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Old 02-02-2012, 09:39 PM
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Isn't it funny that you can always count on your car needing something when you can't possibly spend any more??

Old 02-02-2012, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by CFrance View Post
I said, "You know what? Who needs two cars! Park that thing in the garage and we'll have it fixed in May."

Here's hoping we've recovered from our purchases by May
That's funny! Sounds like a plan to me!
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:59 AM
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We've been down here permanently for about 3 months now. I feel like we are bleeding money. The most difficult part for me was not having a good handle on our expenses because of all the "one time" purchases we were making. Combined with the new reality of no paycheck ever again, I found it a bit stressful. But now, things have calmed down considerably. We are getting into our Villages routine and I see that my original budget is going to be pretty accurate.
Old 02-03-2012, 07:34 AM
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brostholder, I know exactly what you mean. We are closing on our new home the end of February, second one, and the last one I hope. I thought the bleeding stopped after the 1st one. Nope, new vein opened up. We had our budget in line with the other one, now we have to start all over again and hope to have a light at the end of the tunnel in a couple of months.
I took an accounting course, many moons ago, and the instructor had a paper stuck in his desk drawer which he said he would look at it as a reminder, and it said "If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall". Basic, but oh so very true!
Old 02-03-2012, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by CFrance View Post
Here's hoping we've recovered from our purchases by May
Which year?

A pessimist is an optimist with experience.

"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress." - John Adams
Old 02-03-2012, 08:46 AM
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This is exactly why new home sales numbers are so important when they're released every month. Every new home sale creates three jobs. TV is certainly helping the economy improve.
Old 02-03-2012, 08:58 AM
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We closed on our house on Jan. 22 and we had tenants coming on 2/1. I had about 10 days to get everything on the list for homes in the Villages Rental program. We went to Walmart - my husband, my sister and I - and we each got 2 carts. All the carts were filled and then we went home and waited for the furniture we'd ordered to arrive. Then we went to different stores to find everything else on the list. Whew! Thank goodness my sister was helping because I'd had hand surgery 3 days before we came down and had a cast from my hand to my elbow.
Old 02-03-2012, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by raynan View Post
Newbies should also notify their credit card company of their move and that there will be a lot of activity on their card. Some neighbors were shut off after their 3rd purchase because the cc company thought the card was stolen.
Happened to me after we moved here. Was at Wal-Mart for the umpteenth time picking up odds and ends for the new house and my card was denied! How embarrassing! I insisted they call my CC company cause I knew I wasn't anywhere near my limit. Sure enough, they thought all the recent activity meant it had been stolen!!! Gotta give the CC company credit for being on the ball! LOL!
Old 02-03-2012, 05:59 PM
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We haven't even got there yet and in a new villa we put in brazilian wood floors, are having it all painted, changed out all the appliances to stainless steel, bought a huge swimspa, building a birdcage, closing in the lanai to a Florida room with sliders and windows and wood floors and drywall, had window trim done throughout, installing two dog doors, and ordering a blow up mattress, two pillows, one blanket and two fold up chairs so I can stay there when I visit until we move.I haven't even thought about furniture yet...for indoors or out.
Good thing I am still working....
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