Thankfully the violent storms that they had predicted for our area last night ended up being not so bad. I heard that Jacksonville got it worse so I hope Laura and her husband are OK.
I slept on the couch, before every time there is bad weather, I need to be downstairs so I can grab the kids and cats in case something bad happens. I slept pretty well, actually. We got some thunder and it rained a while but that was about it.
This morning I took my son back to school. He no longer has a fever, although he's still coughing and his throat is bothering him some, but I think it's post-nasal drip because he's congested... and I forgot to give him a decongestant this morning before he left. Doh.
Today is my Shopping Day so I'm about to leave to go do that. I probably won't get anything else accomplished today! I'm supposed to make turkey burgers for dinner but I think it'll be regular burgers because the ground beef is at the top of the freezer and I don't feel like digging deep down to find the ground turkey. Chest freezers are a pain!
TO DO LIST
- Put the laundry away
Gather the recycling and take it down to the curbDONE
- Turn bread heels into bread crumbs
Earn Microsoft Rewards creditsDONE
nput exercise and weight into WHBRHCDONE
- Set 15 minute timer and try to accomplish as many chores as possible in that time
Do the dishes (AFTER DINNER)DONE
- Clean fridge
Do grocery shopping and run errandsDONE Record all receipts in my spreadsheetsDONE Defrost meat for dinnerDONE
- Add bleach to furnace drain line for maintenance (will do after maintenance apt on Thursday)
- Make a dermatologist appointment for Youngest Son
- Download all January pictures from my phone and camera to external drive
- Back up external drive to its own external drive!
- Start a list of the electric outlets that I want to get replaced
Do my foot exercisesDONE Exercise at least 35 minutes on my bikeDONE
- Find USB drive (NOT an SD card!) and clear it so Teen librarian to put photos of Youngest Son on it
- Read 7-day library book!
- Read e-library book in progress
- Make sure Greg assigns specific funds to his IRA account
- Move missing Music files from External Drive to my Laptop
- Move/reinstall missing software on new laptop in progress, moved all the files to the External Drive
- Trying syncing my phone on new laptop
- Back-up my phone
- Reset phone to factory settings
- Upgrade to newer iOS
- Clean litter box upstairs
- Add Osmocote plant food to rose and hibiscus bushes
- Put away the clipped articles from Kiplinger's magazine
- Read new issue of Kiplinger's in progress
- Wash kitchen windows
- Reorganize the gardening supplies area in breezeway
- Purge file cabinet
- Finish ironing Greg's clothes
- Take RaceTrac surveys
- Make lemon poppyseed muffins or/and lemon squares with the "grapefruits"!
- Move fonts from external drive and reinstall on new laptop
- Read the 2 library travel books? on hold, since now we're not sure of when or where we're going
- Take my measurements
- Sign up for Personal Capital?
- Start French blog for my mom and sister?
- Look into transplanting hyacinths in garden - Moved them outside since Explorer has started to jump on mantelpiece :(
- Scrub patio pavers with bleach (wear old clothes and shoes, gloves and goggles)
- Finish decluttering exercise room shelves
Try to hit my 1st Daily Goal on SwagbucksDONE
- Call my bank to consolidate my IRA accounts
- Sit down with my daughter and show her how to file her taxes
- We didn't have any damage from the storms last night :)
- My son packed a lunch to take to school.
- I packed leftovers for Greg to take to work.
- School drop-off went well.
- I stopped by Publix after dropping my son off and got started on my shopping day early. I love that they open at 7 a.m. However, I'm annoyed with myself that I let the fact that the only cashier was the one who harped on my coupons the other day prevent me from putting in my phone number in the keyboard, on the off-chance that another digital coupon might be applied to my order, because I didn't feel like dealing with her this morning. Still, I was very pleasant to her and she ended up being very bubbly, much more than I've ever seen her be, so I think she might have felt bad about her attitude during our last interaction. Anyhoo, here is what I got:
- 1 bottle of Truvia Nectar, on sale at $2.99 and I redeemed a $2.00/1 printable coupon
- 1 canister of Progresso Italian bread crumbs at $1.19 and I redeemed a $0.75/1 printable coupon
- 2 packages of StoneFire whole wheat naan bread, on BOGO @ $2.99 and I redeemed (2) $1.00/1 printable coupons
- My OOP was $2.42 and I charged it to Amex for 3% back in Rewards.
