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post #201 of 485

Thursday 10th January

No spend day smile.gif orngbiggrin.gif smile.gif

 

$66.67 remaining for groceries this week.

 

What I did today to save money:

Stayed at home and ate leftovers for lunch and dinner

 

Put a toy aside, ready for return. I usually don't like to return presents given to the kids and while I'm grateful for the gesture, the toy they received is essentially noisy, useless crap. Thank goodness we did not take it out of the box! I'll be returning it tomorrow for credit and buying dd her new sandals with the credit (i.e something useful). So I'm able to delay that cranky face under the date for a little bit longer now..

post #202 of 485

Tried to multi-quote several people, but MDC is not cooperating with me this morning.

 

So I'll fast reply -- Good luck no-spenders!!! 

post #203 of 485

a. Who you are: I'm a SSAHM of a very busy 4 year old boy. 

b. Where you are going (your financial goals) and: I really want to get out from under the debt on my credit cards. I'm not comfortable to go into details, but the amount I owe is about equivalent to 2/3 of my yearly income.

c. How you plan to get there: Really going back to basics. Keeping a budget and putting every found penny into wiping out the debt. We eat home-cooked meals, we use public transit and bike to get around. We take advantage of all the no-cost arts and entertainment in our city. We build relationships that aren't dependent on spending money together.

post #204 of 485

Grocery shopping today.  Food!   Glorious food!!!   I spent $130 which was high.  The electricity bill came in under budget, so it is all working out.  And we have food!  I bought good stuff, nothing prepared -- no crackers, no bread....just produce, milk, eggs, meat and cheese (and one box of jello innocent.gif for my kids who behaved beautifully while shopping).  Goodness, but it does cost a bit to feed 6 people.  

 

Now that we have a fridgeful, I have to keep cooking.  I have a menu planned for the next 10 days and we should be able to squeak it out till our next paycheck on the 18th without reducing our hardcore savings rate.  

 

 


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 -- love.gif  treehugger.gif  delayed our grocery shopping for another day

January 9 -- love.gif  treehugger.gif  delayed our grocery shopping for yet another day

January 10 -- thumb.gif  grocery shopping 

January 11

January 12

January 13

January 14

 

 

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 #205 of 485
Quote:
Originally Posted by delightedbutterfly View Post

thumb.gif = No Spend  smile.gif = Groceries/Gas/Ok spending  duck.gif= Unnecessary spending  jog.gif = Exercised  yummy.gif = Ate all meals at home

 

Week 2 of 2013 (Jan 6-12)

Jan 6: $49.76 on groceries and $44.55 on stuff smile.gifyummy.gifduck.gif

Jan 7: thumb.gif yummy.gif

Jan 8: $45.88 on groceries, mainly stuff for DH's birthday dinner and dessert smile.gif and $27.89 on dog food and ear cleaner smile.gif jog.gifyummy.gif

Jan 9: thumb.gif yummy.gif <---- I was REALLY tempted to take the kids + daycare child to McD's for snack after school and a play as it was too cold for outside play and it's our only indoor play place, but we stayed away and I felt really really happy I didn't bend to temptation!

Jan 10: smile.gif Spent $170 on "stuff" but it was all on my list of needed items. $100 of it was in Gift Cards though that we received from Christmas and went to stuff to fuel my goals of healthy body and healthy finances. duck.gifDH had some time between going to the office and going out to do his work and he brought the girls home breakfast for $10.97. Still need to buy some more groceries today and pay the insurance for DD2's drop in gymnastics play. But after that we're going to go exercise at the free indoor walking track... DH got paid today so I also need to pay bills and move money around for automatic withdrawls... Payday's are always expensive it seems...

