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9/20/12 9:41 A

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I've been spending so much money on these darn fleas; between cat vet bills, pet store supplies, cleaning ($700 for a major house clean that took three people, 9 hours) and other stuff like a new, improved vacuum (a Dyson, and those are expensive! But worth it) and flea traps. I figured I've easily spent $2,000 in the last couple months. It's very depressing to have unplanned stuff that big :-(


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6/10/12 9:56 A

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We got our boat out of storage a couple weeks ago and it did not run right so a mechanic from the marina came over and ended up swapping boats; leaving his here and taking ours to their shop; it needed a new fuel filter, among other things :-( Very expensive. I'd sort of like to get rid of the boat but know my husband isn't ready for that yet.

Yesterday I was researching tablets; Nook has one now (in addition to it's "color" Nook) and I have an old Nook they don't make anymore; I could combine two things into one. My cell phone is too expensive and has too many features I don't use; I could do with a less "interesting" cheaper phone if I got a tablet. My phone is through AT&T and they have specials where you could get a Tablet and a free phone and the combination of what they would cost per month is less than my phone alone costs. . . So, I'm pondering just what I want and need.


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1/19/12 10:03 A

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This month has really hit my bank account. I decided to get new blinds for my bedroom as my monthly big expense but then we bought new eye glasses and I had to go to the emergency room so my budget is really blown out the window for the month. Next month we're going on vacation for the month and that will be equally an expensive month.

I've started a list of things I'd like to get done in the next 3-5 years (I'd like to move then, back to "civilization" and closer to the family/grandchildren and where there will be greater social opportunities) so when it comes time to downsize and hunker in for "old age", death of self and/or husband, etc. things will be simpler and more manageable.


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12/24/11 1:11 P

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I have started getting my groceries delivered and after studying the cost and thinking about my overall food budget, I have adjusted some of what I buy (not just anything that strikes my fancy anymore :-) to try and reduce it. I'm paying better attention than I use to and, with money, that is half the battle I think?


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7/24/11 2:37 P

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I've met so many of my distant cousins in the last year, it is exciting. I was visited a month ago by a 4th cousin from Australia! It's fun having a huge extended family like that to share information with. Constantly retelling what research I'm doing to them and answering their questions has increased what I remember so that people hearing me talk about my genealogy are amazed that I have all sorts of dates and names and places at my beck and call from 1750 or so on. My DH's eyes just glaze over if you get past "grandparent", LOL.


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7/23/11 12:31 P

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Sounds so exciting to be meeting someone about your genealogy! Do sit down and write out all the questions you can possibly think about asking and get all the facts you can about your family history. I would love to know where my dad's folks came from and if we have any living relatives back wherever they may be!!!

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7/23/11 9:02 A

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Yes, my therapist went back every Christmas because she had had an illness in childhood such that if she so much as caught a cold, she could die; I gather it had something to do with her lungs. But she went back for the warm weather that time of year. We'd go down to my father-in-law's in Florida but I'd still compare temperatures between Tampa and Manila, LOL.

I've been working on this genealogy as a "job" for a year and a half now with an expert in London so I'm excited to be meeting her and also to be able to see some of the original records she has told me about. But to get ready, to figure out "who"/what to study when I'm over there and have the backup material at hand, in order, etc., is going to take a lot of work before I go.

Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 7/23/2011 (09:06)

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7/22/11 10:11 A

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I know you have a lot of planning to do for this upcoming trip. Christmas of 2007, DH, myself and our two boys went to the Philippines to visit my husband's native country. It was his first time back in 37 years. He left when he was 16 years old to come to America. It was his one of his father's last wishes that his oldest son go to America. It did not feel like Christmas at all even though it was the coolest part of the year for them! Christmas trees and decorations just didn't feel like winter time when it is 80+ outdoors with high humidity! It was a trip of a lifetime and I most likely will not return there again. Too long a flight and I don't like that kind of weather!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have tried for years to find out about my dad's family history. The Church of Latter Day Saints even tried to help me out. My mom got rid of everything after she remarried 5 years after my dad's death and has no recollection of my dad's heritage. Last name is Adams and I always thought it was English but then again I really don't know.
Good luck in planning your trip and finding family history!!!

