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Monthly Totals

June 30th, 2009 at 07:35 pm

Earned: $781.25

Saved: $323.90
- Savings: $202.44
- IRA: $121.46

Interest: $0

eBay Challenge: $49.63

Survey Money: $0

Overall a pretty good month. I can't believe how much I made via half.com. I hope July will be just as good!

Major purchase

June 29th, 2009 at 06:00 pm

Today boyfriend and I finally bought a mattress.

We found a really good deal. Mattress, box spring, free delivery, and sales tax included for $299! It is a really comfortable mattress too, a Sealy.

Now the only other thing we have to buy is at least two dinning chairs. Everything else we are getting from family or can live without for a few months.

Unexpectedly, we are having a dinner party tonight. Boyfriend's two best friends (twins) are in town for only a couple more days (one is marine stationed in Japan and the other goes to school year round in Arizona). Because I pointed out to boyfriend that he doesn't have any more spending money (and can't go to the casino), he invited them over to the condo. Which is fine, but I have to somehow figure out how to feed 4 17-22 year old men who have stomaches the size of Mars on a meal that is only 4 servings (and I mean real servings- not the Americanized servings). I have a feeling I am going to come up with something extra to feed the five of us.

I finally got around to listing about half of the books I had found on half.com. I'll add the rest over the next couple days.

Two more days until we can begin moving in!

More packing

June 28th, 2009 at 05:57 pm

I've been doing some packing every day this week. A little here, a little there. Yesterday boyfriend and I picked up some glass jars for the pantry. I will use them to hold things like flour, cornstarch, pasta, etc.

I'm really anxious to move in. 3 more days! Wednesday we will sign the lease after my classes and we plan on bringing several boxes on the first day.

I sold a couple more books. My total is around $45 now. This month has been pretty good. I found about a dozen more books to add to half.com. I'm not sure I'm going to add them though. It takes some time to list them all but I don't want to put in the effort. Lazy, yes. I'm not going to give them away just yet. I've put them in the box with all the other books I'm selling for the time being. I'm going to wait a few weeks to decide what to do with them.

I think I'm going to make spaghetti tonight. I've been craving spaghetti lately.

Billy Mays was found dead today. Cause of death has not been announced yet. May he RIP.

Pantry Essentials

June 27th, 2009 at 07:12 pm

I'm really starting to enjoy cooking. It is fun- a lot more fun than I used to give it credit for.

Boyfriend and I start to move in on Wednesday (I can't believe it is so soon!) and I want to make sure we have some things in the pantry before we move in officially.

So, how do I start a well stocked pantry? When I moved into my dad's, I didn't have to worry about that. My dad has pretty much everything you could ask for. All I needed to do was to keep it stocked.

I have a list of items I would like to get to get us started but I feel like I'm missing stuff. Any thoughts?

1. Olive Oil.
2. Canola Oil.
3. Flour
4. Brown Sugar
5. Sugar
6. Buttermilk (dry, you add water)
7. Apple Cider Vinegar (quickly becoming a favorite!)
8. Some canned veggies (tomatoes, green beans, carrots, etc)
9. Cornstarch
10. Canned tuna and chicken
11. Chicken Broth
12. Pasta
13. Rice
14. Peanut Butter
15. Salt
16. Panko
17. Oatmeal
18. Some canned soup (chicken noodle, cream of potato, etc.)

That's all I can think right now. These are the items I've used the most frequently over the past couple months but I plan on trying a bunch of new recipes (and making some of my own!). I'm just not sure what else I need. I would like all the items in my pantry to be able to be used in several recipes, not just a few specific ones.

RIP

June 26th, 2009 at 08:08 am

Both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died yesterday.

Regardless of how you might have felt about either, everyone deserves to be mourned.

May they both RIP.

3 More Gone

June 23rd, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Today I sold three more books on half.com to the same buyer. I made $8.12 after commission. Shipping should come to about $5 as I had to put it in two separate packages. If it would be cheaper to send it in a flat rate box, I will do that.

My monthly total so far is: $40.53.

I also listed four more books today for sale. Hopefully they will sell quickly!

I went to the school library to check out a couple cook books. I couldn't find them! Or, I couldn't find any I liked. The only ones I could find were vegetarian cook books. I did check out a few interesting food related books: Julie and Julia, Dictionary of Culinary Arts, and The Gallery of Regrettable Food. I checked out a couple others but I can't remember the titles.

Over $2,000!

June 22nd, 2009 at 06:10 pm

Yippee! After depositing my paycheck I now have $2,113 in my IRA!

Along with this good news comes bad news. I think I lost the debit card to my dad's checking. I can't find it anywhere. There is a chance it was thrown out last evening. Hoping to find our trash bag, I went to the dumpster this morning but it had already been picked up by WM.

I'll search for it tomorrow morning before class and if I don't find it I'll call the bank when they open.

One place I haven't looked is my boyfriend's car. I might have dropped it in his car.

The reason I'm up at 1 in the morning...

June 21st, 2009 at 01:22 am

At work today I seemed to injure and bruise myself non-stop. It was just one of those days. Constantly bumping into things, running things over my foot... you get the drift.

And then I get home, park my car, get out and walk in front of my car and.. ram my knee into my license plate! Already a bruise is forming.

Sigh.

I got my paycheck today! The one bright side. It was for $404.88. So Monday I will go to the bank and deposit it. $202.44 will go into savings, $121.46 will go into my iRA, and $80.97 will be used for spending money. Which I've kind of already spent. Not all of it, only about $30. Agh.

