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post #561 of 636
$94/???? gas
$88/$50 eating out budget!
$80/$50 household budget... I need some jars.
$1022/$850 food... we eat tons of fresh fruits and veggies and I can't seem to get this lower. Suggestions welcome!

1st: $231 Food; $124 vitamins; $52 DH's ipod
2nd: No spend!
3rd: No spend!
4th: $25 food; $21 Nike; $26 gas
5th: $26 pizza ; $151 TJs; $25 sporting goods
6th: No spend!
7th: $43 Wild by Nature; $10 file cabinet
8th: $31 eating out ; $10 library fine
9th No spend!
10th: $26 gas; $10 swimming; $18 shot blocks
11th: No spend!
12th: $16 gas
13th: No spend!
14th: No spend!
15th: $391 TJs; $74 WbN; $31 Dinner out; $17 prescription and 2 magazines; $26 gas
16th: No spend!
17th: $60 jars; $29 food; $18 race; $20 toilet paper[/quote]
18th: No spend!
19th: No spend!
20th: $33 WbN; $6 library fine; $27 gas
21st: $29 thrift (all for DH except a scarf); $10 Target
22nd: $55 food; ate out, but don't know how much; DH filled car $25
23rd: No spend!
24th: $36 WbN
25th: No spend!
post #562 of 636
3/1 - $39.25 grocery
3/2 - :
3/3 - $10 grocery
3/4 - :
3/5 - $3 grocery :
3/6 -
3/7 - : $10 prescription, $10 haircut for dd, $16.18 incl. $6
3/8 - : $50 grocery
3/9 - : $6.69 grocery
3/10 - :
3/11 - $4.50 grocery; $3
3/12 -
3/13 - :
3/14 - $100 Target - $55 batteries and charger (a good investment but blech), $30 b-day gifts, $20 grocery. I had not been to Target in at least 2 months! now I remember why..... Will put on household tab until I decide what to do with this expense.
3/15 - $25 grocery, $50 household :
3/16 -
3/17 -
3/18 -
3/19 - $10 household, :
3/20 - $20 co-pays. $6 fast food $6 household
3/21 - $190 grocery and household ; $25 pants for dh
3/22 - :, $12 grocery
3/23 -
3/24 - :
3/25 - $100 minutes for my phone, $10 copay, $5 medicine for sick girls =(

no spend
: no drive
beer, my hot button issue with dh!

11/15 no spend days
9/13 no drive days
$527.62/$400 grocery and household
post #563 of 636
okay, this counts for the 25th, even though it's 2:20 am on the 26th... silly baby

here's what i'm anticipating for expenses:
honey 164.40,
tierra farms 300
total= 464.40
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so, goals for me:
$600 for food this month!
$60 spending money- $100 birthday money
$100 saved for grain mill

21/31 no spend days
10/31 budgeted spending
non-budgeted spending
29/31 get outside days (i know this has nothing to do with money but it's needed) :

27- :
28- :
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1- :
2- :
3- 8.13 postage
4- :
5- 30 dr. appt, 217.88 grocery shopping, 36.32 gas, 10 diapers, 24.95 co-op chocolate (comes out of budgeted spending money) :
6- :
7- 10 postage (budgeted spending money) :
8-
9- 8.13 postage 205 utilities 14.86 shipping for co-op :
10- :
11- :
12- 100 mtn rose herbs (bday money) , 59.91 mtn rose herbs (grocery) :
13- 21.62 shipping :
14- :
15- 18.75 bathrobe 125.00 dehydrator (b-day money)
16- 18.25 post office sundry 338.60 groceries :
17- 85.88 clo on sale sundry :
18- :
19- bingo 20.00 :
20- :
21-
22- 6.50 chocolate for cookies
23- :
24- 26.66 eo's :
25-:
26- co-op pick-up/ lunch/ magazines treasure mapping
27-
28-
29-
30-
31-



13/21 no spend days
8/10 budgeted spend
5/ 0 unbudgeted spend
622.89/600 grocery
87.69/60 spending money
225/190 birthday money all gone
20/29 exercise
0 /200 pantry stocking
149.54/80 sundry
post #564 of 636
Days left of March:
23 -
24-
25-
26- planned spending/errand day (bread store, grocery store, etc)
27-
28- pick up Angel Food order (already paid for)
29-
30-
31- Pay Day

I've been having a hard time with late night shopping on the internet while ups with a nursing baby ... I haven't given in, but it is OH, SO tempting to be spending money in my favorite etsy yarn shops or on amazon or alibris or just, wherever. I'm up late, tired, and sitting there nursing thinking "oh, wouldn't this be great?" or "we totally NEED that" .... waldorf toys and yarn are my biggest weaknesses.

