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post #61 of 234

No unplanned/unbudgeted spending: thumb.gif

Unbudgeted spending: irked.gif

Ate at home all day: yummy.gif

Did something mindfully frugal: orngbiggrin.gif

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No-unbudgeted-spending days: 1/25

Mindfully frugal days: 1/25

 

 

10/6: irked.gif Dresses for girls: $59; Groceries: $45

10/7: thumb.gif yummy.gif

10/8: irked.gif orngbiggrin.gif Had to spend $11 at Office Depot; bought a protractor, some decent pencils, and two handheld pencil sharpeners (our electric one is pooping out). We had lunch out, but the girls paid for themselves and my cup of soup (they REALLY wanted Panera and had birthday money), so it was a no-spend lunch, at least. Made burgers for dinner and dug up and roasted the very last of our garden potatoes and beets. Oh, and I forgot my mindfully frugal act! I planted 32 cloves of garlic (to harvest next June), and I planted some greens in a last-ditch effort to have a fall crop. I'm 90% sure I waited too long, but I figured it couldn't hurt to try!

 

10/9:

10/10:


Edited by melissel - 10/8/13 at 6:54pm
post #62 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.

post #63 of 234
Quote:
Originally Posted by FillingMyQuiver View Post
 

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.

 

Wow, how cool is that?! It never even occurred to me that you could make your own ACV!

post #64 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

post #65 of 234

peace.gif= No Spend

:innocent = Budgeted Spending

shake.gif = Necessary But Painful

nono.gif = Un-budgeted Spending

 

October 1 - :innocent Gas

October 2 - peace.gif

October 3 - :innocent Purse change purchase

October 4 - :innocent Special beers for hubby's B-day

October 5 - shake.gif The grocery bill was higher this week.  It had to be, because hubby's only gifts really this year for his B-day are special meals. 

October 6 - :innocent Forgotten groceries - but I rode my bike and saved some gas!

October 7 - peace.gif

October 8 - peace.gif

post #66 of 234
Quote:
Originally Posted by melissel View Post
 

 

Wow, how cool is that?! It never even occurred to me that you could make your own ACV!

It is really cool!!  This is my first time making it, so we'll see how it turns out.  I use about 7 bushels of apples for saucing and hate just composting the peels and cores.  I'm so glad I can use them for something else first.  I'm not a fan of apple peel jelly, either.

post #67 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.

post #68 of 234

No unplanned/unbudgeted spending: thumb.gif

Unbudgeted spending: irked.gif

Ate at home all day: yummy.gif

Did something mindfully frugal: orngbiggrin.gif

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No-unbudgeted-spending days: 1/25

Mindfully frugal days: 1/25

 

 

10/6: irked.gif Dresses for girls: $59; Groceries: $45

10/7: thumb.gif yummy.gif

10/8: irked.gif orngbiggrin.gif Office Depot: $11; planted garlic and greens.

10/9: irked.gif Argh! Today is DH's day off and we had no breakfast supplies, so we ended up at the diner for breakfast ($34). Later I have to pay my library fine ($4), and I owe a friend $20 for DD's weekly homeschool class. I'll need to find a frugal act to offset the expenses!

10/10:

post #69 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 - :clapNo spending, but only because I have $3 to last me until the 15th.

post #70 of 234
Thread Starter 

Another no-spend.  The weather was glorious today, so I packed a picnic and took the younger kids to the playground for hours of running fun.  My days are always so much easier when the weather is nice.  I know it will get tougher as the winter rains come and we will be looking for cheap indoor ways to keep active.  But for now, I'll take these sunny easy days. 

 

 

: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

October 11

post #71 of 234

No Spend - :thumb
Budgeted Spending - :D

Un-Budgeted Spending - :irked

 

Oct 1 - :irked - DH Spent $30 for a music downloading program... :/ 

Oct 2- :D - Spent $30 on two apple trees though an amazing program in our city (they will be planted Dec 7th)! And $5 on open Gym.

Oct 3-  :D - Went out to dinner ($45) because my mom is in town, for now I'm going to call that budgeted, because we are doing great on groceries, If we go over our grocery budget at the end of the month well then.. We'll see when we get there. Also paid garbage bill and mortgage, waiting for those to clear. 

Oct 4- :D Found great deal on compost and started a winter garden, cooked dinner for my extend family so we didn't need to eat out! 100$ on Groceries

Oct 5 - :irked My mom dragged me out to a bar... I made dinner for everyone, before but still felt like I should buy a drink. $4 for a beer! 0.0 I took it out of our grocery envelope and I'll try to save enough to make up for the $10 I spent total.

Oct 6- :D Ate out again, but it was cheep enough to come out of the food budget. My tummy wasn't happy though... Hoping Wednesday (the day my mom leaves!) is no spend! 

Oct 7 - :D

Oct 8 - :D

Oct 9 -:irked Unbudgeted, but very necessary doctor visit. Found out my insurance doesn't cover ND's so now I have $300+ dollars to pay off with them. Payed $100 today.... 

