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post #181 of 195

3/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $8 coffee & tylenol

3/3: budgeted spending thumb.gif $30 subscription to Taproot magazine

3/4: budgeted spending thumb.gif $13 Whole Foods dinner, $47 groceries, $32 gas

3/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/6: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/7: eeeeek! Sheepish.gif String Cheese Horning's ticket $325 (on the CC, no less)

3/8: budgeted spending thumb.gif $24 groceries, $8 champagne, $8 tip for dinner

3/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $11 groceries

3/10: budgeted spending thumb.gif $43 groceries

3/11: no spend biggrinbounce.gif got my tax refund checks in the mail today!! :)

3/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $53 groceries, $40 gas, $39 sandals for DD (saltwaters--so stoked! ;)) + Sheepish.gif unplanned spending $100 for deposit for Waldorf charter school my kids got into next year! (woohoo!)

3/16: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/17: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 groceries, $4 postage, $4 milkshakes for kids

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3/22: budgeted spending thumb.gif $38 rain jacket, $26 smartwool socks for kids, $26 pants for DS

3/23: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/24: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif  $230 Hanna Andersson

3/25: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/26: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif $272 mediation with ex (grrrrrrr), $57 bronze elf ears (ummmm, need them for costuming--they are super awesome and I'll wear them for Halloween too ;))

post #182 of 195

March 27

 

thumb.gif  Emergency toilet paper and gas spoiled my no-spend (I don't always count gas against my no-spends-- I need it when I need it-- but the gas and TP together was impossible to ignore.  Plus I bought the TP at the gas station, so probably paid natural-disaster-worthy prices!)

 

 

irked.gif = Lost my mojo

faint.gif= Oh, crap.  Unexpected.  Unavoidable.  Huge.

2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif= Minor damage

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

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

dizzy.gif = planned but painful


Grocery target (4 weeks)= $740

Spent= $813 shrug.gif

post #183 of 195
Thread Starter 

Who is avoiding this thread because she has been spending like madwoman?  hola.gif  Yep, that would be me.  

 

I spent the day on Tuesday cleaning and purging the attic.  It is completely packed now and ready for the move.  Of course, all of that hard work warranted a hot lunch at our local burger place. Yesterday, was all about the basement and then we went out for ice cream.  I see a pattern here.  Apparently, I work hard and then reward myself with good food.  redface.gif

 

 

thumb.gif  No spend/Budgeted spend

irked.gif   Unbudgeted Spend

 

Save 30% of paycheck -- done!

Groceries -- 292.61/300

Gas -- 60/60 for van, 0/45 for car

 

March 1 -- thumb.gif  groceries, gas, bills, and socks

March 2 -- thumb.gif  

March 3 -- thumb.gif

March 4 -- thumb.gif  heating bill

March 5 -- irked.gif ice cream for kids

March 6 -- thumb.gif  groceries

March 7 -- irked.gif more snacks

March 8 -- thumb.gif  more groceries

March 9 -- thumb.gif

March 10 -- irked.gif  irked.gif  irked.gif  breakfast out

March 11 -- thumb.gif

March 12 -- thumb.gif

March 13 -- thumb.gif

March 14 -- thumb.gif

 

Save 20% of paycheck -- done!

Groceries -- 171.60/200

Gas -- 63.70/60 for van, 37.38/45 for car

March 15 -- irked.gif dinner to celebrate selling our housejoy.gif

March 16 -- thumb.gif

March 17 -- thumb.gif cat carriers for our move

March 18 -- thumb.gif

March 19 -- thumb.gif

March 20 -- thumb.gif dentist co-pay

March 21 -- thumb.gif few groceries

March 22 -- thumb.gif bathing suits, goggles, and pants and irked.gif ice cream

March 23 -- irked.gif  moving expenses, bridge toll, food

March 24 -- thumb.gif  

March 25 -- thumb.gif

March 26 -- irked.gif  lunch

March 27 -- irked.gif ice cream

March 28 -- 

March 29 -- pay day

 

post #184 of 195

3/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $8 coffee & tylenol

3/3: budgeted spending thumb.gif $30 subscription to Taproot magazine

3/4: budgeted spending thumb.gif $13 Whole Foods dinner, $47 groceries, $32 gas

3/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/6: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/7: eeeeek! Sheepish.gif String Cheese Horning's ticket $325 (on the CC, no less)

3/8: budgeted spending thumb.gif $24 groceries, $8 champagne, $8 tip for dinner

3/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $11 groceries

3/10: budgeted spending thumb.gif $43 groceries

3/11: no spend biggrinbounce.gif got my tax refund checks in the mail today!! :)

3/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $53 groceries, $40 gas, $39 sandals for DD (saltwaters--so stoked! ;)) + Sheepish.gif unplanned spending $100 for deposit for Waldorf charter school my kids got into next year! (woohoo!)

