Monday, January 19, 2009

Weekend Report

This weekend was great for a lot of reasons but first, I'd like to say welcome to all my new (to me) readers! Wow, my readership spiked over the weekend. I'm not sure why but hey it motivates me to keep writing. Welcome ninja, bogeygirl, greeni$black and 4461. I'll be sure to check out your blogs this week. Bogeygirl, send me an email at and I'll send you the html for the progress bars.

The reason this weekend was great was because I did so much but I didn't spend a single dollar. Here's how that happened. My friend was visiting from Europe and stayed with me. I was very happy to see him but scared about increased costs of feeding and housing another person. I knew I couldn't be like - "yea i'm having cereal for dinner, what do you want, cornflakes or rice krispies?" It worked out okay though. I cooked but I managed to create good food out of the things in my house.
Friday my other friend came from out of state and we went to breakfast. I was resigned to blowing all my eating out budget at IHOP but she reads my blog and knows my story and paid then entire $20 tab.
Saturday my friend from Europe's girlfriend came in and I drove them around. Luckily, I had to rent a car for work (commuting this entire week) and so I drove that car around and didn't have to pay for gas! Then we saw a movie and his gf covered the tab and then he covered dinner afterwards.

Sigh. I have nice friends. Nothing much to update. Actually, there is one more thing. I mentioned I have to commute out of state for work this week and I was apprehensive because I will have to pay an $8 toll everyday. It's reimbursable but I would have to wait 2-6 weeks to get it back depending on how fast payroll processes it. That was not something I budgeted for and since my budget is so tight, I didn't really want to take that money out of my checking. I was toying with the idea of taking it out of my savings but my manager offered me his EZ Pass today when he hard i didn't get a rental that had one (I didn't know that was an option). My stars are definitely aligned this if I could land a date :).

I have made $15 from surveys so far. I am going to put this money in my big ticket savings. It's not a lot but it will add up. I get most of my surveys from pinecone. Surveyspot sends me stuff too but it takes longer to get the money so I haven't cashed out yet. I opened up a capitalone rewards checking because BOA is starting to charge fees for their savings account.

Before I forget, thanks to miss accountability, I'm going to check out the 0% offers. I probably should not get more credit cards because I seriously have too many (i have over 7 if you include store cards. I primarily use only 2) but I shouldn't care about my credit score right now since I'm not in the market to buy a house.

I don't think I have much more to report today. I'm off to check out all these fabulous new blogs I've discovered.

Will report back soon!

Stay on budget.


  1. I wrote out a comment already but blogger ate it, so I am trying again... Anyway, I love the extra money from pinecone and survey spot and it definitely adds up. I made $114 from pinecone and $101 from survey spot last year. I also do hcd surveys which are actually pretty fun, and a few other random surveys as well. Have you heard of You basically make a little bit of money for clicking on some ads that were generated for you. I usually get a dollar a week deposited right to paypal for a few seconds worth of effort. I use it to pay for shipping costs for stuff that I sell on ebay. :)

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  3. I'm going to add you to the people I'm following. Hope you don't mind! That way I'll know when you have new posts. :D

    I plan on updating 3-4 times a week here...

  4. ditto that, i already had you added. i am really starting to love your site.

  5. Just stumbled across your blog! Fantastic job this past weekend at not spending! Sounds like you do have some great friends!! =)

    Keep up the great work, I look forward to seeing the progress!!


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