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New Renter for Rental #2

May 30th, 2018 at 10:35 am

Well it was looking pretty sketchy there for a little bit, but we found a new renter for rental #2 as of July 1st. So just one month (June) of no rent. The housing market here is NOT good for landlords or sellers right now. There are tons and tons of places for rent or for sale. Every street you drive down has multiple houses with "For rent" or "For sale" signs up. So we are very fortunate to have renters in both of our houses, and we have 3 of 4 apts filled at the apartment building we manage for my parents. We have another showing today on the 4th apartment, so hopefully that building will be full for the first time since like October.

We have put a new fridge into Rental #2, and also ordered new carpet for 3 rooms. The carpet isn't in yet, but should be this week I hope. Other then that just some touch up paint and working on the lawn and flower beds and we will be all set. The new renter is a pastor and has family. Hoping this will work out well. It is only for a year as he is here temporarily for a job, but happy to have someone in there for a year at least. We were also happy that we didn't have to lower the rent at all, we were able to stay at the $1500.

Getting Rental #2 ready for new renter and spending money like madness.....

May 15th, 2017 at 08:28 am

Our new renter is scheduled to move in on June 1, so we are working hard to get the house completely ready for them. We spent all weekend working on a new maintenance-free deck and lots of cleaning. It was a looooonnng weekend...lol.

MO is over half done on the deck and I got nearly all of the cleaning done. We are having his sister who does cleaning come in to finish up a few things this week.

We also found out the hot tub had a leak so we had someone come in to fix that. $$$$$

Meanwhile we are eating out like madness while we are in town working on the rental (an hr away from our home) and also paying for food/drinks for family and friends that have been helping with the deck. I am sure we spent over $200 on food and beer this weekend....ugh! Hopefully the hemorrhaging of money will be over soon and I can share some before and after pics of the deck!

$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!

Zucchini Madness!!

August 24th, 2016 at 05:17 pm

This is my first year having a garden in something like 10 years.....apparently I forgot that you only need to plant 1-2 zucchini plants.....so we have mega amounts of zucchini! I have been trying lots of new yummy recipes. Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Fries, Grilled Zucchini with lemon garlic sauce, and chocolate zucchini cake with homemade chocolate frosting have been favorites!

Yesterday I used my food processor for the first time and shredded up a couple of giant guys! I portioned it into 2 cup servings so I can freeze and use it for muffins and cakes this winter!

(Please ignore my repeated misspelling of zucchini!)

Tonight I made zucchini noodles with my spiralizer and cooked them with Alfredo sauce, mushrooms, onions, garlic and spices for a very delicious, and a little healthier then normal chicken Alfredo!

I found a recipe online for a Blueberry Lemon Zucchini Cake, I think I will try that next!

Update on Flood Plain Situation

February 8th, 2016 at 08:01 am

I had mentioned a few weeks ago that we were having to get Rental #1 surveyed. The small town we live in had not had a new survey done in something like 25 years, and when they did a new one this year it showed part of our Rental Property was in the flood plain, and we received a notice that we would now need to purchase flood insurance (est. extra $2K per year!). So our options were to purchase the flood insurance, or if we didn't agree with the city survey, we could have one done solely on our property and have to pay the costs to prove that we were not on the flood plain (and risk being wrong and having to pay for the survey AND the insurance).

Well MO decided it was worth the risk and great news it came back that we are NOT in the flood zone, so we don't have to purchase the additional insurance! Plus if we ever sell the property that will be a huge benefit to have the paperwork showing that the property isn't in the flood zone. We do have to pay the $1200 for the survey, which stinks, but def worth it to not have to pay an additional $2K per year!

I put the cost of the survey on our Discover Card so we get the cash back bonus on it and we will have to take that money out of savings when that bill is due at the end of March.

New appliances!