3/16: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/17: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 groceries, $4 postage, $4 milkshakes for kids

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3/22: budgeted spending thumb.gif $38 rain jacket, $26 smartwool socks for kids, $26 pants for DS

3/23: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/24: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif  $230 Hanna Andersson

3/25: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/26: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif $272 mediation with ex (grrrrrrr), $57 bronze elf ears (ummmm, need them for costuming--they are super awesome and I'll wear them for Halloween too ;))

3/27: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

 

I need to make sure I pull it together and stay away from online shopping!  Normally if I would have had a string of spending like the last week, I would have just not come here and accounted for it, but I'm making progress by admitting the spending and not giving up for the rest of the month like I would have in the past.  No more unnecessary spending for the rest of the month!

post #185 of 195

March 28

 

irked.gif I thought I did really well today, but it still added up to over $200 for the week!  Well, that wraps up a not-so-hot-but-not-so-bad month for groceries.  A look at the next Visa bill will give us a better total picture for how our spending went.  But not one single Dancin' Veggie in 4 weeks!  Not even as a "well-almost" consolation prize.  Ah, well....... actually the week is not over yet, but we are staying out of the stores, and hopefully I will get some last-minute No-spends.

 

I did manage to find some herb starts today that I was looking for.  I was holding out for one particular variety of thyme that does really well here.

 

irked.gif irked.gif= Lost my mojo

faint.gif= Oh, crap.  Unexpected.  Unavoidable.  Huge.

2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif= Minor damage

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

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

dizzy.gif = planned but painful


Grocery target (4 weeks)= $740

Spent= $909 shrug.gif

post #186 of 195

Key

thumb.gif  No Spend/ Budgeted Spending

irked.gif  Unbudgeted/ Unnecessary Spending

treehugger.gif  Did Something Frugal

 

1.  irked.gif  $28 at McD's for lunch treehugger.gif decluttered maternity clothes and baby clothes, passed along to DH's pregnant cousin

2.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif winter sowed 2 containers of echinacea seeds, ILs visited overnight and treated our family to dinner

3.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  planted 52 onion sets in the garden, ate leftovers for lunch and dinner

4.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  all meals had at home, finished off the leftovers for lunch

5.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif baked bread in prep for snow storm coming, but I didn't get the stew and additional bread done.  Planted rainbow chard seeds in garden.

6.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Snow storm, lost power, cooked stew, rice, and bread on grill.  Kept warm using the woodstove.

7.  irked.gif  No power, hubby went to store for breakfast cereal.  Ran generator for fridges & freezer.  Picked up more oil lamps and an extra gas can at WalMart & spent $75 on wood for woodstove.

8.  irked.gif    treehugger.gif  Still no power, DD4 had a well baby visit, my mom watched the rest of the kids & washed the cloth dipes for me at her house.  Spent $75 @ Target for additional drying racks, oil for generator, ash can for the woodstove, mini- LED flashlights for the kids, and new toilet brushes.  Heated w/ woodstove.

9.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Day 4 no power, hubby went to grocery store for hamburgers & hot dogs, my mom took my donations to the thrift store for me, acquired a set of fireplace gloves & fireplace tongs from my parents they no longer use, but proved quite handy for us.

10. irked.gif  treehugger.gif  Power was restored this morning!!!  Winter sowed sprouted tomato seeds.  Ended up ordering pizza for dinner.

11. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  4 kids had dentist appts, all were cavity free orngbiggrin.gif  Had our American Heritage Girls Joining Ceremony, made gluten-free rice krispie treats, was given all of the leftover potato chips at the end of the night.

