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post #561 of 598
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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..
June19.. $67.00 swimsuits, $7.84 McDonald's
June20..
June21..
June22.. $6.00 CareBear Bubblebath
June23..
June24.. $1.00 Coloring Book
June25.. $7.95 McD
June26.. $7.95 McD
June27..
June28..

Yeah!

Frugal Progress:

1. Recommitting myself to no-spend the rest of June AND July
2. Took all cash out of my wallet...that has stopped the McDonald's trips cold
3. CD Eleanor
4. As of today -- WALKING to the park/pool. I saw my neighbor walking her children in a stroller today and I realized I'm using the car every day when I don't really need to.

Two more days in our month, No-Spenders!! Let's power through the month!!!

I'll go start our July thread so it is up and ready for us on Sunday.
post #562 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
June 17-
June 18-
June 19- $5
June 20- $13.82
June 21-
June 22-
June 23-
June 24-
June 25-
June 26- $3
June 27- $56.64
June 28-

Back on track!
post #563 of 598
June 19: $65.52 2 bras on sale (needed b/c I don't have any that fit)and a hoodie on sale at Victorias Secret (didn't need)
June 20:
June 21: $13 on 2 bottles of 7th generation dish soap(on sale) and a deodorant crystal
June 22: $44.97 on gas
June 23: $65- dh bought a desk on craiglist(60) and a 35in. tv for 5 from his warehouse
June24: $4.36 METHOD wood polish
June 25: $13.39 on ebay, bought The Complete Edition of The Tightwad Gazette
June 26: $19.63 wedding gift, $6.53 on-sale OPI nail polish , newspaper subscription $22.23 for a year of Fri-Mon- trying to use more coupons!
June 27:
June 28:
post #564 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
June 18
June 19
June 20
June 21
June 22 $38 on a seafood dinner out
June 23
June 24
June 25
June 26
June 27
June 28

I was all thrilled that I was able to save $300 towards our winter heating oil bill this month but of course yesterday our car decided to need $340 worth of repairs so there goes that. : Well, at least the money was there to use. Sigh.
post #565 of 598
I have crashed this week. I'm not totally dissapointed in myself though, I have managed to save money still and am not throwing in the towel.
June 22: $4 bridge toll $10 cafe $22 zoo
June 23: $15 burritos using my free cash of the week
June 24: $39 gas $3 BART $40 dinner with dh $10 ice cream
June 25: $176 carpet cleaning $30 dr copay
June 26: $14 laundry
June 27: $10 groceries $45 belated father's day dinner with my dad
June 28: $221 groceries
post #566 of 598
Well,not too bad of a day here. I spent about $16 at garage sales this morning and only had about $4 of uneccessary spending at Target -- that's a big deal for me!
post #567 of 598
June 1:
June 2: $2.50 ATM fee, $39.21 dinner out
June 3: $7.02 pizza, $4.31 book for DD at airport
June 4:
June 5: $39.24 groceries
June 6:
June 7: $10 on trash p/u
June 8:
June 9:
June 10:
June 11: $125.48 for groceries; $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, $3.50 for library fines
June 13:
June 14: $3 Father's Day gifts for DH + Step-father, $15-18 dinner out, $275 at Home Depot
June 15:
June 16: $142 on labor to assist w/ bathroom renovation
June 17:
June 18:
June 19: $75.41 on groceries, $20.34 at Home Depot
June 20: $20 gas, $80 labor for painting barn @ old house, $2.37 frosted animal crackers, $32.68 takeout pizza
June 21: Kiddie pool $9.99, library fines $8, coffee for DH $2, $12.34 processed snacks in Target food section, $7.99 lamp for DD's room, $2.34 shower liner, $8.27 shelf paper, $429 Dyson vacuum
June 22:
June 23: $148.74 groceries, $224 flooring installation, $25 CD + cute little canvas bag at Dan Zanes concert, $32.51 takeout lunch
June 24: $137.53 Home Depot, $17.97 shower curtains
June 25:
June 26: $26.67 at Target, $2.14 on ice cream cones, $4 library fines
June 27: $40.27 on gas, $7.88 snacky-groceries, $34.51 dinner out
June 28: $20.49 DD's vitamins, $41.43 other food at the co-op we did not actually NEED, but was on sale (16 oz. organic frozen veg for $1.79)/good buy (gal organic milk reduced to $1.99)/looked yummy (grapes, watermelon...)

