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post #141 of 224

Lost my no-spend yesterday.  I had a kid-free moment last night to run to the store for Valentines and chocolate.  

 

Today is a no-spend and we will have to shop tomorrow.   We are running low on food -- I can scrape together a frittata for dinner, but that's abut it.  After dinner tonight, we are down to split peas, chick peas and honey in the pantry.  And some onions and a bag of frozen corn.  I found some instant oatmeal in the camping gear that the kids are eating up (and they are supremely happy about it).  

 

The movers came to give us a quote and all they could say was, "Dude, where's your stuff?  You guys have like....nothing!"  We have enough, but are jettisoning a bunch of worn crap before the move.  The quote they gave us is very low and super manageable.  So, having fewer things is going to be a big money saver again.  Not only do we save by not buying extra things, we save when we don't have to move all those things.  

 

And since the cost of moving is covered by dh's new job, we will have bit extra to help cover our security deposit on our apartment in our new town.  It is all going so well thankfully.  Now I can focus on the tactical maneuvers needed to move a family of 6 and 2 cats 3000 miles across the country.  

 

 

 

love.gif  No spend

thumb.gif  Budgeted spend

irked.gif   Unbudgeted Spend

jog.gif Exercised

 

February 1 -- love.gif

February 2 -- thumb.gif  groceries and birthday present

February 3 -- thumb.gif more groceries, irked.gif shower curtain and bathroom scale jog.gif

February 4 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 5 -- love.gif

February 6 -- thumb.gif field trip to science center jog.gif

February 7 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 8 --  thumb.gif  gas and groceries

February 9 -- love.gif

February 10 -- thumb.gif piece of pipe to finish sink repair

February 11 -- love.gif gave dh a haircut

February 12 -- thumb.gif  Valentines and chocolate jog.gif

February 13 -- love.gif

 

 

Projected:

February 14 -- groceries

February 15 -- $30 night out

 

 

 

 

 

  

My goals:

 

Save 20% of Feb 1st  paycheck -- 15%, heating bill was over-budget

Save 20% of Feb 15th paycheck

Save entire tax return -- done!

Make every dollar matter

post #142 of 224

2/12 irked.gif not a very good day.  I ordered cupcakes for DS's upcoming birthday party instead of planning to make them myself.  The good news is that's one less stressful thing for me and I am supporting a local (allergen-free!) bakery that I just love.  $24.  Fast food dinner $8.64.  Well, I guess it could have been a lot worse.

 

Hopefully today will be a better day, but I must admit that I am *really* sick of cooking from scratch at the moment.  Expecially since the baby is super clingy because of a cold.

 

Frugal accomplishment--planted some lettuce seeds.

 

Today's frugal accomplishments so far--added a coupon to my safeway card to save $15 off my next $150 order.  Made v-day cards and gifts for the kids using stuff that we have on hand.  Baked some cupcakes from a mix I got on clearance.

 

ETA: I almost forgot my very. good. news!!  One part-time job is ending (the one that I hate), but another one (that I really like) is going to have more hours and be a lot more regular.  I am SO HAPPY energy.gif

post #143 of 224

Thanks for all the support guys!  I know that my Dad is really proud of us for getting the CC debt paid off & I think that was part of him splurging on a snow blower for us.

 

thumb.gif  No spending     winky.gif  Budgeted spending    greensad.gif Not budgeted/went over budget       joy.gifDid something to save $ or make extra $       hang.gif  Hung clothes on the line

 

stillheart.gif  February  stillheart.gif

 

01  winky.gif  Paid all bills in bill box, should cover the next 2 weeks!  (I got paid today!  I'm every other week, DH is every week)  Need some groceries, going to try to hold off until tomorrow.

