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post #381 of 413
31. $2 admission, $1.50 ice cream, $1.50 coffee, $4.75 meat on a stick, $3 bus fare, $22 ride wrist band

1.
2. $2 donation to museum, my dad bought all treats at the fair!
3. grocery $84 Not bad, got some fruit for dry for school treats
4.
5. $5 jacket at goodwill, $6 lunch out with mom, $90 two blue tooths, new web cam, web cam for MIL (didn't need the new webcam, but it was a great deal!), $17 groceries, $9 stamps, $2 new toothbrush
6.
7.
8.
9. planned grocery spending $40
10.
11. $18 camping
12. planned breakfast out $42 High but it was a buffet, so lunch too.
13. $20 grocery
14.
15.
16. $50 groceries, $26 on a set of glass storage containers with lids. certainly didn't NEED those but it was a good deal at Costco (I think?) and I could use a few more.
17. $16.50 groceries
18. $38 gift which included a $4 card cause I wasn't prepared with my own
19. $8 beer (still within my fun money budget!)
20.
21.
22. $17 goodwill, only came in for about $7 of that.
23. $15 apples for applesauce, $35 supplements, $50 chicken deposit
24. $20 groceries
25. $27 rubber boots for me, $48 groceries
26. planned eating out for DP and I but hope to keep it within budget! Maybe we can split a meal or something.
27.
28.
29.
30.

Almost there ladies!!!
post #382 of 413
No-spend weekend! Woo-hoo!

9/19
9/20
9/21
9/22
9/23
9/24: $11 fabric, $4 coffee, $2 sodas, $7 freaking adorable reversible hoodie DS technically does not need.
9/25
9/26

7/10 No-spend days
8/12 Not buying myself clothing days
$24 Frivolous spending
post #383 of 413
Sept 4 --
Sept 5 --
Sept 6 -- 6.00 parking
Sept 7 --
Sept 8 --
Sept 9 -- 2.11 shipping, 23.31 pizza
Sept 10 --
Sept 11 -- 80.00 car repair, 15.00 snacks
Sept 12 --
Sept 13 -- 2.12 Redbox
Sept 14 --
Sept 15 --
Sept 16 --
Sept 17 -- 22.00 ice cream night
Sept 18 -- 3.70 drinks, 2.12 Redbox
Sept 19 --
Sept 20 --
Sept 21 -- 2.03 study snacks
Sept 22 --
Sept 23 --
Sept 24 -- 20.00 pizza
Sept 25 -- overspent on groceries
Sept 26 --
Sept 27
Sept 28
Sept 29
Sept 30


Remaining grocery money -- -43.96
post #384 of 413
1: $80 household
2: NS
3: food out $8, travel $97
4: food out $10
5: food out $7
6: gas $32, food out $16, household $25, groceries $116
7: yarn $9
8: NS
9: groceries $131, supplements/skin care $40, household $82
10: NS
11: NS
12: NS
13: NS
14: chicken feed/bedding $46, thrift store clothing $27, gas $36, Halloween costume $25, groceries $107, DH clothing $49, costco snacks $2
15: NS
16. I seem to have missed a day...I have no idea how this happened...
17. $160 Target
18. $27 Farmers' Market
19. $69 groceries. $15 dinner out
20. $25 birthday present, $9 tip for b'day party
21. NS and exercised
22. $88 books
23. $44 groceries, $8 Starbucks, $51 food mill, $9 supplies for making laundry detergent
24. Gas $41
25. NS
26. $34 breakfast out, $40 art/craft supplies for kids, $8 groceries
27.
28.
29.
30.

Goals:
9/12 No-spend days (revised goal)
511/600 groceries
106/100 food out
8/10 Exercise days
No clothing purchases for me or kids
$250/$500 put in savings acct.
post #385 of 413
Freezer is full of meatballs and perogies, but fridge is looking kinda lean. Could possibly make it to the end w/o groc shopping again but family would probably rebel against austerity measures.

I made granola tonight because DH does not function without cereal . I'm also probably going to be making bread and am washing dishes by hand so we don't need to buy dishwasher detergent before the end of the month. I have spent 2hrs tonight cooking, dishwashing, and flyer scanning...had I not bought clothes this month that time could have been mine. Are these the actions of a rational person?? I showed DH the sweater and belt I bought Friday and he agrees it's fabulous.

