Saturday, December 29, 2007

Recycling update!

December 28: Ajay and I found sometime in the afternoon to take several filled boxes of cans and bottles to the recycling center. Collected $16.90 for the B&C Fund... That's like getting another share of the Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) for the fund. Glimcher owns shopping malls -- we find alot of money at those malls. Investing in them is like finding money twice.

Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,079.83

FMJ - Day 637

December 27: Found two pennies while shopping at Topanga Promenade Mall with the family. It's just crazy how much time we spend shopping... funny how long it takes the ladies to find that perfect piece of adornment. My wife and sister-in-law spent three hours in Macy's the other day.... that's alot of standing around to not get paid for it. Good thing I have this Money Finding hobby, at least I get paid something for all this wasted shopping time.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.02
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $1.93
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $197.45
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $381.45 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.75 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 42 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,062.93

FMJ - Day 636

December 26: We found three pennies running around the shops today. After Christmas sales... kind of disappointing. Better to save the money than spend it anyway.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.07
Bottles & Cans Collected: 4
Running Stats
This Month: $1.91
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $197.43
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $381.43 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.73 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 40 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,062.93

FMJ - Day 635 "Christmas Day"

We found a single penny at the Shell Station on Yosemite Ave. The kids got an XBOX machine and played those games all day. I should invest in Microsoft... just the XBOX alone is gold.

Thinking about the new year to come and with share values of real estate and banks in the dumps and out of favor at this time... picking up some good investment in the REITs I follow should be nice at these low prices. Some of the REITs are at 5 years lows. I think I do an end of year count of the jar and ready the funds for investment in January.

FMJ - Day 634

It's December 24th and on this Christmas Eve, we found three pennies. I think that maybe these pennies represent the THREE WISE MEN. I'll certainly make sure they're invested wisely.

We add the totals to our after Christmas post.

FMJ - Day 633

December 23: We found three pennies while shopping at Target in Simi Valley.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.03
Bottles & Cans Collected: 3
Running Stats
This Month: $1.84
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $197.36
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $381.36 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.66 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 36 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,062.93

Monday, December 24, 2007

FMJ - DAY 632

December 22: Feeling better... it must have been one of those 24 hours flu bugs. Ralph and I had a lot of conversation. Anyway, what better than some Fish and Chips at Andria's in Ventura Harbor to cure the nasties. Found a dime while paying for our delicious order.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.10
Bottles & Cans Collected: 1
Running Stats
This Month: $1.81
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $197.33
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $381.33 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.63 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 33 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,062.93

FMJ - Day 631

December 21: TOO SICK... to get out of the house or for anything of that matter. YUK!

FMJ - Day 630

December 20: Found four pennies again. All found at the Shell station on Yosemite Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.04
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $1.71
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $197.23
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $381.23 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.53 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 32 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,062.93

FMJ - Day 629

December 19: Found four pennies while shopping at Target and Walmart.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.04
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $1.67
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $197.19
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $381.19 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.49 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 30 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,062.93

FMJ - Day 628

December 18: Nary a penny in sight... No finds.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

FMJ - Day 627

December 17: Found a penny at the Shell gas station on Yosemite Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.01
Bottles & Cans Collected: 5
Running Stats
This Month: $1.63
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $197.15
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $381.15 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.45 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 28 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,062.93

FMJ - Day 626

December 16: Found a penny while shopping at Cerritos Mall.

FMJ - Day 625

December 15: No finds.

FMJ - Day 624

December 14: Found 2 pennies while shopping at the Dollar Tree in the Sycamore Village Center.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.02
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $1.61
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $197.13
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $381.13 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.43 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 23 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,062.93

FMJ - Day 623

December 13: Found three pennies at the Taco Bell on Cochran St.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.03
Bottles & Cans Collected: 5
Running Stats
This Month: $1.59
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $197.11
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $381.11 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.41 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 21 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,062.93

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

FMJ - Day 622

December 12: No money finds for the 4th straight day. We did pick-up 5 water bottles for our recycling fund.

Before lunch, I stopped at the recycling center on L.A. Ave. to turn-in our hoard from the last three weeks. We collected $13.30 for our efforts.

New balance for the B&C Fund: $1,062.93

FMJ - Day 621

December 11: Strike THREE! NO finds... One water bottle.

FMJ - Day 620

December 10: Again, no money found... but, I did pick-up 2 bottles along my walk on the extremely windy day.

FMJ - Day 619

December 9: No money found.... no bottles or cans, either.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

FMJ - Day 618

December 8: Found 21 cents... a dime , 2 nickels & a penny. All found while Christmas shopping at Topanga Promenade Mall.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.21
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $1.56
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $197.08
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $381.08 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.38 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 16 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

FMJ - Day 617

December 7: Damn... found a penny for the third day in a row. Where, you ask? Coming out of the Simi Valley Target late in the evening... it was laying in the middle of the very dark parking lot. Almost didn't see it. A glimmer of light reflected of it from a passing car... keeping me in the money find game for another day.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.01
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $1.35
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $196.87
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $380.87(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.17 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 14 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

FMJ - Day 616

December 6: Found a penny.... at lunch... at Carl's Jr. on L.A. Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.01
Bottles & Cans Collected: 3
Running Stats
This Month: $1.34
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $196.86
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $380.86(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.16 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 12 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

FMJ - Day 615

December 5: Found a penny while vacuuming our car at the Shell Station on Yosemite Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.01
Bottles & Cans Collected: 1
Running Stats
This Month: $1.33
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $196.85
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $380.85(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.15 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 9 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

FMJ - Day 614

December 4: Found two pennies at the 99 Cents Only store. Hey, where are the other 97 cents?

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.02
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $1.32
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $196.84
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $380.84(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.14 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 8 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

FMJ - Day 613

December 3: Ajay found a dime at Best Buy in Porter Ranch. I found a dime at the Wal-mart next door.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $1.10
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $1.30
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $196.82
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $380.82(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $841.12 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 6 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

FMJ - Day 612

December 2: I didn't find anything.

FMj - Day 611

December 1: Maya found a single dollar bill at her school. I found a dime at Carl's Jr. on L.A. Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $1.10
Bottles & Cans Collected: 4
Running Stats
This Month: $1.10
Last Month: $4.53
2007 Finds: $196.62
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $380.62(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $840.92 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 4 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

End of the Month Stats - November 2007.

End of Month Stats:
Total found - November 2007: $4.53
Average Amount Found per Day: 15 cents

Holdings
FMJ Fund - Stock Held:
19.337 Shares/PEI Worth: $667.71
20.903 Shares/GRT Worth: $405.73
B&C Fund - Stock Held:
39.898 Shares/UDR Worth: $878.95

Total Stocks Held Value: $1,952.39
Stock purchase cost: $1,766.99
Excess Value of Stock Over Cost: $219.25

Other Funds Owned:
Non-deposited FMJ Funds(still in the jar): $14.81
FMJ Savings Account: $71.91
Note: a jar count on November 1, 2007 was done and $200.00 deposited in the savings account to cover the purchase of more shares in PEI. On October 24, $147.00 was used for the purchase of 3.991 shares of PEI.

Dividend & Interest Income
This month: $0
Savings Interest 2007: 98 cents
Savings Interest 2006: $1.77
Dividends 2006: $34.30
Dividends 2007: $77.02
Non-reinvested Dividends: $17.10
Total Dividends Received: $177.37 (Since 2003 merger of CWN & PEI)

Total Asset Value of FMJ Fund: $1,160.16

Bottles and Cans Fund
This Month: $1,049.63
Cash used to purchase stock: $1,013.17
Cash Account Balance: $36.46
Sept. 30, 2007: $999.18
B&C Stocks/cash value: $915.41
Decrease in B&C Fund: $33.77

Total Value of Both Funds: $2,075.57
October 31, 2007: $2,230.89
September 07: $2,327.61
August 07: $2,217.07
July 07: $2178.49
*Decrease from Prior Month: ($155.32)

* Decrease due unfavorable share prices for REITs.

Monday, December 03, 2007

FMJ - Day 610

November 30: We found a dime at Carl's Jr. on L.A. Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.10
Bottles & Cans Collected: 1
Running Stats
This Month: $4.53
Last Month: $3.89
2007 Finds: $195.52
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $379.52(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $839.82 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 204 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

FMJ - Day 609

November 29: We found a a dollar bill, a dime and nickel outside the Big Lots in Cerritos, CA.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $1.15
Bottles & Cans Collected: 4
Running Stats
This Month: $4.43
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $195.42
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $379.42(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $839.82 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 203 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

FMJ - Day 608

November 28: No finds or bottles collected.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

FNJ - Day 607

November 27: We found two dimes and a penny. The first find was a dime and penny at the Taco Bell on Cochran Ave. In the evening, I did a little gracery shopping at Albertson's on L.A. Ave. and Stearns Ave. I found a dime in the coin counting machine.

BTW, groceries are getting more expensive week by week. For example, the price of Yoplait yogurt in now 99 cents each... It was 65 cents when I moved here two years ago.
A gallon of milk is now $3.99! OUCH!

Our bottle and can collection total from the weekend was 37.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.21
Bottles & Cans Collected: 37
Running Stats
This Month: $3.28
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $194.27
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $378.27(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $838.67 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 199 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

Monday, November 26, 2007

FMJ - Day 606

November 25: No finds... but we did collect a lot of bottles and cans during our 4-day stay in Cerritos for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Thursday, a party for the bride at her parent's home. Friday was for shopping and movies! Saturday, we attended my wife's cousin's wedding at the Long Beach Hyatt Hotel and partied it up at El Ranchito in Santa Ana on Sunday. Too much, too much fun, I tell you...