 

$95.88/$200 weekly grocery budget

$114.55/$?? weekly stuff budget

$0/$?? weekly gas budget

$10.97/$?? weekly eating out budget (would like this to be $50 a week to start, with a goal of $100 a month but that could be unrealistic)

$27.89/$50 monthly dog budget

post #206 of 485
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Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post

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post #207 of 485

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   

Jan 2 - thumb.gif

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Tuesday (the 8th), I took the dog to the groomer, though I'm proud to say I found a  better and CHEEPER groomer/dog day care. My dog is much happier there getting to play with other dogs until his bath, then not being in a cage after wards. Spent $45 on that (a STEAL for a giant breed dog). Then spent the whole day out with my son making good use of our Children's museum and zoo memberships (they are across the parking log from each other here). I only spent $2 on a cup of tea. Go me and packing a lunch and snacks!!! 

 

The 9th, wasn't so good. Having trouble on my aquaponics set up and went out to buy a book on it. Ended up buying another gardening book, and a book and toy for my son (at least those were on clearance 2whistle.gif). Ended up being hungry and spend $16 on lunch for me and DH. DS was too tired to eat so we didn't get him anything. Also got dog food (switched to a slightly less expensive variety). Today should FINALLY be a no spend day. Going to the library. Have beans soaking and chicken defrosting for tacos tonight. Saving money by shredding our own cheese and making our own beans. 

 

 

post #208 of 485

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Edited by birdie.lee - 5/13/13 at 12:06pm
post #209 of 485
Thread Starter 

Key

thumb.gif  No Spend/ Budgeted Spending

irked.gif  Unbudgeted/ Unnecessary Spending

knit.gif  Crafted for at least 30 minutres

 

 

1.  irked.gif  Not exactly how I wanted to start the year/ month, but all well.  Another $200 spent at Home Depot for more shelving for my kids' rooms, $40 spent at the grocery store while we continue to wrap our head around the food allergies.

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5.  thumb.gif  $$ bought DDs's birthday cake and ice cream for DS2.  Blew up the birth pool, gathered birth supplies, & put crib together.

6.  irked.gif  $75 at Home Depot.  Shelves are working out so well in the kids' rooms, DH and I decided to put some in our room.  Making split pea soup for after birth from a ham bone my mom saved.

7.  thumb.gif  knit.gif  Frugal accomplishments for today:  started cutting out cloth wipes to sew for new baby, packed all our snacks and brought our water bottles to the 3hr meeting today that I had to take the kids w/ me to, cooked dinner at home even though I was exhausted after my meeting, including greens from our garden we have in a low tunnel, pulled out next size up clothes from storage for DD2 and DD3 (still need to go through DD3's drawers to pull out too small clothing, hopefully tomorrow)

8.  thumb.gif  $17 spent at grocery store for milk, pasta, and a jar of sauce (not frugal, I usually make my own sauce, but hey, we didn't eat out winky.gif).  Frugal accomplishments for today:  went through DD3's clothes, separated all of the clothes I've pulled from the drawers the last few weeks and started a donation bag, raked half my front yard and moved the leaves into the garden beds, dug a trench and buried 5 gallons of kitchen scraps in one of the beds, brought our change to the coinstar machine and got an amazon gift card.

9.  thumb.gif  $6 on an amazon grocery order for soy free chocolate chips, sorghum flour, and chia seeds.  Frugal accomplishments for today: used amazon gift card from yesterday for majority of amazon order, cut DS2's hair, ate all meals and snacks out of the pantry/ freezer

10. thumb.gif  knit.gif  Planned food shopping list for Saturday, cut cloth wipes from upcycled flannel sheet and towels, DH picked up our bulk foods co-op order last night so I was able to make a loaf of gluten-free bread  for lunch and muffins for breakfast, also eating dinner at home, started taxes, opened windows in house to get some fresh air in (we're in a warm streak), took the end of the loaf of bread I made and set it aside to make gluten free bread crumbs

 

8/ 20 No Spend Days

2/ 20 Crafting Days

post #210 of 485

Key:

No Spend/Paying Bills thumb.gif

Budgeted Spend eyesroll.gif

Unbudgeted Spend irked.gif

Did Something Frugal at Home treehugger.gif

 

**11/25 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!

January 8: thumb.gif Not much to tell! 

