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post #261 of 1040
Yay! My first no-spend day! It wasn't easy... several times I found myself thinking "Oh, I'll just run out and get ." The impressive thing is I stopped myself!


2/01 , $124.77 Groceries, $12.28 household, $13.36 Razors:
2/02 , $46.92 Gas, $57.69 Household, $7.95 Dairy Queen for me and DD12), $3.20 Sees Chocolates (DH & DD9)
2/03

Goals:
No spend days: 1/17
Eating out days: 0/6
No CC use: 0/29
Unbudgeted spending: $11.15/0
Track "wants" spending: $34.37

Groceries: $124.77/$550
Household: $$69.97/$200
Gas: $46.92/$160
Eating out: 0/$70

No spend day:
Budgeted spending:
Spend Day (unbudgeted, unnecessary):
Unbudgeted, but necessary:

I want to be proud of my spending choices
post #262 of 1040
Congratulations Ruthiegirl!!!! Wow! I, too, am impressed at how together you are so soon after having a baby!

I hope that all continues to go well with your family!
post #263 of 1040
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Originally Posted by monkey's mom View Post
Yes, Congrats!!

Did he see his shadow?
post #264 of 1040
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Originally Posted by New Mama View Post
Congratulations! I'm so impressed that you literally JUST had a baby and you're still keeping track of spending. I think I lost track of budgeting for about, oh, a year after my son was born.
I am a little shocked too! This is our third and the birth was incredibly fast and uncomplicated. My other two beat me up a bit more, but this babe just slipped right into the world and was easy on me.

And we really need to track our spending. We have spent a lot getting prepared to be a bigger family -- we bought a used minivan, so now I am rolling a car payment into our budget. We'll be fine, but I need to keep it tight if I want to keep paying down our debt on schedule.

And thanks for all the kind words everyone! I am in baby heaven.
post #265 of 1040
I am going to try an do this, I want to see how much we spend, and try and do better.

2/1 2.85 Cough drops for DH, 6.92 movies, but DH was sick
2/2
2/3 23.25 groceries




Key
No Spend
Spent, but there was no way around it
Not necessary, totally just throwing money out the window
post #266 of 1040
Here's mine...

2/1 $65 groceries, $7 dining out
2/2 $63 groceries, $51 Vet
2/3 $74 groceries
2/4 $100 Chiropractor, $5 entertainment
Not doing too well so far... I'll try harder tomorrow!
2/5
2/6
2/7
2/8
2/9
post #267 of 1040
I am catching up

2/1 - 182.28 (Walmart) - on groceries, shower gifts, medicine for sick DS
2/2 - 17.36 (Fred's) - went trying to figure out their coupon doubling policy - took DH and DS and we spent more than I expected
2/3 - 12.54 - additional part of wedding shower expenses


Kim


Legend:
- No spend day
- Spend - planned and necessary
- Spend - unplanned and unnecessary

Goals:
$500 - groceries and household items
10/29 - no spend days
post #268 of 1040
2/01
2/02 : $1 baby gift crafting book plus seafood restaurant and a few groceries.
2/03 -Chinese take out

Well, two dinners out this weekend was not what I had planned. That leaves us with just three more for the month!

My Key:
No Spend Days:
Spending Within Budget:
Frivolous Spending: :

Goals for February
1/17 true no spend days
2/5 take out/dinners out
1/$100 personal unnecessary spending
$16/$500 groceries
Pay off the credit cards (that will take about $500)
post #269 of 1040
2/1 (No spend thanks to or department boss buying lunch!)
2/2 : $43 on CC at jewelry party, ugh
2/3
post #270 of 1040
Planned spending again yesterday. 1 hr decluttering.

2/1 No Spend
2/2 $174.94 groceries; $50 household (Costco membership)
2/3 $43.00 donations; $86.69 groceries; $53.24 gifts for Valentines Day (budgeted)
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2/28
2/29

Today I will be paying for monthly bowling leauge fees, kids allowances and gas for van. I also plan to declutter for 1 hour.

Jill

My Plan

Groceries: $261.63/$750
Household: $50/$150
Gas: $0/$200
Coffee: $0/$25
Frivolous Spending: $0/$100
Birthday for DS #2: $0/$50
15 no spend days: 1/15
25 no stores days (grocery or Big Box): 1/25
No Credit Cards: 3/29
2x eat out with hubby and/or kids: 0/2
22 hrs decluttering: 2/22
post #271 of 1040
Thread Starter 
Congratulations RuthieGirl!!!!! That is wonderful news!