I'll tally the bottles and cans on my next post.

FMJ - Day 605

November 24: Found 2 pennies at the McDonald's on South St. in Cerritos, CA.

FMJ - Day 604

November 23: Found a dime and a penny in Cerritos, CA. Both coins were found while shopping at Cerritos Mall.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.11
Bottles & Cans Collected: 6
Running Stats
This Month: $3.05
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $194.04
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $378.04(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $838.44 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 160 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

FMJ - Day 603

November 22: No finds. No turkey, either! We attended a party for my wife's cousin, a bride to be.

FMJ - Day 602

November 21: No Finds. A few bottles.

FMJ - Day 601

November 20: NO FINDS.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

FMJ - Day 600

November 19: I found 2 pennies at the Wells Fargo Bank on Cochran Ave. in Simi Valley. I was making a deposit and someone before me had left them on the counter near and empty teller window. Strange... just giving money to the banks. I guess someone thinks the banks are in trouble and could use a few extra pennies. Thanks for the donation!

In the evening, we shopped at Topanga Promenade Mall in Woodland Hills, CA. Ajay and I scooped up a dime and 4 pennies while cruising the mall.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.16
Bottles & Cans Collected: 15
Running Stats
This Month: $2.94
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $193.93
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $377.93(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $838.33 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 154 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

FMJ - Day 599

November 18: No finds but the kids did collect some bottles and cans while attending my tennis team match.

FMJ - Day 598

November 17: No Finds.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

FMJ - Day 597

November 16: Found 8 pennies during a fill-up at the Shell Station on Yosemite Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.08
Bottles & Cans Collected: 4
Running Stats
This Month: $2.78
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $193.77
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $377.77(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $838.17 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 139 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

Friday, November 16, 2007

FMJ - Day 596

November 15: Found a dime and three pennies while dining at Carls, Jr. on L.A. Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.13
Bottles & Cans Collected: 3
Running Stats
This Month: $2.70
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $193.69
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $377.69(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $838.09 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 135 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

FMJ - Day 595 Recycling!

November 14: No money finds. Thanks go to Glenn on Saturday for finding a bunch of beers cans and donating them to the B&C Fund. The kids and I did a turn-in of our bottles and cans and received $11.90 for our efforts.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.00
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $2.57
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $193.56
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $377.53(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $837.93 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 132 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,049.63

FMJ - Day 594

November 13: Found nothing.

FMJ - Day 593

November 12: Found 3 pennies. The first penny was found during my morning walk through the streets of Simi's Texas Tract. The next find was made after the kids school when we stopped for a snack at Taco Bell on Cochrans Street -- 2 pennies.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.03
Bottles & Cans Collected: 6
Running Stats
This Month: $2.57
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $193.56
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $377.56(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $837.96 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 130 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,037.73

FMJ - Day 592

November 11: Found 2 pennies in Cerritos, CA along Pioneer Blvd.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.02
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $2.54
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $193.53
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $377.53(March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $837.93 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 124 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,037.73

FMJ - Day 591

November 10: Found 4 pennies while shopping in Moorpark, CA. The kids came to my tennis team match and collected 65 bottles and cans from the courts.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.04
Bottles & Cans Collected: 65
Running Stats
This Month: $2.52
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $193.51
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $377.51 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $837.91 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 122 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,037.73

Friday, November 09, 2007

FMJ - Day 590

November 9: Found 79 cents. During my morning jog, I found two pennies in a muddy tree bed near a sidewalk on Corpus Cristi Ave. Then, I stopped at the McDonald's on Yosemite Ave. for breakfast and found a quarter resting in the change shoot of the newspaper machine. In the evening, we did the Topanga Promenade Mall jaunt. Ajay and I found a quarter, 2 dimes and seven pennies.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.79
Bottles & Cans Collected: 14
Running Stats
This Month: $2.48
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $193.47
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $377.47 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $837.87 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 57 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,037.73

FMJ - Day 589

November 8: A single dollar bill found at the 99 Cents Only store on Tapo St.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $1.00
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $1.69
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $192.68
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $376.68 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $837.08 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 43 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,037.73

Thursday, November 08, 2007

FMJ - Day 588

November 7: Found a single penny while making a run to the Porter Ranch Wal-mart. We'll add it to the next days totals.

FMJ - Day 587

November 6: Found 30 cents and a coin from the former West Germany (no longer in use since the advent of the Euro.) All coins were found in the Ralph's on L.A. Ave. atop the coin counting machine.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.30
Bottles & Cans Collected: 8
Running Stats
This Month: $.69
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $191.68
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $375.68 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $836.08 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 41 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,037.73

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Recycling Update.

November 6: Today, I returned several boxes of bottles and cans to the recycling center on Sycamore Ave. Collected $9.10 for this trip. Our bottles and Cans Fund now stands at: $1,037.73 **


** This figure represents the total cash received from all bottles and cans collected and redeemed. It does not represent an accurate value of the B&C Fund due to the pricing of stocks held by the fund and dividends received.

FMJ - Day 586

November 5: No finds. A few bottles.

FMJ - Day 585

November 4: 19 cents. I found a dime and nickel while having lunch at the Quizno's Sub Shop on Madera Rd. I also found two pennies during a walk. Ajay found two pennies at Heritage Park in Cerritos, CA while having a picnic with Mayma and Aunt Reshma.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.19
Bottles & Cans Collected: 3
Running Stats
This Month: $.39
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $191.38
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $375.38 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $835.78 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 33 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,028.63

FMJ - 584

November 3: 5 cents. All were found at the Shell gas station on Yosemite Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.05
Bottles & Cans Collected: 18
Running Stats
This Month: $.20
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $191.19
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $375.19 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $835.59 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 30 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,028.63

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Dividends!

On October 31, 2007, the newly purchased United Dominion Realty shares paid a quarterly dividend in the amount of $12.97. This dividend was automatically reinvested to purchase a .567 fractional share of the UDR stock at a price of $22.85 per share.

The B&C Fund now own 39.898 shares of UDR.

Dividend & Interest Income
This month: $12.97
Savings Interest 2007: 98 cents
Savings Interest 2006: $1.77
Dividends 2006: $34.30
Dividends 2007: $77.02
Non-reinvested Dividends: $17.10
Total Dividends Received: $177.37 (Since 2003 merger of CWN & PEI)

Saturday, November 03, 2007

FMJ - Day 583

November 2: An evening shopping trip to Glendale Galleria Mall and 14 cents was found by Ajay and me -- a dime and 4 pennies.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.14
Bottles & Cans Collected: 6
Running Stats
This Month: $.15
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $191.14
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $375.14 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $835.54 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 12 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,028.63

FMJ - Day 582

November 1: A single penny was found on a walk near the kids' school.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.01
Bottles & Cans Collected: 6
Running Stats
This Month: $.01
Last Month: $3.79
2007 Finds: $191.00
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $375.00 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $835.40 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 6 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,028.63

End of the Month -- October 2007

End of Month Stats:
Total found - October 2007: $3.79
Average Amount Found per Day: 12 cents

Holdings
FMJ Fund - Stock Held:
15.425 Shares/PEI Worth: $588.47
20.903 Shares/GRT Worth: $464.05
B&C Fund - Stock Held:
39.331 Shares/UDR Worth: $933.72

Total Stocks Held Value: $1,986.24
Value at August 31, 2007: $1,032.76
Stock purchase cost: $1,766.99
Excess Value of Stock Over Cost: $219.25

Other Funds Owned:
Non-deposited FMJ Funds(still in the jar): $10.28
FMJ Savings Account: $218.91
Note: a jar count on November 1, 2007 was done and $200.00 deposited in the savings account.

Dividend & Interest Income
This month: $22.82
Savings Interest 2007: 98 cents
Savings Interest 2006: $1.77
Dividends 2006: $34.30
Dividends 2007: $77.02
Non-reinvested Dividends: $17.10
Total Dividends Received: $177.37 (Since 2003 merger of CWN & PEI)

Total Asset Value of FMJ Fund: $1,281.71

Bottles and Cans Fund
This Month: $1,028.63
Cash used to purchase stock: $1,013.17
Cash Account Balance: $15.46
Sept. 30, 2007: $999.18
B&C Stocks/cash value: $949.18
Decrease in B&C Fund: $50.00

Total Value of Both Funds: $2,230.89
September 07: $2,327.61
August 07: $2,217.07
July 07: $2178.49
*Decrease from Prior Month: ($96.72)

* Decrease due unfavorable share prices for REITs.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

FMJ - Day 581

October 31: Happy Halloween! Found 19 cents. A stop for cash at Wells Fargo Bank and I find a penny under the ATM. Then, shopping for candy at Dollar Tree -- found a nickel and 2 pennies in the store. For dinner, we went to In-N-Out Burger in Moorpark, I found a dime and a penny on the bench where you wait for pick-ups.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.19
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $3.79
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $190.99
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $374.99 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $835.39 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 193 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,028.63

FMJ - Day 580

October 30: Found a dime and two pennies. The dime was found at the New Panda restaurant in the Sycamore Village Shopping Center in Simi Valley. The Pennies were found in Trader Joe's.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.12
Bottles & Cans Collected: 5
Running Stats
This Month: $3.60
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $190.80
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $374.80 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $835.20 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 191 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,028.63

FMJ - Day 579

October 29: No finds.