January 26th, 2016 at 10:39 am

Our new stainless steel appliances came in a few weeks ago. I am so happy to have working appliances! We got a good Black Friday Deal through Best Buy and it is at 0% interest through June 2017. I already set up the auto pay so that we don't have to worry about missing a payment, and we will have it paid off before the due date. We are selling the old microwave and fridge. The stove and dishwasher were both old and broken so Best Buy took them away to recycle for free.

Before pic:

After pic:

Pictures of Banker Gurl's Store!

December 17th, 2015 at 05:25 pm

I am so excited pictures are working again!!!!!! So catching up.....here are pics of before and after from my "Store"! I love having the organized and clean area for my shoppers and it definitely helps sales!

FB Sales Week of 11/23/15 - My 300th Sale!

November 30th, 2015 at 11:40 am

I soooooooo wish pictures were working! Over the long weekend I got my "canning pantry" unpacked and now it is "My Store"! I LOVE IT! And I want you to see it too! lol
It has tons and tons of long shelving built onto the walls and all of the shelves are cleaned and have contact paper. Then I have each area displayed and organized just like a store (shampoo/conditioner, bodywash and lotion, then another area for oral care, makeup, medicine, etc. It looks great! Then any items that are bulk extra, I have in my labeled storage drawers in a little back room at the end of the canning pantry.
I was mostly happy just to have everything put away and organized, but what I also found out is now I sell WAY more!! I have had 3 people come to pickup items they bought off of FB since I finished the store yesterday. The first one came to pick up a $3.00 item and left with $30.00, 2nd came to pick up $5.00 and left with $18.50, and 3rd came to pick up $7.50 and left with $17.50! That's amazing! Plus they all made comments about how they will have to come back to me when they need more stuff!! So excited!

I sold $121.00 worth of items this week and have at least $100 in sales waiting for pickup right now!

Sale #297 (GO)$12.00 (Joint with Mom)
Glue sticks - 4 Bags
Sold for $3.00 each
Profit = $12.00

Sale #298 (RK)$2.00
Owl Key Holder
Sold for $2.00 each
Profit = $2.00

Sale #299 (SKM)$3.00
Knife Set
Sold for $3.00 each
Profit = $3.00

Sale #300 (DA)$24.00
Free Items from Menards
Storage Jars - Free After Rebate
Sold for $1.00 each
Profit = $15.00

2 books for my Mom, $3.00 each = $6.00

Sale #301 (SS)$15.00 (Joint with Mom)
Discounted Items from CVS
Disney Magnets - We paid .31 each
Sold for $1.50 each
Profit = $11.90

Sale #302 (DI)$7.50 (Joint with Mom)
Discounted Items from Walmart
Elf on the Shelf Lip Balm Tin - We paid $1.30
Sold for $2.50 each
Profit = $1.20

Free Items from Menards (Me)
Storage Jars (4) - Free After Rebate
Sold for $1.00 each
Profit = $4.00

1 Storage Jar for my Mom = $1.00

Sale #303 (LQ)$18.50 (Joint with Mom)
Discounted Items from Walmart
Elf on the Shelf NailPolish Candy Cane - We paid $1.30
Sold for $2.50 each
Profit = $1.20

Free at CVS
Almay Deodorant
Sold for $2.50
Profit = $2.50

Also for my Mom
True Result Diabetic Meter $7.00
Colgate Toothpaste $2.50
Boot Tray $2.00
Ice Scraper $1.50

Sale #304 (MB)$30.00 (Joint with Mom)
Discounted Items from Walmart
Elf on the Shelf Lip Balm Tin - We paid $1.30
Sold for $2.50 each
Profit = $1.20

POP - Makeup Artist Studio (2) - We paid $2.63 each
Sold for $8.00 each
Profit = $10.74

Purse Essentials Glitter Hair Ties (2) - We paid .22 each
Sold for $1.00 each
Profit = $1.50

Free Items from Target
Nivea Mint Lip Balm(2) - Free on Nivea Lotions
Sold for $2.00 each
Profit = $4.00

