and I started to have a lot of fun and let go of the worrisome feelings I was having.

Hours later we left our friends and started back in the direction of the The Linq (heading away from Mandalay Bay). At some point in time (I can't remember when), we did hear that there was a shooting at Mandalay Bay. That was the only information we heard. I assumed it was some type of a domestic shooting situation, plus we were about a mile down the strip from Mandalay Bay so we didn't think much of it at the time since we had no details.

MO was hungry so we went past our hotel, and through Harrah's (which was absolutely packed with people) to Casino Royale and got some food and were gambling there a bit more. Casino Royale is a very tiny place, it is nothing like the big resort/casinos. We were standing together in the middle of the casino talking about heading to bed. All of the sudden everyone started screaming and running towards the back of the building. I screamed for my husband to run and I ran towards the back of the building. There isn't really anywhere to go in that small casino so I ended up hiding behind a partition wall that separates the food court area from the casino. Many people ran past me and hid in a cleaning closet. I remember thinking the shooter will open the door and shoot them all and they will have no where to go! While I was hiding I called 911, but no one answered, obviously by that time the entire strip was in a panic and I am sure they were getting thousands of calls. I was sitting behind the wall trying to be as quiet as possible and thinking the shooter would walk around the corner and I would be done. It was so terrifying! Then my husband walked around the wall. Instead of running he had gone towards the panic to see what had happened and how he could help. I am glad he is brave and wants to help people, but wow that was so scary! He said he didn't know what scared everyone that caused them to run, but no shooter was in the casino.

We ran out the back door into an alley trying to get back to our hotel without going onto the strip. We went through a parking garage and got to the back side (non-Strip side) of Harrahs. We walked in and the entire casino was a ghost town. Not 20 mins before there had been thousands of people when we walked through, now there was no one but a few security officers. We walked all the way to the front of the casino, we wanted to go quickly to our hotel next door, but to do so we had to go out on the strip for about 40ft. The entrance was blocked off by security and a women was there arguing with them to let her leave. Security said they still did not know where the shooters were and that no one was allowed in or out.

We turned around and went back through the casino thinking we could get to our hotel by the monorail walkway. When we got there, another security guard was blocking that entrance and said the monorail is closed due to the security issues. We let him know we just want to go across to our hotel. He allowed us to go across the walkway and have our room keys ready to show security to let us in to get to our rooms. A little old lady was behind us and she said she was staying at The Linq too but she didn't know where her husband was and she wasn't sure if she had a room key. We took her with us and got to our hotel.

The elevators were a mess with people trying to get to the safety of their rooms. We go in an elevator full of people. There were 2 girls in there with us, I would say in there late twenties and they clearly had a lot to drink. They said people were shot by Mandalay Bay and had died. They said they were on the strip and saw someone run by with a gun and police were chasing them. We assumed that was why everyone had panicked and run when we were in Casino Royale.

We finally got back to our room and turned on the news. Since we were in Vegas we had all of the local news channels and everything was crazy with coverage of the shootings. At that time they were reporting 2 people killed, 24 injured. We sat in bed in shock watching everything and messaging family and friends that we were ok.

We went to bed late and woke up early. We turned on the news, the deceased count had gone from 2 to 50, then 58, then 59. Injured over 500+.

We talked to other friends in Vegas and found out what had happened at Casino Royale had also happened at many other casinos on the strip as many false reports had come out of shooters in other casinos, so it was a wide spread panic that went like a wave down The Strip.

We stayed in our room most of that day and near our hotel. The next day our reservations were down on Fremont St. so we moved down there for the rest of the strip. Police presence was much more prominent everywhere, which makes you feel safer, but also made you worry more. Everytime there was a scream you wondered if it was someone winning or if something bad was happening again. We came home yesterday and I am so happy to be home and safe.

Thank you to everyone who "checked" on us!
Prayers to everyone effected in Vegas and all across the US.