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Supporting Local Businesses – Doing My Part This Week…

I’ve always been fond of the idea of supporting local businesses, but I’ve never gone out of my way to specifically do it.  For the last week, I think I decided to catch up.

Funding Food

I’ve been pet sitting even more than normal.  This generally means waking up earlier than normal and working online later than normal to make up for time lost.

Luckily, one of my regular routes kept taking me by a tasty-looking taco stand.  When I finally stopped and ordered something last weekend, I found the largest, yummiest breakfast burrito ever for just $4.50!  And the green sauce was oh-so-good.  I ordered the medium instead of the large, which was a good idea since the medium ended up being so stuffed with eggs, potatoes, bacon, and cheese that I ate half and was too stuffed to eat the second half.  My husband decided to save the day and ate it for me after I called it quits (and put it away for later).  I’m not a push-over…I like to eat.  So take my word that this breakfast burrito was huge, and it was only about 60% of the size of his $6.50 monster.  I may take that on later this week…

On the way back home that same day, I also saw a sign for “Fresh Peaches” and pulled over again.  The peaches sold themselves.  The guy handed me one, I bit into it, and I bought two cartons worth for $10 while I finished scarfing down the free one.  I ate another one nearly immediately.  It was about $2 a pound, which is nearly twice the price of grocery store peaches in my area right this second.  BUT, his peaches were ripe and juicy and delicious!  The grocery store peaches are hard or tasteless or both.  It was a no brainer.

Baskets of Peaches

These weren’t the actual peaches, but he was selling them out of similar containers. It ended up being about 2.8 pounds for $5.

Justified

Yep, I bought a breakfast burrito and two cartons of peaches.  I also went back two days later and bought another breakfast burrito along with a $5 carton of nectarines.  Altogether, I spent about $25 in less than 2 days on food that I didn’t technically need.  But it has been delicious.  And not so bad for my current Weight Watchers diet either.  :-)

The burrito ends up being 8 Weight Watcher points per meal for the halves I eat, and the peaches are no points at all.  They are the perfect snack between dog walking and catching up online.  Overall, I have no guilt for the “wasted” money since the food has been delectable and the money went directly into the pockets of two local guys just trying to get along like the rest of us.  Money well spent indeed.

Do you ever spend money on things you don’t technically need?  How about on local businesses?  Does it make a difference to you either way?  It seems way easier to do for me…

Money Lessons from “The Walking Dead”

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Okay, so we started watching The Walking Dead on Netflix this week. Yeah, yeah, I know a bunch of you suggested it a while ago. But now we have time. Did I mention that we finally cut cable?

Lessons Learned

So far, here are the money lessons that I’ve learned from “The Walking Dead”:

Being rich won’t keep you from getting eaten, but it may have given you the opportunity to stock up on weapons before the apocalypse. Buy an awesome ax and baseball bat if you are dealing with zombies. A traveling home is a great commodity after any huge threat to the human race. Survival gear can be worth way more than money in most catastrophes. It pays to get easily washable clothing. It’s worth the bullet to kill the ones that freak out regularly or are just douches. I could make a killing with a . . . → Read More: Money Lessons from “The Walking Dead”

We Cut Cable…Now What?

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We finally pulled the plug on cable and our DVR’s. I don’t think we are experiencing the euphoria that everyone else seems to have when they do this…

Why We Cut Cable

There are 4 of us adults living here, so having cable with DVR’s was nice. We could all watch what we wanted in 3 different rooms. But we were with AT&T U-verse and they kept raising our rates. I would call and get the rates lowered, then they would sneak back up a few months later. The most we ever paid was $145 in one month (it would have been $175 but I called and asked for an instant credit since the discounts expired before I could catch it). The least we paid was $95.

U-verse was raising our rate to $150-$180 per month depending on the plan. I explained that we would need the rate . . . → Read More: We Cut Cable…Now What?

Does Private Health Insurance Cover me as soon as I buy the Policy?

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Since the Affordable Care Act came into being not having private health insurance can lead to a fine if you don’t qualify for public healthcare. But when you purchase a health insurance policy how soon does coverage commence?

It’s understandable that you’ll want to be covered by your health insurance as soon as possible in case you should suffer any health problems. Health care can be extremely costly so you want to get the benefit of your premiums straight away. Find out more about specific coverage times on HBF’s health insurance policies by following this link, you can learn more about peace of mind for you & your family.

So if I buy a policy when does it start?

The health insurance market place was set up to give people a way of purchasing health insurance. It is open for a period each year to allow for purchase of . . . → Read More: Does Private Health Insurance Cover me as soon as I buy the Policy?

Yep, My Hair is Purple – Specifically, Manic Panic Ultra Violet

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I finally did it. Well, technically my friends, Dee and Mandy, did it. My hair is now OMG purple. I LOVE IT!!!

The Dye Job

For anybody that hadn’t ever dyed their hair before, it’s an icky process best done with hard apple cider and your best friends. Dee had some extra Manic Panic in Ultra Violet temporary dye left, and I had some light-colored hair available for experimentation, so we decided to have a dye-job party last night!

Before Purple…

The Manic Panic Ultra Violet is a gooey substance and feels absolutely WEIRD when it’s being put into your hair. It then feels super slimy as you wash out the remainder after the 30 minute baking period, lol. Overall, EWWW, but I was having the time of my life bonding with my girls. Mandy and Dee tackled it with gusto and I did my job by turning . . . → Read More: Yep, My Hair is Purple – Specifically, Manic Panic Ultra Violet

August 2014 Cruise Cost Breakdown

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I never turned on my phone last week on the cruise, so I don’t have any pictures for you yet. Oops. I’ll ask our friends to forward me the ones that they were able to take of all of us. Here’s my favorite cruise comic again though.

Our Cruise

Overall, it was another relaxing 7 day cruise to paradise. We sailed out of Galveston and hit Cozumel, Belize, and Isla Roatan. We ate like we’d never see food again, played games with our friends, slept in an interior room with a bunk bed and no natural light (our favorite way to see the sun is by choice), and laughed our butts off during the onboard comedy shows. Jaime Lissow and Cowboy Bill Martin were freaking HILARIOUS. Kudos to you two for being some amazing comics!!!

The Cost

This was our most expensive cruise of the last 12 . . . → Read More: August 2014 Cruise Cost Breakdown

Favor Regret and Hope for a Better Week

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In my world, I’ve been dog walking a set of awesome pups in the 95 degree weather. I’m also currently doing my first pet sitting job only for guinea pigs. And we are pet sitting a few dogs for friends this week…not doing well there…

Pure Frustration

The two Dachshunds that we are watching for a friend right this second until Sunday night are driving me crazy though. I’m so sad and a little angry. I don’t want to be angry at a good friend, but these dogs are…well, crappy. The little lady keeps trying to chew up anything she can find. The little dude had back surgery a little while ago that was basically successful, but now he apparently can’t feel it when he is pooping. So he just walks around my house pooping and then trying to EAT it before I can get to it! EWWWW!!! They . . . → Read More: Favor Regret and Hope for a Better Week