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post #181 of 224

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 

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

2/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 gas, $5 chai, $25 friend's birthday dinner

2/16: budgeted spending thumb.gif $51 groceries, $22 gloves, $32 dish rack & typewriter ribbon

2/17: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/18: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/19: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

post #182 of 224

February 19

jammin.gif I'm not going to count gymnastics tuition against my no-spend today.  It's more like a bill.  I wasn't planning a no-spend today, and it's a bit of a bugaboo that I didn't make it in to get more printer ink.  I really need it right now, and I'm not going to be in town except Friday, a big workday, and I'm racking up the # of errands I need to complete that day.  Ugh!

 

February 20

jammin.gifAwarding myself one of these a bit early.

 

dizzy.gif = Planned, but painful

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

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

irked.gif = Unnecessary spending due to poor planning

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

 

 

Grocery target= $740

Remaining=$279

carrot.gifbanana.gif= # of weeks I've hit my target ($166, approximately)

 

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: plastic, boards, pipe, connectors, brooder thermometers, extra heat lamp bulbs

Camping reservation

Seeds: daikon

VPrinter ink

post #183 of 224

2/19 thumb.gif well today was a long rainy day home with sick kiddos, but at least it was a no-spend.  and we got a lot of mileage out of the pkg of origami paper that I purchased a while back for $1.50!!

post #184 of 224

Ugh, I've totally lost track of my days, but I'm still working to keep my budget categories in line. Two days until payday...I just might make it. I need a notebook, I think, or a good, basic spending tracking app!

post #185 of 224
Im joining late, i have been lurking since january buy my account was linked to facebook so i didnt want to post. Reading every one elses posts have motivated

I work night shifts and my husband stays home with our 2 year old. Moneys tight right now because i had to get a new car last month and my daughter has weekly speech appointments. This has ate up the fun money that i used to spend at target thrift outingd etc. I have done really well by just following along but am excited to join and be accountable. My biggest challenge right now will actuly start.march 1 when i get my work bonus 6000 dollars! But well save that for.next month. For now i have to get through the rest of the month avoiding extra spending. (Please excuse weird typos i only have a smart phone to post from.)
2/20 200$ left ,speech therapy 15$ gas in car 15$ both budgeted.
post #186 of 224

Key

thumb.gif  No Spend/ Budgeted Spending

irked.gif  Unbudgeted/ Unnecessary Spending

 

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.

4.  irked.gif  $$ spent at Target and fast food lunch

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

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7.  irked.gif  Fast food lunch.

8.  irked.gif  Take out pizza for dinner.

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12. thumb.gif  Giving myself a pre-emptive No Spend Day since we're not going anywhere and I have a plan for lunch and dinner.

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15. irked.gif  Take out pizza for dinner

16. irked.gif  $20 for a haircut for DH (I usually cut his hair but it just didn't work out this time) $42 on bread & cold cuts for lunch

17. irked.gif  Fast food for dinner, overspent slightly on grocery budget

18. irked.gif Starbucks coffee

19. thumb.gif 3 puking kids greensad.gif

20. thumb.gif 1 puking kid, 2 recovering kids

 

 

February's Goals

13/ 20 No Spend Days

 

I need No Spend Days for the rest of the month to make my goal redface.gif

post #187 of 224

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...

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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. 

15   thumb.gif  Fed tax refund posted to our account today!!!    hang.gif

16   winky.gif  Groceries $132.62  (So far this month I've only spent $320.62 on groceries!) With just over a week left we should be in great shape this month!  Made hummus & chicken stock  joy.gif

17   winky.gif  Did some CVS-ing for contact solution & TP.  Ordered DD's contact lenses online with coupon code & through Ebates which saved us 50% over what the doc charges.  Picked up Chinese take out greensad.gif

18  thumb.gif  Made cauliflower soup & salad topped with hummus and warm whole wheat pitas for a quick dinner

19  thumb.gif Picking up Dd's glasses today with Amazon $ that I got from selling my text books!   Vanguard account is all set up.  They withdrew from my checking instead of savings!  My fault, I forgot to put in the 2 digit code, now my bank is charging me $5 for transferring funds from my other account to cover it greensad.gif  Now my checking account is all messed up & I have to try to sort it out!