02  winky.gif  Bought groceries $141.  Spent a little more than I wanted to but it should last us a while.  Washed throw rugs & hung out to dry hang.gif

03  thumb.gif  I made a batch of hummus from the chick peas I froze last week.  We ate the whole batch with veggies.  Then I made a huge pot of chicken stock which I'm freezing for future use.  Then I made a huge pot of venison stock, which I turned into minestrone soup for tomorrow night.  I also made a batch of chocolate syrup since we were out & dd2 like chocolate milk 1 C water, 1 C cocoa powder, 2 C sugar.  Mix water & cocoa powder, until combined, add sugar.  Boil for 3 minutes.  Cool, store in fridge.  Make sure your pot is big enough so it doesn't boil over like mine did!!!  I don't want to step foot into the store again for at least another week, so I'm so glad that I remembered that I used to exclusively make my own chocolate syrup years ago so I dug out the recipe. 

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05 winky.gif  The only spending planned for today is paying admission to get into DD's game tonight.  I didn't make it to the game because of work.  Dh paid to get in & he also picked up a loaf of sourdough from Panera to go with the soup $3.18!   Went in to work early, because I have so much to get done.  joy.gif

06  thumb.gif  As tempted as I am to go buy apples today I'm holding off (we have 2 left in the house), but we have other fruit!  Did taxes, our refund is on the wayjoy.gif

07   winky.gif  Paid to do my taxes online using H&R Block, paid we we owe State taxes...

08   thumb.gif

09   thumb.gif The storm kept me from going to work, but we didn't spend any money!  Shoveled 2 feet of SNOW!!!  We need to budget a snow blower, ours crapped out!

10   winky.gif   Went to Aldi spent $37, mostly produce!  Feb grocery spending so far... $178!  Cooked tonight's dinner & prepped dinner for tomorrow! Made a batch of hummus from frozen chick peas, had some for lunch, will have more for lunches all week.  Meal planned for the rest of this week  joy.gif

11  thumb.gif  No spend!  Brought veggies & hummus to work.   Kids had no school, DD texted me at work pics of a brand new snow blower that someone dropped off by our back door.  She didn't see who left it...WTH?  I knew it was my Dad!  He surprised us & bought a top of the line snow blower!!!! OMG this is so amazing!  Now we don't have to save up!  I feel like we just won the lottery! joy.gif

12  thumb.gif  No spend.  I can't believe how many no spend days we've managed so far this month & not a single sad face!  This weeks paycheck won't be great for me, because of all the snow days.  We made omelettes & home fries for dinner! 

13  winky.gif  Picked up raw milk & oats $10.  Got a couple valentines things at the dollar store $4.25

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post #144 of 224

February 13

praying.gif We'll see what this week brings as far as groceries go.  Today's purchases were a bit spendy, considering we will need some more fruits and veggies for over the weekend.  We are at about $162 for the week.  I did stock up on nuts and chocolate chips and honey and no-stir organic PB for snacks and goodies, and those should last us for a while.  So, I didn't get a thumb's up, but I might end the week that way.  shrug.gif

 

We overspent at DQ, and I think that skipping this trip would have been smart.  But they were really gung ho, had money to spend there.  They didn't eat their fries, which means I could have ordered our lunch better.  We did end up leaving with the idea that we should skip this for a while.  DD1 decided she wasn't spending any more of her snack money this week.  Good call, because she'll getting a lot of candy tomorrow!

 

I am going to return their extra Valentine's gifts.  I thought it was something they really wanted, but we were back at the store for them to spend their allowance, and I casually asked what they thought of it, and neither seemed thrilled.  DD1 had wanted that once, but she wasn't interested, and dd2 had her eyes on something else.  So, since I have enough stuff anyway, I thought I would just return that next week and get $38 credited.

 

 

praying.gif = Waiting to see how this day ends up looking

thumb.gif thumb.gifthumb.gif=  Doin' just fine

happytears.gif happytears.gifhappytears.gif=  Spoiled no-spend, but necessary

irked.gif = Unnecessary spending due to poor planning

jammin.gif jammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gif= No spend

 

 

Grocery target= $740

Remaining=$326

 

I can't have this be a perfect no-spend month.  I need these things:

 

Underwear

Girl Scout dues

4-H publications

Valentine's Day stuff

Materials for chicken tractors

Camping reservation

 

Printer ink?  Maybe I can make it until March.

