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DirectTV Scam

August 13th, 2020 at 10:59 PM by Firefly

Well, I just got hit by a scam company. They called promising me a 50% discount on my DirectTV bill through a promotion with EBay. You may have heard about this scam where they ask you to pay for several months of your new promotional rate with an EBay gift card. I was looking it up on the internet as he was talking & found it was a scam. I reported the scam & the associated phone numbers to AT&T. They said that they were getting numerous calls for this scam. Be aware that AT&T...
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Lamp on the Way

August 13th, 2020 at 05:47 PM by CB in the City

I ordered the lamp yesterday -- $140 -- as well as the shower basket -- $21. Variables are at 40%. I'm supposed to get the lamp tomorrow.

Allstate notified me that it has sent my DriveWise refund to the bank -- hasn't hit yet -- but it will be $98.

Everything else is on autopilot. Pay day next week.
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FB Sales for July

August 13th, 2020 at 04:10 PM by Banker Gurl

I haven't logged my FB Sales in over a month...oops! With work, baby, house, rentals, softball, etc. my sales and blog unfortunately have had to be pushed back on the priority list. I am still getting through inventory as I can to keep boosting savings!

Total Sales were $466.00!!

Sale #1780 (AH) $42.00
Bath & Body Works Lotions and Shower Gels (7) - I paid $3.49 each
Sold for $6.00 each
Profit = $17.57

Sale #1781 (DC) $67.00
Better Homes and Gardens Large...
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update

August 13th, 2020 at 09:43 AM by mumof2

Went to the TIA clinic and they said that it looks like I had a TIA...so now I am on aspirin everyday for the rest of my life..I hate medicine but need to do what the docs say...had my regular doc straight after (an hour later) by the time I got to that appointment she had already called and discussed everything with my regular doc...I do have to a carotid ultrasound as soon as they organise it..I also have a sinus infection but because of its symptoms I had to have a covid test...
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Life Right Now In These Crazy Times

August 13th, 2020 at 07:49 AM by VS-from-oz

Life here is very quiet but still busy as always. We have been in Stage 4 Lockdown for the last two weeks, so mask wearing is mandatory, the government has severely restricted the types of businesses that are essential, we are only allowed to travel up to 5km from our homes with the allowance of one person doing food shopping and exercise is restricted to one hour per day outside. Our cases started skyrocketing scarily and it was very stressful watching the news for a while....
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Baby Hopie is getting big!

August 13th, 2020 at 03:32 AM by Banker Gurl

Here is our peanut! 3 months old now!


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Rental Drama

August 12th, 2020 at 09:38 PM by Banker Gurl

Well our Renter in Rental #2 moved out at the end of July as scheduled. Since we knew they were moving out we started looking for a renter early, and signed a lease with a new young couple mid-June, which would start August 1st. They were able to move in a few days early since the last renter had already left and had done an excellent job with cleaning etc.

On August 3rd, the GF called my husband and said they had broken up....apparently she found out that he had been cheating...
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$20K Update

August 12th, 2020 at 09:30 PM by Banker Gurl

Yikes I haven't updated savings in a month! We did get the bill for our new AC system ($9K, but will also get a bill for about $1K from the electrician), we put it on our Discover to get our Cash Back Rewards and will have to pay that mid September. For now I am relishing being at $22K! We took in our coin jar, it was so heavy I couldn't even lift it! That was a nice bonus of $360!

Current Balance $20,955.00
+$150.00 MO Payday to Our Savings (7/17)
+$50.00 My Payday to...
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Happy Belated Blogoversary to Me!

August 12th, 2020 at 07:43 PM by My English Castle

I cannot believe it's been that long, but apparently yesterday was my lucky 13th Blogoversary. What? No card? No flowers?

Because I'm pretty sentimental I thought about all the folks who have traveled through this blogosphere like that lady from Atlanta, Retire at 50, the guy who was living in his car for a while, and another really funny one. Someone help me remember some of the others!

I've been determined not to go to the grocery store for another few days so we've...
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Low-Key Birthday

August 12th, 2020 at 01:49 PM by CB in the City

My birthday yesterday was very low-key. My son brought over some flowers and cake. We are going to have a birthday party on Saturday, because GS2 has the sniffles, and my birthday present hadn't arrived yet, anyway.

I talked to my other son and several friends. My Oregon grandchildren are working on something to send to me.

