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post #101 of 130

Well poop :(. I caved last night and got fast food while I was out (it was just us girls home last night), and then tonight we had family visiting, so we got pizza and ice cream. So not only did we get takeout two nights in a row, but I think that they chicken I've been thawing in the fridge has gone bad because I didn't use it sooner. It's not vac-packed, just loosely packed in a sealed plastic bag--from our farm co-op--and I noticed earlier that the bag seems to be filling up and getting puffy yikes2.gif(though really, it should still be in the "safe to cook" range, since it was thawed in the fridge the whole time *sigh*).

 

On top of all this, I paid our credit card bill today, and it was completely insane. Since we started using Mint.com again, we've been using our card for everything, so it basically has almost our entire budget on there, plus all the costs associated with our family emergency, plus the deposit on our family vacation house for next year, plus my dad's retirement dinner, plus a bunch of other one-time expenses. So while it looked like we had a good chunk of money in the bank…poof! It will all be gone in a few days. Argh! Back to belt-tightening. 

 

On the plus side, I've been preparing to do some couponing again, and tonight I got two free sour creams, two free chocolate bars (for Christmas stockings), and three packs of very cheap breakfast sausages, four jars of natural salsa, and two cans of canned pumpkin for less than $10 total. Now that I'm up and running again, I'll be able to put a dent in our grocery budget this way. 

 

Key: 

No unplanned/unbudgeted spending: thumb.gif

Unbudgeted spending: irked.gif

Ate at home all day: yummy.gif

Did something mindfully frugal: orngbiggrin.gif

----------------------

No-unbudgeted-spending days: 4/23

Mindfully frugal days: 0/23

 

11/7: irked.gif $14: Food out/treat for DH. $135: Groceries and comfort food (budgeted). 

11/8: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries (budgeted) $15. Christmas gift (budgeted): $15. 

11/9: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

11/10: irked.gif Wine: $13. Flowers: $20. Groceries: $40 (budgeted).

11/11: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

11/12: irked.gif Lunch out: $20. Library fine/movie rental: $4. Cheese: $21 (out of grocery budget). Kiva.com: $55.

11/13: thumb.gif yummy.gif Class fee: $20 (budgeted)

11/14: irked.gif Dinner out: $24. Groceries: $39 (out of grocery budget). 

11/15: irked.gif Takeout dinner: $20

11/16: irked.gif Takeout dinner and ice cream: $48. Groceries: $10 (out of grocery budget).


Edited by melissel - 11/16/13 at 9:52pm
post #102 of 130

Met up with our cousins yesterday and took a beautiful, but chilly and wet hike.  There was a gorgeous lodge and hot chocolate and well, we splurged on hot drinks.  Spent an hour in the warm lodge watching the rain and catching up with family.  Really nice. 

 

Today should be a no spend, but the kids have earned coupons from school for a free frozen yogurt.  If they get their homework done, dh is planning on taking them out which means he will get yogurt for himself and the younger boys.  

 

:thumb No spend/budgeted spending

nono.gif Un-budgeted spending

 

November 1 -- :thumb

November 2 -- nono.gif 10.00 pool,  :thumb 129.07 groceries

November 3 -- :thumb

November 4 -- :thumb 60.07 gas for van

November 5 -- :thumb  28.73 groceries

November 6 -- :thumb 24.64 groceries/household

November 7 -- :thumb

November 8 -- :thumb

November 9 -- :thumb

November 10 -- :thumb 149.65 groceries, :thumb desks and lamps for the boys, nono.gif 36.63 lunch

November 11 -- nono.gif 12.75 ice cream for kids

November 12 -- :thumb 48.10 groceries

November 13 -- :thumb 194.00 title and registration for van -- overbudget, but very necessary

November 14 -- :thumb gas for van

November 15 -- :thumb

November 16 -- :thumb  107.58 groceries  nono.gif 22.17 tea and hot chocolate after chilly hike

November 17

November 18

November 19

November 20

November 21

November 22

 

 

 

 

Goals for November:

 

Groceries 487.68/900.00

Gas 2/2 tanks

Register Van ~ 194.00/150.00

post #103 of 130

1   :2whistle Ate at Dairy Queen while I had a tire patched.  The repair was free, the errand on the way to work.