Seeds?

post #145 of 224

No Spend thumb.gif
Budgeted Spend smile.gif

Unbudgeted Spend duh.gif

Meals At Home All Day eat.gif

Something Frugal For The Day treehugger.gif

Sewed For 30 Minutes Or More sewmachine.gif

Made/Found Money rainbow1284.gif


February 1: smile.gif - Paid $130 phone bill and DH $15 bank credit card billproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*rainbow1284.gif - Got $40 refund check treehugger.gif - Made reusable Swiffer WetJet pad and no heater use(warm day}

February 2: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fthumb.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Stayed home all day! proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- reused salsa jar, no heater use(warm day) and made bread sticks from scratch

February 3: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- $45.62 for gas proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Play date with grandparents and aunties, no heater, made spinach cheese bread this morning! I also got to pick up my serger and the rest of my fabric and patterns to start sewing again!

February 4: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fduh.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Husband used his credit card and spent $20 on his stupid video game. proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made toddler skirts for my shop proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Reused spray bottle and made natural orange cleaner!

February 5: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fduh.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- McDonald's for DH lunch $9.59 proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Frainbow1284.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made $11.50 for being a mystery shopper for BestMark and made $20 for selling junk

February 6: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fthumb.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Cut out boy and girl undies patterns

February 7: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Bought household supplies $29.69 but went over budget irked.gif, Bought pet supplies $6.40 and Bought tax software $35.70 and got a $10 gift card proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Frainbow1284.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made $11.50 for being a mystery shopper for BestMark

February 8: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Paid car payment proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Didn't really sew but cut out more patterns proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Used redbox code to get a free rental

February 9: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Paid $25 Walmart credit card bill proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*

February 10: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fduh.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Had to pay for my hyenacart store it's only $5 but forgot to put it in this months budget and spent $4.59 on 1 box of Duraflame logs(we need them for fireplace) proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Frainbow1284.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made $11.50 for being a mystery shopper for Bestmark

February 11: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Dinner at Olive Garden for V-Day, $34.24 proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Sensory Playdate and used fireplace

February 12: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Paid Rent $500 and Electricity $113(

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fdizzy.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*it was twice the amount it was last month, must use fireplace instead of heater!!!), Gas $52.25 proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Playdate at the mall

February 13:duh.gif- Game time for WOW crap.gif something that my husband insists that he NEEDS proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Valentines Day Party for skylar

 

 

 

 

My February Goals:

No Spend/Budgeted Days = 9/20
Sewing Days = 3/20
Frugal Days = 8/15
Meals At Home Days = 10/25

Gas = $97.87/$120

post #146 of 224

2/13 smile.gif $73.37 for gas.

 

put my frugal accomplishments in my prev post orngbiggrin.gif

post #147 of 224

2/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $123 Costco, $50 grocery store, $23 Target 

2/3: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/4: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/6: budgeted spending thumb.gif $3 pitched in to share french fries with friends

2/7: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/8: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $50 ink cartridges for printer (ouch!), $56 grocery store 

2/10: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/11: budgeted spending thumb.gif $18 haircut for DD (couldn't take the rat's nest every day anymore!), $7 ibuprofen (needed for my knee--it's killing me to be taking this so much, but it's necessary for me to keep working)

2/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

 

My freezer is now SO full of meals (this is what happens when I stick to my meal plan ;)), I think we're actually set for next week, which means my grocery bill should be pretty cheap this weekend :)

post #148 of 224

February 14

 jammin.gif No spend.  Staying home.  I think I have enough groceries to make it until Monday.  That would be fabulous!  We'll see.