20  winky.gif  Filled car with gas.  DD had to have surgery today which wasn't covered by our insurance.  I was expecting to have to pay $600-$800 but the doc is writing off whatever insurance doesn't cover, so if they pay nothing, I still pay nothing!  I didn't ask for a deal or anything turns out the doc is good friends with my boss joy.gif Got check from Ebates today for $23 from Christmas shopping  joy.gif        If anyone wants to get started with Ebates please PM me!!!  I will give you an invite & we will both get bonus $    hang.gif

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Edited by CookiePie - 2/20/13 at 3:52pm
post #188 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%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*- 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*- Made some 2T girl undies for my shopjoy.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!

February 16: smile.gif- E-Filed State return through H&R Block $19.95 eat.gif proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*-Re did elastic on cloth diapers and made a small fabric trash bag

February 17: smile.gif- Paid $25 credit card bill, Gas $53.33 duh.gif-Hair dye at target $7.73 and laundry soap and Rum at CVS $10.94 eat.gif proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*-Re did elastic on cloth diapers

February 18: thumb.gifeat.giftreehugger.gif- Used fireplace today!  proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.mothering.com%2Fimages%2Fsmilies%2Fsewmachine.gif&container=blogger&gadget=a&rewriteMime=image%2F*- Re did elastic on cloth diapers

February 19: thumb.gifeat.giftreehugger.gif - Used fireplace today!

February 20: smile.gif- Paid $15 credit card bill and got some gardening supplies at Walmart $4.16 eat.gif

 

 

 

 

My February Goals:

No Spend/Budgeted Days = 15/20
Sewing Days = 7/20
Frugal Days = 11/15
Meals At Home Days = 18/25

Gas = $151.20/$120

post #189 of 224

February 20

thumb.gif  Turned out dh was near the co-op, so he picked up some random things for us, since our next chance isn't until Saturday.

 

dizzy.gif = Planned, but painful

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

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

irked.gif = Unnecessary spending due to poor planning

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

 

 

Grocery target= $740

Remaining=$248

carrot.gifbanana.gif= # of weeks I've hit my target ($166, approximately)

 

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

 

Materials for chicken tractors: plastic, boards, pipe, connectors, brooder thermometers, extra heat lamp bulbs

Camping reservation

Seeds: daikon

Printer ink

post #190 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

2/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 gas, $5 chai, $25 friend's birthday dinner

2/16: budgeted spending thumb.gif $51 groceries, $22 gloves, $32 dish rack & typewriter ribbon

2/17: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/18: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/19: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/20: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

post #191 of 224
Quote:
Originally Posted by AprilMary View Post

Feb 16 - spent budgeted entertainment $$ on GF pizza :D yum

Feb 17 - spent an extra $10.00 at the bulk barn (love that place) :(

Feb 18 - bought 2 coffees on our walk, budgeted from husbands spending $$ :)

Feb 19 - no spend :)

Feb 20 - spent 21.00 doing taxes online, budgeted :)

Feb 21 - actually came under budget on groceries - yay:) Spent $50 on a couple of gifts, detergent and a new book (40% off - yay) read.gif :)

post #192 of 224
Quote:
Originally Posted by fifasmama View Post

Im joining late, i have been lurking since january buy my account was linked to facebook so i didnt want to post. Reading every one elses posts have motivated

I work night shifts and my husband stays home with our 2 year old. Moneys tight right now because i had to get a new car last month and my daughter has weekly speech appointments. This has ate up the fun money that i used to spend at target thrift outingd etc. I have done really well by just following along but am excited to join and be accountable. My biggest challenge right now will actuly start.march 1 when i get my work bonus 6000 dollars! But well save that for.next month. For now i have to get through the rest of the month avoiding extra spending. (Please excuse weird typos i only have a smart phone to post from.)
2/20 200$ left ,speech therapy 15$ gas in car 15$ both
2/21 no spend- was tempted when bored this afternoon but resisted am now staying in.
2/22 no spend- resisted the urgw to buy a coke at work

budgeted.

Edited by fifasmama - 2/22/13 at 8:08pm
post #193 of 224

February 21

 jammin.gif Managed to squeak by with a no-spend.  If tomorrow is a no-spend, then Saturday will have to be the day.