So far, so good ... but I've had to really talk myself down at times ....
post #565 of 636
Finishing out last payperiod...

3/12 :
3/13
3/14 $31.73 groceries, $6.78 groceries :
3/15
3/16 DH haircut $20
3/17 eating out $7.83
3/18
3/19 gasoline $28.93, yarn ~$10, medicine $4.49
3/20
3/21 groceries $12.65, groceries $37.97
3/22 :
3/23
3/24 :
3/25 groceries $7.34, garden supplies $21.20, waterbirth supplies (it's a hose ) $10.80, groceries $6.85

The spending I track is all spending other than bills, including gas and food for our family of 3+.

Goals:
3/12-3/25 Total non-bill spending $206.57

Running Tally:
Use reusable bags for all shopping trips (8/12)
No spend days x 8
No drive days (my car) : x 3
2/26-3/11 Total non-bill spending ($385.62/$225.00)

Not bad!!
post #566 of 636
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Smithie View Post
Dora the Explorere could go to medical school if she invested all the money we spent on her product line in a 529 plan.


Quote:
Originally Posted by dsaucone View Post
What's a good fun money limit for a monthly income of $2,000 in an average COL area?
Could you find some free sources of fun? Try to make it $0 for next month...and if you have any extra left at the end of the month, then that will be the following month's fun money.

Quote:
Originally Posted by scrapadoozer View Post
This guy is back! Finally!
I need that guy to come back and visit my posts.
post #567 of 636
March 1 - $22 fast food :, $26.95 :
March 2 - $2.65 breakfast, $7 lunch
March 3 -
March 4 - $10.66 :, $50 Gas
March 5 - $284.03 :
March 6 - $10.40 lunch, $114 training pants and diaper cover
March 7 -
March 8 -
March 9 -
March 10- $30 lunch, $1.40 transit for dd1, $212.50 Summer camp fee for dd1
March 11 -
March 12 - $12 lunch, $35.24 :
March 13 - $22.60 :, $2.26 treats for girls, $20.53 dinner
March 14 -
March 15 -
March 16 - $9 eyebrow wax, $4.15 pizza (it was 2:30pm and I hadn't had lunch yet), $38.46 : & household items (including printer cartridge), $79 dd1 swimming lessons
March 17 - $49 dd1 & and I went to an indoor amusement park for Spring Break, $20.97 :
March 18 -
March 19 - $20.74 budgeted trip to playplace for kids, $47 : (fruit & veggie delivery)
March 20 - $18 planned lunch out
March 21 - $310.76 : & household, $50 Gas
March 22 -
March 23 -
March 24 -
March 25 - $16.03 : & household
March 26 - $13.58 lunch out with my boss, $5.38 :

: & household items $818.25/$540
Gas: $100/$100
Unbudgeted/Unnecessary Spending: $205.54
Budgeted/Necessary Spending: $422.64
No Spend Days 11/15

My Key:

No Spend
Unbudgeted/Unnecessary Spending
Budgeted/Necessary Spending
: Groceries/Household items
post #568 of 636
Thread Starter 
01.. $23 Pizza Putt
02.. , : $750
03.. $51 reusable gift bags at Lucky Crow
04.. $21 Girl Scout Cookies
05.. $184 pool
06.. , :
07.. $35 pool floats and toys
08.. $13 princess clock
09..
10..
11..
12.. , :
13.. , :
14..
15.. , : $1,950
16.. $15 on stuffed easter bunnies
17.. , :
18.. $10 on chocolate and cookies
19.. , :
20.. , :
21.. $6.81 Chinese food
22.. $94 Reading lamp and Dracaena
23..
24..
25.. $20 dinner out with bookclub
26.. $242 Airline ticket for my Dad to come visit us
27..
28.. 40th Birthday today...goodbye 30s, hello 40!
29..
30..
31..

