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post #121 of 198
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Originally Posted by Turquesa View Post

12: :thumb Haircut $20.00

13: :bag Latte and muffin, $4.71

14: :thumb $16.00 DS's Christmas presents, $85.00 groceries.

15: :hide.gif What happened to the guy with the bag on his head???  $10.00 lunch out.

16: thumb.gif Nada today.

17: thumb.gif  . . . Or today.  I'm kickin' some tailfin!  thumbsup.gif


Edited by Turquesa - 11/17/10 at 5:23pm
post #122 of 198

I agree! I am not liking the new format at all! I stopped posting, and what HAVE I been doing? Uggh!

 

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Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post


I was off pouting for a few days because I couldn't figure out this new MDC format and I have a hard time with change.

 

But whenever I stop tracking, I start spending.  And this time I was drowning my sorrows in fast food.

 

So I'm back.  I'll figure this out.  I need you guys!  I need this thread!

 

Quote:

01.. $9.98 Wendys
02.. $10.90 Subway
03.. $15 Costco Lamb Blanket
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06.. $11 hat, $3 Starbucks
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11..  $6 McDonald's
12..  $9 the makings for s'mores
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My Goals:

3/20 No Spend Days
1/5 Let the Car Rest Days
 


 
post #123 of 198

My Key:
Budgeted, planned spending (includes groceries, gas, other necessary or well planned items- NOT impulse items)
No Spend
No Drive
Impulse, Unnecessary Spending
Eat Out

Nov.1-
Nov.2-
Nov.3-
Nov.4-
Nov.5-7- Budgeted for Girl Scout Hiking trip in the mountains and a night at my bff's new house stayed within budget, ate out 2x, bought gas, and souvenier's

Nov.8- thumb.gif

Nov.9-  banana.gif

Nov.10- angry.gif $120 at the Vet

Nov.11- thumb.gif Spent a ton of money but almost all was planned/needed

Nov.12- thumb.gif Spent a ton of money but almost all was planned/needed

Nov.13- thumb.gif Spent a ton of money but almost all was planned/needed- okay so maybe not ALL of it but most, I am now done for awhile other than groceries

post #124 of 198

Well let's see;

 

Nov. 12- I bought McDonald's for myself since I hadn't eaten, a tarp to cover the patio furniture, burlap to cover my rose bush, a cheap USB stick and mocrophone for the computer (need it for school)

Nov. 13- groceries (150), 40 for ds's mouth guard

 

Not bad and not frivolous

post #125 of 198

I'm new to this thread ... hope it's okay to jump in mid-month!

 

Who I am:  Elizabeth, wohm to 2 girls and expecting #3 in June.  DH was un/under employed for 18 months.  He started a new job the first week of October but we've yet to see a paycheck and things are getting bad ... really bad. crap.gif

 

Where I'm going:  We owe a lot on medical bills from my dh's surgery last year, plus we're defaulting on a credit card, but what I'm currently freaking out about is the notice of intent to foreclose that we got in the mail this weekend.  We owe October & November, and would have been able to pay them if dh had gotten his paycheck on Oct. 29.  But he didn't.  So now my sole focus is to figure out how to pay 2 months of mortgage by November 30th.

 

How I'm going to get there:  I've run all the #'s, and we can JUST squeak by if we don't spend a dime on anything extra through mid-December.  We have a well-stocked pantry and chickens for eggs & meat (we have some roosters we needed to cull anyway).  But it is imperative that we don't spend a dime outside of essential bills (electricity, daycare, phone that dh needs for his 2nd job, internet that is under contract).  I'm worried about dh's lunches, and I don't know where the money for gas is going to come from to get us back & forth to work, but I guess we'll figure it out.  I'll be baking like a crazy woman the next several weeks, and we're going to be eating a LOT of beans.  Did I mention that I'm really, really scared?

 

15th:  no-spend

16th:  no-spend

17th:  no-spend

18th:  no-spend

19th:  phone bill, daycare, October mortgage payment

20th:  no-spend

21st:  no-spend

22nd:  no-spend 

23rd:  no-spend

24th:  no-spend

25th:  electric bill

26th:  car insurance

27th:  no-spend

28th:  no-spend

29th:  no-spend

30th:  November mortgage

post #126 of 198

7/10 no spend days
1/10 art/work days
2/4 eating out days

$240/$400 grocery budget
$65 FUN money

no spend day
unnecessary spending
budget spending day
art/work day

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2. , $177 groceries, $65 toiletries
3. , $50 cat food
4. ... getting an insurance-covered massage today! woohoo!
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6. $688 on winter tires!! . we did obviously budget it, but it was still a shock to the system. now i REALLY have to stick to our budget this month, since that ate up pretty much any wiggle-room we normally have
7. slightly unnecessary grocery spend of $5 for dessert
8. shy.gif $20 on a weekly yoga pass
9. thumb.gif plus, set up my desk, unpacked my art supplies, and did some sketching WOOHOO!
10. irked.gif yesterday was a tough one. my dd needed some new winter clothes, but i went shopping with a friend. bad idea, mixing shopping with socializing... spent $56 on clothing, $15 on assorted snacks, parking and other little things. i may return the one full price item i bought... an adorable sweater dress. not the most sensible purchase for a crawler eyesroll.gif.
11. shy.gif $58 on groceries, $20 on boots for dd and a new pack of pacifiers.
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Edited by SilverFish - 11/15/10 at 1:38pm
post #127 of 198
Thread Starter 

