EDIT 8/6/13: Please see my updated post on my negative Giani countertop review and how the company is offering a money-back guarantee.
– Our counters are um…well, have a look for yourself:
Yeah. We’ve got money earmarked for replacing the counters and I hope to get that project going soon. We’ll pay a professional to install. I know we could in theory do it ourselves, but we think it’s worth paying someone who knows what they’re doing and has the time.
This charming area of counter space is right next to my sink. I washed dishes then wiped down the counters, and had to scrub just a little because something was stuck (this was an area where there was already faint chipping). And then huge pieces of the paint wore all the way down to the original. Hrmph. We have chipping on the island, too.
Bummer that it didn’t work out, but hey, on the bright side we haven’t painted our kitchen walls yet so now we can make sure it matches the new stuff.
– My seedlings? Dead. Time to buy some pre-grown plants. Or whatever they’re called.
– Shane just got word that his employer is cutting the education reimbursement program. So, if he wants his master’s, he’ll have to pay for it himself (for now). We know he can do 1-2 classes per year and we can claim a federal tax credit to cut our own expenses (assuming that’ll continue). Right now, he’s not going to enroll this year. Our kids are so young and busy — and since it doesn’t seem urgent, we’ll just wait and see if his employer brings it back.
We have some money in a 529 account in his name. We won’t add to it for now. If he never uses the money, we can just transfer it to our kids.
Did you see my guest post on Money Saving Mom this week? It’s called How to Stay Motivated When Paying off Debt.