Monday, October 29, 2007

FMJ - Day 578

October 28: Happy Birthday to my wife! I won't reveal her age but she still looks young. We found 2 pennies. The first at the 7-11 at the corner of Tapo Canyon & Cochran Aves. The second at Von's on Yosemite. I collected a bunch of beer and water bottles while jaunting around Sanata Monica and Hollywood, yesterday.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.02
Bottles & Cans Collected: 31
Running Stats
This Month: $3.48
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $190.68
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $374.68 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $835.08 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 186 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,028.63

FMJ - Day 577

October 27: Played a tough tennis match against the Oxnard Team. Congratulations to them for beating the pants off us in 3 straight matches. Jay and I did the best in our match with a 3 set score of 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. I didn't make any money finds but I did collect about a dozen bottles from our match.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

FMJ - Day 576

October 26: I found a quarter near the newspaper machines at Ralph's in Wood Ranch. At Lenny Dykstra's car wash, I found a nickel and a penny. Ajay found a penny in the parking lot.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.32
Bottles & Cans Collected: 6
Running Stats
This Month: $3.46
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $190.66
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $374.66 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $835.06 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 155 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,028.63

Friday, October 26, 2007

Recycling Update!

October 26: This morning, I took a load of bottles and cans to the Wood Ranch Recycling Center to cash them. We received $12.70 for our efforts.

Total cash value of return recyclables in the B&C Fund: $1,028.63

FMJ - Day 575

October 25: 4 pennies found. Three pennies at Carls, Jr. on L.A. Ave. One penny at In-N-Out Burger on Stearns Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.04
Bottles & Cans Collected: 12
Running Stats
This Month: $3.14
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $190.34
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $374.34 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $834.74 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 149 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,015.93

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Dividends!

On October 15, 2007, we were paid a dividend on the FMJ holdings of Glimcher Realty investment Trust (GRT) in the amount of $9.85. This was automatically reinvested by our broker for fractional shares. Our new holdings in GRT are 20.903 shares.

FMJ - Day 574

October 24: We found a nickel and three pennies. The nickel was found a Carl's Jr. on Madera Rd. The pennies were found while walking in the morning.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.08
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $3.10
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $190.30
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $374.30 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $834.70 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 137 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,015.93

FMJ - Day 573

October 23: I found a nickel near the America's Tire store in Simi Valley.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.05
Bottles & Cans Collected: 3
Running Stats
This Month: $3.02
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $190.22
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $374.22 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $834.62 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 135 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,015.93

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

FMJ - Day 572

October 22: FIRE, FIRE, Everywhere. There's a huge fire about 12 miles away from our house that's blowing smoke and ash right over us. The Santa Ana winds are gusting at 80m.p.h. and our electricity has been out all day and through the night. I took the kids to Cerritos to stay with their Mayma. There safe and comfy at grandma's house. Their school was closed for fire evacuation needs.

Money finds: Found two quarters and five pennies in the morning near Jack in the Box on L.A. Ave. At the Alliance gas station in Thousand Oaks where we pulled in the change a flat tire late last night, I found a nickel and two pennies.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.62
Bottles & Cans Collected: 8
Running Stats
This Month: $2.97
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $190.17
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $374.17 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $834.57 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 132 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,015.93

FMJ - Day 571

October 21: Found a penny... forgotten where.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

FMJ - Day 570

October 20: Found a lone penny on the floor near the concession stand at Mann's Westlake Village Theater.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.01
Bottles & Cans Collected: 1
Running Stats
This Month: $2.34
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $189.54
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $373.54 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $833.94 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 124 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,015.93

Saturday, October 20, 2007

FMJ - Day 569

October 19: Unfortunately, Civic duty kept me out of the game on this day... I had JURY DUTY. I had to be at the Ventura Court House at 8:00AM so that meant getting up at 6:00AM to get ready, putting on my best suit from my working years and drive 48 miles north to Ventura. I and 200 other people spent the full day waiting to be called for a jury panel in a large jury assembly room. At 4:45p.m., they let everyone go and not a single jury panel was called.

What did I do during the 8 Hours of sitting around? I brought 3 books, my sony walkman cassette player to listen to Hendrix, China Crisis & The Who, cashews &, crackerjacks, and 4 newspapers.

I completed 95 pages of Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD. I read several entries in THE Incomplete Education and started to read a book about American cabins called THE CABIN.

Did I enjoy myself? I MOST CERTAINLY DID!

Still no money was found.

FMJ - Day 568

October 18: I found a single penny at McDonald's on Washington Blvd. in Commerce, CA where we stopped on our way to pick up Mayma in Cerritos to stay at our house for a few days.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.01
Bottles & Cans Collected: 7
Running Stats
This Month: $2.33
Last Month: $3.4
2007 Finds: $189.53
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $373.53 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $833.93 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 123 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,015.93

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

FMJ - Day 568

October 17: I found a dime at Carl's Jr. on Madera Rd. Ajay found a quarter on the playground at his school.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.35
Bottles & Cans Collected: 8
Running Stats
This Month: $2.32
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $189.52
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $373.52 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $833.92 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 116 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,015.93

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

FMJ - Day 567

October 16: 11 cents (dime and penny) found while walking across Denton St. towards the kids' school.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.11
Bottles & Cans Collected: 5
Running Stats
This Month: $1.97
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $189.17
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $373.17 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $833.57 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 108 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,015.93

FMJ - Day 566

October 15: 13 cents found. At the Marshall's store in Thousand Oaks, I found 3 pennies near the check-out. An afternoon bike ride around our neighborhood gave us a dime found on Anasazi Way.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.13
Bottles & Cans Collected: 1
Running Stats
This Month: $1.86
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $189.06
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $373.06 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $833.46 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 103 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,015.93

Monday, October 15, 2007

FMJ - Day 565

October 14: In Westwood Village at the Falafel King Restaurant, I found a quarter and a penny. Love that Falafel King!

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.31 (5 cents from yesterday)
Bottles & Cans Collected: 13
Running Stats
This Month: $1.73
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $188.93
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $372.93 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $833.33 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 102 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,015.93

Sunday, October 14, 2007

FMJ - Day 564

October 13: Found a nickel in the check-out line at Best Buy in Simi Valley.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

FMJ - Day 563

October 12: No Finds except a few cans.

Friday, October 12, 2007

FM - Day 562

October 11: Found 2 pennies at Carl's Jr. at the corner of L.A. and Yosemite Aves.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.02
Bottles & Cans Collected: 3
Running Stats
This Month: $1.42
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $188.62
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $372.62 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $833.02 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 89 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,015.93

Thursday, October 11, 2007

FMJ - DAY 561

October 10: I found a single penny in the Pavillion's parking lot on Alamo Rd. We turned in $2.75 worth of bottles and cans at the recycling center near the Ralph's on L.A. Ave.

We will combine today's posting with the next day's.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

FMJ - Day 560

October 9: Ajay and I found two pennies at McDonald's on Yosemite Ave. An afternoon bike ride around our neighborhood and we find a quarter on the next street over.

Yesterday, we turned in $6.00 worth of bottles and cans.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.27
Bottles & Cans Collected: 6
Running Stats
This Month: $1.39
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $188.59
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $372.59 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $832.99 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 86 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,013.18

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

FMJ - Day 559

October 8: Ajay found a dime, nickel and a penny at the Subway sandwiches in the Camarillo Outlet Center. I found a penny earlier in the day while at the AMC Theaters in Woodland Hills.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.17
Bottles & Cans Collected: 0
Running Stats
This Month: $1.12
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $188.32
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $372.32 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $832.72 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 80 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,007.18

Monday, October 08, 2007

First Stock Purchased for B&C Fund.

October 8: Today, I invested all of the B&C Funds which totaled $1,013.18 after this morning's turn-in of $6.00 of CRV bottles and cans. The stock is United Dominion Realty Trust (UDR) which mainly owns apartment communities. It owns over 77,000 apartment units across the country including developments here in Los Angeles, CA.

We bought 39.331 shares of UDR stock at $25.76 for a total purchase price of $1,013.17. Currently, the stock pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share which is an annual yield of 5.2% on our purchase price. We should expect about $53.00 in income from this investment in its first year.

So, here are the FMJ and B&C Funds current investments:

15.425 shares of PEI @ $40.29 $ 621.47
20.487 shares of GRT @ $23.65 484.52
39.331 shares of UDR @ $25.73 1,011.99

Total value of investments: $2,117.98

Forward Annual Expected Dividend Income: $128.00
(Equates a 6% yield.)

FMJ - Day 558

October 7: On the way to Santa Monica, I found a dime at the USA gas station on Kanan Rd. Along the 3rd Street Promenade, Ajay and I found 6 pennies.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.16
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2
Running Stats
This Month: $.95
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $188.15
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $372.15 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $832.55 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 80 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,007.18

Saturday, October 06, 2007

FMJ - Day 557

October 6: 49 cents found. Fist find was made in the morning at the Carl's Jr. in Westlake Village -- a single penny. A stop at the 99 cents store on Tapo St. and we find two pennies. Maya attended a birthday party at the Brunswick bowling lanes on Cochran Ave. Upon picking her up, I found a quarter and two pennies.