01.. $9.98 Wendys
02.. $10.90 Subway
03.. $15 Costco Lamb Blanket
04..  
05..
06.. $11 hat, $3 Starbucks
07..

08..

09.. 

10.. 

11..  $6 McDonald's
12..  $9 the makings for s'mores
13..  $5 Starbucks
14..  thumb.gif

15..

My Goals:

3/20 No Spend Days
1/5 Let the Car Rest Days
 

post #128 of 198
Thread Starter 

Welcome Heathen's Mom...I'm sorry to hear that you are scared.  We are here to encourage you and help you reach your saving goals.  you can do it!!

post #129 of 198

Every few months we have a day where we just buy and do whatever we want, that day was yesterday for us. Had a blast though! smile.gif

 

11/01
11/02
11/03
11/04
11/05 $9 Cute cords for me
11/06
11/07

11/08

11/09

11/10

11/11

11/12

11/13 $63 Dinner and dessert out, $22 Clothes for dd

11/14



12/20 No-spend days
12/30 Clothes shopping-free days
$94 Frivolously Spent

post #130 of 198

14.  budgeted spend day: $27 groceries, $30 household (tea tree oil and a $20 community coupon book)

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Goals:

$241/$400 groceries

$32/$50 eating out

$225/$300 household/Christmas

$250/$500 put in savings

13/30 not buying clothes days

8/15 stay out stores

4/10 no-spend days

10/20 planned/budgeted spend days

post #131 of 198
Oh my...  MDC was down for a few days, and I kind of fell off the wagon...  bag.gif  I had a few meals that I pretty much HAD to eat out, and that kind of threw a wrench into things.   I am doing really well on keeping to my grocery budget and cooking on my days off so I have leftovers during the week.  Working 2nd shift makes it difficult to cook on the days I work; I prefer to spend my mornings playing with DS rather than cooking.  Today I made a big pot of ham and bean soup, though, so it should last for several days.
 
 
= no spending!
= necessary, budgeted spending
= necessary, unbudgeted spending
= unnecessary, unbudgeted spending


1- mortgage payment, $32 for pizza to thank our niece and nephew for help with yardwork (comes out of entertainment allowance)
2- $74.48 at Meijer for groceries (and only groceries, yay!) + $11 for apples at the market to make applesauce
3- $45 for eye doctor, $15 for the prescription, and $5 for coffee
4-
5- $6.50 for Chinese for lunch + $24.29 at Meijer + paid for car repairs
6- $12 for lunch, $8 for dinner + $3.80 for coffee
7-
8-   electric bill + paid off credit card (never carry a balance, but "launder" money through it to get freebies)
9-   student loan payment + $3 for potatoes at market + $6.50 for Chinese for lunch
10-   paid phone bill + $79.99 for groceries
11-  $17.70 at Barnes and Noble for a book and coffee for DH and me + $21.35 at Dick's Sporting Goods for gloves for work +   $55 at Carabbas for dinner and dessert (budgeted, but more expensive than I'd have liked!!)
12-  $12-ish for dinner at Culver's for niece and I
13-  $12.XX for a book at Borders + $9.XX for soup and coffee for lunch
14-    $4.80 for coffee
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$192.76/$500 groceries
$450/$500 savings
$24.30/60 work lunches
2/15 no-spend days
post #132 of 198

My Key:
Budgeted, planned spending (includes groceries, gas, other necessary or well planned items- NOT impulse items)
No Spend
No Drive
Impulse, Unnecessary Spending
Eat Out

Nov.1-
Nov.2-
Nov.3-
Nov.4-
Nov.5-7- Budgeted for Girl Scout Hiking trip in the mountains and a night at my bff's new house stayed within budget, ate out 2x, bought gas, and souvenier's

Nov.8- thumb.gif

Nov.9-  banana.gif

Nov.10- angry.gif $120 at the Vet

Nov.11- thumb.gif Spent a ton of money but almost all was planned/needed

Nov.12- thumb.gif Spent a ton of money but almost all was planned/needed

Nov.13- thumb.gif Spent a ton of money but almost all was planned/needed- okay so maybe not ALL of it but most, I am now done for awhile other than groceries

Nov.14- Groceries and other necessities, gas

 

post #133 of 198

Thanks, Prudence.  I'm feeling a little better after talking with dh last night (he was out of town all weekend).  I have no illusions ... this month is going to be HARD.  But with planning & discipline we can do it.  thumb.gif

post #134 of 198

 

14. thumb.gif $27 groceries, $30 household (tea tree oil and a $20 community coupon book)

15. thumb.gif $73 groceries, $13 household (supplements and cosmetics) 

 

 

Must stop going to the store. We certainly have enough food in the house!. I am vowing to do NO more food shopping for the next 8 days, until 11/23.

