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Should we, or shouldn't we??

January 26th, 2006 at 01:31 pm

We've been thinking about buying in to two different house raffles. For one of the raffles, the tickets are $200.00 each. For the other raffle, tickets are $100.00 each. We are so tempted. The only bad thing is, if we didn't win anything (there are secondary prizes as well), I would feel that we just threw our money away. On the other hand, if we DID win, it would be an amazing thing! ...a house for $100.00 or $200.00! We're still weighing the pros and cons. What do you guys think?

Kevin got good news yesterday at work. It seems that he is coming up on a yearly review and is in line for a raise! We don't know how much it will be - somewhere between 3% and 8%!! The higher, the better, but we wouldn't say no to anything! =)

I discovered a new coupon site last weekend and gave it a try. Between using the manufacturer's coupons, my $10.00 off store coupon and using my loyalty card...we saved $76.00!! We spent $54.00 - and bought quite a bit, including a Tri-tip, a whole chicken and 2 pounds of bacon. Plus we did some stocking of the pantry, so we actually felt pretty accomplished.

We also did a stock up at Walmart. We try to get there about once a month, but haven't done that for a while. We hate going there over the holidays because it's so crowded, so we really haven't been in a while...and our total reflected that! We spent $140.00, but we had either completely run out of somethings and were running really low on others. We are set for a while on paper products, cleaning products, lotions, soaps, shampoos - that sort of thing. It actually felt really good to see our cupboards being filled up again =)

3 Responses to “Should we, or shouldn't we??”

  1. frugal_cheap_pants Says:

    Is the house being raffled by a non profit organization? If so, could you write that off as a donation on '06 taxes? I don't know anything about it so I may be way off...but it's worth a thought...

    Also, how many tickets are being sold? That will give you your odds....and what if the set amount of tickets aren't sold? Will it turn into a 50/50 raffle? That has happened here...it was a raffle for a car...not enough tickets sold, then they turned it into a raffle for $300...I'm glad I didn't buy a ticket for that!

    Good Luck!

  2. randamax Says:

    Yes, they are both non-profit organization running the raffle, so I think we could write it off as a donation...but I'm not positive.

    Funny you should mention a raffle for a car - I DID win a car raffle when I was in high school =)

  3. markio26 Says:

    i always do the opposite of what by brain tells me to do.. i learned that from
    stock trading... if my brain said to hold on, i sold the stock.. i always do the
    opposite..
    my son is in college taking criminal law, and he told me that the
    brain does not know the difference between fact or fiction.... they have to
    rehearse what they will say before confronting a situation when out working
    on the streets, so, their brain can decifer what is happeining really quickly.and correctly.
    so, if you really feel that you should buy the ticket, and think you will have
    buyer's regret.. then i would buy 1 ticket and put the extra hundred on a bill.
    hope this info. makes some sense to you and helps answer your question.
    also, if something is troubling me, i make a decision and move forward.
    and let go of it.

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