In the evening, we ventured to Topanga Promenade Mall -- Ajay and I found a dime and nine pennies walking around.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.49
Bottles & Cans Collected: 8
Running Stats
This Month: $.79
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $187.99
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $371.99 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $832.39 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 78 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,007.18

FMJ - Day 556

October 5: No Finds. But, I did discover that I've miss numbered the last few days. I'll fix it quickly.

Friday, October 05, 2007

FMJ - Day 555

October 4: Found a single penny at Carl's Jr. on Erringer Rd.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.01
Bottles & Cans Collected: 16
Running Stats
This Month: $.30
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $187.50
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $371.50 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $831.90 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 70 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,007.18

Thursday, October 04, 2007

FMJ - Day 554

October 3: No money was found... 10 water bottles were collected.

FMJ - Day 553

October 3: No money was found... 10 water bottles were collected.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

FMJ - Day 552

October 2: 26 cents found. We found a penny in the parking lot outside the Trek Bike store in Simi Valley. Ajay and I needed some color ink for a school project so we headed to Staples. On the way out of the store, I noticed a quarter laying near the entrance just inside the store... picked it up with nary a trace of effort.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.26
Bottles & Cans Collected: 3
Running Stats
This Month: $.29
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $187.49
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $371.49 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $831.89 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 64 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $1,007.18

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Bottles and Cans Fund over $1,000 Mark!

Today, October 2, 2007, the Bottles & Cans Fund passed the $1,000 mark within its second year that will end of October 5, 2007. This afternoon, Ajay and I returned $8.00 worth of recycling. This brings our new B&C Fund total to $1,007.18!

The goal of recycling $500 of bottles and cans per year is intact! Kids, you did it!

Congratulations to Maya and Ajay for their strident efforts and hard work in accomplishing their financial goal. You can be proud of yourselves for a long time to come.

Love,
Dad

FMJ - Day 551

October 1: Found three pennies while taking an afternoon break with the kids at Del Taco on Cochran Ave. I counted the cans and bottles from the tennis match -- 29. Aunt Anju's donated 23! Also, Ron Roth donated 5 of his water bottles down at the Rancho Simi Tennis Courts this morning. Thanks to all our helpers.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.03
Bottles & Cans Collected: 61
Running Stats
This Month: $.03
Last Month: $3.46
2007 Finds: $187.23
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $371.23 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $831.63 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 61 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $999.18

End of the Month -- September 2007!

End of Month Stats:
Total found - September 2007: $3.46
Average Amount Found per Day: 11 cents

Holdings
Stock Held:
15.425 Shares/PEI Worth: $609.29
20.487 Shares/GRT Worth: $493.74
Month End - Total Stock Value: $1,103.03
Value at August 31, 2007: $1,032.76
Stock purchase cost: $743.97 (includes reinvested dividends & interest)
Excess Value of Stock Over Cost: $359.06

Other Funds Owned:
Non-deposited FMJ Funds(still in the jar): $206.49
FMJ Savings Account: $18.91

Income
This month: $8.66
Savings Interest 2007: 98 cents
Savings Interest 2006: $1.77
Dividends 2006: $34.30
Dividends 2007: $54.20
Non-reinvested Dividends: $17.10
Total Dividends Received: $154.55 (Since 2003 merger of CWN & PEI)

Total Asset Value of FMJ Fund: $1,328.43

Bottles and Cans Fund
This Month: $999.18
August 31, 2007: $962.38
Increase in B&C Fund: $36.80

Total Value of Both Funds: $2,327.61
Last month: $2,217.07
2 months ago: $2178.49
*Increase from Prior Month: $110.54

* Increase due to decent bottle & can redemptions, money finds and favorable share prices increases for REITs.

Monday, October 01, 2007

FMJ - Day 550

September 30: 33 cents found. Last night, Ajay was bitten across his face by a neighbor's dog... so, a hospital trip was made... luckily it was just a slight puncture to his cheek -- no stitches required - hopefully no scar. Anyway, he's been put on Augmenten , an very expensive antibiotic, for the next 7 days. He was a little shaken by the dog attack and we decided to spend the night at his Mayma's house in Cerritos, CA.

While shopping Pioneer Blvd. in Cerritos, Ajay and I found a dime and two pennies. At Burger King, we found a penny. A stop at 7-11 for soda, I found a dime. While getting gas at the Exxon on Norwalk Blvd., I scooped our final find of a dime near my pump.

We also collected a donation of bottles and cans from Aunt Anju. I'll add them when I count them.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.33
Bottles & Cans Collected: 10
Running Stats
This Month: $3.46
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $187.20
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $371.20 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $831.60 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 183 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $999.18

FMJ - Day 549

September 29: No Finds. I played in the tough match against the #1 doubles team from the Ojai Tennis Club and lost 6-0, 7-5. The kids did collect a bag full of bottles from the after party at the courts.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Dividends!

On September 17, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust paid out a regular quarterly dividend of $8.66 on the 15.191 shares held by the FMJ fund. The dividend was reinvested for .234 fractional shares. Our total holdings have increased to 15.425 shares.

Stock Dividends Stats
Dividends 2007: $54.20
Non-reinvested Dividends: $17.10 (held as idle cash in savings)
Dividends for 2006: $34.30
Total Dividends Received: $154.55

FMJ - Day 548

September 28: I found a dime while dining at El Paseo on First St.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.10
Bottles & Cans Collected: 0
Running Stats
This Month: $3.13
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $186.87
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $370.87 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $831.27 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 173 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $999.18

FMJ - Day 547

September 27: I found a single penny at the El Pollo Loco after playing tennis in the evening.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.01
Bottles & Cans Collected: 8
Running Stats
This Month: $3.03
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $186.77
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $370.77 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $831.17 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 173 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $999.18

FMJ - Day 546

September 26: No Finds. 3 bottles.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Closing in on $1,000 for the B&C Fund!

September 26: At the Wood Ranch recycling center, I stopped to turn in a box full of bottles and cans and received $4.85 for them. We are now less than $1.00 away from our goal of attaining $1,000 in two years from recycling bottles and cans. October 5, 2007 will mark our two year anniversary for the B&C Fund.

Our new balance is $999.18!

FMJ - Day 545

September 25: 29 cents found. At the 7-11 near Dan' Tennis Shop on Cochran Ave., I found 4 pennies. Ajay and Maya found a quarter while walking Biscuit in our neighborhood.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.29
Bottles & Cans Collected: 14
Running Stats
This Month: $3.02
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $186.76
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $370.76 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $831.16 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 165 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $994.33

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

FMJ - Day 544

September 24: No Finds... 9 bottles. Add them on the next day.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

FMJ - Day 543

September 23: After our Moorpark Men's Doubles Team tennis match this morning in which Glenn and I defeated Gerry and Jay - the #1 double teams on Larry Gee's incredibly good Simi Valley team -- 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-5, the kids and I went to Northridge Mall on Tampa Blvd. in the San Fernando Valley. In the food court, we found a quarter, 2 dimes and 2 pennies.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.47
Bottles & Cans Collected: 13
Running Stats
This Month: $2.73
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $186.47
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $370.47 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $830.87 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 151 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $994.33

FMJ - Day 542

September 22: Found a dime and a penny while shopping at Big Lots in Simi Valley.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.11
Bottles & Cans Collected: 9
Running Stats
This Month: $2.26
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $186.00
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $370.00 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $830.40 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 138 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $994.33

Saturday, September 22, 2007

FMJ - Day 541

September 21: No finds but we did take in some recycling to the recycling machines near the Ralph's on L.A. Ave. How much? $10.10 for our B&C Fund.

Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $994.33

Friday, September 21, 2007

FMJ - Day 540

September 20: Found a nickel at McDonald's on Tapo St.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.05
Bottles & Cans Collected: 11
Running Stats
This Month: $2.15
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $185.89
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $369.89 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $830.29 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 129 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $984.23

FMJ - Day 539

September 19: No finds were to be made on this FMJ Day 538.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

FMJ - Day 538

September 18: An evening trip to the Simi Valley Town Center for Pizza at San's and the kids find two pennies. After that, we went to Border's on Tapo Canyon Rd. -- I found a dime in the reference section.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.12
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2

Running Stats
This Month: $2.10
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $185.84
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $369.84 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $830.24 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 118 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $984.23

FMJ - Day 537

September 17: I found a bent and ran over penny near the Jack in the Box on L.A. Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.01
Bottles & Cans Collected: 3

Running Stats
This Month: $1.98
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $185.72
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $369.72 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $830.12 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 116 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $984.23

Monday, September 17, 2007

FMJ - Day 536

September 16: We celebrated Aunt Pratu's 65th Birthday with a family BBQ at Dana Point Park overlooking the Pacific... Absolutely, BEAUTIFUL! The kids were given the task of keeping the Soda Cans and beer away from the bees... the did a good job and for their benefit collected it all for their fund.