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7/22/11 8:45 A

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I've just been sitting around the computer working on getting ready for my trip. A London government website I was having trouble ordering subway/rail passes from in advance finally decided to work/take my credit card and Minnesota fixed their financial woes and opened the State again so I could order a gift from their Historical Society for my researcher in London. I got her a book/carry tote like I have; the Historical Society's motto is "History Matters" which is stenciled on it and I thought that was great for her since we're doing my genealogy/both of us have history degrees and my English immigrants went to Minnesota (where I visited last year). I was going to get her a tee-shirt but since I won't be there until the end of September-October and I don't know if she's the tee-shirt type :-) I thought this might be a bit more professional.

I got a couple "packages" off to two cousins too; one sent me pictures for this particular family I'm researching; my mother died when I was 3 (I'm researching her father's line in England) so I don't have much knowledge about that part of my family. Turns out my uncle's son doesn't know anything at all about his father's/our grandfather's line either! But he has "all" the pictures and he sent me a bunch (many of them not relevant) and I sent the non-relevant ones back with a 4-5 page newsy letter of how the non-relevant people were related to us (our grandfather's older sister's son :-) and told him I was keeping the other stuff until I had time to scan it, etc.; but he sent all the stuff last September (eek!) so I figured I should get back to him; I did send him a "thank you" at the time but nothing since.

One of the pictures of our grandfather as a baby, he had two originals he sent me so I sent one to the historic society in Minnesota; they did an exhibit on the photographer last year so I knew they'd like one of the pictures (since "we" have two :-) and I sent them a check to renew my membership (last year I think since I'm down here in Maryland, not likely to get back to Minnesota :-)

I sent another package of five books to my father's brother's son; one was an original autobiography by our great great uncle (our great grandfather's next older brother) and the others about a great great great aunt and a book of turn-of-the-20th-century house architecture (my cousin is an architect in San Francisco) for the town where our father's were born and raised. I figured he could take and share it with our 90 year old aunt, our fathers' sister, and see if she recognized any of the houses. I was going to send it to her but thought this would give him something to "do" next time he visited her in her little assisted living place.

So, I've wandered out in this weather a couple times to the post office and went to the grocery store too, yesterday, etc. I'm getting stuff done!


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7/21/11 10:31 A

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Definitely need a good, working AC in this weather!!!

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7/21/11 7:06 A

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A friend on another team has AC that's frozen up; that's a big need in this weather!


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7/20/11 9:30 A

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I have heard how bad it is to be around mold. Our church thrift shop is a WWII building moved to the church grounds back in the 1960s and with all the rain this past year, the roof finally said it had enough! It started leaking and really bad. We had one lady get really sick who worked there a lot and the doctors never really diagnosed the problem. Another lady and I have feelings of fear that the place has mold and we both have gotten sick feelings after working there without any air circulation. We are finally getting a new roof at the Thrift Shop this week and hope that will clear things up.
The only major trip I can think of that I am going to be making is to my mothers who lives near the coast in CA. Her 80th birthday is coming up and I told her I would be over then!!!

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7/20/11 12:57 A

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No, you can't have mold around; that's dangerous to everyone's health. My stepson had a heck of a time with pipes and one particular wall in his house and things bursting multiple times in a row, etc. We've been surprisingly okay with most stuff, even though the house was built in 1972-3 and has a lot of "issues". We did have to replace the hot water heater last year and only about half of the air vents work (fortunately, the half that are living room and our bedroom) and we do have a "hole" in our living room ceiling where there was a condensation problem with one of the AC pipes, we thought it was a bathroom pipe, called the plumber but it was coming from my husband's closet, not anywhere near water :-) We told the plumber to cut open the ceiling anyway and he found the problem and was able to "patch" it so now we just have an ugly hole in our living room ceiling, great for entertaining.

I hope I can get out to San Fran in the Spring maybe; I was supposed to go with my brother and sister in law this Fall to visit my 90 year old aunt, she's not going to last much longer. But with the too expensive trip to England in September/October, I can't do both so I may not get San Fran at all :-( Our long-trip flying days are getting pretty numbered.


