Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Little of This...A Little of That

Good Saturday morning!

Wow! Taking a break from blogging is pretty tough. I have missed hearing from you (although I will admit I read some of your blogs this week!) Limiting my computer time was tough, but it was also very freeing. 

Last night the swimming season was officially over.  I love the swimming season, but I must admit I am glad that it is over. Maybe it's because I have a lot on my plate right now. Or maybe it's because the grueling schedule is tiring after 4 months. I don't know. I'm just glad that it's over.

Of course, I am not excited, AT ALL, that school starts in 48 hours. We did meet the teachers last week and they seem very nice. I cannot believe that this is the last year The Boy will be in elementary school. When did that happen?

I remember 5th grade. Vividly. It was not my best year. 

Anyway...I am getting ready to post on Comparison tomorrow. But I need help!  I want to do a Mr. Linky but it looks like you have to pay for it. Is that true? Has anybody else used this widget without having to pay for it?  

If there is a fee for the widget, I probably won't buy it. Instead I will just email those who said they were going to write their own post on Comparison and I will link you directly from my post tomorrow. If you have decided that you want to write about it too, let me know so that I can link you.

Last but not least...This question has been burning in my blog post queue for awhile:

Are you strategic about making change?  

I am  not talking life changes here, I am talking about money.

A few weeks ago The Mister and I took the kids to get some ice cream and he was lamenting that I had so many pennies in my car but not any quarters, dimes, or nickels.

I learned something new about my handsome man that night: He strategically uses coins so that he doesn't end up with pennies. He likes to keep less than 5 pennies (to use only in moments when it will keep him from accumulating more pennies). 

Occasionally I will do this when it is obvious, and results in getting back whole dollars. But not to keep from getting pennies. 

I am interested in knowing if you do this too.

So the July Random Poll:

Are you a strategic money changer?


Lindsay said...

Well since I never have cash.. I guess I am strategic ;-) because I never get pennies back with my Debit card.. But when I actually do have cash I usually dont think about using pennies up and stuff like that.

Jackie said...

Yay, you're back from your blogging break! :)

Hmmm...we typically use cash to pay for everything, and I love to use up my change if at all possible. However, I also don't mind collecting the leftover change and throwing it in a jar...every couple of months I roll it up, and I'm always amazed at how much we've accumulated. So, I can't say I give it as much thought as your hubby does. :)

C D said...

I like saving pennies -- so I'm all about acquiring them :D.

And you don't watch enough tv to justify having a DVR/TiVo ... you're WAY too busy :D :D

Remember, this is the thing himself & I have in common... slothful tv watching.

Carrie and Jim said...

My husband in more concerned with numbers and would pay attention to things such as having certain types of coins. Me not so much. I usually have no cash or change (I pay with plastic.)

BTW- I actually liked the 5th grade. I remember it being pretty uneventful which was good for me. It was a long,long,long time ago.

Good luck with that!

Ali said...

I'm like you--I use change when it will come to the exact amount so I can get back dollars. But my husband can't be bothered with math always gets loose change back--pennies and everything:)

Michele said...

Glad you're back to blogging. I have prayed for you this week as you are getting the kiddos to start back to school. Strategic money changer - me? Not really. We actually sponser a ministry call Love-A-Child and we have a change box in our kitchen where we put all of our spare change. When it is full, we cash it in and then send it the ministry. I first got involved in this through my mother-in-law. This money supports children who live in Haiti who eat mud b/c they are so hungry. I read my children a story about these kids. My chidren were so moved they immediately went all over our house looking for change - under the sofa, under the cushions, in the junk drawers. You name it, they looked. The result? $77 in change just lying around our home when there were people out there starving. I was so convicted!!! So that is what we do with our extra change. I try to put it in our change box ASAP so that we are not tempted to spend it.

Michelle@Life with Three said...

Being strategic about making change would require me to do a lot of math in my head, which I try to avoid at all costs. :) So, no. I do what you do -- use change only when it will result in me getting dollars back.

Anonymous said...

I'm a no-cash girl, so I rarely have change!

Anonymous said...

I very rarely use cash. When I do though, I am like the Mister in that I avoid getting pennies back in change if at all possible.

Here's a secret though: I'm not so great at math. Couple that with the fact that I normally have at least two children running around when I am paying who tend to distract me a bit. So, sometimes my efforts to end up with less pennies don't really work out so great, but I try. :)

Chel said...

I never use change. It's always my debit card or paper money. I collect all of the change in the van and in the bottom of my handbags and keep it in a jar until I have something I want to splurge on. Then, I head to the Coinstar & hope for the best. I'm always surprised at how much that spare changed ends up being.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Am I a strategic money changer?

Heavens, no! I've never even thought about it to tell you the truth!

Great question.