Our Summer Cleaning Sale

We got stuff. And we don’t want stuff. You can have our stuff if you want it. If you have money, we will take that. This is going in our Disney Fund for the kids. (Okay, ‘nough guilt-trip’in.) If you don’t have money, just tell me what stuff you want and we’ll make arrangements to give it to you.

Here’s the list:

Desktop Computer

  • Windows XP Home
  • 127 GB hard drive
  • floppy drive
  • CD drive (doesn’t play DVD)
  • 3 USB ports
  • wireless card slot available
  • updated motherboard
  • Wave keyboard with built-in touch pad mouse
  • No monitor
  • Original documentation

Desktop Computer

  • Windows XP Professional
  • New Western Digital 6 GB Harddrive (4.34 free space)
  • Internet ready (but no wireless card)
  • Need to download anti-virus (AVG has a free version)
  • CD drive (doesn’t play DVD)
  • USB ports
  • Floppy Drive
  • On hard drive: internet explorer, media player, outlook express, MSN explorer, windows messenger, movie maker, games (free cell, hearts, solitaire, & 8 others)
  • Software that comes with in but not installed: sound blaster audio manager, visio 30 day trial, office xp training cd, intellipoint, encarta, works, word 2000, clip art, money, picture it, street & trips
  • Original documentation
  • Windows product key on machine case
  • Monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse

Other software available

  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007 (includes Word, Publisher, Power Point, Outlook, Excel, Access)
  • Lawyer 2003 from Quicken
  • Quicken 2007 Basic
  • Creative Ensoniq Audio PCI
  • Calendar Creator
  • Bodywork game
  • Driver & Utilities
  • CNet 56K modem drivers
  • More modem drivers
  • Supervoice modem drivers
  • Windows 98
  • Office 97
  • Office XP
  • Online Bible
  • Print Artist
  • CrossWorld – puzzle maker
  • LAVA Player from Creative.com
  • Who wants to be a millionaire
  • Mad Dog multimedia
  • Microsoft mobility

    Other items available:

    • 2 Canon BJC 1000 –  bubble jet printer
    • HP LaserJet 3 printer (with partially used toner cartridge)
    • USB port extender (plug this into a USB port and get 4 additional ports to use)
    • External USB 6x 4x 6x CD Reader and Writer (recordable and rewritable)
    • includes Nero burning software
    • Ethernet 10/100 network card
    • External microphone with monitor attachment

    HP iPAQ hx4700 series Pocket PC

    • Purchased 11-26-04
    • Full  instruction manual and original documentation
    • Sync software with Outlook 2002
    • Internet access (can access email)
    • Hard case
    • Soft case
    • Three extra stylus

    Fun with Frugality

    dscn026121The ultimate challenge: The CVS two day sale (Dec 21, 22): obtain $144 of product for as little out of pocket (OOP) cash as possible. Every challenge needs a plan so I wrote down how to roll-over my extra care bucks (ecb) so I would spend as little money out of pocket as possible. I made six groups of sale items, used my $16 ecb’s on hand  for the first group and then used the ecb’s from the first group to pay for the second group and so on. In the end I had $104.37 of products and spent $1.10 out of pocket. I also have $30.43 in extra care bucks left over to use in future weeks. Wow. It can be fun to be frugal!     

    Frugality for the Glory of God and Blessings for My Family

    Being frugal always sounded like a hardship to me, dull, lifeless, medieval, but in an effort to see if we can live on less, I’ve decided to pursue using coupons in my shopping. A friend showed me a free e-book at couponmom.com to get me started. I also read blogs on how shoppers purchased $200 worth of groceries and household supplies for $10. I was amazed. But was it something I could do? How much time would this take? Would it work for our family?

    After reading how to use coupons effectively I decided to give it a try. I used dealseekingmom.com for pointers and headed off to the store. In my first trip I saved $50 and was inspired! That was five weeks ago. I am not a pro but I am continuing to learn. I am also having to make the choice between a “good deal” and what is needed. I don’t want to be consumed by the pursuit of saving but I do want to use the resources God has provided wisely.

    Today I purchased $13.21 of product for $0.26! The trip would have been free but the cashier said the system would not take my last coupon for $1.50. I was ok with that. The picture of my purchase won’t look impressive but to pay $0.05 for five items and no sales tax is pretty cool. It is also items we use and one gift (the candy).


    Total Cost: $0.26

    I am rejoicing in God’s kindness in the bargain. He has encouraged me that there is a way to save money and still meet the needs of my family and give gifts.

    What an awesome God I serve!