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Need to buy wood pellets

September 29th, 2005 at 09:14 am

If we are going to stay in our house over the winter, we need to buy wood pellets. The sooner the better since the energy market will go through the roof this season.
The problem is, we aren't sure we're going to stay. We can't make up our minds. It will probably be best to stay and finish all the renovations on the house. On the other hand, I've been pulling 5 hour commutes a day for the last few weeks since school started. Its ridiculous how much time I waste on the commuter bus. I feel like my life is slipping away when I'm stuck in traffic just reading a novel or the paper.

I think I'll just buy 2 tons to be on the safe side. If we decide to sell, we can market that they'll get the pellets with the house, I guess.

Hubby stayed home from work yesterday and made a nice roast for dinner. He makes the best gravy. Delicious! Then we watched Lost and I cleaned the kitchen since he spent 3 hours cooking.

I have tomorrow off. I think I'll go to the library and work on the stair banister. I need to do a final sanding, cleaning and then stain and polyurethane. I've been meaning to do this for a few months and I'll finally have a day off for it!

I haven't sold anymore books online. September has been pretty slow so far. I listed one more yesterday, but only for around two dollars.

I'm hoping the saving books I'll get at the library tomorrow will inspire me to post (and conserve) more!

sold another book yesterday

September 22nd, 2005 at 09:37 am

I'm off to the post office after this. I sold it for $6, and had originally bought it for college. It was just collecting dust! It always perks me up when I make a sale.

We've been looking at houses and very slowly making progress on the house. I did a very thorough job painting our stairs and original trim. There was a lot of prep work with filling nail holes, scraping paint and sanding, but its finally done! This weekend I want to finish sanding the banister and then I'll stain and polyurethane the hell out of it to make it shine.

I was out of padded envelopes for my half.com sales, so I made myself walk to Staples (not close by) during my lunch break at work yesterday. Otherwise, I would have had to use the car to drive to the one near my house. I took a long way back too, and got a lot of exercise. I was proud of myself!

Made sloppy Joe's with buy 1 get 1 free ground turkey (and kidney beans as filler) while my DH worked an hour of overtime. Also cleaned every single dirty dish in the kitchen. I was happy to get it done.

Tonight will be laundry night. DH keeps complaining that we don't have a dryer and that he wants to buy one so that he has clothes to wear. I line dry in the summer (which hasn't been a lot lately since I can only hang out on the weekends and its been raining a lot lately) or on racks in the winter. In our northern climate, it can take a few days for clothes to dry in the winter so it seems like the racks are permanently set up in the guest room. Since we put a new furnace in this year. I'm hoping that will help the clothes dry faster.
Anyway, I'll do a bit of laundry and some ironing tonight to appease him.

His company is having a team building event today: apple picking. Hopefully he'll come home with enough for me to make a pie with.

This weekend we're going to an ice cream party - everyone brings a pint. We'll gorge ourselves and get to try new kinds for $4.

spent $20 on lunch

August 26th, 2005 at 03:51 pm

It's restaurant week and I was able to go with some co-workers to an excellent restaurant. I know I wouldn't have ever gone except for the discounted rate (and reservation) today. So I went and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Since I may not work in the city anymore, I figured I better enjoy it while I can and then not feel guilty later on, and want to spend money going into the city.

Spent $32 on groceries this week which will last us awhile.
We'll work on the house again this weekend. We replaced a rotting fence last weekend. Hopefully we'll get the house finished by this year so we can sell it and reap the profits. I'd really like to use the extra money to pay all debt off - car loan and student loans. We don't have any credit card debt: I hate credit cards. We'll see. We'll just keep plugging along and see how far we get.

I've sold 2 books and a CD on half.com in the last 2 weeks. Sold another today which means I have to go to the post office on dreaded Saturday - it's always crowded! Oh well, money is money...

Sorry for my lack of posts

August 8th, 2005 at 12:31 pm

I have written 2 extremely long posts on here in the past few weeks and they weren't posted for whatever reason. When I hit the Add Entry button - they vanish!
Here's to hoping this works...


Anyway, things have been very good but stressful for us. We are working on selling our house to buy a bigger house with a lot of land up north. In order to do this, we'll need to finish the renovations on our current house and save every cent we can in the next few months. We bought a slightly used stainless steel stove from a co-worker this weekend for $150. It's very new, even has a warming drawer which I'll be a little loathe to give up when we move. But I figure if I'm drooling over it then prospective buyers will too.
We also got the use of his trailer over the weekend, which saved us from having to rent one at Home Depot. I've vowed to work on the house every single day until we list it on the market. While I can't do too much after work - every bit helps! Tonight I'll fill the nailholes that we made from installing new trim in the kitchen over the weekend. I t should go fast, and the next night I'll sand them down and prime.

