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10/29 -  :loveeyes Gas, a few things to make the kids Halloween costumes, and a couple of groceries. The rest will have to wait until hubby gets paid because my unemployment check for the week is now gone.

10/30 - :clap

 

 

If I can make it through the day with no spending I will have managed an equal number of :clapto duh.gif. I would have preferred that :clapoutnumbered the rest. But each month I'm getting better.

post #222 of 234

1  shine.gif  Groceries/budgeted spending.

2  :2whistle Minor unbudgeted spending (burp).

3  :throb No spend.  

4:sipcoffee

5  shine.gif  Groceries and dh's birthday present.

6  shake.gif  Really shouldn't have  /Turns out these purchases weren't such a bad idea.  Still, nonessential, big spending day.

7  :yum  Ate out again/ Grocery store snacks  /A doctor's visit turned this into an unexpected trip to town and spending.

8  :throb  No spend

9  :2whistle Mini-mart snack for me

10 .....

11.....

12.....

13 :throb No spend

14 :yum/ Ate out  :2whistle /minimart candy / shine.gif Groceries

15 :throb No spend

16 shine.gif Concientious spending/ :yum Spent a small amount eating out and about

17 :throb No spend....

18 shine.gif Concientious spending and some caramels

19 shine.gif Piled up on favorite food and snacks for our overnight/ Gas/ :yum planned cheap date night 

20 :throb No spend

21 :throb

22 :throb

23 shine.gif 

24 shine.gif Groceries/budgeted spending

25 shine.gif 

26 :throb

27 :2whistle Probably too much candy for treats and Halloween.  But none for me shine.gif

28 shake.gif Only minor things, but I really should avoid going out with the girls amap.  Could have been worse. :sipCoffee

29 :throb

30 shine.gif Groceries

post #223 of 234

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partytime.gif - No Spend Day

:down  - Budgeted Spending

bag.gif  - Unnecessary Spending

gloomy.gif  - Unbudgeted but Necessary

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October 1 -- bag.gif Ate out. 

October 2 -- bag.gif Again, ate out. :down Paid a doctor's bill.

October 3 -- partytime.gif

October 4 -- partytime.gif

October 5 -- bag.gif Failed to pack lunch for our trip to the beach, so we stopped at Taco Bell. :down Parking, some groceries and iron pills.

October 6 -- :down Costco shopping (still building up our basic pantry after the last move), Farmer's Market, paid a bill.

October 7 -- :down Ran across the road for some pickling spices and water I needed to make sour pickles and sauerkraut. Also picked up some Chocolate for Xmas 

October 8 --  partytime.gif

October 9 -- :down Two loads of laundry $10

October 10 -- partytime.gif Cooked shepherd's pie in a pumpkin and almost ran to the store for some spices. Decided to use a mixture of what I had and keep today a no-spend day.

October 11 -- partytime.gif

October 12 -- bag.gif Went out for dinner.

October 13 -- :down Bought some fruits and veggies at the Farmer's Market and some frozen fruit at Costco

October 14 -- bag.gif Ordered some yarn and needles from JoAnn's to knit a blanket for oldest daughter

October 15 -- partytime.gif

October 16 -- partytime.gif

October 17 --  partytime.gif

October 18 -- bag.gif Ate out again. gloomy.gif Ordered some supplements our naturopath recommended for my oldest daughter's issues :down Grocery run at Costco

October 19 -- :down Halloween candy for my girls bag.gif Yep, ate out again

October 20 -- Planned on a no spend day, but plans changed in the evening when BIL asked us to go out for a movie and dinner bag.gif

October 21 -- partytime.gif

October 22 -- partytime.gif

October 23 -- partytime.gif

October 24 -- :down Mailed a care package to my girls. Bought some fruits at Costco which were covered by a return.

October 25 -- bag.gif Ate out - we really, really shouldn't have...

October 26 -- gloomy.gif Got a groupon for 2 car washes and had our cars cleaned inside and out. They desperately needed it. My DH's car has never been cleaned and mine hasn't been in about 7 months - it looked more brown than the burgundy it should've been.

October 27 - bag.gif After being stuck in traffic for more than an hour for a trip that was supposed to take 20 minutes and looking even worse for the return trip, we have decided to wait a few hours before attempting the drive back. Which meant eating out yet again this weekend.