12. irked.gif  treehugger.gif  DH forgot his wallet at home & needed gas for his car.  Had to drive an hour (one way) to his office, kids and I had an unbudgeted McD lunch w/ him.  Prepped 2 loaves of bread to bake in the morning.

13. thumb.gif

14. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  winter sowed 4 jugs today, chamomile, thyme, sage, and parsley

15. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  hung 2 loads of laundry to dry, planted shelling peas, snow peas, and more onions.

16. irked.gif  treehugger.gif  overspent on grocery grocery budget, $9 on Starbucks coffee.  Hung 1 load of laundry to dry.

17. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  budgeted spend on felt for DS1's birthday gift (a Cub Scout brag vest).  Hung 1 load of laundry

18. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  budgeted spend on knitting patterns for DD3's birthday gifts.  Hung 1 load of laundry.

19. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  DH bought my birthday present and surprisingly, stayed in budget.  Hung 1 load of laundry.

20. partytime.gif  My birthday orngbiggrin.gif  My kids gave me loads of homemade birthday cards all day long, DH bought me a pair of much needed sneakers, and we ordered delivery pizza for dinner followed by ice cream for the kiddos.  Also bought strawberry plants, and birthday presents for DS1 and my little brother, all budgeted.

21. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Not going anywhere today.  Budgeted spend on race registration for my first 5K in June, will be running it w/ DH love.gif.  Hung 1 load of laundry and baked 2 loaves of bread.

22. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Didn't go anywhere so we didn't spend anything.  Had the kids help me make seed tape for carrots, radishes, and parsnips.

23. irked.gif  treehugger.gif  Had a Cub Scout hot dog fundraiser, spent quite a bit on hot dogs for my kids, more than we wanted to because the family that had the shift after us were over an hour late and my kids were getting hungry.  At least it went towards our Cub Scout Pack costs shrug.gif  Hung 1 load of laundry

24. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Planted some of the seed tape we made the other day.  Got it in just before the rain and snow started, so I didn't need to water in the seeds thumb.gif

25. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Hung laundry, stayed home due to the snow.

26. irked.gif  treehugger.gif  Ordered dinner out, $41.  Hung 2 loads of laundry.

27. thumb.gif

28. thumb.gif

 

 

Goal for March  20/20 No Spend Days

post #187 of 195

3/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $8 coffee & tylenol

3/3: budgeted spending thumb.gif $30 subscription to Taproot magazine

3/4: budgeted spending thumb.gif $13 Whole Foods dinner, $47 groceries, $32 gas

3/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/6: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/7: eeeeek! Sheepish.gif String Cheese Horning's ticket $325 (on the CC, no less)

3/8: budgeted spending thumb.gif $24 groceries, $8 champagne, $8 tip for dinner

3/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $11 groceries

3/10: budgeted spending thumb.gif $43 groceries

3/11: no spend biggrinbounce.gif got my tax refund checks in the mail today!! :)

3/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $53 groceries, $40 gas, $39 sandals for DD (saltwaters--so stoked! ;)) + Sheepish.gif unplanned spending $100 for deposit for Waldorf charter school my kids got into next year! (woohoo!)

3/16: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/17: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 groceries, $4 postage, $4 milkshakes for kids

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3/22: budgeted spending thumb.gif $38 rain jacket, $26 smartwool socks for kids, $26 pants for DS

3/23: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/24: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif  $230 Hanna Andersson

3/25: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/26: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif $272 mediation with ex (grrrrrrr), $57 bronze elf ears (ummmm, need them for costuming--they are super awesome and I'll wear them for Halloween too ;))

3/27: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/28: budgeted spending thumb.gif $20 medicine

post #188 of 195
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaryElizabeth View Post


23- $30 fabric for my sister's baby gift


24- $85 -- Insanity DVDs (It's better than $70 a month gym membership, right?)

25 - no spending!

26-  $90 -- Train set -- total splurge, but the kids are loving it. Will remember this come birthday gift time :)

       $215 -- printing of family photos

27-  $15-- fast food   $30-- Walmart

28-- no spending!

 

*** I have NOT done well!! I am starting to loathe internet shopping. It gets me every. single. time.

post #189 of 195

March 29

 

jammin.gif Finally.  Looking forward to 2 more to finish out the month?

