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post #541 of 703
Goals:
6/15 Days no spending at ALL
13/30 Days no frivolous spending on self
3/3 No Drive days *Meeting this goal was easier than I thought it would be!!!*

Frivolous spending total so far: $22.43


4/01~ Spent nothing
4/02~ Responsible spending: $21.49 pooper-scooper, $23.34 grocery store
4/03~ Spent nothing
4/04~ Responsible spending: $2.99 teacher’s bday card, $1.59 *fancy coffee drink @ work*
4/05~ Responsible spending: $39.10 Grocery Store, $90.04 Trader Joes
4/06~ Spent nothing! Drove nowhere!

Week one spending: $178.55

4/07~ Responsible spending: $31.24 Target, $8.13 Grocery store
4/08~ Frivolous spending: $5.25 Jackson’s Java, Responsible spending: $10.50 Kinkos
4/09~ Frivolous spending: $4.69 Jackson's Java
4/10~ Spent Nothing! Drove nowhere!
4/11~ Frivolous spending: $3.22 grilled cheese at work! Responsible spending: $1.59 weekly mocha at work, $52.31 Groceries
4/12~ Frivolous spending: $3.79 on a mocha. Starting to see a pattern here…
4/13~ Responsible Spending: $52.52 gas

Week two spending: $173.24

4/14~ Responsible Spending: Groceries - $52.98 Trader Joes, $48.77 HTs; Cat food - $9.92; Aveda - $25.74 (yes, necessities!)
4/15~ Spent nothing!
4/16~ Responsible Spending: $4.29 Kinko's, $14.20 Groceries
4/17~ Spent nothing! Drove nowhere!
4/18~ Frivolous spending: $5.48 cafe at work Responsible spending: $1.59 mocha (permitted), $6.97 dog food, $16.06 Target
post #542 of 703
4/1:
4/2:
4/3: :
4/4:
4/5: :
4/6:
4/7: Plus I got an unexpected check. LOL
4/8: :
4/9:
4/10: bowling
4/11:
4/12:
4/13: : dinner meeting
4/14:
4/15: : Avon order
4/16:
4/17:
4/18:

Since there are only 12 days left in the month, I'm not going to make my no spend goal, but I'm not doing as poorly as I thought I'd be at this point.

Yay for depression!

Goals:

no spend days: 23/30 (not including groceries) ---> 10/23
gas: $100 budgeted for month --->$81
household: $50 budgeted for month --->$41
business: I'd like to make at least $50 this month --->$0
eating out: 2/30 ---> 1/2

Key:
: eating out
: paid bills
: spent $ unnecessarily
: made some $$$
stayed on budget
spent money non-budgeted, but not nec. unnecessary
post #543 of 703
04/01 - no spend
04/02 - no spend
04/03 - no spend
04/04 - whole foods $25
04/05 - no spend
04/06 - no spend
04/07 - no spend
04/08 - no spend
04/09 - whole foods $20
04/10 - no spend
04/11 - no spend
04/12 - no spend
04/13 - Trader Joe's $65
04/14 - CVS $15
04/15 - Groceries $5
04/16 - Eat out (only me) $11, Groceries (not really planned) $15
04/17 - No Spend Day!! Yay!
04/18 - no spend

Okay, today would be the day for me to spend a lot of money (I'm going shopping for dd's spring/summer clothes). I hope I can resist the temptation to buy things I don't need. Wish me luck!
post #544 of 703
Fingers crosses for at least 1 this weekend...

Kim

April 1:
April 2: parking ticket + library fine
April 3:
April 4:
April 5:
April 6:
April 7:
April 8:
April 9:
April 10:
April 11:
April 12: Adopted 2 cats - not in budget (but not frivolous)
April 13:
April 14:
April 15: pizza + ice cream
April 16: ice cream date w/ DH
April 17: overbudget on add'l produce
April 18:

GOALS:
* Less than $50 in frivolous spending: month to date $32
* At least 25 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 15/25
* Pack snacks/water for outings: 17/30
* NO library fines: month to date $12
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget: $550/$500
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organization = spending): 13/25
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 12/25
* Items posted for sale on internet: 11/10
* Meal plan created: 1/4 weeks
post #545 of 703
I haven't been posting but I've been doing ok with controlling the urge to spend spend spend.

