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Day One Hundred Thirty-Seven

July 8th, 2016 at 06:08 am

Calories: 1673

I'm having trouble getting my calories down post-vacation. I think the heat is a factor. I don't want to cook, so I'm grazing....

Yesterday I said I would spend the day at home, but then I remembered that I had a $5 Goodwill coupon that I needed to use before it expired. So I went to Goodwill and spent quite a bit of time there. Which was nice, because it was air-conditioned!

I spent $68. Only $3 was for me -- three small Pyrex bowls. The rest was gifts -- mostly books and clothing, which will go to my grandchildren, my sister and my BIL.

One item was $10 and I didn't notice; it was a shirt that was brand-new with tags. I assumed it was $5 like the other shirts, but they marked it higher. I probably wouldn't have bought it had I noted the price, but it was still a good deal. The original tag was marked $50.

The $5 coupon did not quite compensate for the tax!

I did not expect to spend this much, but having gifts stockpiled will really help at birthdays and Christmas.

I have been earning points on the AARP site. Since I am a member, I get double points on quizzes and other activities. It's more interesting than doing surveys. The points are only good for discounts on gift cards, so you can't get one free, which is a disappointment, but every little bit helps.

4 Responses to “Day One Hundred Thirty-Seven”

  1. snafu Says:

    I'm enjoying your retirement themed blog. It's helping me adjust my thinking. We don't have AC and I've a list of fav hang-outs to visit for AC comfort on blistering days. I wondered if you'd share your system of tracking gifts bought well in advance of the specific occasion.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Mostly I just store the gifts in a big laundry basket in my closet. When birthdays come up, I check it. When I get closer to Christmas time, I start keeping lists of what I have set aside for whom. Very informal.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Like snafu, I always enjoy CB's updates. You both have made my life richer!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Gee, thanks to you both!

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