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$119.19

April 19th, 2015 at 05:38 am

My dad has been getting creative with his numbers in the past for birthday's giving us $100.40 to represent our fortieth year. My parents have gifted us every year for our anniversary also. It has almost always been $100. This year the check was written for $119.19 for our 19th wedding anniversary. He's getting a little more generous!

Our anniversary was last Sunday. We were actually together that day. It didn't really feel to special as we were looking a rental properties in our new state. But we were together and that always feels better!

The check was given to us just before my trip to the east. I tucked it into a drawer knowing we would be having showings for our home. Until last night I had completely forgotten about it which I knew was a possibility when I did it. Luckily, I happened upon it last night. I will deposit it this morning.

For the sake of simplicity and to make some more debt payoff progress I'm counting it as a snowflake. It will further reduce the debt we have on the Citi card, which is a good thing. The beginning balance on the card was $686.27. This snowflake will bring beginning year balance to $337.59.

What do you think of my dad's creativity with his gift?

7 Responses to “$119.19”

  1. laura/deacon's wife Says:


    Love it! My mother has in the past tucked $50 bills into blown up balloons and wrapped them up. These are the little things that we will always treasure about our parents. As for me, I think that spontaneity and playfulness are always appreciated. Happy anniversary! We are the 25 on 5/5. We aren't sure whether or not we'll have a trip to the Philippines to pick up our gift or not, so we're holding off on anything grand, just dinner out.

  2. scottish girl Says:

    Lovely!

  3. snafu Says:

    How wonderful to see that all the large unknowns typical of a cross country move are all falling into place without the bumps that worry the rest of us. House sold , de-clutter . What date have you settled for pack-up team and actual moving van appointment? How exciting to start researching all the features and events of interest in a new location.

    Have you made a plan for what's to be done with the significant payout realized from the sale of the house since you'll be renting? No matter your risk tolerance, I suggest you look at the highest available national bank rates and lowest bank/CU fees for day-to-day banking in your new location.

    How lovely of your dad to acknowledge special milestones like birthdays and anniversaries. Both DH and I lost parents a few years after we married. There are very much missed at all our celebrations. No need to ever tuck away a gift of a cheque. The banks have an instant deposit process. Merely take a photo of front and back of cheque, and forward data to deposit to your bank account. It's safe, secure, simple, fast, efficient and appreciated by issuers who find it frustrating when cheques are late to clear.

    ...just some unedited thoughts...

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    snafu, our requested date for household goods (HHG) pick up is June 11. They usually pack a day or two before. No plan for home proceeds yet, but it is on my list!

    I usually deposit online with my mobile phone. I was just lazy and had so many other things on my mind. You are right it only takes a minute. It wasn't really lost and I did come across it within a week of receiving, but good advice for others!

  5. Amber Says:

    Awesome idea your parents have and congratulations on knocking that CC debt down!
    Happy anniversary and birthday

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Happy anniversary!

    What a fun way to give a gift Smile

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