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My Goals:

14/20 No Spend days
6/5 Let the Car Rest Days :
: Put Money in Savings $2,700/$3,000
post #569 of 636
03/01:
03/02:
03/03: $9 Shipping.
03/04:
03/05:
03/06:
03/07: $20 KFC (Mmm, coleslaw. )
03/08:
03/09:
03/10: $3 Goodwill goodies.
03/11:
03/12:
03/13:
03/14: $17 fabric, quilt batting, pattern & easter egg cookie cutter.
03/15:
03/16:
03/17:
03/18: $3 Salvation Army
03/19:
03/20:
03/21: $2 Artsy crafty kit for dd, $4 storage cubes.
03/22: $28 Chinese food.
03/23: $5 Shipping
03/24: $7 Goodwill
03/25:
03/26:

17/20 No spend days
$98/$100 Unnecessarily spent
post #570 of 636
Apparently I'm going with "the heck with it" as my end-of-the-month motto... I planned to go out shopping with MIL tomorrow for Tupperware storage boxes!!!

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3/1: $500 cash taken our for all food expenses this month ($20 of that fed the drawer), amount in checking account that's above our minimum comfort level "swept" into savings
3/2: $29.06 groceries, $6.87 household goods
3/3: $39 case of pull-ups arrived from Amazon
3/4: $11.46 localharvest order, $25.52 groceries (isn't it clever how they have the localharvest pickup at Whole Foods?),$20 eyebrow/lip wax, $14.92 household misc. at Wally-world
3/5: went on a day trip - $15.82 gas, $4 fast food that is coming out of the food budget because I left my bag of change in the car. Then $15 for my dinner at Mom's Night Out.
3/6: $11 food, 72.25 household at Costco. I'm so glad dh finally let me buy him some pants that fit!
3/7:
3/8: $40 Hooked on Phonics Kindergarten set (a big discount!), $4 food at Purim festival.
3/9: Exercised! Shifted $80 from grocery envelope to drawer. Milk and eggs at farm $5, $24.97 groceries, $12.30 Mickey-Ds, $11 haircut.
3/10: $14.30 gas, $5 at Subway, $81 dollar traffic ticket that I actually counted the day it was issued in February, but I am just going to count AGAIN to punish myself some more. Plus, I paid it out of my grocery envelope. $174 on food for the rest of the month - THAT should put a crimp in my drive-thru habit! Good thing dh is going out of town on business for two weeks - his organic fruit consumption factors hugely into our food costs.
3/11: $29.36 garden stuff at Home Depot, $5.30 shirt, $15 new sunglasses ( and a candy bar) at Target
3/12: $3.22 at for a bagel at the kosher deli (don't regret it!), $40.64 household stuff at Wally-world, $40.87 garden stuff at Wally-world, $21.19 for SIL's birthday present. Had to take out cash to pay a bill, and took out an additional $80 to feed the drawer.
3/13: $3 n change for breakfast (I made myself tea, then stupidly left travel mug on kitchen counter), $.74 for pencil grasp thingies for dh (used the change), $42 groceries $68 household at Costco. ETA: a lady from my AP Meetup group just showed up with her bassinet, which I bought for $40 out of the drawer and $10 out of my grocery envelope)
3/14: $17.25 household (antacids for me, energy bars for dh's trip)
3/15: on the go all day today! About $8 on fast food, $40.37 for groceries. Once I buy milk and eggs from the farm, I do believe we are fixed for groceries until next week!
3/16: Exercised! $1 at bake sale
3/17: $5 Chick-Fil-A, $3 milk and eggs (balance came out of change bag), $17.50 gas, $24.50 car cleaned inside and out (it smells like pina coladas now!), $30 at consignment sale ($11 for shirts for ds, rest was maternity clothes for me and two things for the Easter baskets).
3/19: $30 groceries, $36 household (bras, b-day present for ds' classmate, waterproof mattress pad because dd ripped hers to shreds)
3/20:
3/21: $8.56 on fabulous locally-produced goat milk soap. Don't regret it!
3/22: Huge festival at the Temple! $48.50 on food, bouncy house and various Jewish items for the kids. Of course, I paid cash out of my grocery envelope. Have I mentioned yet how much I hate my grocery envelope?
3/23: $4 Dunkin Donuts, $17.17 groceries at Wal-Mart, $80 cash from ATM of which $20 fed the drawer to bring the total to $560. The rest of our building fund contribution is not until June, so I will definitely be able to cover that plus some other frills if I keep at it!
3/24: $20.21 on groceries (goodbye cash envelope! I will not miss you!), $43.36 glucometer and toys
3/25: $7.09 at bakery (cookies for BIL), $7.08 Mickey-Ds

