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Ouch! Fractured my kneecap while on "vacation".

March 25th, 2008 at 08:30 pm

March 15th,the very first day of my vacation, I ended a very nice day, at the Stock Show in Houston, TX., by walking back to the hotel, in the dark, and "discovered" that the parking lot had an unexpected dip!
I wasn't paying attention, and fell on my right knee. It is fractured, and is a pain in more ways than one! Extra expense, co-pays, and not being able to do everything I want to do, is the worst of it.
On the savings, front, I added $272.79 cents to my ING account. Most of that was money budgeted for the vacation and not spent.

Loosing focus

March 11th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

It is really difficult to stay motivated to save when savings interest rates keep going down, my IRA has taken a severe beating since October, and prices of food, gas, utilities, etc. are going up.
ING rates dropped to 3.10 per cent and the old savings account is not making a lot of progress now.

How do you keep your focus when it all seems to be going downhill?

Purchasing books

March 4th, 2008 at 05:02 pm

I don't think I will ever purchase a book at full retail price again.
My town has a new very large, very nice Goodwill store, with a large, well organized book section. They even have free coffee and cookies, and tables in the book area, to sit and browse.
Yesterday, I got four paperbacks, all current and best sellers. The retail price on the books was over $62.00 but my cost was under $3.00 for all four books!
Reading is entertainment for me, and I either pass the books on to friends and family, or take them to a used book store for credit toward more books. It is a win-win situation.
I used to think buying books at Sam's was frugal. Not any more!