Tomorrow night I get the best night out...a FREE one! My friend J's DH is program director at a film festival and guess who's going to a sold-out show on a comp ticket

1: $280 Costco
2: $65 Groceries, $30 raincoat for DD
3: $15 HFS - sugar & teething tablets for DS
4: no spend
5: no spend
6: no spend
7: no spend
8: $74 groceries
9: no spend
10: $6 parking at dentist
11: $3 food
12: $11 groceries, $8 makeup
13: no spend
14: no spend
15: $55 groceries
16: $3 groceries, 50 dress , $21 dry cleaning - not counted because I paid for it out of $28 I made consigning things
17: no spend
18: no spend
19: no spend
20: $21 dinner out with friend
21: $90 groceries, $20 coupon book
22: no spend
23: no spend
24: $70 daycare/hair cuts, $5 lunch, $50 clothes
25: $4 garage sale, $8 ice cream
26: no spend

667/650 joint account (household)
$221/120 personal account
post #386 of 413
31. $2 admission, $1.50 ice cream, $1.50 coffee, $4.75 meat on a stick, $3 bus fare, $22 ride wrist band

1.
2. $2 donation to museum, my dad bought all treats at the fair!
3. grocery $84 Not bad, got some fruit for dry for school treats
4.
5. $5 jacket at goodwill, $6 lunch out with mom, $90 two blue tooths, new web cam, web cam for MIL (didn't need the new webcam, but it was a great deal!), $17 groceries, $9 stamps, $2 new toothbrush
6.
7.
8.
9. planned grocery spending $40
10.
11. $18 camping
12. planned breakfast out $42 High but it was a buffet, so lunch too.
13. $20 grocery
14.
15.
16. $50 groceries, $26 on a set of glass storage containers with lids. certainly didn't NEED those but it was a good deal at Costco (I think?) and I could use a few more.
17. $16.50 groceries
18. $38 gift which included a $4 card cause I wasn't prepared with my own
19. $8 beer (still within my fun money budget!)
20.
21.
22. $17 goodwill, only came in for about $7 of that.
23. $15 apples for applesauce, $35 supplements, $50 chicken deposit
24. $20 groceries
25. $27 rubber boots for me, $48 groceries
26. didn't do as well as I wanted to, but ok. $22 lunch, $5 snacks
27.
28.
29.
30.

Almost there ladies!!
post #387 of 413
Thread Starter 
We just found out today that because we refinanced our mortgage (it is a 15 year now instead of a 30 year) we get to skip a mortgage payment next month.

WATCH OUT. For me that is like found money. I have to squirrel it away right away because otherwise I'll spend it.

01.. $5 Danish
02.. $45 fair food
03..
04.. $5 Starbucks
05.. $5 Again with the Starbucks
06.. $17.50 fair food
07..
08..
09.. $14 Wendy's
10.. $75 cat
11.. $5 Starbucks, $110 cat paraphenalia
12.. $5 Starbucks, $30 cookbook and Flylady book
13..
14.. $24 MOPS registration fee
15.. ,
16..
17.. $11 Wendy's
18.. $183 clothes for me
19.. $5 Starbucks weekend ritual
20..
21..
22.. $43 cookbook holder
23..
24..
25.. $27 workout top, $5 Starbucks, $8 big ole' bag of Wasabi Peas
26.. $5 Starbucks
27.. $18 cookbook, $27 black lace apron
28..
29..
30..

My goal:

10/15 No Spend Days
post #388 of 413
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by nina_yyc View Post
I have spent 2hrs tonight cooking, dishwashing, and flyer scanning...had I not bought clothes this month that time could have been mine. Are these the actions of a rational person??
That depends...how cute is the sweater?
post #389 of 413
9/19
9/20
9/21
9/22
9/23
9/24: $11 fabric, $4 coffee, $2 sodas, $7 freaking adorable reversible hoodie DS technically does not need.
9/25
9/26
9/27

8/10 No-spend days
9/12 Not buying myself clothing days
$24 Frivolous spending
post #390 of 413
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post
That depends...how cute is the sweater?
That was my thought as well.
post #391 of 413
Spent a bit yesterday for dd's birthday.

Sept 4 --
Sept 5 --
Sept 6 -- 6.00 parking
Sept 7 --
Sept 8 --
Sept 9 -- 2.11 shipping, 23.31 pizza
Sept 10 --
Sept 11 -- 80.00 car repair, 15.00 snacks
Sept 12 --
Sept 13 -- 2.12 Redbox
Sept 14 --
Sept 15 --
Sept 16 --
Sept 17 -- 22.00 ice cream night
Sept 18 -- 3.70 drinks, 2.12 Redbox
Sept 19 --
Sept 20 --
Sept 21 -- 2.03 study snacks
Sept 22 --
Sept 23 --
Sept 24 -- 20.00 pizza
Sept 25 -- overspent on groceries
Sept 26 --
Sept 27 -- birthday shopping for dd
Sept 28
Sept 29
Sept 30


Remaining grocery money -- -43.96
post #392 of 413
Had to add $17 for a book I forgot I bought myself on the 22nd.

