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post #401 of 598
Thread Starter 
June 1.. $8.50 diaper
June 2.. $13.00 garage sale
June 3.. $244.15 ticket
June 4..
June 5..
June 6..
June 7.. $18.00 state park pass
June 8..
June 9.. $4.34 McDonalds
June10..
June11..
June12..
June13..
June14..
June15.. $7.87 McDonald's
June16..

It is birthday party season around here, so we went to a birthday party and then a BBQ.

I re-gifted some art supplies that my daughter received as a gift at Christmas -- I'm anal about cleanliness so I don't allow any painting or stamping or markers in my house (she does plenty of art at preschool) -- and the Birthday Girl's Mom specifically asked for art stuff...so it was a perfect (and free) way to pass those things along.

We went with the kids to a park in the morning and in the afternoon we picked strawberries at our CSA since today was u-pick day.

It was truly one of the funnest days I've had in a long time...and it cost us nothing. Friends really do make the world an enjoyable place.

I'll have to remember that when I want to go on a spending spree to make myself feel better.
post #402 of 598
Thread Starter 
Let's not talk about the McDonald's slip up yesterday.

I'm forgetting about it and moving on.
post #403 of 598
June 1:
June 2: $2.50 ATM fee (poor planning), $39.21 dinner out (so-so food + crummy service)
June 3: $7.02 pizza, $4.31 book for DD at airport (had snacks, so pizza was definitely not a need)
June 4:
June 5: $39.24 groceries (all "real" food - paused in front of a pink cake mix DD likes, arm outstretched, but then kept walking)
June 6: spent $ today, but all for work, so will be reimbursed
June 7: $10 paid younger brother to take household trash to the dump for us b/c our schedules were really busy this week + shared transfer station is nearly 30 min. away (thank goodness we will have trash pick-up after moving into our new old house later this month)
June 8:
June 9:
June 10:
June 11: $125.48 for groceries - trying to spend $100 or less per week - way under last week, so okay for month thus far; $20 tickets to see Dan Zanes - DD 3 is SO excited, should be a great show + benefits a local soup kitchen, so all good
June 12: $42.75 for gas (looking forward to HUGE decrease in gas budget when we move downtown in a few weeks), $3.50 for library fines
June 13:
June 14: $3 Father's Day gifts for DH + Step-father (EMS socks, LL Bean lunchbag, + LL Bean fleece jacket - used $10 EMS coupon got in mail + $20 LL Bean coupons), $15-18 dinner out, $275 at Home Depot (necessary stuff to finish bathroom renovation)
June 15:
June 16: $142 on labor to assist w/ bathroom renovation

June to date: $66.54


Kim
post #404 of 598
June 1-
June 2-
June 3-
June 4- $30.41
June 5-
June 6-
June 7- $36.91
June 8- $85
June 9-
June 10- $14.46
June 11-
June 12- $70.77
June 13- $40
June 14-
June 15-
June 16- $20 on lunch/shower gift

I did buy Father's Day gifts today, but that, to me, is not unnecessary spending, so I'm not counting it.

Tomorrow should be a good day. I rarely ever go out on Sundays; that day is for church and family fellowship.
post #405 of 598
1 - 34 (2.50 for unnecessary fudge)
2 -
3 -
4 - 123 (90 for groceries and 33 for stuff for new dog. i'm hoping to get to the middle of next week before buying more groceries.)
5 - 26 more stuff for new dog
6 - 65 more groceries (b-day this weekend, some unnecessary stuff)
7 -
8 -
9 - 4 (petting zoo for dd's bday on 10)
10 - happy birthday to me & dd!
11 -
12 - 16 groceries, 55 more "groceries" after : with hubby (includes gluten-free cookies, dark chocolate chips and m&m-like candies - all organic)
13 -
14 -
15 - 118 (103 groceries, including 7 for father's day cards, 6 stamps, 9 Chinese food for dh but he just got interviewed for 2 promotions, was offered one job & will have second interview for the other)
16 -
17 -

running total: 441

frugal progress: hmmmm, i can't think of any...

