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Debt – As of yesterday, I am officially free of credit card debt! I had over $6000 of charges racked up this time last year, so the relief I feel is exquisite.

Cats – I cannot stand having pets in the house. Don’t get me wrong… I love my cats, but life has become a constant cycle of lint rollers, cleaning up cat vomit, and scooping litter boxes. I’m beginning to think that it’s really not worth all the effort.

The Strangers – This was one of the most suspenseful, terrifying movies that I’ve ever seen. I screamed so loud that we were afraid the neighbors might call the police.

Neighbor – Our 90-year-old neighbor took an ambulance ride to the emergency room last night because she was feeling really bad. Turns out the bottom number of her blood pressure was only eighteen! This resulted in her temporarily losing her vision, but after a full checkup and some fluids, she was able to return home around 1 o’clock this morning.

Wal-Mart Sucks – I know I shop at WM way too much, but what other alternatives do I have in this pathetic town? Anystore, I found a bed-in-a-bag set that I really liked and bought it last night. Today, after washing the sheets twice with fabric softener to get them nice and comfy, I discovered that a Wal-Mart “queen” must be a completely different size than anywhere else. The sheets wouldn’t even begin to fit on our bed.

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Mario
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re: debt. I recall when I got over the debt I inherited from my divorce (I remember when we split and I tallied the total debt and about kicked over — I had no clue our total debt at the time). After years of careful plotting, crossing into the black was worth celebrating. Just in time for me to make some other bad financial decisions. Oh, well. At least I’m keeping it confined to my mortgage and equity line. Thank goodness that equity line interest is tax deductible!

I no longer use Quicken (no Linux version), but I remember the hours I spent entering every transaction, scheduling all my major payments, and monkeying around until the trend line was positive. By concentrating all my spending through my (new) frequent flier credit card, and paying that card off in full each month, I could enter a “scheduled” amount of 1300 or whatever to effectively budget myself. It was immensely helpful. I’ve recently started something similar again…

alyson
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Congrats on becoming debt free. Maybe I’ll follow in your footsteps some day.

Too bad about Mrs J. I’ll keep her in my prayers.

I say attempt returning the bed in the bag anyway. Their, “liberal” return policy sometimes really pisses me off.

Derek
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re: Debt – Congratulations! You couldn’t have picked a better time than now to become debt free. You’re doing what many of us would love to be able to do, so pat yourself on the back.

re: Cats – It’s almost contradictory now that you’re debt free for me to suggest what I’m going to suggest, but it honestly helps. If your central A/C unit allows for it, check into getting a UV addition and the special filter that goes with it. Believe it or not, it does cut down on the ‘floating fur’. As for the lint roller for everything else…we’ve somehow managed to train ours (one longhair, one shorthair) to only sit on certain furniture. They have theirs…we have ours. Maybe that would help???

re: The Strangers – We just said that we were going to rent that this week. You made me laugh out loud with your reaction to it…but now I’m scared to rent it. Any pointers? LOL

re: Neighbor – Sorry to hear about your neighbor. I hope all goes well with her.

re: Walmart – No comment except you are right – WALMART SUCKS!!!

Caroline
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Re: Debt. YAY!!! Congrats, Brian, that.is.AWESOME! Especially in this economy.

Re: Cats. I know, my cats puke and shed all the time, too, but the thought of them getting eaten by a coyote is more terrifying, for some reason. Have you tried the litter that gets completely dumped instead of scooped? I use it now and I actually like it.

Re: Your neighbor. 18?!?!?!? She must have been ridiculously dehydrated. I hope she’s feeling better soon.

BDO
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Good job on getting out of credit card debt. Keep up the good work!

Wei Hsien
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Congratulations on being debt free!

Oh, and the only thing one should buy at WalMart is a pinata, and only because one wants it to break faster. We got one from Target one year. The kids wiped themselves out smacking it with a baseball bat and still it refused to yield candy. I’m sure Wally’s would’ve solved that problem.

Now that I’m back to blog-reading, I’ve subscribed to your blog again. Keep it up, good sir.

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