June to date: $204.07

Not doing so great the last few days...ready for a fresh start in July. Was so excited to be within budget for grocery/eating out for the month, then ran over seemingly in the blink of an eye (or, more aptly, the swipe of a debit card). Bought good, healthy food at the co-op today, but we had food at home, and I only went in there to buy vitamins (which I told one of the workers as we left with 3 bags - he just laughed). Told DD we would walk tot he farmers market downtown on Saturday, so food spending will probably go a little higher for June.

The library fines stink, and are so my fault. Also have bank fees for forgetting to record some transactions around the time we moved, and thus failing to transfer enough money into the checking account (try to keep most money in higher interest-bearing accounts, which is great until I forget to move it) - have not recorded fees here yet, as I want to go to the bank tomorrow and request they be waived - we are good customers and opening a couple of escrow accounts for rental property - hopefully I can get the fees waived this time.

Here is to a clean slate in July...

Frugal Progress:
* Hung clothes to dry
* Served ILs lunch from food onhand today (instead of ordering something, which I was prepared to do until my husband suggested just going with something in the kitchen)
* My mother bought ice cream cones for DD + me (not technically progress, as did not plan for her to pay - but happy to save $ in my pocket)

Kim
post #568 of 598
21 - Drugstore, $22 - Necessary
22 - Pet Store, $20 - Necessary
22 - Grocery Store, $58 - Necessary
23 - Dinner Out, $16 - Not necessary but important
24 - Gas, $30; Grocery $14 - Necessary
25 -
26 -
27 - $23 for parts to install car seat anchors (Necessary) $10 overdraft fee because I screwed up our checking account :
28 - PAYDAY! $60 for house cleaning, $40 car gas, $119 groceries

I spent a lot today but all budgeted. I bought some things at the store that we don't need (bakery brownies and premade angelfood cake) but I stayed within the budget. So, it's still a good day.

Total - $10
post #569 of 598
I don't think I'll join for July. I'm going on vacation and I *want* to spend. I literally can NOT remember the last time I went on a vacation somewhere. Seriously. : That said, I'm not really the type to go crazy, so I'm sure we'll spend a reasonable amount, not set-you-back-five-years-spending.


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 $44.50 Gas
June 19::
June 20::
June 21::
June 22:Car repairs $230, 2 tank tops and misc bath items $20.
June 23::
June 24: $20 Bought dinner at Cantine to bring to my parents house. I'm undecided on this one. It's a definite splurge, but it's something we can afford right now. My parents are always doing stuff for us and I wanted to do a little something for them.
June 25::
June 26: $43 Groceries
June 27::
June 28:$2.27 for an Arizona Iced Tea. I needed something for work (their water isn't reliable for drinking) plus, now I have a pretty glass bottle to use for drinks in the future. I'm going to put it in "bad spending category, but it's not *really* bad.

Budgeted Spending: $290
Not in Budget but "ok":$497
Bad Spending!: $57.81


Goals achieved:
~paid cash for emergency dental care
~paid cash for Car Insurance in one lump sum instead of spreading it out over the year (I want to lower our monthly bills)
~paid cash for Camping supplies
~paid cash for first round of car repairs
post #570 of 598
6/1-
6/2- $23 ($3 parking at airshow, $20 pizza afterwards)
6/3-
6/4-
6/5-
6/6-
6/7-
6/8- $15 dinner out with friends
6/9-
6/10- $10 birthday cake for DH
6/11-
6/12-
6/13-
6/14-
6/15- $32 for lunch at the zoo
6/16- $7.50 for various Father's Day cards
6/17-
6/18-
6/19-
6/20-
6/21-
6/22- $1.69 Taco Bell Quesadilla
6/23- $13 chinese buffet
6/24- $27 3 shirts at the outlets
6/25- $5 dinner in the food court
6/26-
6/27-
6/28- $4 on a giant Starbucks Iced Latte

Grrrrr, I decided that since I'm stuck covering the overnight shift, I deserve a big delicious coffee to keep me awake. Now all I have is a nervous stomach and a need to pee every 30 minutes. However, I did NOT use my debit card...I used the $10 that I've been carrying around for the last 2 weeks.

