Sunday, February 1, 2009

a cartoon, my own cake wrecks, and super SPENDING Saturday.

well.. I got this cartoon from Jackie over at Mommy on a Debt Free Mission she also has a story about having to fight for her coupon rights... *sigh* so very frustration to me to read that other people have the same issues.. actually now that I think about it I'm not sure if that is a comfort to me to know that I'm not alone in that and the actual frustrating scenario is how so many glide through the SAME transactions I've tried with no issues what so ever.

Anyway.. go check out her page.

Also in the spirit of "cake wrecks" I have a few pics.. let me start with a bit of background. I live close to the small town of Woodstock Illinois where they filmed the movie "Groundhog Day". This town gets a little "into" the actual holiday because of that movie.

So last night after dinner my mom, my son, my husband and I all went to Super Wal-Mart. My son and husband needed jeans (really bad) and this is what we found (of course in addition to jeans, t-shirts, some thingy for my car to plug in my sons IPOD to, and some benadryl.

yeah not quite sure exactly what they were getting at here, and whom is going to buy these AND eat them.. but Punxsutawney Phil never looked so... soooo.. errrr.. welll ummm for lack of better words poopie!!

and on to the best news of all...

I broke down and got a new car! amazing huh? I found out Dodge was doing Employee pricing, plus all sorts of rebates, sooo out we went late Friday night exactly 15 minutes before they closed and looked at a few cars. We went back yesterday morning and drove and drove and drove and lunched and talked and played devils advocate, and fought and talked, and laughed and made shadow animals and finally after 6 hours I drove away in this....

2009 Dodge Avenger SXT
of course as always I don't feel I got the best deal I could have (that happens every time I buy a car). The very worst part is that I miss my old car already. I have been driving a 2000 Dodge Stratus. It has 106,000 miles on it and I've never had a single problem with that car until the key issue. Little stuff here and there, but always easily fixable and things that cost $300 or less to fix. That car was always dependable, never had it not start on me (except the other morning). So I kept that car which is now sitting in my garage and my new car has to sit outside. I'm trying to decide what to do with my old car. I guess I'll wait for my dad to come back from his snow bird southwest sun ranch and help me figure this thing out.


Precious said...

Nice Car! I had a Dodge Stratus too. Kept it for 6 or 7 years, drove it cross country to here when we moved, then the A/C died. Well, you can't go without A/C here in AZ, so I traded it when we got the van. I LOVED MY STRATUS!

Melissa said...

*sigh* I was driving away with my brand new 2009 Dodge Avenger and I turned to my son and said "I already miss my stratus" it sucks. I just had to go out to the garage to fetch my bucket of work from it's backseat and I felt bad coming back in the house.

anyway.. thanks.

Amanda said...

I like it! :) I swear your old car is like Norm's car. We just replaced the spark plugs (first time) and he is close to 140,000 miles. Umm...yeah...dont know how that happen. The only major thing was the cadalliac convertor

Angie said...

Congratulations on the New Car!!!! I had a 97 Dodge Stratus and it was nothing but trouble. I bought it with 23,000 miles on it sold it with $97,000 miles on it for $300 and spent tousands of dollars on the thing. That car was the only car I have owned with that low of miles on it. I was still sad to get rid of it. We had bonded.

frugalsuz said...

Yay, new cars are fun! I was reading your post and saw that picture of the cake. I started thinking, umm, that looks like Mr. Hanky from South Park and then finished reading what you wrote. lol I can't imagine eating that cake with a straight face!

Melissa said...


Anonymous said...

Its funny how we miss our old cars.I seriously miss my 1990 probe which was a POS but I LOVE it and it was my first car. I love your new one though!
My car is about 110,000 right now and only having a mojor transmission problem because i couldnt afford to fix the smaller problem a year ago.

I loved the cartoon too! and Who exactly buys a cake for groundhog day?!?!

frugal- I thought it looked like Mr. Hanky too!