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October 1st, 2015 at 07:33 am

I feel so far behind here on this blog!

I have paid off all of the transactions we put on credit cards in the last two weeks off. It's so nice how YNAB just keeps setting that money aside and the money is there to pay it. I'm going to continue paying credit cards every pay day. I don't wait for due dates usually. Oh, and I will need to buy YNAB in the next two days. I did put the cost in the budget, of course.

I was able to make a $336 payment to our Citi card that we've had a monthly balance on, but no interest. The new balance is $650. I'm pretty sure I need to pay this by the end of the month so I'm not charged any interest! I think that will be no problem. We have over 20K points that we need to redeem too. Probably for gift cards. Once that is all complete I think I'm closing this one. Along with a few others that really aren't being used.

I accumulated quite a few snowflakes. I was hoarding Amazon gift cards in hopes of buying something I wanted. I did get there, but now the item is back ordered and won't arrive for a few weeks. Today I used $30 worth of gift cards to buy Tenzi, a dice game my daughter wanted. I paid extra to make sure it arrived tomorrow. We have company coming and may get stuck in the house while Joaquin goes by our area later this weekend. So my earnings for my want became earnings for my daughter's want. Smile

We have made airline reservations for the Thanksgiving holiday. I paid $882.18 for three of us to fly. The deal wouldn't have been as great if it weren't for that Southwest Companion Pass that my daughter has through the end of the year. So far we have only used it twice, but it sure has been a bonus! We also used hotel reward points to secure a hotel before and after the flights because one is super early and the other arrives pretty late in the evening and we have a drive to get back home since this airport isn't in our town.

I made sure to make a payment to ourselves for the tuition we covered from our savings account. This extra is really coming from the savings in changing our W2 withholding. It sure helps to have a plan!

In other expense news, my youngest daughter has been invited to go on a trip to Europe the summer of 2017. We have to pay for it, as it is two teachers going that are getting the tour together. It is definitely educational in nature. My daughter wants to go and other than the cost there is no reason she shouldn't go. The cost is $4345 for 14 days. We don't have to sign up yet...the latest we can decide is February 2016. Decisions, decisions.

I'll try to get a tally of my snowflakes posted in the next few days.

My 31 Days of Decluttering and Organizing has begun today. Go here to view.

4 Responses to “Random Stuff”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    My friend's daughter went on a study tour last year to Italy and really loved it! An Aunty paid some money so she could go and then grandparents gifted money too so my friend didn't have to foot the entire bill.

  2. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    How did you get the companion pass? My friend has sent her daughter to Israel, South Africa, and Belize for school stuff.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What a wonderful opportunity for your daughter! I would have dearly loved to have done something like that when I was her age (shoot, I'd love to do it now!)

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    @LAL, the companion pass was earned in 2014. I opened a Southwest Premier Visa and earned 50K bonus points early in the year. Then during the last quarter I opened a Southwest Plus Visa for the 55K bonus points. Along with spending earnings I earned the qualifying 110K points needed to get a companion pass.

    I didn't even plan it. I had heard of the offer, but didn't realize I had opened them both in my name in the same year. I won't qualify again as we don't travel that often or use the card except for Southwest purchases. I'm not sure they offer the Plus card any longer.

    Just lucky to get the companion pass it seems!

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