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post #302 of 378
My key:
No Spend
No Driving
Budgeted Spending/Necessities/Thought Over Purchase
Unnecessary Spending
: Exercise Day

April 1st- :
April 2nd- so not thrilled I spent money today, but dd did truly need some clothes, got great deals and stayed within a reasonable amount
April 3rd- was a bit of and
April 4th-
April 5th-7th- ON VACATION, x3
April 8th-
April 9th- $270 Vet bill for sick dog otherwise
April 10th- Ate Dinner Out
April 11th- if I don't buy more groceries for the next 10 days like planned Spent a ton at the grocery store, but shopped for more days than usual
April 12th-
April 13th- Not budgeted for but spend money at Dave Ramsey Live last night on the kids kit, and a few other things. We will use them and I am so excited after last night so I am giving yesterday a
April 14th-
April 15th- Bought a pair of clippers to do the dogs hair- cost $34- cost of the groomer for both of them ONCE $86!! So, money saved! Bought a new salad spinner, mine completely broke, and I use one all the time- so necessity in my book.
April 16th- Forgot 2 things at the store yesterday (but I did stick to my list today), and forgot to get dh's cousin a birthday present.
April 17th-
April 18th-
April 19th-
April 20th-
post #303 of 378
04/01
04/02
04/03
04/04
04/05
04/06
04/07
04/08
04/09
04/10 Icing spatula, hole punch & cotton candy $6.47
04/11
04/12
04/13
04/14 $2.10 outfit for DS, $6.50 diapers for ds (I forgot to bring enough cloth dipes from home! Grrrr!
04/15
04/16
04/17: $1.05 Cotton candy (I'm an addict lately! It's sooo not food though so this is frivolous)
04/18: DS's birthday party!
04/19:
04/20: My Sweet Baby's 1st Birthday!

$16.12 Frivolously spent
17/20 No-spend days
19/30 Not buying clothes for my kids days
$76.30/$100 Son's birthday (this is for everything, including gifts & food.) CAME IN UNDER BUDGET!
6/10 Loads of laundry hung out to dry
$341.73/$500.00 Groceries
post #304 of 378
no spend day =
no drive day =
budgeted spending =
unbudgeted spending =

1=missing ingredients for dinner caused a grocery run
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6= fell sick again and bought lunch and dinner instead of cooking
7= snack for church meeting
8= took the car into the shop for what I thought would be a simple leaky hose but it turned out to be a major issue
9= ended up having to spend the night in the city while they figured out if they could get my car fixed quickly or not, had a free place to stay but had to buy lunch
10=, things have gotten a bit out of hand...
11= FINALLY!
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13= , took the kids for food after swimming lessons
14= took the dog to the vet
15=
16=
17=
18=
19= bought the baby big girl panties!
20= packed lunch for after swimming lessons!
21= went out for a much needed MNO
22= HAPPY EARTH DAY
post #305 of 378
Thread Starter 
Went to the grocery store and Costco today so I spent over $200 but I took a list and I stuck to it...so only essentials. That is a great day for me.

01.. sos
02.. sos
03.. --- $14 snacks out with my daughter, Latte from starbucks
04.. sos
05.. sos
06.. sos $10.55 McDonald's
07.. sos
08.. sos
09.. sos
10.. --- $28 Fancy shoes for my daughter
11.. --- $4 snacks
12.. sos
13.. sos $50 LLBean backpack and two lunchboxes
14.. sos
15.. sos $15 dinner out with my book club
16.. --- $50 contact lense appointment (I have glasses...contacts are extras)
17.. --- $30 haircuts for the girls
18.. --- $95 Keen Sandals, $11 workout shorts
19.. sos
20.. sos
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Goals for April

1. 14/30 Stay Out of Stores (sos)
2. 11/20 No Spend Days
post #306 of 378
Happy Birthday Baby!
Quote:
Originally Posted by scrapadoozer View Post
04/01
04/02
04/03
04/04
04/05
04/06
04/07
04/08
04/09
04/10 Icing spatula, hole punch & cotton candy $6.47
04/11
04/12
04/13
04/14 $2.10 outfit for DS, $6.50 diapers for ds (I forgot to bring enough cloth dipes from home! Grrrr!
04/15
04/16
04/17: $1.05 Cotton candy (I'm an addict lately! It's sooo not food though so this is frivolous)
04/18: DS's birthday party!
04/19:
04/20: My Sweet Baby's 1st Birthday!

