On Saturday, I went on a whirlwind errand run:
Returned a mouth guard to Walgreens for a full refund. I bought it because I had been having dental pain, but I couldn’t adjust it enough to be comfortable. It triggered a gag reflex and I couldn’t sleep while wearing it. I’m glad the manufacturer offered a 30-day moneyback guarantee.
Next stop: Starbucks. I haven’t been there in so long, it took me a minute to look over the menu. I got…a free coffee. I purchased a pound of Starbucks coffee from the grocery awhile ago, and noticed some text on the bottom of the bag. It said I could take the empty bag (within 30 days of the best-by date) to a Starbucks for a free 12 oz. coffee. So I did.
Next stop: Kohl’s to return three shirts that didn’t fit my husband. Well…let me back up. Two shirts didn’t fit. The third shirt? It was the exact same shirt that I bought for him awhile back. Same pattern. Same everything. He likes the shirt well enough, but he doesn’t need two.
Last stop: Walmart. Bought some seeds in a seed-growing pack. I’m going to try tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, basil and cilantro. All organic. Woo! They’re hanging out on my window sill right now, and with a little bit of luck I’ll have some sprouts soon enough. I’ll transfer them into pots and keep them on my patio (except for the herbs — those I’ll keep in my kitchen). That way, if we have a frost advisory I can
move ask my husband to put them in the garage.
Pretty sure the kits + pots + potting soil (which I’ve yet to buy) are way more expensive than it would cost me to just buy the produce at the farmer’s market. I spent about $15 on the seed kits and probably $30 or so on the pots. I know I can reuse the pots next year so that helps. Then again, it isn’t that hard to spend a lot on local organic produce so maybe it will be a decent financial move.
I don’t know a single thing about gardening. I haven’t bothered to learn much, except for reading the package of the seed kits I bought. I’m just going to see what happens with it. I’m hopeful I’ll have stuff to make a nice salad, and if not, well, whatever.
I don’t intend to have a small garden to save money, though if it ends up giving me a big ol bumper crop of tomatoes I’ll be happy about that. I’m doing this with the hopes of having delicious, fresh organic produce available to me. Plus, I think my son will get a huge kick out of watching our seeds turn into tomatoes.
I wanna get a lot done this week:
- Review my state & federal income taxes one more time before putting it in the mail. I can’t e-file this year. Bummer.
- Figure my Bethel Park, PA municipality income taxes one final time. It’s been almost a year since we started the move-back-to-Indiana process. Can’t believe it.
- Create my FLOP — financial life, one page document. My paperwork is just a disorganized mess and I need to create some order. I bought some more file folders and a fire-resistant box for my important stuff, and I just want to get it done so I don’t have to waste mental energy on it anymore.