sarah
post #406 of 598
Thread Starter 
June 1.. $8.50 diaper
June 2.. $13.00 garage sale
June 3.. $244.15 ticket
June 4..
June 5..
June 6..
June 7.. $18.00 state park pass
June 8..
June 9.. $4.34 McDonalds
June10..
June11..
June12..
June13..
June14..
June15.. $7.87 McDonald's
June16..
June17..

post #407 of 598
Updating for yesterday:

June 1:
June 2: $50 wedding gift
June 3:
June 4: $16.13 lunch with my mom. $60 digital voice recorder, $20 gas
June 5:
June 6: $48 wine, $61 wine, $77.40 wine
June 7: $31.35 dinner with my cousin and her fiancee, $8.29 beer,
June 8: $26.75 rental car gas. $37 wine
June 9: $26 rental car gas, $152.55 car rental, $11.80 for salad and beer in airport, $2.01 for gum and postcard in airport
June 10:
June 11: $5 coffee & pastry
June 12: $4.45 coffee & pastry, $7 lunch, $3.50 ATM fees
June 13:
June 14:
June 16: $11 lunch, $18 library fines
June 17: $4.54 McDonalds

Running total: -$681.77

Frugal progress: I echo what Prudence said about McDonald's--gonna let it go and move on. In the real progress column, though, my partner and I sat down and had a mid-month going over of our joint budget (what I am tracking here is my personal budget), and we're on track there for the first time in months. The only category we're over in is dog spending, and that's because we filled six months worth of one dog med and three months of another. So I feel good about that.
post #408 of 598
June 1
June 2
June 3
June 4
June 5
June 6
June 7
June 8
June 9
June 10
June 11
June 12 :
June 13
June 14
June 15
June 16
June 17

DD and I did have a bit of an indulgance yesterday that I am not going to give up my thumb for. I made a promise to my daughter I was going to keep that involved spending a little money
post #409 of 598
Thread Starter 
Okay, Ladies, Monday is rolling around again.

Let's make this next week a blue thumb week -- keep that money at home where it helps your family.

Save hard! Save hard! you can do it.
post #410 of 598
June 1:
June 2: $2.50 ATM fee (poor planning), $39.21 dinner out (so-so food + crummy service)
June 3: $7.02 pizza, $4.31 book for DD at airport (had snacks, so pizza was definitely not a need)
June 4:
June 5: $39.24 groceries (all "real" food - paused in front of a pink cake mix DD likes, arm outstretched, but then kept walking)
June 6: spent $ today, but all for work, so will be reimbursed
June 7: $10 paid younger brother to take household trash to the dump for us b/c our schedules were really busy this week + shared transfer station is nearly 30 min. away (thank goodness we will have trash pick-up after moving into our new old house later this month)
June 8:
June 9:
June 10:
June 11: $125.48 for groceries - trying to spend $100 or less per week - way under last week, so okay for month thus far; $20 tickets to see Dan Zanes - DD 3 is SO excited, should be a great show + benefits a local soup kitchen, so all good
June 12: $42.75 for gas (looking forward to HUGE decrease in gas budget when we move downtown in a few weeks), $3.50 for library fines
June 13:
June 14: $3 Father's Day gifts for DH + Step-father (EMS socks, LL Bean lunchbag, + LL Bean fleece jacket - used $10 EMS coupon got in mail + $20 LL Bean coupons), $15-18 dinner out, $275 at Home Depot (necessary stuff to finish bathroom renovation)
June 15:
June 16: $142 on labor to assist w/ bathroom renovation
June 17:
June 18:

June to date: $66.54

This week is going to be challenging as: a) we have an extra child for the week (2yo dear niece), b) we are moving in the 2nd half of the week, c) boss for pt woh position will be on vacation + I need to take on some additional duties, and d) launching inaugural meeting of new parenting group I co-founded. Must fight the urge to fall back on takeout, over processed snacks, etc.