Going grocery shopping after work tonight. I made a careful list and anticipate spending $35 which includes 4 packages of granola bars, cat food and light bulbs.

We went paddling yesterday with our boat. The only cost was gas for driving to the pond, which wasn't too bad. We power our boat ourselves and didn't have to pay to get to the pond. It was the first time we went swimming this summer so we really enjoyed it.

Website ate my entry

July 14th, 2005 at 03:33 pm

It's been awhile since I posted. I actually wrote an extremely long post last week but it was lost somehow when I hit the Add Entry button.

The bad news is: we have less money right now than we have in about 3 years. I didn't think we'd make it this low but it was a combination of things that brought us down.
Husband is working every OT hour he can get. He's had 3 this week and is working another tonight.

I got my first freelance job today which should cover the cost of the class I had to take for it. I'm so happy !! I didn't think I would get that particular job, I was first told I couldn't due to payment reasons and it came through in the end. Ask and wait and ye shall receive.

We've spent under $35 on groceries for the last 2 weeks which is excellent. I'd like to use the extra as principal payments on many loans we have, but DH convinced me to use it for building our savings back up.

We're going to a company-related BBQ on Saturday. We'll bring the potato salad. I think we end up eating more than we bring price-wise, so these are frugal and fun.

I sold a few more books and listed 4 more on half.com. One book of poetry that I bought for fifty cents years ago turns out to be out of print and is worth $35!! I keep checking every few hours hoping that someone will buy it. That would be awesome.

Ok, off to work some more on my freelance gig.

groceries today

June 26th, 2005 at 10:42 am

The normal total for groceries today was $78, but we only spent 37 due to store sales and coupons. I bought the Sunday newspaper last week and used 8 coupons from it! It ended up paying for itself.
I left a message with the newspaper to see how much Sunday delivery would be. It's got to be better than the $2.50 I spent last week.

Also went to BJs yesterday. Bought a second air conditioner since ours is in the room we have our sick kitty in. His second surgery didn't work - we're experimenting with other antibiotics now. It's not looking good.
So we bought an AC for our bedroom which we're only running at night because it doesn't shut itself off after it hits a certain temperature.

Went to Victoria's Secret since they were having a 75% sale, but it was pretty well picked over. Oh well, I didn't absolutely need anything anyway.

The lead I had on a freelance job didn't pan out. I'm very very bummed. I was planning on that making a big difference in our lives. Back to the grindstone I guess.

I'll log off now. Its pretty hot out and the computer just adds to the heat.

$200 off

June 16th, 2005 at 10:21 am

After even more aggravation than I vented about on this site, we received $200 off our furnace installation. It's ridiculous what they've put us through and its not even done yet!

Oh well, even though it was stressful it was worth $200 in cash.

Tonight my sister comes over and we'll try to make the baseball game. It's a college team, so I don't think it should be too expensive. Frozen pizzas if not, and then maybe a trip to the mall. She loves the mall by my house.

I made homemade pizza last night. I made the dough from scratch with my bread machine. It took way too long though - I need to find a new recipe.

Also, the master mixes article on The Dollar Stretcher's website is awesome! I just printed it out. I'm definitely going to make a batch.

Presents bought

June 15th, 2005 at 06:47 am

I bought the father's day present yesterday and my sister's birthday present during my lunch break yesterday. $20 earrings, from her favorite store which isn't near her house. She actually hangs their bags on her wall because they're so beautiful.

Tonight will be a cleaning extravaganza to get ready for her and her friend's visit. It's mostly cleaning up papers in the office and changing sheets.

Since DH was home yesterday, I was treated to a tortellini dinner with wine and cheesecake for dessert. It was wonderful to walk in the door and have everything prepared (which is what I've been doing for him, but I digress).

We're both having salad for lunch today. Tonight will be homemade pizza, using up the leftover pasta sauce as pizza sauce. I also bought the new Sargento blended cheese for this, for which I have rebate. Now I just have to find the rebate form!

furnace going in today, and tomorrow...

June 14th, 2005 at 07:23 am

The furnace is finally going in today. They were only two hours late - thank you very much. And then they tell us it will take them 2 days to do the job! No one said anything about 2 days until it was too late. They just assume we can stay home to watch our house. GGrr....I'm going to ask for some kind of financial retribution. We have lost so much work time because of this.