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7/19/11 12:36 P

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I think the next major purchase or should I say expense is to have another pipe and wall fixed in the house. We had a leaky pipe and I got it fixed about a month or so ago and now I have noticed a wall in the boys room that is looking suspicious! On the other side of the wall is the manifolds for the automatice sprinklers and I think they were not protected from the frost and a pipe sprung a leak. There is even some mold on the wall~EEK! I will have to dig into my Roth IRA savings for the coming year to get it fixed because DH doesn't think things like that should be fixed until they floor the house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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7/19/11 12:32 P

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I like to see the things that not so touristy! I like to see the kinds of houses and places that everyday people live and shop at for their families. I love to look at houses, churches, etc. When are you coming out to California???

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7/19/11 12:21 P

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No, my husband is not one for sightseeing either. We were just discussing the trip to England in September/October and he mentions he has no interesting in "London". How can you have no interest in such a historic/great city!!! And the only thing he thought he might like about the rest of England for our wandering the couple days after the conference was maybe the large shipyard at Chatham; but my links to the Cotswolds and other "scenery" left him cold because there was nothing "touristy".


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7/18/11 5:33 P

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Sounds like a plan!!! My husband is not one for sightseeing but I really do enjoy seeing everything I can!!! emoticon

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7/18/11 5:26 P

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Well, you fly here (Baltimore) and stay with me and I'll drive us up to New York (3 hours) and I'll fly and stay with you and get to San Francisco that way, LOL.


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7/18/11 12:18 P

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I would love to get new flooring in this house! The house was built in 1996 and still has the original carpet, although the vinyl flooring in the kitchen, bathrooms and the entryway was replaced with tile. We bought the house 6 years ago and I would love to have new carpet in the bedrooms and maybe Pergo laminate flooring in the family/breakfast nook, formal living room and dining rooms.
I am happy with the small trips to San Francisco, Monterey, etc but would like to see New York before it is too hard for DH to walk!

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7/18/11 12:07 P

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I'm so thrilled we're doing the London trip this Fall because that will be the end of my really big wishes I think (though I do want to get to San Francisco to see my aunt before she dies and she's 90, will be 91 in April) and I can "relax" and concentrate on smaller stuff like making sure this house stays organized and running well.

I'm not going to get DH out of this house in the next year or five :-) so I am going to work on just downsizing further and trying to get a little more "stuff" out of the way. I would like new carpeting in the living room (more "expensive" instead of this cheap stuff that the former owners put throughout the house when they "flipped" it) or wood flooring, get the kitchen "better" and a few other things.

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7/15/11 2:54 P

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DH wants to get an older truck and it was my time to get a new car!!! LOL!
I had to go on SSDI about 13 years ago and that was a big adjustment for the family budget and for me. I was lost without my job and it was so hard to get used to not going to work and getting a real paycheck! I thought to myself is this what people who retire have to go through? It was a hard period in my life to adjust to for sure.
Now, I am quite used to it and am glad I get to stay home and not work so I an volunteer or help out my friends when they need help such as car rides or just want to chit chat!!!
It might take some time to adjust but then you will be happy in your new phase of your life!!!

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7/15/11 11:52 A

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Gee, why didn't you get a nice truck for your husband instead of the car, they're about the same price, LOL.

I know I had to get a Ford Explorer for my last car so my husband could fit in it and drive it; I had a Subaru Forester I loved but he could barely ride in it, never mind drive it. I "traded" it to my daughter-in-law who'd always wanted a Subaru for her much older car, so she'd have an easier vehicle for her and kids (actually they sold her Acura her parents had given her and gave us the little bit of money it was worth). I had decided we could make do with one car but then a friend needed a driver, she didn't have a car and lots of doctor's appointments, etc. and my husband got working on a project with another guy so he needed a car sometimes and it got obnoxious trying to schedule who needed the car, when, so I found a good used Explorer at Carmax.

