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July 10th, 2008 at 05:18 pm

1. Spa Treatment: "The procedure" was today. It turned out very well, tho my face now feels a bit itchy and I can see major breakout starting along my jawline. I'm glad I had this done when I can lie low for a few days. I was a bit red for a couple hours after, but fortunately that calmed down because DH called and asked me to take care of some business for him this afternoon that involved meeting someone. The good news was that I ended up spending only $41 (including tip), not the $50 I had expected. I knew the price of the procedure, but for some reason had mentally added $4 to the price. Also, either tax was included in the price or Texas does not charge sales tax on services (this is the first time I've had a service performed in Texas so I don't know). I had researched spas on Citysearch, looking for customer-recommended spas nearby, narrowed it down to 3 spas, and then checked their rates on-line. The one I chose had a Citysearch coupon for first-time customers. Not only did I get $10 off but I also got a "free" body lotion that normally retails for $28. Not the sort of thing I'd normally buy, but I was happy to take the freebie. Thanks for all of your positive comments on my previous entry. I now feel perfectly fine about my little "secret-self-esteem-boosting-expenditure."

2. In-Laws: A while back I blogged about getting a retirement gift for my in-laws.

Text is http://scfr.savingadvice.com/2008/06/08/retirement-gift-for-in-laws_39908/ and Link is
FIL was supposed to have loose ends wrapped up and be officially retired by June 20th. Guess what? He's still working! Since MIL has already moved to their new home, he had moved in with SIL. But apparently he decided he had overstayed his welcome, so he is sleeping in his office. Good grief! I really don't know if it is because there is a holdup on the portion of the business he is selling, or if he just is emotionally unable to stop working. Take note everyone, especially you self-employed folks: As retirement approaches, create a set-in-stone exit strategy for yourselves. I wonder if it would help if we told him that we were going to give him a nice gift, but that he won't be getting it until after he has actually retired?

3. House Hunting: I went and checked out a home that is in pre-foreclosure ... the sellers are trying to do a short sale. It's a really lovely home but I think it's too big and too much money, but DH is REALLY interested in it so we'll be going back to see it after he returns from his trip. Sad situation for the sellers tho ... It's a really lovely home yet they only lived there for about 1-1/2 years. It never ceases to amaze me how so many people managed to get themselves so over-extended.

3 Responses to “Updates”

  1. boomeyers Says:

    There is a lovely foreclosure close to us that I would love to snatch up and renovate. Total gold mine around here in the St. Louis area! It is sad to see though. From the pictures it looks like these people even took the dishwasher!! If they are "preforeclosure" you would be helping them out.

  2. Aleta Says:

    Scfr: If you can find a tech school county run in your area - try it. I get facial waxing for about $3.50. The girls are very good and because it's a public education center - it's pretty good. Fortunately for me, I live within 1 1/2 miles from one. Make sure they use an antiseptic on your face with a soothing lotion afterward. I generally have to wear a little makeup the next day.

    I also love getting facial there. This school has a class that only deals in manual and machine facials. The machine facial was about $7. or 7.50. The girls are really very good and try hard. If you get a chance, try it out. It's an econommical way of getting an expensive service and you're helping someone to get their license.

  3. scfr Says:

    Aleta - Thank you so much for the terrific tip! I will definitely check that out, but I'll have to be careful ... If I can get the services so inexpensively, I might start getting them more often. Smile

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