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A little extra money

June 14th, 2013 at 05:23 pm

So my mom told me that she wanted to start giving me $50 a month for household expenses. I don't really need the money, but I think it makes her feel like she is contributing, and helps her to maintain her sense of independence. So, I will accept it and use it towards the monthly gas and electric bill. I think it would hurt her feelings if I declined her offer.

I also cashed out for another $50 CVS gift certificate from SwagBucks.

Not too much else going on financially.

Looking forward to weekend activities and some nice weather after a lot of rain and some fierce thunderstorms the past few days.

Update

June 2nd, 2013 at 11:53 am

Time has flown by, I haven't updated since the end of March!

Mortgage update: I said goodbye to the 90k's! My current balance is $87,763.20. I continue to add an additional $1400 a month to the principle.

Swagbucks: Since I joined on 1/1/13 I have redeemed a total of $305 in CVS gift cards.

Purchases: My only larger type purchase was a new phone. My old one was about 6 years old and was no longer working well. I upgraded to a smartphone (Samsung Galaxy 3) The cost was $100 for the phone, and my monthly bill will increase $30 month for the data plan. Totally doable!

New windows: On hold. My 2 piece bathroom off my bedroom moved to the front of the remodel list when the toilet broke (so old it isn't fixable). The room is really very 1970's and needs upgrading. I joined Angie's list and found a fantastic contractor who I can use for all of my future upcoming projects, including the windows. What a relief! No more shopping around for contractors.

My mom's last surgery went well, but again it was a long recovery. It's been a rough year for her and I am glad that she seems to have turned the corner and is healing.

That's all for now. Life is good!