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Olive Garden To Go

May 14th, 2006 at 06:00 pm

After church service, while leaving the parking lot we called in our order at Olive Garden. We used a $25 gift card and for an extra $5.77 we purchased enough to feed five adults (dividing entrees, salads, soup, and bread).

I arrived at the "packed" O.G. parking lot, pulled up to the front door take out reserved parking spot, went inside and was out in under five minutes.

I saved much moola (did not buy beverages), no tip required since their was no server, and saved at least an hour of time at the restuarant.

We returned home in about 12 minutes and spent a relaxing meal with family around the dinner table.

Consider take out......in and out in a Flash!

Le$$ons Learned

May 13th, 2006 at 10:12 pm

Earlier in the calendar year, I had to call a plumber to fix a leaking shower faucet. It killed me to part with the money, but I could not for the life of me figure out how to remove the existing faucet/fixture without damaging the plumbing.

I asked permission to watch the "expert" while he did the repair so that any future repairs would be DIY. He agreed, and gave me some pointers and sure enough I was able to fix the 2nd shower on my own.

I saved on a plumber's house call and the mark-up on parts. It went real well for a first timer. NOT usually the case for me.
No extra parts, no exra holes in the wall, and no leaking faucet!

Welcome to New Bloggers

May 8th, 2006 at 01:55 am

Great to see the new bloggers that have joined recently.

It's always easier to travel your finacial journey with a friend(s).

Looking forward to learning from each of you. Always fun to read of others successes and trials and errors.

Welcome one and all.

Yard Work/Lawn Service

May 1st, 2006 at 03:05 pm

Working around the yard to eradicate weeds. Geez...seems hopeless.

I waited too long to use pre-emergent weed killer. Pulling by hand, and spot treating where possible.

Hope that fertilizer will make the "good" grass spread and choke out many of the "unwanteds".

I was visited by a lawn care service a few weeks ago, and I almost gave in to the service, but I decided to give it a try on my own. At least until the summer heat becomes unbearable...I'll do the work myself. I need the exercise and enjoy working in the yard.



Sick Auto

May 1st, 2006 at 02:53 pm

I spent $330 on my daughter's automobile on Friday. Her air conditioning was out and the fuel ejection system was leaking (a safety hazard), so repairs were necessary. Good thing that the emergency fund was plenished. No CC necessary...and that's a good feeling.

I also used a mechanic friend who was between jobs and looking for extra income. We both benefitted from the exchange.