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August 26th, 2012 at 09:19 am

**Dh got offered a $85 focus group - woohoo! It's been pretty dry since we have been getting all these credit card rewards. Nice to score both types of extra income in the same month.

**I was dreading the car rental reservation for Florida (guess I HATE planning vacations) and finally did the deed yesterday. It was much better than I expected - I found a car rental for about $100 for 8 days AND this was not a "pre-paid/non-refundable" cost. So basically, I am pleased I didn't have to pay for it ahead of time.

Since it was much cheaper than I was expecting, that leaves more money to enjoy in Florida. Phew!!

**The school year has been very busy. BM was invited onto a Lego Mindstorm team - some regional competition in the fall. Lego Mindstorm is a robot building kit. BM already has a set because my dad bought him one a couple of years ago. This is right up his alley!

**This month has been REALLY low-spend (we plan the same for October). BUT, this has been offset by all the back to school sales. I stocked up a bit on summer stuff for next summer (new swim stuff for the kids - on clearance - replaced my pricier/better support flip flops on clearance, etc.). I haven't shopped Kohls all year, but they were having a pretty big sale + 20% off yesterday, so I online shopped a bit. I ordered a frame print that I think will go really nice with our new couch. I figure I might return some of it. I also bought some socks and underwear on clearance (Hanes.com and Target in-store).

Staying home with the kids has meant a lot of years of "doing without," and I am sure we still do on some level. As were college years. So, I feel delight when I Can stock up on things "before I even need them."

The socks were an interesting purchase because I gave up buying socks in the name of frugality, or maybe moreso priorities, many many years ago. (I just buy packages of plain white socks, as needed). I spotted a bunch of colorful socks on clearance and I thought I suppose I could spare $10 to replenish my sock drawer with some color. Such a small splurge, but makes me feel "rich."

**The plan is to no-spend for the next 9 days or so - credit card closes the day after Labor Day. Back to School sales aside, no-spending has been easy with our busy schedule - with school starting back up and work being such a busy time of year. {No spend means everything except for groceries - will probably be about $100}.

**Oh yes - and yesterday was a big day for soccer - BM had four games. We met up at Jack in the Box to switch off adult duties, mid day (& so LM did not have to sit in the sun all day). We had credit card reward gift cards so it was a free meal. We went for $1 ice cream afterwards, at Rite Aid, but they had raised the price. So spent about $3 for ice cream for two.

**& speaking of credit card rewards - dh also bought a baby roku. I call it a baby roku because it is SO SMALL! Our old one never worked very well (but we have two - and we knew it could work better!). So, it looks like a lot of problems we thought were Hulu problems were more roku problems. IT was nice it didn't cost any money to replace it. We obviously don't plan to sell the old one because it sucks. I suppose it is official that we are committed to "no cable" for the long run. Probably even moreso now that our primary roku is no longer a PITA.

7 Responses to “This & That”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I thought maybe you were like Einstein, who never wore socks because they were redundant! i.e. shoes covered your feet, so why socks? Of course, that leaves your ankles naked, so what was he thinking? Too smart for his own good. Smile

  2. Homebody Says:

    I love socks since I didn't have enough as a kid! My kids don't have cable, only Netflix. I am here for 3 weeks so I am getting used to it.

  3. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Robotics is a fantastic hobby for anyone. Both my sons are involved it's a great opportunity to be part of a team, be creative, learn about fund raising and marketing, and extend professional courtesy. That's the tag line for F.I.R.S.T. Robotics. Google it. It's really amazing and as I'm typing I have goosebumps just thinking about the tournament challenges. They are amazing.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I've heard a lot of great things about the Lego/Robotics team challenges. What a great thing for BM to get involved in!

  5. patientsaver Says:

    are you saying that white socks are cheaper than socks of color?

  6. Monkey Mama Says:

    It probably means since I am so fitness focused that I just buy multi-purpose white socks and wear them all the time. I can't imagine wearing cute colorful socks for working out - but maybe people do. A package of white sport socks can withstand a lot of abuse.

    Color coordinating and accessorizing, is in general more costly and time consuming.

    & obviously this is no huge money savings, but has just been at the bottom of my priority list for a very long time. Too many more important financial needs and wants.

  7. Looking Forward Says:

    Four games in one day! Phew!

    Nice score on the rental car. Smile

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