 

 

praying.gif = Waiting to see how this day ends up looking

thumb.gif thumb.gifthumb.gif=  Doin' just fine

happytears.gif happytears.gifhappytears.gif=  Spoiled no-spend, but necessary

irked.gif = Unnecessary spending due to poor planning

jammin.gif jammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gif= No spend

 

 

Grocery target= $740

Remaining=$326

 

I can't have this be a perfect no-spend month.  I need these things:

 

Underwear

Girl Scout dues

4-H publications

Valentine's Day stuff

Materials for chicken tractors

Camping reservation

 

Printer ink?  Maybe I can make it until March.

Seeds?

post #149 of 224
This month has been a wash. I will need to try again in April. We are moving and it's getting costly.
post #150 of 224

love.gif  No spend

thumb.gif  Budgeted spend

irked.gif   Unbudgeted Spend

jog.gif Exercised

 

February 1 -- love.gif

February 2 -- thumb.gif  groceries and birthday present

February 3 -- thumb.gif more groceries, irked.gif shower curtain and bathroom scale jog.gif

February 4 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 5 -- love.gif

February 6 -- thumb.gif field trip to science center jog.gif

February 7 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 8 --  thumb.gif  gas and groceries

February 9 -- love.gif

February 10 -- thumb.gif piece of pipe to finish sink repair

February 11 -- love.gif gave dh a haircut

February 12 -- thumb.gif  Valentines and chocolate jog.gif

February 13 -- irked.gif ice cream to make up for a tough day

February 14 -- thumb.gif gas and groceries

 

Projected:

 

February 15 -- $30 night out

February 16

February 17

February 18 

February 19

February 20 

 

 

 

 

 

  

My goals:

 

Save 20% of Feb 1st  paycheck -- 15%, heating bill was over-budget

Save 20% of Feb 15th paycheck 

Save entire tax return -- done!

Make every dollar matter

 

post #151 of 224

No Spend thumb.gif
Budgeted Spend smile.gif

Unbudgeted Spend duh.gif

Meals At Home All Day eat.gif

Something Frugal For The Day treehugger.gif

Sewed For 30 Minutes Or More sewmachine.gif

Made/Found Money rainbow1284.gif


February 1: smile.gif - Paid $130 phone bill and DH $15 bank credit card billproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*rainbow1284.gif - Got $40 refund check treehugger.gif - Made reusable Swiffer WetJet pad and no heater use(warm day}

February 2: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fthumb.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Stayed home all day! proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- reused salsa jar, no heater use(warm day) and made bread sticks from scratch

February 3: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- $45.62 for gas proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Play date with grandparents and aunties, no heater, made spinach cheese bread this morning! I also got to pick up my serger and the rest of my fabric and patterns to start sewing again!

February 4: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fduh.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Husband used his credit card and spent $20 on his stupid video game. proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made toddler skirts for my shop proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Reused spray bottle and made natural orange cleaner!

February 5: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fduh.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- McDonald's for DH lunch $9.59 proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Frainbow1284.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made $11.50 for being a mystery shopper for BestMark and made $20 for selling junk

February 6: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fthumb.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Cut out boy and girl undies patterns

February 7: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Bought household supplies $29.69 but went over budget irked.gif, Bought pet supplies $6.40 and Bought tax software $35.70 and got a $10 gift card proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Frainbow1284.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made $11.50 for being a mystery shopper for BestMark

February 8: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Paid car payment proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Didn't really sew but cut out more patterns proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Used redbox code to get a free rental

February 9: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Paid $25 Walmart credit card bill proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*

February 10: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fduh.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Had to pay for my hyenacart store it's only $5 but forgot to put it in this months budget and spent $4.59 on 1 box of Duraflame logs(we need them for fireplace) proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Frainbow1284.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made $11.50 for being a mystery shopper for Bestmark

February 11: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Dinner at Olive Garden for V-Day, $34.24 proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Sensory Playdate and used fireplace

February 12: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Paid Rent $500 and Electricity $113(

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fdizzy.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*it was twice the amount it was last month, must use fireplace instead of heater!!!), Gas $52.25 proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Playdate at the mall

February 13:duh.gif- Game time for WOW crap.gif something that my husband insists that he NEEDS proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Valentines Day Party for skylar

February 14: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fthumb.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- DH has the car today proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F* joy.gif- DH started his really good job today! He gets a company car and got promoted to Forman!

