Sunday, July 20, 2014

Living like Royalty..... Richmond to Florida for a Week....under $1000 out of pocket!




As a child I always waved at the caboose...... I can't remember why , but I think? there used to be people that stood on the back of the caboose that waved back....or maybe?  I made that up in my childhood mind?   I loved the "Little Engine that Could"  storybook and have always like photographing Trains  and especially Train Tracks.  I have ridden a few amusement park trains but it wasn't until the past two years that I actually rode a REAL TRAIN.   My first trip was a short one from Richmond to Washington DC but this time was a long trip ,  from Richmond to Kissimmee, Florida.


I had applied for a Credit Card through Amtrak....  I earned some points (you can too) and kept earning,  before I knew it I had enough to redeem for this trip , not only a simple "coach" trip but a "sleeper car" for me and my BF with meals included...... ROUND TRIP FOR FREE!   The only thing that was not included was the GOLF BAG  (no fees for our luggage).......and that was only $10.   

The ride was MUCH more comfortable than a plane , more space (no internet though) and we went at night so we slept and ate and then wa-la we were there.  

I have a Time Share.....if you do not ...... you can find them for FREE or close to FREE if you talk to other owners who no longer use their unit .   I was able to obtain mine from a friend by paying for the legal fee to transfer ownership.  Mine is located in Kitty Hawk for the first week of march but through INTERVAL (another fee for that) you can exchange your unit after depositing yours and paying $165 for another "open unit" in another state/location or country.    My annual fee is about $500 for my unit. My interval GOLD fee was $500 for 5years and my exchange rate is $165.    Total cost for the Florida Unit for this year was $765 for  7 nights  (Friday - Friday)




I chose MYSTIC DUNES for my destination this year.   We got a DELUXE VILLA  which is reg. $200 a night but if you are a AAA member you can rent the same room for $179 a night.   For this trip our total cost for the room per day was $109 which would have only rated us an efficiency "room" not "suite" or "villa" if we had just rented it on a AAA discount for the same week,  IF we could find one to rent.  They are first offered to members.  The cost also included the internet which is $10 a night to non-deluxe members and the golf rate(s) are cheaper etc. 


VERY COMFORTABLE LIVING AREA NEAR THE POOL and PULL OUT SOFA

FULL KITCHEN AMMENITIES

BEST IN ROOM WHIRL POOL EVER....doesn't compare to hot tub but GREAT Whirl Pool


I rented a CAR with an offer through AMTRAK...... got a discount and the car for TWO DRIVERS and A FULL TANK OF GAS ,  Unlimited miles was $270 TOTAL for a very nice little car from HERTZ for the entire trip.   we could go wherever we liked!



AMAZING DOLPHINS ^^^^^ NOT KILLER WHALES ..... AWESOMENESS
Seaworld tickets (discounted $65 each) and Aquatica was another $60 for the day (non-discounted)  both of which we will have to go back another time ....we got comp tickets good for a year  due to rain outs :(  .   We did experience 1/2 a day at Aquatica ....FUN FUN FUN for free due to our refund/rain policy.

we used $10 free at Starbucks, bought our H&B products free at CVS and used a $50 off at Bahama Breeze the very first day.... more savings




Golf was booked at $40 for the Day (unlimited golf, golf balls, cart and free lunch) for the Monday Special.....



We played one round of putt putt for $9...with a FREE GAME coupon and a $2 off we won on another course night 

NOW the beauty in all of this is we did NOT shop specials the remainder of the trip.  WHY?   Because I won..... $1500 ...... yes $1500 back in FEBRUARY that paid for this trip....

$765   time share
$270   rental car
$  40   golf
$  31   putt putt
$  43   Bahama Breeze
$250   Amusement parks
$  50  parking
$  20  golf bag 

TOTAL   :   $1469  .....  dinners, krispy kreme and hard rock cafe gambling.....  we spent about $100 a day on food, drinks and incidentals on the credit card  or  UNDER $1000 ....that is  over the $1500 I won....all put on the credit card (amtrak card) ..

the points will be on the total before I pay the card off with my winnings....


The next trip down will not cost as much as the amusement park tickets are in my purse (free) ...and I plan on staying a few days with friends / family along the way...... normally I am more frugal on the meals with groupons and entertainment book savings but we were "living it up" this trip.... WOOHOOO!   you would have thought we were ROYALTY or something ! :) 






Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

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16 -  ONE SUBJECT NOTEBOOKS DELIVERED FOR $2.87!   going to the store and buying them would probably use close to that in GAS ALONE !   :) :)


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

MISSING MONEY / MAKING MONEY / GETTING MONEY

I have written many times in the past about checking the "missing money" sites and collecting funds that you never even knew you had!   I have been successful in retrieving a small amount of money for myself ($75)....a larger amount for my Dad ($150, which he split with me)  and an even larger amount for a friend ($4K).......

its easy to do but I forget about checking it all of the time ....most of them are updated daily
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I have several sheets of paper to retrieve money and items for someone close to me but because their parents were the missing money people and they are deceased ,  an extra step must be taken to become administrator of the estate .. If all of the people are living or administrator / executor has already been named it becomes much easier to collect.   All that is necessary are your legal identification / or documentation and you are all set.

Yesterday I was going through the bills and paperwork at my house and found this :



The company name is :   ESTATE TRUST ASSET RECOVERY   out of Florida....it states that I have $100 in my name (REFUND FROM OFFICE DEPOT) that was never collected (I have done many rebates and credits with OFFICE DEPOT so this isn't "off the hook")   the name and address are correct but what wasn't correct was the city/state/zipcode.   The zipcode that was entered had all of the correct numbers but  one number was off or transposed........ 23139  turned into 32139 ...many programs auto add the city and state based on the zipcode.....  BOTTOM LINE :  HUMAN ERROR

This company included a form which granted them a limited power of attorney to collect funds for me (having the missing money people....send them $20 and me the remaining $80)  they would collect 20% for "claiming" my money for me.....I would need to fill out their form and a photocopy of my government issued ID ......

THAT SOUNDS GREAT RIGHT?     well....yes ....if I didn't have the knowledge / skills to collect on my own!   I went straight to missing money and found the claim  / report in the state I would have never suspected had money for me..... FLORIDA and WA-LA there it was.  I immediately requested that they send me the forms so I could collect my $100  .....

This is a GREAT way to make money for someone who is home bound or wants to work from home..... you could start an ESTATE TRUST ASSET RECOVERY BUSINESS.... with a little sleuthing you could make 20%  of a claim for as little of investment as a few sheets of paper and a stamp.   In my case that would make the company $20 for less than $1 in investment.  For someone else (as in the case of the $4K claim) that would be $800!!!  

I hope this helps some of you recover your own assets  and / or start your own business !  MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW ALL OF YOUR STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS IN REGARD TO BUSINESS ..... if you decide to go that route !  


Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Step 2. Download the Twice app and get another $10.00 credit
Now you have a  FREE store credit for $20.00
Then add something for around $20.00 to your cart and use coupon code : FINALSALE30
That will take 20% off the $20.00 item making it $16.00
check out and shipping will be covered by your credit making it FREE!!!  if you go over on the amount you can use paypal!


I don't have an ipad  or iphone so I didn't download the ap and still got $10 which cost me $4.xx shipped after code for a COOL TOURQUOISE CAMI!   


GO GET UM!