Goals

1/1 Sweep into savings
356/400 on food (actual amt left in envelope = $2 don't even ASK)
200/300 fed to the drawer
11/30 on finishing up kids' summer wardrobes
16/20 days doing homeschool lessons
2/12 days exercising

1230/1200 total non-fixed-cost spending
post #571 of 636
I spent today, but I needed new running shoes. I bought the kids some stuff form Old Navy because they always look like bums and I bought myself a sweatshirt from the Gap since one of mine is ripped and the other is covered in paint. On the up side, Ugg replaced my boots for free since they got hole!

????/???? gas
$88/$50 eating out budget!
$80/$50 household budget... I need some jars.
$1022/$850 food... we eat tons of fresh fruits and veggies and I can't seem to get this lower. Suggestions welcome!

1st: $231 Food; $124 vitamins; $52 DH's ipod
2nd: No spend!
3rd: No spend!
4th: $25 food; $21 Nike; $26 gas
5th: $26 pizza ; $151 TJs; $25 sporting goods
6th: No spend!
7th: $43 Wild by Nature; $10 file cabinet
8th: $31 eating out ; $10 library fine
9th No spend!
10th: $26 gas; $10 swimming; $18 shot blocks
11th: No spend!
12th: $16 gas
13th: No spend!
14th: No spend!
15th: $391 TJs; $74 WbN; $31 Dinner out; $17 prescription and 2 magazines; $26 gas
16th: No spend!
17th: $60 jars; $29 food; $18 race; $20 toilet paper[/quote]
18th: No spend!
19th: No spend!
20th: $33 WbN; $6 library fine; $27 gas
21st: $29 thrift (all for DH except a scarf); $10 Target
22nd: $55 food; ate out, but don't know how much; DH filled car $25
23rd: No spend!
24th: $36 WbN
25th: No spend!
26th: $88 running shoes; $20 Gap; $20 Old Navy; ate out at Funcho's $?????
post #572 of 636
uh, tierra farms went a little over, but really, it's not like chocolate covered cranberries or cashews will go to waste, right? for that matter, neither will the raw nuts of dried fruit, healthy yummy snacks, but of course, way more than we actually _need_ next month will be better, next month will be better, next month will be better....

here's what i'm anticipating for expenses:
honey 164.40,
total= 164.40
-------------------------
so, goals for me:
$600 for food this month!
$60 spending money- $100 birthday money
$100 saved for grain mill

21/31 no spend days
10/31 budgeted spending
non-budgeted spending
29/31 get outside days (i know this has nothing to do with money but it's needed) :

27- :
28- :
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1- :
2- :
3- 8.13 postage
4- :
5- 30 dr. appt, 217.88 grocery shopping, 36.32 gas, 10 diapers, 24.95 co-op chocolate (comes out of budgeted spending money) :
6- :
7- 10 postage (budgeted spending money) :
8-
9- 8.13 postage 205 utilities 14.86 shipping for co-op :
10- :
11- :
12- 100 mtn rose herbs (bday money) , 59.91 mtn rose herbs (grocery) :
13- 21.62 shipping :
14- :
15- 18.75 bathrobe 125.00 dehydrator (b-day money)
16- 18.25 post office sundry 338.60 groceries :
17- 85.88 clo on sale sundry :
18- :
19- bingo 20.00 :
20- :
21-
22- 6.50 chocolate for cookies
23- :
24- 26.66 eo's :
25-:
26- : 397.66 tierra farms
27-
28-
29-
30-
31-