But now we're back to no friends or projects :-) so I've gotten us whittled down to one good car that fits us both and no RV (if I could only downsize or get rid of the boat or something; I really want to move back to civilization but know that's not happening for a couple more years at least :-)

Retirement is a complicated juggling act all on its own. One works to retire but I'd never thought about it "after" and how you get money for living from retirement funds, etc. We have "enough" money but it's still odd-feeling because one can't spend it, it's what "pays" us to live so having money and being able to spend it when one likes isn't the same thing. In a sense, we're on a fixed income and that is different for me. When one is working it feels like you can get a raise or find a job that pays more, etc., like there's "growth" in one's income but it doesn't feel that way in retirement. The feeling of wiggle room is gone as well as the sense of "saving" for the next big investment (house, kids/school, retirement). One starts getting rid of things (cars, RV's :-) instead of buying new, bigger and better. I hope I get use to this new state of being before I die? LOL

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7/14/11 10:46 A

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I look forward to the day when both our boys are financially independent!!! emoticon
Still have one in college that has another 1 1/2 years to go and another one that graduated already but says he HATES his job and wants to go back to school again. He is the older one and I am not paying another dime for schooling for him. It's time for mom and dad to get some enjoyment out of life and stop coddling him. I just want to get all the student loans paid off and be debt free~really looking forward to that day!!!
I think the next major purchase would be an older, smaller truck for my husband since he got into an accident years ago and his truck was totaled and that's all he talks about is if we had a truck we could do this and that with it!!!

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7/14/11 8:22 A

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Yes, I find it very weird getting older so one literally looks back a lot and "remembers" rather than being able to look forward to the "next" thing. I was trying to reconcile myself to Switzerland being my last big trip so am glad there will be a couple weeks in London/England. I've worked so hard the last year with my genealogy cardin-bunn.com and it has gotten a little frustrating at times because I've wanted to run off to the "source" to research something and not been able to, have had to wait on my London researcher to find time. I can do a whole heck of a lot on the Internet but sometimes I just want to "see" for myself.


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7/13/11 9:53 A

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I msut confess that I enjoy a nice nap in the afternoon as well sometimes but DH gets sleepy everynight right after he takes his pills and whenever we go to visit the boys or my mom. Good thing I can drive now! Years ago I could not drive because of my seizures but now I am fine. We took one road trip back in 2006(?) to see Mount Rushmore on the 4th of July and that was fantastic!!! One of the best experiences of my life. When we were younger (back in 2007! LOL!) we drove on the Bonneville Salt Flats up to 100 miles an hour and exchanged seats while driving!!! Crazy, I know...but it was so much fun!!! I got bored driving through there because there were miles and miles of nothing and we ended up singing Ninety Nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall! So much fun in our younger days~LOL!!!

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7/13/11 9:44 A

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Yes, my DH's blood pressure meds make him sleepy too; he naps every day which I like sometimes, as I get quiet time of my own but other times I resent because it takes a big chunk out of the day and we often end up doing "nothing".


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That is exactly what I want to do but I don't think DH is willing, plus I would have to do most of the driving since his high blood pressure meds make him sleepy. He has only driven my new car when he test drove it but after we signed the papers, it's all mine!!!!!!! LOL!

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7/12/11 11:08 A

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My psychotherapist was (still is I imagine :-) Filipino and use to go back every year for like 6 weeks and is (now) in her mid-70's. The trips use to wipe her out (she did a lot of other travelling as well, went to Bangkok for a wedding one year too), can't imagine how she did it. I'm dreading the 7 hours to London and know I could never get my DH to go to Australia.

My DH and I are both Navy brats so have wandered around the United States getting to bases on both coasts as kids. We bought an RV around when we married and drove it across country and back for our honeymoon; that's a trip you should take :-) We'll never forget that.


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What a nice surprise to receive $10,000 unexpectably like that! I'm sure the money came in very handy indeed!!!

My first and probably my only trip overseas was to the Philippines at Christmas time in 2007. My DH is from the Philippines and left his home when he was 16 and never made a trip back until then. We took both of our boys and I am glad I went but I don't like long plane trips. I would rather see the United States by road trips someday before we get too old!!!

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7/11/11 8:28 A

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I'm just really relieved since I have been spending so much toward the trip to England the end of September. In 2005 when we went to Switzerland, a week before we left a good friend of my stepmother's died and left me $10,000 so that came in very handy! This $6,000 here will too, I'm sure. This will probably be our last "big" vacation (overseas) now that we're getting older and less mobile.


