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Bittersweet Refund

October 24th, 2020 at 03:20 PM by Late Start

Pre-pandemic, I had booked a trip to Europe with travel to Iceland and England. It was supposed to be a celebratory trip to mark my starting to be fully self-employed. To celebrate that I can set my own hours and take vacation whenever I wanted for however long I wanted. No more applications for leave to be approved! I had really been looking forward to it. It was supposed to happen in August. My sister and her family were to have joined me for a portion of it. 
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October 24th, 2020 at 02:57 PM by Wink

This is actually a test post to see if it takes.
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October 24th, 2020 at 02:37 PM by CB in the City

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Tonight's Dinner

October 24th, 2020 at 01:15 AM by Gramma Ray

I continue to use up food I have here at home.  I wanted something other than soup/stew for dinner tonight, so I pulled a 1/2 chicken breast out of my 10-1b Costco frozen chicken breast pack and defrosted it today.   I spiced it up with seasonings and added some rosemary, thyme ( these were leftovers spices that I froze from the prime rib a few weeks ago- just learned I could freeze them!!), butter and lemon juice.  Its baking now.  (smells yummy) I am...
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5th day without a car

October 23rd, 2020 at 11:19 PM by Gramma Ray

Last Sunday, I ran to Walmart to pick up just a few supplies to get me through the week and on my way home, my car died.  It would start, but then immediately shut down.  Of course, the hub is on rotation in I rummaged through my car paperwork and found the roadside assistance information, that I honestly had forgotten I even had.  (It was a free perk when I bought the car and never gave it a second thought, actually.)  I called the number, and YES,...
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Is this a 2020 thing?

October 23rd, 2020 at 11:03 PM by Gramma Ray

I MISS my community...what the heck!  (testing)
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Are We Working Yet?

October 22nd, 2020 at 07:51 PM by Lucky Robin

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Thank you!

October 21st, 2020 at 04:32 PM by Brunette Getting Out of Debt

Thank you all so much for the warm welcome! I read all your comments, thoughts, and suggestions! They were very appreciated!
I actually wrote this last week and tried posting it several times, but with all the issues the site was having, it got lost somewhere in the interwebs.
After reading some of the comments I was a little concerned that I painted too dire a picture of our financial situation.
Although I HATE our debt, I want to be clear that we are not struggling...
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Trying Photos Take 2

October 21st, 2020 at 08:07 AM by Lucky Robin

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Practicing Photos with the New Blog Entry Box

October 21st, 2020 at 08:02 AM by Lucky Robin

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Payday Report for 10/16/20

October 21st, 2020 at 07:09 AM by Lucky Robin

$324.12 Tithe
_400.00 Grocery Envelope
__75.00 Household Envelope
_280.00 Monthly chiropractor family plan
_600.00 Autopays
__71.99 Life Insurance DH
__60.46 Life Insurance Me
_100.00 Adult Spending Money
_120.00 Kid Allowances
1000.00 Mattress Fund
_100.00 Car Maintenance Fund
$3149.57 Total Money Out
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Freezer Fund Update

October 21st, 2020 at 07:01 AM by Lucky Robin

I had $92.00 left in the grocery envelope from last payday, so that I moved that over into the freezer fund envelope.  Consistently squeezing money out of my grocery budget is working really well to save for this.  I am really starting to see some progress and am 2/3 of the way to my goal amount of $1100.  Then all I have to do is hope that by the time I get there, they actually have freezers available in the stores again.
$700.00 Balance Forward
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Working now?

October 21st, 2020 at 01:49 AM by GratefulSaver

Hopefully this site is working now. I hate to complain, but I lost entire blog (years worth of entries) a while back and was never able to get it back. Then, I get flagged as a spammer and I was unable to write entries a little while ago. Somehow I managed to get it resolved.  
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Tech Sup

October 20th, 2020 at 05:20 AM by james

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Goodbye Saving Advice

October 20th, 2020 at 03:32 AM by Amber

Hi everyone,
I’ve decided to leave Saving Advice, I’ve been blogging since 2006. It sadden me that this has come to this but the site is not what it use to be. 
There’s too many problems, the inability to post constantly drive me nuts. 
Periodically I’ll stop by to check in; however, I’m giving up the blog on a regular basis. 
I’m sharing my email address, below if anyone wants to stay in contact.
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New Site

October 20th, 2020 at 03:22 AM by Amber

Did we find a new site to use yet?
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October 19th, 2020 at 01:46 PM by CB in the City

Is this working now?
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Beans are soaking!

October 16th, 2020 at 03:38 AM by Gramma Ray

I had a package of red beans in the cupboard and a ham hock in the freezer, so the first bean soup will be red beans and ham. I plan to toss in a yellow onion, celery and carrots in the morning. I will also post the seasoning I add in my post tomorrow. The bean soup should last me all weekend, and maybe into next week.

I picked up a brick of yeast at Costco today. I read that you can freeze this after opening to stretch the usage life. So I will be making some crusty bread...
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October 15th, 2020 at 11:48 PM by terri77

That’s the number I got today for my latest Experian report. Only 2 points from perfect!
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Dad is feeling better

October 14th, 2020 at 11:37 PM by terri77

My dad is doing better. He got a shot in his shoulder & prescription Naproxen (Aleve, but stronger). I picked up his medication & a few grocery items for my mom after his appt. He said he was feeling a little better by the time I left that evening. The next morning when I called he was out in the yard using his blower. He seemed to be doing fine when I dropped off some food for them today.

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