Friday, January 27, 2017

five on friday

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{1} As part of my effort to live more minimally, I have gotten rid of basically every sweater I owned because they were all way too small (and I actually only bought 1 of them; the rest were either secondhand from friends or gifts). Except now I don't have any sweaters of the cardigan type variety. I LOVE this one (and also the fact that it is ethically produced) but I can't bring myself to spend that much on a sweater. Back to the drawing board.

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{2} It's tax season. I got my W-2's and now I'm just waiting on the other tax statements (student loans, 401(k), etc.) so I can file away. It's looking like we might get a decent return this year (thanks, Etta!) but we will likely be using it to pay off our van. This year and last year I used the free version of H&R Block.

{3} I've talked about them before, but these ten-minute pickles are EVERYTHING (and Shannan is hands down one of my favorite bloggers ever). Elden requested I make them again while we were grocery shopping the other day and I had everything except the cucumber on hand so I happily agreed. I threw them together last night and naturally he turned his nose up at them and insisted on the store-bought ones in our fridge instead. Edith, however, scarfed down approximately 2/3 of them right before her bath. Looks like I'll be picking up another cucumber this weekend!

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{4} Elden has this nightlight (he calls it his 'Christmas light' because my sister got it for him for Christmas a few years back). Edith is at the point now where she insists she is scared of the dark and has mentioned wanting a light like Elden's. Looking into getting her this version because $$.

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{5} We are planning on flying Southwest to Atlanta in the fall. There are no flights posted yet for that time so we aren't sure what we're going to be looking at from a financial commitment, but if the current fares are any indicator it will probably cost us somewhere between $600-$1000 for the five of us. I remembered a friend of mine telling me about how he had opened a Southwest credit card before he made a cross-country move because if you spend $2000 in the first 3 months you get 50,000 bonus points for your Southwest rewards account. Based on my investigation, I'm pretty confident we could pay for all five of us in points if we had that many. We are still responsible for taxes on the flights and there's a $69 annual fee on the credit card, but $50 in tax + $69 annual fee is still a whole lot less than $600-$1000 on airfare. If we switch all our necessary spending to the credit card over the next three months (water bill, groceries, gas, etc.) we should be able to hit that $2000 pretty easily without accruing interest at an ungodly rate. What are your money-saving travel tips?

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5 comments:

  1. I love Southwest!! As strange as it sounds, I would suggest not booking too early. I think fares tend to be better if you look about 2 months in advance (that's been my experience anyway). I also have better luck booking on Tuesday or Wednesday. Good luck!!

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  2. Dill pickles are one of my favourite snacks. And pickles in general always make things better so I am going to have to try that recipe!

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  3. I love dill pickles! I have a recipe somewhere on my blog too, it's from my Mama and they are soooo good! Oh I know the feeling of paying for 5 plane tickets, ouch! When we all flew last to Disney, we opened a Chase Visa and they had a similar awesome promo going on with spending a certain amt in the first couple months, we basically had enough in points to pay for all the flights, I think we ended up with $100 out of pocket, not bad! I would do the Southwest one for our trip later this year to Disney but they only fly out of one airport that we dont really like going to, but it sounds like a great option!

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  4. OOoh I need to try those pickles! Yum! We just got our W2s this week -- now it's dreaded tax time. :(

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  5. I've been seeing that H&R Block ad and was skeptical, so I'm glad to hear that it's actually free! And pickles you can make at home in 10 minutes? Intriguing!

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