Kim
post #411 of 598
June 1
June 2
June 3
June 4
June 5
June 6 $13-fabric & storage bins
June 7
June 8
June 9 $8 -Wendy's & pillowform
June 10
June 11
June 12
June 13
June 14
June 15
June 16 $19- Chinese food
June 17
post #412 of 598
June 16: $43 gas Put $650 in the savings account!!!
June 17: not good at all, spent $90 on father's day dinner, if I exclude dh's and my "free" $20/week that's $50 overspending, oh, plus ice cream for $12, upping that to $62 overspent ($3 BART, public transit)
post #413 of 598
June 13: :
June 14: 7$ book 10$ rite aid
June 15: :
June 16: 23$ on food out
June 17: 26$ on groceries to cook father's day dinner request at home

(mother's day we ate out and it cost us like 80$ and it didnt taste as good as our homemade meal tonight!)
post #414 of 598
June 1st: Tim Horton's coffee me $1.55
June 2nd: Garage sale finds $22.50, McDonald's $12.49
June 3rd::
June 4th::
June 5th::
June 6: $3.50 Parking at hospital (I have a new nephew!!!!!), Grocery shopping $70, Camping supplies for vacation $25
June 7::
June 8: $28 Pharmacy, $7 Misc, $36 KFC
June 9::
June 10: $35 Anniversary dinner
June 11:$16.50 pharmacy $3.50 Hair dye
June 12::
June 13:$3.50 Garden seeds
June 14::
June 15: $75 Groceries, $25 Misc, $20 Camping Gear, $2.50 Garden (Dirt)
June 16::
June 17:$2 Junior mints and popsicles
June 18:$96 Dentist (cost of initial checkup, and 2 apts for root canal. Thank God for dental insurance otherwise it would have cost $700.) $44.50 Gas (My gas light went on it was so low! That's only happened twice before in 3 years.)


Budgeted Spending: $247
Not in Budget but "ok":$227
Bad Spending!: $55.54
post #415 of 598
Good weekend here! Saturday I went into the grocery store for milk and only came out with 2 gallons of milk! That is a huge victory! It helped that I had all three kids with me and I needed to be quick, but still. I did get Dh a DQ cake for Father's Day, but I don't consider that unnecessary.

Sunday was a no spend day and great -- we spent a ton of time at my parents' house and the kids got to swim and have fun for hours. Not to mention the great food and the extra steak and brownies my mom sent home with us .

Today should be a good day, no plans to leave the house. I have a meal coming from a woman in my moms group too, so more great food to add to the fridge.
post #416 of 598
Yesterday was my SPEND DAY. Yes, I get one per month (okay, actually I split it between Saturday and Sunday this month). After DH gets paid, which is on the 15th. I went out Saturday alone for a few errands and then again on Sunday with only the two littles in tow, and we did the month's grocery shopping, which I posted here: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...43&postcount=5

All in all I didn't do too bad. Last month was a pretty strict no-spend month for us, and I skimped when I did our month shopping and ended up with us feeling deprived the last week of the month. It was not fun and I decided to loosen up a teeeeeeny bit.

Many, many things we use are on sale this month. Some things we only buy when they go on sale, are on sale. DH and I are making it a priority this month to stock up on these things so we will save. Of course we're only paying cash for them (once upon a time, I actually *charged* things I wanted to stock up on at a discount - how twisted is that logic?!?)

Here are my confessions: Deli meat, which we stretched over three days, to mitigate that "deprivation" everyone was complaining about. A pint of soy ice cream which I bought for myself and promptly devoured. A bag of Tings and a bottle of juice which I split with the girls during the first half of our shopping trip, and a bag of GF cookies which we split during the second half. (I cannot believe I bought cookies, but really I think they were more for ME, to get ME through our errands - still, inexcusable. My kids pretty much never get cookies so this was very unusual for us.) I also bought almond milk (on sale) to make myself secret delicious mama-drinks...not something I usually let myself do, but...well, I was weak, I guess; I have no excuse.