September
1 -
2 -
3 -
4 -
5 -
6 -
7 -
8 - $2 for pizza slices (it was for charity, but still didn't need it)
9 -
10 - $8 lunch & coffee
11 -
12 -
13 -
14 -
15 -
16 - $38 reusable lunch containers
17 - $10 lottery tickets (work), $3 breakfast, $20 lunch
18 - $88 toys (I promised my kids they could get something at the toy store )
19 - $5 treats at swimming lessons
20 -
21 - $2 breakfast
22 - $59 books for the kids, $3 breakfast, $17 book for me, $2 pizza slices (charity pizza at the subway after a long day is too tempting to resist)
23 -
24 -
25 - $18 Fast food
26 -
27 - $15 playing cards with the ladies


My Goals:

17/20 No Spend Days
Track Unnecessary spending $290
post #393 of 413
Thread Starter 
01.. $5 Danish
02.. $45 fair food
03..
04.. $5 Starbucks
05.. $5 Again with the Starbucks
06.. $17.50 fair food
07..
08..
09.. $14 Wendy's
10.. $75 cat
11.. $5 Starbucks, $110 cat paraphenalia
12.. $5 Starbucks, $30 cookbook and Flylady book
13..
14.. $24 MOPS registration fee
15.. ,
16..
17.. $11 Wendy's
18.. $183 clothes for me
19.. $5 Starbucks weekend ritual
20..
21..
22.. $43 cookbook holder
23..
24..
25.. $27 workout top, $5 Starbucks, $8 big ole' bag of Wasabi Peas
26.. $5 Starbucks
27.. $18 cookbook, $27 black lace apron
28.. ,
29..
30..

My goal:

11/15 No Spend Days
post #394 of 413
Sept 4 --
Sept 5 --
Sept 6 -- 6.00 parking
Sept 7 --
Sept 8 --
Sept 9 -- 2.11 shipping, 23.31 pizza
Sept 10 --
Sept 11 -- 80.00 car repair, 15.00 snacks
Sept 12 --
Sept 13 -- 2.12 Redbox
Sept 14 --
Sept 15 --
Sept 16 --
Sept 17 -- 22.00 ice cream night
Sept 18 -- 3.70 drinks, 2.12 Redbox
Sept 19 --
Sept 20 --
Sept 21 -- 2.03 study snacks
Sept 22 --
Sept 23 --
Sept 24 -- 20.00 pizza
Sept 25 -- overspent on groceries
Sept 26 --
Sept 27 -- birthday shopping for dd
Sept 28 --
Sept 29
Sept 30


Remaining grocery money -- -43.96
post #395 of 413
9/19
9/20
9/21
9/22
9/23
9/24: $11 fabric, $4 coffee, $2 sodas, $7 freaking adorable reversible hoodie DS technically does not need.
9/25
9/26
9/27
9/28

9/10 No-spend days
10/12 Not buying myself clothing days
$24 Frivolous spending
post #396 of 413
1: $80 household
2: NS
3: food out $8, travel $97
4: food out $10
5: food out $7
6: gas $32, food out $16, household $25, groceries $116
7: yarn $9
8: NS
9: groceries $131, supplements/skin care $40, household $82
10: NS
11: NS
12: NS
13: NS
14: chicken feed/bedding $46, thrift store clothing $27, gas $36, Halloween costume $25, groceries $107, DH clothing $49, costco snacks $2
15: NS
16. I seem to have missed a day...I have no idea how this happened...
17. $160 Target
18. $27 Farmers' Market
19. $69 groceries. $15 dinner out
20. $25 birthday present, $9 tip for b'day party
21. NS and exercised
22. $88 books
23. $44 groceries, $8 Starbucks, $51 food mill, $9 supplies for making laundry detergent
24. Gas $41
25. NS
26. $34 breakfast out, $40 art/craft supplies for kids, $8 groceries
27. NS
28. groceries $24, starbucks $4, camera/charger stuff for trip, toy for DD2

I am done for this month, mamas. I definitely spent more this month than I expected, and will try again net month to reign in unnecessary spending. I didn't make my NS goal, but did make my savings goal and came in under my grocery budget. I feel like I've learned a lot by doing this thread.

