Archive for the 'The Scheme' Category



02
Jan
17

happy 2017!!!

I have been a bit neglectful of my blogs. I will be trying to rectify this in the new year.

CPI has been accepted at Texas A&M University. This fills me with great pride and a little bit of panic. As you know, a university education is rather expensive. I am really glad that my new job will help pay for that. In addition, I will be directing “The Scheme” towards that end. Since I have not really kept up with it, I will just give you the end total as far as I can tell. I took in about $173.77 by finding money and scrapping metals I found.

For an anthropology class I was taking, I wrote an ethnography (study of a society or group in a society) about “side hustles”; things people do outside their regular jobs to bring in money or other items of value. I interviewed people who had various hustles. The only hustles I got enough information on to write about were dumpster diving and buying storage units. My experiences in looking for things to scrap or use became part of what is called “participant observation”, an anthropological technique. I got an A+ on the paper; a nice little bonus. I was taking the class to determine if I like anthropology enough to take a master’s degree in it. The answer is “yes”. Of course, I may have to delay this a bit as CPI needs a bachelor’s more than I need a master’s. On the other hand, The Scheme may eventually generate enough to let me do both at once. That would be really cool.

For the time being, however, my new plan is to put the boy through A&M on trash. Won’t that be fun?~~TSG

31
Oct
16

scheming, the halloween edition

Since last time, I have found $4.12 in change. Also, I start a new job tomorrow that pays enough more to cover the $20 per day estimate. Just think how much faster I can reach my goals now!

16
Oct
16

Scrap Run #2

Yesterday, FMP had to work a special event, so I prevailed upon CPI to drive the truck to the scrap yard. The seat belt on the driver’s side is broken and FMP bolted it to the floor to fit him while we looked for a replacement. We finally found one, but haven’t had time to install it. Unfortunately, the guys are much smaller across the hips than I am. This is how CPI came to be driving his perfectly capable mom to the scrap yard. Safety first.

On this run, we had some copper pipe that a neighbor had given me when he found out I was scrapping. This was the major money-maker. For the entire load, we got $50.30. In addition, I have found $3.43 in change since we last “spoke”. This is for a grand total of: $53.73. I gave CPI $10.00 for taking time to drive down to the yard. So, I netted $43.73.

I’m off to enter the codes from caps I have found and taken off my own drinks. There are 16 on my desk at the moment. I am sure there are more in my purse, which I am going to look for now. Have a great week!~~TSG

11
Sep
16

back to “scheming”

Since the last time I reported on the scheme, I have collected $2.28 in loose change from various sources. Also, we turned in the scrap we had gathered up through last Saturday and separated out into various categories. The truck was not tightly packed at all and I decided that, if we got at least $20, it would be worth it to try it on a more serious basis. We made $26.60 ~~TSG

03
Sep
16

days twenty-seven to thirty-three

August turned out to be a very hard month for us. I have collected $2.03 since the last time I posted and saved $20.00 at the grocery store today with coupons and marked-down items for a grand total of $22.03.  ~~TSG

27
Aug
16

day twenty-six

It has occurred to me that I would never buy at one time the number of Cokes whose caps I find on a typical Friday (today was not typical). The real value of the caps is the items I get for free to use or give as presents. So, while I will continue to record the number of caps I find, I will not assign them a monetary value. I will determine that when I redeem my points. Summer Session ended on the 20th and Fall Session starts Monday. The buildings are empty except for faculty, staff and those with business in the administration building. Today’s cap haul reflects the lack of traffic on most of the campus: three caps.

I also found $.28 in various machines on my daily walk. ~~TSG

26
Aug
16

day twenty-five

Found $.38 today.~~TSG

25
Aug
16

day twenty-four

Found a penny and a dime: $.11~~TSG

24
Aug
16

days seventeen through twenty-three

Things have been a bit crazy around here as we approach the beginning of the semester. Since last time, I have found $1.28 and saved $5.00 with coupons for a total of $6.28 ~~TSG

17
Aug
16

day sixteen

I am afraid that there is not going to be a lot of excitement regarding “the scheme” for a bit. This is the busy season at the college and it is all I can do to get in my daily walk. As we near the beginning of the fall semester, that may even become impossible. Nevertheless, I can keep my eyes open and that is what I did. As a result, I found a quarter in the coin return of one of the vending machines this morning: $.25
~~TSG