I've been terrible at updating, but just knowing this thread exists has been a great help for me!!!
Had a pretty good weekend. Usually we go out to eat a time or two (nothing expensive, but still wasteful spending) and blow some money at Target. Friday I went grocery shopping (and did really well!) and Saturday DH took DS fishing (free fun!) and I took DD out and about. We were going to go to Once Upon a Child to look for a new toy for her (she's 6 months old and needs something a little more interactive than what we have) but she fell asleep so I splurged on a huge Diet Coke at McDonalds and parked in the shade and talked to my mom on the phone. It was nice and under $2 so I felt like it was a great treat.
Saturday night we planned on going to the county fair- we knew DS had had fun playing the games at the county fair in our old state, but this one was the LAMEST fair I've ever seen! We bought a big iced tea from Sonic (cheaper) before we went in but told ourselves that we would splurge on a funnel cake. They had no food vendors or games, just 'big kid' rides! So, we didn't spend any money (but it was really disappointing for DS. lol) Then we splurged on some DQ for DH and some Starbucks for me.
I've been making my own "fancy" coffee at home and really should have been more patient. Blah.
Sunday I cooked FIVE turkey breats. Like, over 35 lbs of meat.
: I made enchiladas, chili, tortilla soup, turkey noodle soup, shredded BBQ "chicken" sandwiches, meat for fajitas, and turkey pot pie and still have two HUGE plates of turkey meat for DH's lunches. At only 88 cents a pound I had to do it. (Plus, I'm so excited I won't have to cook for two weeks! I think I'll do this every week from now on!!)
Then my sister bought DS some window paint for his bday. We put a towel down next to the sliding glass door but he squeezed the tube and the top popped off and it went ALL over the carpet. We steam cleaned it but it won't come up. Then DH went to the store and bought a TWELVE DOLLAR can of carpet cleaner (after we tried everything we had in our house) and it did NOTHING to fix it. Blah.
Today we spent $1.25 on 18 eggs at the store and then went to the local park. Hooray!
I'm trying to buckle down this month and truly only purchase what I need to.
Spent according to budget
Blew the budget
: Nothing spent! No driving! Nada nada nada!
I can't remember the first two days of August, so I'll start with Monday the 3rd.
3: Bought a few things at the grocery store. Made a basically-free dinner (trout DH caught, mashed potatoes w/ ingredients I already had)
4: Didn't go anywhere, didn't spend money, made a yummy dinner out of things I already had at home (including adding herbs to a really yucky spaghetti sauce I had in the fridge.
5: Bought postage to send the card my kids made for my dad's bday, about $5 at McDonald's (lunch for DS and I, and an ice cream cone. And entertainment for over an hour for DS!) and about $35 at the grocery store, where I got some great deals (but did splurge on some letter tater tots for DS, who has recently learned the alphabet and was very excited about them).
Didn't buy anything at the farmer's market. Played at the park and made dinner with things we had around the house (and DH loved it!)
Grocery shopping- did well!
A bit of driving and a tiny splurge for DH and me (DQ and Starbucks) but not too bad
$12 on stupid carpet cleaner
10: $1.25 on eggs, no 'real' driving (just to the park!)