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Thoughts, bargains and ramblings!

October 24th, 2009 at 06:26 am

I was recently approved for an increase in the salary guide at work which will probably net me about $125.00 a month. A colleague at work commented that I can probably put that money towards a car payment. We are not planning on a new car yet for I drive a 2001 Suzuki GV XL7 in great condition and only has 53,000 miles. My husband works very hard at keeping our cars in good shape. It got me thinking though, people struggle often times financially, because they can only think of what they can get as opposed to becoming excited about saving any surplus. I used to think that way too, but not any more. I regret not telling her that I want to save that money in case something unexpected happens. Anyway, I'm really excited about my progress in increasing my earning potential at work. I'm hoping to complete my Master in the Spring, which will mean closed $7100 salary increase.

Recently, I scored some deals for ink for my home printer online. I decided that I had to prepare beforehand for ink shortages, which usually leads to running to Staples and paying top dollar for color and black ink. I spent a total of $54.48 after a $5 coupon for 2 color and 2 blank cartridges. We thought of replacing this old Lexmark (came with the PC in a bundle) with something more economical but I have to do some research on my best options. I want to be an informed buyer.

I've also been diligent about cooking at home and making sure that leftovers are eaten and not thrown away. The other day, I threw away food from the fridge and all I can think of how sad this was, considering there are so many people who are stuggling to provide for their families. It literaly made me sick to my stomach. I've also signed up to get free samples from various reputable companies and have been clipping coupons for things we eat. The money I save on these items, I put away to send to my parents (who are on a fixed income). I could not bear the thought of my parents doing without basic necessities when I can make some sort of contribution. My husband has been filling his mother's gas tank every weekend or gives her some cash. That's the least we can do.

It's a gloomy but colorful day in northern New Jersey! I have to do some shopping and begin writing a reflection paper for the last graduate class I took (Kinesthetic Classroom: Learning through Movement). Loved it!

Ok fellow bloggers, there you have my thoughts, bargains and ramblings. Have a great weekend!

Fall trees behind our backyard!

4 Responses to “Thoughts, bargains and ramblings!”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Beautiful picture!

  2. momcents Says:

    What thoughtful folks you are to be helping out your parents like that!

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Congrats on the raise, and on not having the mindset to blow it right away. I used to be that way myself. Smile

  4. dmontngrey Says:

    How nice you can help out parents! I sure wish I could. I tried for 2 years to get my mother on the right track, only to find out she'd rather blow her money and "have fun". Nothing I can do and I will have to just sit back when she doesn't have money to pay for heat this winter. I just can't enable her lifestyle.

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