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Gone, but Not Forgetting

August 12th, 2007 at 03:15 pm

I've been gone from this blog for a while, but I'm still keeping track of my savings for the $20 challenge.

I haven't been too successful at reducing my caffeine intake, but I have saved some there. I also saved a small amount by buying powder instead of gel for the dishwasher -- at some point, I got it into my head that the gel worked better, but the powder is working fine.

I didn't meet my goal for the second quarter, but I added another $80 to where I was at the end of June for my third quarter goal, which I just met today with a $90 addition!

The $90 savings came from fixing our vacuum cleaner instead of buying a new one. When the vacuum started smoking (literally) a few weeks ago, I took it right to the curb for trash pickup, but later rethought it and brought it back up. We opened it up and found that the smoke came from a broken belt. I found the replacement part online for $6, and my husband figured out how to install it, thus saving us most of the cost of a new, $100 vacuum cleaner.

Total savings: $237.34
Third quarter goal: $209.64

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