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May 29th, 2006 at 11:50 am

I hung two loads of laundry outside yesterday. It was sooooo hot here. I was really spoiled with the nice weather all last month. I also resisted turning on the A/C, and hopefully I'll be able to keep it off for at least another week, maybe two. It'll be tough for the next couple of days, but the temp should go down again soon.

Goodwill is having a 50% off sale today, and I am going shopping! I need more jeans for my handmade products, and maybe I'll pick up a thing or two for myself. I'll also keep my eyes open for any potential gifts.

Speaking of gifts, I bought my mom some expensive facial products from ROC and a hard-backed book, all at yard sales, all for $1.00 each. Now, when she opened the present, she was surprised that I bought such expensive facial products. I ALMOST told her it was a yard sale find, but I resisted the urge. I don't know if that was a good idea or not. The stuff was brand new, but nevertheless I felt guilty for not "fessing up."

Flea Market

May 22nd, 2006 at 12:14 pm

Well, we had a very exciting day at the Flea Market. It started out very dark and it was raining a little, so I was extremely upset as I set up my table outside. Within an hour the sky cleared and it turned into a beautiful day. Steady traffic most of the day. I'll keep them in mind for next year.

As far as making money, we did very well. Sold a lawn tractor, so $700 will go into paying off debt. This tractor has been sitting in our garage for a couple of years, and we have tried unsuccessfully to sell it before, but this year we've really been pushing it. What a relief to be rid of that albatross! I sold some of my handcrafted items, and will invest that money back into the "business" to pay for more supplies. Maybe someday soon I will turn a profit!

Got rid of $100.00 worth of stuff. So, $173 is the total. Yeah! I think I'm going to open that savings account this week.

easy to spend, hard to make

May 18th, 2006 at 02:22 pm

I've been thinking about what my goal is for this $20 challenge. I'd like to have $1000.00 saved by the end of the year, and there are a thousand different things I could use the money for. First and foremost, however, is paying down debt. It doesn't make sense to me to put money away and continue to pay high interest rates on money owed. So, from now on, I am splitting all my saved or earned money 50/50 between saving for the challenge and paying off debt. It's so easy to spend, but so hard to make.

I am currently preparing for a flea market this weekend - wish me luck. It cost $20.00 for a table, and I have some handcrafted items as well as household stuff to sell. I will let you all know how I do.

Almost forgot - $30 in software rebates came in the mail the other day, so $15 will go into the savings.

Total Challenge savings: $73.00

Coupons

May 13th, 2006 at 01:26 pm

I went food shopping yesterday and saved over 50% with specials, instant rebates, and coupons. I bought mostly snack stuff for the kids lunches, so I will only count the coupon savings into the challenge, which was $13.00. I will get another $8.00 off my next shopping order, and will put that into the challenge next time I go shopping! So my total for today is $58.00. I am planning on listing a few things for sale on Ebay and hopefully that will bring in some money next week.

Happy Saving!

Getting Started

May 12th, 2006 at 11:32 am

My first ever blog and I'm doing it for the challenge! I've been saving change for the past two months, and have over $35.00, so I will start with that amount. I also made $10.00 yesterday - I ironed 4 pants and 6 shirts, and instead of paying the cleaner $1.00/item hubby payed me. Grand total for today is $45.00.