I was sick all last week so I'm just getting to updating now.
no spend/ budgeted spending
unnecessary/ unbudgeted spending
hung laundry to dryGoals for May
no spend days 11/20
eating out 2/2
hung laundry to dry 3/10
Way to start off the month
$7 at Starbucks after DS1's soccer game. Also spent $$$ on Keens for DH and I at Zappos.
$$ spent at Target for a new vacuum (ours broke over the weekend) and a new small coffee maker (I broke the pot on ours over a week ago.) While these were replacements, we hadn't budgeted for them. I did use a GC to pay for some of it, though, so it wasn't a total bust. Also spent $$ at IHOP for lunch.
$56 for fabric to make the kids bathing suits
spent most of the day at the park w/ the kids for a playdate with good friends. Planned well for a picnic, brought extras of everything.
$$ grocery shopping
$$ at McDonalds for dinner. Really wasn't needed, I was too lazy to cook anything
$$ grocery shopping.
$83 at JoAnn Fabrics (went in for swimsuit elastic, walked out w/ yards of fabric
$52 fabric. DD needs clothes and I don't like anything that's out there, so I'm making them.
$30 on soccer pics for DS1.
Originally Posted by eirual
= $191 on fabric (...not to mention the hours that you'll put into the finished pieces)
I hope you don't take offence to this. If this is something you love, than good on ya and please ignore my post, but if you're hoping to save $$ by making things you may want to re-evaluate your strategy.
I do love sewing, and I actually save quite a bit sewing my children's clothes myself. Of the $191 on fabric I've spent, I will actually get wardrobes for quite a few seasons. I don't buy fabric just for my intended purpose this season, I kinda buy in bulk. So the $56 I spent on bathing suit fabric will make about 14 suits, so including elastic, lining, and thread (all bought on sale), my kids' suits (customized to their bodies) for the next 3-4yrs will cost about $6 each (and the fabric is high quality swimsuit fabric from a boutique children's line). The cotton/lycra I just bought was about $4/ yd (including shipping) and DD still uses just under 1yd for a pair of leggings, about 1/2yd for bike shorts. Leggings and bike shorts wear much faster in this house and are hard to find at the local 2nd hand shops. For me to buy similar at Gymboree or Children's Place, I'd pay $10 for a pair of bike shorts I can make for about $3. Some o the fabric will also be for shirts for me. I already own the patterns, so for about $8 I'll have a top that fits me just the way I like in a much better quality than WalMart.
Sounds like good buys to me. And I lucked out, the last $52 purchase ended up being $37 b/c I was overcharged for shipping.