While paying for parking at the beach, I found 10 pennies resting on the ledge of the payment booth... later, I found a penny at the ARCO gas station in Dana Point, CA.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.11
Bottles & Cans Collected: 18

Running Stats
This Month: $1.97
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $185.71
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $369.71 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $830.11 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 113 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $984.23

FMJ - Day 535

September 15: Ajay and I found a dime and 7 pennies in and around the Albertson's and Best Dollar stores in Moorpark, CA where we had to stop prior to my tennis team match at Arroyo Vista Park. We also brought a empty box to the match for collecting recyclable bottles and cans... we simply attached a sign to it that read, "Please drop your bottles and cans in the box for recycling. Thanks," and everyone obliged. Thanks.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.17
Bottles & Cans Collected: 26

Running Stats
This Month: $1.86
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $185.60
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $369.60 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $830.00 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 95 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $984.23

Saturday, September 15, 2007

FMJ - Day 534

September 14: Six cents found. In the morning, I found a penny in the parking lot at the Carl's Jr. at the corner of Erringer Rd. & Cochran Ave. An afternoon stop for Ice Cream Sundaes at McDonald's on Tapo St. brought us a nickel which was discovered renting near the first cashier station.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.06
Bottles & Cans Collected: 7

Running Stats
This Month: $1.69
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $185.43
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $369.43 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $829.83 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 69 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $984.23

Friday, September 14, 2007

FMJ - Day 533

September 13: We found 19 cents. A dime and nickel by Ajay were found while shopping at Albertson's on Madera Rd. I found a penny in Albertson's parking lot and three pennies at Tommy's Hamburger's.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.19
Bottles & Cans Collected: 8

Running Stats
This Month: $1.63
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $185.37
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $369.37 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $829.77 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 62 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $984.23

Thursday, September 13, 2007

FMJ - Day 532

September 12: We found a dime and three pennies while grocery shopping at the Von's on Cochran St.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.13
Bottles & Cans Collected: 4

Running Stats
This Month: $1.44
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $185.18
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $369.18 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $829.58 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 54 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $984.23

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Recycling Update.

September 12: I took a trip to the recycling center in Wood Ranch... while standing in line for the machines, I offered the lady behind me $3.00 for her large bag of cans as she was in a hurry and I saw no reason why she should be made to come back. (The gas alone is a killer.) She appreciatively took my offer and I made an extra $2.55 for my effort. Total CRV cash deposits recouped for this today's venture -- $9.85!

Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $984.23

FMJ - Day 531

September 11: No finds were to be had... nothing.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

FMJ - Day 530

September 10: A penny was found at the Simi Valley Kentucky Fried Chicken in the afternoon. We will add it to tomorrow's totals.

Monday, September 10, 2007

FMJ - Day 529

September 9: Spending the day with Mayma in Cerritos, the family went shopping for the perfect rug at the Downey Landing Plaza in Downey, CA. We didn't find a perfect rug on this trip but I did scoop two pennies for the FMJ along the shopping trail.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.02
Bottles & Cans Collected: 2

Running Stats
This Month: $1.31
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $185.05
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $369.05 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $829.45 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 50 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $974.38

Saturday, September 08, 2007

FMJ - Day 528

September 8: This afternoon, I played in our first team doubles match of the season. Our opponents where the team from Spanish Hills Country Club of Camarillo, CA. My partner, Jay Taylor, and I won our match 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 giving our Moorpark Tennis Club Arroyo Aces team the victory 2-1. We play 3 doubles matches per team meeting and we have 11 guys on on our squad.

After the match, the kids and I went to Costco in Simi Valley for hot dogs... I picked up a quarter by the drink machine and Ajay found a penny.

An evening trip to In-N-Out Burger in Moorpark and a stop at Target -- 5 pennies came our way, there.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.31
Bottles & Cans Collected: 7

Running Stats
This Month: $1.29
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $185.03
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $369.03 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $829.43 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 48 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $974.38

FMJ - Day 527

September 7: We found nothing. Our neighbor tossed out a bunch of wine bottles which are returnable... so, we scavenged them for the B&C Fund. That's it.

Friday, September 07, 2007

FMJ - Day 526

September 6: A late night run to the Von's supermarket brought the FMJ a 1992 Canadian Quarter, a game token and a chewed up U.S. Penny. All coins found neatly stacked upon the coin counting machine.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.01
Bottles & Cans Collected: 4

Running Stats
This Month: $.98
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $184.72
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $368.72 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $829.12 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 41 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $974.38

Thursday, September 06, 2007

FMJ - Day 525

September 5: No finds... collected 4 bottles.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

FMJ - Day 524

September 4: We found two quarters, a dime and three pennies while shopping at the 99 Cents Only store on Tapo St. Ajay found a penny at the Von's store in La Crescenta, CA.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.64
Bottles & Cans Collected: 13

Running Stats
This Month: $.97
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $184.71
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $368.71 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $829.11 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 37 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $974.38

Recycling Update

Yesterday, we returned $12.00 worth of bottles and cans to the recycling center at the Ralph's on L.A. Ave. Among our returns were some donations from Aunt Reshma... She's decided to join in our campaign and promised to save her bottles and cans for the kids. So far, the kids have three family households donating to their fund. Keep on recycling.


Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $974.38

FMJ - Day 523

September 3: Found 12 cents. First find, a dime, was made at the Ralph's in Porter Ranch. Two pennies were found in Santa Monica along a sidewalk.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.12
Bottles & Cans Collected: 7

Running Stats
This Month: $.33
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $184.07
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $368.07 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $828.47 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 24 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $962.38

Monday, September 03, 2007

FMJ - Day 522

September 2: 16 cents found. At the Shell station on Yosemite Ave., I found 4 pennies near the cashier. A stop at Albertson's on L.A. Ave. and there were 2 pennies left atop the coin counting machine -- scooped them. I took the kids to Grandma's house for the evening in Cerritos. After that, my wife and I had dinner at Brent's Deli in Thousand Oaks, CA. On the way out, I found a dime.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.16
Bottles & Cans Collected: 10

Running Stats
This Month: $.21
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $183.95
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $367.95 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $828.35 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 17 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $962.38

FMJ - Day 521

September 1: 5 pennies found. All found at the 7-11 at the corner of L.A. Ave. and Sequoia Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.05
Bottles & Cans Collected: 7

Running Stats
This Month: $.05
Last Month: $6.21
2007 Finds: $183.79
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $367.79 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $828.19 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 7 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $962.38

Saturday, September 01, 2007

End of the Month Report for August 2007

End of Month Stats:
Total found - August 2007: $6.21
Average Amount Found per Day: 20 cents

Holdings
Stock Held:
15.191 Shares/PEI Worth: $574.68
20.487 Shares/GRT Worth: $458.09
Total Stock Value: $1,032.76
Value at July 31, 2007: $1,027.09
Stock purchase cost: $735.31 (includes reinvested dividends & interest)
Excess Value of Stock Over Cost: $297.45

Other Funds Owned:
Non-deposited FMJ Funds(still in the jar): $203.02
FMJ Savings Account: $18.91

Income
This month: $0
Savings Interest 2007: 98 cents
Savings Interest 2006: $1.77
Dividends 2006: $34.30
Dividends 2007: $45.54
Non-reinvested Dividends: $17.10
Total Dividends Received: $145.89 (Since 2003 merger of CWN & PEI)

Total Asset Value of FMJ Fund: $1,254.69

Bottles & Cans Fund: $962.38
Increase in B&C Fund: $26.70

This month's Total Value of Both Funds: $2,217.07
Total Value at July 31 2007: $2178.49
*Increase from Prior Month: $38.58

* Increase due to decent bottle & can redemptions, money finds and favorable share prices increases for REITs.

FMJ - Day 520

August 31: We found two pennies. The first one was found near Jack in the Box on L.A. Ave. The second was found at the Von's grocery store on Yosemite Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.02
Bottles & Cans Collected: 3

Running Stats
This Month: $6.21
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $183.74
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $367.74 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $828.14 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 426 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $962.38

Friday, August 31, 2007

FMJ - Day 519

August 30: No finds for Day 519.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

FMJ - Day 518

August 29: Ajay found a quarter and a penny at In-N-Out Burger on Stearns St. I found a penny in the parking lot of the post office.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.27
Bottles & Cans Collected: 6

Running Stats
This Month: $6.19
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $183.72
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $367.72 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $828.12 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 423 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $962.38

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

FMJ - Day 517

August 28: I found a dime and a penny. The dime was found in front of Subway on Cochran St. behind our Wal-mart. At Wal-Mart, the penny was found at our checkout. Did the school supply hunt -- this year our schools require every kid have a three-day supply of emergency food -- we're getting there.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.11
Bottles & Cans Collected: 5

Running Stats
This Month: $5.92
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $183.45
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $367.45 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $827.85 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 417 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $962.38

The Bottles and Cans from Our Trip

As with every trip, this trip was no different, we saved all our bottles and cans for recycling. How many were we able to stuff in the two large suit cases, one racquet bag, and a duffle bag? 95! Worth $4.75! The nice thing about trips out of state is that we don't pay the California Return Deposit. So, whatever we collect from the recycling is pure profit.

I discovered that a lot of bottles and cans used out of state are "marked" for deposit return is California. If "CA CRV" or "CA DEPOSIT" or "CA CASH RETURN" is written on the labeling, it can be recycled for cash in California.

My parents and siblings are going to start mailing their bottles and cans to me rather than "pay" for the curbside recycling in their hometowns. You can ship dry water bottles quite cheaply as they don't weigh very much. Also, the bottles make great stuffers for those Xmas and Ebay packages. Just a tip.

Recycling Update: Last night, the kids and I returned $6.65 worth of bottles and cans.

Some Stats
Bottles & Cans Collected: 95
Bottles and Cans Collected: 412 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $962.38

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

FMJ - Day 516

August 27: Return trip home. We had to leave Philadelphia at 8:00A.M. to make our flight home from BWI airport in Baltimore. We flew Southwest Airlines by way of Kansas City to Los Angeles LAX. It was a very bumpy flight... Why does Southwest always used the Reverse Thruster when landing? I think they do it to get to gate faster... somehow it saves time, I think. It sure make the landing an event though.

