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November 22nd, 2014 at 11:34 am

Last night I discovered an Alzheimer's support group that meets two SATURDAYS a month, including today, and I was so excited because truth be told, it's hard to drag myself out at night on a weekday. After a day's work, I just want to relax.

So....I was GOING to attend the 9:30 a.m. meeting today but I got lazy and skipped it. I REALLY REALLY need and want to go, but I guess the meetings will still be there for me when I'm ready.

Once again, it's my weekend, after all, and I just didn't feel like rushing out the door this morning when I can linger at the computer with a hot cup of tea and two kitties nearby.

I did eventually rouse myself enough to get dressed and head out the door around 10:30. I DO want to largely take it easy this weekend as I'm not completely over my cold and sure don't want this dragging on into the holiday.

Nonetheless, there were a few things I was able to knock off my list:

1. I stopped by my local newspaper office and snagged 4 of their free 2015 calendars. It's kind of a retro, old-fashioned looking calendar that I've always liked. I got one for a friend at work and 2 for me (home and office) with one extra in case someone wants it.

2. Filled up the gas tank at $2.97 a gallon but was chagrined to see BJs price was $2.87!!!

3. Went to a supermarket/closeout kind of place and got some cheap ribbons and notepads plus some suet for the birds. I was able to give some helpful birdseed advice to a woman who was buying birdseed as part of a large holiday gift basket for her church that would later be raffled off. I explained that the black oil sunflower seed is best and to steer clear of the cheaper seed mixes filled with junk seed that birds don't like.

4. Made a pitstop at a craft show at a local hotel after seeing signs, but it was a waste of time. Less than 10 tables, and most of them were jewelery which I wasn't in the mood to waste my money on.

5. Petco: I don't usually shop here anymore, but Amex had a deal where you charge $10 there and you'll get a $5 credit, which is basically like getting 50% off if you only spend $10. I wound up spending $18 on expensive specialty cat foods which I like to occasionally mix in with the cheaper Friskies and Fancy Feast the boys usually eat. My cats' favorites are anything with rabbit in it as well as a sardine/mackerel mix, which I would consider the healthiest of any seafood they could eat, given that these fish are low on the food chain and thus low in mercury.

6. On the way home I stopped for a few groceries, including mushrooms, so I could make a barley, onion, mushroom/carrot casserole tonight for dinner.

I feel ok energy-wise but am still blowing my nose and sometimes coughing, so Must Force Self to Take it Easy.

I am really in a mood to shop this holiday season. Because I'm saving north of 30% of my income and still have money left over. That's how it works when you have a good paying job and no mortgage. Life is good that way, and I intend to enjoy it since it hasn't always been like that.

So don't yell at me when you learn I purchased a largish starburst style mirror from Ballard's Design recently, or a green bubble-glass jar from One Kings Lane. In fact, all the things I looked longingly at but didn't buy are staring me in the face in the advertisements on this site. And I still haven't even hit the mall yet Smile It is only the current state of my health that is keeping me from going.

I would like to get basic cable again. Last time i had cable in 2012, just TWO YEARS AGO, I was paying just $18 a month. Now, the cheapest cable with the same company, Charter, is $46.98 a month!!! Yeah, you get 200 channels, yada yada yada, whereas before i got maybe 12, but my god, what a rip-off. I want to get network TV so I can get my local news. But I guess I won't at that price. There's no competition here in my town and this is the only cable company. It sucks. BUT NO THANKS. (PS I'm not interested in bundling phone and Internet, unless Frontier raises its fees. Right now, I'm paying $55 a month for unlimited phone and pretty fast Internet.)

12 Responses to “My day”

  1. Bluebird Says:

    Glad you're feeling better! You've always been diligent with your finances, so it's ok to spend on some things within reason.

  2. snafu Says:

    Would you consider popping onto Gas Buddy site to see whose offering the best price on gas on your route on fill-up days in this constantly changing price per gal environment?

    I wonder if a modern TV antenna would get you 12 TV stations you'd like, at an acceptable cost.

    Would it be motivating to have your sister join you are the next meeting of the Alzheimer support group? I think I'd go with a list of possible actions to ask how best to intervene or what point it's necessary to intervene. What actions can you take to try to protect your mom's assets from scammers or medical quacks.

    If you're making a casserole, it would be a lovely gesture to take a small foil packet to your recently windowed neighbour. After the flurry of the funeral, a small act of kindness from a neighbour is very much appreciated.

  3. patientsaver Says:

    Snafu, BJs is consistently the lowest priced gas around. I just hadn't planned on driving in that direction but wound up doing so anyway. I have looked into digital antennas but I happen to live in an area too far from major stations to get a picture, I believe. My sister would never join me at an Alzheimer's support group; she has no interest. I like your idea of the casserole for neighbor.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Did you specifically ask for the $10/month bare bones cable price? It's been years since I've had cable, but I do remember that they wouldn't willingly/easily offer up the cheap plan unless you specified very very very specifically what you were after.

  5. patientsaver Says:

    Yes, Frugal Texan, I specifically pointed out that just 2 years ago, I was paying $18 a month for the basic.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow. That's kind of like my Internet here then - in NM I paid $30/month in the boondocks, Here I pay $65/month ... absolutely no promotional deals available.

  7. dmontngrey Says:

    Don't expect that Petco credit. The terms state:
    " Offer valid online only at www.petco.com. Not valid in-store. "

    I've been buying physical gift cards and having them shipped to me so I can purchase in-store. I have multiple Amex cards that I use on these deals.

  8. patientsaver Says:

    dmontngrey, you are right and it sucks. I didn't read the fine print on that Petco offer. Oh well.

    That's a very good idea about the gift cards. I know they are often sold at discounts. But how does this work to take advantage of the Amex deal. Do you mean you buy Petco gift cards and pay with your Amex online?

  9. dmontngrey Says:

    Yes - exactly! Since this was online only, we used the offer to have gift cards shipped to us so we could use them in store. Works fine that way. We have multiple Amex cards, so we can take advantage of these offers once on each card. We always go for gift cards if we shop at that store - gas gift cards if a store sells third party gift cards. I wrote a brief blog entry outlining our plans for all the offers we are currently working on. I didn't go into great detail, but it gives you an idea of how we are using the offers. We're currently at $3255 in free money since Amex started these sync deals. This is an average of 28% saved.

    http://www.lifebafflesme.com/love-time-year/

  10. patientsaver Says:

    So...

    "Offer valid online only at www.petco.com. Not valid in-store. Excludes E-Gift Cards that are sent directly to recipient's email address "

    So physical gift cards are accepted and are not the same as the e-gift cards where you just get a code to redeem online?

    I will have to try this.

  11. PatientSaver Says:

    Thanks, again. I placed an online Petco order for just a $10 gift card and should get $5 back from Amex. Unfortunately, you can't use the current $5 off $25 order if you're buying gift cards, nor could I use the 20% offer they emailed me for being a new email subscriber. I had to spend way too much time on the phone with customer service becus way back when, when I created my Petco account/card, I used fictitious info to protect my privacy, but of course this really gunked up things when I tried to link my Pals reward card to my current order. But we got all that fixed and I did achieve what I originally set out to do, which is getting a 50% discount thanks to Amex. Phew.

  12. dmontngrey Says:

    Yay! E-gift cards are often processed by a third party and not the merchant themselves. Physical gift cards are most often processed directly and that's why they count. Amex doesn't care what you buy, as long as it's processed directly through the merchant and you spend the required amount. Sorry it was so much work, but I'm glad you got it worked out! Smile

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