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Another Goal to Check off the List

June 11th, 2009 at 02:42 am

Our new Central A/C was installed yesterday and I paid for it today.

We had a funny conversation with the HVAC guy about how we wanted to finance it. I told him I'd just write him a check and he about fell over.

Today's is my DH's birthday and we had a lovely dinner, he got some nice gifts, and all in all, it was a great day.

I've sold another old textbook, so add $54 to my ebay sales. I'm so pleased to check another goal off! Basement refinishing here we come!

Dejunking Continues

June 4th, 2009 at 04:06 pm

This morning I recycled three empty wine cartons, my husband's annual reports on a stock he owns that are over 10 years old, the contents of my shredder, and all those all NYT Book sections that are so hard to part with.

The vintage books I listed didn't sell on ebay, so I offered them to my university library. They were thrilled and are writing me a big tax deduction.
I don't suppose Disney Steve will let me add that to my total?

Cooler

June 3rd, 2009 at 03:48 pm

It's just hit me what a funny word "cooler" is--so many meanings!

We've been thinking about installing central A/C in our house for years, and this morning, I signed the contract.

It's not that much money, and I upgraded to get the energy star model with the federal rebate. We've all got allergies and I'm sick of the hassle with the room-size units.

It's been a cold spring in Wisconsin, so I think I'll list the room units on Craigs List when when we get a heat wave.

Revised Approach to Extra Income

June 1st, 2009 at 02:29 pm

As some of you know, I teach an evening class in addition to my regular schedule at the university. I've always just thrown this money into the general fund, but I've been feeling like it just gets lost in the mix.

So here's my latest allocation strategy. It'll be divided into thirds with 1/3 going to mortgage principal paydown, 1/3 to retirement/college fund for DD, and a full 1/3 to just pure fun.

Our EF is fully funded, and we're doing some home improvements which qualifies as fun under my plan. I'm hoping the visible signs of progress with the mortgage, retirement, and college funds will keep me inspired when sometimes I'm not enthusiastic about the additional work.