I've decided that tomorrow I'm going to use the other $6 to go to the movies. The last time I went to the movies, I was pregnant! I think I'm going to see "A Mighty Heart". Since I work in the news biz, I'm going to call in research

Jason starts his new job on Monday (YAY!!!!), so I'm going to recommit myself to the July challenge. Like I said before, the real challenge is going to start now that we WILL have money in our account!
post #571 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..
June19.. $67.00 swimsuits, $7.84 McDonald's
June20..
June21..
June22.. $6.00 CareBear Bubblebath
June23..
June24.. $1.00 Coloring Book
June25.. $7.95 McD
June26.. $7.95 McD
June27..
June28..
June29.. ____ <--- Insert thumb

Today:

No money in the wallet. Walking to the community pool.

Other than swimming, staying home all day and reconnecting with my laundry.
post #572 of 598
I'm another Thursday Failure too :. Mom wanted to take the kids shopping and asked if I wanted to go. DD really needs clothes as she is shooting up so tall and is outgrowing all her summer clothes. So I spent about $20 at the second hand store (I also got an educational game and a few books).

I should do better today. I need to get to the library and we're going to the IL's for supper tonight. I should be able to avoid any shopping today. I need to!!

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post #573 of 598
Things went to hell in a handbasket for me yesterday too. I ordered two pairs of shoes for about $85, ate lunch out for about $12, then went thrifting (but only spent $5 and it was totally worth it for what I got). But I get paid today, and the new month starts on Sunday, and I just found out that my student loans are being deferred again b/c of my summer credit load, so all in all it's going to be fine.
post #574 of 598
I have to spend some money today. One of our computers at home is not working. I am going to take my computer friend to lunch and see if he can come over to fix it. This will save some money. I feel like this is not really necessary since we have two computers, but I like my mother to have her own computer (she lives with us). This way my kids are not always bugging her to play games and then mess up her room
post #575 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..
June19.. $67.00 swimsuits, $7.84 McDonald's
June20..
June21..
June22.. $6.00 CareBear Bubblebath
June23..
June24.. $1.00 Coloring Book
June25.. $7.95 McD
June26.. $7.95 McD
June27..
June28..
June29..

The ONLY thing that kept me out of McDonald's today was this thread.

I didn't want to come on here and report it.

Thanks guys!
post #576 of 598
Quote:
Originally Posted by maggiemae View Post
I have to spend some money today. One of our computers at home is not working. I am going to take my computer friend to lunch and see if he can come over to fix it. This will save some money. I feel like this is not really necessary since we have two computers, but I like my mother to have her own computer (she lives with us). This way my kids are not always bugging her to play games and then mess up her room
I totally messed up today. My computer friend canceled lunch today, but is still coming to fox my computer tonight. I am going to take him to lunch next week instead. But I still went to lunch today with a coworker and bought both of our lunches (since I talked her into going with me)!!!! $30!!!! I do not have the money for this. I am so disgusted with myself. I did not bring any lunch to work, but I could have scrounged around and found enough to eat. I do have leftovers from today's lunch for tomorrow at least.
post #577 of 598
June 19: $65.52 2 bras on sale (needed b/c I don't have any that fit)and a hoodie on sale at Victorias Secret (didn't need)
June 20:
June 21: $13 on 2 bottles of 7th generation dish soap(on sale) and a deodorant crystal
June 22: $44.97 on gas
June 23: $65- dh bought a desk on craiglist(60) and a 35in. tv for 5 from his warehouse
June24: $4.36 METHOD wood polish
June 25: $13.39 on ebay, bought The Complete Edition of The Tightwad Gazette
June 26: $19.63 wedding gift, $6.53 on-sale OPI nail polish , newspaper subscription $22.23 for a year of Fri-Mon- trying to use more coupons!
June 27:
June 28:
June 29: $5 parking for school orientation
post #578 of 598
June 1:
June 2: $2.50 ATM fee, $39.21 dinner out
June 3: $7.02 pizza, $4.31 book for DD at airport
June 4:
June 5: $39.24 groceries
June 6:
June 7: $10 on trash p/u
June 8:
June 9:
June 10:
June 11: $125.48 for groceries; $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, $3.50 for library fines
June 13:
June 14: $3 Father's Day gifts for DH + Step-father, $15-18 dinner out, $275 at Home Depot
June 15:
June 16: $142 on labor to assist w/ bathroom renovation
June 17:
June 18:
June 19: $75.41 on groceries, $20.34 at Home Depot
June 20: $20 gas, $80 labor for painting barn @ old house, $2.37 frosted animal crackers, $32.68 takeout pizza
June 21: Kiddie pool $9.99, library fines $8, coffee for DH $2, $12.34 processed snacks in Target food section, $7.99 lamp for DD's room, $2.34 shower liner, $8.27 shelf paper, $429 Dyson vacuum
June 22:
June 23: $148.74 groceries, $224 flooring installation, $25 CD + cute little canvas bag at Dan Zanes concert, $32.51 takeout lunch
June 24: $137.53 Home Depot, $17.97 shower curtains
June 25:
June 26: $26.67 at Target, $2.14 on ice cream cones, $4 library fines
June 27: $40.27 on gas, $7.88 snacky-groceries, $34.51 dinner out
June 28: $20.49 DD's vitamins, $41.43 other food at the co-op we did not actually NEED, but was on sale (16 oz. organic frozen veg for $1.79)/good buy (gal organic milk reduced to $1.99)/looked yummy (grapes, watermelon...)
June 29: $7.03 at Co-op (have a special request to bring carrot cake to a party Sat., needed to p/u carrots + canola - should have passed on the TLC crackers). Heard the siren call of Target + headed over there with the kids when we should have been getting ready for bed: $34.99 on microwave, $6.35 processed groceries