January 9: thumb.gif Staying home today, it's cold and rainy. I think I'll make a big batch of breakfast food later.

January 10: thumb.gif Got some birthday money and got a couple things for myself but since it's not budgeted I'm not counting it. We also got enough for a year membership to the childrens museum so I'll be buying that on Monday!

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post #211 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.  

1.7 carrot.gif Hopefully the start to a better week. 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.

1.8  carrot.gifEven though this was a big spend day, I'm giving myself this Happy Carrot because I stuck to the lists, and the girls stuck to their weekly treat allowance.  Only one entirely unplanned but not unwelcome purchase-- a new sudoku book for the girls to share, $6.

1.9  shrug.gif  Basic groceries, but they keep coming.  Not sure how I'm doing yet.

*****************************************************************

1.10 shrug.gif Couple of forgotten groceries.  Can't find receipt--less than $20.  Thrift store $30.  Wool socks $16.  Finally found a new battery for an old digital camera.  It was just about trash if I couldn't find it.  Now I'll give the camera to the girls.  Dairy Queen, $13, because I messed up and we drove 40 minutes to what I thought was an open swim at the Y.  The girls were seriously bummed, and we treated them to DQ.

 

Basic groceries= $403+

Snacks and treats and eating out= $105.00

Groceries for homemade treats and celebrations= $33

 

=$528.00/ $920 for 5 weeks ending Sunday, 2.3

post #212 of 485

1/10

irked.gif $4.50 for snacks/drinks at the convenience store

smile.gif budgeted spending.  $46.12 at the drugstore (prescriptions and diapers), $57.60 at the grocery store.

 

frugal things I did today: baked a loaf of bread and a dozen gluten free muffins.  Took the kids to free yoga at the library.

post #213 of 485

No Spend/Paying Bills thumb.gif

Budgeted Spend eyesroll.gif

Unbudgeted Spend irked.gif

Did Something Frugal at Home treehugger.gif

Bills are in Bold.

 

December 30: thumb.gif

December 31: eyesroll.gif $17-ish at Grocery Depot

January 1: eyesroll.gif $171- Grocery shop

January 2: thumb.gif$120- water bill (ouch!)

January 3: eyesroll.gif$170- car insurance irked.gif$33- food for a class, $2.55- a beer for dh, unbudgeted but ok with me

January 4: eyesroll.gif $28- Grocery shop, $150 babysitter

January 5: irked.gif $3.50- bought myself coffee on the way to class this morning. eyesroll.gif $30- gas for van treehugger.gif Dh made pizza for dinner from scratch instead of buying frozen pizza.

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January 8: irked.gif $19- Swimming gear for dd, necessary since her class started today, but not really in our budget. eyesroll.gif $34 at Grocery Depot

January 9: thumb.gif Not a penny. We were just too busy to spend money :)

January 10: eyesroll.gif $30 at grocery store to get food for the next two days. Would have bought dinner on the way to La Leche League tonight, but I'd left my wallet in the van, so no spending on that. 

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post #214 of 485

Friday 11th January:

$3.99 on milk

$49.12 on gas

 

=$13.56 remaining for the next 5 days.

 

I don't know whether to cry or scream. Dh filled up HIS car with $49.12 worth of gas FROM the grocery/gas budget when only $66.67 was remaining. He doesn't even have to go to work this week (so there is no need to fill it up) AND this is a car that doesn't fit all of us, so essentially it is only useful to him. I could have killed him today. My car (which transports the family) has zero gas in it, and I have no %$#%#$^$ money to fill it now. Which means I can't go to the mall to get dd her new sandals which she needs, nor can I go anywhere for that fact. I'm putting a big cranky face even though it was taken from money we had. He should have filled up $10 worth max and left the other $57 for ohh, I don't know... USEFUL F*CKING ITEMS!