This baby will be my third too and I'm hoping she slips into the world easily too

I can't wait to be resting on the couch holding a new little baby in my arms!!! This baby is due in June.
post #272 of 1040
Can I forget that yesterday ever happened? Ugh! The story is this, we have a guinea pig and her cage is too small. Also she is lonely and needs a friend as they are very social. Did I mention her cage is too small? Anyway I have been watching Craig's List for months looking for a new larger guinea pig cage. Yesterday I found one and it was new in the box for $30.00 instead of the $80 it costs retail. So I made plans to go pick it up after our planned costco trip.

We went to costco and spent $130 (budgeted) on groceries/household and $7.50 unbudgeted on a new shirt for me. Then we left and picked up the (really nice!) cage and dh points out that we don't have enough litter to fill it. So off to the pet store we go, would you like to guess who came home with an unbudgeted new piggy to keep ours company? Soo $60 at the pet store.

By now everything had taken so long that there was no way to get home (nearly an hour away) in time to get dinner ready and eaten before the kids bed time so we ate out to the tune of $25.00.

Boy when I blow it I really blow it huh?

so here's how it looks broken into the budget.
Groceries/household 150/250
Pet supplies 140/100
personal/misc. 32.50/100
post #273 of 1040
Staying home today. I do need bread, but am going to try to make some instead of buying it. Wish me luck!

1st $186 food; ate out w/ DSD $30
2nd $36 thrift store; $1.73 coffee
3rd :
4th :

Goals:
Food: $186/$550
Eating out: $30
Gas: $0/$200
Diapers: $0/$60
Trip to NYC for interview: $0/$50
Misc.: $38/$40

Total Spent this Month: $216/$900

True No-Spend: : Spending Within Budget: Over Budget:


2/20 No Spend Days!!!
post #274 of 1040
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Can I forget that yesterday ever happened? Ugh! The story is this, we have a guinea pig and her cage is too small. Also she is lonely and needs a friend as they are very social. Did I mention her cage is too small? Anyway I have been watching Craig's List for months looking for a new larger guinea pig cage. Yesterday I found one and it was new in the box for $30.00 instead of the $80 it costs retail. So I made plans to go pick it up after our planned costco trip.
Aw, that's okay. You're giving your guinea pig a happier life. Quality of life stuff like that is completely worth it!

I did the same thing with my parakeets a few months ago. They had a larger cage than most that I see...but then online I saw an even bigger and better one (it's quite huge, for parakeets). They're in there right now, not all cooped up, and it's worth it a million times over because they're happier!
post #275 of 1040
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Originally Posted by MissLotus View Post
Aw, that's okay. You're giving your guinea pig a happier life. Quality of life stuff like that is completely worth it!

I did the same thing with my parakeets a few months ago. They had a larger cage than most that I see...but then online I saw an even bigger and better one (it's quite huge, for parakeets). They're in there right now, not all cooped up, and it's worth it a million times over because they're happier!
We are very close to spending money on our goldfish. : : I didn't expect them to live very long, so of course they are robust, huge and much too big for their tank.

The kids adore the fish and have taken very good care of them, so I owe them a better tank. Just need to find a cheap one.
post #276 of 1040
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There's nothing like a sick child to keep you home and out of the stores. Ugh.

On a happier note, congratulations Ruthiegirl!!! Best wishes to you and your family!
post #277 of 1040
Hi... I hope it's not to late to join... I just realized yesterday that I've been spending waaaay too much on junk!

I'm aquarian... I'm not a mom, but I am married to a wonderful guy. And I have a craigslist addiction.

My plan is to stay out of the dollar/plant/thrift stores during lunch. No emailing 'just to see' about craigslist items. I'll let you all know how it goes.
post #278 of 1040
OK can someone tell me how to save my post so that the smilies STAY??? Please????
post #279 of 1040
February:
02/01 $20 Lunch at McDonalds for four (Pre-planned school event) (NO STORE day) $15.00 Movies (Budgeted)
02/02 $10 basketball game(planned) $45 Joann's (budgeted) $1 pack of gum $4.20 Tolls $75 MADE at Murder Mystery Dinner Theater (YAY ME!!)
02/03


Goals:
29/29 Save ALL receipts.
15/29 Stay out of all stores
14/29 true no-spend days
/$50 social spending
Money earned by *me*
Save anything possible this month.
Track $/$0 out of budget spending

Key:
= True no-spend
= Spending within budget
= Un-budgeted, but necessary
= "Bad Girl" spending (un-budgeted and unnecessary)

hmmmm........
post #280 of 1040
2/1 Costco $395 - ughhh groceries beer/wine and undies
2/2 $0
2/3 $10 my dh spend at bar for super bowl
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