- When I got home, I submitted 2 Ibotta rebates for $2.50 ($2.00 Truvia, $0.50 Progresso bread crumbs) so this whole trip was an 8 cent MONEYMAKER :)
- Then I stopped by RaceTrac to get my son an after-school snack. I redeemed a survey reward code for a free eclair donut. While in line, a woman in front of me randomly started talking to me about the trail mix that she had bought the other day, that contained turkey jerky. Hmm, okay?!
- As I left the store, I found a penny on the floor. Free money! I put it in my 2017 Spare Change Jar.
- I perused the new weekly ads for Aldi and Save A Lot online. I'll be getting strawberries and grapes at Aldi, woohoo!
- I aired out the house while I drank my coffee. We had the AC on last night but I don't think it came on. We have a "cold front" coming, which means that today and tomorrow it'll be in the 80s and on Friday it'll dip to 72F. Don't you wish you lived here?! LOL.
- Checked the rain barrel and it's full, yay! My train of thought when I saw that? "It rained so much, my barrel is full! I should water the garden..." Good thing I didn't!
- I finished a box of Rice Krispies for breakfast (with more dehydrated apple slices in it, yum!) and saved the inner bag to reuse as a freezer bag. I reused 10 such bags yesterday to package the ground beef that I froze, so I need to replenish my stock!
- My 1st SB goal is 80 SB. I've had problems with Chrome and the videos this morning and then a survey didn't credit. Hopefully Customer Service will come through or I won't meet my goal.
- I earned the Microsoft Rewards credits for today and redeemed my points for a $5 Amazon gift card :)
- I left for my errands at 9:10 a.m. and was back by 11:30 a.m. so that wasn't too bad! Here is what I did:
- Save A Lot:
- Two 12-oz packages of bacon, on sale at 2 for $3.
- A bag of collard greens on 50% clearance at $1.24
- My OOP was $4.24 and I charged it to my Amazon Visa for 1% back in Rewards
- I picked up my cat food order and paid $118.46 (Yikes but it's for about 1.5 month for 6 cats). I charged it to Amex for 1% back in Rewards.
- However, once I got to my car, I realized that they had ordered the wrong type of food for my older cats (they needed the moderate calorie version) so I returned the bag and had them check the price of the version I need. It's the same price so I just told them to note a credit on my account and I'll pick up the new bag of food next week.
- I topped off my tank @ $2.159/gallon and charged it to my Discover card for 5% back in Rewards.
- I gained a new receipt with which I will get another freebie
- I redeemed a survey reward code for a free hot dog for my daughter's lunch
- I made sure to get a couple of packets of mayonnaise with it, which I will keep for when I make sandwiches for Greg's lunch (I like to give him a separate packet so the bread doesn't get soggy).
- Well, my plan to try to remain under $50 for the week didn't work out because they had the large jars of crunchy peanut butter! So I bought 6 jars to stock up for Greg as it's his favorite and they only have it a few times a year. ($2.99 each)
- I stocked up on a few snacks: pretzel sticks ($1.29), PB crackers ($0.89) and Swiss rolls ($1.39)
- I got 4 cups of yogurt ($0.39 each) and a package of American cheese slices ($1.69)
- 2 loaves of bread ($0.85 each) and a bag of hamburger buns ($0.85)
- 1 box of tri-color rotini at $0.79. However, it rang for $0.99 and I had to go show the cashier that it was indeed $0.79. I only got it because I thought there was a $0.10 MobiSave rebate on pasta still in my line-up but I guess it expired last night :(
- 4 lbs of strawberries at $0.99/lb and a 2-lb bag of red grapes at $1.19/lb
- 1 bottle of dish detergent at $1.89
- My OOP was $36.47 and I charged it to Amex for 3% back in Rewards.
- I redeemed $0.20 in MobiSave rebates ($0.10 for peanut butter and $0.10 for dish soap)
- Dollar Tree:
- More success in finding things I like to stock up on: they had the minced garlic in stock! I got 6 jars since they rarely have it anymore. The new brand minces theirs larger than the previous one, though.
- I also bought another box of peppermint herbal tea bags since they also don't always carry it.
- Lastly, I bought 2 bottles of hand soap. I tried that brand recently and I really liked it.
- My OOP was $9.14 and I charged it to Amex for 1% back in Rewards.
- I redeemed a $0.10 MobiSave rebate on hand soap.
- Since I was paying with Swagbucks gift cards, I decided to splurge and buy 2 packages of corned beef at $4.24/lb.
