Sunday, August 16, 2009

Julie & Julia, Money and Cards

We went to Julie and Julie last night. The first 3/4 was terrific, very enjoyable, and Meryl Streep really stole the show. But we had to leave because my pain went way beyond what I could manage. It was a 'skin of my teeth' sort of night with hourly debates about whether a trip to the ER was due. I'm very pleased to report that we made it through and this morning things are significantly better. Still bad but not go-to-the-hospital level.

As most of you have read, we are doing the Total Money Makeover and working hard to take down our debt. Through some Herculean stone squeezing we've managed to drop 57% of our income on debt this month. Who knew we could spend less, eat cheaper, drive less, cancel or sell anything within reach and make some significant, lightening-fast improvements to our financial bottom line.

Yesterday I sold gold. I know... who knew? Turns out gold is very expensive right now so I looked into my options like "gold for cash" mail-in deals ~ CAN YOU SAY SCAM! But, a local company, in business 50 years, appraises and then pays cash so we went there. I had a baggie of broken chains and bent, single earrings. A very small bag. We were hoping for about forty bucks as broken closet clutter didn't seem worth anything but I certainly wasn't going to throw it away. Our experience was awesome. An appraiser sorted it all, explained how the jewelry business works, scratch tested the gold (SO COOL) and then offered us $205. That's huge! We took it, happily, to the bank and deposited it in our account and then rushed home to cut a check to the car company. Yippee. That trip to the mall netted us half a car payment.

CAD #14

18 comments:

Lori Gentile said...

Such a cute card with lots of great techniques. :)

MaryC said...

Very happy you went to a reputable gold dealer and got market value for your gold. Those mail in places are a rip off.
I am praying for you daily, hoping your pain will ease to at least a manageable level. I love your card.

Tara said...

First and foremost, I am SO so sorry to hear about the pain, and wishing you success (is that the right thing to wish?) at the pain clinic.

Julie & Julia was indeed a great movie. We saw it yesterday too. Add it to your 'movies to rent' when it comes out on DVD and see the end. Worth watching again for sure!

And the gold. I know, who knew, right? I did something similar when my mom passed, she had a small baggie of gold jewelry that I would just never wear and, not having children to pass it on to... I took the cash and bought one nice ring with her birthstone in it which I wear every single day. The rest went into the bank.

You are inspiring me with this money management system... I think I'm going to have to check it out. Other than paying off the car - do you have other goals?

Juls said...

love this card!! what a funky little sea monter and I love his little gooogly eyes!! love the colours you have used and the hand stitching detail! Fab card!

LisaNRoxy said...

Nicole - I am so sorry you had such a rough night last night. Hopefully Wednesday will bring you loads of relief!
And umm..WOW on the gold. I was invited to a party at a very good friends house for just the same thing. I was digging through my bits deciding if it was worht it. Sounds like I am going to the party!!
I am glad you enjoyed what you saw of the movie - it is on my list for sure.
The card is adorable! Love the octie!

just jennifer said...

LOVE, LOVE that card! that octopus is so cute!

Thomisia said...

too cute!

Jill said...

That card is adorable!

Laura said...

Woohoo!!!!! It is fantastic! Wow, what a fantastic amount for the gold. That is super!

We are also really trying to get on top of money things. We spend waaaaaaay too much money on junk food etc. Fortunately we got our car paid off last month and as soon as the tax return check clears, we will pay off credit card, too. no debt then! woohoo! well, we will start saving for a place of our own :).

Laura said...

oh yes... I have no idea how you manage to deal with so much pain all the time. I know that even a bit all the time just wears me out! You are so super!

Blessings, Janine said...

Great going on the gold deal!

Your card is fabulous...love the colors and stitching!

I hope you find ways to more consistent relief from your pains.

CathyR said...

I'm sorry you are having such a hard time with the pain. I hope you get some relief soon.

That is awesome about the gold. I did something similar with books. I took a bunch into Half Price Books expecting to get about $10 and ended up with $30. The guy was so impressed with the condition of the books, he gave me the highest price for them.

The card is so cute. What paper did you use? I love all the different stitching.

MaryEllen said...

Just wanted you to know that I check in on you here to find out how to pray, and that I think of you often, friend! As always, wish we were nearer and that I could help in some way. Hugs (or "OG!" as James puts it).

take a little piece of my art said...

This card is too freakin' ca-ute!!

I've always wondered about cashforgold.com if they're reputable or not. I'd have definetly gone the local jewelery dealer route too!!! Glad to hear you got more than you expected!!! Too bad I like silver! LOL

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