At Kansas City, I found a dime near gate 32. Ajay found a New Zealand 20 Cent Coin and two pennies in LAX. (We brought back cans and bottle from our week long trip in our suit cases -- I'll count them tomorrow.)

Glad to be home.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.12
Bottles & Cans Collected:

Running Stats
This Month: $5.81
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $183.34
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $367.34 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $827.74 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 317 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $955.73

FMJ - Day 515

August 26: Nirav's and Archana's Wedding Day. Their wedding was held in the Liberty Ballroom at the Marriott Hotel on Market Street in Philadelphia... What a grand wedding! Family and Friends attended from all over the world... arriving from India, London, Toronto, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Syracuse, and elsewhere unknown. Totally International!

Indian Weddings are quite the party... lots of food, elegant Saris and entertainment. Colorful!

Maya and Ajay dressed in newly tailored traditional Indian garb... they looked like the Maharaja's prince and princess. My wife wore one of the finest Sari I've ever seen... dark blue silk beaded in gold, ruby and emerald... WOW!

Archana, our bride, wore a pink and gold Sari... It was out of this world. Uncle Nirav wore a gold Punjabi, long string of flowers, and a festooned Crown. It was quite a sight to see... you felt as if you had been transported to 12th century Princely India!

Traditional dances and singing... I had sung a song in Hindi I've rehearsed many times in the car and shower. The song, Ajanabe, is from an Indian Movie called Dil Se. The crowd loved it... I totally nailed it! One lady thought I should compete on "Indian Idol!"

Om Thrushdhi!

FMJ - Day 514

August 25: Well, now the fun begins... on this day, we had to drive from my brother Terry's house in Gaithersburg, Maryland to my parent's place in Bethany Beach, Delaware then back-track to Baltimore to pick-up my wife at BWI airport for our final trip of the day to Philadelphia, PA. WHY all this driving? Dry Cleaning!

Not knowing how our adventurous week might go, I put my suits in for dry cleaning near my parent's home. Our trip to Gaithersburg the prior day was totally unplanned... just on a whim we went there. So, my drycleaning was not to be ready before Friday at 5:00p.m. So, I required my suits for the wedding and there you have it. DRIVE!

NO finds for this day... next time think I'll drop of my drycleaning near the airport.

FMJ - Day 513

August 24: We left my parent's home in Bethany Beach, Del. to enjoy a day back home in Gaithersburg, Maryland... I took my kids around to the places where I grew up. I showed them the first court where I began my love affair with the sport of tennis 32 years ago. We ate a Chinese lunch at Wok Express in Montgomery Village Center... that restaurant has been there forever. Good Food always!

In the afternoon, I took the kids to our old neighborhood in Potomac Falls, Virginia. We made a surprise visit upon her best friend, Alma. They shared 4 hours of story telling about "Maya's California Adventure." Amazing how grown-up Alma seems since we left... Girls do mature faster than boys. Super smart kid!

Our last stop before moving on to Philadelphia for my wife's cousins wedding was a stop at Tyson's Corner Mall. Wow, they've expanded... It's a mega mall now! You could spend an entire day in that place... new food courts and theaters and a Barnes and Noble! Even I might shop there!

We found 69 cents in the form of a quarter, 3 dimes, a nickel and 9 pennies in this day's journey.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.69
Bottles & Cans Collected:

Running Stats
This Month: $5.79
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $183.22
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $367.22 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $827.62 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 317 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $955.73

FMJ - Day 512

August 23: On our third day of Vacation, we enjoyed the company of my sister, Debbie and my nephew and neice, Nicholas and Sara. I hadn't been with them in a year... my how big those two have gotten... Sara is such a cutie pie... So, sweet... just like her mother. Nicky is going to be a great tennis player when he comes out to California next summer... he's an athlete all around.

No finds again for this day 512. We did enjoy a fine evening of dining together at Ponzetti's Pizza! It was great to just get together with family.

FMJ - Day 511

August 22: Uncle Robbie drove to the beach to meet us for more family fun... Baja Go-Karts on Rt. 50 in West Ocean City... Maya and I race the "Stock Cars." She's going to be an "excellent driver." Ajay and Uncle Robbie race in the twin-seaters.

There's nothing funner than Go-Karts!

Grotto Pizza Again!

NO FINDS ON DAY 511.

FMJ - Day 510

August 21: An evening walk along the Ocean City, Maryland Boardwalk... the kids and Uncle Terry rode the rides at Trimper's Boardwalk Amusement Park. Ajay rode on the Himalaya! Along our stroll, we found a quarter, dime and 5 pennies. If your ever in Ocean City, you've got the have a bucket of Thrasher's French Fries... absolutely the best fries in America! Uncle Terry and Aunt Mindy spoiled Maya and Ajay with gifts... their favorite was a digital picture that turn them into Annakin Skywalker and Padme from a Star Wars poster. Our day was filled with eating all the "bad food" we crave... Grotto Pizza! Fisher's Candied Popcorn! Thrasher's! Super Pretzels! Utz Potato Chips!

Our first East Coast Meal was a stop at Waffle House for a "real late night breakfast."

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.40
Bottles & Cans Collected:

Running Stats
This Month: $5.10
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $182.53
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $366.53 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $826.93 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 317 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $955.73

FMJ - Day 509

August 20: On our first day of our trip back east, we found 11 pennies. A single penny was found at LAX. After landing in Baltimore's BWI Airport, we picked up our rental car for the drive to Delaware. A stop at 7-11 in Havre de Grace, Maryland for some wake-me-up coffee brought the FMJ 10 more pennies... all found in a parking space out front of the store.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.11
Bottles & Cans Collected:

Running Stats
This Month: $4.70
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $182.13
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $366.13 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $826.53 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 317 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $955.73

Sunday, August 19, 2007

FMJ - Day 508 "Start of Vacation"

August 19: We found 34 cents while strolling the Topango Promenade Mall to escape 100 degree weather today. There were 2 dimes, a nickel and 9 pennies in our take.

We're (the kids and I) leaving for the East Coast... Bethany Beach, Delaware. Going to visit the "Grands" in their new beach home. We will return the following Monday night.

Have fun... Let's hope the economy doesn't fall apart while we're away. Any of you watching all this mess in credit markets... Glad I'm not looking to finance a house anytime soon. OUCH!

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.34
Bottles & Cans Collected:

Running Stats
This Month: $4.59
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $182.02
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $366.02 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $826.42 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 317 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $955.73

Saturday, August 18, 2007

FMJ - Day 507

August 18: $1.02 found in the form of 4 quarters and 2 pennies. All of it at Weinerschnitzel on L.A. Ave. in Simi Valley.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $1.02
Bottles & Cans Collected: 9

Running Stats
This Month: $4.25
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $181.68
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $365.68 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $826.08 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 317 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $955.73

FMJ - Day 506

August 17: We found 26 cents. At In-N-OUt Burger in Moorpark for dinner, a dime and nickel were scooped from their spots on the floor. After dinner, Target for sundries and we find a dime inside and a penny along the sidewalk out front.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.37 including finds from the last days.
Bottles & Cans Collected: 7

Running Stats
This Month: $3.23
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $180.66
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $364.66 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $825.06 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 308 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $955.73

Friday, August 17, 2007

FMJ - Day 506

August 16: A late night run to Von's nets a dime and a penny.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

FMJ - Day 505

August 15: Nothing found. 5 bottles were collected.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

FMJ - Day 504

August 14: On a trip to Topanga Promenade Mall with our friends from Washington, D.C., the kids and I found 29 cents -- a quarter and four pennies.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.29
Bottles & Cans Collected: 5

Running Stats
This Month: $2.86
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $180.29
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $364.29 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $824.69 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 296 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $955.73

Monday, August 13, 2007

FMJ - Day 503

August 13: Maya and I had a father/Daughter day. We played tennis, shopped and had a "long lunch" together. Along our trails, we found a nickel and penny. We also collected 20 bottles and cans.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.06
Bottles & Cans Collected: 20

Running Stats
This Month: $2.57
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $180.00
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $364.00 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $824.40 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 291 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $955.73

Sunday, August 12, 2007

FMJ - Day 502

August 12: Found 25 cents -- 2 dimes and 5 pennies. In the morning, I played in the Northridge Summer Men's 35 and Over Singles Tournament for the finals match... I WON THE MATCH 6-0, 6-0! There was only one other player in the tournament and he was rated a 3.5 player. Easy Win -- Nice Trophy! I found a penny on the way to the courts... it was lying near the sidewalk on Zelzah Ave.

After the match, I enjoyed some nice Chicken with Cashews at Pick Up Stix in Porter Ranch. Then, I took the kids to Baskin Robbins -- found a penny on the floor and one outside. A stop at the Albertson's on L.A. Ave & Stearns St. -- we found 2 dimes and 2 pennies in the coin counting machine.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.28
Bottles & Cans Collected: 10

Running Stats
This Month: $2.51
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $179.94
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $363.94 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $824.34 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 271 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $955.73

FMJ - Day 501

August 11: We took our friends to LegoLand... Can you say, "Yawn?" Found a penny in the park and two pennies on the way home. I'll add them to Day 502.

