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$200 FREE Wellness Reimbursment

November 20th, 2016 at 11:29 am


MO and I went to town yesterday to run a bunch of errands and had a very productive day!

First we went to Lowes and got blinds for our bathroom (for the last year we have been living with a tension rod with a towel hanging over it...) as well as some lightbulbs for the basement. We had $75 in gift cards from last Christmas for Lowes so that covered all but about $30 of the bill. MO put the blinds up as soon as we got home and they look great!!


Next we hit the thrift store as we are both in need of some new pants. I found a pair of "like new" Maurice's Jeans for $10! This retail for $60+ so I was excited! MO didn't find any pants, but he did find some very nice shoes for work for $10 which was also a great deal!

Then we went to Scheel's as my work offers $200 per year for wellness that you can purchase wellness items and submit for reimbursement. We already have a treadmill and an elliptical and didn't really need anything but didn't want to waste the free $200, so w got a punching bag set that includes a set of gloves, a pullup bar, ab wheel, perfect pushup handle, 3 set of kettlebells, which left $14 remaining, so I grabbed a $14.99 resistance band. That's a lot of Free loot!!!! While we were there we also got one of my Bros BD and Christmas presents.


Then we stopped at Barnes and Noble there is a THM cookbook I wanted and I had $15 in gift cards for there so I used that and paid the $15 balance OOP.

Finally went and got BD and Christmas gifts for my niece and nephew so they are done for Christmas. I think I have about 30% of my gifts done.

Ended with my nieces BD party and some family time, very good and relatively cheap day between the gift cards and wellness reimbursement!

Today we are relaxing with football and getting some more laundry/cleaning done before Thanksgiving! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

$20K Update - FB Sales

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:48 am

Current Balance $22,615.00
+$78.00 FB Sales (Minus the $5.00 that was my Moms)
+$7.00 Even Out Amount
Balance $22,700.00

Local Savings $1465.00
ING Savings $21,235.00
My Total Savings $22,700.00

Always love a long weekend!

November 24th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Thanks to a LOT of help from the hubby, got all the Christmas stuff up including the tree! All that is left is the outside (have a few little lighted trees and a penguin guy to stick in the front yard). Plus got the 2 presents that I have on hand wrapped and under the tree, and organized all of the Christmas wrap scraps and bags again. While I was going through the Christmas wrap I found a pile of BD, wedding and baby cards in one of the Christmas bags, so moved those to the rest of the card pile.

I have been working slowly on the "study". Can't see a ton of progress yet, but I have cleaned out several binders of old checking statements, got those all shredded and disposed of. Also filled a whole garbage bag already with misc junk and papers. Hope to see some "real" progress soon! Now that all the Christmas is up and good to go, I can redirect my focus to that organization.

Going to eat for by bro's BD dinner tonight so that will be nice. Smile

Christmas Shopping 2010

October 22nd, 2010 at 09:12 pm

Wow it is that time again! This year has flown by!
Time to plan out the gifts....

Husband - I know what I am getting him, but it is a big surprise and don't want to post it just in case he happens to read my blog.....unlikely, but just in case! Smile
Mom - She said she wants a $250 photo scanner thingy....we usually spend about $20 - $30 a person, so I am thinking maybe I will give her a gift card to put towards that?
Dad - Don't know......as usual
Brother #1 - Two games for his Wii, $30
Brother #2 - Hmmmm......
Sister-in-Law - Twightlight movie, $17
Uncle - Something Steelers
Cousin - I should be able to just walk around Target and find something she would like
MIL, FIL, SIL #2 and DH's Grandma - DH is in charge of, but probably $20-$30 a piece.

I am not buying for friends this year, last year it was hard to get together and it didn't seem very important in the end. But I do have one new person to buy for which is my Godson! He should be easy of course since he will only be 6 months then and anything he can drool on should work. Smile

Christmas Shopping - Finally Done

December 12th, 2009 at 02:45 pm

I finally finished Christmas shopping, I dont remember ever waiting this long to finish.....but with the OT project I have really not been feeling much like shopping.
Here is the final tally:

Husband - DONE! $100 on a watch and other misc gifts

Mom - DONE! Went in with my little bro and got her a bike on black Friday $25

Dad - DONE! Card table and chairs $24

Brother #1 - DONE! Cubs memorbilia $22

Brother #2 - DONE! DVD for $5,and $10 GC

Sister-in-Law - DONE! Margarita Shaker and Hand Juicer - $18 total!