 

 

 

My February Goals:

No Spend/Budgeted Days = 10/20
Sewing Days = 4/20
Frugal Days = 8/15
Meals At Home Days = 11/25

Gas = $97.87/$120

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2/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $123 Costco, $50 grocery store, $23 Target 

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2/6: budgeted spending thumb.gif $3 pitched in to share french fries with friends

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2/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $50 ink cartridges for printer (ouch!), $56 grocery store 

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2/11: budgeted spending thumb.gif $18 haircut for DD (couldn't take the rat's nest every day anymore!), $7 ibuprofen (needed for my knee--it's killing me to be taking this so much, but it's necessary for me to keep working)

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Tomorrow and Saturday will be spending days.  Tomorrow is a friend's birthday dinner (I have $15 I got from a student for Valentine's Day today (so sweet!) that will go toward that.  Saturday will be my regular weekly grocery trip, plus I need a dish rack for my kitchen.

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7. PT conferences today. *I* didn't spend anything unbudgeted, buy my husband bought DS a book at the book fair $10 and then treats at the store $8 and then the babysitter $10. I paid for our sparkle stories subscription $15 and preschool $85...all in the budget. Made a double batch GF waffles to freeze for DH breakfasts and sewed on some curtains today.

8. DH got an oil change $46...budgeted. Cloth diapered DD today and did more curtain sewing. Curtains all done!

9. DH spent $18 for hiking shoes for boys. Unbudgeted. Cut both boys hair today...saved $30+tip.

10. Paid tithes and offerings. Budgeted.

11. Azure standard pick up $164--budgeted. DH Mt. Dew for the week $5.50--budgeted (yeah,that's right...he supposedly can't live without it.)

12. Got v-day stuff a day early so DH can donate plasma tomorrow (he's saving to take the boys to Arches Nat. Park). Costco $26. Gas $40. Elec. $70 (I have no idea why it's so high in the winter when we use a gas furnace. I'll probably get a kill-a-watt one of these days and figure out what's killing us.). All. Budgeted spending! Kept knitting dd wool vest. Switched out ds wardrobe from 4t to 5t. All hand-me-downs from his brother that we got for free from my sister...most of it with tags still on. It pays to be the 2nd youngest of 7 sometimes.

13. Not such a great day. I HAD to get out of the house tonight and away from my kids. My ds needed some new long johns so I bought some at Walmart on clearance $32. Then I wanted some ice cream $5.50. Hubby bought gas $25 and paid his union dues $47. Vitacost order of buckwheat, melatonin, and cough syrup $55. Then I decided to transfer some money from our EF to pay off our overdraft credit card $1800. All budgeted! Well except our fracking cc mishap.

14. Fondue night at home with family and friends. Such a great night. Sent hubby out for s&c milk for chocolate fondue $4. Also DH bought me a new journal for my v-day gift $10. So thoughtful. All in the budget!
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2/14 smile.gif I guess I will give myself a smiley face today.  $10 on v-day chocolates for DH (school fundraiser so they get a little of that money--bonus).  $6.89 on coffee for me and my mom (she deserves a little treat because she helped me with the kids all afternoon)!

 

Frugal accomplishments

Planted more lettuce and tomato seeds.

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thumb.gif  No spending     winky.gif  Budgeted spending    greensad.gif Not budgeted/went over budget       joy.gifDid something to save $ or make extra $       hang.gif  Hung clothes on the line

 

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01  winky.gif  Paid all bills in bill box, should cover the next 2 weeks!  (I got paid today!  I'm every other week, DH is every week)  Need some groceries, going to try to hold off until tomorrow.