 

dizzy.gif = Planned, but painful

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

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

irked.gif = Unnecessary spending due to poor planning

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

 

 

Grocery target= $740

Remaining=$248

carrot.gifbanana.gif= # of weeks I've hit my target ($166, approximately)

 

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

 

Materials for chicken tractors: plastic, boards, pipe, connectors, brooder thermometers, extra heat lamp bulbs

Camping reservation

Seeds: daikon

Printer ink

Photos from camera card

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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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2/16: budgeted spending thumb.gif $51 groceries, $22 gloves, $32 dish rack & typewriter ribbon

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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

 

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

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. 

15   thumb.gif  Fed tax refund posted to our account today!!!    hang.gif

16   winky.gif  Groceries $132.62  (So far this month I've only spent $320.62 on groceries!) With just over a week left we should be in great shape this month!  Made hummus & chicken stock  joy.gif

17   winky.gif  Did some CVS-ing for contact solution & TP.  Ordered DD's contact lenses online with coupon code & through Ebates which saved us 50% over what the doc charges.  Picked up Chinese take out greensad.gif

18  thumb.gif  Made cauliflower soup & salad topped with hummus and warm whole wheat pitas for a quick dinner

19  thumb.gif Picking up Dd's glasses today with Amazon $ that I got from selling my text books!   Vanguard account is all set up.  They withdrew from my checking instead of savings!  My fault, I forgot to put in the 2 digit code, now my bank is charging me $5 for transferring funds from my other account to cover it greensad.gif  Now my checking account is all messed up & I have to try to sort it out!

20  winky.gif  Filled car with gas.  DD had to have surgery today which wasn't covered by our insurance.  I was expecting to have to pay $600-$800 but the doc is writing off whatever insurance doesn't cover, so if they pay nothing, I still pay nothing!  I didn't ask for a deal or anything turns out the doc is good friends with my boss joy.gif Got check from Ebates today for $23 from Christmas shopping  joy.gif        If anyone wants to get started with Ebates please PM me!!!  I will give you an invite & we will both get bonus $    

21  winky.gif  Picked up a few things at Aldi, under $20!

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27partytime.gif My B-day

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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

February 15 -- thumb.gif night out

February 16 -- love.gif

February 17 -- irked.gif expensive day!  Lunch and trip to city...$$$

February 18 -- irked.gif roller skating

February 19 -- thumb.gif groceries

February 20 -- thumb.gif few household things

February 21 -- love.gif

February 22 -- irked.gif  motor to repair dryer

February 23

February 24

February 25

February 26

February 27

February 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

My goals:

 

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

Save 20% of Feb 15th paycheck -- 15%

Save entire tax return -- done!

Make every dollar matter

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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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2/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 gas, $5 chai, $25 friend's birthday dinner

2/16: budgeted spending thumb.gif $51 groceries, $22 gloves, $32 dish rack & typewriter ribbon

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I'm on a bit of a roll here ;)  Tomorrow will be a spending day, as I need to do my regular grocery shopping.  I may get my DD skis tomorrow too, which is within the budget.   I also got an email today saying that my savings account rejected my deposit for my tax refund!  Good thing I wasn't totally relying on that money.  Not sure what I need to do now to get it.  But anyway, I'm feeling really great about my spending this month and hope to continue this trend :)

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February 22

thumb.gif Came in under the week's grocery target.  Two more days to go, but no grocery stops coming up.  Costco came through for me with the printer ink refills.  Phew!  Valentine's Day gifts returned.  Good day!  Made next month's Azure order-- looks like it will be another good start to next month.  And check it out-- I earned my 3rd Danicin' Veggie this month for hitting my weekly grocery target.  Finally!  The fourth week ends March 3rd.

 

dizzy.gif = Planned, but painful

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

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

irked.gif = Unnecessary spending due to poor planning

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

 

 

Grocery target= $740

Remaining=$185

carrot.gifbanana.gif carrot.gif= # of weeks I've hit my target ($166, approximately)

 

 

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

 

Materials for chicken tractors: plastic, boards, pipe, connectors, brooder thermometers, extra heat lamp bulbs

Camping reservation

Seeds: daikon

Printer ink

Photos from camera card

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2/22 no spend- resisted the coke machone at work.
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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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2/23: budgeted spending thumb.gif $64 groceries, $30 market basket I've been wanting for awhile now, $40 HA underwear for DS

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