- I got 1 lb of Land O'Frost Black Forest ham for $3.98 and redeemed a $0.75/1 coupon from an insert
- I also got a package of Borden string cheese for $2.97 and redeemed a $0.50/1 printable coupon
- A small bottle of oregano was $0.98
- 2 canisters of grated Parmesan cheese @ $3.18 each
- 2.24 lbs bananas @ $0.56/lb
- 5 lbs of red delicious apples @ $4.42
- My OOP was $35.29 and I paid for it entirely with Swagbucks gift cards so it was all FREE to me.
- Then I redeemed a $0.10 MobiSave rebate on apples and a $0.25 SavingStar rebate on bananas, thus making my trip a $0.35 MONEYMAKER.
- I didn't buy a bottle of Truvia Nectar at Walmart because they only carried the larger size, which wouldn't have been free after coupon and rebate.
- I also submitted the receipt to the Walmart Savings Catcher, just in case.
- I drove to the station just past Walmart so I could redeem my $4.00 coupon for free ice cream. There wasn't a scale at the dispenser so I had to eyeball it. I got chocolate supreme ice cream and topped it with some Reese's pieces and SourPatch Kids.
- When I weighed it at the register, it came to $4.59 so I paid $0.59 in cash.
- I received another receipt with which I will earn a freebie :)
- I had brought a Chinese soup take-out container, in which I fit the cup of ice cream, and a cooler. I put the container in the cooler and wedged it with the bags of kitten food so it wouldn't tip over.
- Then I turned on the AC full blast in my car and drove home.
- When I got home, 20 minutes later, the ice cream had barely melted. Woohoo! I stuck it in the freezer and my son will be happy to have it for snack this afternoon.
- Back home, I put everything away, with the kittens' help of course, and made my lunch. I had a little bit of pasta left over from last night with some pesto, and an egg salad and avocado sandwich. For dessert, I had the 2nd half of the papaya that I had cut up yesterday. Yum!
- I was happy to see that my local over the air channel 56.1 (WOPX) was airing several episodes of Law & Order today so I enjoyed (re)watching those this afternoon!
- The library emailed me that there is a book waiting for me. Woohoo, it's the latest Lisa Gardner. I hope it's good! I'm not sure if my son will be attending the Teen Scene activity tonight as he has to study for a test but if he does, I'll pick up the book when I drop him off.
- I entered my weight and yesterday's exercise into Walgreens' Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices and earned 160 BR points.
- My son was told that he qualifies to attend the STATE FBLA competition for Computer Problem Solving! He and I are laughing about it but I told him he should compete because. if anything, it'll look good on his college application. Plus... road trip! Update: well, actually it takes place in Orlando so... so much for the road trip! And there's a $150 cost for the hotel and meals. I sent an email to the advisor to find out more details and figure out if the ROI on this thing is worth it. My son is actually interested in attending, which is why I'm trying to find out more. He never asks for anything and, as long as it's beneficial to him, I'm all for it. So we'll see.
- I received an email from a Lake County deputy, following up on the sexual offender living in the neighborhood. He informed me that that residence is not an allowable address by state law and that the homeowner claims that he doesn't live there anyway, which is another violation of State Law because the offender had to provide the state with an "allowable" live-in address. So it looks like things are in motion and the right people are now in the know as to where this guy should live or not. He should NOT be living within a couple of blocks of the middle school, elementary school, daycares, and playground. (His victim was under the age of 16.)
- I drove my son to the library since he is carrying a lot of materials for the Teen Video Project that he's working on, and I took advantage of that to pick up my library book. I have 7 days to read it, so I might not do anything else today, lol. I went to pick him up later on, as my daughter had just settled herself out on the patio, and dropped him off at the playground so he could get some swinging done :)
- Still no answer from Swagbucks about the survey that didn't credit, at 5 p.m., but I noticed that at least I reached the 7-day streak so I'll get a tiny bonus next month.
- I finally heard back from Swagbucks and they credited me with the 65 SB, so I met and exceeded my 1st Daily Goal. Yay!
- For dinner I made burgers and steamed the corn on the cob that I had bought last week. In the microwave, it only takes 5 minutes and it was really delicious! I also made a large side salad with Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes (including a couple from my garden), cucumber slices and croutons.
- After dinner, Greg and I watched a few episodes of "Bob's Burgers" on Netflix.
- Then I hopped on my recumbent bike (well, "hopped" isn't really true, I didn't feel like biking at all!) and listened to 2 episodes of "Frasier" on Netflix while I caught up on some blogs and news and then read part of the current issue of Kiplinger's.
- to take my son to school
- and tolls for Greg's commute
- to run errands and do the grocery shopping at several stores
- to drive my son to the library and pick him up again
- $0.59 for the balance of the ice cream bowl for my son.
