PF Blog Round Up: I Need to Buy a Lottery Ticket Edition

PF Blog Round Up

I have an announcement to make…


It’s not very exciting for you nor is it personal finance related, but it sure is exciting for me!

A few weeks ago I said I would buy a lottery ticket when I can utter the words “he’s sleeping through the night” and I can!

Twitter @genymoneyca

And when I refer to “he” I mean my baby!  My baby is sleeping through the night (well more than before which is great).  He goes to bed at 8:30pm and I do a ‘dream feed’ between 10-11pm and then he’s been sleeping for the most part until 4:30 to 5:30 am!  He eats again at 4-5:30am and then usually sleeps for another 1-2 hours.  I’ve been getting more than 5 hours of sleep at a time and boy, does it feel great!  One time I didn’t do the dream feed (I was up too late blogging, I think it was 11:30pm and I thought that I missed the dream feed boat so might as well go to bed) and then he woke up at 1:00am so I learned my lesson there.

Seriously that sleep deprivation is really difficult to deal with.  I was having trouble speaking proper sentences and when my spouse would ask me something I would not be able to answer him because I forgot (in fact, I can’t recall an example of this!! I forgot!!).  I would forget what I made for dinner the night before.  It was really bad.  My friend got into a few fender benders (minor, no parent nor child was injured) and forgot to turn off the stove a few times with her sleep deprivation!

I don’t usually buy lottery tickets, but I will indulge in a little Scratch and Win when I get home.  Scratch and Wins are these cards that you can scratch and if you have three matching, or get the crossword words, you sometimes win your money back, like $2.  Haha.   I used to be addicted to buying Scratch and Wins even when I wasn’t of legal age to buy lottery tickets yet.  I would go to the corner store and buy 1-2 cards at a time and then I think I might have done this at least once a month for 1-2 years.  The most I ever won for that was like $10 I think.

Here are some great PF blogs around the blogosphere to start off your December weekend!


Readers, have you ever bought a lottery ticket before?  What’s the most you’ve ever won?

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About genymoney

GYM is a 30 something millennial interested in achieving financial freedom through disciplined saving, investing, and living a minimalist lifestyle.

23 comments on “PF Blog Round Up: I Need to Buy a Lottery Ticket Edition

  1. Literally never won anything on lotto tickets. I buy them every now and then because $2 to spark some good conversations about what we’d do with $458,000,000 is fun haha.

    I like the AccidentalFire post a lot, it made me chuckle. Dude’s got it made. 2 days on 5 days off is what I’d really like to do once our house is paid off. Then just basically coast to full retirement.
    Dave at Married with Money recently posted…Financial Fridays: Master your Credit Report and ScoreMy Profile

    • @Dave at Married with Money- 2 days on and 5 days off is the dream. Working part-time would be ideal. Too bad you haven’t won anything on lotto tickets yet- maybe the next one will be ‘it’!

  2. Hi GYM, Sorry about your lack of sleep. I can’t function worth a darn if I don’t get enough sleep, so I understand your pain. I’m sure it will all be worth it watching that little guy grow up into a fine young man!

    Thank you so much for the link to Dividends Diversify and the nice words about my post. I have been working so hard to get the site up and running with some meaningful traffic. It really means a lot to me. You are the best!

    Tom @ Dividends Diversify recently posted…Should You Invest in the Stock Market Now?My Profile

    • @Tom @ Dividends Diversify- You’re welcome! I think we are all working hard to get traffic and to get our sites up and running, so helping each other is definitely the way to go (unless we are one of those bloggers who make $80K a month already LOL)!

    • @Steve- Haha, I’ll let you guys know what I win (if anything). Maybe I’ll put it into the kiddo’s RESP if I win something.

  3. Hang in there, hopefully baby GYM will sleep 8-12 hours uninterrupted throughout the night so you can get more than five hours.
    We only bought lottery tickets when the jackpot is at nine figures when everyone else has lotto fever. It mainly for fun just to see if we can win something. Splurging $5 or less on the lottery doesn’t hurt. The most we won was $5 so we got our money back! Jackpot!!!
    Thanks for the PF roundup as usual, gonna read them over the weekend!
    Kris recently posted…Financial Mistakes Part 2 – The College YearsMy Profile

    • @Kris- He sleeps 8-9 hours uninterrupted now but I go to bed later than him. I get 2 hours of ‘me’ time all day haha. Hopefully we will be able to bump up his bedtime so that we will have more time in the evenings to ourselves. It’s exhausting! 12 hours would be great- when did this start for Baby with Cents?

      Nice, $5 ROI is pretty decent!

      • I believe around his first birthday was when we started to sleep 11-12 hours straight. Since he sleeps in our bed, he has the comfort of being around us but sleeping in his crib is a different story. When we start heading to bed he would wake up and start crying because he’s not sleeping next to us and so we were forced to have him co-sleep.

  4. I’m in the lottery pool at work, if anything the $5 per week is good when we’re all dreaming and talking about the day we win and walk out of work. Plus, all our winnings go to our Christmas party at the end of the year – so we do get something out of it.

    • @Allie Banks- My workplace gets excited about big lotto wins too, so I usually chip in $2 (but it’s not regular). Our winnings get reinvested to more lotto tickets and then it dissipates. Going towards Xmas party is pretty good- $5 a week is quite the contribution- your workplace must win quite a bit!

  5. Hey, congrats on getting to a new normal with the sleep routine! That’s not an easy feat. You know, I think lottery tickets are super fun. I’ve never bought one myself, but I’ve received them as gifts, and I always love them.

    Fun story: I got a cheapo $1 scratch off ticket last Christmas. I read the ticket wrong and, for two minutes, thought I’d won $500. It was actually $2. I put it on my cubicle wall for the brief moment of false joy, hahaha.
    Mrs. Picky Pincher recently posted…What’s for Dinner? December 1My Profile

    • @Mrs. Picky Pincher- Thank you! I was getting a bit crazy and desperate before the 5.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Awe lol, did your heart race a few beats when you thought you won $500? At least you won $2 from the $1!

    • @Melanie- I didn’t know that Hawaii didn’t sell lottery tickets! Interesting 🙂 I’m still tired but not as tired. A good 7-8 hours straight would be nice. I can’t believe you didn’t have satisfactory sleep for one whole year! 🙁

  6. I don’t have any kids, but I’ve worked the night shift for up to a year at a time so I can definitely relate to the sleep deprivation issues! I’m glad your little one is letting you sleep a little bit longer now 🙂

    I used to buy provincial lottery tickets when they were fifty cents each. I think I won $5 a couple of times but that was it. However, I did used to work with someone who won $14 million!!

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