2   :throb  No spend

3   shine.gif  DH picking up some groceries

4   shine.gif  Groceries.... aaaand wee little treat.  Not counting that.  It's "groceries".

5   shine.gif

6   :2whistle Ate lunch out with girls.  Some planned spending on crafts stuff and unplanned--both minor.

7   :2whistle 4-H training night.  Picked up some dinner for myself at grocery store deli instead of packing it. 

8   :2whistle Enrolled girls in gymnastics.  Groceries

9   :throb  No spend

10 :throb

11 shine.gif $14 donation to a little girl's fundraiser.  Small snack.

12 shine.gif Groceries

13 :2whistle mini mart snacks, nothing big but the past-date oreo sale was too much to pass up.

14 :throb No-spend

15 :2whistle Snacks and eat out with girls (about $10--not bad).  Planned Christmas light spending.  Gas.  :sipCoffee. 

16 :throb No spend

17 :throb

 

Staying home

 

post #104 of 130

Here we're just keeping track of variable expenses, right?

 

11/07 - nono.gif Unbudgeted spending on lunch while at work

11/08 - thumb.gif No spend

11/09 thumb.gif  Groceries, $22

11/10 - nono.gif Dinner out, $21

11/11 - thumb.gif  Groceries, $17. Gas, $35. State park entrance donation, $1.

11/12 -  thumb.gif  $4.50 for Starbucks while at work but it was semi-budgeted, parking at work $3

11/13 - thumb.gif No spend

11/14 - nono.gif Un-budgeted spending - $11 for lunch out while at work

11/15 - thumb.gif Groceries/pantry staples with extreme self-control at Whole Foods! $25

11/16 -  thumb.gif  Groceries, DH went to Trader Joes and spent 2x what was on my list, *sigh,* $45. Takeout, $15 (I budgeted for some small breaks from cooking). $40 for water safety classes for DD (we got a scholarship - $40 for 6 classes!).

11/17 - thumb.gif  Farmer's market, scored a lot of good produce for $7!  nono.gif $5 for coffee and bottled water out.

post #105 of 130

11/1 - :love no spend

11/2 - :thumb planned spending $46 grocery store, $105 Costco, $28 Elephant Revival ticket

11/3 - :thumb planned spending $4 flowers for a friend's blessingway, $35 gas

11/4 - :love no spend

11/5 - :love no spend

11/6 - duh.gif unplanned spending $2 school lunch for DS, $32 dress for me

11/7 - duh.gif unplanned spending $57 running shoes

11/8 - :love no spend

11/9 - :thumb planned spending $48 groceries, $20 gas

11/10 - duh.gif unplanned spending $2 online music (overage after $20 in amazon gift cards), $17 Savers, $45 tickets to see music (2 nights)

11/11 - :thumb planned spending $251 new windshield; duh.gif unplanned spending $28 new pendant and bindis 

11/12 - :love no spend

11/13 - :love no spend

11/14 - :love no spend

11/15 - :love no spend

11/16 - :thumb planned spending $32 groceries, $25 gas; duh.gif unplanned spending $22 thrift store (returned $15 of it and got store credit), $22 metaphysical store, $87 online shopping, $38 drinks (this is all coming out of my birthday money I'll be getting soon--so much for not pre spending it this year!)

11/17 - duh.gif $10 burger 

 

I need to really watch myself for the rest of the month.  No more unplanned spending!

post #106 of 130

I don't think I can count today as a no-spend, but it was for a good cause. My older DD was invited to go to a movie with her good friend, and younger DD was not invited and was utterly heartbroken. Instead, I had her daddy take her out for a daddy/daughter movie date for the two of them, which made her very happy. So even though DH paid, I'm going to consider that family spending for the day. I also spent some money on groceries (saved over $50 using coupons and got free crackers, cookies, breakfast sausages, and soy sauce, and practically free mozzarella/ricotta, organic canned tomatoes, and dental floss; plus I came home with $8 to spend on my next transaction. I love coupons, LOL!), filled up the car with gas, and scored free Lindt truffles for the girls' stockings--all fall under their respective budgets. 

 

Key: 

No unplanned/unbudgeted spending: thumb.gif

Unbudgeted spending: irked.gif

Ate at home all day: yummy.gif

Did something mindfully frugal: orngbiggrin.gif

----------------------

No-unbudgeted-spending days: 4/23

Mindfully frugal days: 0/23

 

11/7: irked.gif $14: Food out/treat for DH. $135: Groceries and comfort food (budgeted). 

