A Factory Working, College Grad Getting Out of Debt

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Clutter-busting Saturday #1

While you all read this, I’m out in the back having a couple of drinks and enjoying the party.  My little brother graduated last night and I’m pretty darn proud of him.  He’ll be going to Purdue University and is going to be in the All-American Marching Band.  That boy has talent, and as I said, I’m pretty proud.  Please excuse the short post, as I tried to make sure I had as much finished and pre-written as possible and published.  Lots of cleaning, organizing, and oh, furniture receiving to do this past week.

During the apartment suite clean up, I bought a couple of really awesome pencil/marker/pen organizers for me.  The picture below is what happens when I get in an organizing mood and decide that I’m going to feel that acrylic display so that my pencils and markers are organized by color and shade.  Sadly… this is only a small amount of what I actually own when it comes to the handy art utensils that I love so much.  But I think you get the idea.

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Count those Raindrops!

-DecMeadow


Date Night on a Budget- A Geek’s Dream Date

Yes, even though I’m unemployed, I can still budget something like a date night with my guy.  While the world was celebrating Valentine’s Day, my guy had work and school all day, so we postponed it to today.  As I’m writing this, I can’t tell you how excited I am.  I haven’t really been out of the house for awhile other than the post office and bank and it’s time for a little fun.

However, there is going to be a few chores done before I actually get there.  When I go out, I make a list of all the things I possibly need to do and wait for a day (or two) during the week that I need to get these things done.  Today won’t be any different.  I’m already making my mental list as to what I need to do in order to be able to go meet my guy and have an enjoyable evening.  That involves going to two banks, the post office, and the pharmacy.  I have to drop packages and pick up a few cards that will need to be sent out in  the next few days.  Once finished with those errands, I will be right on my way to meet up with my guy and start our Valentine’s Date.

It’s not too far of a stretch of what we’ll be doing on this date.  As soon as I saw the release date of a film I turned my guy and asked politely if he had made any plans yet and when there was a “no” uttered, I replied “Good, because we’re going to this:”

Yeah, that’s right. I am a total nerd/geek/tomboy type of woman. Give me this action film series along with the Lethal Weapons and I will always be happy.  This was such an easy excuse to go see a movie.  And since my guy has a couple of movie vouchers that he purchased off Mypoints, our tickets are already in our hands.  But I’m sorry, I’m starting at the end of the date, aren’t I?

The movie will be one of the last things we do for the night.  To start off, we’ll be going to our local comic book shop, the game shop next door, an electronic store, AND a sweets/bakery shop.  That might sound like a lot of money, but remember, I’ve got this already in my budget for the month. Some of it’s just to make a scene again with our favorite establishments and let them know we’re still loyal but just on the hard end of luck these days, too.  Do you think we’re going to the movie yet?

Really?  You did?  Well I”m sorry to disappoint, but a girl’s got to eat. And this girl has been craving crab legs for awhile.  So using our gift cards we received from family members this past Christmas, we’ll be treating ourselves to a virtual free meal at Red Lobster. I can already hear the cracking and taste that yummy crustacean. Nom, nom, nom!

At this point I’m betting that it’ll be time to go to the movie and I’ll enjoy every second of that rich actiony goodness and syrupy sarcasm that only my John McClane can deliver.  But if that wasn’t enough richness… After the movie we’ll be enjoying one last establishment: an Irish Pub by the name of Cook McDoogal’s that was the scene of our first date. There we’ll be enjoying a couple slices of sinful cheese cake that when I’m pregnant years from now I’ll be craving probably every day. I wish I could get the secret family recipe in preparation of this revelation so that I don’t have to keep sending my guy out to go get another cheesecake every other day. Really.. it’s that good.

Sounds like a really eventful day, and I can’t wait!  The budget of it all, is probably only going to be about $30-$40 thanks to the gift cards and coupons that my guy and I have in our arsenal of saving money.  Did I mention how much I love my guy by the way?  He puts up with my silliness and thinks my gaming, nerdy butt is sexy. I honestly adore him.

Happy belated Valentine’s!

 

Count those Raindrops!

