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post #81 of 177
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Originally Posted by melissel View Post
 

 

LOL! We did that after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. We do use the juicer too, but only rarely. I also (not learning my lesson from the juicer) bought a Vitamix after wanting one for years, with every intention of making green smoothies and revolutionizing our diets...until I made a few duh.gif  I'm a water drinker--I don't even drink soda or milk or OJ. So why I thought I would drink fresh juices--and THEN, after I discovered the juices grossed me out, thought I would drink thick, slushy green smoothies!--is absolutely beyond me. 

 

I feel the same way you do when I drink the juices. I can't even get enough down without gagging, and then I feel queasy and bloated for the rest of the day. 

 

Yes, yes, yes.  The juicer I have is the one promoted by the the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead guy.  Dos it help that I bought it on sale?

 

And I have wanted a Vitamix for years.   :o 

 

I am Ruth and I have no willpower when it comes to buying gadgets. 

post #82 of 177

Picked up a thesaurus for dd that she needed for school.   Not a big purchase and I was able to get in and out of the bookstore with a hungry 6 year old and a cranky toddler with a poopy diaper without buying anything else.  I call that a mom win!

 

Editing to add: Dh stopped and filled the tank, so adding that in.

 

 

:thumb no spend/budgeted

nono.gif not in the budget, stupid spending

 

December 31 -- :thumb gas and groceries, nono.gif 3.00 to vacuum out the van, nono.gif 18.50 New Year's Eve trip for ice cream

January 1 -- :thumb

January 2 -- :thumb groceries

January 3 -- :thumb

January 4 -- :thumb 40.00 family day with the inlaws

January 5 -- :thumb

January 6 -- :thumb

January 7 -- :thumb groceries
January 8 -- :thumb

January 9 -- :thumb 5.99 thesaurus for dd, :thumb gas

January 10

January 11

January 12

January 13

 

 

Edited by Ruthiegirl - 1/10/14 at 7:01am
post #83 of 177
Thread Starter 

:throb No spend.

:throb

:throb *Disciplined* spending

shine.gif  Groceries :sipCoffee $2.50 .  Snacks for dd2.  All planned.

:2whistle DH and I ate lunch out, $20

:2whistle Snacks and candy, $6.35

:2whistle Grrr... $8.75

:throb Snacks, $2.38......

shine.gif  Groceries

post #84 of 177

I'm tired and probably missing something really obvious but how do we get our tracking stuff to carry forward into a new post? I tried copy and paste but that didn't work at all. Thanks!

post #85 of 177
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Originally Posted by Ruthiegirl View Post
 

Picked up a thesaurus for dd that she needed for school.   Not a big purchase and I was able to get in and out of the bookstore with a hungry 6 year old and a cranky toddler with a poopy diaper without buying anything else.  I call that a mom win!

 

 

Ruthie, that is a major accomplishment to get out of the store with a hungry 6 year old and cranky toddler.  Nice work!

post #86 of 177

:thumb no spend/budgeted

nono.gif not in the budget, stupid spending

 

January 8 -- :thumb

January 9 -- :thumb I bought a McDonald's sundae for each of the kids after school from my personal cash.  Otherwise, no spending for the day.  Not spending, actually, felt really good.  :)

January 10

January 11

January 12

January 13

 
 
post #87 of 177
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Originally Posted by jakesmama View Post
 

I'm tired and probably missing something really obvious but how do we get our tracking stuff to carry forward into a new post? I tried copy and paste but that didn't work at all. Thanks!

 

I do copy and paste rom my previous thread. Maybe try again? Otherwise, you can also click Quote to reply to your previous thread and just fill in the next day's information, or you can open your previous thread in Edit mode, copy it there, and then paste it into a new reply. 

post #88 of 177
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Originally Posted by ASunny View Post
 

Ruthie, that is a major accomplishment to get out of the store with a hungry 6 year old and cranky toddler.  Nice work!


Thank you for saying so.  It was hard fought.   Our local book store is great, but someone had the bright idea of stocking toys for Christmas this year and now there is a wall of marked-down toys and candy by the entrance.  Gah!

post #89 of 177

Shaping up to be another no-spend day.  The kids are busy with school and activities and I am keeping active.  Keeping myself busy is always good for my budget. 

 

Oh! I cleaned out a section of the garage and found a whole box of fabric and yarn!  So excited.  I have enough to make a quilt and lots of yarn to make....something.  It feels like Christmas all over. 

 

:thumb no spend/budgeted

nono.gif not in the budget, stupid spending

 

December 31 -- :thumb gas and groceries, nono.gif 3.00 to vacuum out the van, nono.gif 18.50 New Year's Eve trip for ice cream

January 1 -- :thumb

January 2 -- :thumb groceries

January 3 -- :thumb

January 4 -- :thumb 40.00 family day with the inlaws

January 5 -- :thumb

January 6 -- :thumb

January 7 -- :thumb groceries
January 8 -- :thumb

January 9 -- :thumb 5.99 thesaurus for dd, :thumb gas

January 10 -- :thumb

January 11

January 12

January 13

January 14

January 15

January 16

January 17

post #90 of 177

So far, so good!! DP ordered a new phone for me to use until I can buy the phone I really want. That will be here next week. It's so hard to be without a phone!

