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post #381 of 390
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Originally Posted by Smithie View Post
Wow, Tricia, you had a great month! Do you think I'd spend less if I put on a cape dress?


Well i think my weeks are different from my actual budget weeks since it goes from fri to fri q2wks based on my pay... not by month... well my budget on paper is monthly... oh well... i am still new at this...

I borrowed from other categories to eat out this weekend... very naughty indeed.. oh well i can always roll up my pennies...

I need to plan better for night shifts...
post #382 of 390
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05/02: : $14 Taco Bell
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05/10: : $19 McDonalds
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05/23: $14 fabric, $4 ink pad.
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05/26: : $3 Shirt dd really didn't need. (At least it was cheap.)
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05/30: $4 on my most favorite soap evah.
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26/20 No spend days
$58/$100 Frivolous spending.
$685/$300 Paid on pellet stove. *PAID OFF!*

Monthly breakdown:
$33 on fast food. Not horrible considering.
$14 on fabric. I guess that's OK but I don't want it to be the beginning of the slippery slope that starts me buying waaaaay too much fabric again.
$4 on an ink pad. I really wanted to do DS' footprints as I missed out on my chance to do DD's.
$3 on a shirt for dd. Really silly. She has so much to wear already.
$4 on my favorite soap ever. It really does give me at least $4 of happiness.

I did manage what I figured nearly impossible. I paid off the remaining pellet stove balance in one month! Now to prepare for another tight month. We are going to have to spend a decent amount of $$$ on repairs to get our vehicle inspected. :
post #383 of 390
Oh...my...goodness...to say May got away from me a bit on the daily posting front would be a ginormous understatement. Did fairly well, all things considered (those "things" including half a dozen b-day parties, 1st communion, annual Memorial Day vacation, etc.). Just finished updating M/S Money, so have hard #'s for $'s; guessing as to other totals. No chance I will catch up on May activity; hope the month was a good one for all of you, and looking forward to seeing you much more frequently in June!

Kim

MAY GOALS:
* Move toward achieving work goals: Accepted a new PT position :
* Less than $25 in frivolous spending: month to date $20
* At least 24 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 28/24
* NO library fines: month to date $0 / NO parking tickets: $0
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget: $854.82/$500
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organization = spending): 24/24
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 25/30
* Meal plan created: 2/4 weeks
* Break $250K in debt paid off since snowball began Feb. 2008: almost there...
post #384 of 390
1-$20 dinner out
2-$18 gardening stuff, $21 dinner out
3-$0
4-$28 dinner out
5-$0
6-$55.52 groceries
7-$18.52 groceries
8-payday $18.60 dinner out
9-$25.81 groceries, $355.16 plants/presents
10-$0
11-$100 ds1 summer camps, $38.16 shoes,
12-$0
13-payday $11.13 ds1's field trip gift shop, $8.57 snacks on field trip
14-$0
15-$43.37 groceries, $60 dh's dinner out with friends
16-$8 lunch out
17-$0
18-$0
19-$55.52 household stuff, $96 groceries, $13.33 dinner out
20-$0
21-$23.09 groceries
22-payday $228.69 dh's school book
23-$60 races, dinner out
24-$0
25-$0
26-$0
27-payday $23.90 groceries, $15 prescription
28-$2.50 water bottles
29-$4.34 lunch out, $40.64 groceries
30-$0
31-$0

Groceries - $326.85/$300

So I went over my grocery budget, but all in all, we're doing pretty well!
post #385 of 390
Thread Starter 
Kim - - same here!

May got away from me.

If you ever notice that I am missing from this thread -- it is because I am out spending money.

You can count on that.

I don't like to come on here when I am spending money.

But FIDO, I'm moving on to June.
post #386 of 390
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Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post
If you ever notice that I am missing from this thread -- it is because I am out spending money.
honestly? it feels just a little better to know this, i totally thought you were like to no-spend guru and i was all set to be embarrassed about how much i spend. :
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end of month wrap-up: for the first time EVER!! i came in at budget for groceries!! that is HUGE for me! also, i'm over budget but still less than since i started tracking... i'm saying that this thread is good for me and i'm in for june, it's going to get tight as out income is basically dropping in half unless i get a job.


6.80/100 trip spending money
586.75/600 groceries
100/100 pantry stocking
58.15/60 spending money
262.46/80 sundry

181.46 over budget


18/21 no spend days
8/10 budgeted spend
4/0 non-budgeted spend!!!!