02  winky.gif  Bought groceries $141.  Spent a little more than I wanted to but it should last us a while.  Washed throw rugs & hung out to dry hang.gif

03  thumb.gif  I made a batch of hummus from the chick peas I froze last week.  We ate the whole batch with veggies.  Then I made a huge pot of chicken stock which I'm freezing for future use.  Then I made a huge pot of venison stock, which I turned into minestrone soup for tomorrow night.  I also made a batch of chocolate syrup since we were out & dd2 like chocolate milk 1 C water, 1 C cocoa powder, 2 C sugar.  Mix water & cocoa powder, until combined, add sugar.  Boil for 3 minutes.  Cool, store in fridge.  Make sure your pot is big enough so it doesn't boil over like mine did!!!  I don't want to step foot into the store again for at least another week, so I'm so glad that I remembered that I used to exclusively make my own chocolate syrup years ago so I dug out the recipe. 

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05 winky.gif  The only spending planned for today is paying admission to get into DD's game tonight.  I didn't make it to the game because of work.  Dh paid to get in & he also picked up a loaf of sourdough from Panera to go with the soup $3.18!   Went in to work early, because I have so much to get done.  joy.gif

06  thumb.gif  As tempted as I am to go buy apples today I'm holding off (we have 2 left in the house), but we have other fruit!  Did taxes, our refund is on the wayjoy.gif

07   winky.gif  Paid to do my taxes online using H&R Block, paid we we owe State taxes...

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09   thumb.gif The storm kept me from going to work, but we didn't spend any money!  Shoveled 2 feet of SNOW!!!  We need to budget a snow blower, ours crapped out!

10   winky.gif   Went to Aldi spent $37, mostly produce!  Feb grocery spending so far... $178!  Cooked tonight's dinner & prepped dinner for tomorrow! Made a batch of hummus from frozen chick peas, had some for lunch, will have more for lunches all week.  Meal planned for the rest of this week  joy.gif

11  thumb.gif  No spend!  Brought veggies & hummus to work.   Kids had no school, DD texted me at work pics of a brand new snow blower that someone dropped off by our back door.  She didn't see who left it...WTH?  I knew it was my Dad!  He surprised us & bought a top of the line snow blower!!!! OMG this is so amazing!  Now we don't have to save up!  I feel like we just won the lottery! joy.gif

12  thumb.gif  No spend.  I can't believe how many no spend days we've managed so far this month & not a single sad face!  This weeks paycheck won't be great for me, because of all the snow days.  We made omelettes & home fries for dinner! 

13  winky.gif  Picked up raw milk & oats $10.  Got a couple valentines things at the dollar store $4.25

14  thumb.gif  I picked up pizza & salad from our favorite place with gift cards that we got for Christmas and a coupon!   We didn't dine in because of the wait plus tip would have cost us more.  Dh asked me what I wanted & I told him that I didn't want anything.  The thing that would make me happy is if he hung up my bird feeder.  We took it down because the bears were visiting in the summer.  I have been watching my neighbors bird feeder & wishing that we remembered to hang ours back up!  So he did that for me & he also made me a card complete with a sweet poem!  I gave DH a card and made him rum balls. 

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Key

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1.  thumb.gif  Starting off the month right!!  WooHoo!!  Still waiting on the new bean belly.gif

2.  thumb.gif  $100 on groceries for Super Bowl and easy food for DH to make when baby comes.  Still here, no baby.

3.  thumb.gif  SNOW!!! cold.gif  Not going anywhere today except for DH dropping our trash/ recycling at the collection site.  Started cooking DH's food requests for the game later.  Want to get 2 loaves of bread going a little later for tomorrow.  DH and I will be working in our utility room to set up more shelving and move my canning supplies/ food storage down there.

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5.  baby.gif  DD4 was born this morning joy.gif  42wks exactly!!

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7.  irked.gif  Fast food lunch.

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February's Goals

11/ 20 No Spend Days

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thumb.gif  No spending     winky.gif  Budgeted spending    greensad.gif Not budgeted/went over budget       joy.gifDid something to save $ or make extra $       hang.gif  Hung clothes on the line

 

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01  winky.gif  Paid all bills in bill box, should cover the next 2 weeks!  (I got paid today!  I'm every other week, DH is every week)  Need some groceries, going to try to hold off until tomorrow.