11/8: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries (budgeted) $15. Christmas gift (budgeted): $15. 

11/9: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

11/10: irked.gif Wine: $13. Flowers: $20. Groceries: $40 (budgeted).

11/11: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

11/12: irked.gif Lunch out: $20. Library fine/movie rental: $4. Cheese: $21 (out of grocery budget). Kiva.com: $55.

11/13: thumb.gif yummy.gif Class fee: $20 (budgeted)

11/14: irked.gif Dinner out: $24. Groceries: $39 (out of grocery budget). 

11/15: irked.gif Takeout dinner: $20

11/16: irked.gif Takeout dinner and ice cream: $48. Groceries: $10 (out of grocery budget).

11/17: irked.gif yummy.gif Movie for DD: $20. Groceries: $61. Gas for car: $54.

post #107 of 130

Woohoo! No spend orngbiggrin.gif Spent $20 on groceries (corn chips for nachos and stocking up on K-cups for DH, will need to go tomorrow too to catch the sale again before it ends), but that's in the budget. 

 

Key: 

No unplanned/unbudgeted spending: thumb.gif

Unbudgeted spending: irked.gif

Ate at home all day: yummy.gif

Did something mindfully frugal: orngbiggrin.gif

----------------------

No-unbudgeted-spending days: 5/23

Mindfully frugal days: 0/23

 

11/7: irked.gif $14: Food out/treat for DH. $135: Groceries and comfort food (budgeted). 

11/8: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries (budgeted) $15. Christmas gift (budgeted): $15. 

11/9: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

11/10: irked.gif Wine: $13. Flowers: $20. Groceries: $40 (budgeted).

11/11: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

11/12: irked.gif Lunch out: $20. Library fine/movie rental: $4. Cheese: $21 (out of grocery budget). Kiva.com: $55.

11/13: thumb.gif yummy.gif Class fee: $20 (budgeted)

11/14: irked.gif Dinner out: $24. Groceries: $39 (out of grocery budget). 

11/15: irked.gif Takeout dinner: $20

11/16: irked.gif Takeout dinner and ice cream: $48. Groceries: $10 (out of grocery budget).

11/17: irked.gif yummy.gif Movie for DD: $20. Groceries: $61. Gas for car: $54.

11/18: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries: $20 (out of grocery budget). 

post #108 of 130

1   :2whistle Ate at Dairy Queen while I had a tire patched.  The repair was free, the errand on the way to work.

2   :throb  No spend

3   shine.gif  DH picking up some groceries

4   shine.gif  Groceries.... aaaand wee little treat.  Not counting that.  It's "groceries".

5   shine.gif

6   :2whistle Ate lunch out with girls.  Some planned spending on crafts stuff and unplanned--both minor.

7   :2whistle 4-H training night.  Picked up some dinner for myself at grocery store deli instead of packing it. 

8   :loveeyes Enrolled girls in gymnastics.  Groceries

9   :throb  No spend

10 :throb

11 shine.gif $14 donation to a little girl's fundraiser.  Small snack.

12 shine.gif Groceries

13 :2whistle mini mart snacks, nothing big but the past-date oreo sale was too much to pass up.

14 :throb No-spend

15 :2whistle Snacks and eat out with girls (about $10--not bad).  Planned Christmas light spending.  Gas.  :sipCoffee. 

16 :throb No spend

17 :throb

18 disappointed.gif Groceries (plus too many cookies).  Planned spending on fleece pants etc.  Plus mall treats.  Not bad, but so hard to keep it tight with the girls along.

post #109 of 130

Lots of food buying.   I picked up a few things for Thanksgiving dinner.  Seems like a lot, but we are still doing fine.  I have $284 left in my food budget and only 11 says left in the month.  Should be a good end to the month as long as I can reign in dh's holiday spending.  His family is joining us for Thanksgiving and he likes to splurge on them. 

