Monday, February 25, 2013
A Busy Monday
I left home at 9:00 AM and just got back about 2:15 PM. I had to go to the bank to get our cash for the month of March and deposit a check. I also paid our Visa bill that came on Saturday. That saved me a stamp since I didn't have to mail it. Of course, I always pay it in full so that we never pay interest. Then on to Best Buy where I returned the stylus for my tablet that DH bought with my rewards. He bought the wrong one. They helped me get the right one which I have verified does work. It was an even exchange.
Next was a trip to B.J.'s to pick up some discounted gift cards that I needed for a gift in March. I love that B.J.'s discounts gift cards and Forever stamps. I also picked up some candy to make Easter baskets for my grandchildren. These are gifts so the candy comes out of my gift budget not my grocery budget.
This is a great time of year to stock on eggs because of Easter egg coloring. Top's has medium eggs for a $1.00 a dozen this week. I picked up 4 dozen. DH and I have eggs and bacon almost every morning for breakfast. So by deducting the $ 4.00 for the eggs from my grocery budget, I now have $ 79.07 left to spend for the month of February.
Then I went to Fast Cash to return my deposit bottles. I had 3 bags which totaled $ 2.40. That $2.40 will go in my gift envelope to help start replacing some of the money I spent on gifts today. Remember, I am only using free money from rebates, bottle deposits, etc. for gifts this year.
Last stop was Home Depot. I have to tell you the full story on why. Early Saturday morning, our CO2 detector went off at 4 AM and woke us up. We have 4 combination fire and CO2 in the living area of the house and 4 CO2 detectors only near the furnace in the basement. When one goes off they all go off. The noise is deafening! Scares you to death when they go off. DH found the one that started the chain reaction and removed it from the ceiling. Meanwhile I turned our alarm system off that they are connected to so that the alarm company wouldn't call us or the fire dept. When DH took the one from the ceiling, the other 7 became silent. So DH was pretty sure that the one he removed was defective. He is calling First Alert to replace it because they are still under warranty. In the meantime, I went to Home Depot and purchased a plug in one just to make sure there was no CO2 in the house. The minute we got it in the house, it went off and would not shut off. DH even took it out to the garage to try to get it to shut off. It wouldn't. The only way you could shut it off was by taking the battery out. That sent up a warning to us that there might be CO2 in the house. So I called 911 and they sent the fire department. They have good accurate meters to check for CO2. They checked everywhere and there was no CO2, not even near the gas furnace or gas stove. Thank God! So today I returned the defective meter to Home Depot and got my money back. Meanwhile, my son who is a volunteer fireman is helping us buy one of those CO2 meters so that if it happens again, we can check for CO2 ourselves. This is the second time we have had to call the fire department because of defective detectors.
Now I am sitting and writing you and just relaxing. It has been a busy day and I am tired. Fortunately I put WW Turkey Sausage Gumbo in the crockpot to cook all day so dinner will be easy. I just have to add some shrimp to the gumbo last minute and make some brown rice. It has plenty of veggies in it.
Please feel free to share with us what you did to save some money today.