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It's been awhile

December 15th, 2019 at 09:54 pm

I haven't blogged too much lately. I guess I haven't had much to share. I've tried to keep up with reading the blogs.

Like many of you have posted, my Christmas shopping is finished. In fact, I have purchased some craft kits to start on things for next Christmas. I gave a lot of canned items away as well. My Christmas cards have been sent. I do have a little more baking to do, but not a great amount. I always give some sweet breads to some of DH's former coworkers and I'd like to do that this week. For my birthday last January, a friend gave me some holiday ceramic loaf pans because she knows I like to do that.

We had our Christmas bazaar at my church last weekend. I baked lots of cookies and some sweet breads for it as well as made a few things to donate to sell. This one of two fundraisers for our ladies' guild and after expenses, profits are used for missions both locally and worldwide. I do the publicity and I think I have figured out the best ways to get free PR.

On the financial front, we seem to be doing OK. We have a Christmas Club account that we put money in each month and then in November, draw it out and use it for Christmas. So, Christmas is paid for and we won't owe. I was glad to see our investments showed an improvement for the month of November. Like Disney Steve wrote when he said theirs reached over a million, it doesn't change anything. Same with us. We continue our frugal ways. We had a CD come due and our financial guy called us and wanted to know if we wanted some of the money to spend and I said that I knew he had to ask us, but no, what did we need? He laughed and said he wished more of his clients were like us. He doesn't get rich off of us, but I'm sure every little bit helps. He finds better interest rates than what we can get around here and at this point, we aren't ready to do online investing. We prefer brick and mortar banks.

Just about every Friday we hit the thrift stores. We don't usually buy a lot. I have a couple of people who have given me wish lists of things to look for and that's something we do. Well, just want to report I was the big spender last Friday. My total was $1.62 and tax beating DH's total of 40 cents.

It has started snowing and the weather forecast is calling for 4-7 inches. I'm not thrilled. I hate shoveling snow and in a subdivision full of kids, apparently none of them want to make any extra money. We keep some cash on hand just in case we would find someone to shovel when it gets deep.

Hope you all have a wonderful full week before Christmas.

6 Responses to “It's been awhile”

  1. Wink Says:

    Back when I had my single family house I would hope for some of the neighborhood kids to come by to make some money for shoveling snow. Very rarely happened. When I was a kid, me and my brother and sister (and other neighborhood kids) always went around the neighborhood when it snowed to offer to shovel for older neighbors. It was actually fun and often ended up in a snowball fight!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Wink, I guess it is a different world. We have a Facebook page for our subdivision and in the past few years I always ask if there is anyone who wants to shovel our driveway to make some money. Last year one of our neighbors took pity on us and used his snowblower when we had a deep snow. We bought him a gift card since he refused cash.

  3. Lucky Robin Says:

    I like how you were the big spender at $1.62!

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Merry Christmas! Stay safe and warm and enjoy your festivities. Definitely keep asking on your FB for snow shovelers, there may be a new kid in the neighborhood that has the entrepreneurial spirit.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    We just got a dusting of snow up here! Wish it could stay this way!

  6. Joanne Says:

    Merry Christmas.. I don't see kids shoveling where we live either. My son used to shovel, he had a few set customers. It makes me wish I could turn back time. Now, he is away on a deployment , with the Navy. He really likes it for the most part, the Navy. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas.. You do so much good.

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