 

 

:thumb No spend/budgeted spending

nono.gif Un-budgeted spending

 

November 1 -- :thumb

November 2 -- nono.gif 10.00 pool,  :thumb 129.07 groceries

November 3 -- :thumb

November 4 -- :thumb 60.07 gas for van

November 5 -- :thumb  28.73 groceries

November 6 -- :thumb 24.64 groceries/household

November 7 -- :thumb

November 8 -- :thumb

November 9 -- :thumb

November 10 -- :thumb 149.65 groceries, :thumb desks and lamps for the boys, nono.gif 36.63 lunch

November 11 -- nono.gif 12.75 ice cream for kids

November 12 -- :thumb 48.10 groceries

November 13 -- :thumb 194.00 title and registration for van -- overbudget, but very necessary

November 14 -- :thumb gas for van

November 15 -- :thumb

November 16 -- :thumb  107.58 groceries  nono.gif 22.17 tea and hot chocolate after chilly hike

November 17 -- nono.gif 5.61 frozen yogurt, :thumb 12.92 groceries

November 18 -- :thumb  20.00 bike light for dh, :thumb 17.97 groceries

November 19 -- :thumb 96.92 groceries

November 20

November 21

November 22

November 23

November 24

November 25

November 26

November 27

November 28

November 29

November 30

 

Goals for November:

 

Groceries 615.49/900.00

Gas 2/2 tanks

Register Van ~ 194.00/150.00

post #110 of 130

11/1 - :love no spend

11/2 - :thumb planned spending $46 grocery store, $105 Costco, $28 Elephant Revival ticket

11/3 - :thumb planned spending $4 flowers for a friend's blessingway, $35 gas

11/4 - :love no spend

11/5 - :love no spend

11/6 - duh.gif unplanned spending $2 school lunch for DS, $32 dress for me

11/7 - duh.gif unplanned spending $57 running shoes

11/8 - :love no spend

11/9 - :thumb planned spending $48 groceries, $20 gas

11/10 - duh.gif unplanned spending $2 online music (overage after $20 in amazon gift cards), $17 Savers, $45 tickets to see music (2 nights)

11/11 - :thumb planned spending $251 new windshield; duh.gif unplanned spending $28 new pendant and bindis 

11/12 - :love no spend

11/13 - :love no spend

11/14 - :love no spend

11/15 - :love no spend

11/16 - :thumb planned spending $32 groceries, $25 gas; duh.gif unplanned spending $22 thrift store (returned $15 of it and got store credit), $22 metaphysical store, $87 online shopping, $38 drinks (this is all coming out of my birthday money I'll be getting soon--so much for not pre spending it this year!)

11/17 - duh.gif $10 burger

11/18 - duh.gif $35 dinner

11/19 - duh.gif $5 cookies

 

Good grief.  I need to get a grip.  I'm feeling discontent for some reason and it's making me want to spend a bunch of money.  I think I need to go read some minimalist blogs ;)

post #111 of 130
Thread Starter 

I haven't been on the thread in 10 days.  I've had No-Spend days and Spend days, I wasn't tracking, but I think there were more Spend days than No-Spend hide.gif.  I need to get back on the wagon.  So here's me, on climbing back on.  Hopefully I can finish off the month on a high note.

post #112 of 130

1   :2whistle Ate at Dairy Queen while I had a tire patched.  The repair was free, the errand on the way to work.

2   :throb  No spend

3   shine.gif  DH picking up some groceries

4   shine.gif  Groceries.... aaaand wee little treat.  Not counting that.  It's "groceries".

5   shine.gif

6   :2whistle Ate lunch out with girls.  Some planned spending on crafts stuff and unplanned--both minor.

7   :2whistle 4-H training night.  Picked up some dinner for myself at grocery store deli instead of packing it. 

8   :loveeyes Enrolled girls in gymnastics.  Groceries

9   :throb  No spend

10 :throb

11 shine.gif $14 donation to a little girl's fundraiser.  Small snack.

12 shine.gif Groceries

13 :2whistle mini mart snacks, nothing big but the past-date oreo sale was too much to pass up.

14 :throb No-spend

15 :2whistle Snacks and eat out with girls (about $10--not bad).  Planned Christmas light spending.  Gas.  :sipCoffee. 

16 :throb No spend

17 :throb

18 :2whistleGroceries (plus too many cookies).  Planned spending on fleece pants etc.  Plus mall treats.  Not bad, but so hard to keep it tight with the girls along.

19 shine.gif Groceries.  Girls and I stayed home.

