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American Airlines 50K Miles Bonus CC

March 29th, 2015 at 02:52 pm

I decided to get an American Airlines cc for a 50K miles bonus. I'll have to spend $3K in 3 months which is going to mean pre-paying some expenses in order to hit that number. In a typical month, we don't charge $1K. It will also mean forgoing our cash back bonuses since I'll be charging everything on the AA card.

But it will be worth it. DH travels overseas at least twice a year so I will transfer my bonus miles to him to use.

I'll close the account before I hit one year to avoid the $95 annual fee.

I have a file folder labelled and am ready to start tracking.

DIY Landscaping

March 14th, 2015 at 02:43 pm

Instead of hiring someone to re-landscape our yard, we are taking the DIY approach. This weekend we are cleaning out the backyard bed, pushing it out a bit (to reduce the amount of grass, something I really want to do to reduce our water consumption), and creating a border using free bricks left over from our home's construction. Next we'll put in a few low plants (or annuals or perennials, we haven't decided yet but there will definitely be some milkweed for the monarch butterflies) in the pushed out area and spread mulch.

Republic Wireless Here I Come; Staying Relevant

March 11th, 2015 at 12:36 pm

After thinking about it for a long time, I'm finally taking the leap to Republic Wireless. The time has come when a smart phone has become pretty close to a need in order to stay relevant on my job (something that I keep pushing myself to do as part of the 50-plus crowd). Since I've decided to get a smart phone, I decided this was the optimal time to switch carriers; to use Republic Wireless you have to buy a phone through them.

I just ordered the Moto e phone, and will order a protective case and SD memory card from Amazon (cheaper than buying from Republic). I'm going to start out with the $10/month plan and see how that goes.

It will be only me; DH will stick with AT&T. He makes international calls on the go, something you can't yet do with Republic. (He uses Skype when calling internationally from home or hotel, but sometimes he needs to use his phone out in the field.) He also wants to see how things work out for me with Republic. A switch may be in his future, especially if they add an international option.

Thanks to Clark Howard and SA's Tabs (aka B-something) for their feedback on Republic Wireless and other low-cost providers.

Grapefruit Season

March 2nd, 2015 at 05:44 pm

DH bought a 15-lb bag of Texas red grapefruit for $3.98 today. I love grapefruit season in Texas!

What are the current seasonal deals in your neck of the woods?