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Wow, there's a lot of snow!

February 26th, 2010 at 06:11 am

We are blanketed in snow in Northern NJ. Woowee. We had about 14" two weeks ago. That was just about gone when we got hit with another foot or so yesterday/today. The upside: Kids got out of school early yesterday and are off today, for a 3 1/2 day weekend. I'm working from home today, I already went grocery shopping, so we're hunkered down for the duration. It's actually quite beautiful, as long as my power doesn't go out.

I finalized my February numbers and ended the month $40 under where I thought I'd be. I'm pretty pleased with that. My goal for this weekend is to firm up the March numbers and make sure we're still on the right track. I also have to dig up all my tax information because it's that time of the year again. I'm much less stressed about it this year, because since hubby started his own business we have his accountant do both. That's a relief!

I have a few rebates that I've been procrastinating on. I need to get the receipts together and get them out in the mail. It won't be big bucks, but definitely better than nothing.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

$20 Challenge Update

February 22nd, 2010 at 08:02 pm

I'm still around, working hard and trying to watch myself. I'm just about 2 months through the year and am happy to report that I am sticking to the budget! Woohoo! Some categories are up, but they've been offset by others that are down, so overall, it's good.

I didn't forget about my $20 challenge, though I haven't been able to do much for it. I did open a new checking account at Chase, and it came with a $125 bonus! Not too shabby. That'll go right to the old challenge. This is going to serve as my Freedom Account. I wanted to open it at the beginning of the year, but there were no good bonuses, so I held off. Boy, am I glad I did...

I need to tackle the book sales again...

Nothing like a blizzard to get you caught up!

February 10th, 2010 at 11:58 am

The snow is falling! Started overnight, we easily have 10" on the ground, and it's not expected to end until 9:00 or so tonight. So we are SNOWED IN! The schools are closed today (and I'm hoping tomorrow), and I'm working from home, but it's a really light day because so many people didn't make it into the office.

I'm taking advantage and getting caught up. I finalized my January financial books, and got caught up for February. I'm updating my blog here and I'm on my 3rd load of laundry, with more to go.

So here's what's been happening in finance-land:

I need to get 2 rebates out today, one for shampoo and one for Caregivers Marketplace. I don't think I've paid for shampoo in ages! There are always rebates out there.

I found $.26 last week, bringing my total to $.29 for the year.

Haven't hit any book sales because I've been absolutely swamped! Hoping to get back to those so I can keep my $20 challenge going.

I'm looking forward to getting caught up on everyone's blogs. Hope all is going well!