Also for my Mom, 2 GUM Toothbrush sets for $2.50 each = $5.00

Sale #305 (CG)$6.00 (Mom)
Brush Sets (2) for $3.00 each = $6.00

Sale #306 (RH)$3.00 (Mom)
Clifford Book - $3.00

Bills, bills, bills......$20K Downdate

November 11th, 2015 at 06:57 am

We finally got my walls repaired and painted in my old house (Rental #2). XH had punched about 7 different holes in the walls on different occasions when he was drunk...and then never even fixed them. They are probably 3-4 yrs old, soooooo happy to finally have them repaired, kind of physically hiding some of the scars of my past. MO's Aunt has a painting and drywall company so she did the work and only charged $850 to repair and paint my very high ceiling entryway, kitchen, living room, stairwell, hallway and bathroom. It looks great! And one stop closer to being able to get a renter in the upstairs of the house. All that is left is new carpet in the living room, finishing moving misc items, and a deep cleaning.

I also got a $650 bill from some physical therapy claims I had this summer from a softball injury. That bill I will pay from my HSA.

MO won the football pics last week! He actually tied for first, and then they tied on the tie breaker, so he won $35 instead of $70.

Current Balance $12,230.00
-$850.00 Painting bill for Rental #2
+$35.00 MO Football Pic Winners
+$25.00 MO Payday to Savings
Balance $11,440.00

Local Savings $2250.00
GC Savings $1700.00
Capital 360 Savings (US) $2910.00
Capital 360 Savings (Mom Payback Account)$3330.00
Capital 360 Savings (Rental Deposit Account) $1250.00
Total Savings = $11,440.00

52 Week Challenge
Week 39 $780(total) + $40 + $41 + $42 + $43 + $44 + $45 (deposit) = $1035

I love my new desk!

May 13th, 2015 at 09:56 am

I love my new desk! Also my new home office/P90X area!

I got the desk at Office Depot, I got a great sale for just $329 for the desk and hutch combo! I was however extremely disappointed in the customer service I received.....I guess I should say in the training level/lack of knowledge of the employees rather then the customer service as they were all very nice.....just didn't know what they were doing....but oh well I finally got it now and I really love it!! And thanks to DF for putting it together for me!!

Awesome SURPRISE from BF!

October 23rd, 2014 at 04:15 pm

I came home yesterday from work to see BF's truck in the driveway...I was very confused as he had no plans to come down that day and he hadn't told me he was in town (he lives about an hr away)...I went inside thinking he just got off of work early and decided to come see me...and what do I find??? BF has bought and installed this beautiful brand new dishwasher for me! Isn't it awesome!

What a great present (for no reason?!)! I did need a new dishwasher, mine has been leaking water onto the floor for a long time, somewhere around a year or so, so everytime I used it I had to put a towel down and sadly it was starting to warp the flooring...and a few days ago I turned it on and then left the house and when I got home it smelled like something was burning and the smell was coming from the dishwasher...yikes! So I was super excited. Can't believe how lucky I am to have found such a sweet, caring, funny, sexy, amazing man!!

$20K Update

November 18th, 2013 at 03:02 pm

Couple of items had to get paid for, so went down a little. Glad to have those 2 items off the list of things to buy.

New Focus = Sept 2014 $1100/$1800

Current Balance $28,135.00
+$100.00 Anniversary Cruise
-$300.00 Hot Tub Cover
-$400.00 4 Tires for my car
New Balance $27,535.00

ING $24,430.00 ($5620.00 Bingo Money)
Home Improvements(cash)$430.00
HSBC $2675.00
Total = $27,535.00

Home Improvements

July 7th, 2013 at 07:38 pm

Got a few things done on the home improvements front today. My Dad came over and helped DH cut down a few small trees that had sprung up on their own in the backyard and also put our shed doors back on. They had come off in a bad wind storm a few months ago. Glad to have those things back in order.

