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Update-Road Trip

September 29th, 2015 at 04:10 am

Since my job isn't going well and my mom has been pretty sick up in Michigan, I have been picking up a lot of mystery shopping. I have done shops on my lunch hour, on my way home, and weekends. She has been in and out of the hospital for a month and is in ICU with congestive heart failure right now. My daughter and I have decided to drive up. We leave Sunday. I am glad we made the decision because my mom isn't improving.

My daughter is in SW Florida and I am in the panhandle so she has to drive nine hours up here to meet me. She will spend the night Saturday and we will take off early Sunday. I do have a week's vacation so at least I get paid. This time off will also give me time to think about a long term solution job wise.

I am using short term savings to pay for the extra gas. The trip should be cheap. We will stay at my parents and I picked up some food shops so we won't make much of a dent in my parent's grocery budget.

By time I return the money will start coming in for all of the mystery shopping I did this past month. I really want to beef up my savings and pay down my credit card. I can't wait to get back on track.I have felt so discombobulated most of this year.

Snowflake Update

September 25th, 2015 at 04:17 am

3 $3 Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks

1 $1 Amazon gift card from MPoints

I also earned other "snowflakes" that I am not cashing in just yet.


September 16th, 2015 at 03:51 am

Between Monday and today:

-$3 Amazon gift card from Swagbucks

-$2 Amazon gift card from Mpoints

-$5 cash from Instagc (going to savings)

All of the Amazon I accumulate is going to be my Christmas budget this year.

Getting My Cr*p Together

September 13th, 2015 at 10:25 am

I am holding my own doing my best to maintain a good attitude despite my job and marriage woes. I am not ready to talk about my marriage, but it is not headed in a positive direction despite my efforts.

As you know, I feel like my job is out of my league and I wonder how long I can last at it. I also found out this week the big boss gave his notice. He said he can't drink the corporate Kool-Aid anymore (He doesn't like how things are being run). All of this has kicked my butt in gear. I have looked into how to get on the sub list for the county. I think I will do so. I can always take a day off per month to sub to keep in the loop. If I ever do lose my job, I can bef up the subbing. I am also picking up what I can for mystery shopping.

In addition to all of this, I am working on the smaller ways to earn including Swagbucks,Instagc, mPoints, Epoll, and Pinecone. I am using all of these small items to earn Amazon and or Paypal. Any money going to Paypal from the snowflakes is being split between debt and savings. The mystery shopping is split this way too.

All of this does not eliminate my anxiety, but I know it's small steps in a positive direction.

Today's snowflake is $9 from Pinecone. I transferred $5 to savings and $4 to my credit card.


September 3rd, 2015 at 05:09 am

I haven't posted much because my mood has been horrible and I don't know what to do. As you know, I moved to FL for a job back in March. I do not love the job. I don't hate it, but it makes me extremely anxious. I have had very little training despite being told not to worry when I was hired. It is a new field for me. The little training I do get comes after I have to take care of items (i.e. budgets). I fear if something doesn't go right, I will be fired despite it really not being my fault. We work for very entitled people and my bosses will stick up for them to make them happy even if they are dead wrong. I am purposely being a bit vague since I am airing my grievances on the internet.

It makes me sad because I moved the whole family. We are "stuck" now. My son graduates in 2017 and has settled nicely, so I need to stay here for two years. I do like the area and can deal with the job for now. I guess all I can do is keep my eyes open for other opportunities in the area. It doesn't help that my husband has not found a job here yet and isn't putting in a whole lot of effort.

I had plenty of mystery shopping work in NH, but here the options are limited, but I am filling my weekends the best I can to try and save up more money in case anything does happen with my job.

I am a firm believer in things happen for a reason, so I will try my best to be optimistic that better times will be coming soon (I hope!).

Time to quit venting and head to work. Thanks for "listening".