 

Today will be a big grocery shopping day (it's like Old Mother Hubbard in our house!).

 

I can't wait to send in my taxes! Come on, IRS, open up!!

 

ETA today's spending!

 

1st - $10 gas, :love:yum

2nd - $33 Turbo Tax, $40 credit card pymt, $1200 mortgage pymt :love:yum

3rd - 45.47 gas, $15 Starbucks card, 12.21 groceries, 7.99 rx for dd2, paid some utility bills and Netflix :love:yum

4th - 25.73 groceries :love:yum

5th - :love:yum (dp bought us pizza in but this doesn't come out of my budget - sneaky)

6th - $11.30 shipping fees for item sold on Ebay, $30 picking up items to sell :love:yum

7th - :love:yum

8th - 16.49 groceries :love:yum

9th - 10.03 gas :love:yum (SO tempted to eat lunch out - the baby had a GI appt. Went right home and made lunch!)

10th - $54 gas, paid babysitter :love :yum (came so close to ordering dinner in because I'm not feeling well and didn't make it to the grocery store.)

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Edited by jakesmama - 1/10/14 at 10:51pm
post #91 of 177

:love no spending

:thumb budgeted spending

:p no driving/stay home

:( unplanned spending

 

1- :love

2-:thumb Costco & HFS- groceries, diapers & laundry detergent  

3-:love:p 

4-:thumb bought vitamins

5-:thumb:p dh bought groceries

6-:thumb um, more groceries, just what dh forgot yesterday

7-:thumb library fines ($28!!)

8-:love

9- :love

post #92 of 177

It's going to be an off-track few days. DH and I finally decided we can't wait for the last 8 episodes of Breaking Bad to be released on Netflix, so we're watching them on-demand through Amazon. The last two are tonight. (My mind = BLOWN bigeyes.gif) We also got sushi last night, and I'm signing the kids up for homeschool classes today and tomorrow. Some of that is budgeted, some of it is over budget. Also, I got hit with a $25 late fee for my Target card, because I was positive I had paid the bill already. Turned out I had not shake.gif

 

Key: 

No unplanned/unbudgeted spending: thumb.gif

Unbudgeted spending: irked.gif

Ate at home all day: yummy.gif

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No-unbudgeted-spending days: 5/31

 

1/1: irked.gif yummy.gif Sheets: $21. Redbox: $1.30

1/2: thumb.gif yummy.gif Etsy bag: $72. Groceries: $85 (budgeted).

1/3: thumb.gif yummy.gif

1/4: irked.gif School books/slide kit: $65 (budgeted, used GC). Dinner out: $25. Library fines: hammer.gif

1/5: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries: $113 (budgeted).

1/6: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries: $209 (budgeted).

1/7: thumb.gif yummy.gif Student planners: $8 (budgeted). Groceries: $14 (budgeted). Pedeggs: $8 (budgeted). 

1/8: irked.gif yummy.gif DD8's class: $20 (budgeted). ETA: Breaking Bad episodes: $6.

1/9: irked.gif Sushi: $35. Breaking Bad: $6

1/10: 

post #93 of 177
Thread Starter 

1   :throb No spend.

2   :throb

3   :throb *Disciplined* spending

4   shine.gif  Groceries :sipCoffee $2.50 .  Snacks for dd2.  All planned.

5   :2whistle DH and I ate lunch out, $20

6   :2whistle Snacks and candy, $6.35

7   :2whistle Grrr... $8.75

8   :throb Snacks, $2.38......

9   shine.gif  Groceries

10 shine.gif Planned spending.  Family swim.

post #94 of 177
 

:thumb no spend/budgeted

nono.gif not in the budget, stupid spending

 

January 8 -- :thumb

January 9 -- :thumb I bought a McDonald's sundae for each of the kids after school from my personal cash.  Otherwise, no spending for the day.  Not spending, actually, felt really good.  :)

January 10 -:thumb I spent $9.96 on groceries, budgeted, and $17 on a dog license (necessary).  I used my grocery money (we pay in cash) to cover the cost of the dog license.  Like yesterday, it felt good to buying only what was needed and not a bunch of other stuff.  

January 11

January 12

January 13

 
 
post #95 of 177

Key: 

No unplanned/unbudgeted spending: thumb.gif

Unbudgeted spending: irked.gif

Ate at home all day: yummy.gif

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No-unbudgeted-spending days: 5/31

 

1/1: irked.gif yummy.gif Sheets: $21. Redbox: $1.30

1/2: thumb.gif yummy.gif Etsy bag: $72. Groceries: $85 (budgeted).

1/3: thumb.gif yummy.gif

1/4: irked.gif School books/slide kit: $65 (budgeted, used GC). Dinner out: $25. Library fines: hammer.gif

1/5: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries: $113 (budgeted).