Air Conditioning is fixed!

July 15th, 2012 at 01:55 pm

I don't think I mentioned on here but when we came home from our trips our central air was not working. It was blowing air, but not cold enough to keep our house cool. We suffered through it for a few weeks, but it's been in the 90's here so I finally had to call to get it repaired. I was happy to find out it only cost $127 and I am so comfortable now! Before I was miserable to even be in the house. Unfortunatley they told DH that both the central air and furnace would need to be replaced in the near future (a few months to a few years). They are both very old. So that was bad news, but at least we got a warning so we can watch for sales and save up for them.

Very productive day on the Home Improvements front

August 21st, 2011 at 03:54 pm

My Mom came and helped me clean out our garage today since we will be having a rummage sale next weekend. Normally we have then all summer long, but since we didn't this year due to the flooding we had a VERY dirty garage. We got it all cleaned up though and my parents are starting to bring the tables and stuff to sale down tonight.
I also got the aluminum cans ready to take in to recycling as well. We had another bad storm this week and it blew a piece of our aluminum trim off of our house and bent it all up, so I will take that with to the recycling too and we will have to go buy a new one.
We had a friend who is good with electrical come over and he fixed our doorbell, fireplace, 4 electrical outlets and the electric locks on DH's car! So happy to have all of those minor repairs done in one day. I tried to pay him, but all he wanted was a case of beer. Smile We also gave him our old lawnmower cause he fixes up old lawnmowers and sells them, so we just gave it to him and he can have it for parts or to fix up and everybody wins. Smile

Here's how we are doing on home improvements/repairs:

New Roof
New Living Room couch and 2 recliners
King Mattress
Flat sceen TV and Stand
Patio Furniture

New Patio Door Blinds

New Hot Tub Cover

New blinds for living room and bedroom
Remodeled downstairs bathroom
New Washer and Dryer
New Laptop

Fixed Fireplace
Fixed Doorbell
New Lawn Mower
New Vacuum

Here are some of our proposed projects and purchases:
Underground sprinkler system
New dishwasher
New bedroom set
New family room furniture (downstairs)
Fix and paint lattice under deck
Put plastic under rock beds
Fix holes and dents in walls
Paint deck
Fix piece of siding that blew of house
Plant new tree in the front yard

No more tree :(

August 8th, 2011 at 04:55 pm

We have been having horrible thunderstorms here for weeks with nasty winds, hail and tornadoes. Here is what the wind did to the tree in our front yard last week. My brother came down with a chain saw to cut up the half that had fallen, but when he got here the City came and said they would take it for free since it was on the boulevard. So that was good.

We were hoping the tree would be ok since half of it was still up and seemed fine, but when we got home today all that was left was a stump. Apparently the city came while we were at work and cut the whole thing down. Now we have an ugly stump. Frown I need to call the City and see if they are coming to remove the stump and hopefully plant a new tree.

$20K Update - New Lawn Mower and New Vacuum

July 28th, 2011 at 06:30 pm

Current Balance $14,450.00
-$300.00 New Lawn Mower
-$100.00 New Vacuum
New Balance $14,050.00

ING $9710.00
Home Improvements(cash) $375.00
HSBC $3965.00
Total = $14,050.00

We finally got a VERY MUCH needed new vacuum and lawn mower. We got an electric lawn mower, hopefully that will also help save money since we don't have to buy gas now. We got the lawn mower at Menards, it was normally $399, on sale for $299. When I swiped my Menards card it gave me the option of 3% cash back or 12 months no interest, we took the 3% back since we already had the money in savings. So about $106 saved on the lawn mower. Dumb $14K is a thorn in my side