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Wishes do come true!!! I am happy for you that you got an offer for the RV and the savings on the insurance will add up, too!

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Yesterday I got a "silly" chain email from a friend where I was to wish for something and Dr. Seuss would make it come true and a "countdown" and then a big "Make your wish!" so, before I deleted it :-) I wished for $10,000 for my trip? Not 5 minutes later my husband says he had just received an offer of $6,000 for the RV! I told him to take it emoticon

I looked up the insurance we pay on it too and it's almost half our bill so we'll have nearly an extra $100 or so a month now.


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There always seems to be something bigger and better out there in the marketplace nowadays. Used to be able to buy something and keep it for a lifetime!!! My mother still has a small General Electric refrigerator that she has in her garage and the only thing that needed replacement on it was the door handle! I know it's not energy efficient but it's not a large one either. It serves it's purpose!
Good idea to donate to get a tax deduction! We usually don't use Schedule A since DH still works and we just don't have enough tax deductions to make it worth it to us. Maybe when DH retires...

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Yes, and yes, the tax deduction is nice (goes away after it's paid for though, I think, just like with a house) but not worth the price if it's just sitting in one's driveway (and our driveway here isn't big enough, we had to pay to store it, going and getting it when we wanted it). We bought it in 2001, new, for about $50,000 (those "like" ours are more than twice that now) and we only drove it, in 10 years, 17,000 miles; not worth the storage fees, insurance, repair costs (all new tires because they rot, doing all that sitting, after 7-8 years) and, for me, back-of-the-mind worry (we have a boat too and I worry with that, if my husband dies I don't want to be stuck figuring out how to get rid of all these big, old, "things").

The RV's so old it doesn't have any "slide-outs" which make more room and apparently is what everyone wants these days. We're only trying to sell it for under $10,000. I think in another month or so I might suggest to my husband that he think about just donating it somewhere and taking a tax deduction that way (I don't know that we need such a tax deduction though, he has our retirement funds arranged so we don't owe any/much usually).


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Is your RV one that has an engine? Our next door neighbor has one and they were able to take a tax deduction on it as a second house because it is fully loaded with a bathroom, kitchen and everything else a home has in it. I was really surprised and maybe that is why so many people have them sitting in their driveways around here and not using them. Just a thought you might want to look into. You are right in that the economy and gas prices the way they are, not too many people can afford to own one nowadays, let alone go on a vacation.
I will baby this car because we always keep our cars for a long time. Our oldest car which the oldest son uses is a 1990 Toyota Corolla and it has been through 2 teenage drivers and still runs!!! AMAZING!
Sorry your car has developed some things you don't like as much but it still sounds nice. I am going to buy a dash cover since I have a large dash and also seat covers to protect the material from the extreme heat we have here in the valley. The only thing I don't really like about the car is the inside of the doors are all plastic~no material on it at all. I wonder if they make inside door covers??? Just hope they don't crack under the extreme heat here. I always park my car inside the garage and try to park in the shade when I take 'Lily' shopping with me! Have a good day!

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We still have not sold the RV which is down in Florida on consignment (going on 8 months now). That would take care of a big chunk of the trip if we could get a buyer. However, with the gas prices and economy the way it is and with it being summer in So. Florida. . .

How exciting to have a NEW new car! I like the car we bought in December (2007 Nissan Murano) but it has developed some things we don't like as much; there's nowhere for me to put my purse if we need the cup holders and the cup holders aren't great. There's a lot of nice space "out front" under the windshield, but that's directly in the sun, only works for some things like caps (my husband's bald :-) and a few papers, occasionally a sweater or something on my side, etc. but then it reflects on the windshield for the driver so that's not great either. There's a big storage box/arm rest but you can imagine that problem if I want "in" and my husband's driving and has his arm on the rest. But they're minor things, just a bit annoying. Lots of leg room though, especially in back for passengers and we make it all work.


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We finally purchased a new car the day before Father's Day! I will be the principal driver as I always get the new car to break in. We were looking for a 2011 but we couldn't find any in the brand we wanted so we got a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. It is fantastic and has great air conditioning which was the first question I asked every salesperson!!!
Your trip to London sounds exciting! Just seems like everything is so expensive nowadays. Good thing to make this trip a happy birthday to you, happy anniversary, Merry Christmas, etc. ENJOYI!!!

