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post #141 of 485
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Oooo.... I like how some are listing out the frugal things they did that day.  I'm going to think on that overnight and maybe start adding that to my list, too.  I find it inspiring to read other people's frugal accomplishments.

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January Spending. 

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Had a rough couple days. Hanging out, then not feeling well = eating out a few times. Tried to be frugal and go on a hike ended in buying a book and a set of maps for Forest Park costing $40. Took it out of our non-existant entertainment fund. :/ Then today I was lazy and got a coffee and a bagel, but that was BEFORE I went to my seed starting class. Where they gave us FREE SEEDS! So at least I did something frugal as well as spending. Its gonna be a tight month... 

post #143 of 485

free seeds, yay!  I am really excited about my veg garden this year. treehugger.gif

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Originally Posted by FillingMyQuiver View Post

Oooo.... I like how some are listing out the frugal things they did that day.  I'm going to think on that overnight and maybe start adding that to my list, too.  I find it inspiring to read other people's frugal accomplishments.

 

 

Me too!!!!

post #145 of 485

I went out with some friends last night and technically I spent $4.  But I'm giving myself a no-spend anyway....because $4?!?!  That is ~CRAZY~ talk in my world.  Everyone around me was ordering (my favorite) lemon-drop martinis and buffalo wings and yummy good stuff...and I sat there sipping my light beer.

 

I originally said I couldn't go because it was not in the budget, but then I started feeling deprived...and that is a derailer for me...so I went anyway and just spent very little money.  It wasn't too bad. 

 

 

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post #146 of 485

My frugal accomplishment for the day = drank beer on tap instead of a martini.  I'm starting small with my "accomplishments"   whistling.gif

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Edited by birdie.lee - 5/13/13 at 11:56am
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Checking in early today...I won't be near the computer again.  We have a well-baby check up this morning for $15 co-pay.   

 

 

love.gif  No spend

thumb.gif  Budgeted spend

irked.gif   Unbudgeted Spend

treehugger.gif  Do something frugal at home

 

January 1 -- love.gif  treehugger.gif  lowered temperature on hot water heater

January 2 -- irked.gif   $10.50 food at airport  treehugger.gif  soaked beans for dh and kids

January 3 -- love.gif

January 4 -- love.gif

January 5 -- love.gif  

January 6 -- irked.gif  $3 tea at airport

January 7 -- thumb.gif  well baby check up  treehugger.gif  soaking more beans for meals, lowered heat 2 degrees

January 8

January 9

 

 

My goals:

 

Save 50% of Jan 4th paycheck -- done!

Save 20% of Jan 18th paycheck

Do something frugal every day

Make every dollar matter

 
post #149 of 485

Key:

No Spend/Paying Bills thumb.gif

Budgeted Spend eyesroll.gif

Unbudgeted Spend irked.gif

Did Something Frugal at Home treehugger.gif

 

**8/25 No Spend/Budgeted Spend Days**

**$180/$180 Grocery/Med Budget**

 

 

December 28: thumb.gif Paid rent, electric, water, adt, credit card and van payment for $1,232. But our van payment is now current so we're current on all bills! 

December 29: thumb.gif We'll be spending the day with the inlaws. 

December 30: thumb.gif Budgeted spend on pizza, we got home from out of town at dinner time and I needed to buy groceries! We also got some snacks for the road but my dad had given us "coke money" for the trip (I had gone to the store for him and he told me to keep the change).

December 31: thumb.gifirked.gif Ah groceries. I spent $150 almost even on food, herbs, meds and wipies. My DH will be going to the other store here in a bit to get our milk and produce. My unbudgeted spend was a pair of sweat pants on sale for the little one who didn't have any (and it's cold enough he needs warm pants around the house). They were $4. I also got 3 packs of toss and go sippy cups for $6.

January 1: thumb.gif Well I was going to send DH to the post office but it's closed, so no spend!

January 2: irked.gif Found out that when my dentist talked me into a "deep clean" it turned me into a periodontal patient and my insurance doesn't cover all periodontal cleanings so I have to go every 3 months to be tortured and can't stop being a periodontal patient until I "get better". Sigh. $30 copay for that today. $9 for stamps. $22 for paper kitchen items (plates/bowls/etc) and tissues because I'm trying to get over the flu and can't keep up with the house. Sigh.

January 3: thumb.gif treehugger.gif I'm still getting over the flu and now DH has gastroenteritis (Lord help us) so another day inside until we have speech therapy at 1:30. We only have $50 left and I'm not touching it! Next pay period will be more challenging because I'll have more $$ available which makes it harder not to spend it! For my frugal thing done at home I made a quadruple batch of steel cut oats for breakfast and divided it into qt sized jars for quick breakfasts later this week. :)

January 4: irked.gif Alright..*shame* I'll put the worst things first: Movie for the boys $10, donuts for breakfast $7 and workbooks from targets dollar section because we haven't been able to afford our home school curriculum yet $4. I also got floss (the string kind since the stick kind I've been using apparently don't work well) $3 and instant potatoes $4. Now to go hide in shame.

January 5:irked.gif treehugger.gif My oldest is autistic and tends to obsess over things. Lately it's been Christmas lights. Tonight is the last night that we have a local light display, it's 5.5 miles of lights. We have been at least 5 times since Thanksgiving. So I took the boys tonight and I don't feel bad. :) $10 So usually we eat oatmeal 3-4 times a week and sweeten it with maple syrup. Well real maple syrup is expensive, so today I cooked 3/4 c frozen berries with 1/4 c water and 2 T maple syrup. Blended it all together and voila, healthier "pink" oatmeal even yummier and cheaper. 