On Thursday, we are headed to Disneyland for 4 nights, and I will not be worrying about $$ there. We've saved and planned for this trip for a while, and it is the first "hotel" vacation our family has taken in almost 8 years (we usually visit family when travelling)! Congrats for making it to the home stretch! See you in October!

Goals:
10/12 No-spend days (revised goal)
535/600 groceries
110/100 food out
8/10 Exercise days
No clothing purchases for me or kids (spent about $55 at thrift store, my weakness)
$500/$500 put in savings acct.
post #397 of 413
I did not make it to the end of the month 2 life lessons yesterday...
1. When the baby does not sleep, Tim Hortons sounds far too tempting. Even though I brought water bottles, still $8 for crappy food.
2. Do.not.go.out. Went to a film festival on a free ticket and was sucked into beer and wings after the movie way too easily. Worth it, but

Luckily DH has 3 paychecks next month so the extra one will cover the installment we have to pay on the condo's legal fees in October. DH has also concluded from my total failure to stay on budget (ever) that we need a bigger household budget, so I will have a little extra room next month to make up the overage. I'll be starting my job so we'll be OK, but I'm still mad at myself

1: $280 Costco
2: $65 Groceries, $30 raincoat for DD
3: $15 HFS - sugar & teething tablets for DS
4: no spend
5: no spend
6: no spend
7: no spend
8: $74 groceries
9: no spend
10: $6 parking at dentist
11: $3 food
12: $11 groceries, $8 makeup
13: no spend
14: no spend
15: $55 groceries
16: $3 groceries, 50 dress , $21 dry cleaning - not counted because I paid for it out of $28 I made consigning things
17: no spend
18: no spend
19: no spend
20: $21 dinner out with friend
21: $90 groceries, $20 coupon book
22: no spend
23: no spend
24: $70 daycare/hair cuts, $5 lunch, $50 clothes
25: $4 garage sale, $8 ice cream
26: no spend
27: $8 Timmy's, $68 groceries, $20 beer & wings
28: no spend

735/650 joint account (household)
$249/120 personal account
post #398 of 413
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by nina_yyc View Post
I'll be starting my job so we'll be OK, but I'm still mad at myself
Nina you did fine! These challenges are HARD. hard. hard. Just sticking through to the end is winning, in my book.

As the regulars around here can attest, it is pretty rare to see me still posting by the end of the month.

It takes work to stay motivated to track -- so anyone who finishes is WAY ahead of where they would have been without tracking.
post #399 of 413
Thread Starter 
I actually spent $88 today, but it was for necessary stuff like school lunch bills, gasoline, so I don't count that spending against myself.

Compared to my black lacey apron and $40 cookbook stand, gasoline is the bare necessities.

I'm just thrilled to see a whole month of tracking going on in my post. I'll be back in October with a vengance.

01.. $5 Danish
02.. $45 fair food
03..
04.. $5 Starbucks
05.. $5 Again with the Starbucks
06.. $17.50 fair food
07..
08..
09.. $14 Wendy's
10.. $75 cat
11.. $5 Starbucks, $110 cat paraphenalia
12.. $5 Starbucks, $30 cookbook and Flylady book
13..
14.. $24 MOPS registration fee
15.. ,
16..
17.. $11 Wendy's
18.. $183 clothes for me
19.. $5 Starbucks weekend ritual
20..
21..
22.. $43 cookbook holder
23..
24..
25.. $27 workout top, $5 Starbucks, $8 big ole' bag of Wasabi Peas
26.. $5 Starbucks
27.. $18 cookbook, $27 black lace apron
28.. ,
29..
30..

My goal:

12/15 No Spend Days
post #400 of 413
Thread Starter 
My own end-of-the-month analysis...

1. Well... I knew going in that I had a problem with impulsive clothing purchases for myself and this month continued that trend. $240 spent on new clothes, none of which was necessary.

But I'm working on that and working on trying to be satisfied with what I have. I may start ~budgeting~ a couple hundred dollars a month for my clothing budget and just come to peace with my own vanity.

I'm vain, Mamas. New clothes definitely bring me happy.

2. Cat. $200 went to the adoption fee and upkeep of our new cat. He was worth every penny of that. I'm in love with the new cat and so happy we have him.

3. $130 went for take-out food, Starbucks, eating out.

Now that stuff I'm not so happy about. It didn't bring me sufficient joy like the clothes and the cat did.

Okay...maybe the Starbucks did

But the other food did NOT.

So next month I'm starting a no-fast-food goal. I would like to reign in that aspect of my spending.
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