 

Planning on starting Christmas shopping today.  I'm challenging myself to sticking with a budget this year, especially considering we started gymnastics before I really felt flush.  So, here goes the challenge.  Ideal: $300-$400 That is for gifts, but no food for celebrations, or gas for all the extra driving we will be doing.  If I included those, I'd give up before I even started!  But, I am counting tax/shipping.  I am also going to track extra expenses, such as tree, lights, festivals etc, though I don't have a specific budget.  I need to challenge myself without driving myself over a cliff!

 

Gifts: $0/$400

Junk: $13 tree lights

post #113 of 130
Quote:
Originally Posted by honeybee80 View Post
 

Good grief.  I need to get a grip.  I'm feeling discontent for some reason and it's making me want to spend a bunch of money.  I think I need to go read some minimalist blogs ;)

 

I'm right there with you. I've been fantasizing about a new house lately, even though it would take so much work to get this one ready to sell and we just put in garden beds last summer that I love. It's just…this is not what I pictured my forever house being *sigh* So because I can't do anything about the house, I'm feeling a strong need to buy stuff/fix things/spend money. Gah!

post #114 of 130

No-spend!!! Not even on groceries! For me, the key really is just staying the heck home. Kind of hard to do every day though :eyesroll We've tapped out our grocery budget for the month, but that's because we started $200 in the hole from last month. Unfortunately, I'm going to end up going over, but maybe only by $50 or so. I'm trying to get back in the green there, and I think we can get even next month, especially now that I'm couponing successfully again. 

 

Key: 

No unplanned/unbudgeted spending: thumb.gif

Unbudgeted spending: irked.gif

Ate at home all day: yummy.gif

Did something mindfully frugal: orngbiggrin.gif

----------------------

No-unbudgeted-spending days: 6/23

Mindfully frugal days: 0/23

 

11/7: irked.gif $14: Food out/treat for DH. $135: Groceries and comfort food (budgeted). 

11/8: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries (budgeted) $15. Christmas gift (budgeted): $15. 

11/9: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

11/10: irked.gif Wine: $13. Flowers: $20. Groceries: $40 (budgeted).

11/11: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

11/12: irked.gif Lunch out: $20. Library fine/movie rental: $4. Cheese: $21 (out of grocery budget). Kiva.com: $55.

11/13: thumb.gif yummy.gif Class fee: $20 (budgeted)

11/14: irked.gif Dinner out: $24. Groceries: $39 (out of grocery budget). 

11/15: irked.gif Takeout dinner: $20

11/16: irked.gif Takeout dinner and ice cream: $48. Groceries: $10 (out of grocery budget).

11/17: irked.gif yummy.gif Movie for DD: $20. Groceries: $61. Gas for car: $54.

11/18: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries: $20 (out of grocery budget). 

11/19: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

post #115 of 130

1   :2whistle Ate at Dairy Queen while I had a tire patched.  The repair was free, the errand on the way to work.

2   :throb  No spend

3   shine.gif  DH picking up some groceries

4   shine.gif  Groceries.... aaaand wee little treat.  Not counting that.  It's "groceries".

5   shine.gif

6   :2whistle Ate lunch out with girls.  Some planned spending on crafts stuff and unplanned--both minor.

7   :2whistle 4-H training night.  Picked up some dinner for myself at grocery store deli instead of packing it. 

8   :loveeyes Enrolled girls in gymnastics.  Groceries

9   :throb  No spend

10 :throb

11 shine.gif $14 donation to a little girl's fundraiser.  Small snack.

12 shine.gif Groceries

13 :2whistle mini mart snacks, nothing big but the past-date oreo sale was too much to pass up.

14 :throb No-spend

15 :2whistle Snacks and eat out with girls (about $10--not bad).  Planned Christmas light spending.  Gas.  :sipCoffee. 

16 :throb No spend

17 :throb

18 :2whistleGroceries (plus too many cookies).  Planned spending on fleece pants etc.  Plus mall treats.  Not bad, but so hard to keep it tight with the girls along.

19 shine.gif Groceries.  Girls and I stayed home.

20 :2whistle Ate out with dd after a dentist appointment.  Found nice work shirts for dh and a swimsuit for dd at the thrift store.

 

Finding that swimsuit just helped lighten the Christmas gift load a little bit.