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So, when are you getting the car? :-)

I don't worry about the stocks, they mostly just sit there giving us dividends to live on we rarely buy/sell. I just have my little "fun" one to see how well I can pick good ones and to have as "mine". LOL

My husband okay'd our going to London in September and I started buying the Tour tickets, air fare, etc. yesterday and it turns out it's going to be 2-3 times more expensive than I thought! So, I wished my husband a happy birthday to me, happy anniversary, Merry Christmas, etc. :-) I won't be buying anything else for about a year and a half I think!


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I wish I had the time and patience and know how to buy and sell stocks. My husband can do a pretty good job but he has to concentrate on his 'real' job nowadays. I did it for about a week and he told me to stop because I could not get the hang of it, plus it was nerve wracking for me!!!
The last major purchase for us was a HDTV only because the analog one went out. I stay at home and could not live without a TV or a computer! A desktop computer is also another major thing we recently bought. Once again only because the one I was using was old and crashed every day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Next big purchase I would like would be a NEW CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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The stock I bought "jumped" up and I sold it and bought a refrigerator with the proceeds on Saturday. I really like the idea of "making" small amounts of money with a single stock and buying things with the selling of it. We use eTrade to buy/sell with so there's an extra $10 when we buy and sell each time but think I'll invest the "principle" I used in something else with hopes of getting another profit in a few months. However, I have to get the stock "approved" by my financial-savvy husband first, can't just buy anything because I "like" it :-)


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I love my new living room furniture. I think it is going to make a great deal of difference in my spirit and whole lifestyle. Already, it's difficult to use my computer plugged in so I'm trying it on battery which will naturally limit how long I can be online. I'll have to plan my computer time, work on what is important to me that day, etc.


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We had our landscaping redone last year for a lot of money but it is the best investment I feel we have made in this house. I love that someone mows now and I don't have to worry about the yard at all and it looks good all the time, etc.

However, we just got a proposal for the Spring cleanup, getting the yard ready for the coming growing year and it's for a lot of money, a lot more than my DH wants to pay. I imagine it is an okay amount but don't know how to convince my husband of that.


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I was struck by either my father arguing with my mother or my husband telling me (see how struck I was, I can't even remember which person pointed it out :-) that money spent on food was not a major part of one's budget. I'd never really thought about it, when I lived alone, I would budget my food money (and then spend more) as I was on a "too small" income.

But, if you thing about it, rent/mortgage, insurances, utilities, etc. are much larger usually and need to be paid whereas there's a little bit of leeway in one's food monies (and should be). It was liberating for me to stop worrying about how much I spent on food and take it as a "given" and, instead, concentrate on my other credit card purchases and reducing them, instead.

Now when I do a rough budget (which always shows we have lots more money than we "need" each month and yet we're still spending too much?) I grab an amount for food out of the air and concentrate on lowering my "extras" I buy on my credit card for my hobbies and interests (books, genealogy research, sewing classes/materials). I've noticed this summer that my "current" interests move around and change; I was into Mafia Wars on Facebook and buying extra points, first guiltily/too much and then on a once-a-week, limited basis and now, not at all.

Have you ever noticed how, over time, we seem to get what we really "want" despite how much money we may or may not have? I remember back 25 years when I was on my own and on a very limited budget and yet could manage to afford what I "shouldn't have" because I wanted it.

Be careful what you "want" as you will probably get it. That may be good or it may not, I can't speak for anyone other than myself. I'm not sorry I spent my money on the Facebook game, I needed/enjoyed that interlude of a month or two; now I'm moving on to other interests, most health and family-related.

But I think one of everyone's major purchases that often isn't seen clearly is one's self :-) Are you saving/not saving? Scrimping on food (for what reason?) Look at what food you're buying; are there more, less expensive items in there rather than "better" quality that you'd eat less of? Do you buy cheaper cuts of meat so you can have meat more often or better cuts of meat so you can truly enjoy and feast the fewer times when you do eat meat? What are you reinforcing in yourself and teaching your children by your choices of how you spend your money?


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