We ran out of stuff a couple times and had to go shopping so I know my shopping estimates are off.
post #546 of 703
4/01 budgeted spending: $39.76 groceries
4/02 No Spend Day!!!
4/03 budgeted spending: $193.71 groceries from Big Box; $4.70 coffee
4/04 No Spend Day!!!
4/05 budgeted spending: $126.46 Target (groceries, baby gift, and household) $50.00 groceries
4/06 budgeted spending: $23.00 charitable contributions; $5.00 gift for friend; $2.34 coffee
4/07 / budgeted spending: $72.00 haircut/color; $33.80 groceries. Unbudgeted spending: $36.00 haircare products (frivolous)
4/08 No Spend Day !!!
4/09 No Spend Day!!!
4/10 /: budgeted spending: DH paid bills; $23.45 milkman/groceries; $2.34 coffee; $69.00 gas. Unbudgeted spending: $8.07 McDonalds for kids (frivolous )
4/11 No Spend Day
4/12 budgeted spending: $2.35 coffee; $185.60 Costco (groceries)
4/13 /: budgeted spending: $20.00 charitable contributions; $2.93 coffee; $81.08 groceries; $50.00 birthday gift for dd#1. Unbudgeted spending: $79.63 clothes for me (these were not necessary so frivolous spending)
4/14 budgeted spending: $12.08 bowling party
4/15 budgeted spending: $11.43 bowling party; $8.38 felt from Michaels; $99.53 Kohls (much needed dress clothes for kids)
4/16 budgeted spending: $47.25 (groceries); $5.86 (2 coffees)
4/17 /: budgeted spending: $2.93 coffee; $31.15 milkman Unbudgeted: $18.06 Target for gift (this was unbudgeted, but necessary)
4/18 unbudgeted spending: $20.66 groceries (I'm calling this unbudgeted because I'm over budget on groceries)

I need some no spend days. It won't be today or tomorrow, but next week looks good. I only need 5 more. I can do it.

Jill


Key

No Spend
Budgeted Spending
Unbudgeted Spending

My Plan

Track Groceries: $785.52/$750
Track Gas: $69.00/$300
Track Coffee: $23.45/$25
Track Frivolous Spending: $123.70/$50
10 no spend days: 5/10
25 days no Big Box stores: 11/25
No Credit Cards: 1/8/30
post #547 of 703
April 1: budgeted spending: $16.21 groceries, $22.35 school lunches/juice for April
April 2: budgeted spending: $11.39 lunch out, $48.10 gas, $15.65 dollar store
April 3: budgeted spending: $$17.26 Dollar Store, $94.85 grocery store, $11.99 Bakery Outlet
April 4: budgeted spending: $6 ECFE class fee, $17.40 softener salt & chicken feed, $12 kids' school carnival
April 5: no spend
April 6: no spend, no drive
April 7: budgeted spending: $20.75 groceries
April 8: no spend
April 9: no spend
April 10: budgeted spending: $72.21 groceries, $7.71 cat food
April 11: no spend
April 12: budgeted spending: $26.81 Target, $7 shoes for DS (why does this child keep growing???? ), $22.89 pizza, also paid state 2007 income taxes and mortgage for May
April 13: no spend, no drive
April 14: budgeted spending: $27.67 lunch out, $56.49 gas
April 15: budgeted spending: $48 school fundraiser, $22.89 pizza takeout
April 16: budgeted spending: $15.11 lunch out, $14.51 gardening supplies, $10.64 soda for DH, : unbudgeted spending: $101.24 groceries
April 17: budgeted spending: $10.99 dinner takeout, : unbudgeted spending: $54.05 gas
April 18: no spend
April 19: no spend, no drive

My goals for April:
8/15 true no-spend days
3/5 no drive days
7/less than 15 days driving more than 50 miles in a day
$407.97/$400 groceries
$169.47/$200 household/misc.
$264.13/$250 gas
$122.94/$150 eating out/take out/entertainment
$14.51/$50 garden
400/1000 minutes on the treadmill
1/20 items sold
post #548 of 703
04/01 - no spend
04/02 - no spend
04/03 - no spend
04/04 - whole foods $25
04/05 - no spend
04/06 - no spend
04/07 - no spend
04/08 - no spend
04/09 - whole foods $20
04/10 - no spend
04/11 - no spend
04/12 - no spend
04/13 - Trader Joe's $65
04/14 - CVS $15
04/15 - Groceries $5
04/16 - Eat out (only me) $11, Groceries (not really planned) $15
04/17 - No Spend Day!! Yay!
04/18 - no spend
04/19 - Clothes for dd (mostly PJ/play clothes) $25, Household & groceries misc. (including Target) $55

