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July 11th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I put in my measly 2 days of work this week and wonít have to return til Monday.

Meeting a friend to see a matinee with this morning. Sheís picking me up at 9:45 am for a 10:30 am movie. I like matinees, but first thing in the a.m. does feel a little weird. Weíre seeing something mindless with Sandra Bullock in it. My first movie of the summer! She suggested lunch afterwards but I had to declineÖ.too many expenses these days.

This is a relatively new friend (the person I used to share a job with) and the one thing Iíve found I donít like about her is that she talks fairly loudly and doesnít seem to mind or care if other people overhear our conversations. I do, especially since sheís sometimes talking about off color things that are a little embarrassing. But she seems completely incapable of lowering her voice in deference to others around us. Hmm. Oh well, could be worse, I guess.

Itís just 7:27 am here and while it thundered and rained for a while, it did little to cool things down. The air is as thick as a Costa Rican jungle. Not having AC, I hate it; itís been like this for over a solid week; it looks like Sunday we may see a meaningful drop in humidity.

I was watching The Bachelorette on Hulu the other night. It was the episode where they all go to Madeira, Portugal. My gosh, what a beautiful town. I actually wrote down the name to remember it. (As if Iím traveling anywhere anytime soon.)
My Lyme symptoms have been mostly gone since I started the combined antibiotic/herb regimen, but I woke up with a pretty bad stomachache this a.m., which I can only attribute to the herbs. I hope it goes away before I leave for the movies. Note to self: Bring earplugs to the movie theater. Last time I was at a Loewís, the volume was way high.
I may get a haircut this weekend. I have a 50% off coupon at a salon I donít usually frequent.

I used some Amazon gift cards I earned thru surveys to buy some new sneakers, a new nozzle for my garden hose (the old wonít turn off now when you use it). Now Iíve earned another $20 worth of Amazon gift cards from Delicious Living e-news, so would really like to get an updated AP style book. The one I have is 12 years old; donít imagine it changes much from year to year, but my job really requires that I know it.

I bought a cheapie pear of knee-high rubber boots which I use often in my yard (ticks) but theyíve already developed cracks in front where you do a lot of bending, at the front of ankle. Rubber is rubber, or so you would think.

Who was it that was looking for more credit card rewards? I canít remember, but if you go to My Money Blog, they did a July 8 post on Southwest Airlines card: 50,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in 1st 3 months. Easier than the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Still waiting on my quote for the whole house humidifier; guess Iíll have to call him. He was here on was it Monday?

At about 5:30 a.m., I heard the telltale sound of crashing glass bottles and cans, a sign that the recycling pickup truck was on my street. Of course, Iíd once again forgotten to put my recycling out last night. Darn.

So Iím thinking as for credit card rewards, once I wrap up with the last one Iím working onÖa Bankamericard Travel Rewards card (get $100 for spending $500), I may cool it for a while and catch up charging on some of my other cards. Eg, I have a Citi Forward card which enables me to get free Netflix for a year, provided you make some periodic charges to the card, which I havenít really been doing cus Iíve been so focused on my bigger rewards cards. Also need to charge something to my Amex green card; they actually cancelled it on me a few weeks ago due to inactivity but reinstated it after I called and made a special request. I still havenít charged anything on it! Same goes for my USAA card, which isnít a rewards card at all, but that and the Amex card are my 2 oldest cards so I donít want to lose them or it would zing my credit score.

But after I catch up on all that, I may do just ONE more big card this year, and that would be the Southwest Card mentioned above. Iíll wait and time my online application to right before a bigger bill comes due, like my car and homeowners insurance in October.

8 Responses to “Doings”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I read online that the Southwest Card offer is good through August 6th. It's not on their site, but someone got a Ding! notice of the date. I hope you can apply by then for it to work for you. I think we are applying for it very soon.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    Oh, really? Hmm, maybe i should apply sooner then. Thanks for that tip. Also, FYI, there is a $99 annual fee which is NOT waived the first year, as many cards, do,however, 50,000 points = $500 in gift cards (or $400 net after the annual fee). Still a nice deal. There are other redemption options and other benefits, if you read that My Money Blog post....

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, I'm aware of the offer and the fee. I blogged about it on Monday. And it is a deal that I don't think I can pass up!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    I'm commenting on your boots...nothing lasts anymore. It is so frustrating.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    PatientSaver, I wouldn't count on it, but sometimes they refund the annual fee. My family did 3 of the Southwest cards a few years ago, and on one of the three, they refunded the annual fee ($69 back then) without my even asking. You can also ask them to prorate it when you close the card, I think MonkeyMama said.

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    I think it's good to go into it assuming you pay the $99, BUT they have always refunded the entire amount if close card within a couple of months. For us. The exception was they once proprated the fee. So maybe I only had to pay $16 for 2 months.

    If they don't just refund it, then I always ask. Having opened several cards, no one has ever refused.

  7. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    You may want to check your Citi account. I got an email a few days ago telling me I had an overdue balance. I called to find out what was going on - they said the Netflix deal had ended on April 21! I attempted to explain that was impossible, but they insisted that was that. So I then canceled the card. The hassles I've experienced with the Netflix deal has made me swear to never deal with Citi again!!

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    Hmm, well that's strange, frugaltexan. I did just now check my account and everything is in order. Each month I check that they pay for the Netflix. The line item on my statement reads "Congrats! Merchant Spent Bonus," for $8.50 a month.

    I'm sorry your experience with the netflix deal didn't work out.I would also cancel quickly if they failed to honor the original offer, although now that my work situation has improved I'm tempted to just keep the netflix going for $8.50 a month, once the one year is up.

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