 

Gifts: $0/$400

Junk: $13 tree lights

post #116 of 130

11/1 - :love no spend

11/2 - :thumb planned spending $46 grocery store, $105 Costco, $28 Elephant Revival ticket

11/3 - :thumb planned spending $4 flowers for a friend's blessingway, $35 gas

11/4 - :love no spend

11/5 - :love no spend

11/6 - duh.gif unplanned spending $2 school lunch for DS, $32 dress for me

11/7 - duh.gif unplanned spending $57 running shoes

11/8 - :love no spend

11/9 - :thumb planned spending $48 groceries, $20 gas

11/10 - duh.gif unplanned spending $2 online music (overage after $20 in amazon gift cards), $17 Savers, $45 tickets to see music (2 nights)

11/11 - :thumb planned spending $251 new windshield; duh.gif unplanned spending $28 new pendant and bindis 

11/12 - :love no spend

11/13 - :love no spend

11/14 - :love no spend

11/15 - :love no spend

11/16 - :thumb planned spending $32 groceries, $25 gas; duh.gif unplanned spending $22 thrift store (returned $15 of it and got store credit), $22 metaphysical store, $87 online shopping, $38 drinks (this is all coming out of my birthday money I'll be getting soon--so much for not pre spending it this year!)

11/17 - duh.gif $10 burger

11/18 - duh.gif $35 dinner

11/19 - duh.gif $5 cookies

11/20 - :love no spend

 

Yay! :)

post #117 of 130

11/1 - :love no spend

11/2 - :thumb planned spending $46 grocery store, $105 Costco, $28 Elephant Revival ticket

11/3 - :thumb planned spending $4 flowers for a friend's blessingway, $35 gas

11/4 - :love no spend

11/5 - :love no spend

11/6 - duh.gif unplanned spending $2 school lunch for DS, $32 dress for me

11/7 - duh.gif unplanned spending $57 running shoes

11/8 - :love no spend

11/9 - :thumb planned spending $48 groceries, $20 gas

11/10 - duh.gif unplanned spending $2 online music (overage after $20 in amazon gift cards), $17 Savers, $45 tickets to see music (2 nights)

11/11 - :thumb planned spending $251 new windshield; duh.gif unplanned spending $28 new pendant and bindis 

11/12 - :love no spend

11/13 - :love no spend

11/14 - :love no spend

11/15 - :love no spend

11/16 - :thumb planned spending $32 groceries, $25 gas; duh.gif unplanned spending $22 thrift store (returned $15 of it and got store credit), $22 metaphysical store, $87 online shopping, $38 drinks (this is all coming out of my birthday money I'll be getting soon--so much for not pre spending it this year!)

11/17 - duh.gif $10 burger

11/18 - duh.gif $35 dinner

11/19 - duh.gif $5 cookies

11/20 - :love no spend

11/21 - :love no spend

 

Okay, back on the train ;)

post #118 of 130

11/1 - :love no spend

11/2 - :thumb planned spending $46 grocery store, $105 Costco, $28 Elephant Revival ticket

11/3 - :thumb planned spending $4 flowers for a friend's blessingway, $35 gas

11/4 - :love no spend

11/5 - :love no spend

11/6 - duh.gif unplanned spending $2 school lunch for DS, $32 dress for me

11/7 - duh.gif unplanned spending $57 running shoes

11/8 - :love no spend

11/9 - :thumb planned spending $48 groceries, $20 gas

11/10 - duh.gif unplanned spending $2 online music (overage after $20 in amazon gift cards), $17 Savers, $45 tickets to see music (2 nights)

11/11 - :thumb planned spending $251 new windshield; duh.gif unplanned spending $28 new pendant and bindis 

11/12 - :love no spend

11/13 - :love no spend

11/14 - :love no spend

11/15 - :love no spend

11/16 - :thumb planned spending $32 groceries, $25 gas; duh.gif unplanned spending $22 thrift store (returned $15 of it and got store credit), $22 metaphysical store, $87 online shopping, $38 drinks (this is all coming out of my birthday money I'll be getting soon--so much for not pre spending it this year!)

