Friday Giveaway Roundup – 200 Giveaways

by on May 17 2013 - 17 Comments

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Happy Friday everyone! It was an eventful week, to say the least. We had fun launching our exclusive giveaway, an Aurorae Yoga Prize Pack valued at $137.

Besides that I do have an update on our sewer issue:

Sewer Repair in Progress

This is a picture of the guys working on fixing our sewer line on Wednesday and as of today we have a clear line! The whole process was very frustrating, though, and anyone who has had sewer drain-out issues knows what I’m talking about. We initially thought we were going to be on the line for $7,000. After waiting a couple months and having to deal with it backing up yet again, I immediately signed up for Angie’s List and it was honestly one of the best purchases I think I will ever make as a homeowner. We found an incredible contractor who not only spent tons of time explaining the issue to me, he also contacted the city for permits, came out and evaluated the line, talked to the city engineer, and ultimately got the city to pay for the entire problem. Beyond that he also stayed in contact with me throughout the process and even contacted the city when I had concerns about how their contractor was going about it (turns out the city would probably have hired my contractor if the offending contractor wasn’t repairing it “at cost,” out of his own pocket). I will do a full write-up about this, specifically why I would advise everyone to avoid Roto-Rooter at all costs (they gave us the initial $7,000 estimate).

I hope to get a ton of yard work done this weekend. We have a family friend coming over to cut down our apple tree, which will be nice to have out of the way and will supply us with firewood for our new bonfire pit (see the pic below of our first bonfire ever at our house). I also plan on mowing, trimming, and possibly fertilizing this weekend. My ambitious goals also include getting wood from Home Depot and installing a couple of raised garden beds so my wife can get planting, as well as cleaning the garage in anticipation of our garage sale in two weeks.

First Bonfire

The reason I want to get all this done is because I have sinus surgery again next week so I will have to take it easy for a while after that. I had my first surgery last year and my post about the costs involved in sinus surgery is still one of my most popular posts of all time. Very thankful that we have been contributing the max to our Health Savings Account (HSA) this for about a year now. None of these surgeries were expected…yet here I am, literally hitting my out-of-pocket max for a second straight year. Here’s to not having to go in for a third…or fourth surgery. Maybe next year I’ll have better luck and only spend a few hundred in health care costs?? Wishful thinking, I know.

What are you up to this weekend?

On to the giveaways!

First, enter my current giveaways:

Once you’ve entered that one, check out the 200 giveaways (a new record!) that are ending from 5/17 to 5/23. Good luck!

All Giveaways Have Ended

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Good luck on all the giveaways and I hope you all have a great weekend!
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Photos by David Carlson
 

17 comments
MD Kennedy
MD Kennedy

What an AWESOME list!  I've entered 22 of these just today.  Thanks so much for making the list easy to read and link from.

Beachbudget
Beachbudget

What a huge relief to have that done and you didn't have to pay for it! So many giveaways! 

TheHeavyPurse
TheHeavyPurse

I'm glad your sewer line is getting repaired and not on your dime! Some great giveaways - always impressed by how you find all of these! Best wishes on your surgery next week and fingers crossed that it is the last one for a very long time. :)

TacklingOurDebt
TacklingOurDebt

Great list as always! Wonderful that you didn't have to pay for something that the city should have been doing. Too bad your guy didn't get the contract. We hope to get some work done outside this weekend as well.

DC @ Young Adult Money
DC @ Young Adult Money moderator

@TacklingOurDebt Yeah it really is too bad, but at the same time the company had to pay for it out of their own pocket so that was nice.  Hope you guys have better weather than us, I'm worried it's going to rain all weekend here.

Holly at ClubThrifty
Holly at ClubThrifty

We are going to do some work around the house this weekend.  We are also going to relax....I hope you have a great one!

FrugalRules
FrugalRules

We have a busy weekend as well as our anniversary is on Sunday and we have a bunch of yard work to do ourselves as well as planting in the garden beds. Best of luck with the surgery DC and I hope it takes care of the issue for you.

DC @ Young Adult Money
DC @ Young Adult Money moderator

@FrugalRules Happy Anniversary to you two!  Appreciate the well-wishes about surgery.  I'm praying for a quick and permanent recovery this time.

MonsterPiggyBank
MonsterPiggyBank

That is unreal! Make sure you shout him a beer or 2 for saving you that kind of money.

DC @ Young Adult Money
DC @ Young Adult Money moderator

@MonsterPiggyBank I seriously considered sending him some sort of gift pack.  At the very least I will refer him to absolutely everyone I come into contact with who has a sewer issue or potential sewer issue.