$16.12 Frivolously spent
17/20 No-spend days
19/30 Not buying clothes for my kids days
$76.30/$100 Son's birthday (this is for everything, including gifts & food.) CAME IN UNDER BUDGET!
6/10 Loads of laundry hung out to dry
$285.59/$500.00 Groceries
post #307 of 378
My key:
no spend day=
unnecessary spending=
no driving=
eat at home=
Used cloth diapers=

Goals:
1. Only go shopping/errands 0/8
2. Stretch out FS money=$0/$514
3. no eating out for lunches this month 0/0
4. major clean (and keep clean) 1 room per week, getting ready for baby's arrival 0/4

Sat 17th-
goals=
1. 6/8
2. $459.31/$514
3.
4. 8/4

Sun 18th-
goals=
1. 6/8
2. $459.31/$514
3.
4. 8/4

Mon 19th-
goals=
1. 6/8
2. $459.31/$514
3.
4. 8/4

Tue 20th-dr appt, library, shopping (WA-$33.05 )
goals=
1. 7/8
2. $502.22/$514
3.
4. 8/4
post #308 of 378
Thread Starter 
Jenny -- Your baby is a YEAR old!!!!! Wow! When did that happen?! I can remember you being ~pregnant~ on this thread. Congratulations, Baby!

01.. sos
02.. sos
03.. --- $14 snacks out with my daughter, Latte from starbucks
04.. sos
05.. sos
06.. sos $10.55 McDonald's
07.. sos
08.. sos
09.. sos
10.. --- $28 Fancy shoes for my daughter
11.. --- $4 snacks
12.. sos
13.. sos $50 LLBean backpack and two lunchboxes
14.. sos
15.. sos $15 dinner out with my book club
16.. --- $50 contact lense appointment (I have glasses...contacts are extras)
17.. --- $30 haircuts for the girls
18.. --- $95 Keen Sandals, $11 workout shorts
19.. sos
20.. sos
21.. sos
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29..
30..

Goals for April

1. 15/30 Stay Out of Stores (sos)
2. 12/20 No Spend Days
post #309 of 378
Thread Starter 
These last ten days in this month are going to be easy-peasy for me because there's no money left.

At least there is that silver lining.
post #310 of 378
I'm a bit behind on my posting....

1 $20 lunch with my sister ~ this was planned however not necessary
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8 $20 skirts
9 $9 lunch, $14 water bottles for school fundraiser
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13 $22 take out for the girls and I (dh was away for work)
14 $5 necklaces and flip flops for dd1's retro day at school
15 coffee $1
16 lunch $4, book $6
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19 lunch $8
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12/20 No Spend Days
Frivolous Spending: $109
post #311 of 378
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post

18.. --- $95 Keen Sandals, $11 workout shorts
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Goals for April

1. 12/30 Stay Out of Stores (sos)
2. 9/20 No Spend Days
I can't believe you bought them! Are they awesome? I am still holding out...barely
post #312 of 378
Thank you, Vicki & Prudence! I can't believe he is a year old already either! I remember announcing my pregnancy on some no-spend thread back in the summer of `08!
post #313 of 378
04/01
04/02
04/03
04/04
04/05
04/06
04/07
04/08
04/09
04/10 Icing spatula, hole punch & cotton candy $6.47
04/11
04/12
04/13
04/14 $2.10 outfit for DS, $6.50 diapers for ds (I forgot to bring enough cloth dipes from home! Grrrr!
04/15
04/16
04/17: $1.05 Cotton candy (I'm an addict lately! It's sooo not food though so this is frivolous)
04/18: DS's birthday party!
04/19:
04/20: My Sweet Baby's 1st Birthday!
04/21:

