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Sunday savings

April 30th, 2006 at 11:44 am

I'm doing nothing today. I've been planning my nothing day all week. Truth be told, it's 11:39 am and I'm getting a little bored of sitting around. I did have a shower and got dressed, helped dh make breakfast...I thing that's it so far. We'll probably walk over to the store later for some milk and fruit, but other than that I'm saving money, energy, and my sanity!

We had fun at the school Carnival yesterday. I was glad that I set the games up in the gym because it absolutely poured rain outside, which really sucked for the concession, band, motorcross, mini golf, petting zoo, and bouncy castle. The kids starting bringing the animals into the gym from the petting zoo because they were so cold! It was pretty funny...

We're going to barbeque chicken for dinner--yum--and dh says he's doing yardwork. I'm trying to convince him to do it tomorrow because he's not working, and I'll feel guily sitting doing nothing while he's slaving away outside. Well, maybe, just a little guilty!

Out to Lunch...

April 27th, 2006 at 11:16 pm

again! Under the bad influence of my dh and son (aged 6!), I was coerced into going out for Chinese food for lunch. This cost us $23.00...it was very good, though!

One of the other managers bought me dinner tonight. I had a cajun chicken sante fe salad, and I have enough left over for lunch tomorrow. It should be a no spend day. Saturday is the school carnival, so we'll be dropping some money there, but it shouldn't be too much. Everything is pretty low cost at this event.

I have Sunday off work. Nobody in the house has hockey, girl guides, gymnastics or any other planned activity. I'm going to relax and veg outside...maybe do a barbeque in our fire pit and roast some marshmallows!

Spent too much money...

April 26th, 2006 at 03:26 pm

this month. On nothing that we needed. I did take a shirt back to Walmart today that didn't fit properly...and then spent 3 times as much on a sweater at Superstore! Woe is me!

My best friend took me out for Japanese food...it was sooo good. We're a bad influence on eachother because we always plan stuff and then end up shopping instead!

Tomorrow will hopefully be a no spend day.

Yesterday our boys had back to back hockey games, but instead of buying hot dogs and junk at the rink, I made pita sandwiches, filled them with chicken and ceaser salad, brought some juice boxes, and cookies, and there was dinner. Of course, it was a little staggered, because of the game schedules, but everyone ate well, and we didn't spend any money there!

Mondays at work...

April 24th, 2006 at 04:43 pm

are soooo quiet! I was bored, bored, bored. It's really hot here, which is such a nice change. The kids played in the sprinkler after school and I tidied up. We're having prawns and broccoli for dinner, and then walking over to the library.
I didn't spend anything yet today, but I will be going to the store on the way to the library to get my boss a gift for her birthday tomorrow. I may end up just getting her a gift certificate, but I'll check out the store first and see if anything hits me!

Profit Sharing

April 23rd, 2006 at 08:54 am

I got paid on Friday and my cheque was $100 more than usual because of my pay increase! Yay! There was a second cheque with it for just over $300 because, apparently, the big company that bought out our little company last year has a yearly profit sharing plan for their employees...what a nice surprise it was!
We had a wonderful Easter dinner last week for the family. We made both ham and turkey and all the trimmings. My sils brought dessert and appies. It was so fun and very relaxing and we have tons of leftovers. The monthly meal plan is working out well. Having it posted on the fridge has been great because the kids know what's for dinner and I don't hear any complaints from them. They know that they're welcome to sit with me at the beginning of the month and help with the planning.
Spring ball hockey has started for the boys and that keeps the everyone very busy...dh especially, as he is one of the coaches for ds6!

Got a raise!

April 5th, 2006 at 09:12 am

Well, I had told the powers that be at my work that I wasn't really interested in going full time. I like the flexibility of my hours, ranging between 25-45 hours a week. Right after that conversation, I was told that my hours might have to be cut...hmmm...ask me to go full time with a 20% pay increase, and when I answer 'not interested' I'm told my hours were going to change...not quite on the up and up if you ask me! I told them that was fine with me and I would be happy to work less hours. Yesterday I go in and the Human Resource Manager gives me papers to sign for a $1.94 an hour pay increase and my flexible hours are staying as is! Yay! I am a happy girl today!

On the homefront...our emergency account is stacked and we have a full 3 months of living expenses in it's own account. We're putting 600 a month in RRSP's and pension accounts. I'm buying $500.00 GIC's every month. I started in January, and lock them in for a year. I figure if I can do this for 2 years, every month, that will be a revolving $12000 in case of major financial emergencies! The plan is to save all other money for extra mortgage payments. We owe just under $90,000 and would love to get rid of it!