Monday, April 28, 2008

The Littel Wynn

Well I am not a megabucks winner this Monday morning. I won $6 which I put back in and then I got another $6 which I put back. So I left in the exact same financial position I arrived in. Maybe next week.

But I am rich when it comes to bread! I made the bread from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day and that was fun and rewarding. It is easy to mix up the dough and then it is just there in the frig waiting for me to make fresh bread whenever I feel like it. My bread isn't quite as pretty as the bread pictured in the book but it tastes good with a nice soft interior and a crusty exterior. The only adjustment I will make is to add a little less salt than the recipe calls for.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Big Wynn

I had this whole post written and then my computer lost it! How annoying. The bottom line is, remember how I got a Wynn players card last December? Well the Wynn encourages me to gamble by putting money on my card each week. I can't have the cash, I have to gamble the credit. I can keep the winnings. They've been putting money on my card each week. Initially it was $10 a week and I was using it for my weekend gambling trips. This month, they upped the offer to $25 but limited me to using it between Monday and Thursday. Brian gave me the great idea of going in on a weekday morning before work. That means I leave for work 1/2 hour early, stop at the Wynn, use the credit and then go to work. It works out because there is no traffic and the casino is practically empty. I can park, run in, pull the megabucks 8 times, cash my winnings and go to work. BAM!

I'm using my credit on the Megabucks each week. So far I've won $450. I have 2 more weeks of play. I'll let you know if I win the Megabucks.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Let's Make A Deal

Ever since verbatim told us about this book, I've wanted to buy it. This weekend I went to Border's with my Rewards card to do just that. Because I have a Rewards card, Borders sends me coupons just about every week. I looked in my mail and there was a 20% off coupon.

And then I remembered that I also had reward dollars from a survey program I joined sometime back. I haven't been very diligent about answering all the surveys but I have banked some credits. It occurred to me that one way of getting the payment was to have the credits put on a Border's Rewards card. I went to my account to check it out and learned I could put $15 on my card.

Then I headed to my local Border's with my card and my coupon. I found the book and went to check out. I explained to the cashier that I'd never used the card dollars but they were supposed to just show on my card so, if the credit wasn't there, I'd use my coupon. She looked up my Rewards number and, sure enough, the credit was there. So I started to take back my coupon and then decided to just ask if they would give me both credits. She said she didn't think so but she'd try. When she swiped the coupon, I got the 20% off the book and then the $15 was applied. So I got the $28* book for $8!

That's my best deal from this month. Oh, except for the $450 I won at the Wynn. But that's another story.

* Yes, online it is only $19 but I couldn't use my credits and would have had to pay shipping. So I'll grant you that my saving might be closer to $15.

Friday, April 18, 2008

My Bump

"My bump, my bump, my lovely Colbert bump"

Maybe John can write us a song after he reads about the Colbert bump experiment.