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Scrambling for a gift

June 10th, 2014 at 02:57 pm

Yesterday I realized that my Florida DIL's birthday was way sooner than I expected -- like in four days! I always think it's later in the month.

So I scrambled to get together a nice (mailable) present without breaking the bank. I looked at her Amazon list, and, happily, I had a copy of one of the books she wants, and it's in like-new condition. So that was wrapped and went into the box. I also had a darling gold helicopter pin that I picked up a a garage sale. I put it in a pretty box, wrapped it, and it went into the box. I had a Kohl's $10 gift card, so I went and found a pretty infinity scarf in her favorite colors marked down from $28 -- I only paid $6 out of pocket. Put it in a velvet bag and put that into the box. My big spending was on the nail polish she wanted. I went to Ulta and picked up two bottles of Opi -- no deal on that - $17. Carefully wrapped each in tissue paper and wrapped them up in a nice little box. So she has four things to open, including the velvet bag. And two of them are from her wish list.

And I hope to heck she doesn't read my blog! (I don't think so. I've really tried to keep it secret from my family.)

I will mail the box today.

Yesterday, as I mentioned, I had two boxes to mail -- one a box of books for my sister and the other some clothes, books and puzzles for my granddaughter. The two packages were $19.

I didn't pack breakfast this morning so I stopped at McDonald's and got an Egg McMuffin and coffee for $4.

But I packed lunch, and I will get a free dinner tonight -- working at a golf outing, selling raffle tickets and helping with the auction. There is always a nice buffet dinner there.

I learned yesterday that my boss DID get the job at the museum. Now it remains to be seen if I can actually follow her there!

Quick edit: I just applied for a Chase Freedom card, since my Quicksilver is getting near the $500 mark. Already approved! I actually applied a few days ago, too, but I must have skipped something in the app, as nothing happened.

5 Responses to “Scrambling for a gift”

  1. My English Castle Says:
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    Oooh--I'm pulling for your museum job. Nice gifts for the DIL!

  2. creditcardfree Says:
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    Thanks for posting about the gift. I just realized that my mother in law's birthday is Friday and that Father's Day is this weekend not next!

    Yes, keep us posting on any job change that comes your way.

  3. snafu Says:
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    Terrific job getting a gift box together and mailed so quickly. I'm sure DDIL will be thrilled with the gifts and your thoughtfulness. Sending positive vibes for the job at the museum. What's driving the desire to change employment? Is the location easier to get to? The work more interesting? Will the work be easier? Are you interested in working longer than your eligibility for retirement? Improved benefits? Lots of factors to consider...

  4. CB in the City Says:
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    It would be a better commute, more money, and with any luck I would be able to work longer. I'm dealing with a pretty toxic workplace right now, commuting 3 hours a day, and haven't had a raise in five years. And we're in a freeze and I won't get one. Any change would be wonderful for me, but this one is to a prestigious institution that is much loved by my family -- and the whole city. It would be an awesome place to end my career.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:
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    Good luck with the museum job!!

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