October 28 -- partytime.gif

October 29 -- partytime.gif

October 30 -- :down Bought bread, grapes and a sheet of checks. We were out of bread and fresh fruits for two days.

post #224 of 234

10/1 - :thumb planned spending $37 :irked unplanned spending $20 wine and sugar-filled things (I blame it on PMS!)

10/2 - :thumb planned spending $5 coffee, $68 groceries, $107 Costco, $140 REI, $72 DD's bday present

10/3 - :love no spend

10/4 - :love no spend

10/5 - :love no spend

10/6 - :love no spend

10/7 - :thumb planned spending $9 postage

10/8 - :love no spend

10/9 - :love no spend

10/10 - :irked unplanned spending $25 dinner with friends

10/11 - :love no spend

10/12 - :thumb planned spending $53 groceries, $36 gas, $32 tank tops for DD, $18 haircut, $6 paper for classroom :irked unplanned spending $26 new jeans and candy $2 hot apple cider

10/13 - :thumb planned spending $7 violin book for DD :irked unplanned spending $5 coffee, $10 dinner, $49 lamps (okay, super awesome paper star lamps), $40 goddess flags

10/14 - :love no spend

10/15 - :love no spend

10/16 - :love no spend

10/17 - :love no spend

10/18 - :thumb planned spending $20 dinner for DD's bday

10/19 - :thumb planned spending $78 groceries and bday supplies, $30 gas, $4 balloons, $8 firewood

10/20 - :love no spend

10/21 - :love no spend

10/22 - :love no spend

10/23 - :love no spend

10/24 - :love no spend

10/25 - :love no spend

10/26 - :thumb planned spending $36 groceries, $19 Costco, $32 gas, $46 Christmas gifts (from credit on cc)

10/27 - :love no spend

10/28 - :love no spend

10/29 - :love no spend

10/30 - :irked unplanned spending (but within my budget) $4 chai, $8 candy for my class

post #225 of 234

All my economizing --->  OUT THE WINDOW.

 

We got a dog yesterday.

 

I've never owned one before.

 

Man oh man.  Dogs need a lot of "gear".

 

My budget will be reeling for a while.

post #226 of 234

1.  :Sheepish :treehugger  Unbudgeted but necessary, DH stopped at WM for half and half, pasta, and canning jars.  Canned 13 quarts of applesauce and used the peels and cores to start 5, 1/2 gallon jars of apple scrap vinegar.

2.  :thumb

3.  :thumb

4.  :thumb

5.  :thumb  :treehugger  DD1 had a bake sale today, made oatmeal raisin cookies b/c I had all the ingredients on hand.  Stopped at a local orchard that sells apple seconds by the bushel.  Got 7 bushels of apples for $70, that's $10 a bushel or less than 25c/ lb!!!  Also picked up pumpkins for the kids to paint for fall and for roasting and pureeing.  Broke down 4 pumpkins and got 18 cups of puree for future baking.

6.  :Sheepish  :treehugger  Picked up more quart size canning jars for applesauce.  Starting canning applesauce.

7.  :thumb  :treehugger  No spend, canned another batch of applesauce.  Strained the apple scraps from the apple scrap vinegar, got over 1 gallon.  It smells right, now I just need to let it ferment for 4-6 months.

8.  :thumb  :treehugger  Budgeted spend on delivery pizza.  More applesauce in the canner.  Downloaded a bunch of free kindle books.

9.  :thumb  :treehugger  More applesauce canning.

10.  :thumb  :treehugger  Applesauce, again.

11-20  On vacation in Florida.  Not even tracking kewl.gif

21.  :Sheepish  Emergency dr. visit for DD2, grabbed Five Guys for lunch.

22. :thumb  Budgeted spend on a few essentials, milk, half and half, juice concentrate.

23. :thumb  :treehugger  NO spending today.  Really wanted to order out for dinner, but managed to scrape tacos together.  Used up some tomatoes that were on their last legs, and taco shells and tortillas we brought home from vacation.  Canned another 14qts of applesauce.  I still have about 4 bushels of apples left to can, thinking of canning some into apple pie filling.