June to date: $210.42

Think our big gas savings from moving into town are going to be gobbled up by our increasingly frequent strolls to the co-op natural food store. MUST..work..on..this..in..July!

Kim
post #579 of 598
June 20:
June 21:
June 22:
June 23:
June 24: $33- needed groceries (used $ cashed in from change bowl)
June 25:
June 26: $19- fresh fruit (not budgeted for, but not a huge deal)
June 27:
June 28:
June 29:

Total spent: $52 all on food items, which is pretty good I guess.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post
Rebecca -- Stop being so hard on yourself. Spending money for food is necessary, even if it is food you could have survived without. Think of the money you will be saving on medical bills because your family is healthy and happy. You had an EXCELLENT week!
Thanks. I was just annoyed because I had planned on only spending the cash from our change bowl so we could work on building our bank account balance. I can get some organic fruit at a great price right now, so I'll make sure to include it in our weekly grocery budget.



My accomplishments for the month of June:

1) Stayed home more which helped curb spending, saved lots of gas and made us eat at home. Encouraged revisiting some projects around the house and I spent more time with the kids rather than running errands. I must admit I've been bored a bit at times though :

2) We ate only at home! This is a HUGE deal for me. I think spending only $52 on groceries and eating out of the pantry was pretty good too.

3) We've used up pantry items instead of buying more food, even when I had some friends and all their kids over yesterday (fed lunch to a total of 3 adults and 5 toddlers). I made up a big pot of black bean chili, brown rice, and some oatmeal cookies for incredibly cheap and didn't have to go to the store at all. I made use of all our leftovers this last week also.

3) I know exactly how much money is in our bank account and have a budget planned out for when DH gets paid on Monday. I must admit that I normally just have an "idea" of how much we have which makes it hard to keep track of what we spend. I'm loving being in tight control of our finances right now. It makes me feel like we will be able to meet our goal next year of moving to the country.

4) Switched to drinking water only between meals and made sure to bring drinks and snacks (fruit) when we have left the house. Also much healthier than going to Starbucks all the time too

5) Cutting our electricity and water consumption. I've gone around unplugging things, kept the lights off and tried to minimize our usage.

6) I actually feel much more calm about our finances right now. I was so depressed when I first posted to this thread and now I'm feeling really optimistic. I actually am looking forward to joining the July challenge.

Thanks so much for the support, it really has helped. I'll be joining the next challenge on Monday
post #580 of 598
Thread Starter 
Quote:
I must admit I've been bored a bit at times though
Oh me too. Definitely.

This is something I'm trying to work on myself. Making myself enjoy being ~home~ more.

I'm trying to think up ways to make my homelife more interesting and fun for me.

Because some days being home feels like being at work...I constantly see things that need doing around the house...and getting out feels like escaping that workload.

So I'm with you there. When I stay home, the chores get done and we save money. The trick is finding out how to make staying home more enjoyable. Hmmm...
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