And my non-grocery confession: I impulse-bought a special brush to clean my dryer lint slot with (and can be used for the back of the fridge, also) - something I've wanted for years, but who knows if I will really use it. OH! Also, I forgot, I went into the shoe store (I never do this) and tried on some wonderful shoes that I'm thinking I might buy eventually, but I wasn't even tempted to walk out with them and I'm waiting to see them cheap online before I consider buying them.

One more thing I wanted to share (good) - I found it really easy to stay on target! I went into nine stores this weekend and I stuck pretty closely to my list - and when I was faced with things that weren't on my list I found it easier than ever to figure out if it was a smart purchase or not. I am hardly regretting anything I bought all weekend, other than that dryer lint brush, but if y'all convince me they're stupid perhaps I could still return it. I used to be the girl who couldn't resist buying something if I even *thought* I might need it sometime. I can see I've really changed, and it's nice to have confirmation of that.

It's obvious from my grocery list that I continue to value organic and local over paying lower prices. I need to work on feeling good about my choices and not second-guessing them. If I can't have it both ways (cheap *and* organic/local), and I usually can't, I just need to make up my mind and feel good about it.

So. Now I'm done for another month. Just gotta pay for the bulk stuff I ordered, set aside some cash for PYO strawberries, and use as little gas as possible.
post #417 of 598
June 17-

After church we hung out at my parent's house all day. My grandmother and my sister came over. Had a lot of fun; it was a good day!

June 18-

Haven't even left the house today. Doesn't that make for an easy no spend day!

Carla--I am trying your pizza dough recipe today! Wish me luck!
post #418 of 598
Thread Starter 
June 1.. $8.50 diaper
June 2.. $13.00 garage sale
June 3.. $244.15 ticket
June 4..
June 5..
June 6..
June 7.. $18.00 state park pass
June 8..
June 9.. $4.34 McDonalds
June10..
June11..
June12..
June13..
June14..
June15.. $7.87 McDonald's
June16..
June17..
June18..

We're going out to PYO strawberries this afternoon, but I've decided to take Amanda's stance on that...I can't buy cheap and local/organic so I'm making a choice to pay more money for strawberries in season.

I'm planning to pick a bunch and freeze them for smoothies later in the year.

Amanda -- return that dryer lint brush! (you know you are leaning that way anyway)

Frugal Progress:

1. CD Eleanor
2. Took no money into Burlington this morning
3. Returned a big pile of library books to avoid the fines
post #419 of 598
Thread Starter 
It has been 17 days since I bought a diaper!

Is it possible my diaper-buying addiction is over?

Oh...please please please please please...I really do hope so.

At 21 days, I'm changing my siggie.
post #420 of 598
Bah. In a nasty mood and needed special food, so I splurged.

June 1:
June 2: $50 wedding gift
June 3:
June 4: $16.13 lunch with my mom. $60 digital voice recorder, $20 gas
June 5:
June 6: $48 wine, $61 wine, $77.40 wine
June 7: $31.35 dinner with my cousin and her fiancee, $8.29 beer,
June 8: $26.75 rental car gas. $37 wine
June 9: $26 rental car gas, $152.55 car rental, $11.80 for salad and beer in airport, $2.01 for gum and postcard in airport
June 10:
June 11: $5 coffee & pastry
June 12: $4.45 coffee & pastry, $7 lunch, $3.50 ATM fees
June 13:
June 14:
June 15: $11 lunch, $18 library fines
June 16: $4.54 McDonalds
June 17:
June 18: $2.91 pizza, $1.25 ice cream bar


Running total: -$685.93

Frugal progress: Brought my own soda to work instead of getting one from the vending machine, didn't buy coffee this morning even though I wanted to.
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