Busy Busy

July 3rd, 2011 at 04:10 pm

Been busy with FIL in town. He took us out to eat everyday. Took DH and got him brand new running shoes, and took us to the casino and gave us each $50 to play. We can home $20 ahead. He also brought us paper towels, toilet paper, bacon and chicken breasts. Too bad he had to go home this morning cause it is fun being spoiled. Smile
Today DH and I went and got a new vacuum, ours was about 6 years old and just wasn't cutting it anymore. We got a good sale on one for $78. It isn't the top of the line, but I am not interested in paying hundreds of dollars for a vacuum with special features when all I need it to do is suck. Smile
We also got me a new running watch for my BD present. I am going to start running again tomorrow. Since I was in that wedding last month I have been majorly slacking. I set up a route I want to run and got my headphones ready and my new watch. Can't wait to start tomorrow! We are going on a trip to a water park in Canada in mid August and I would like to lose about 10lbs by then. Also need to make sure I stay on the wagon for our Vegas trip next year.

Very productive week - And my BIRTHDAY!

June 23rd, 2011 at 11:38 am

I took in our aluminum cans today. We had 53lbs at .65 a lb = $34.45. I will hold on to that check to add to the mortgage payment for July. Doing pretty good on my list, sad that my time off is almost over! This afternoon I am going to clean out the hot tub, I already drained it. Also planning to file and maybe work on the garage.
My Birthday was on Tuesday, my Mom and Dad got me a new softball glove which I really needed and also a new chest freezer since ours died. In the process of moving the new freezer in I found out that we have 4 sets of outlets in our house that do not work. Frown Hoping my brother or a friend we have that is good with electrical can fix them for us.

(X)1)Dentist Apt
(X)2)Donate Blood
(X)3)Take in recycling
(X)4)Take back library books
(X)5)Clean out car
( )6)Organize garage
(X)7)Call chiro to check on DH's bill
( )8)Clean out study
(X)9)Wax eyebrows
(X)11)Clean bedroom
(X)12)Organize Tupperware cupboard
( )13)Clean out kitchen closet
( )14)Clean out hottub
(X)15)Boys Softball
(X)16)Girls Softball
(X)17)Go to BD lunch with Mom
(X)18)Go through purses for rummage sale
( )19)Work at trailer
( )20)File
(X)21)Create resume for Dad
( )22)Clean out new freezer

Flood Info - $20K Update

May 26th, 2011 at 08:00 pm

My Dad helped me get some things ready today for potential flooding. I had to go get a new sump pump, a hose and several covers for our basement drains. I took $100 out of home improvement savings to help cover this. I am so STRESSED out! The not knowing what is going to happen is killing me. DH is going to move everything upstairs tomorrow while I am sandbagging for the city. My work will pay for me to volunteer, so I am going to be sandbagging for 8 hours and helping where I can. We are going to NV tomorrow night so my brother is going to watch our house. Hoping for the best.....

Current Balance $13,000.00
-$100.00 Sump Pump
New Balance $12,900.00

ING $8465.00
Home Improvements(cash) $700.00
HSBC $3735.00
Total = $12,900.00

After Christmas Deal

December 28th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I mentioned that our Christmas tree fell over and the stand broke. So had to get new tree. Figured it was best to look now at the after Christmas sales rather then wait till next Christmas season. Found a $465 tree (WHAT! Who would pay that much for a tree??) at JCP on sale 75% off, plus I had a $10 off coupon. So got it for $110. Saved $355!! WOW! I think the tree was way to expensive to start with, but am happy with the deal I got. Hopefully I will never have to buy another tree for the rest of my life.

New Washer and Dryer

December 12th, 2010 at 06:05 pm

We went back to Lowes today and purchased the washer and dryer. We had shopped around at Sears, Lowes and Menards and found the best deal at Lowes. We got a Whirlpool frontload set. Regularily $599 each on sale for $449 each ($300 savings), plus a 5 year warranty $180, free delivery and take away of the old set. I signed up for a Lowes Card and got 6 months no interest. I was approved for $6000 on the Lowes card. So time to go crazy at Lowes! Ha ha just kidding. Anyways so they are delivering it next week. When I got home I transferred the total from our Home Improvement Account and part from the EF into a seperate account for the Washer and Dryer. So now it can sit and make me interest for 6 months until we pay the Lowes bill. It wasn't the cheapest set available, but we are hoping to have a nice set that we can use for a long time. Since the dryer still works we will try to sell that at our next rummage sale.