 

 

 

irked.gif irked.gif= Lost my mojo

faint.gif= Oh, crap.  Unexpected.  Unavoidable.  Huge.

2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif= Minor damage

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

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

dizzy.gif = planned but painful


Grocery target (4 weeks)= $740

Spent= $909 shrug.gif

post #190 of 195

3/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $8 coffee & tylenol

3/3: budgeted spending thumb.gif $30 subscription to Taproot magazine

3/4: budgeted spending thumb.gif $13 Whole Foods dinner, $47 groceries, $32 gas

3/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/6: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/7: eeeeek! Sheepish.gif String Cheese Horning's ticket $325 (on the CC, no less)

3/8: budgeted spending thumb.gif $24 groceries, $8 champagne, $8 tip for dinner

3/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $11 groceries

3/10: budgeted spending thumb.gif $43 groceries

3/11: no spend biggrinbounce.gif got my tax refund checks in the mail today!! :)

3/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $53 groceries, $40 gas, $39 sandals for DD (saltwaters--so stoked! ;)) + Sheepish.gif unplanned spending $100 for deposit for Waldorf charter school my kids got into next year! (woohoo!)

3/16: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/17: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 groceries, $4 postage, $4 milkshakes for kids

3/18: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/19: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

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3/21: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/22: budgeted spending thumb.gif $38 rain jacket, $26 smartwool socks for kids, $26 pants for DS

3/23: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/24: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif  $230 Hanna Andersson

3/25: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/26: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif $272 mediation with ex (grrrrrrr), $57 bronze elf ears (ummmm, need them for costuming--they are super awesome and I'll wear them for Halloween too ;))

3/27: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/28: budgeted spending thumb.gif $20 medicine

3/29: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif $55 Keens for DS

 

Jeez...I am not doing great with all the unplanned spending!  DS definitely needed new sandals for summer though.  I should have combined all of my spending into one day, though, and then I'd have way more jumpy smiley guys ;)  Tomorrow I'm going to Costco, so that will be planned spending and then Sunday should be no spend.  April will be better!! 

post #191 of 195

March 30

 

jammin.gif One more of these dudes.

jammin.gif Actually 2 more because we are staying home tomorrow, and I want to see it today.

 

Yesterday was lovely and balmy and I really really need some sandals!  I need to be extremely careful now because the work is picking up, utilities are going down, birthdays (except mine) are finished, etc., and I start feeling Spendy.   I've had good practice on this thread keeping spending reasonable, now let's see if I can apply what I've learned to the months when we make far more than we need at the moment!

 

FINAL TALLY:

 

irked.gif irked.gif= Lost my mojo

faint.gif= Oh, crap.  Unexpected.  Unavoidable.  Huge.

2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif2whistle.gif= Minor damage

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

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

dizzy.gif = planned but painful


Grocery target (4 weeks)= $740

Spent= $909 shrug.gif

 

Ciao, ladies!  blowkiss.gif See you next month!

post #192 of 195

3/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $8 coffee & tylenol

3/3: budgeted spending thumb.gif $30 subscription to Taproot magazine

3/4: budgeted spending thumb.gif $13 Whole Foods dinner, $47 groceries, $32 gas

3/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/6: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/7: eeeeek! Sheepish.gif String Cheese Horning's ticket $325 (on the CC, no less)

3/8: budgeted spending thumb.gif $24 groceries, $8 champagne, $8 tip for dinner

3/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $11 groceries

3/10: budgeted spending thumb.gif $43 groceries

3/11: no spend biggrinbounce.gif got my tax refund checks in the mail today!! :)

3/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $53 groceries, $40 gas, $39 sandals for DD (saltwaters--so stoked! ;)) + Sheepish.gif unplanned spending $100 for deposit for Waldorf charter school my kids got into next year! (woohoo!)