Uncle - DONE! NFL Shop Steelers Hat that I got for FREE for sending in bottle caps from Mountain Dew bottles

Cousin - DONE! Book from Barnes and Noble.com, I bought a used version that said status "new" and used a GC that I had won at work, total cost $6.74, plus a Dr. Scholls "Love my Sole" pack $8.67.

Friend #1 - DONE! Book from B&N again, and used another GC, total cost $11.07

Friend #2 - DONE! Book from Target on sale $9.84

Friend #3 - DONE! DVD $5

MIL - DONE! Season of Ally Mcbeal $30

FIL - DONE! Sweater $25

SIL #2 - DVD $5 and $10 GC

DH's Grandma - DONE! Womans Vest $32


Total Christmas Budget = $400.00
$342 spent on 15 people!
15 people done out of 15
So I came in $58 under budget, but this does not include presents for me, and we usually spend about $100 a piece on each other. Overall I am happy with that though...and just soooo happy to be done! Smile

Christmas Shopping Update

November 5th, 2009 at 03:52 pm

Here is how I am doing -

Husband - Red Sox stuff

Mom - Flipflops

Dad - Still no ideas, but I told him to get me some suggestions

Brother #1 - Grill set or house stuff

Brother #2 - Got him a DVD for $5, probably will throw in a GC too....

Sister-in-Law - DONE! Margarita Shaker and Hand Juicer - $17.89 total!

Uncle - DONE! NFL Shop Steelers Hat that I got for FREE for sending in bottle caps from Mountain Dew bottles

Cousin - DONE! Book from Barnes and Noble.com, I bought a used version that said status "new" and used a GC that I had won at work, total cost $6.74, plus a Dr. Scholls "Love my Sole" pack $8.67.

Friend #1 - DONE! Book from B&N again, and used another GC, total cost $11.07

Friend #2 - DONE! Book from Target on sale $9.84

Friend #3 - DONE! DVD $5

MIL -

FIL -

SIL #2 - DVD $5, will see what else DH wants to get for her....

DH's Grandma - DONE! Womans Vest $32


Total Christmas Budget = $400.00
Totals as of 10/19/09
$101.21 spent on 5 people!
7 people done out of 15(2 others half done)
So far I am about $100 under budget which is awesome! Keep getting a couple more here and there. DH is supposed to do his Mom and Dad this weekend too!

Maybe I should just let him do the shopping

October 25th, 2009 at 05:32 pm

My husband had Friday off from work. He went shopping for himself for some much needed jeans. Here is how he did:
-2 pairs of jeans
Reg $30.00 - on sale for $14.99 a piece!
-2 polo shirts
Reg $30.00 - on clearance for $1.97 a piece!
-Christmas Gift for his grandmother
Womens Vest - Reg $54.00 - on sale for $32.40
Very proud of hubby for getting some great deals and also for knocking one off of the Christmas shopping list!
Oh by the way these deals were at JCP so if you are looking for clothes/gifts right now they have a lot of good sales and clearance.

Christmas Shopping 2009

October 19th, 2009 at 07:15 pm

I stated Christmas Shopping a few months ago and was hoping to be done by the end of October. Well with only 2 weeks left it is not looking like I will be done by then....but hopefully by the middle of November.
Here is how I am doing -
Husband - Hmmm..nothing definite yet, but anything Red Sox will work
Mom - She wants flips flops..yes it is Dec in ND and that is what she wants...
Dad - Ugh....No ideas!
Brother #1 - thinking grill set and maybe some house stuff as he and SIL just bought a house
Brother #2 - 18 y/o and refuses to give me any gift ideas
Sister-in-Law - DONE! Margarita Shaker and Hand Juicer - $17.89 total!
Uncle - DONE! NFL Shop Steelers Hat that I got for FREE for sending in bottle caps from Mountain Dew bottles (hey I am addicted, what can I say!)
Cousin - DONE! Book from Barnes and Noble.com, I bought a used version that said status "new" and used a GC that I had won at work, total cost $6.74, plus a Dr. Scholls "Love my Sole" pack $8.67.
Friend #1 - DONE! Book from B&N again, and used another GC, total cost $11.07
Friend #2 - DONE! Book from Target on sale $9.84
Friend #3 - Maybe a DVD set?
MIL, FIL, SIL #2 and DH's Grandma - DH is in charge of, but probably $20-$30 a piece.
I think that is everyone (Yes I have more then 3 friends! Just only 3 that I buy for.)
Total Christmas Budget = $400.00
Totals as of 10/19/09
$54.21 spent on 5 people!
5 people done out of 15