Friday, August 10, 2007

FMJ - Day 500

August 10: I found three quarters resting in the coin return shoot of a newspaper vending machine outside of the Ralph's on Sycamore Ave. Ajay found a penny inside the store. Our friends have gone to San Diego this evening and we will meet them tomorrow at LegoLand in Carlsbad, CA. Might be good coin hunting...

Earlier, Ajay and I went to bottle return machines... But, they were out of order -- not working. Luckily, someone just earlier than us also stopped by to find the same disorder and left a bag full of bottles by the machines. We happily accepted them.

Recycling Update: Today's turn-in netted $20.05 for the B&C Fund. We also found a penny near the machines.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.78
Bottles & Cans Collected: 30

Running Stats
This Month: $2.23
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $179.66
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $363.66 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $824.06 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 261 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $955.73

Thursday, August 09, 2007

FMJ - Day 499 EARTHQUAKE!

August 9: I found a single penny at McDonald's. We experienced our first earthquake at 12:58AM since moving to Simi Valley, California in October 2005. The earthquake measured 4.6 on the Richter Scale and was centered about 3 miles away from our house.

What did the Quake feel like? To start-off, we were completely asleep when it struck. At first, the french doors to our master bedroom shook extremely violently and there was this constant rumble sound. My first thought was that someone was breaking into our house. Then, the bed started shaking and hopping! Next thought I had was that we were start to float then tumble. Then, after about 5 seconds, I was asking myself... could this be an earthquake? Sure was! THE HOUSE SHOOK FOR A GOOD 30 SECONDS! We have some friends from the east coast staying with us this week. What a welcome for them! Their first quake, too.

What happened after the quake? A few pictures and books fell. All motion detector lights in the neighborhood turned on... From pitch black to bright light. And, many car alarms were blaring. For us, we incurred a few cracks in the stucco on the house, a crack in our cement driveway and a drain pipe under the sink which dislodged from the Drain's downspout... PLASTIC PIPES SUCK!

My thought about quakes are that you will never know what one feels like until you experience it... It's scary, violent, and EVIL!

The "expert" on T.V. called this one, "a good quake" as it most likely release a lot of ground pressure and may have forestalled a larger quake. Let me tell you, THERE ARE NO GOOD EARTHQUAKES!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

FMJ - Day 498

August 8: No finds... some friends are in town... TOO Busy!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

FMJ - Day 497 Recovered Glued Quarter!

August 7: Another trip to the 99 Cents Only store today. This time, we went to the one on Tapo St. -- the store just got in a shipment of bagged salads and cantaloupe. I couldn't resist the price -- 99 cents, of course. Anyway, Ajay found 2 pennies inside the store. Upon leaving, there was this quarter laying near the entrance which some very mischievous youngsters had glued to the sidewalk as a joke. Just happens that the boys who glued it were sitting on the wall of the flower beds outside the store to watch the shoppers leaving who tried in vain to retrieve the coin. I gleaned this fact from Maya who happened to overhear them talking about doing it in the store. Jokes on them, after stowing my purchase in the car, I returned with my iron 3 lb dumbell and a chisel which I always keep in the trunk of my car for times like this -- ONE SWING AND THE QUARTER WAS MINE!

Prior to the entertaining 99 Cents Only store event, the kids and I had lunch at the nearby Taco Bell -- found a dime and a penny in the parking lot.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.38
Bottles & Cans Collected: 0

Running Stats
This Month: $1.45
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $178.88
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $362.88 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $823.28 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 231 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $935.68

FMJ - Day 496

August 6: We found 2 dimes and three pennies at the 99 Cents Only store on L.A. Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.23
Bottles & Cans Collected: 11

Running Stats
This Month: $1.07
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $178.50
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $362.50 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $822.90 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 231 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $935.68

Sunday, August 05, 2007

FMJ - Day 495

August 5: 19 cents found. While shopping for the umpteenth time for a rug for Mayma's Family room, Ajay and I found a dime and a penny. In the morning, I stopped at Carl's Jr. on South St. in Cerritos for some early morning grub... found three pennies. After tennis, I stopped at Border's -- found a nickel.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.19
Bottles & Cans Collected: 32

Running Stats
This Month: $.84
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $178.27
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $362.27 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $822.67 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 220 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $935.68

FMJ - Day 494

August 4: No Finds... just a few bottles collected.

Friday, August 03, 2007

FMJ - Day 493

August 3: Ajay and I found 52 cents along our morning walk -- 2 quarters and two pennies. The quarters were curiously found along side some discarded McDonald's food along Canby St. behind the McDonald's on Reseda Blvd. Maybe it was the Found Money God's way of punishing litterbugs?

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.52
Bottles & Cans Collected: 40

Running Stats
This Month: $.65
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $178.08
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $362.08 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $822.48 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 188 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $935.68

Thursday, August 02, 2007

FMJ - Day 492

August 2: In the morning, Ajay and I walked from the Tennis Camp at Northridge along Zelzah Ave. up to Chatsworth Blvd. and back to CSUN. It was quite a walk and we found three pennies along the way.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.03
Bottles & Cans Collected: 62

Running Stats
This Month: $.13
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $177.56
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $361.56 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $821.96 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 148 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $935.68

FMJ - Day 491

August 1: Found a dime at the Von's on Yosemite Ave. We picked up 86 water bottles at the tennis camp this morning.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.10
Bottles & Cans Collected: 86

Running Stats
This Month: $.10
Last Month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $177.53
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $361.53 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $821.93 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 86 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $935.68

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Recycling Update.

July 31: Late last night, Ajay and I found a new recycling center in Chatsworth to return our bottles and cans. Our cache fetched $29.70 for the B&C Fund.

Bottles & Cans Fund: $935.68

End of the Month Stats for July 2007!

End of Month Stats:
Total found - June 2007: $112.11
Average Amount Found per Day: $3.62

Stock Held:
15.191 Shares/PEI Worth: $591.54
20.487 Shares/GRT Worth: $435.55
Total Stock Value: $1,027.09
Value at June 30, 2007: $1,175.62
Stock purchase cost: $735.31 (includes reinvested dividends & interest)
Excess Value of Stock Over Cost: $291.78

Other Funds Owned
Non-deposited FMJ Funds(still in the jar): $196.81
FMJ Savings Account: $18.91

Income
This month: $9.65
Savings Interest 2007: 98 cents
Savings Interest 2006: $1.77
Dividends 2006: $34.30
Dividends 2007: $45.54
Non-reinvested Dividends: $17.10
Total Dividends Received: $145.89 (Since 2003 merger of CWN & PEI)

Total Asset Value of FMJ Fund: $1,279.23

Bottles & Cans Fund: $935.68
Increase in B&C Fund: $91.39

This month's Total Value of Both Funds: $2,178.49
Total Value at June 30, 2007: $2123.52
*Increase from Prior Month: $54.97

* Increase due to higher money finds and bottle & can redemptions as share prices for REITs continued to slip.

July 31, 2007 - Running Stats
This month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $177.43
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $361.43 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $821.83 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 965 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $935.68


June 30, 2007 - Running stats
This month: $9.07
2007 Finds: $65.32
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $249.32 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $709.72 (since 1-1-2000)
Number of Bottles and Cans Collected: 489 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $844.29

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

FMJ - Day 490

July 31: Ajay and I went for a long walk while Maya was at tennis camp this morning... along Reseda Blvd. & Chatsworth Blvd. 22 cents was found -- 2 dimes and 2 pennies. At Ralph's, we found a penny on the floor and a dime in the coin counting machine. On Reseda, we found a very drove over and bent penny. Then, a stop to cool off in the Albertson's, Ajay found a dime.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.22
Bottles & Cans Collected: 66

Running Stats
This month: $112.11
2007 Finds: $177.43
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $361.43 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $821.83 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 965 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $905.98

Monday, July 30, 2007

FMJ - Day 489

July 30: Maya will be playing in her second tennis tournament this afternoon. It should be interesting as she is playing against a girl she first played in the last tournament. On the bottle and can front, Ajay and I collected 154 bottles and cans the last few days and from tennis camp this morning. We also found three pennies on our walk to breakfast this morning.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.03
Bottles & Cans Collected: 154

Running Stats
This month: $111.89
2007 Finds: $177.21
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $361.21 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $821.61 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 899 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $905.98

FMJ - Day 488

July 29: To Cerritos and San Marino, we went yesterday to celebrate two separate family events. The first was the announcement of my wife's cousin's wife's pregnancy... a little one is on the way. Dini Aunty and Pari Uncle are to be proud grandparents for the 5th time soon. The next big event, Leela's 4th birthday party!
The party was held at my brother-in-law's wife's brother's house in San Marino. His brother-in-law and sister-in-law are both doctors practicing in Pasadena, CA. Their house is very much "Great Gatsby like" as it was built in the 1920's. The back yard is simple yet very elegant with a huge swimming pool and outdoor sound system... great for parties. Everyone had a great time! NO money finds for Day 488 --- just too busy!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

FMJ - Day 487

July 28: Found two pennies along the way home from California's Central Coast. The pennies were found at a Taco Bell in Morro Bay.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.02
Bottles & Cans Collected: 5

Running Stats
This month: $111.86
2007 Finds: $177.18
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $361.18 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $821.58 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 745 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $905.98

Saturday, July 28, 2007

FMJ - Day 486

July 27: Late last evening in San Luis Obispo, we shopped the Downtown area... we happened upon a farmer's market and drank fresh pomegrant/kiwi juice. We also had Foster's Freeze cones. While standing in front of the Pottery Barn someone in the crowd dropped $16.00 at our feet in the form of a Ten, five and One. Ajay discovered it as I was keeping my eye on him and his new skateboard. He claims to do several tricks... one is called an Ollie. Don't know that one exactly... somehow he's picked up of the "boarder lingo."