11/17 - duh.gif $10 burger

11/18 - duh.gif $35 dinner

11/19 - duh.gif $5 cookies

11/20 - :love no spend

11/21 - :love no spend

11/22 - :love no spend

 

I'm gonna plan for Sunday to be my spending day this week so that I can stretch my groceries out just a bit (usually it's Saturday).  I had budgeted extra for Thanksgiving food and then I spent it on other stuff, so I'm gonna try to cut down my other food spending for next week so that I have enough cash and don't have to use my credit card again.  I should have some of my gas money leftover to use, too.  I just need to be resourceful and I think I'll be okay.  December needs to get here so I can get my budget back on track!

post #119 of 130

Ate at home all day yesterday, but I spent a few dollars on Kindle books (cheap ones and hopefully helpful, but still unnecessary). I also spent $5 on sausage to go with our tortellini (over grocery budget) and $15 on stocking up on DH's favorite Axe hair products (out of the personal care budget; the tubs normally cost $7 or more each, but with coupons and a sale, I spent $3.50 each :thumb).

 

Today I spent $60 on our co-op registration fee (budgeted), $44 on groceries (over budget but should get us pretty close to the end of the month), $12 on more Axe ($3 each! -- budgeted), and $16 on a small cake and two cupcakes at our favorite bakery :blush (in my defense, it was a hella long, frustrating day, and I needed some carb therapy).

 

Key: 

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: 6/23

Mindfully frugal days: 0/23

 

11/7: irked.gif $14: Food out/treat for DH. $135: Groceries and comfort food (budgeted). 

11/8: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries (budgeted) $15. Christmas gift (budgeted): $15. 

11/9: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

11/10: irked.gif Wine: $13. Flowers: $20. Groceries: $40 (budgeted).

11/11: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

11/12: irked.gif Lunch out: $20. Library fine/movie rental: $4. Cheese: $21 (out of grocery budget). Kiva.com: $55.

11/13: thumb.gif yummy.gif Class fee: $20 (budgeted)

11/14: irked.gif Dinner out: $24. Groceries: $39 (out of grocery budget). 

11/15: irked.gif Takeout dinner: $20

11/16: irked.gif Takeout dinner and ice cream: $48. Groceries: $10 (out of grocery budget).

11/17: irked.gif yummy.gif Movie for DD: $20. Groceries: $61. Gas for car: $54.

11/18: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries: $20 (out of grocery budget). 

11/19: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

11/20: I can't remember! I suspect I spent a few dollars.

11/21: irked.gif yummy.gif Kindle books: $4. Groceries: $5. Hair products: $15 (budgeted)

11/22: irked.gif yummy.gif Co-op registration: $60 (budgeted). Gorceries: $44 (over budget). Hair products: $12 (budgeted). Cake: $16 (definitely not budgeted!).

post #120 of 130

1   :2whistle Ate at Dairy Queen while I had a tire patched.  The repair was free, the errand on the way to work.

2   :throb  No spend

3   shine.gif  DH picking up some groceries

4   shine.gif  Groceries.... aaaand wee little treat.  Not counting that.  It's "groceries".

5   shine.gif

6   :2whistle Ate lunch out with girls.  Some planned spending on crafts stuff and unplanned--both minor.

7   :2whistle 4-H training night.  Picked up some dinner for myself at grocery store deli instead of packing it. 

8   :loveeyes Enrolled girls in gymnastics.  Groceries

9   :throb  No spend

10 :throb

11 shine.gif $14 donation to a little girl's fundraiser.  Small snack.

12 shine.gif Groceries

13 :2whistle mini mart snacks, nothing big but the past-date oreo sale was too much to pass up.

14 :throb No-spend

15 :2whistle Snacks and eat out with girls (about $10--not bad).  Planned Christmas light spending.  Gas.  :sipCoffee. 

16 :throb No spend

17 :throb

18 :2whistleGroceries (plus too many cookies).  Planned spending on fleece pants etc.  Plus mall treats.  Not bad, but so hard to keep it tight with the girls along.

19 shine.gif Groceries.  Girls and I stayed home.

20 :2whistle Ate out with dd after a dentist appointment.  Found nice work shirts for dh and a swimsuit for dd at the thrift store.

21 :throb

22 shine.gif Groceries and planned spending but...... :2whistle Ate lunch out and grabbed a coffee at the coffee stand.

 

Only have one Thanksgiving dinner to go to next week, and it's the closer one.  Woohoo!

 

Gifts: $0/$400

Junk: $13 tree lights

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