Friday, January 25, 2008

Workin' hard, or hardly workin'?

Yes, it has been an exhausting day around the Den today! First of all, I took the recycling I’ve accumulated over the last twenty days down to my new best friends at the new recycling center which is…

  1. Convenient
  2. Close
  3. Open 7 days a week for at least eight hours each day
  4. Not run by the state, so they actually take CRV and don’t say “sorry, hon [hon? HON? Mister, I’m about to go all Hun, as in ‘Attila The’, on your overly-familiar tush!], I can’t take anymore aluminum today – my bin’s full and the truck ain’t due ‘til Thursday”

They pay for my CRV stuff, AND they also take #1 and 2 plastic for cash – which means that I can take down the 24 empty milk jugs we usually accumulate each month and get, oh, something like…a buck-ish back for them.

Hey. It is better than nothing, which is what I usually get. Actually, come to think of it, I pay the city to pick up my curbside recycling.

ANYWAY. I took my recycling down and the handsome, burly young men hefted it out of the minivan and onto their scales and then the smiling manager handed me $6.74 and thanked me for my business (and complimented Captain Adventure on his excessive cuteness).

Fresh from this major financial triumph (hush!), I came home and redeemed some survey-taking points for a $50 PayPal payment. It took me almost three months to acquire that many points! But my inflated sense of self-importance perseverance finally paid off!

Exhausted from my hard day’s work, I started scanning my email. Hmm, a message from my Costco Amex about my impending rebate check, which they would like to remind me will be enclosed with my next statement SO DON'T JUST THROW IT AWAY, DUFUS!

My impending rebate check is going to be…$431.86.

WOOT!!!! An entire month’s groceries, with precisely nothing actually out of pocket for it!! And all I had to do to get it was do exactly what I was going to do anyway.

Yessir, it was hard, hard work, charging our usual household purchases on that card. Whew. I’m thinking I might need to go get a coffee to recover from the exhaustion. And, as it just so happens, I’ve got a $25 Starbucks card I got in exchange for answering a few questions about diapers recently…

Yes, I work awfully hard at this stuff. Describing what all there is to like about Huggies and dislike about baby-oil scented wipes will absolutely postrate one...


Kris said...

What a great day financially. How did you luck into filling out surveys and getting paid? And where do I sign up?

PipneyJane said...

There's a new personal finance TV program here in the UK which I caught on Wednesday night. They mentioned being paid for on-line surveys. The girl who did it entered something like "survey payment" into a search engine. Her favourite was which sent out stuff for testing.

- Pam

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