Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Gas Prices

Have you noticed over the last few months  the odd gas price swings?  It used to be that when travel was up they raised the price of  gas and it would go down when people were not really traveling.  Well, this blogger has  noticed the prices going down at high travel times and way  up in lower demand periods.  This doesn't really make sense to me.  Don't they make more during high usage than  during low usage?  Don't get me wrong I appreciate  the low cost of seeing my parents at Thanksgiving this year but's difficult to have the gas to go to and from work each day in town. Its less than 3 miles round trip.  This  shopper will have to cut back spending to  budget more for fuel in the future. Despite the fact  that we  don't spend much as it is.   Watch your local stations and support the ones with the lowest per gallon price or that have a savings deal arranged.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Fixing the car

We finally went and got the quote to fix the car, well, part of it. They'll be looking at the muffler. If it just needs a patch  it'll cost about $20, if we need a new one it'll be $55.   Not bad!  The other thing that needs fixed is the motor for  the wipers, for that we're looking at $170 or so. Ouch!  Wish I knew how to fix this stuff myself, would save a lot of money that way.

Have you had any work done on your vehicle lately?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Shelf clearing is not cool!

I went to use some expiring coupons on the Splenda bargain at Wags and the shelf was cleared! They had only been open 3 hours and had stocked it the day before the sale started.  Wags only gets so much each week then they are sold out.   It would have been pointless to get a rain check because my coupons expired that day. Then on Friday I went to Country mart to get some Pillsbury on another amazing deal and the shelves were cleared within 4 hours of opening! Luckily a truck had arrived early that morning so they had more in the fridge area.  But come on people, be considerate of others. Would you like it if you planned to get one or two of something  that was a really good deal  only to find them all gone?   I know I don't enjoy the feeling.

So let's not just think of ourselves and try not to clear those shelves.

Friday, February 17, 2012

House Party Countdown!

To welcome  us to our new home I'm throwing a  Dole  Salads House Party!  Just 8 days until the party. None of my facebook friends have RSVP'd which makes me a little sad, but my husband just took some invites to some people he works with. I'm going to invite 2 neighbors and a couple of people we like at our local Walmart.  Time to show that we like our new home and are proud of it!

I've planned for a PS2 tournament, music, and discussions on gardening, shopping and cooking!  This is my first party ever so I hope it goes well.  Any tips are appreciated!

Monday, February 13, 2012


Oh my goodness!  Day 4 in our new rental home and while cleaning the living room I found a hole the size of a large orange in the wall. I have no idea how it happened,  but I will be calling our landlady in the morning to see what  to do about it.  I feel  awful!  We have  furniture being delivered  tomorrow and now this. If it weren't for the fact that I want to be such a good tenant I might be tempted to hide it until we move out, but not this time. Not here.  We will pay to have it fixed. It's our fault, we'll handle it with full disclosure.

On happier news, I have one shelf setup in the garage and one small one setup in the attic to start storing our stockpile on.  Slowly but surely we are getting  everything setup.  Now as soon as we are done with unpacking I can focus on Vetting to raise some money for my dental work.  If I work hard I should be able to get the first tooth pulled in 6 weeks.  In the meantime I am rolling coins for papers for coupons and hiding cash  towards a new computer.  Bit by bit.  It's the best way to do anything!

Stay tuned for more on our amazing journey.  In the next few days I will get some photos up!

Grand Blog Openning

Greetings bloggers!  I am starting this blog to map our journey into the new life we began the day we moved into our new home. Which was just this  past Friday!  You see, we are using  coupons and careful strategies to live in a nice house that costs twice  what we paid at the old location.  We prepaid nearly 7 months of the year's rent and  will pay it down as we can until the entire year is paid in full.

I  got a coin  sorter to wrap coins for my convenience, a safe place to keep emergency cash (sorry no sharing info beyond that for safety reasons), and there is so much space here I can stockpile with my couponning to cut costs in that area.  When temps outside are above freezing (which they definitely are not right now) this house needs only be set to 72 to stay comfortable.  The trailer we moved out of had to be at least at 80 to keep over 65 F,  and was running constantly, here the furnace runs some but nowhere near as much. I'm sure that is a money saver.

Right now there is at least 2  inches of snow on the ground, so it's hard to plan for gardening, but I think I'll be able to work some food plants in the landscape here and there. Last year I did well, I had tomatoes up until the first week of December.  I had to leave my blackberry bush at the old place, when we planted it we had   planned on another year or two living there but trailers are not made for kids to live in. It was falling apart just because they move faster and bouncier than most adults. Had to get out.

This place is the opening of a new day On A New Road...