24. :thumb 

25. :thumb

26. :thumb

27. :thumb

28. :thumb

29. :Sheepish  ordered delivery pizza

30. :thumb

31. :thumb  Pre-emptive No Spend

post #227 of 234
Thread Starter 

Look away, I spent money yesterday.  Took a trip to the pumpkin patch with the kids.  It was fantastic, but I hadn't thought through what it would cost to get 4 pumpkins and take a hay ride and get cider donuts and all of it.  Money spent for a fun day. 

 

 

:thumb No spend/budgeted spending

nono.gif Un-budgeted spending

 

October 1 -- :thumb

October 2 -- :thumb

October 3 -- :thumb  12.22 snacks for soccer team

October 4 -- :thumb 169.00 new windshield for van, nono.gif 21.00 taxi, nono.gif 5.00 snacks

October 5 -- :thumb 61.00 few groceries, laundry detergent, tp, will need a few more things for this upcoming week

October 6 -- :thumb 40.07 gas for van

October 7 -- nono.gif 5.50 tea with dh, :thumb 67.18 groceries, mostly meat and fruit for lunches. 

October 8 -- :thumb

October 9 -- :thumb

October 10 -- :thumb 112.13 groceries

October 11 -- :thumb planned birthday trip to science center, dinner out

October 12 -- :thumb 

October 13 -- :thumb 

October 14 -- :thumb 63.90 groceries

October 15 -- :thumb 43.21 birthday dinner groceries

October 16 -- :thumb 40.00   50 pounds of apples to freeze for winter

October 17 -- :thumb

October 18 -- :thumb  37.92 groceries and cough syrup, 12.94 snacks for soccer team

October 19 -- :thumb 31.18 and more groceries

October 20 -- :thumb 53.38 rake and loppers for yard clean up

October 21 -- :thumb 10.00 copay for ds's eye exam, nono.gif  62.00 another tank of gas!

October 22 -- :thumb 193.06 groceries

October 23 -- :thumb

October 24 -- :thumb

October 25 -- :thumb

October 26 -- :thumb 30.98 allergy meds, :heartbeat 16.99 Anniversary flowers,  nono.gif 14.76 frozen yogurt, nono.gif  $? movie

October 27 -- :thumb 105.78 groceries, nono.gifnono.gifnono.gif 65.00 dinner out

October 28 -- :thumb

October 29 -- :thumb

October 30 -- nono.gif 35.00 trip to pumpkin patch, nono.gif 11.50 few things for Halloween costumes

October 31

post #228 of 234
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post
 

All my economizing --->  OUT THE WINDOW.

 

We got a dog yesterday.

 

I've never owned one before.

 

Man oh man.  Dogs need a lot of "gear".

 

My budget will be reeling for a while.

 

Congratulations! Yeah, definitely a hit to the budget, but worth it :D

post #229 of 234

1  shine.gif  Groceries/budgeted spending.

2  :2whistle Minor unbudgeted spending (burp).

3  :throb No spend.  

4:sipcoffee

5  shine.gif  Groceries and dh's birthday present.

6  shake.gif  Really shouldn't have  /Turns out these purchases weren't such a bad idea.  Still, nonessential, big spending day.

7  :yum  Ate out again/ Grocery store snacks  /A doctor's visit turned this into an unexpected trip to town and spending.

8  :throb  No spend

9  :2whistle Mini-mart snack for me

10 .....

11.....

12.....

13 :throb No spend

14 :yum/ Ate out  :2whistle /minimart candy / shine.gif Groceries

15 :throb No spend

16 shine.gif Concientious spending/ :yum Spent a small amount eating out and about

17 :throb No spend....

18 shine.gif Concientious spending and some caramels

19 shine.gif Piled up on favorite food and snacks for our overnight/ Gas/ :yum planned cheap date night 

20 :throb No spend

21 :throb

22 :throb

23 shine.gif 

24 shine.gif Groceries/budgeted spending

25 shine.gif 

26 :throb

27 :2whistle Probably too much candy for treats and Halloween.  But none for me shine.gif

28 shake.gif Only minor things, but I really should avoid going out with the girls amap.  Could have been worse. :sipCoffee

29 :throb

30 shine.gif Groceries/ :2whistle Edited: minimart pizza.  Nothing to eat at home, late night meeting.  Don't feel too bad, but should have just bought 1 slice, not 2.

31 shine.gif Layer pellets

 

Best month I've had in a long tie, could be better.  Hopefully November will be better still.  

