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Best Fuel Economy yet

May 28th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Today I filled up at BJ's for $3.76/gallon. It's been 9 days and 280.5 miles since the last time I filled my tank. I have been very conscientious of my driving habits and it has been paying off. I hit a new record for fuel economy with today's fill-up...*drum roll please*...

36.5 miles per gallon !!!

This is driving in mostly rural/suburban areas with a car whose EPA estimates are 27 city, 33 highway and 29 combined (08 Honda Fit Sport Automatic). I am very happy with these numbers and will, of course, strive to improve.

$5 from Pinecone & a product trial

May 23rd, 2008 at 08:30 pm

I love being picked to try out new products, and while I can't give away any specifics since I crossed my heart and promised Pinecone I would never divulge the information, I can say that I really enjoyed this product and hope to see it in stores soon...with a few of my recommended tweaks of course! Wink

$5 Pinecone check to the Goal CC -
New Balance: $7,765.73

Beautiful Jewelry for an Amazing Cause!

May 19th, 2008 at 05:27 pm


http://www.projecthavehope.org

Please check out this website. It is a non-profit started by a woman from my hometown and it is simply awe inspiring.

She is helping women in Uganda to sell their handmade jewelry with the profits going to
- send their children to school
- send themselves to vocational training
- start new businesses to sustain themselves

Wow. Many of us have great intentions and good thoughts but never actually DO something to help. I am one of these people, and I am truly inspired by this project.

The beaded necklaces & bracelets are beautiful and will make wonderful gifts. We have a Bat Mitzvah to attend in a few weeks and I think this would make a great gift. I think I will buy a few and attach a notecard explaining where they came from.

Our new canoe

May 10th, 2008 at 02:43 pm

I just had to post this picture of our new 14 foot canoe on top of my little tiny Honda Fit! Big Grin

Received Stimulus Payment Today

May 9th, 2008 at 07:01 pm

We received $900 just as expected. We've decided to use ours to actually stimulate the economy in our own little way.

We are using about half to buy a canoe so that we can go fishing and camping this summer as a family. The other half will be used to purchase clothing for myself and my husband as neither of us have bought any new clothing in at least 3 years, and unfortunately we have both "expanded" in that time. Wink I am hoping to have $50-$100 left over, but anything left over will go toward the goal CC.

Dollars and Cents to Goal CC

May 8th, 2008 at 07:09 pm

I got paid today, so $2.93 goes to the 0% CC.

New Balance on Goal CC: $7,767.79

Bits and Pieces

May 7th, 2008 at 04:59 pm

Received $20 from MySurvey and $5 from Pinecone Research this week so I am putting an extra $25 toward the 0% CC.

New Balance on Goal CC: $7,770.72

Also, bad news: I paid $3.39/gal for gasoline at BJ's (cheapest place around)- up from $2.99 a month ago! Frown

Good news: I got 36.1 miles to the gallon on my last tank of gas. Smile

Slacker

May 2nd, 2008 at 08:55 am

I have totally been avoiding my blog. I have not had anything big to post, and I know I should be posting the little things because that is what keeps me moving in the right direction but...inertia.

I have also been slacking on putting my purchases into YNAB. It is okay because I buy nearly everything with my debit card or check so I can always go back and compare my bank accounts to the YNAB and catch up. Still I should try harder to make sure I am current on how much I have available in each category so that when I am out shopping I know when I need to stop. It has not been an issue so far because I am not a shopper, but I need to keep up with it so that it does not become a problem in the future.

Anyway, not much to post but I am trying. So, toward the goal credit card:

Last paycheck dollars & cents- $8.56
ING interest earned in April- $15.12
Not sure where it came from but it is showing up in my YNAB software toward the goal- $4.96
Total extra toward goal CC: $28.64
plus regular monthly payment of $175=>
$203.64

New Goal CC Balance: $7,795.72