13/21 no spend days
8/10 budgeted spend
6/ 0 unbudgeted spend
622.89/600 grocery
87.69/60 spending money
225/190 birthday money all gone
21/29 exercise
397.66/200 pantry stocking
149.54/80 sundry[/QUOTE]
post #573 of 636
- make sure we only spend $100 a week on groceries

weekly totals for food:
March 1 - March 7: 85/100
March 8 - March 14: 42/100

= budgeted spending
= non-budgeted spending
= no spending


3/1- on : 76.50
3/2- on : 3.00
3/3- 2.00 trip prep
3/4- 5.00 on : (baking ingredients) - $ came from change collection and not the grocery budget jar - we made a whole tray of brownies instead of buying two brownies for $5.
3/5- on : 6.50
3/6- finally... even if most of my spending has been within the budget
3/7- 5.00 on snacks while out and about with dh & ds
3/8- on : 42.00
3/9-
3/10- I don't remember - I was getting ready for my trip. not more than 10.00
3/11 to 3/26- I only spent the $ I had saved for my trip and didn't use my CC or the emergency $ I brought with me. Now it's back to real life.
3/27-
post #574 of 636
a. Who you are: SAHM of 7 at home

b. Where you are going (your financial goals) and to get a job to have income

c. How you plan to get there retraining

right now it is easy not to spend as I have absolutely NO MONEY to spend.
post #575 of 636
We filled the heating oil tank yesterday, but I budget that as a utility. The price was $2.18/gallon so we filled up now!

3/26 :
3/27
3/28
3/29
3/30
3/31
4/1
4/2
4/3
4/4
4/5
4/6
4/7
4/8

The spending I track is all spending other than bills, including gas and food for our family of 3+.

Goals:
3/26 - 4/8 Total non-bill spending ($0.00/$220.00)

Running Tally:
Use reusable bags for all shopping trips (0/0)
No spend days x 1
No drive days (my car) : x 1
post #576 of 636
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post
40th Birthday today...goodbye 30s, hello 40!
.
happy 40th! ill be 41 next month. 40's are turning out to be GREAT!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by dsaucone View Post
I need to look at this differently. What's a good fun money limit for a monthly income of $2,000 in an average COL area?
i dont know a limit, but i am saving alot of money by joining a museum and getting reciprocity and by packing our lunches for each outing. we dont do fast food, so eating out hit our budget ALOT. i find our lunches are SO MUCH BETTER for us...and so much better for the wallet! spring is here and summer will be soon..there are tons more free stuff to do when the weather is nicer.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dsaucone View Post
This goes alone with the bordem shoppers. What do you do to replace the time you used to go shopping in? I don't really want/need to buy anything, where else can I go/do?
honestly...cleaning and decluttering. i have found that i have stayed out of the craft stores lately by telling myself that i need to finish the crafts im already doing. until i finish what im working on, i cant start something else..has saved me a TON of $$.
]1 ::$103 food;
2:::
3 :$2.37: $1.25 choc.milk for ds at CM
4: $45 LLBean backpack; $100 Big Lots
5 : $40 AMarket;$100 BJ's (food);$48 raw milk
6 : :
7:::
8:::
9 ::$70 museum membership
10::$5 DD; $5 DS snacks; $5 museum toy; $58 gas; $78 food store
11 : $80ish for seeds
12 : $2.09; $6 parking for Aquarium; $16 admission to Aquarium (library pass); ordered Chinese but less than usual.
13 ::
14 :
15 :::
16 ::$2.10 $52 craft store for spring craft bonanza
17 : long field trip 2 :$5.50 DD; $15 wooden toy puzzle;$5 train ride at museum $43.23 gas
18 $3.60 library fines; food store $156.
19 :::
20 HA oulet $167; gymboree outlet $15; : $3.23
21 :::
22 :::
23 :::
24 :::
25:$73.16 food. i was trying to avoid another trip but our clan is sick and i needed green leafy veggies for a green soup. it has made me feel sooo much better. A friend picked up some oil of oregano, echinecia pops and chem free baby wipes for me but im not counting them since we went in on the seed order, so i think its almost a wash (probably around $35 in supplements and wipes though, just to keep track).
26 :
27 :::
28
29