Repair, Replace and Fix.......now repeat!

December 12th, 2010 at 02:11 pm

Ok.....so I realize that as a homeowner you have a lot of things to keep up on, fix, repair and replace. But really, does something have to break EVERY day??!! In the past 2-3 months we have had:

-Lock on patio door broke, so we have to lock it by putting a board in the slats so no one can break in until we are ready to buy a new one ($$$)
-Car radio/clock died
-Car battery died
-Hot tub went from 104 degrees down to 76 degrees, by the time repair guy gets here it is down to 50 degrees, we then find out we have a "friend" who is chewing threw the wires and so had to get all of the wires replaced and buy "friend" traps
-Bathroom cupboard FELL off of the wall. Completely fell off the wall onto the floor and hit the opposite wall, so now there is also a hole in the wall where it landed. Thank goodness I was not home, that would have scared the daylights out of me. And if I was in the bathroom I probabaly would have died. (literally died as if I was on the pot it would have crushed me!)
-Found out at least 3 outlets in our house do not work, one is the only outlet in the bathroom (UGH!) one is in the backyard and one is in the gararge.
-Washer started smoking yesterday right as we were leaving to go to a Christmas get together. The washer is VERY old, it was the washer that was left in the house by the previous owners, so it was free to us and I am grateful that it lasted 3 years...it is avocado green and is ready to retire.

So there is my big whine for the day! Smile

DH and I shopped around for washer and dryer sets today and will probably get one within the next week or so.

We also found a good deal on a TV, got a 32' for $250 (after a $100 mail in rebate). We are going to put that TV in the basement so I have an area to do my Wii Fit. Smile

I'm Plumbed!

August 5th, 2010 at 05:30 pm

Yeah we finally got the plumbing done on our bathroom remodel! We were really worried that we were going to have to pay a lot for the plumbing because we had a plumber come look at it and he was telling us that he would have to take the whole shower back out that we had just gotten put in and rip down a wall......UGH> Said could be close to $1K for all the work! But then we had a second plumber come look at it and he said no way he can fix no big deal, only needs to cut a hole in the wall to fix, no ripping it down or taking out the shower. Make hole in wall, put in new hardware and then putty/paint hole. So the new plumber came and hooked the whole shower up, put new hardware on the sink and fixed a running toilet all for only $100! I was so impressed at that price for all 3 items. All that is left now is for my Dad to spackle and put on a new base board, then we will repaint and FINALLY will be done for good with the 2nd bathroom. Hopefully he will have time to come do that in the next week or so.

Oh Bugger......

July 21st, 2010 at 01:46 pm

Well plumber finally came today to see what needed to be done for our bathroom remodel. I had called the same one twice and they never showed up, so I called a new one that came today. Apparently there is a lot more work that will need to be done. Basically my Dad and brother had put in new wall on one side of the shower, and now the plumber thinks that will not work and they will need to tear down the brand new wall that they built (and I paid for) plus the glassboard etc. I am super bummed out. My Dad is calling the plumber to see if there is any other way around it, so fingers crossed, but it is not looking good. And we need to get this done now so it is ready when they come to re-appraise the house for the refinance. Blah....

Starting our new auto deposit

April 22nd, 2010 at 03:24 pm

Current Total = $9,630.00
+25.00 Home Improvement Fund
New Total = $9,655.00

Now that our TV is paid off we are moving the $25 a month we were paying to the TV to savings for Home Improvements. It's not a lot, but at least it's something.