 

See ya!  :blowkiss

post #230 of 234

10/1 - :loveeyes 

10/2 - :loveeyes

10/3 - duh.gif 

10/4 -   duh.gif 

10/5  -   :loveeyes  duh.gif 

10/6 - :clap

10/7 -duh.gif 

10/8 -  :loveeyes  

10/9 - :clap

10/10 -  :clap

10/11 - :clap

10/12 - :loveeyes duh.gif 

10/13 - duh.gif

10/14 - :clap

10/15 - :loveeyes duh.gif

10/16 - :loveeyes 

10/17 - duh.gif 

10/18 - :clap 

10/19 - duh.gif

10/20 - duh.gif

10/21 - :loveeyes

10/22 - :loveeyes

10/23 - :loveeyes

10/24 - :clap

10/25 - :clap

10/26 -  duh.gif

10/27 - :clap

10/28 - :clap

10/29 -  :loveeyes Gas, a few things to make the kids Halloween costumes, and a couple of groceries. The rest will have to wait until hubby gets paid because my unemployment check for the week is now gone.

10/30 - :clap

10/31 -  :loveeyes

 

Made through the month. I'm getting better and better and making our new reduced budget work. I expect next month to be even better, though next month brings Thanksgiving to worry about.

 

Found out today that hubby got a promotion and a raise. The extra money will sure help.

post #231 of 234
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Originally Posted by JollyGG View Post

 

Found out today that hubby got a promotion and a raise. The extra money will sure help.

                                  champagne.gif

post #232 of 234

10/1 - :thumb planned spending $37 :irked unplanned spending $20 wine and sugar-filled things (I blame it on PMS!)

10/2 - :thumb planned spending $5 coffee, $68 groceries, $107 Costco, $140 REI, $72 DD's bday present

10/3 - :love no spend

10/4 - :love no spend

10/5 - :love no spend

10/6 - :love no spend

10/7 - :thumb planned spending $9 postage

10/8 - :love no spend

10/9 - :love no spend

10/10 - :irked unplanned spending $25 dinner with friends

10/11 - :love no spend

10/12 - :thumb planned spending $53 groceries, $36 gas, $32 tank tops for DD, $18 haircut, $6 paper for classroom :irked unplanned spending $26 new jeans and candy $2 hot apple cider

10/13 - :thumb planned spending $7 violin book for DD :irked unplanned spending $5 coffee, $10 dinner, $49 lamps (okay, super awesome paper star lamps), $40 goddess flags

10/14 - :love no spend

10/15 - :love no spend

10/16 - :love no spend

10/17 - :love no spend

10/18 - :thumb planned spending $20 dinner for DD's bday

10/19 - :thumb planned spending $78 groceries and bday supplies, $30 gas, $4 balloons, $8 firewood

10/20 - :love no spend

10/21 - :love no spend

10/22 - :love no spend

10/23 - :love no spend

10/24 - :love no spend

10/25 - :love no spend

10/26 - :thumb planned spending $36 groceries, $19 Costco, $32 gas, $46 Christmas gifts (from credit on cc)

10/27 - :love no spend

10/28 - :love no spend

10/29 - :love no spend

10/30 - :irked unplanned spending (but within my budget) $4 chai, $8 candy for my class

10/31 - :love no spend

 

Totals for October:  21 no spend days, 10 spending days….possibly the best totals I've ever had!  Hoping to keep it up in November! :)

post #233 of 234
Thread Starter 

Ended a very busy, very fun Halloween night by picking up a couple of roasted chickens at the market for dinner.  We got a bag of salad and some beer and it made a nice meal.  And it was much cheaper than going out which is what we were very tempted to do. 

 

Ending the month on a good note.  It has been a terrific month overall, but I am ready to move on!

 

 

:thumb No spend/budgeted spending

nono.gif Un-budgeted spending

 

October 1 -- :thumb

October 2 -- :thumb

October 3 -- :thumb  12.22 snacks for soccer team

October 4 -- :thumb 169.00 new windshield for van, nono.gif 21.00 taxi, nono.gif 5.00 snacks

October 5 -- :thumb 61.00 few groceries, laundry detergent, tp, will need a few more things for this upcoming week

October 6 -- :thumb 40.07 gas for van

October 7 -- nono.gif 5.50 tea with dh, :thumb 67.18 groceries, mostly meat and fruit for lunches. 

