I stayed within budget yesterday, although it didn't feel that great for me... I already spent all of DD's budget for the month on diapers and clothes, which leaves no extra for anything else but I needed to get them- she didn't have enough clothes that actually fit properly, her pants keep falling down at day care because she has to wear disposables there and pants don't fit the same when wearing cloth. I did sell $40 worth of her old clothes to make up for some of the expenses, so that's a plus! I expected to sell a lot more- once upon a child denied most of the clothes I brought, even some brand new ones that she didn't wear once! I also resisted going on a shopping spree in THREE different thrift stores (I was searching around for a radio for the kitchen, which my weekly money was going to go towards. I only found one that worked in the third store I visited, and didn't buy anything else!April 1
($14 at used book sale and $5 parking fees for said sale, within personal weekly budget)April 2
(grocery day) $178 = $85 on bulk for month, $93 for weekly mealsApril 3
Paid rent and daycare bills, but no spending other than that! Also decluttered three garbage bags full of stuff to the thrift store and didn't even step foot in the store! Yay me!April 4
earned $5 for bringing in beer and wine bottles, spent $16 on groceries at market (still within weekly food budget).April 5
No spend day!April 6
$5 on milk (came in just under week's food budget!) and $7 budgeted on new pens.April 7
grocery day! $140 on groceries ($56 monthly, 84 weekly) plus $34 for diapers and $5 at dollar store for elastics, carpet cleaner and push pins (budgeted). Also freecycled a huge bag of DD's baby clothes!April 8
Stayed within budget- $5 on radio for myself, $25 for clothes for DD. Although dd's money for the month is gone already, I did sell $40 worth of her clothes so what would have been $60 was only $20. Avoided frivolous spending!
$24/$80 entertainment, hobbies, etc.
No spend or only necessary, budgetted spending like groceries, day care, rent, gas, etc.
Budgeted personal expenses only, hobbies, entertainment, etc.
Frivolous spend!- includes going over budget for things like groceries or gas.
Avoided urge to spend! (such as really wanted to go to book store but went to library instead, or other such action) or decluttered/purged in some way.[/QUOTE]