As soon as I'm feeling pretty good about how we are doing something comes up, like all of us needing Dr. visits. :/ At least DH's new job is starting now so he will be bringing home a real pay check soon, which will be amazing... now if we can just sell that house in IL. 

Hey, anyone want a custom home in McHenry, IL??? Nope.... I thought so. :(

post #72 of 234

I would like to join too if it is not too late. I really need to pay attention on how I spend and come up with a budget soon.We seem to always buy food or eat out when totally unnecessary. Need to change that asap.

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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

post #73 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

 

I almost went and bought a new stapler for my classroom (the one I had broke today), but then I realized I can just bring the one I have at home.  Spending avoided...yay! :)

post #74 of 234
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by StillMe View Post
 

I would like to join too if it is not too late. I really need to pay attention on how I spend and come up with a budget soon.We seem to always buy food or eat out when totally unnecessary. Need to change that asap.

 

 

Everyone is welcome at any time, so......Welcome! 

post #75 of 234

Ready to bow out, but I will stick with it.  Most of the devilish spending has been snacks and eating out.  I don't anticipate any big spending this month.  But my, this is a devilish month!

 

1  :D Groceries/budgeted spending.

2  demon.gif Minor unbudgeted spending (burp).

3  :D:D  No spend.  Only using a double-dude system instead of 3-- it was skewing the balance of happy dudes to devil dudes.

4  demon.gif Minor unbudgeted spending/coffee

5  :D  Groceries and dh's birthday present.

6  demon.gifdemon.gif  Really shouldn't have

7  :D:D  No spend

8  demon.gifdemon.gif  Really shouldn't have

9  demon.gif Mini-mart snacks

 

Does anyone have recommendations for fleece pants and vests?  A nice balance between quality and cost is what I'm looking for for.  Willing to pay slightly more to avoid crap (we use this stuff constantly) but I still need them reasonably priced.  Favorites?

post #76 of 234

peace.gif= No Spend

:innocent = Budgeted Spending

shake.gif = Necessary But Painful

nono.gif = Un-budgeted Spending

 

October 1 - :innocent Gas

October 2 - peace.gif

October 3 - :innocent Purse change purchase

October 4 - :innocent Special beers for hubby's B-day

October 5 - shake.gif The grocery bill was higher this week.  It had to be, because hubby's only gifts really this year for his B-day are special meals. 

October 6 - :innocent Forgotten groceries - but I rode my bike and saved some gas!

October 7 - peace.gif

October 8 - peace.gif

October 9 - shrug.gif Well, I bought a sewing pattern for Halloween costumes.  This might be a bad idea on so many levels.  First, I don't really know how to sew or have a sewing machine.  I can borrow one, or go to someone's house and use theirs, but it's not the same.  I have made my kids costumes before, but they were very scraped together, and my crafty friend and I made VERY simple patterns out of newspaper.  I have never made a real piece of clothing from a real sewing pattern by my self.  The other issue is that this won't likely save me any money.  I've never bought pre-made costumes (takes half of the fun out of it, right?) but I did check the Goodwill and didn't find anything that worked.  So here I am with a full time job outside the home, no sewing machine, three kids, one of whom is a nursling, and it's October 10th. Hmmmmm.

post #77 of 234
Thread Starter 

Another trip to the grocery store.  $646.49 remaining for the month.  I have ingredients for beef stew, chicken soft tacos, stir-fry, soup and several lunches of rice and beans, ham sandwiches, and pb&j.  Eggs, cereal, homemade muffins and waffles for breakfast.  Tea and milk to drink. 

 

 

: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 -- planned birthday trip to science center, dinner out


Edited by Ruthiegirl - 10/10/13 at 12:31pm
post #78 of 234

nono.gif Unnecessary, shake.gif Unbudgeted,   :innocentBudgeted, :Peace No spend

 

Oct 1: :Peace

Oct 2: shake.gif Ran out of some ingredients, $30. Tried drain cleaner to fix plumbing, $10

Oct 3: :Peace

Oct 4: :Peace

Oct 5: shake.gif No food or transportation, Burger King $9.

Oct 6: :innocent Groceries, $10 over but stocked up on frozen veg, bought dog food. Church offering

Oct 7: :Peace Only paid the bills

Oct 8: nono.gif Sick in bed, bought a kindle book $10

Oct 9: shake.gif Van repair, $280, :innocent Car oil change, fabric for DH's new swordfighting gear

Oct 10: :Peace 

post #79 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 -  :clapNo spending, but only because I have $3 to last me until the 15th. I did figure out how to make it until next week without buying dish washer detergent or having to hand wash all the dishes. A google search revealed that you can use just a drop or two of dish soap, baking soda, and vinegar. Seems to be working fine so far.

post #80 of 234
Quote:
Originally Posted by FillingMyQuiver View Post
 

I'm going to pretend September didn't exist sulkoff.gif

 

 

 

 

Ditto!

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