$16.12 Frivolously spent
18/20 No-spend days
20/30 Not buying clothes for my kids days
$76.30/$100 Son's birthday (this is for everything, including gifts & food.) CAME IN UNDER BUDGET!
6/10 Loads of laundry hung out to dry
$341.73/$500.00 Groceries
post #314 of 378
My key:
No Spend
No Driving
Budgeted Spending/Necessities/Thought Over Purchase
Unnecessary Spending
: Exercise Day

April 1st- :
April 2nd- so not thrilled I spent money today, but dd did truly need some clothes, got great deals and stayed within a reasonable amount
April 3rd- was a bit of and
April 4th-
April 5th-7th- ON VACATION, x3
April 8th-
April 9th- $270 Vet bill for sick dog otherwise
April 10th- Ate Dinner Out
April 11th- if I don't buy more groceries for the next 10 days like planned Spent a ton at the grocery store, but shopped for more days than usual
April 12th-
April 13th- Not budgeted for but spend money at Dave Ramsey Live last night on the kids kit, and a few other things. We will use them and I am so excited after last night so I am giving yesterday a
April 14th-
April 15th- Bought a pair of clippers to do the dogs hair- cost $34- cost of the groomer for both of them ONCE $86!! So, money saved! Bought a new salad spinner, mine completely broke, and I use one all the time- so necessity in my book.
April 16th- Forgot 2 things at the store yesterday (but I did stick to my list today), and forgot to get dh's cousin a birthday present.
April 17th-
April 18th-
April 19th-
April 20th-
April 21st-
Will be on vacation April 22-25th- budget is $350
post #315 of 378
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hollysmom View Post
I can't believe you bought them! Are they awesome? I am still holding out...barely
I have to admit...I really like them. I like comfy shoes.

Quote:
Originally Posted by scrapadoozer View Post
I remember announcing my pregnancy on some no-spend thread back in the summer of `08!
We've been on this thread a looooong time. I remember Ruth announcing that she had had her baby boy and she updated her no-spend thread the next DAY...I was really impressed with that but then I updated the next day when I had my third baby girl too. Having a baby and babymoons are good for the budget!

...Or maybe families with multiple children just have to be extra careful with the budget.
post #316 of 378
My key:
no spend day=
unnecessary spending=
no driving=
eat at home=
Used cloth diapers=

Goals:
1. Only go shopping/errands 0/8
2. Stretch out FS money=$0/$514
3. no eating out for lunches this month 0/0
4. major clean (and keep clean) 1 room per week, getting ready for baby's arrival 0/4

Sat 17th-
goals=
1. 6/8
2. $459.31/$514
3.
4. 8/4

Sun 18th-
goals=
1. 6/8
2. $459.31/$514
3.
4. 8/4

Mon 19th-
goals=
1. 6/8
2. $459.31/$514
3.
4. 8/4

Tue 20th-dr appt, library, shopping (WA-$33.05 )
goals=
1. 7/8
2. $502.22/$514
3.
4. 8/4

Wed 21st-
goals=
1. 7/8
2. $502.22/$514
3.
4. 8/4
post #317 of 378
Key:
no spend/ budgeted spending
unnecessary/ unbudgeted spending
hung laundry to dry