Goals
: 14/20 No Spend Days
2/20 Decluttering/Organizing Days/cleaning/30 minutes
:2/10 Library Days
:0/4 meal plan
:3/4 books
13/15 knit at least 15 minutes
: 24/28 eat at home
:2/7 update blogs (months behind)
:12/10 Let the Car Rest Days
exercise 1/9
post #577 of 636
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post
28.. 40th Birthday today...goodbye 30s, hello 40!
Happy Birthday!
post #578 of 636
: No spend yesterday! The car was out of gas and it was REALLY cold, so instead of going to put gas in and then to the store, I just stayed home. My sitter went today, so there was money spent today, but whatever.

I think we might be able to go all weekend w/out a trip to the store. Which will be just amazing.

I think for next month, I'm pulling out cash at the beginning of the month for fun money and when it's gone, it's gone. I'm also going to do that with my NY money. I'm so stingy with cash, I won't spend it. But credit? that's a whole other story.


1. No Spend
2. $6.40 groceries/lunch
3. No Spend
4. $30 taxes, $80 Walmart, $20 taco time, $9 convenience store, $25 pizza, gas (unknown amt)
5. $80 Abi spending, $80 Target/TJ Maxx
6. $8 BK, $40 Walmart (flowers and lunch stuff), $27 gas, $9 convenience store, $7 Sonic
7. $86 Walmart (groceries, CD, shampoo/conditioner)
8. No spend!
9. $68 Walmart, $3 Starbucks, ~$1200 airfare/car rental
10. $80 Dr, $7 Rx
11. No Spend
12. $26 grocery (school snacks/dinner)
13. $8 lunch out, gas $33, Walmart $99
14. No Spend
15. $14
16. $97 Walmart
17. $150
18. $80
19. $70 includes $30 Panera
20. $36 walmart, $100 outlets, $20 food
21. $34 thrift store, $13 funchos
22. $100 outlets, $60 walmart, $1079 airfare
23. $20 lunch, 17 dinner, 30 toys @ airport, $42 parking
24. $60 whole foods, $30 breakfast, $369 phone bill
25. $57 Walmart - $25 food & the rest was misc.
26. No Spend!


* 5/10 no spend days
* $100 total (cash) for food/entertainment while in NY (I plan to do a cleanse while I'm there next month, so this should more than cover it.)
* $50 misc total for the month
*150/350 Blender savings
* no new shoes for anyone this month. I bought myself a new pair.
* eat out for lunch only 1x/week regardless of who pays
Week 1 - Tues
Week 2 - Tues, Weds, Thurs (pizza @ work meeting), Fri
Week 3 - Tues
Week 4 - Weds
Week 5 -
post #579 of 636
3/1 - $39.25 grocery
3/2 - :
3/3 - $10 grocery
3/4 - :
3/5 - $3 grocery :
3/6 -
3/7 - : $10 prescription, $10 haircut for dd, $16.18 incl. $6
3/8 - : $50 grocery
3/9 - : $6.69 grocery
3/10 - :
3/11 - $4.50 grocery; $3
3/12 -
3/13 - :
3/14 - $100 Target - $55 batteries and charger (a good investment but blech), $30 b-day gifts, $20 grocery. I had not been to Target in at least 2 months! now I remember why..... Will put on household tab until I decide what to do with this expense.
3/15 - $25 grocery, $50 household :
3/16 -
3/17 -
3/18 -
3/19 - $10 household, :
3/20 - $20 co-pays. $6 fast food $6 household
3/21 - $190 grocery and household ; $25 pants for dh
3/22 - :, $12 grocery
3/23 -
3/24 - :
3/25 - $100 minutes for my phone, $10 copay, $5 medicine for sick girls =(
3/26 -
3/27 - $8 Easter eggs and candy, total desperation spending for my toddler since baby and I are both still sick. :

no spend
: no drive
beer, my hot button issue with dh!

