Thursday, January 12, 2012

Post Office Vent

I do not need stress at the moment. Fact is I can't think of one person that does.

Since December 16th the Post Office has lost not one but TWO packages I have mailed to customers. Both have had delivery confirmation and insurance on them. Funny thing is I have now wasted almost 2 hours (mostly waiting in line) trying to get things sorted out. Their website has different information than the office/supervisors I have spoken with and I am getting nowhere. They wont even let me file for the insurance until it has been 30 days since it was lost! #%@%^#$&^%^#&

I have always tried to use the post office for shipping orders to support them but right now I don't even want to buy stamps. This is not good for my business and not good for my customers.

Ok, off my soap box...going to get a pedicure and relax. Has the post office lost anything you have sent?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Weekly Money Checkup

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1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on a new duvet cover. For some reason ours was getting little holes in a few places. I only spent $60 and since even my husband was noticing the spots he was happy. I have been on such a role paying things off though I hated to spend that.

2. Today I am thankful I finally was able to sleep in. I haven't been sleeping much and I feel much better at the moment. Kerrie+no sleep=not someone you want to be around....just ask my husband.
3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was finally transfer our music library to my laptop. I am still cleaning up our music mess but now I am not worried our old desktop will crash. Not sure why I was paranoid about it since we have it backed up on our external hard drive.

4. I will consider this week a success if I get anything done at all. Since I started the day out late from sleeping in getting something done other than general housework would be nice. I still have a few things I need to do this week to make my life easier.

5. If I could change one thing about my home it would be the flooring. We could really use new carpet but that requires the concrete being fixed in the family room (about $1000). I have no clue how much new carpet/padding will cost as I haven't measured. I also would like new wood/laminate in the dining/kitchen because it doesn't match and it was not installed correctly. Pretty sure both of those are pipe dreams at the moment! 

My plan for paying everything off got set back Saturday by over two months due to another bill with our insurance. Astronomical Bills+Zero Sleep=Super upset Kerrie I am kicking myself for letting us spend more on Christmas for each other but am glad at the same time because this is going to be the year of as little spending as possible. I can't cut back on much else bill wise unless someone can talk my husband out of cable (it is really his one entertainment though). We are pretty lenient with what we spend on gas for the cars since we moved here because we want to see people but that has got to end. My husband already scheduled a trip in March for a wedding...I am at the point I don't want to budget for food. Ack! I hate bills!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Weekly Money Checkup...on Tuesday

I am behind again! :) Yesterday was a day to get little things finished up before my husband had to go back to work. Not everything got done but most of it is complete. Hopefully I have the energy to finish a few more things on our list today.

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on $28 on handles for the kitchen drawers. I redid paint/knobs/hinges on the cabinets about a year ago and never got around to the drawers. Finally we have a finished product! Why did I wait so long when it was under $30?

2. Today I am thankful so many little projects are finished. It is nice when your wish list (you know the one that usually never gets done) has shrunk considerably. I also am really thankful that I double budgeted our electric/gas bill this paycheck and discovered Sunday we had extra money to pay on our debt. Not an hour after that the washing machine sounded like it was going to blow up. Lucky me my husband was home for once to hear it in its terror. I really hope it can make it another 6 months....we will see. :(

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was go through all the extra parts that come with anything you have to assemble. I always save them and usually don't remember what most of the pieces do. We saved the parts my hubby thought would be good and chucked the rest. Yea to de-cluttering!

4. I will consider this week a success if I scrub both of our tubs. The master needs done badly and my husband has the faucets taken apart in the guest tub to fix what I thought would be simple. When you turned the water on it came out of the shower head when it only should have been coming out of the tub faucet. Long story short he is now replacing all the parts (not in great shape) so no one gets unexpectedly sprayed. Husbands muddy boots=me cleaning tub. He would probably clean it for me but since I initiated the mess I am going to clean it up.

5. On New Years Eve we drove over to some friends of ours that just moved close. Her kids just moved here last week so we had a little home party. They bought a bunch of lego kits. We built the ship from Pirates of the Caribbean, I was impressed how detailed those kits are. Different spin on a party but fun.  

Hopefully my phone is charged up as I need to call the post office which lost a package going to a customer that had both delivery confirmation and insurance on it. I am not looking forward to using up my minutes and being on hold. I have a feeling after I call I am going to be making another bracelet and shipping it just so my customer gets her item. I always use the post office to support it but the issues the last few months are driving me nuts! Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

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