October 8 -- :thumb

October 9 -- :thumb

October 10 -- :thumb 112.13 groceries

October 11 -- :thumb planned birthday trip to science center, dinner out

October 12 -- :thumb 

October 13 -- :thumb 

October 14 -- :thumb 63.90 groceries

October 15 -- :thumb 43.21 birthday dinner groceries

October 16 -- :thumb 40.00   50 pounds of apples to freeze for winter

October 17 -- :thumb

October 18 -- :thumb  37.92 groceries and cough syrup, 12.94 snacks for soccer team

October 19 -- :thumb 31.18 and more groceries

October 20 -- :thumb 53.38 rake and loppers for yard clean up

October 21 -- :thumb 10.00 copay for ds's eye exam, nono.gif  62.00 another tank of gas!

October 22 -- :thumb 193.06 groceries

October 23 -- :thumb

October 24 -- :thumb

October 25 -- :thumb

October 26 -- :thumb 30.98 allergy meds, :heartbeat 16.99 Anniversary flowers,  nono.gif 14.76 frozen yogurt, nono.gif  $? movie

October 27 -- :thumb 105.78 groceries, nono.gifnono.gifnono.gif 65.00 dinner out

October 28 -- :thumb

October 29 -- :thumb

October 30 -- nono.gif 35.00 trip to pumpkin patch, nono.gif 11.50 few things for Halloween costumes

October 31 -- :thumb 17.00 few easy groceries for dinner,  nono.gif 3.60 Redbox

post #234 of 234

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partytime.gif - No Spend Day

:down  - Budgeted Spending

bag.gif  - Unnecessary Spending

gloomy.gif  - Unbudgeted but Necessary

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

October 1 -- bag.gif Ate out. 

October 2 -- bag.gif Again, ate out. :down Paid a doctor's bill.

October 3 -- partytime.gif

October 4 -- partytime.gif

October 5 -- bag.gif Failed to pack lunch for our trip to the beach, so we stopped at Taco Bell. :down Parking, some groceries and iron pills.

October 6 -- :down Costco shopping (still building up our basic pantry after the last move), Farmer's Market, paid a bill.

October 7 -- :down Ran across the road for some pickling spices and water I needed to make sour pickles and sauerkraut. Also picked up some Chocolate for Xmas 

October 8 --  partytime.gif

October 9 -- :down Two loads of laundry $10

October 10 -- partytime.gif Cooked shepherd's pie in a pumpkin and almost ran to the store for some spices. Decided to use a mixture of what I had and keep today a no-spend day.

October 11 -- partytime.gif

October 12 -- bag.gif Went out for dinner.

October 13 -- :down Bought some fruits and veggies at the Farmer's Market and some frozen fruit at Costco

October 14 -- bag.gif Ordered some yarn and needles from JoAnn's to knit a blanket for oldest daughter

October 15 -- partytime.gif

October 16 -- partytime.gif

October 17 --  partytime.gif

October 18 -- bag.gif Ate out again. gloomy.gif Ordered some supplements our naturopath recommended for my oldest daughter's issues :down Grocery run at Costco

October 19 -- :down Halloween candy for my girls bag.gif Yep, ate out again

October 20 -- Planned on a no spend day, but plans changed in the evening when BIL asked us to go out for a movie and dinner bag.gif

October 21 -- partytime.gif

October 22 -- partytime.gif

October 23 -- partytime.gif

October 24 -- :down Mailed a care package to my girls. Bought some fruits at Costco which were covered by a return.

October 25 -- bag.gif Ate out - we really, really shouldn't have...

October 26 -- gloomy.gif Got a groupon for 2 car washes and had our cars cleaned inside and out. They desperately needed it. My DH's car has never been cleaned and mine hasn't been in about 7 months - it looked more brown than the burgundy it should've been.

October 27 - bag.gif After being stuck in traffic for more than an hour for a trip that was supposed to take 20 minutes and looking even worse for the return trip, we have decided to wait a few hours before attempting the drive back. Which meant eating out yet again this weekend.

October 28 -- partytime.gif

October 29 -- partytime.gif

October 30 -- :down Bought bread, grapes and a sheet of checks. We were out of bread and fresh fruits for two days.

October 31 -- partytime.gif We almost went out to eat tonight, but I have decided I'd rather have another No Spend day this month, instead.

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