And got some bad news....big car repair needed on our 2003 Subaru. To the tune of over $1600! The good news is that part of it might be covered by Subaru (common problem for that year's model, apparently.) I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this one. 

 

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thumb.gif budgeted spending

 

 

$314/$400 groceries

$32/$50 eating out

$238/$300 household/Christmas

$250/$500 put in savings

14/30 not buying clothes days

8/15 stay out stores

4/10 no-spend days

11/20 planned/budgeted spend days

post #135 of 198
Thread Starter 

I like how you can click on "go to your last post" that makes updating this much easier.
 

01.. $9.98 Wendys
02.. $10.90 Subway
03.. $15 Costco Lamb Blanket
04..  
05..
06.. $11 hat, $3 Starbucks
07..

08..

09.. 

10.. 

11..  $6 McDonald's
12..  $9 the makings for s'mores
13..  $5 Starbucks
14..  thumb.gif

15..  thumb.gif

My Goals:

8/20 No Spend Days
1/5 Let the Car Rest Days
 


 
 

post #136 of 198

November
1 - irked.gif- all day meeting = $4 caffix.gif
2 - smile.gif
3 - irked.gif $2 pizza slices

4 - irked.gif $62 shoes for girls, $4 recipes

5 - irked.gif $2 Fall decoration that was on sale

6 - irked.gif $10 postage to return something I shouldn't have bought in the first place

7 - smile.gif

8 - irked.gif $10 stuff from the dollar store

9 - smile.gif

10 - irked.gif $11 Breakfast & lunch

11 - irked.gif $5 breakfast

12 - irked.gif $13 breakfast, $20 lunch

13 - smile.gif

14 - smile.gif

15 - smile.gif

smile.gif 6/20 = No spend days
irked.gif$143 frivolous spending

post #137 of 198

11/01
11/02
11/03
11/04
11/05 $9 Cute cords for me
11/06
11/07

11/08

11/09

11/10

11/11

11/12

11/13 $63 Dinner and dessert out, $22 Clothes for dd

11/14

11/15 thumb.gif



13/20 No-spend days
13/30 Clothes shopping-free days
$94 Frivolously Spent

post #138 of 198

Ha!  Guess I should have figured out some sort of cool smiley key before I started this.  D'oh.  So the only thing we're allowed to spend money on this month, besides the bills I listed, is gas for vehicles.  We live relatively far away from our respective jobs, and dh's 2nd job is delivering pizzas, so I'm interested to see just how much money it's going to take for 2 weeks of fill-ups.  I'm cheating a little, though.  I have a ton of vacation saved up and I plan to take as much as I can this month and still actually get my work done, so that I reduce the overall amount I'm driving.

 

15th:  $45.47 (gas for me and dh)

16th:  no-spend

17th:  no-spend

18th:  no-spend

19th:  phone bill, daycare, October mortgage payment

20th:  no-spend

21st:  no-spend

22nd:  no-spend 

23rd:  no-spend

24th:  no-spend

25th:  electric bill

26th:  car insurance

27th:  no-spend

28th:  no-spend

29th:  no-spend

30th:  November mortgage 

post #139 of 198
Thread Starter 

Jenny -- what does "proud maker of red things" mean?

 

Elizabeth -- I'm thinking of you and that two mortgage payments in one month thing.  Good luck!!!  Did the check you were expecting Oct 29th come in?

 

I made some pretty aggressive payments this month too -- pre-paid our village taxes, an extra mortgage payment that we didn't expect (we just refinanced and thought we were getting TWO months with no payment, but not so -- money is tight tight tight for the next two weeks.  I did it on purpose as a challenge to myself.  If I prepay this stuff, and there is no money in the bank, I'm less tempted to spend it.

 

So today should be a good no-spend.  I have to amend yesterday though because after I posted I bought fleece PJs at Costco.  Didn't really need those, but man are they cozy.

post #140 of 198
Thread Starter 


redface.gif Coming on to take off yesterday's no-spend...

 

01.. $9.98 Wendys
02.. $10.90 Subway
03.. $15 Costco Lamb Blanket
04..  
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06.. $11 hat, $3 Starbucks
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11..  $6 McDonald's
12..  $9 the makings for s'mores
13..  $5 Starbucks
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15..  $17 fleece pjs
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My Goals:

7/20 No Spend Days
1/5 Let the Car Rest Days
 


 
 

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