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April: A Banner Month, financially speaking

April 28th, 2013 at 05:54 am

I decided to wrap up my income & expense statement for the month of April a few days early. I can see it was a banner month, financially speaking.

Despite spending $834 on a nice new computer and an unexpected $275 on new brake pads and calipers, I was still able to come out ahead by $1200.

Not an easy thing when you're working part-time, but I had a great month for freelance income ($1191), plus all my other little sources of income, like credit card bonus rewards ($111) and various product/medical studies plus some great refunds or gift cards ($40 from Dell and a $50 refund from Puritan Pride for some returned vitamins) really added up.

I was especially happy with the $40 gift card from Dell, which came with an additional 5% off, simply for calling and asking them if there was a way to lower the cost of the computer I was ready to purchase online.

I was also impressed that my return of vitamins to Puritan Pride even included several bottles I had already opened. Still got the refund on them!

It's a beautiful day out there. I may need to do the inaugural mowing of the season. I was sort of waiting til I heard one of my neighbors mowing, but heck, the grass looks like it's getting high.

On the list of things to do: take apart my old computer tower and remove 1) the newly added memory, if I can find it and 2) the hard drive, so I can smash it to bits with my hammer before recycling at the dump.

I also need to wade into the fenced garden. Have to get the weed whacker charged up.

I was able to find a different appliance place to install a new range hood for just $10 more than the first guy. But I have to wait another week for them to come. I decided to call the first place to complain about the no-show guy, and spoke to someone there who said it sounded like he was doing the job on his own time, on the side. I didn't know that and wasn't given a choice in the matter. I'm not sure it mattered. The person I spoke with had no-show guy call me later. He was very nice on the phone and said he thought we agreed he was coming THIS Wednesday, not last Wednesday. I choose to believe him. I think it was an honest mistake by both of us....a lesson learned for next time, be sure you are both clear on the agreed upon date. It could save a lot of hassle.

I also want to get a handyman guy I know in town to come over and repair/replace my picket fenced garden, the one that's all overgrown. It also occurred to me that maybe one way to get rid of all the vinca and weeds is to rent a rototiller; it would make pulling up all that vinca by the roots so much easier. Still a job, but....

5 Responses to “April: A Banner Month, financially speaking”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    Seriously, in my book, you are the most resourceful person. Year after year you have been able to keep your head above water. I sincerely admire your fighting attitude. You deserve to have come out ahead of the game. Enjoy your day.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Great job! You are definitely a scrapper; inspiring to read about all the ways you come up with to survive and even pull ahead.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Super job!

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    You might be able to find a video on youtube to show you what you are looking for (the extra memory.)

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I agree with the others. You have an amazing way of pulling everything together to survive and even thrive. Your sticktoitivity is admirable. I know you probably think what else can I do but stick to it, but it's the way that you do it. It is inspiring.

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