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August 11th, 2019 at 10:46 pm

I am going back and forth trying to decide if I should buy a newer car sooner or wait till next year. My car's tags expire in November, and I don't want to renew them just for another few months more. I saw a posting for a car in town that looks good. $7000. 2012 Kia Soul. 90K miles. Claims to be a single owner. It's too late at night to call. I'll call tomorrow and see if it's still available. I am so indecisive.


I was buying something on Amazon and decided to apply for the Amazon Prime Visa Card. Was approved, and got a $70 Amazon Gift card instantly. It gives you 5% cashback on Amazon Prime purchases. I've seen it promoted for years, but never applied.

I froze my credit after the Equifax breach. Unfroze it when I started to look for houses so I could apply for a mortgage. I plan on re-freezing it again, so glad I got approved for this card. I don't need to keep my credit unfrozen any longer.

To-do list items for August are to apply for the Equifax settlement claim, and also to freeze my credit with all three bureaux.


It was a relatively inexpensive weekend. I spent $40.06 on groceries.

Did some meal-prep for the week. It's going to be a super busy week, and it will be wise to have lunches and dinners ready. I have one work dinner that I think I can stretch into two meals. I also have one lunch planned with a coworker this week. The rest of the meals will be homemade, hopefully.

I made some zuchhini lasagne, but it was too watery. I tried salting and squeezing the zucchini slices first, but they kept breaking, and I was not able to squeeze out as much water as I do when I make zoodles. The lasagne was tasty-ish. I think I'll stick to making zoodles in the future.

I also boiled some eggs, chopped some veggies for sides. I think I will also make a bunch of salads. I have delicious lettuce and tomatoes from the garden that need using. Chocolate chia pudding for dessert.

6 Responses to “Waffling”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I have had the same result from making zucchini lasagna -- very watery. I stick to using up zucchini in zucchini bread now.

  2. Lots of Ideas Says:

    When I make zucchini lasagna, I use a longer pan than I actually need. Then, when I take the lasagna out of the oven, I use a ladle to remove the excess liquid from the ‘empty’ end of the pan. I tip it just a little as I go to really drain the lasagna, and I find that this leaves me with the right texture for the ‘noodles’. If the timing is right, I save the liquid and add it to broth and make minestrone soup.

  3. Jenn Says:

    Would you pay cash for the newer car? If not, I think you should hold off for now.

  4. fireandi Says:

    Lots of Ideas - that's a wonderful idea. I will do that.

    Jenn - yes, the plan is to purchase a car that I can pay for in cash. I am not going to take a car loan ever again unless absolutely necessary.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    I can see if you can find a car that getting one before having to do the whole license bit. I tease DH that I would prefer we change the plates because I cannot remember the number on it. I got his old car and he traded in my car the last time and my plates were two initials and 4 numbers. This one is one initial and a bunch of numbers and I just have difficulty memorizing them. He had a better one years ago. However, we were in a wreck where some gal ran a red light and totaled our car. When we were looking for another car, the dealer said it would be cheaper to just get new plates since it was almost time to renew instead of paying the transfer fee. We take whatever the state gives us -- otherwise if you choose it can be considered "vanity plates" and you pay extra.

  6. fireandi Says:

    rob62521 - I hope you were okay after the wreck. It certainly is nice to have a license plate that you can easily remember. I take whatever the state gives me too - not paying for vanity plates. :-)

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