 

Now I have to make a whopping $13.56 stretch out till next Tuesday till we are paid again! angry.gif I have 6 people to feed and my pantry is not full. We have rice, tuna, juice, baked beans, 3 doz eggs, 5 minute pasta (gluten - kids can't have it) and cereal (gluten again). Oh wait, we've got honey and cocoa too. irked.gif Here kids, let's have some ^$#^#$^ hot chocolate for dinner tomorrow because daddy had to fill up his gas tank for no good reason at all!!!!!

 

What I did today to save money:

Too angry right now. greensad.gif


Edited by LoveOurBabies - 1/10/13 at 11:46pm
post #215 of 485
Quote:
Originally Posted by LoveOurBabies View Post

Friday 11th January:

$3.99 on milk

$49.12 on gas

 

=$13.56 remaining for the next 5 days.

 

I don't know whether to cry or scream. Dh filled up HIS car with $49.12 worth of gas FROM the grocery/gas budget when only $66.67 was remaining. He doesn't even have to go to work this week (so there is no need to fill it up) AND this is a car that doesn't fit all of us, so essentially it is only useful to him. I could have killed him today. My car (which transports the family) has zero gas in it, and I have no %$#%#$^$ money to fill it now. Which means I can't go to the mall to get dd her new sandals which she needs, nor can I go anywhere for that fact. I'm putting a big cranky face even though it was taken from money we had. He should have filled up $10 worth max and left the other $57 for ohh, I don't know... USEFUL F*CKING ITEMS!

 

Now I have to make a whopping $13.56 stretch out till next Tuesday till we are paid again! angry.gif I have 6 people to feed and my pantry is not full. We have rice, tuna, juice, baked beans, 3 doz eggs, 5 minute pasta (gluten - kids can't have it) and cereal (gluten again). Oh wait, we've got honey and cocoa too. irked.gif Here kids, let's have some ^$#^#$^ hot chocolate for dinner tomorrow because daddy had to fill up his gas tank for no good reason at all!!!!!

 

What I did today to save money:

Too angry right now. greensad.gif

I would fix his least favorite frugal dinners for the next few days and if he complains remind him why you can't buy food. mischievous.gif

post #216 of 485
Quote:
Originally Posted by LoveOurBabies View Post

 

Now I have to make a whopping $13.56 stretch out till next Tuesday till we are paid again! angry.gif I have 6 people to feed and my pantry is not full. We have rice, tuna, juice, baked beans, 3 doz eggs, 5 minute pasta (gluten - kids can't have it) and cereal (gluten again). Oh wait, we've got honey and cocoa too. irked.gif Here kids, let's have some ^$#^#$^ hot chocolate for dinner tomorrow because daddy had to fill up his gas tank for no good reason at all!!!!!

 

What I did today to save money:

Too angry right now. greensad.gif

 

 

Oh mama, I am so sorry.  My hardest moments are when dh and I are not communicating well and our plans go awry.  Will your kids eat potatoes?  I know it is lean, but with a bag of potatoes I see the makings of frittata, baked potatoes and beans, tuna casserole, fried eggs and potatoes for breakfast...I know it gets tough when kids are gluten free.  

post #217 of 485

Checking in early again.  It really helps me stay on track to check in early.  I really don't want t come back here and delete my  love.gif.    Simple day at home -- baking bread, kids doing school work, laundry running...we'll head out for a walk later.  

 

The weather is crazy here!   Going to be 60 and 70 degrees this weekend.  My frugal act today is to turn the heat off and it will stay off until winter starts to act normally.  

