- Mu husband’s work Christmas party was last Saturday, and we got a very nice dinner out for free (except for paying the sitter). We even won an Esther Price nut and chocolate gift basket when they gave out door prizes. I don’t care for chocolates, but we now have two big jars of mixed nuts and cashews, which easily cost $6-8 per jar at the store.
- My mom gave us a loaf of bread.
- We have had a bit of a December heat wave this past week, with temperatures in the 60s, so our heat has been off during the day for most of the week.
- My mother babysat Wednesday afternoon so my husband and I could attend an appointment.
- I got an email from CVS offering ExtraCare Bucks for completing a survey. I did it, and got $5 ExtraCare Bucks.
- NPR had a link that allowed you to listen to the entire It’s A Holiday Soul Party album by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Turns out it’s also free for listening on Amazon Prime. There are plenty more free for streaming Christmas albums, including a Charlie Brown Christmas.
- I had a big Nursing Theory paper to write about nursing theorist Hildegard Peplau. (Yes, it is just as fascinating as it sounds.) Google Books had most of a biography about her available online, although some pages were not available. I was able to get all the information I needed that way and did not have to rent the book for $25. I couldn’t get the text from interlibrary loan in time for this week’s work.
- I filled out a survey to get 50 extra Kroger fuel points. I filled up my gas tank (it’s been at least 3 weeks, maybe 4) and got 40 cents off per gallon using fuel points.
- I used Ibotta to get $4 cash back on my grocery trip.
- My manager and director had to come around for my yearly home office check, and they brought me lunch from Panera. So nice!
- We watched Minion on Vudu for free tonight using a $10 gift card I had.
- I start the process of my dental implant in January. I was happy to find out our insurance will actually cover a portion of this, though I don’t know how much. The bad news is, that because of my nickel allergy, I will need a zirconium post, which costs more. The total for the implant before insurance is $2500. Ack! I was expecting $1000, and I’m hoping it will just be $2000 after insurance. I have to pay all costs up front, even though it will be a 4-5 month process. The good news is that this will hopefully set me for life.
- I telecommute, and my work is now requiring that we pay for our own business internet. I had negotiated our residential internet down to $40/month last spring, and now we will be paying $100/month for the business line. On the other hand, I should be able to deduct the percentage of time I use the internet for business (this blog, my work shifts) from our taxes.
- We ate out twice this week.
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