3/16: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/17: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 groceries, $4 postage, $4 milkshakes for kids

3/18: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

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3/22: budgeted spending thumb.gif $38 rain jacket, $26 smartwool socks for kids, $26 pants for DS

3/23: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/24: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif  $230 Hanna Andersson

3/25: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/26: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif $272 mediation with ex (grrrrrrr), $57 bronze elf ears (ummmm, need them for costuming--they are super awesome and I'll wear them for Halloween too ;))

3/27: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/28: budgeted spending thumb.gif $20 medicine

3/29: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif $55 Keens for DS

3/30: budgeted spending thumb.gif $107 Costco

 

Today's spending is actually out of April's budget.  I would have stayed under $100 had I not NEEDED the gluten-free vegan 3 lb tub of chocolate chip cookie dough ;)  My biggest accomplishment this month is being honest here about all of my unbudgeted spending and holding myself accountable until the end of the month.  In the past when I've gone a little spend crazy, I've nonchalantly dropped out of the thread, but I stuck with it this time.  Go me! :)  Next month's goal is to really stick to my budget...all of those purchases I made this month now mean that there's no other big things that we NEED to have in April.

post #193 of 195
Thread Starter 

thumb.gif  No spend/Budgeted spend

irked.gif   Unbudgeted Spend

 

Save 30% of paycheck -- done!

Groceries -- 292.61/300

Gas -- 60/60 for van, 0/45 for car

 

March 1 -- thumb.gif  groceries, gas, bills, and socks

March 2 -- thumb.gif  

March 3 -- thumb.gif

March 4 -- thumb.gif  heating bill

March 5 -- irked.gif ice cream for kids

March 6 -- thumb.gif  groceries

March 7 -- irked.gif more snacks

March 8 -- thumb.gif  more groceries

March 9 -- thumb.gif

March 10 -- irked.gif  irked.gif  irked.gif  breakfast out

March 11 -- thumb.gif

March 12 -- thumb.gif

March 13 -- thumb.gif

March 14 -- thumb.gif

 

Save 20% of paycheck -- done!

Groceries -- 171.60/200

Gas -- 63.70/60 for van, 37.38/45 for car

March 15 -- irked.gif dinner to celebrate selling our housejoy.gif

March 16 -- thumb.gif

March 17 -- thumb.gif cat carriers for our move

March 18 -- thumb.gif

March 19 -- thumb.gif

March 20 -- thumb.gif dentist co-pay

March 21 -- thumb.gif few groceries

March 22 -- thumb.gif bathing suits, goggles, and pants and irked.gif ice cream

March 23 -- irked.gif  moving expenses, bridge toll, food

March 24 -- thumb.gif  

March 25 -- thumb.gif

March 26 -- irked.gif  lunch

March 27 -- irked.gif ice cream

March 28 -- thumb.gif

March 29 -- thumb.gif

March 30 -- thumb.gif

March 31 -- thumb.gif

post #194 of 195

3/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $8 coffee & tylenol

3/3: budgeted spending thumb.gif $30 subscription to Taproot magazine

3/4: budgeted spending thumb.gif $13 Whole Foods dinner, $47 groceries, $32 gas

3/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/6: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/7: eeeeek! Sheepish.gif String Cheese Horning's ticket $325 (on the CC, no less)

3/8: budgeted spending thumb.gif $24 groceries, $8 champagne, $8 tip for dinner

3/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $11 groceries

3/10: budgeted spending thumb.gif $43 groceries

3/11: no spend biggrinbounce.gif got my tax refund checks in the mail today!! :)

3/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $53 groceries, $40 gas, $39 sandals for DD (saltwaters--so stoked! ;)) + Sheepish.gif unplanned spending $100 for deposit for Waldorf charter school my kids got into next year! (woohoo!)

3/16: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/17: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 groceries, $4 postage, $4 milkshakes for kids

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3/22: budgeted spending thumb.gif $38 rain jacket, $26 smartwool socks for kids, $26 pants for DS

3/23: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/24: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif  $230 Hanna Andersson

3/25: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/26: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif $272 mediation with ex (grrrrrrr), $57 bronze elf ears (ummmm, need them for costuming--they are super awesome and I'll wear them for Halloween too ;))

3/27: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

3/28: budgeted spending thumb.gif $20 medicine

3/29: unplanned spending Sheepish.gif $55 Keens for DS

3/30: budgeted spending thumb.gif $107 Costco

3/31: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

 

16 no spend days--not bad!  Shooting for more next month.  Overall, March was pretty good until the end.  April will be better!

