Archive for August, 2016



05
Aug
16

day five

The doctor prescribed a medicine for the pain that I have had in the past and could not remember why I did not like. Today, I was reminded. It makes me extremely nauseous. I hate to throw up and have almost done so three times today. CPI had to be sent on an emergency run for crackers. Blech! Yuck! Needless to say, today’s total was $0.00. At least I didn’t spend anything. ~~TSG

05
Aug
16

day four

As I have mentioned earlier, in the summer full-timers at the college work nine hours Monday-Thursday and take Friday off. Next week is the last week of that schedule before we return to the school-year of eight hours Monday-Friday.

On the last day of each work week, I check the recycle bins for Coke lids. As you may know, mycokerewards.com allows you to enter codes from underneath Coke product lids to redeem for various things. The college makes money from recycling plastics and aluminum from drink and other containers. So, after I enter the codes, I always put the lids back. Still not feeling 100%, but walking does help.

Today’s results:
1. Eight Coke caps at the cost per soda from the machines at work of $1.50: $12.00

Total for the day of: $12.00
~~TSG

03
Aug
16

day three

Back at work today and things went pretty well. To avoid dizziness and extra nuttiness, I have worked out a schedule for taking the three medications I am on that has me taking them at two-hour intervals. It has worked well so far. On to today’s results:

1. Change found around campus: .02 
2. Five packs of wide ruled notebook paper found on the curb and given to a co-worker’s school supply drive: estimated at $1.00 each for a total of  $5.00

This gives me a total for the day of $5.02
~~TSG

03
Aug
16

so, what counts towards the $20 target?

I thought it would probably be a good idea to explain what I am counting as money earned towards my daily $20. The following are sources of income: rebates, money I find on my daily walks around the campus, things I find that I can use or give as presents, sales from Ebay or any other source I end up using to sell finds or creations, anything I win from the contests I enter, anything I am given that I can use or give as presents, coupons that save me money and money I make from scrapping the various things I find that do not work. What doesn’t count: savings from making things myself that I would normally buy and change collected from our cash expenditures. If I think of other things in either category, I will add them as time goes on.

I didn’t go to work today because I needed to give the steroids and other medicines a day to get working well. I figured that, since I would be in pain anyway (being at home allowed me to lay down and find a position that didn’t hurt as bad when I needed to), I could make the run through our neighborhood and to a nearby shopping center where I could get the antibiotic cream FMP needs for an incision from a recent successful out-patient surgery.

Today’s results:
1. Big Red soda cap that had a contest code from beside a dumpster. I am counting the cost to buy a soda from the machine at my office, my usual source for drinks: $1.50. I won a Buy One/Get One (BOGO) coupon with it.
2. Milk glass/gilt deviled egg plate on the curb that I will give my brother-in-love loaded with deviled eggs for Christmas. The number is garnered from sold listings on Ebay. I took the first four completed sales and averaged them: $12.35.
3. Desk chair that CPI can sit in while he games. He is currently sitting on his bed, which gives him a backache. I estimate that it would sell at a yard sale for at least $10.00.

This gives me a total for the day of $23.85. No actual money, but savings on things I would have bought otherwise.
~~TSG

01
Aug
16

The “Scheme”

I have been thinking of several things that we need to have acquire or have done in our lives. Somewhere, I read a suggestion that I write down everything that I needed, wanted or thought would make my life easier; rate them on a 1-10 scale; and then choose three of the highest numbers and give them a time-line. After the three were chosen, I was to estimate their cost per month to the given time-line. These “end costs” were added together to give me how much I needed to bring in extra per quarter, month and day to make them a reality.

My three things are the following (monthly cost):
1. perfecting my pottery skills and perhaps selling on Etsy–$120
2. a down payment on a newer car–at least $300
3. new clothes and shoes to replace my aging wardrobe–$100

This works out to about $20 a day. I intended to start working this program today, since the first of the month seemed like a good time for new beginnings. Instead, I woke up Friday with horrible pain in my left hip. I got through the weekend and went to the doctor this morning. I have sciatica. Wonderful! I spent $25 on the visit. The accompanying medicine was $59.50. So, today ends with me -84.50.  This does not count the $20 I did not figure out how to make. Oh, well, there is always tomorrow.
~~TSG