Saturday, May 23, 2015
A PT appointment brought me to the city yesterday afternoon, so taking advantage of my proximity to the hospital, I headed over to Dollar Tree and Aldi's-where I now do the bulk of the grocery shopping. I spent some serious $$, restocking supplies, planning ahead for Summer (Summer=no pay, and I have at least one surgery if not 2 for this Summer). I bought the following: 2 take n bake pizzas, an 18 ct TP, 8 boxes tissues, 1 gallon milk, 2 large cans chicken breast, 2 fzn OJ, 2 pkgs of kielbasa style "hotdog" size sausages and 2 sundried tomato ones, fresh broccoli crowns, 2 tubes fzn ground beef (still $3.99/lb), 4 bags fzn broccoli in cheese sauce, 4 pkgs fzn Prince Edward veggie blend, 2 bottles "splash" juice, 4 each: cannellini, black, kidney, garbanzo beans; 2 cans corn, 2 cans cut green beans, sandwich baggies, 6 12 ct pkgs of generic koolaid, 1 loaf white bread for Sunday's French toast, 2 each hamburger and hotdog rolls, 1 pkg onion rolls, 2 pkgs turkey breast (Deli meat), 1 pkg bologna, 1 tub "Boursin", several pkgs presliced sandwich cheese: Prolovone, Mozzarella, Colby Jack, Swiss, 2 bottled dressings (see separate post), 1 large can coffee (again-see post), 4 cans diced potatoes, 1 pkg imitation crab, 1 large jar apple sauce( Alas! I am down to 2 of my home canned pints of apple sauce, and one pint of tomatoes. TONS of jam and relish remain!) 2 cans black olives, 2 cans "spam", 2 cans corned beef hash, 2 4 lb bags sugar, 4 boxes marked down family size deluxe mac n cheese mixes, butter, stick margarine, low salt soy sauce, 3 lbs apples, 1 cantaloupe, 2 boxes honey nut "cheerios", "raisin bran", 2 bags each: potato chips, "chex mix", tortilla chips; 3 12 pkgs of soda, 1 box honey nut cereal,.
$185.11. Yikes! My pantry looks quite full, the freezer is happy, too-but I know that much of it is vegetables, fruit. It's NOT overflowing with meat, by any means.
Wed was Y.O.Y.O. and I had leftover sloppy joes. Worked for me.
My supper plates
Friday night became take and bake pizza night. I was in the city for PT, so decided to do my grocery shopping afterwards. DD and I ended up being the only ones partaking so leftovers will be offered for lunch today, if not also later this weekend!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
August 1-Nov 12 2014 used 114.4 gallons @ $3/gal $343.20/104 days=1.1 gallons/day
Nov 12-Dec 30 used 132.4 gallons @ $2.59/gallon $342.92/49 days = 2.7 gallons/day.
Dec 31-Feb 6 used 138.7 gallons @ $2.35/gallon $325.95/37 days=3.75 gallons/day
Feb 7-Mar 16 used 140 gallons @ $2.69/gallon $376.60/37 days=3.78/gallons/day
Mar 17-May 18th used 122 gallons @ $2.49/gallon $303.78/62 days=1.96/gallons/day
Spent $1697.45 to date with 2 1/2 months left (no heating months) to the end of our tenancy year, estimating 1.1 gallons/day @ $2.49 (current price), we should use approx. 77 gallons/oil or $191.73, bringing this "year's" total to well under $2000. I was spending more than double that at the former rental! Call it 4167.67/month towards oil for heat/hot water-I remain more than happy, all things considered. This calculation helps me to offset the increase in rent. It's the big, budgetary picture that I keep in mind.
Monday, May 18, 2015
I have used a fully insured, licensed and bonded, professional cleaning service since Aug 2012. They come once a month for the deep cleaning that I physically can no longer do. I pinch here and there, willingly, so as to afford this luxury. Per usual, I received a voice mail on Fri (the service day before) reminding me of and confirming my cleaning appointment for this afternoon, with the team scheduled to arrive between 3 and 5 p.m. I rushed home from work, so as to be here for 3. I waited until 5:30 (their phone lines shut off as of 5-though whenever I've called close to 5, they are already off), and I left a message, stating that the appointment was confirmed as of Fri, yet no one came today, nor did I receive any word from the company, as a courtesy, that there may have been an issue. I stated that I was not happy about this, and to please call me tomorrow (Tues) and advise me about this, and I assume to reschedule.
Assuming that I do get a call, I will ask for a new appointment, but am also contemplating asking for a discount for that cleaning, due to the inconvenience and discourtesy that the company showed me. Recently, I have asked around for alternative services, and have a few names. Most, however, are under the table types of situations. Being in a rental, should anything go wrong, a bonded and insured company covers it. This in fact happened at my last rental: one of the ladies accidently broke off a ceiling fan blade. Since it was an ancient ceiling fan in a room with 2 fans, the owner of this service replaced both fans, paying a handyman service to do so. No money out of my pocket, and I advised the former LL of the situation. She was getting 2 new fans at no cost, so she didn't care.
WWYD? Ask for a discount if one isn't offered tomorrow? Just find another insured/bonded service? go with an under the table person?
UPDATE: at 6:10. I received a call from the team leader of the cleaning crew, asking if they could come in one hour (call it 7 p.m) to do the cleaning. I told her no, it was too late, I expected them at 3, we're going to be having supper. Note that it takes 1 1/2 hours to clean, so they'd be here until 8:30?? While I do not fault the cleaning crew, I do fault the scheduling person who supposedly sent the crew "very far away" Of concern is the team leader asked, "So, are you cancelling?" I told her that I had already left a message at the office and await the manager to call me tomorrow to RESCHEDULE. Note that they charge $30 for a cancellation-something that I absolutely refuse to pay.