02  winky.gif  Bought groceries $141.  Spent a little more than I wanted to but it should last us a while.  Washed throw rugs & hung out to dry hang.gif

03  thumb.gif  I made a batch of hummus from the chick peas I froze last week.  We ate the whole batch with veggies.  Then I made a huge pot of chicken stock which I'm freezing for future use.  Then I made a huge pot of venison stock, which I turned into minestrone soup for tomorrow night.  I also made a batch of chocolate syrup since we were out & dd2 like chocolate milk 1 C water, 1 C cocoa powder, 2 C sugar.  Mix water & cocoa powder, until combined, add sugar.  Boil for 3 minutes.  Cool, store in fridge.  Make sure your pot is big enough so it doesn't boil over like mine did!!!  I don't want to step foot into the store again for at least another week, so I'm so glad that I remembered that I used to exclusively make my own chocolate syrup years ago so I dug out the recipe. 

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05 winky.gif  The only spending planned for today is paying admission to get into DD's game tonight.  I didn't make it to the game because of work.  Dh paid to get in & he also picked up a loaf of sourdough from Panera to go with the soup $3.18!   Went in to work early, because I have so much to get done.  joy.gif

06  thumb.gif  As tempted as I am to go buy apples today I'm holding off (we have 2 left in the house), but we have other fruit!  Did taxes, our refund is on the wayjoy.gif

07   winky.gif  Paid to do my taxes online using H&R Block, paid we we owe State taxes...

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09   thumb.gif The storm kept me from going to work, but we didn't spend any money!  Shoveled 2 feet of SNOW!!!  We need to budget a snow blower, ours crapped out!

10   winky.gif   Went to Aldi spent $37, mostly produce!  Feb grocery spending so far... $178!  Cooked tonight's dinner & prepped dinner for tomorrow! Made a batch of hummus from frozen chick peas, had some for lunch, will have more for lunches all week.  Meal planned for the rest of this week  joy.gif

11  thumb.gif  No spend!  Brought veggies & hummus to work.   Kids had no school, DD texted me at work pics of a brand new snow blower that someone dropped off by our back door.  She didn't see who left it...WTH?  I knew it was my Dad!  He surprised us & bought a top of the line snow blower!!!! OMG this is so amazing!  Now we don't have to save up!  I feel like we just won the lottery! joy.gif

12  thumb.gif  No spend.  I can't believe how many no spend days we've managed so far this month & not a single sad face!  This weeks paycheck won't be great for me, because of all the snow days.  We made omelettes & home fries for dinner! 

13  winky.gif  Picked up raw milk & oats $10.  Got a couple valentines things at the dollar store $4.25

14  thumb.gif  I picked up pizza & salad from our favorite place with gift cards that we got for Christmas and a coupon!   We didn't dine in because of the wait plus tip would have cost us more.  Dh asked me what I wanted & I told him that I didn't want anything.  The thing that would make me happy is if he hung up my bird feeder.  We took it down because the bears were visiting in the summer.  I have been watching my neighbors bird feeder & wishing that we remembered to hang ours back up!  So he did that for me & he also made me a card complete with a sweet poem!  I gave DH a card and made him rum balls. 

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Originally Posted by AprilMary View Post

Hi everyone I'm Jennifer, I am currently on mat leave with my 5month old DD - it's been amazing so far smile.gif
I plan on returning to my job in September and DH will be leaving his job to stay at home with DD. We saved as much as we could after I became pregnant and was still working and we haven't had to touch it. it's about 2.5 months living expenses so its a bit of an EF.
Most of of what we are saving for involves vacations - we don't go on expensive holidays just camping etc but I'd love for my DH to be able to leave his job early and for us to spend the summer as a family. It'll be a challenge but I know we won't have this chance again.

I also want to start saving for a new dishwasher/fridge/stove combo deal as ours will eventually wear out.