January 6: thumb.gif Staying home today..marriage drama, 30 weeks pregnant, a 2 yo and a 4 yo..I'm worn out. :(

January 7: thumb.gif whistling.gifToday is my birthday and I'm feeling kind of down so I've decided that I want to go to starbucks later and get a tall drink and wander Target by myself for some peace. :) And my mom just told me she wants to send me an "e-gift card" so I don't have to buy it myself so yay! A no spend day! The e-giftcard thing is cool, you can email someone a giftcard and they just print it off and use it like a regular gift card!

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Edited by micah_mae_ - 1/7/13 at 9:55am
post #150 of 485
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January 7: whistling.gifToday is my birthday and I'm feeling kind of down so I've decided that I want to go to starbucks later and get a tall drink and wander Target by myself for some peace. :) I won't buy anything else so it'll be $3-4 only. 

 

hug2.gif Happy birthday, mama. Enjoy your peace break.

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Sunday January 6th: greensad.gif $60 at the grocery store.

 

I should really be giving myself a thumbs up for yesterday.  That is half of what I normally spend!  It felt really good to not impulse buy.  I did not go into the bakery or by the ice cream.

 

IMO, grocery spending, particularly frugal grocery spending, shouldn't count against you unless it sends you way over budget for the month. We need to eat, and having the food we need on hand prevents us from throwing up our hands and calling for pizza! Only you can decide, but that doesn't sound like an unbudgeted-spending day to me. 

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hug2.gif Happy birthday, mama. Enjoy your peace break.

Thanks :) 

post #153 of 485

Actually when my mom asked if I was doing anything today I told her my plan and she's going to send me an "e-gift card" so it's still a no spend day! 

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Edited by birdie.lee - 5/13/13 at 11:56am
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Thank you.  This makes total sense to me.  I am thinking I need to not beat myself up about spending money that needs to be spent.  Bills have to be payed and everybody needs food!

I dont count food or bills unless they go out of the budget. Some stuff must be paid!
post #156 of 485

Subbing for inspiration!
 

post #157 of 485
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Originally Posted by ariahsmum View Post
We grow a large garden in summer (short VT season)...In winter we purchase broccoli and local salad greens as well as basic veggies like carrots, cuke, celery, peppers, beets and potatoes when they run out. 

 

 

Living in Montana, I know what you mean about having a short gardening season!  Did you realize that you can grow lettuce and other salad greens in a "coldframe" all through the winter?  We ate salad fresh from the veggie patch on Christmas day.  (The coldframe doesn't have to be anything fancy.  Mine is made from cinderblocks filled with garden dirt, topped with an old window.  It works like a charm.winky.gif)

 

Cucumbers, celery and peppers are really expensive in the winter.  Can you buy extra in the summer (when they are at rock bottom prices) and freeze or dehydrate them for winter use?

 

[Maybe I should start a "Frugal Meal Planning 101 - 2013 Version" thread?]

post #158 of 485

jammin.gifcarrot.gif= Excellent

oops.gif / shrug.gif = Not so good

dizzy.gif / surrender.gifduh.gif= Very, very bad

 

12.31  carrot.gif  Errand day.  Groceries/ eat out= $55/ $18/ $28  oops.gif  Forgot to record library fines--  22 DOLLARS!

1.1  jammin.gif  No spend.  Staying home.  Nothing's open.  But I'm taking it anyway.

1.2  carrot.gif Happy Veggie for now, because we kept snack and treat purchases to a minimum.  Azure Standard order.  Co-op stop.  

1.3  shrug.gif  Stop at Burgerville for dd2--she ate 5 fries, I ate a burger and fries.  Oh well.  DH took dd1 out for a taco.  $20

1.4  shrug.gif  Just groceries, but not sure how I'm doing so far.  

1.5 jammin.gif  No spend.  Stayed home.

1.6  duh.gif  Took away my reward for a no-spend because 1/2 of a stewed chicken was wasted, entirely avoidable.  

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1.7 carrot.gif Hopefully the start to a better week.  $23 basic groceries, $10.50 treats.  Added $7 to the FUNfund with the girls' leftover treat budget for the week.  Making bread; made my pot of smoky-bacon-y soupy beans.

 

Basic groceries= $312

Snacks and treats and eating out= $71.00

Groceries for homemade treats and celebrations= $18

 

=$401.00/ $920 for 5 weeks ending Sunday, 2.3

 

post #159 of 485
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Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post

My frugal accomplishment for the day = drank beer on tap instead of a martini.  I'm starting small with my "accomplishments"   whistling.gif

 

 

Gotta Start somewhere! I started by buying a big case of beer (Bridgeport IPA) at Costco instead of random 6 packs. 24 beers for the month at just over $1 each. 

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January Spending. 

NO SPEND - joy.gif

Budgeted Spending - thumb.gif

Unquieted Spending - eyesroll.gif

 

 

Dec 29 - thumb.gif

Dec 30- joy.gif

Dec 31 - thumb.gif

Jan 1- eyesroll.gif   

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Jan 3 - thumb.gif

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Jan 5 - eyesroll.gif

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Jumping the gun a little (its only 3pm here). But I really don't see us leaving the house again today. Spent more than I planed at the grocery store, but stocked up on several items and got about 9 dinners worth of food. So next time I go should only be for fresh stuff. :) Will see how far nearly $300 get us. Its the most I've spent on a non costco run in... A LONG time. But if we are prepared we will eat out a lot less. I have a meal plan for dinners and breakfasts, and lunch meats/hot dogs/leftovers for lunch. 

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