 

 


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 -- love.gif  treehugger.gif  delayed our grocery shopping for another day

January 9 -- love.gif  treehugger.gif  delayed our grocery shopping for yet another day

January 10 -- thumb.gif  grocery shopping 

January 11 -- love.gif  treehugger.gif  shut down the heat due to warm temps

January 12

January 13

January 14

January 15

January 16

January 17

January 18  PAYDAY

 

 

 

 

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 #218 of 485
Quote:
Originally Posted by LoveOurBabies View Post

Friday 11th January:

$3.99 on milk

$49.12 on gas

 

=$13.56 remaining for the next 5 days.

 

I don't know whether to cry or scream. Dh filled up HIS car with $49.12 worth of gas FROM the grocery/gas budget when only $66.67 was remaining. He doesn't even have to go to work this week (so there is no need to fill it up) AND this is a car that doesn't fit all of us, so essentially it is only useful to him. I could have killed him today. My car (which transports the family) has zero gas in it, and I have no %$#%#$^$ money to fill it now. Which means I can't go to the mall to get dd her new sandals which she needs, nor can I go anywhere for that fact. I'm putting a big cranky face even though it was taken from money we had. He should have filled up $10 worth max and left the other $57 for ohh, I don't know... USEFUL F*CKING ITEMS!

 

Now I have to make a whopping $13.56 stretch out till next Tuesday till we are paid again! angry.gif I have 6 people to feed and my pantry is not full. We have rice, tuna, juice, baked beans, 3 doz eggs, 5 minute pasta (gluten - kids can't have it) and cereal (gluten again). Oh wait, we've got honey and cocoa too. irked.gif Here kids, let's have some ^$#^#$^ hot chocolate for dinner tomorrow because daddy had to fill up his gas tank for no good reason at all!!!!!

 

What I did today to save money:

Too angry right now. greensad.gif

 

I don't know whether to laugh (out of pain) or cry for you. I have been here before. While you make him cook the frugal meals with the stuff you have and do the dishes, as well as cleaning the bathroom2whistle.gif, can you take his car and sell some books or something? Food shelf is another option. I wish I could teleport you some of my beans and things greensad.gif . Any friends/family who could give you some food stuffs? 

 

Prayers for you darlin'!!!

post #219 of 485
Quote:
Originally Posted by LoveOurBabies View Post

Friday 11th January:

$3.99 on milk

$49.12 on gas

 

=$13.56 remaining for the next 5 days.

 

I don't know whether to cry or scream. Dh filled up HIS car with $49.12 worth of gas FROM the grocery/gas budget when only $66.67 was remaining. He doesn't even have to go to work this week (so there is no need to fill it up) AND this is a car that doesn't fit all of us, so essentially it is only useful to him. I could have killed him today. My car (which transports the family) has zero gas in it, and I have no %$#%#$^$ money to fill it now. Which means I can't go to the mall to get dd her new sandals which she needs, nor can I go anywhere for that fact. I'm putting a big cranky face even though it was taken from money we had. He should have filled up $10 worth max and left the other $57 for ohh, I don't know... USEFUL F*CKING ITEMS!

 

Now I have to make a whopping $13.56 stretch out till next Tuesday till we are paid again! angry.gif I have 6 people to feed and my pantry is not full. We have rice, tuna, juice, baked beans, 3 doz eggs, 5 minute pasta (gluten - kids can't have it) and cereal (gluten again). Oh wait, we've got honey and cocoa too. irked.gif Here kids, let's have some ^$#^#$^ hot chocolate for dinner tomorrow because daddy had to fill up his gas tank for no good reason at all!!!!!

 

What I did today to save money:

Too angry right now. greensad.gif

 

ugh, that is so frustrating, especially when you are working so hard on the budget.  maybe you can tell us what you have in your fridge and freezer and we can help you get creative with meals?  One thing off the top of my head is fried rice.  It's good for using up leftovers bits and pieces of veggies and meat.

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I'm so excited about this paycheck coming up! $265 to mine and the boys yearly savings jars (variation of the weekly savings thing floating around) and $70 in the Xmas fund! So $335 total saved. I need to decide what we're going to with the $1,500 at the end of the year!

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