- The AC ran all day.
- Once again I wasn't credited for a Swagbucks survey (65 SB) and so I opened a ticket.
- Plus Chrome kept on crashing on me this morning as I was running SB videos so I had to restart it on several occasions and each time lost any progress that I had made towards SB :(
- Feedly seems down this morning so I can't check on my usual blogs/news. I'm too dependent on that, I need to make sure I back up the URLs of the sites that I like to read somewhere else, just in case!
- Ibotta has a $1.00 off steak ANY brand available at Walmart. I scanned a package of chuck beef steak to see if it would qualify and it didn't. I have been burned by their "any brand" rebates before when they refused to honor it. The app asked me if I wanted to submit the brand for review so I did and took a picture of the package. It met the weight requirement, said "Steak" in big letters in the front. But I didn't buy it since I knew the rebate would be rejected and guess what? When I got home, I received an email that they were rejecting the submission of the brand for their database because it didn't meet the parameters of the offers. Bullshit, but I'm glad I didn't buy the steak :)
- Months ago, I had bought 2 bottles of dishwashing liquid (LA's Totally Awesome brand) at Dollar Tree. I hated it and ended up going back to Aldi's brand. I ran out of the Aldi's brand earlier this week and was stuck with the Dollar Tree brand. I'm going to finish the bottle that I had started since there's not much left in it and I have to use a lot of it to get any dishes actually clean, but I put the 2nd, full, bottle in my donation pile for the thrift store. The Non Consumer Advocate wrote a post a couple of days ago singing the praise of that brand of cleaners but I don't think she tried the dishwashing liquid... sometimes, in trying to save money, you end up wasting some. I bought myself a bottle of Aldi dishwashing liquid today :)
- Upromise replied that they can't issue me a check for $54.40 because the request for the $54 check has already been processed, even though I never confirmed the request. So I asked why they couldn't cut me an additional check for the 40 cents, then. Good grief. They replied that I was only allowed to request 1 check per month AND that it had to be for at least $10. I replied that I was pissed off because the $54 had never been submitted (I hadn't hit the submit button) and that as soon as I could have access to all my money, I'd be cancelling my account.
- I had signed up to participate in a promotion whereby I could have won a Domino's gift card if I replied to an email fast enough... but the email apparently came while my son and I were discussing his participation in the FBLA State Convention and even though I was actually on my laptop and logged in to my email, I missed the message by 10 minutes, so I wasn't fast enough to win one of the gift cards :( I did win a 20% discount though...
- I don't understand the need for Aldi to spend 1.6 billion to remodel their stores... to compete with Whole Foods?! The closest WholePaycheck is 45 minutes away from my Aldi! So is the closest Trader Joe's which is, incidentally, owned by the same parent company. My Aldi just recently started putting the weekly produce that's on sale mixed in with the other produce instead of featuring it at the end cap, like they had been doing. That makes my shopping experience LESS enjoyable, not more, because now I have to hunt for the stuff that's on sale instead of going directly to the end cap. I wonder how much of the $1.6B will result in price increases?
- I forgot to tell my son to bring his wallet along when I took him to the library. It didn't occur to me until we were halfway there that he should have been driving to get more experience!
- My daughter expected an Amazon package to be delivered via UPS yesterday but it never came. Today she got an email from Amazon or UPS (not sure which), stating that the package wasn't able to be delivered because they couldn't find the house number. We get packages almost every day so I told her to call the UPS office and demand an explanation. Well, she didn't do it. Tonight there was a knock at the door and it was one of our regular UPS drivers with her package. I asked him "?!" and he said that he was out yesterday so another driver had picked up his shift and failed to deliver at least 5 more packages in my neighborhood and had marked all of them as "can't find the house number". One of the packages goes to a guy who receives medication! He said management was aware of that guy's performance as it's not the first time they've had that problem but I called UPS and filed a complaint nonetheless. They're supposed to call me back. Update: they called me back and the woman taking the complaint started by defending yesterday's driver, saying that she knew him and that he was a good guy and trying to excuse him by saying that maybe the house wasn't found on the GPS (my answer: Bullshit. I get tons of other packages and my house is clearly shown on GPS system), that maybe the number wasn't visible from the street (it is), that the houses weren't on sequential number (my next door neighbor's house number is 40+ numbers than mine despite being next door) but there are only 4 houses on our block, etc. I got really heated up and pissed off and told her that I insisted on filing a complaint on that guy. Finally she said she'd pass it on to the shift supervisor, but I'm thinking she either won't or will interject her objections. Grrr. This is why incompetent people keep their jobs, people others cover for them. I just hope today's driver doesn't get into trouble because he is very nice AND does his job properly, all the time.