Home Improvements - Past and Future

April 20th, 2010 at 06:35 pm

We bought our home in 2007 and very slowly are working and adding little improvements, some are actual improvements to the home, and some are just comforts to us, but I still consider them improvements.

New Roof
New Living Room couch and 2 recliners
King Mattress
Flat sceen TV and Stand
Patio Furniture

New patio door blinds

New hot tub cover

New blinds for living room and bedroom
Remodeled downstairs bathroom...working on it!

We are trying to do projects slowly as we save up for them. No "KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES" for us!
We should be 100% done with the bathroom remodel within a few weeks at the longest. We are trying to decide what to tackle next.....here are some of our proposed projects:
Underground sprinkler system
New lawn mower
New washer/dryer
New dishwasher
New bedroom set
New family room furniture (downstairs)
Fix fireplace
Fix doorbell
Fix porchstep
Fix and paint lattice under deck
Put plastic under rock beds
Guess we have our work cut out for us!

Bathroom Remodel Shopping

April 20th, 2010 at 05:53 pm

Well I think we are finally done with all of the purchasing for our bathroom remodel. Had to buy a ton of "little" items to get this done!
So I went to Menards with my Dad (he is super cheap too, yeah!) and he helped me get everything I need.
Toilet Cap $1.49
Wood Putty $2.98
Black Shower Curtain $3.49
Putty Knife $3.98
Trowels (3) $5.34
Shower Hooks $5.96
Shower Rod $7.98
Glue for glassboard $9.97
Orange Peel $12.74
Toilet Seat $12.99
Linoleum Glue $13.75
Floor Fill $14.87
Sheet Rock (2 pieces) $16.58
Glass Board $24.97
Shower Head and Fixture $109.00
Total at Menards with tax is $259.08
+Shower $200(got last year)
+Linoleum $45
+Bathroom Decor Free (gift)
= $504.08
So I am already over my bathroom budget of $500. Frown Good news about the above purchases was I applied for a Menards card, I was approved for $7500 by myself! WOW, who needs that much credit at Menards?? Anyways.....for applying I got a $2 coupon in the mail, and also a $10 giftcard to Menards, so that was cool that I did get $12 back on my purchases. (Aleady logged on to Menards website and paid the balance off). Also the new shower head/fixture set were on sale $30 off, and I had a toilet seat in my cart that was $25, then found one for $12.99, so did get some sales/saving there. I still need to pay for meals for my Dad and bro while they do the work and will need to go buy bathroom rugs. Hopefully that is all that is left to buy! We started work by getting the old shower torn out and are working on scraping up the old limoleum and glue now. Saturday is the big day to start the real work, I am so excited!

Prepping for Bathroom Remodel

April 9th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Well we are FINALLY getting around to putting a new shower in our second bathroom. We have been in our house since Sept 07 and have never used that shower because it is sooooo yucky and has needed to be replaced since forever. So my Dad and brother came over today to see what would need to be done (DH is not as handy as my family). We only planned on replacing the shower, but the new shower is a little smaller then the old shower, so we will also have to replace the linoleum. Frown Did not anticipate that. Dad said it should not be too much for that though cause we should be able to get some remnants since it is not a huge bathroom. So I made our shopping list and will go with my Dad on Sunday to by supplies. Here is what we are looking at so far:
Sheet rock
Spray on Texture
Glass board
New toilet seat
New shower head and control set
Shower Rod
Shower Curtain
Linoleum Glue
Round Lightbulbs
My Dad and brother will do the work for free, minus food and assistance. Then DH and I will help when my bro builds his new garage in a couple years and my Dad always has stuff for us to do for him since he owns a bunch of rental properties. Happy we do not have to play a plumber for the shower and a carpenter for the flooring. DH and I are not handy at all, but my Dad and bro can pretty much do anything....love having handy people in the family! Smile
Also my Mom gave me all the bathroom decor for Christmas, so I have decorative towels, toothbrush holder, soap dispenser etc already.