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December 14th, 2007 at 12:46 pm

I haven't posted this month (except the survey income) so thought I'd try and come up with something to report.

I bought a new microwave (see prior report). I spoke to my friend who fixes appliances and he said don't bother. It is 16 years old and not worth repairing. We'll probably save more in electricity conservation than it would cost to repair. So I went to Wal-Mart and got a GE unit for $55. The first one was damaged when I got it home, but I exchanged it yesterday and the new one works fine. I used it to cook grits this morning. We lost a chunk of counter space, but we'll manage.

I took my wife's van in for service last week. With a coupon, that came to less than $200 which wasn't too bad at all. It recently turned 100,000 miles and is doing fine.

Some guys at my synagogue play in a weekly poker game and have been inviting me to join them for years. I finally did 2 nights ago. Everybody buys in for $20 - it is more about having fun and socializing than making big bucks. We played for close to 4 hours (way past my bedtime) and I lost a total of $7.00 which was just fine by me as I had a fun time. I can't see myself playing weekly, but I will join them from time to time.

My wife's birthday is on Monday. I'll give her her gift on Sunday, probably, since I work late on Monday. I know she doesn't read my blog, so I can share what I got her. We tend to buy each other practical gifts, but good quality/luxury versions. She is always complaining about her bed pillow but doesn't want to spend the money to get a better one and isn't sure which to get. Anytime we travel and stay at a Marriott, she always loves the pillow, so I ordered one from Marriott's website. It was $65 which is extravagant for us, but if she likes it as much at home as she does at the hotels, it will be well worth it.

My wife has been stressed out this week because they have been doing a special project at work and she has had to work lots of extra hours. She normally works part-time, a few hours a week, but this week has worked every day and a few days were 9am to 6pm which she hated, but at least we know it was just for this week. After today, it is back to the usual. The only good thing, which I appreciate more than her, is the extra money those hours will bring in. 50% of her pay goes to her 401K, so this week will give that account a nice boost.

Nothing else comes to mind right now, so I'll stop here. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

7 Responses to “Assorted ramblings”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    The pillow sounds great, I hate my pillow. the last time we stayed someplace where the pillow was comfortable, I wanted to buy it, but they were not selling.

  2. scfr Says:

    Great job on the gift choice! I'll bet your wife will be thrilled!

  3. Amber Says:

    That's nice to get out with the guys, why did you finally give in?

    I had no idea you can buy pillows from a hotel

  4. baselle Says:

    Wow, when I play poker I get killed. I guess I have to make all the mistakes. Or if I get really good, what do I have: a skill for gambling. Maybe not a great frugal thing. Big Grin

  5. disneysteve Says:

    Amber - Several hotel chains sell their bedding collection to guests. Marriott replaced their entire bedding lines in every hotel a couple of years ago and the new ones are really nice. You can buy them at shopmarriott.com.

    As for why I gave in and played poker, I wasn't really resisting. I like the guys and like playing poker. I just always either forgot about it or had something else going on.

    baselle - If you find a game you are good at, it isn't unfrugal. I'm not that great at poker, but still managed to get 4 hours of entertainment for $7. Last trip to Atlantic City a couple of weeks ago, I played blackjack (my best game) for 2-1/2 hours and walked away even, so it cost me nothing (except a tip to the waitress) for 2-1/2 hours of entertainment, plus I earned comp reward points for my play, so we'll probably get a free meal next time we go down.

  6. Amber Says:

    Thanks for the link I will check it out, I need a really good pillow

  7. SicilyYoder Says:

    Steve,
    You would be a great mystery shopper for the casinos!! I have no idea how to play Blackjack. I met a friend from college at Belterra, where I have to stay every month for business, and she had a Craps/Blackjack friend expert with her. I was a little sad because my significant other had given me $$$ to play and I lost it all but $40.00 on slots. He talked me into trying to learn Craps. He told me what to do and at the end, it made one of the table hosts mad. I won all the money back, though!

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