Friday, December 2, 2016

Go Enter Anne in the Kitchen's Giveaway

Ok, if you like to cook, and even if you don't but you could use some inspiration go over to "New Happenings At the Table" and enter Anne's Cookbook Giveaway!
Anne's a wonderful person and a good cook and she is giving away a local to her cookbook.
The link to enter is on this post HERE.

And if you go over quickly you might be in time to enter into her Christmas Card Swap too.
So don't just sit there reading this, GO!


Net Worth....Dec. 1st Update

We are actually up over $10k from November 1st's net worth overall(only liquid cash/investments/bonds, as I don't count housing or car values).  The retirement accounts were up $7K+ for December 1 from November's calculations and the cash reserve/non-retirement accounts were up almost $3K.

We are up $92,308.80 from one year ago, in the December 1st of 2015's net worth snapshot.  Even with miserable interest rates and a lackluster stock showing lately, over the course of a year it still grows at a decent clip when you have a good chunk of money invested. ;-)  Even though we are mostly out of the stock market with our investments now since we are so close to retiring we still earn a nice hunk because of the size of the pot.

We are still in acquisition mode and Hubs still has a good income.  Unless something unfortuitious happens we should keep rolling along and tucking money away, even with our expanded living costs with 2 grown kids home fulltime, for at least another year+.  The plan is still for Hubs to retire once College Boy graduates college but the moving away piece of the puzzle won't be happening quite as soon as that since Daughter is still living here so she can finish school.

Life happens and is expensive so save as much as you can for those rainy days no matter your age or how close/far away you are from retirement.

Did you increase your net worth last month?
Do you have a retirement plan in place?


Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Boring Blog Box Giveaway for December!

Here it last Giveaway of 2016.

This is the ninth Sluggy's Boring Blog Box Giveaway for the year.
This time it's all about Christmas and Chocolate!

Here is what you can win if your entry is picked.......

1 x Pantene shampoo(w/bonus sample)
1 x Olay body wash
1 x Listerine mouth wash
1 x Arnicare topical pain reliever
1 x Garnier facial cleanser wipes
1 x Colgate toothpaste
1 x Oral-B toothbrush
1 x Yardley lavender soap
2 x Nivea hand cream tins
10 x Reese's candy bells
8 x Lindt pumpkin spice truffles
1 x Cover Girl mascara
1 x Cover Girl eyebrow pencils
2 x Cover Girl eye shadow(1 teal, 1 gray)
1 x Toblerone dark chocolate bar
1 x Soulful Christmas Music CD(Motown type singers/groups)
1 x Boyd's Bear Twinkle Bear w/stocking
2 x No-Nonsense pairs of socks

Closeup shots of the goodies up for grabs......

I'll leave this giveaway open until Sunday, December 11th, at 11:59pm Eastern Time, so that gives everyone a full 10 days to enter this one.  On the 12th I'll mark all the valid entries and use Random dotorg to pick a number and that corresponding person's entry wins. I've allowed a few less days for this one to run so I can get it mailed out before Christmas. 8-)

You may get ONE ENTRY EVERY DAY by leaving a comment on this blog post every day until the Giveaway ends.
Tell me in your comment, what here is the thing you most like to win, do you do Christmas up big or small, what foods are traditional for you to eat/serve at Christmas, the favorite thing you got from Santa as a kid,  your most favorite childhood memory of Christmas, or tell me whatever you feel like telling me in your comment.  8-)

You can also get 3 BONUS ENTRIES by posting this Giveaway on your own Blog OR if you are a Follower of this blog.  Please leave 3 separate entries for these bonus entries with either a link to your blog post where you talk about the giveaway OR the name/ID you follow under so I can verify you follow the blog for these entries.

Disclaimer--This giveaway is open to those with mailing addresses within the US only.
As the cost of postage to foreign countries has gotten to high I can no longer afford to mail boxes outside the US, sorry.  These giveaways are not sponsored by any companies, I pay for it all out of my own pocket.

Please make sure there is a way for me to contact you in your comment.
If you're not a registered Blogger User with your contact information on your User page, please put your email addy in your comment or email me your email addy privately when you leave a comment so I can get ahold of you if you win. If your Blogger associated user profile is a GOOGLE one with those Google Circles nonsense I CAN NOT CONTACT YOU as Google Circles doesn't show your contact info.
I again had to disqualify some entrants in the last giveaway because their profile is linked through Google and not Blogger.  Please check your profile!  And if you ARE entering through a Blogger profile PLEASE have contact info(email addy)in that profile.  If I can't access your email addy I can't contact you so email me your email addy privately or add your email address to your User Profile.  If you have sent me your email addy privately for a previous giveaway I still have it on file so no need to resend it for this giveaway.

If I can't contact you then you can't win.  I have had to disqualify more readers than I care to due to this issue and I sure don't want it to happen again.  Thanks!

So let's get this started!


Rite-Aid 4 Day Sale Freebies

Be sure to get up to Rite-Aid by Saturday for the 4 Day Sale running Wednesday through Saturday.

Here are the freebies you can score......

Regular sized Kit-Kat and Reese's candy are on sale 3 for $2.00 and they give back $2 in Plenti Points=free chocolate!!!

Plus while you are there ask a cashier for a Friends & Family Sale coupon.....

Saturday is the F&F sale day and with this coupon you get 30% off everything(exclusions apply)unless the sale price is lower than 30% off.

If anyone needs Fragrance Gift Sets for gifts this Christmas this is the week to buy them at Rite-Aid.

Select $15.99 and over ones qualify for a Spend $50/Get $10 back in Plenti Points.

If you purchase them on Saturday you get 30% off each set but that's just the beginning.

Here's what the deal looks like--

Buy 2 x $15.99=$31.98
Buy 2 x $21.99=$43.98

30% F&F discount off on Saturday=$53.17 + tax

Use 4 x $2/1 IPQs from coupons dotcom(Stetson, Nautica, Vera Wang, Addidas, Beyonce, etc.)
$53.17-$8 Qs=$45.17 + tax

Then you get $10 back in PPs so $35.17 + tax OOP

Submit for $8 in Ibotta cash rebates(make sure you only buy 1 of each qualifying fragrance set as there is a limit of 1 rebate per fragrance brand), so $35.17-$8 rebates=$27.17+ tax.

Plus if you have your Rite-Aid card linked to SavingStar there is a $5 Refund when you buy $30 of select Coty fragrance sets(some of these are the ones that qualify as part of the Spend $50/Get $10 in PPs at Rite-Aid Deal), so if you buy the right sets you could get another $5 off making this $22.17 + tax OOP or $5.54 + tax per gift set.

That's an amazing price if you need fragrance sets!