1/6: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries: $209 (budgeted).

1/7: thumb.gif yummy.gif Student planners: $8 (budgeted). Groceries: $14 (budgeted). Pedeggs: $8 (budgeted). 

1/8: irked.gif yummy.gif DD8's class: $20 (budgeted). ETA: Breaking Bad episodes: $6.

1/9: irked.gif Sushi: $35. Breaking Bad: $6.

1/10: irked.gif yummy.gif Seeds for the garden: $46. Breaking Bad: $4.

1/11: 

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post #96 of 177

Well, it's the 11th & we have already spent half our grocery fund. I really hope we can pull this off this month. My dh did have some extra hours this paycheck but I would love to put that in savings! We eat too much!

 

 

:love no spending

:thumb budgeted spending

:p no driving/stay home

:( unplanned spending

 

1- :love

2-:thumb Costco & HFS- groceries, diapers & laundry detergent  

3-:love:p 

4-:thumb bought vitamins

5-:thumb:p dh bought groceries

6-:thumb um, more groceries, just what dh forgot yesterday

7-:thumb library fines ($28!!)

8-:love

9- :love

10-:thumb:pdh got groceries

11-:thumb hfs groceries, stocked up on GF bread on sale

12-

post #97 of 177

I took the girls and a friend out for a movie and burritos (man, movies are expensive these days). Today and tomorrow should be nice and quiet though!

 

Key: 

No unplanned/unbudgeted spending: thumb.gif

Unbudgeted spending: irked.gif

Ate at home all day: yummy.gif

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

No-unbudgeted-spending days: 5/31

 

1/1: irked.gif yummy.gif Sheets: $21. Redbox: $1.30

1/2: thumb.gif yummy.gif Etsy bag: $72. Groceries: $85 (budgeted).

1/3: thumb.gif yummy.gif

1/4: irked.gif School books/slide kit: $65 (budgeted, used GC). Dinner out: $25. Library fines: hammer.gif

1/5: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries: $113 (budgeted).

1/6: thumb.gif yummy.gif Groceries: $209 (budgeted).

1/7: thumb.gif yummy.gif Student planners: $8 (budgeted). Groceries: $14 (budgeted). Pedeggs: $8 (budgeted). 

1/8: irked.gif yummy.gif DD8's class: $20 (budgeted). ETA: Breaking Bad episodes: $6.

1/9: irked.gif Sushi: $35. Breaking Bad: $6.

1/10: irked.gif yummy.gif Seeds for the garden: $46. Breaking Bad: $4.

1/11: irked.gif Movie+snacks: $52. Dinner: $30. 

1/12: 

1/13: 

1/14: 

1/15: 

post #98 of 177
Thread Starter 

1   :throb No spend.

2   :throb

3   :throb *Disciplined* spending

4   shine.gif  Groceries :sipCoffee $2.50 .  Snacks for dd2.  All planned.

5   :2whistle DH and I ate lunch out, $20

6   :2whistle Snacks and candy, $6.35

7   :2whistle Grrr... $8.75

8   :throb Snacks, $2.38......

9   shine.gif  Groceries

10 shine.gif Planned spending.  Family swim.

11 :throb No spend

 

Except I got more library fines.  I just paid $27 to clear the fines on all four cards, and I already have over $2 on mine ($10 limit, and I have paid $36 early last year to clear them).  I think I know what I'm doing wrong, finally.  I'm checking the next dues dates on the non-renewed books and writing that down, then fail to check the due dates on the newly renewed materials.  The movies only check out for a week, and that's what's getting me.  Ah, well.  Even if I figured this out, I'd still be racking up the fines I'm afraid.  Hopefully it will take us a year this time to get to our limits.  I paid the last fines right at the New Year, so that should be easy to remember.

post #99 of 177

Dh took the older kids to see The Hobbit yesterday.  We have been promising to take them since it came out.  And yes, I agree with Melissel...movies are expensive. 

 

Today will be a no-spend. 

 

 

:thumb no spend/budgeted

nono.gif not in the budget, stupid spending

 

December 31 -- :thumb gas and groceries, nono.gif 3.00 to vacuum out the van, nono.gif 18.50 New Year's Eve trip for ice cream

January 1 -- :thumb

January 2 -- :thumb groceries

January 3 -- :thumb

January 4 -- :thumb 40.00 family day with the inlaws

January 5 -- :thumb

January 6 -- :thumb

January 7 -- :thumb groceries
January 8 -- :thumb

January 9 -- :thumb 5.99 thesaurus for dd, :thumb gas

January 10 -- :thumb

January 11 -- nono.gif  36.75 movie and popcorn

January 12 -- :thumb

January 13

January 14

January 15

January 16

January 17

post #100 of 177

I took my kids to see The Hobbit too.  It was expensive.  But I was glad we did it : )    We usually wait and see movies at home, but it was totally worth it.  Otherwise continuing my no spend month.

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