Made a frittata with frozen veggies and some discounted cheese. Beans on the side that I bought on sale for one dollar.
Lunch is grapes, pretzels, and a nectarine.

Need to go shopping for my sister's birthday present today. I'll see what I come up with. She's coming to visit with a friend later this week.

sale at Filenes

June 12th, 2005 at 09:34 am

We had coupons for 20% off an entire purchase at Filenes AND they were having great clearance sales. We bought a lot of much needed as well as luxury items (such as a glass pitcher for serving guests).

Our lawn mower also died today so we bought a new one at Sears.

Gave away the pavers to someone on Freecycle today. The sellers of our house left them, and we'd already givenhalf to a neighbor. Now we can walk behind our house and have a clean slate for our new patio!

Not a good day

June 9th, 2005 at 06:58 am

Today was supposed to be a good day - boy did that change quickly! We both took the day off from work because we had to bring our cat to the vet for his next-to-last check up and needed to be home because our new furnace was to be installed.

I went to the vet - surprise, his wound opened up again and he needs another surgery. That will happen tomorrow. My poor kitty has gone through enough!

Then, a half hour AFTER the installers were to arrive, they called to cancel. We were fuming - my husband had to take the day off unpaid for this. We're still trying to sort it out but it just irks me immensely when people don't show up when they say they will. They could have called last night to warn us. GGRrr.....

So, I just listed 9 more books on half.com . I know it's not nearly enough to cover the vet bills but I have to do something right now to make extra money. Wonders never cease.

I hope you guys are having a better day! Sorry to vent...

it's beautiful outside!

June 3rd, 2005 at 06:31 am

I primed the door last night and made the soup. Things are really rolling along...

Tomorrow is our anniversary and we are splurging on ourselves. We're helping teach a class in the morning, and then it's out for dinner at a fancy restaurant.

On Sunday, we're getting a couples massage followed by a manicure for me and a haircut for him. I've never had a massage before so I'm VERY much looking forward to it.

It will be 80 degress today, which means I'll finally take lunch break and go outside. I'm so sick of working through my lunch for this company.

We received the molds in the mail yesterday for concrete pavers. We're going to make them from scratch and create a patio. The previous owners of our house bought ugly pavers that we've given (mostly) away. The gravel base is already there - it's just waiting for some attention. Hopefully we'll tackle this project next weekend if the weather is nice. If we buy the concrete in shifts during week, then we can get started Saturday morning making the pavers. So excited!!!

soup tonight

June 2nd, 2005 at 10:05 am

I've decided to make a list each week of one chore that I'll accomplish each workday/weekday. I work M-F, and it seems like my weekend is never long enough because I'm doing chores all weekend long. I commute 4 hours a day - so that's where most of my time goes.

This week:

paint guest bedroom door
sort through 1 box of books, to throw away and post on half.com
make my italian soup from scratch.
grocery shopping
revise my resume
put clothes away

We're having the soup tonight. I spent 1/2 hour chopping up vegetables for it last night. I went through half of the books last night and put most of the clothes away. Grocery shopping is done - I feel so accomplished! Now I don't have to (partially) dread the weekend.

home depot card

May 27th, 2005 at 06:00 am

I figured out this morning that if we pay $130 a month for the Home Depot card, we'll have it paid off by the time the no payments no interest time is up. That should be a piece of cake. Tonight I'm going to set up automatic transfers on my bank's website so I won't have to think about it.

Got a surprise free pizza lunch at work yesterday - so that saved me a little cash.
Yet another house is for sale in my neighborhood. So far 6 houses have sold since we moved in three years ago! I don't know what's going on, but we're going to jump on that bandwagon.

The vet should call today with my kitty's test results. I called last night to followu up and was told the results had just come in but my doctor wasn't there. Fingers crossed - it could mean another surgery for my lovey dovey

New furnace

May 26th, 2005 at 06:18 am

So, we bought a new furnace. It had to be done what with the New England winters and our highly ineffecient boiler. It was oil and someone converted it to gas somewhat illegally. Another $6000 in debt!

We got a great deal with Sears and we don't have to pay for it for one year. We're still going to be making payments on it, but when we sell the house next year our profits will allow us to just pay it off. Plus we bought a maintenance program with it that's transferable to new owners which will be a major selling point for buyers.

Went to Staples last night for padded envelopes, and have the package all set. Just need to run to the post office during my lunch break.
Made a frozen pizza for dinner because it was quick. We didn't have much time between getting home and Staples before Lost was on.