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Good, Bad, and Ugly weekly update 1/14

January 14th, 2011 at 02:39 pm

Good

The coupons are coming along. Got 3 toothbrushes and 4 tubes of toothpaste-- 1 free- for deep discounts, loaded up on BOGO rump roast and pork loins for the freezer.

I also got a free box of Cheerios (buy 3, get 1 free promo). The three I bought were also on sale 75 cents off, plus I used 3.25 more in coupons, so I paid about 25 percent of the normal cost for all of them. It felt great!

I bought a new cheap printer that I'm going to use for coupons. (My fancy printer ink it too expensive for this. The new printer cost half as much as a refurb ink refill for the other printer!!).

Also cleaned up the laundry room. It isn't scrubbed or painted yet, but it is organized. Still a couple of boxes to go through, but most of the work is done.

Habitat for Humanity Restore picked up the big stuff from the laundry room-- the vanity and the lamp table--after hubby and I lugged it upstairs.

Here is the before:



Here is the after:



It's almost embarrassing that it was so bad for so long, considering it only took about 45 minutes to clear it out.

Bad

The checking balance is razor thin this week, due to property taxes, preschool bills, 529 deductions, and all the other things we have to pay for out of this check. But, we'll manage. It happens every January.

I'm itching to get started on our tax return, but not a single tax form has arrived. Argh.

I also made the mistake of filling out an online form requesting homeowners insurance quotes. I specifically requested email contact only, but my cell has been ringing off the hook with insurance agents. It really annoys me. Email is much better when you're a mom. (Form wouldn't submit without a phone number.)

Also, for some reason, none of the agents are in my city. They are all at least 100 miles away. It makes no sense. I'm dedicated to shopping for new insurance, but I want a local agent and don't want to be harassed.

Ugly

Got a collection call for hubby's crazy ex from 11 years ago. Apparently, she has been putting our phone number on credit applications. Hubby has had at least 4 phone numbers since they broke up, and has lived in two other states, so this is crazy and really annoying. Nothing fishy on the credit report, though.

4 Responses to “Good, Bad, and Ugly weekly update 1/14”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Check out k7.net for a free number to put on those things. When someone calls it, you get an email with a link to the voicemail. Smile

  2. whitestripe Says:

    gosh, 11 years. time to let go already???

  3. Savings Queen Says:

    Your good is great and your "ugly" is now beautiful!! Your before and after pics give me great incentive! I am going to go right now and straighten out my coffee and tea cabinet. What is it about getting financially clear that makes me want to clear away clutter?

  4. ThriftoRama Says:

    There is definitely a link. I try to clear out one small space every couple of days, and it really has improved quality of life, for very little effort.

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