Goals for April
no spend days 18/20
eating out 1/3
hung laundry to dry 6/10


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2. ordered our homeschool curriculum for next year. I'm putting this here preemptively to encourage me to NOT SPEND when I go out later
3. $50 bread, eggs for dying, and the last of the Easter baskets things at WalMart
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6. ordered the last of the things I need for DS1's dinosaur party, was able to stay under budget AND found an online coupon code to save on shipping, also ordered our sunblock/ bug spray for the year~ unprepared for how DS1's soccer practice being at 5:30pm would affect us and got McD's for dinner.
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8. ordered our math curriculum for next year, excited to get started planning next year's schooling
9. $15 on quick grocery trip
10. $$ at Costco, major grocery shop, overspent a bit on some snacks
11. $$ at party store. I only needed 1 thing, invitations, but of course the WHOLE family was w/ me, and DH saw a bunch of stuff he thought would be *great* for DS1's party : So we spent more than I planned on things I don't think we really needed
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post #318 of 378
Thread Starter 
Pre-emptive no-spend. We've got a busy day scheduled and won't have time for going to stores or spening money -- the BEST kind! Playgroup, fitness class, swimming, and bookclub.

01.. sos
02.. sos
03.. --- $14 snacks out with my daughter, Latte from starbucks
04.. sos
05.. sos
06.. sos $10.55 McDonald's
07.. sos
08.. sos
09.. sos
10.. --- $28 Fancy shoes for my daughter
11.. --- $4 snacks
12.. sos
13.. sos $50 LLBean backpack and two lunchboxes
14.. sos
15.. sos $15 dinner out with my book club
16.. --- $50 contact lense appointment (I have glasses...contacts are extras)
17.. --- $30 haircuts for the girls
18.. --- $95 Keen Sandals, $11 workout shorts
19.. sos
20.. sos
21.. sos
22.. sos
23..
24..
25..
26..
27..
28..
29..
30..

Goals for April

1. 16/30 Stay Out of Stores (sos)
2. 13/20 No Spend Days
post #319 of 378
04/01
04/02
04/03
04/04
04/05
04/06
04/07
04/08
04/09
04/10 Icing spatula, hole punch & cotton candy $6.47
04/11
04/12
04/13
04/14 $2.10 outfit for DS, $6.50 diapers for ds (I forgot to bring enough cloth dipes from home! Grrrr!
04/15
04/16
04/17: $1.05 Cotton candy (I'm an addict lately! It's sooo not food though so this is frivolous)
04/18: DS's birthday party!
04/19:
04/20: My Sweet Baby's 1st Birthday!
04/21:
04/22:

$16.12 Frivolously spent
19/20 No-spend days
21/30 Not buying clothes for my kids days
$76.30/$100 Son's birthday (this is for everything, including gifts & food.) CAME IN UNDER BUDGET!
6/10 Loads of laundry hung out to dry
$341.73/$500.00 Groceries
post #320 of 378
Key:
no spend/ budgeted spending
unnecessary/ unbudgeted spending
hung laundry to dry

Goals for April
no spend days 18/20
eating out 3/3
hung laundry to dry 6/10


1.
2. ordered our homeschool curriculum for next year. I'm putting this here preemptively to encourage me to NOT SPEND when I go out later
3. $50 bread, eggs for dying, and the last of the Easter baskets things at WalMart
4.
5.
6. ordered the last of the things I need for DS1's dinosaur party, was able to stay under budget AND found an online coupon code to save on shipping, also ordered our sunblock/ bug spray for the year~ unprepared for how DS1's soccer practice being at 5:30pm would affect us and got McD's for dinner.
7.
8. ordered our math curriculum for next year, excited to get started planning next year's schooling
9. $15 on quick grocery trip
10. $$ at Costco, major grocery shop, overspent a bit on some snacks
11. $$ at party store. I only needed 1 thing, invitations, but of course the WHOLE family was w/ me, and DH saw a bunch of stuff he thought would be *great* for DS1's party : So we spent more than I planned on things I don't think we really needed
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22. McDonald's for lunch and pizza delivery for dinner (all within budget). We were out all day, stopped by my mom's and spent WAY too much time there.
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