MONEY SPENT TODAY
- Publix: $2.42 (groceries)
- Save a Lot: $4.24 (groceries)
- Vet's: $118.46 (cat food)
- RaceTrac: $8.02 (gas)
- Aldi: $36.47 ($2.03 cleaning supplies, $34.44 groceries)
- RaceTrac: $0.59 (ice cream)
- Greg's Sunpass account replenished itself: $25 (tolls)
Grocery Shopping Recap for the Week: I had hoped to spend less than $50 but I spent $67.25. Since my budget is actually $100, I'm fine. If I hadn't stocked up on the peanut butter, I would have met my goal :) But I love my honey and he loves crunchy peanut butter so...
- Baking: $0
- Beverages: $1.00 (1 box of peppermint herbal tea)
- Breads: $4.53 (4 packages whole wheat naan bread, 2 loaves white bread, 8-ct hamburger buns)
- Cereal: $0
- Dairy: $5.74 (1 gallon whole milk, 4 cups yogurt, 1 package American cheese slices, 1 package string cheese, 2 canisters grated Parmesan cheese)
- Pantry/Dry Goods: $24.69 (6 40-oz jars crunchy peanut butter, 1 box saltines, 2 bottles sweetener, 2 canisters bread crumbs, 1 bottle oregano, 1 box pasta, 6 jars minced garlic)
- Produce & Juice: $10.82 (12 individual cups applesauce, 4.4 lbs bananas, 5 lbs apples, 2 lbs grapes, 4 lbs strawberries, 1 large bag collard greens)
- Proteins: $16.90 (10 lbs ground beef, 3.91 lbs corned beef, 1 lb ham, 24 oz bacon)
- Snacks: $3.57 (1 box Swiss rolls, 1 bag pretzel sticks, 1 package peanut butter crackers)
- A canister of bread crumbs, a bottle of sweetener and 2 packages of naan bread, free after sales, coupons and rebates (Publix)
- an eclair donut (RaceTrac) with survey reward code
- a penny (found on the ground)
- a $5 Amazon gift card (Microsoft Rewards)
- a hot dog (RaceTrac) with survey reward code
- 3.91 lbs corned beef, 1 lb ham, 1 package string cheese, 2 canisters Parmesan, oregano, 2.24 lbs bananas, 5 lbs apples (Walmart), with Swagbucks gift cards
- $4 worth ice cream (RaceTrac) with app coupon
- Fed the kittens
- Prepped Greg's breakfast
- Packed his lunch
- Took the recycling down to the curb
- Drove my son to school
- Did some shopping
- Got my son a free snack
- Submitted rebates
- Worked on Rewards programs
- Checked on the rain barrel
- Refilled one of the hyacinth's vases
- Worked on my shopping list
- Ran my errands
- Put everything away
- Fed kittens
- Brought recycling bin back up to the house
- Submitted rebates
- Entered receipts in my spreadsheets
- Chatted with my son
- Drove my son to the library and picked up my book
- Cooked dinner
- Unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher and started it
- Washed a few pots and pans by hand
- Sleep was good
- Breakfast was a bowl of Rice Krispies with dehydrated apple slices and about 1/2 a cup of ~2% milk.
- Lunch was about 1/2 cup of pasta with pesto, an egg salad sandwich with 1/2 avocado and 1/2 a papaya.
- Afternoon snack was a mini bag of gummy worms and 4 salt water taffy. And a large strawberry!
- Dinner was a burger with homemade zesty pickles, an ear of corn, and a side salad with Light Asian Sesame dressing
- Water consumption has still not resumed.
- Exercise was a 44-minute bike ride (7.5 miles)
- Foot exercises were performed.
- For just a regular storm last night... and free rain in my rain barrel!
- For a cashier who was pleasant when she's usually not particularly pleasant
- That my son was well enough to go to school and seems back to his old self
- That I made myself get on the bike tonight. I didn't feel like it but I haven't been logging my food or drinking lots of water so I've got to at least exercise!
Greg thinks Tabby Kitty's dad might have been a dog. Also, he's obsessed with socks. The other kittens don't care about socks. He's so funny!
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And if anyone would enjoy a very well written and researched post about a few things that have been going on this winter, please read this post at Recollections of A Vagabonde.
And if anyone would enjoy a very well written and researched post about a few things that have been going on this winter, please read this post at Recollections of A Vagabonde.