-DecMeadow


Goal Achievement Report – January 2013

Time to see how much I’ve achieved since last month.  I haven’t looked at this since the progress report, and honestly, I’m a little nervous.  I can see what those big shindig scientific studies mean when they say that the month of January is perhaps one of the most depressing.  I had very little motivation almost the entire month, and ended up slacking a little bit on the posts for the blog here.  I apologize for that, but as I said before, I’m back in the game and am hoping to get things going again.  Shall we have a look see at the failures?

Money Goals

  • Find a few ways for this Rainy Day blog to make some funds, however small it may be…
  • Sell unneeded items on ebay and amazon to make extra $.
  • To make enough money this month to pay my car payment ($301).
  • To make enough money to pay all my bills without hurting my savings account too much.
  • To find a job.

Alright, bad news first. No job, and I hit the savings account a little bit last month (by $131) because of the bills.  I’ve made adjustments to accommodate and I have put in nearly 100 applications in at various places and am still waiting.  I DID find a way to make money on Rainy Day, but that has been delayed until I find a decent enough theme for Rainy Day.  I guess I’m just too picky.  I also made enough money to pay my car payment and am continuing in the downsizing project and selling things on ebay and amazon to make money.  I even reopened my etsy site last month and with the help of my mother, we’re trying to sell jewelry, upcycled and/or vintage items.  Please have a look at every site, especially the etsy… I’m still looking for the first sale there.

Rainy Day Goals

  • Help my mother organize/clean the home.
  • Organize my dvd/blu-ray collection.
  • Organize the shipping supplies.
  • Get rid of unneeded items that can either not be sold or donated.
  • To continue organizing my room for optimal business format/personal use.

The shipping supplies have been organized! And a post will show that soon!  My dvd/blu-ray collection however… not so much, but I DID organize a part of my mother’s collection that is currently residing in our entertainment center in the living room.  It looks SO MUCH better!  Series and seasons are grouped together as well as all the Christmas movies have a shelf of their own.  So.. can that count?  The getting rid of unneeded items is always a continuous project in my life, and I am happy to say I took out two trash bags last month that could not be donated or sold to the trash! I admit I’m a bit of a pack rat when it comes to old mail and school work, and a lot has been cleared out!  Again, the continuous organization of my room is still in the works..

Personal Goals

  • Continue the MWF posts for Rainy Day & Gamer Talk.
  • Create a notebook/planner for each blog.
  • Create logos for both blogs.
  • Add artwork to various art sites and sell my artwork online.
  • Continue my art blog.
  • Refine my gamer podcast and restart it.
  • Lose 10 pounds.

Okay… here’s the category that I really lacked on… Took a small break with the blog posts, no notebook/planners, no logos (only sketches), some artwork was added, but not much, art blog not updated, podcast not restarted… Ouch.  I did not do well on this one at ALL!  However, the only thing I can say I accomplished, is.. as of today I have lost 6.6 pounds since starting watching what I eat mid-way through January.  That’s good right? Right?

 

*Deep Breath*

Well, overall.. I’m not proud of January.  And that was a hard to face myself moment.  I do not think I tried at all in working on these goals and I know I should have tried harder.  However there is February, and I’m glad for that.  But goodness! We’re already mid-way through, I don’t think I’ll be making any big goals for this month.  Instead, I’ll probably focus on working on the 1001 things to do in 101 days this month instead.  What do you think?

 

Count those Raindrops!

-DecMeadow


Happy (Belated) Birthday to Me!

Well, yesterday in 1987, I was born.  Huge accomplishment and kudos to my Mommy.  She’s pretty great for deciding on keeping me 😉

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy today.  I’m quarter of a century old now and it’s odd thinking I might only have up to 75 years and some odd change in my bio bank.  My guy and I had an early birthday celebration down in Indy last weekend as his and my own birthdays have always been doomed during college to be the week of exams.  So we took a quick break from life and he a quick break from studying for his finals and took a quick weekend trip.  It was wonderful.

I’ve gotten a few raindrops from the family and I truly enjoyed my gifts.  The gift cards will be included in the money section of my budget of course, but they’ll be spent on fun things.

Count those raindrops!

DecMeadow.