Back when I was in junior high my dad went on a business trip to Mexico. When he came back he presented me with several souvenirs, including a black and gold faux Rolex watch. I loved that watch and wore it until it fell apart.
I don’t need anything faux now. I’d rather have the real thing. In fact, I’ve got my eye on a Movado Bold from this site. Maybe something in rose gold for me and a black one for my husband. These would make great anniversary gifts.
I feel like maybe I’ve made a post with this exact headline before. Perhaps I
English: Moving Company employees load a moving trailer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
have. I’ll have to do some research on that.
23 months ago we moved all of our stuff from Florida to Louisiana. I was 5 months pregnant and it was all I could do to pack boxes. Thank God for our wonderful friends.
12 months ago we had to give up our rental because the landlord wanted to move into it. You would think local moves would be easier, but with an infant in tow it was challenging, at best.
In a little less than two weeks we’re moving again. This time back to Florida. My husband got a good job offer and we really miss having friends and family as a support system.
It might be crazy but I can’t wait to be back in Florida.
That title makes it seem like I know what I’m talking about, doesn’t it? The truth is, when it comes to musical doodads and studio equipment, I’m kind of at a loss. The last time I was in a recording studio was at least 15 years ago, and that was only for a day.
The dream is to have a recording studio in our home one day. Then we can put in an Adam A7, a wide array of microphones and any other studio gadgets my husband desires. He’s the one with all of the musical knowledge. I just sing along to the radio.
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“It makes me sick to see how much crap we’ve been hauling around,” my husband said the other evening.
We’re anticipating a move back to Florida so we have been spring cleaning. This involves finally unpacking ALL of the boxes and really looking hard at what we have and whether we really need it or not.
“I know, but the good news is, we’re getting rid of it NOW,” was my response. I was trying to make him feel not so bad about the crap he’s throwing out.
We’ve been on this mission to reduce for about 2 weeks now. At first it was overwhelming, and now it has become addictive to open a bag or a box, throw most of it away and donate the rest. I may not be welcome at Goodwill’s donation site much longer.
Yesterday I found my own stash of “it makes me sad I’ve been moving this crap around for so long”: 2 hatboxes and one duffel bag full of duplicate check stubs from an account I no longer have. The checks were written in 1999 and 2000. Why? WHY?
I also found a reuseable grocery bag filled almost to the top with mail from the last house we lived in. Most of it was utility bills or coupons. I know we had a big stack of papers and mail on a bookshelf there, and now I know where it ended up.
New rule: mail will get processed the day it shows up in the mailbox. It will either get logged for bill payment, shredded or recycled. No more mysterious boxes and bags full of papers.
While we were in Florida last week Penny's hair was curling into tight ringlets, and she was almost as big and looked almost identical to the life-size child star Shirley Temple doll my mother in law has. I should have taken a picture of the two of them together! I grew up watching Shirley Temple movies. My most favorite one was The Little Princess.
The Little Princess
A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to Africa with the army.
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This is a picture of my daughter at the beach today in Florida that got Auto-Awesomed.
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A friend of mine got pushed from her dad’s nest about 6 months ago and needed a place to stay. She looked around for a rental for a long time but finally decided to buy some land and put a trailer on it.
It was quite the saga of looking for electrical hookups and water hookups and getting a pump for the well. If she had been looking for a commercial pumps I would have told here there are lots of commercial pumps at WeGotPumps.com. Maybe she could have even used one of these at her home? I’m not sure. The whole process seemed really complicated.
Money (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)
How many times have you read a headline like that and thought “Yeah, right. Not going to happen.” Well, before you click away, give this a read.
I’ve always felt those headlines were crazy, until I tried it myself, and it worked! These apps require a smart phone or a tablet with a rear-facing camera, but they all are good ways to earn money while shopping. My results are included in the descriptions:
1. Ibotta. I fell in love with this app last summer when I earned $5 on some items I was going to buy anyway. I cashed out through Paypal ($5 is the minimum payout) and felt liked I had robbed the bank! Basically, you scroll through the offers on this app, fulfill some simple requirements and then buy the item at a participating store (you can even use coupons on the item!), snap a copy of your receipt and the UPC on the item and Ibotta will put cash in your account. There are bonuses for buying combinations of items, there are bonus events like the one they held last fall and they have a wide range of items including pet care, restaurants, hardware stores and more. They have some great “any brand” offers on milk, cereal, juice, eggs, and ice cream. Get paid for buying milk and eggs? Yes, please! My lifetime earnings are $102.75 so far. I’ve cashed most of that out but I’m currently working on building up another big amount before I cash out again. Get cash back for buying your favorite products – yes, real cash! Once you try it, you’ll be hooked. http://ibotta.com/r/cAcUyw
2. Receipt Hog. This one is a little bit different than Ibotta, and cash doesn’t add up as quickly. However, you don’t have to buy specific products or stick to specific stores. The way Receipt Hog works is, you set up your account and then every time you go shopping at the grocery store you just snap a picture of your receipt and upload it to the system. Receipt Hog process the receipt and awards you coins based on the dollar amount of the receipt. They may also send you surveys on certain stores or on certain items on your receipt that will result in additional coins. Sometimes you will get a “free spin” which is a slot machine-like spin that awards you even more coins. The coins add up and can be cashed in for cash or Amazon gift cards. I cashed in, I believe, 1800 coins for a $10 Amazon gift card a few weeks and received it via email a few days later. I currently have 790 coins (minimum to cash out is 1000) and I still have two spins and a few receipts in my purse to snap and upload. No special purchase requirements here, but you can only use grocery store receipts.
3. Checkout 51. This is a new one on the shopping/earning circuit. This is a Canadian company and it looks like they only pay out via check once you earn $20. They have specific offers that are only available for a week at a time but can be purchased at any store. You purchase the item, “claim” the earnings on the app and then snap and upload your receipt. I’ve racked up earnings of only $3.50 so far, but one week was a $1.00 milk payout in the same week I earned a milk payout and milk bonus on Ibotta so it wasn’t like I had to buy anything special. I uploaded receipts I already had. They do milk and eggs and the like as well. I don’t know if they pay but I’m not going to get bent out of shape about it if it turns into nothing since I’m not buying anything special to make it happen. I’ll let you know if I ever reach that $20 payout. Maybe they’ll be doing Paypal by then?
In addition to these apps I also use coupons and my savings apps (I’ve saved $103.58 with Cartwheel by Target since I started using it!). Happy shopping!
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Are there any real estate agents out there? How do you manage your time? With such a detail oriented job, I bet you are busy from the break of dawn until well after the sun goes down.
Have you seen this new GoConnect real estate checklist app? It keeps everything in one handy dandy little application. All you do is program it and it keeps track of your to dos, activities and listings. It’s like an assistant in your pocket (or briefcase or handbag).
Have all of my money saving friends tried Ibotta? It's a great way to make money buying the stuff you're buying anyway. My lifetime earnings since last year are $102.75. I highly recommend it!
Ibotta is a free mobile app that gives consumers a new way to earn money when they shop. Ibotta pays users cash rewards for learning about their favorite products on their phone or tablet before they go shopping, then buying those products in the store.
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