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Happenings at Raging Bear Ranch

November 23, 2009

This weekend was a busy…..finally able to let the kids out of their stalls to kick up their heels and stretch their legs. Last week it rained for almost 4 days straight!

I’ve been working on our Budget for 2010 and goals that we hope to accomplish – have you started on yours? I hope so, it is the only way to keep track of your Money! I am hoping to have our new budget and goals posted by mid – December.

We are ordering another dumpster to finish the garage and some remodeling inside the house.
I told Bear that everthing that was not nailed down was being put on Freecycle/craigslist/ebay and if they didn’t move then they would be donated or in the dumpster.

Hello, my name is Nancy, and I am a hoarder! There I said it – I hoard STUFF and I’m tired of hoarding STUFF so I am systematically going through every nook and cranny in our house and if I can’t reuse, repurpose, or relocate it – it goes.

We are getting estimates for a new roof for our house and I was floored by our first estimate: $10,750.00 – Really, Really now……NOT! Second estimate came in at $7549.00 – Okay, I’m slowly coming out of the frugal coma I went in over the first estimate. We are still waiting for a few more estimates to arrive.

Still trying to convice Duke that he needs to stay in his kennel when we are gone. It’s not like it is an over-crowded situation – it is a huge kennel taking up 1/4 of our yard. He told on himself Friday night when he got himself wedged between two of the wire panels. He was wedged at the top of the panels which are 8 feet high. He was stuck and could not move at all! Bear re-did the panels and I won’t say we have accomplished our goal – I might jinx it – but so far so good!

So far this month – I’m in a frugal coma over this – we have spent outside of our normal budget:
Driver side window replacement in the truck – 172.59
Knock sensor replaced on the truck – 161.48 – You know those pesky little yellow “Check Engine Soon” lights that pop-up when you drive – it really means to check them NOW not soon! Trust me on this – take it as soon as possible. If we hadn’t it would have been much worse!
Tree trimmed – 375.00

Needless to say – we did not anticipate this so we are on a spending freeze for the next 60 days to replinish our Emergency Fund!

I can’t wait for Wednesday afternoon when Bear and I are off work till MONDAY! Four full days together – can’t get any better than that – well it could if we both worked from home and were back in Oklahoma!

I’m planning our garden for next spring – Tomatos, Onions, Peppers, Green Beans, Corn, Okra and maybe some herbs.

It’s been hectic at work trying to get everything done before we go on Holiday and then a short time frame before we are again off for Christmas. Bear and I have decided to make it a Movie Marathon as our Christmas present to each other. There are a few movies we would like to see so we will do this over the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays. Oh, that reminds me, we went to see New Moon yesterday. I have got to get the books! I’m for Team Jacob – who are you for?

We went to get hay today from our hay supplier outside of Alton. We guard our hay contacts like hunters and fisherman guard their hunting and fishing spots! I’m so thankful that we have Kenny as our supplier of hay. He is just Awesome and their hay is top notch! We usually eat lunch in Alton and today we ate at Long John Silver’s for $5.95 for both of us – I had a $2.00 off coupon for a Platter and they give you so much food that we just shared it. We had water!

We ate at Nonna’s yesterday for Lunch – I received a $10.00 gift certificate for my Birthday. They had a wonderful brunch buffet for 7.95 each and we both had water so we both ate for $6.00 with my coupon! We have another $10.00 off that is good through December 24th so I’m sure we will hit the Buffet again. I also received several $$ off coupons, free coupons for my birthday – here is a list:
Red Robin – Free Gourmet Burger & Ice cream Sundae
Ruby Tuesday – Free Burger
LoneStar Steakhouse – $15.00 off coupon – we ate for less than $7.00!
Nonna’s – $10.00 off coupon
Crusoes – $15.00 off Coupon
Nonna’s – Thanksgiving thank you – $10.00 off
Crusoes – $15.00 off anniversary coupon.
Stone Cold Creamery – Free Sundae
Culver’s – Free Sundae
Smokey Bones – $10.00 off coupon
So as you see – it pays to sign up for the E-mail clubs at your local restaurant.

In addition, I received two coupons from Famous Footwear – $15.00 off Gold Card & $10.00 Gift certificate for my Birthday. I still have two pair of almost free tennis shoes so we got Bear a pair of Black Sketchers that he has wanted (he likes black tennis shoes – I don’t) – they were normally $59.99, reduced down to $49.99 but with the two coupons – we paid $25.38 for them which I thought was a great deal.

I did take advantage of the Old Navy – $1.00 off the fleece scarves – a few extra Christmas presents that I will personalize. These are nice – I got me a couple to match the Kohls gloves I got for free last year after Christmas.

I have one more coupon to use for Purina to get a bag and then I can send in my rebate for $15.00 plus my coupon for two free bags when I buy eight! Win-Win with the coupons.

Oh, I also won a $50.00 Amazon.com gift certificate from One2One for participating in the Brandi Carlile review post. I am just so excited – I spend a great deal of time putting these reviews together after listening to the music! I’m am $50.00 closer to my KitchenAid Mixer! Woo Hoo!

If you haven’t checked out the Ranch for a while – be sure to sign up for our Giveaway. We are giving away a Special Edition Original Cast Recording of The Sound of Music and it comes with a Sing Along Guide for your kids – what a perfect way to spend Quality time with your kids while encouraging them to read and appreciate music!

Also, Sony Music has allowed me to put a streaming player of Joshua Bell’s new album At Home with Friends and Sandra Lee has provided some great recipes for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal with Family and Friends!

Also, if you haven’t signed up for Swagbucks – would you consider signing up using my referral and help me get closer to my goal of a KitchenAid Mixer? When your family and friends sign-up you also receive Swagbucks when they earn a swagbuck! Check out how you can maximize your earnings using Swagbucks here.

I went to the Pioneer Woman’s book signing on Tuesday night and it was fun but I was so tired that I was ready to go before I could get my book signed by her but they allowed you to leave your book and she would sign it and then you could pick it up. Her two sons were really cute – her oldest son was workin’ the room, he had all the ladies oohing and ahhing – he will be a heartbreaker for sure! He was signing his name in her cookbook! I got him to sign his name by his picture in the book. His level of concentration while he slowly printed his name was so cute.

Well, Bear is giving me the stink eye as he is ready for bed and I’m starting to get sleepy.

Hope your week goes great – I know mine will with only 3 days to work!


3 Responses to Happenings at Raging Bear Ranch

  1. Walking on Sunshine... on November 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I just came from another blog that had me exhausted by all she has accomplished, and now your blog!!! You are so organized! Hope the roofing project works out and you can get one installed for not so much money. It's amazing how much money we have to spend on things we never really look at!! Wouldn't you rather spend that money on new furniture?? Hope your day is good!

  2. Deb ~ Frugal Living And Having Fun on November 23, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    HI there!!

    Here is your Target Match-ups for the week…as the week goes on, I will be adding more, but it is ready to be linked!!

    How did you like your button? I just couldn't wait to give it to you!


  3. Deb ~ Frugal Living And Having Fun on November 23, 2009 at 3:23 pm

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