I am going to order my own birthday present later today. Another lamp -- this time, I hope, the right size. I'm also going to order a shower basket...
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another day

August 12th, 2020 at 06:26 AM by mumof2

Had the neuro physio yesterday..cost $105 out of pocket but should get back around $50 in a few days which will go back into our ice acct...was nice to see her again and I have some new exercises to do daily which will hopefully help...other than that no expenses...I have the TIA clinic tomorrow which should be free and then I see my regular doc tomorrow and she is free...but will need to get a few things while we are out and about running errands but shouldn't cost to much...the...
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New Diet Goals, Motivations, and End of Life Planning

August 11th, 2020 at 11:26 PM by Lucky Robin

DH and I decided to sign up for a dietbet. We've gotten so far off track and I am now at a higher weight than I have ever been in my life. I don't know if he is or not, but it looks like he is. I am ruining my knees at this weight and am in constant pain. So the dietbet we joined was $35, so that is $70 out. It starts on the 13th and is a 4 week kickstarter. The goal is to lose 4% of your body weight in that amount of time. So that is my goal. I know sometimes people on...
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Who was that masked saver?

August 11th, 2020 at 06:56 PM by Rob62521

Yesterday was a busy shopping day, masks included. We decided to eat lunch out. I ordered a salad and although it was expensive - over $9, I brought half of it home so I had a second lunch today with it. While we were out in the north end of town, I decided to do some shopping. DH was surprised when I said I wanted to do some shopping because other than grocery stores and browsing thrift stores, I rarely want to go anywhere to shop. However, I had some things in mind that I was...
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Errands

August 11th, 2020 at 12:56 PM by CB in the City

Yesterday I was filing papers and I realized I had to pay my wheel tax, and I had to do it in person in order to get my senior discount, which is 50%. It certainly seems like a very bad idea to require vulnerable seniors to show up in person during a pandemic. I don't understand why they can't get the discount to work on the online payment. Oh well.

The cost was $42.50. Since I was already out, I ran three more errands. I deposited my coins at the bank and "bought" another...
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Monday Update

August 11th, 2020 at 12:13 AM by Amber


I’m trucking along, paid $300+ last we on student loans and another $20 today.
I’m so happy to have finally started tackling these loans, two years it took for me to get here. Hopefully in two years they’ll be gone.

I want new cabinets and realized it’s a want not a need. I got SO to help me change the hinges since the cabinets were falling apart. I got some free chalk paint from amazon and started to paint the cabinets. So far I’ve done only one coat but they...
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Unexpected Home Maintenance Bill

August 10th, 2020 at 03:23 PM by Firefly

I used to get my air ducts & dryer vents cleaned through a Groupon coupon. It’s been several years so when I saw a coupon pop up I grabbed it. And of course, when he gets here I need a much more thorough cleaning due to the black mold found. Anyway, I ended up purchasing a very expensive package that I probably didn’t really need. So that sets me back a little this month on my debt payoff unless I get some unexpected hours.

Net Worth: $959,128
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Whine, Anyone?

August 10th, 2020 at 03:05 PM by CB in the City

I woke up this morning to a high-pitched whine. Both of my air conditioners seemed to be emitting this noise. I turned them off. I hope, when I turn them on later in the day, the whine will be gone.

My two meals today: breakfast will be blueberry pancakes and Apple Brown Betty (both leftovers). Dinner will be sloppy chicks on biscuits. I'll figure out something to go with them later. Perhaps just an apple.

Tomorrow is my birthday. I think I will buy myself the lamp...
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Hot Again

August 9th, 2020 at 10:41 PM by CB in the City

The heat has returned. I ran the air last night, then turned it off this morning. It stayed pretty nice most of the day. This old building has such thick walls, that once it gets cool inside, it stays that way for quite a while. I turned the air on again around 4 pm, when it started to feel sticky, and I'll keep it on through the night, so that I'll sleep well.

I didn't do much of anything today. Another load of laundry - $1.50. Iggy threw up on his quilt; otherwise I...
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Food Follies

August 9th, 2020 at 06:40 PM by Rob62521

Our pantry is getting pretty full. No complaints either! DH's tomatoes have really been producing, but have sort of slowed down in the past week. We had a few days of cooler temps and I think the plants took a break. But that was fine. I started canning a few weeks ago when things were going hot and heavy and I think I have more then enough tomatoes and spaghetti sauce made for the winter. What a blessing that is!

Our neighbors shared some of their cucumbers so I'm going to...
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Wins & Fails

August 9th, 2020 at 02:54 PM by Monkey Mama

The Universe laughed so hard at me last last week. So so hard. 😞

{Yes, it's taken me a week to even finish this post. So I was talking about last week, but now that is last last week}.

I initially titled this blog post "fail". Because not really sure where to begin but it just felt like a big fail.

But... Our assets did top $1 Mil. I had kind of given up for this year. In fact, was surprised how much the stock market went up after we hit this goal several days...
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