I've already budgeted on paper for the next 8 months or so and I've saved everywhere I could so now I just need to make sure I stick to it and maybe save a little more:)
I've budgeted 100/week for food and I'd love to save there if I could - I'm currently gluten free for DD's eczema and DH and I are both vegetarians.

Feb 1 - no spend smile.gif
Feb 2 - spent our budgeted entertainment $ mostly on food smile.gif
Feb 3 - spent 60 online on DD's face cream and bamboobies nursing pads - better than $10/box disposables - frugal for jsure smile.gif
Feb 4 - no spend smile.gif
Feb 5 - no spend smile.gif
Feb 6 - went slightly over budget on groceries. greensad.gif
Feb 7 - no spend smile.gif
Feb 8 - so far no spend, snowing like crazy so I doubt I'll be going anywhere smile.gif
Feb 9 - spent our budgeted entertainment $$ on food again smile.gif
Feb 10 - no spend so far smile.gif
Feb 11 - spent 33 on GF pizza (from grocery budget but still not so great) greensad.gif Gluten free pizza is expensive!!!!
Feb 12 - likely no spend, staying home smile.gif

Feb 13 - no spend smile.gif
Feb 14 - bought DH and myself a DVD unbudgeted greensad.gif went over budget on groceries again, may have to look at that................
Feb 15 - no spend smile.gif
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frugal accomplishments:

planted some mint from cuttings that I got for free.

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February 1: smile.gif - Paid $130 phone bill and DH $15 bank credit card billproxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*rainbow1284.gif - Got $40 refund check treehugger.gif - Made reusable Swiffer WetJet pad and no heater use(warm day}

February 2: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fthumb.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Stayed home all day! proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- reused salsa jar, no heater use(warm day) and made bread sticks from scratch

February 3: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- $45.62 for gas proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Play date with grandparents and aunties, no heater, made spinach cheese bread this morning! I also got to pick up my serger and the rest of my fabric and patterns to start sewing again!

February 4: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fduh.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Husband used his credit card and spent $20 on his stupid video game. proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made toddler skirts for my shop proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Reused spray bottle and made natural orange cleaner!

February 5: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fduh.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- McDonald's for DH lunch $9.59 proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Frainbow1284.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made $11.50 for being a mystery shopper for BestMark and made $20 for selling junk

February 6: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fthumb.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Cut out boy and girl undies patterns

February 7: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Bought household supplies $29.69 but went over budget irked.gif, Bought pet supplies $6.40 and Bought tax software $35.70 and got a $10 gift card proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Frainbow1284.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made $11.50 for being a mystery shopper for BestMark

February 8: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Paid car payment proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Didn't really sew but cut out more patterns proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Used redbox code to get a free rental

February 9: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Paid $25 Walmart credit card bill proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*

February 10: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fduh.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Had to pay for my hyenacart store it's only $5 but forgot to put it in this months budget and spent $4.59 on 1 box of Duraflame logs(we need them for fireplace) proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Frainbow1284.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Made $11.50 for being a mystery shopper for Bestmark

February 11: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Dinner at Olive Garden for V-Day, $34.24 proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Sensory Playdate and used fireplace

February 12: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsmile.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Paid Rent $500 and Electricity $113(

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fdizzy.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*it was twice the amount it was last month, must use fireplace instead of heater!!!), Gas $52.25 proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Playdate at the mall

February 13:duh.gif- Game time for WOW crap.gif something that my husband insists that he NEEDS proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Valentines Day Party for skylar

February 14: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fthumb.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- DH has the car today proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*joy.gif- DH started his really good job today! He gets a company car and got promoted to Forman!

 

February 15: proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fthumb.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- stayed home today proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Feat.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Ftreehugger.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- No heater use today very warm day!

 

 

 

My February Goals:

No Spend/Budgeted Days = 11/20
Sewing Days = 4/20
Frugal Days = 9/15
Meals At Home Days = 12/25

Gas = $97.87/$120

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