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2- 12.97 shipping for tto
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6- 51.23 ca baby (sundry), 50.00 butter oil (grocery), 24.19 spry (sundry)
7- eating out 15.89 (groc)
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9- 45.00 soap (spending), 18.23 remineralization paste (sundry), 57.79 badger sunblock and lip balm (sundry)
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11- 13.15 ice cream spending money
12- 86.00 raw milk and cheese, 210.10 costco (39.72 sundry, 170.38 grocery)
13- 323.00 azure standard (49.00 pantry, 45.00 sundry, 229.00 grocery)
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15- well, i returned and bought a different remineralization paste but no new money went out so i'm not counting it
16- 9.95 shipping for soap
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18- 1.61 shirts for kids, 17.70 baby shower gift both sundry, 30.79 klean kanteens
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20- 6.80 burrito
21- 80.00 plane ticket home due to an emergency
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26- 20.48 lunch
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28- 38.00 dental sundry, 65.00 mrh groceries
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may 181.46 18
april 358.07 19
march 517.18 17
post #387 of 390
CONGRATS ON PAYING OFF THE PELLET STOVE JENNY!!!!

<-- Mainer by birth, understands the supreme emotional importance of owning one's heat source outright
post #388 of 390
Thread Starter 
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honestly? it feels just a little better to know this, i totally thought you were like to no-spend guru and i was all set to be embarrassed about how much i spend.
No-spend guru? Oh my goodness no.

Just the opposite.

I am a compulsive spender who spends money for emotional reasons -- I've gotten us into BIG financial trouble with this.

I do these threads because they help me work on this problem and help me recognize when I'm spending money compulsively.

You can rest assured that I am never judging anyone on this thread.
post #389 of 390
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Originally Posted by Smithie View Post
CONGRATS ON PAYING OFF THE PELLET STOVE JENNY!!!!

<-- Mainer by birth, understands the supreme emotional importance of owning one's heat source outright
Ayuh! :
post #390 of 390
May 1st: BIG spending! Paper groceries/medicines: $43
Fast food: $1, Baby gym/playmat: $15, Food Groceries: $224, walked one mile
May 2nd: no spend, one mile
3rd: hiked one mile, $6 state park, $1 fast food
4th: one mile
5th, another big spend day here. UGH!
$79 baby supplies, maya wrap, bibs, blankets, washcloths, etc.
$15, paper groceries, $14 food groceries, $4 homeschool, $22 clothes, $8.50 fast food
6th: no spend, walked one mile
7th: no spend, no walk
8th: $37 food, Household $15, DH shorts $43, baby $35 (cloth dipes, miracle blanket) $87 homeschool, $6 kids toys, $ 10 gift, $12 personal care groceries, $15.5 fast food, walked two miles
9th: two miles, no spend,
10th: one mile, no spend
11th: $20 TP, soap, $37 food
12th: one mile, $25 Mom's Day scrapbook stuff , $27 homeschool, $35 clothing, $17 vitamins
13th: dinky 1/2 mile, $80, co-op groceries, (23, personal care, $57 food) $10 fast food, $35 food groceries (hubby's Costco trip)
14th: one mile, no spend
15th: no walk, $9 fast food, $52 food groceries
16th: no spend, one mile
17th: $113 food, hubby needs to get in shape, increase in food budget for lots of fresh produce, $6 fast food, $10 3 sets duplos for kids craigslist
18th: no spend, no walk
19th: one mile, $18 food groceries (hubby's spending) $12 fast food, $18 bedding, $10 nursing bra, $6 Christmas, $15 books for kids, $5 baby, $3 scrap stuff, $7 paper groceries
20th and 21st: no spend and no walk, pregnancy is slowing me down...
22nd: $12 fast food, $20 kids, $30 Christmas, $4 paper groceries, $31 food groceries, $10 gift, $25 scrap stuff
$275 tithe to various ministries
23rd: no spend, one mile
24th: $38 baby doll set for kids, no walk
May 25th-31st:
Nails: $26
fast food: $30
photos: $12 gift
Piano books: $60
Books: $5
Toy: $23
Food Groceries: $90
home improvement stuff: $81
scrap mag $2
personal care groceries: $14
clothes $10



Tallies:

Nails: $26
Baby: $134
home improvement stuff: $81
Food Groceries: $708
Paper/ personal Groceries: $155
Fast food: $105
$275 tithe
Homeschool/kids: $241
Clothes: $120
$55: scrapbook stuff
$36 Christmas
$18 bedding
$22, gifts
Piano books: $60
Walked 14/24 days

Another sucky month, man we just spend a lot! And this total does not include the oil change and new tires for our van, yikes! :
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