12/15 no spend days
10/13 no drive days
$535.62/$400 grocery and household
post #580 of 636
Why is March so long? Really hoping for a no-spend weekend here...
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3/1: $500 cash taken our for all food expenses this month ($20 of that fed the drawer), amount in checking account that's above our minimum comfort level "swept" into savings
3/2: $29.06 groceries, $6.87 household goods
3/3: $39 case of pull-ups arrived from Amazon
3/4: $11.46 localharvest order, $25.52 groceries (isn't it clever how they have the localharvest pickup at Whole Foods?),$20 eyebrow/lip wax, $14.92 household misc. at Wally-world
3/5: went on a day trip - $15.82 gas, $4 fast food that is coming out of the food budget because I left my bag of change in the car. Then $15 for my dinner at Mom's Night Out.
3/6: $11 food, 72.25 household at Costco. I'm so glad dh finally let me buy him some pants that fit!
3/7:
3/8: $40 Hooked on Phonics Kindergarten set (a big discount!), $4 food at Purim festival.
3/9: Exercised! Shifted $80 from grocery envelope to drawer. Milk and eggs at farm $5, $24.97 groceries, $12.30 Mickey-Ds, $11 haircut.
3/10: $14.30 gas, $5 at Subway, $81 dollar traffic ticket that I actually counted the day it was issued in February, but I am just going to count AGAIN to punish myself some more. Plus, I paid it out of my grocery envelope. $174 on food for the rest of the month - THAT should put a crimp in my drive-thru habit! Good thing dh is going out of town on business for two weeks - his organic fruit consumption factors hugely into our food costs.
3/11: $29.36 garden stuff at Home Depot, $5.30 shirt, $15 new sunglasses ( and a candy bar) at Target
3/12: $3.22 at for a bagel at the kosher deli (don't regret it!), $40.64 household stuff at Wally-world, $40.87 garden stuff at Wally-world, $21.19 for SIL's birthday present. Had to take out cash to pay a bill, and took out an additional $80 to feed the drawer.
3/13: $3 n change for breakfast (I made myself tea, then stupidly left travel mug on kitchen counter), $.74 for pencil grasp thingies for dh (used the change), $42 groceries $68 household at Costco. ETA: a lady from my AP Meetup group just showed up with her bassinet, which I bought for $40 out of the drawer and $10 out of my grocery envelope)
3/14: $17.25 household (antacids for me, energy bars for dh's trip)
3/15: on the go all day today! About $8 on fast food, $40.37 for groceries. Once I buy milk and eggs from the farm, I do believe we are fixed for groceries until next week!
3/16: Exercised! $1 at bake sale
3/17: $5 Chick-Fil-A, $3 milk and eggs (balance came out of change bag), $17.50 gas, $24.50 car cleaned inside and out (it smells like pina coladas now!), $30 at consignment sale ($11 for shirts for ds, rest was maternity clothes for me and two things for the Easter baskets).
3/19: $30 groceries, $36 household (bras, b-day present for ds' classmate, waterproof mattress pad because dd ripped hers to shreds)
3/20:
3/21: $8.56 on fabulous locally-produced goat milk soap. Don't regret it!
3/22: Huge festival at the Temple! $48.50 on food, bouncy house and various Jewish items for the kids. Of course, I paid cash out of my grocery envelope. Have I mentioned yet how much I hate my grocery envelope?
3/23: $4 Dunkin Donuts, $17.17 groceries at Wal-Mart, $80 cash from ATM of which $20 fed the drawer to bring the total to $560. The rest of our building fund contribution is not until June, so I will definitely be able to cover that plus some other frills if I keep at it!
3/24: $20.21 on groceries (goodbye cash envelope! I will not miss you!), $43.36 glucometer and toys
3/25:
3/26: $7.09 at bakery (cookies for BIL), $7.80 Mickey-Ds
3/27: $71.99 at Wal-mart (big storage boxes, ANOTHER bday present, little presents for my kids for absolutely no reason, South Beach bard, hand soap).

Goals

1/1 Sweep into savings
364/400 on food (actual amt left in envelope = $2 don't even ASK)
200/300 fed to the drawer
11/30 on finishing up kids' summer wardrobes
16/20 days doing homeschool lessons
2/12 days exercising

1302/1200 total non-fixed-cost spending
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