We stayed at the Ragged Point Inn -- a quaint place along Highway 1. In the afternoon, our road adventure led up the coast to Big Sur. At the Big Sur State Park, we hiked the trails to the Pfeiffer Falls and to "Valley View" We stopped at Nepenthe for dinner. Nepenthe is a beautiful spot about 2 miles south of Big Sur. It's a lodge and restaurant known for it's great food and one the most picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. We made many stops at the overlooks and took in, the from our picnic chairs, the Sunset over the clouds on our way back to Ragged Point.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $16.00
Bottles & Cans Collected: 6

Running Stats
This month: $111.84
2007 Finds: $177.16
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $361.16 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $821.56 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 740 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $905.98

Thursday, July 26, 2007

FMJ - Day 485

Attention all readers and lurkers: We'll be a away for a few days. I'll update all finds when we return from our trip up the California coast.

On FMJ Day 485, we found twelve pennies. The first ten came by way of a shell gas station in Goleta, CA. A fill-up for gas on our way to Ragged Point, CA on the PCH.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.12
Bottles & Cans Collected: 0

Running Stats
This month: $95.84
2007 Finds: $161.16
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $345.16 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $805.56 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 734 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $905.98

FMJ - Day 484

July 25: Found a dime and a penny at the Von's grocery store on Yosemite Ave.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.11
Bottles & Cans Collected: 20

Running Stats
This month: $95.72
2007 Finds: $161.04
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $345.04 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $805.44 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 734 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $905.98

FMJ - Day 483

July 24: No finds.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

FMJ - Day 482

July 23: Only at single penny found. No bottles or cans. We'll add it to tomorrow's totals.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

FMJ - Day 481

July 22: As I had to play in a tournament on Saturday, the kids stayed in Cerritos with their Mayma. Ajay and I found four pennies at the Ikea in Costa Mesa while shopping with Mayma. I found a dime on the court at Cerritos Park where I played tennis in the morning. On Saturday, Maya found a penny at the Chipotle in Cerritos while having lunch with Mayma and Ajay. She also found 2 dimes and 7 pennies at the pool on Friday with her friend, Sarah. Total amount of money found this crazy weekend... 42 cents.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.42
Bottles & Cans Collected: 4

Running Stats
This month: $95.60
2007 Finds: $160.92
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $344.92 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $805.32 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 714 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $905.98

FMJ - Day 480

July 21: No finds. I played in a Men's Open Tennis tournament in Oxnard, CA. My first round match was against Russel Stuart who happens to be the Tennis Pro at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club. I lost 6-2, 6-1. It was a good showing... many of the games were quite close and I felt that when I was able to return his "Roddick Style" serve and could start a rally then I played the point well. There were some awesome exchanges. Right now, I'd place my tennis abilities as a few notches above the best park player and some teaching pros but just a tad bit below the college players and ranked men's open players. Maybe there's still chance for this 39 year old to make his mark again on the tennis courts...

Saturday, July 21, 2007

FMJ - Day 479

July 20: I found two quarters while playing tennis at California State at Northridge. The coins were lying at the botton of the small trash can that hangs on the fence at the end of the court. I suppose some just threw the coins away. Weird, but not unheard of happening before.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.50
Bottles & Cans Collected: 53

Running Stats
This month: $95.18
2007 Finds: $160.50
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $344.50 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $804.90 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 710 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $905.98

Thursday, July 19, 2007

FMJ - Day 478

July 19: Ajay found 4 pennies in two finds. The first find happened at Winchell's Donuts on Chatworth Blvd. -- 2 pennies. Then, while making a stop at the Wells Fargo branch inside of the Ralph's across the street from Winchell's, he finds two more pennies. We also accumulated 67 more bottles from the tennis camp this morning.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.04
Bottles & Cans Collected: 71

Running Stats
This month: $94.68
2007 Finds: $160.00
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $344.00 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $804.40 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 657 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $905.98

FMJ - Day 477 Recycling Update

July 18: We did not make any money finds. Ajay and I collected 70 bottles and cans from the tennis camp. In the evening, we went to Wood Ranch park for a family tennis outing. Afterwards, we made a stop at the recycling machines at Wood Ranch Shopping Center. Our turn-in was worth $16.95 to the B&C Fund.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: Zilch.
Bottles & Cans Collected: 70

Running Stats
This month: $94.64
2007 Finds: $159.96
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $343.96 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $804.36 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 586 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $905.98

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Dividends!

July 16: The FMJ was paid out a quarterly dividend on its GRT share holdings. The total dividends received was $9.65 and was automatically reinvested for a fractional share. This dividend brings our total share balance in GRT to 20.487 shares. Prior to this our holding in this stock was 20.088 shares.


Stock Dividends Stats
Dividends 2007: $45.54
Non-reinvested Dividends: $17.10 (held as idle cash in savings)
Dividends for 2006: $34.30
Total Dividends Received: $145.89

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

FMJ - Day 476

July 17: 75 cents found. First find was made early in the morning along my bike ride down Yosemite Ave and then into the neighborhoods... 4 pennies. After tennis, the kids, Maya's friend Sara, and I went to Panda Express at the corner of Zelzah and Devonshire. Ajay, who's not a fan of chinese food, desired Carl's Jr. So, Ajay and I went first to Carl's Jr. which was next door to pick-up his lunch. While waiting for his order, we found a dime and penny. At Panda Express, Ajay found another penny. Maya and her friend found 33 cents at our pool in the form of 2 dimes, 2 nickels and 3 pennies.

An evening outing to the Topanga Promenade Mall... Ajay and I found 2 dimes and six pennies.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.75
Bottles & Cans Collected: 74

Running Stats
This month: $94.64
2007 Finds: $159.96
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $343.96 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $804.36 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 516 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $889.03

Monday, July 16, 2007

FMJ - Day 475

July 16: Today starts the third week of tennis camp for Maya. This morning, Ajay collected 96 bottles and cans from the courts. As for coin finds, there were three pennies found... First one along a walk to the McDonald's on Reseda Blvd. The next one was found by me at Vincenzo's Pizza on Mason Ave in Northridge. The final penny was found at the entrance to Washington Mutual Bank next to Vincenzo's.

Aunt Anju's donation bag from yesterday contained 27 water, beer and soda containers.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.03
Bottles & Cans Collected: 123

Running Stats
This month: $93.89
2007 Finds: $159.21
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $343.21 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $803.61 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 442 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $889.03

Sunday, July 15, 2007

FMJ - Day 474

July 15: 70 cents found. Spending the day in Cerritos with Mayma, Ajay and I did a little coin hunting. We found a quarter and dime in the parking lot of a Rugs store on Gridley Ave. 2 dimes, a nickel and 2 pennies were found in the Cerritos Target store.
At Los Cerritos Center, 6 pennies and a Mexican 10 centavos coin were found. 2 pennies were found by the vacuums at the Big Penny car wash on Artesia Blvd.

Aunt Anju contributed a bag of bottles this weekend... we'll count them tomorrow.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.70 + Day 473's penny.
Bottles & Cans Collected: 13

Running Stats
This month: $93.86
2007 Finds: $159.18
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $343.18 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $803.58 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 319 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $889.03

FMJ - Day 473

July 14: We found a penny and 3 bottles in a non-descript parking lot while on a walk.... That's all. We'll add it to the next day's finds.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

FMJ - Day 472 Recycling Update


July 13: We found 18 cents. We picked up Maya from tennis camp and went to Wendy's Hamburgers at Devonshire Ave. & Reseda Blvd. for lunch. We found 5 pennies near the cash register. In the afternoon, the kids and I went to see the new Harry Potter movie at the Pacific Theaters on Winnetka Ave -- found a penny in the parking lot. Prior to the movie, we stopped at Von's on Topanga Canyon Rd. -- Ajay found a dime and 2 pennies near the coin counting machine.

Recycling Update: While Mommy was at the Gym, Ajay and I went to the Wood Ranch Recycling Center. We turned in 531 bottles and Cans to recoup $26.55 for the B&C Fund.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.18
Bottles & Cans Collected: 89

Running Stats
This month: $93.15
2007 Finds: $158.47
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $342.47 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $802.87 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 303 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $889.03

Thursday, July 12, 2007

FMJ - Day 471

July 12: We took the day off and went to Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura. First, we had breakfast at Marie Callendar's in Camarillo. I found a penny there. Next stop, Camino Real Park in Ventura for an hour of tennis practice. Found two pennies on the first court and a penny in the grass by our car. After that, a stop for snacks and sodas to put in our cooler. Found a nickel at the Chevron Gas Station on Victoria Ave.

Evening time and shopping at Topanga Promenade Mall. Ajay and I found five pennies in the mall.

Today's Stats
Money Finds: $.14
Bottles & Cans Collected: 8

Running Stats
This month: $92.97
2007 Finds: $158.29
Since FMJ Blog Inception: $342.29 (March 28, 2006)
Total Found for FMJ Fund: $802.69 (since 1-1-2000)
Bottles and Cans Collected: 214 for the month.
Bottles & Cans Return Fund: $862.48