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Key

thumb.gif  No Spend/ Budgeted Spending

irked.gif  Unbudgeted/ Unnecessary Spending

treehugger.gif  Did Something Frugal

 

1.  irked.gif  $28 at McD's for lunch treehugger.gif decluttered maternity clothes and baby clothes, passed along to DH's pregnant cousin

2.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif winter sowed 2 containers of echinacea seeds, ILs visited overnight and treated our family to dinner

3.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  planted 52 onion sets in the garden, ate leftovers for lunch and dinner

4.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  all meals had at home, finished off the leftovers for lunch

5.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif baked bread in prep for snow storm coming, but I didn't get the stew and additional bread done.  Planted rainbow chard seeds in garden.

6.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Snow storm, lost power, cooked stew, rice, and bread on grill.  Kept warm using the woodstove.

7.  irked.gif  No power, hubby went to store for breakfast cereal.  Ran generator for fridges & freezer.  Picked up more oil lamps and an extra gas can at WalMart & spent $75 on wood for woodstove.

8.  irked.gif    treehugger.gif  Still no power, DD4 had a well baby visit, my mom watched the rest of the kids & washed the cloth dipes for me at her house.  Spent $75 @ Target for additional drying racks, oil for generator, ash can for the woodstove, mini- LED flashlights for the kids, and new toilet brushes.  Heated w/ woodstove.

9.  thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Day 4 no power, hubby went to grocery store for hamburgers & hot dogs, my mom took my donations to the thrift store for me, acquired a set of fireplace gloves & fireplace tongs from my parents they no longer use, but proved quite handy for us.

10. irked.gif  treehugger.gif  Power was restored this morning!!!  Winter sowed sprouted tomato seeds.  Ended up ordering pizza for dinner.

11. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  4 kids had dentist appts, all were cavity free orngbiggrin.gif  Had our American Heritage Girls Joining Ceremony, made gluten-free rice krispie treats, was given all of the leftover potato chips at the end of the night.

12. irked.gif  treehugger.gif  DH forgot his wallet at home & needed gas for his car.  Had to drive an hour (one way) to his office, kids and I had an unbudgeted McD lunch w/ him.  Prepped 2 loaves of bread to bake in the morning.

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14. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  winter sowed 4 jugs today, chamomile, thyme, sage, and parsley

15. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  hung 2 loads of laundry to dry, planted shelling peas, snow peas, and more onions.

16. irked.gif  treehugger.gif  overspent on grocery grocery budget, $9 on Starbucks coffee.  Hung 1 load of laundry to dry.

17. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  budgeted spend on felt for DS1's birthday gift (a Cub Scout brag vest).  Hung 1 load of laundry

18. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  budgeted spend on knitting patterns for DD3's birthday gifts.  Hung 1 load of laundry.

19. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  DH bought my birthday present and surprisingly, stayed in budget.  Hung 1 load of laundry.

20. partytime.gif  My birthday orngbiggrin.gif  My kids gave me loads of homemade birthday cards all day long, DH bought me a pair of much needed sneakers, and we ordered delivery pizza for dinner followed by ice cream for the kiddos.  Also bought strawberry plants, and birthday presents for DS1 and my little brother, all budgeted.

21. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Not going anywhere today.  Budgeted spend on race registration for my first 5K in June, will be running it w/ DH love.gif.  Hung 1 load of laundry and baked 2 loaves of bread.

22. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Didn't go anywhere so we didn't spend anything.  Had the kids help me make seed tape for carrots, radishes, and parsnips.

23. irked.gif  treehugger.gif  Had a Cub Scout hot dog fundraiser, spent quite a bit on hot dogs for my kids, more than we wanted to because the family that had the shift after us were over an hour late and my kids were getting hungry.  At least it went towards our Cub Scout Pack costs shrug.gif  Hung 1 load of laundry

24. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Planted some of the seed tape we made the other day.  Got it in just before the rain and snow started, so I didn't need to water in the seeds thumb.gif

25. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Hung laundry, stayed home due to the snow.

26. irked.gif  treehugger.gif  Ordered dinner out, $41.  Hung 2 loads of laundry.

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29. thumb.gif  treehugger.gif  Hung 1 load of laundry

30. thumb.gif  Camping gear bought at Gander Mt.

31. irked.gif  Picked up 2 pies and rice krispies to make treats for Easter dinner, wasn't budgeted, didn't plan well, could have made a dessert at home to bring with us.

 

 

Goal for March  22/20 No Spend Days

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