You know, it is a lot easier to justify spending little amounts of money when you are already spending large amounts of money. Boyfriend and I both had a lot of expenses this month- car registration/insurance, parking permits, medical bills... And we started to let our fun money go slightly over because hey, we just wrote a $200 check to boyfriend's doctor, what's the big deal?

Luckily our "out of control spending" lasted only a couple days and cost us only $30. Well, technically $32 and change when you consider sales tax.

Ok, I need to get to sleep. I am way past my bed time.

Large book sold

June 20th, 2009 at 09:27 am

The heaviest, and most expensive, book I had listed sold today!

The book old for $7 + shipping. After commission I made $9.02. I compared the prices of shipping it and Media Mail will be the cheapest. It will cost $3.16 to mail.

This sale brings my June total to $32.41!

Mattress Reviews?

June 19th, 2009 at 03:46 pm

Is there any place I can check out general reviews of mattresses?

Boyfriend and I are shopping for a mattress. We want a good quality mattress, as it very important to have a good night's sleep. I've never paid much attention to the different brands of mattresses and really couldn't name any brands or even tell you their general quality. I'm not even sure what brand my current mattress is. Lol.

We'll be gong to RC Willey tonight as they are having a sale on mattresses. I'm wondering though- are there any brands of mattresses we should avoid? We want to get a mattress that will last a long time.

I tried a google search for reviews of mattresses but didn't come up with much.

Does anyone know of any websites I should check out or have a recommendation of what type of mattress we should shop for?

Made up my mind about the permit

June 18th, 2009 at 08:58 am

I finally reached a decision about the parking permit situation.

I had two options. Option A was to stick with my current parking permit and pay $205. Option B was to "step down" and go with the cheaper permit and pay $105.

My main concern was about walking to and from my car if I were to park in Option B. Since a shuttle does not stop in that area, there is less foot traffic coming and going. But I went over my schedule for the fall and the latest I get out is at 4 pm. Even during the winter, there is still some daylight at 4 pm.

So I have opted for Option B.

I also sold another book this morning! I made $3.48, bringing my total to $23.39 for the month. I'm starting to become a regular at the post office. Smile

6 down, 50 to go

June 17th, 2009 at 08:57 pm

Woo-hoo!

Another sale! Another $3.28, bringing my total to $19.91!

A conversation about my sales went as follows today:

Me: My books are selling so much faster than usual.
Boyfriend: Don't you have more listed than usual?
Me: Yes.
Him: So doesn't it make sense that the more you have listed, the more chances you have to sell one?
Me: Shut up.

Don't you just hate it when SOs point out the obvious to you?

I've never sold so much

June 16th, 2009 at 03:45 pm

Honestly, I'm surprised at how fast my books are selling on half.com! I'm very happy though- the more that sells, the better!

I sold (obviously) another book today. After commission I made $3.28. This brings my total for the month to $16.63.

I don't think I will mail it off tonight- I don't feel like driving to the post office. So I'll mail it tomorrow before my classes.

My eyes!

June 15th, 2009 at 07:03 pm

I tried a new recipe today: Potato-Zucchini skillet pancake.

It called for a cup of shredded onion and I must say: my eyes! Aaagh! My eyes burned and watered like you would not believe.

The recipe turned out ok- it was an interesting taste. I didn't have enough potatoes (it called for 3 cups, I only had 2 cups) though. Boyfriend really liked it, brother did not, and I'm on the fence. It was alright but I don't feel really strong about it either way.

I don't think I will be making the recipe often though- mostly because I don't like it enough to want to shred more potatoes, zucchinis, and onions. The recipe is linked in my dinner menus page if you want to see it.

I included a picture of it because I wanted to show you what it looks like:

Rechargeable batteries, Brita water, and another sale

June 13th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Oh my!

Today my boyfriend and I went out after we got off work. Amazingly we both got off at the same time even though we were both scheduled to work later than we did. We were scheduled to 6 and got off at 5.

So we had dinner out- or at least, I had dinner out. Boyfriend didn't eat so I couldn't pawn the bill on him- though he did eat a few of my french fries and I still maintain he needs to reimburse me for that. :P

Then we looked around Whole Foods. I don't think I've ever been in there before today. They have a lot of stuff and an amazing collection of just about everything. I was pleasantly surprised. I joked to boyfriend that Whole Foods is kind of like an amusement park because the one near us has a restaurant and a buffet. I won't be shopping there regularly because the prices are high, but I'd be happy to go back for some things.

Anyway, while at Whole Foods I found rechargeable batteries. I decided to pick up a pack. It came with 4 AA, 4 AAA, and the charger for $16 + tax. I was inspired to get this because of a thread on the forum. I don't remember which one, but someone mentioned rechargeable batteries.

Then we wandered over to Target because we didn't want to go home. While looking around we pointed out things we would like to get over the next few months for our home. We ended up buying a Brita water pitcher. We're not going to be buying a lot of stuff new. We agreed bedding will be bought new but everything else will be bought used when possible. We still need to buy a bed and I'm a little nervous about how much that will cost.

After we got home I checked half.com- and discovered I made another sale! Woo-hoo! Another $3.91.

This brings my new total for the month to $13.35.

Another sale

June 13th, 2009 at 10:14 am

I sold another book this morning. After commission I made $3.48.

I'm going to mail it in a manilla envelope instead of buying an envelope at the post office. I had started to reorganize the bills after work yesterday (it is a lot easier than I expected because I already have a system in place) and while doing so I found a stack of manilla envelopes that I haven't used.

The book is going to CA so shipping should be cheaper than usual. I don't think I'll need to use Media Mail.

So Monday I will ship the book on my way to class.

Current June total: $9.44