Total household/groc. spending: $200/$400
post #549 of 703
4/1: $20 birthday gift for BIL, $32 misc kitchen/house stuff that was not needed. $3 toy for the boys, $5 fast food, $20 groceries.
4/2: No spend!
4/3: No spend!
4/4: $6 milk, $3 bread and ice, gas $34, pizza $13
4/5: $87 on groceries, $29 house stuff, $10 my splurge
4/6: $10 ebay, jeans for the boys
4/7: No spend
4/8: No spend
4/9: $5 McD's, $20 on sandals and dh stuff at KMart
4/10: $45 in groc, $43 in gas and pop
4/11: $11 in milk
4/12: $40 gas for road trip, $7 fast food, $3 house hold, ++$63 back (returned lamps to Target, and didn't spend the refund!)
4/13: $30 gas for road trip home
4/14: No spend
4/15: No spend
4/16: No spend
4/17: $20 for copies of boys birth certificates. (Should of got them years ago!)
4/18: $30 My mistake - stupid bank fee, $6 in milk


Totals:
$172/280 groceries
$50 unneeded
$50 neccessary goods
$20 gifts
$147 gas
$30 food out
post #550 of 703
4/1: Dinner $15
4/2:
4/3: Gas $25 /Groceries $307.88 /Newspaper $.53 /Clippers $40 /Pet $11 / Seeds $9 /Tupperware $14 /Shoes for DS $12 /Toy for kids $17
4/4:
4/5:
4/6: Newspapers $3 /Groceries $1.50 (ran out of baking soda).
4/7:
4/8:
4/9:
4/10:
4/11: Groceries $5.50 (some non-allergen food at the Dollar store)
4/12:
4/13: Newspapers $3 /Tomato plant and herbs $10
4/14: Gas $70 /Outing w/ kids $10
4/15:
4/16: Pet $21.64 /Soccer Ball $5.99 /Groceries $332.83
4/17:
4/18: Laundry sorter $25. Didn't NEED it, but it was a great deal. And, I'm over budget on misc. spending. Good news was DH's family sprung for pizza.

Not sure if today will be spend yet.....DH is helping at firehouse dinner. I'm thinking I'll be charged for a plate. We'll see.....

My key:

No spend
Budget spend
Over spend

Groceries $647.71/$650
Pet $32.64/$100
Eat-Out $15/$20
Misc. $130.52/$100
Garden $19/$50
Gas $95/$100
post #551 of 703
April 1 -
April 2 - - bought shoes for dd2 within budget, but also bought her rainboots out of budget - $88
April 3 - - bought lunch for our playdate - $30
April 4 -
April 5 - - bought diaper covers within budget $66 but then bought infant insert for Ergo $40 and take-out $31
April 6 -
April 7 - Groceries/household items $188 (in budget), lunch $15 unbudgeted
April 8 -
April 9 - a few groceries $26
April 10 -
April 11 - Food co-op order $264
April 12 - - $6 for movie rental
April 13 -
April 14 - Ikea $163
April 15 -
April 16 - Kids clothing co-op $225
April 17 - Clothing for me $241 Shipping & birthday gift $60
April 18 - Clothes for dd3 $45
April 19 -

Haven't updated in a while and it shows : I am totally embarassed by my spending, but I have to force myself to be accountable.

Grocery/Household items - $478/$500
Take out - $76/$100
Misc Spending - $720/$100
Shoes for dd2 - $88/$60
Diapers and covers for dd2 & dd3 - $66/$100
Birthday gifts - $60/$75
8/20 No spend days

Key:
- no spend
- budgeted spending
- unbudgeted spending
post #552 of 703
Think DS deserves my today, as his early nap prevented our trip to an outdoor festival downtown at the Co-op. Pretty sure I would not have gotten out of there without spending money, and even if it was on food, would be overbudget.

Kim

April 1:
April 2: parking ticket + library fine
April 3:
April 4:
April 5:
April 6:
April 7:
April 8:
April 9:
April 10:
April 11:
April 12: Adopted 2 cats - not in budget (but not frivolous)
April 13:
April 14:
April 15: pizza + ice cream
April 16: ice cream date w/ DH
April 17: overbudget on add'l produce
April 18:
April 19:

GOALS:
* Less than $50 in frivolous spending: month to date $32
* At least 25 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 16/25
* Pack snacks/water for outings: 18/30
* NO library fines: month to date $12
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget: $550/$500
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organization = spending): 14/25
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 13/25
* Items posted for sale on internet: 11/10
* Meal plan created: 1/4 weeks
post #553 of 703
Thread Starter 
Quote:
I only need 5 more. I can do it.
You can do it! Go Jill Go!
post #554 of 703
Thread Starter 
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12.. $3.25 Starbucks
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14.. $40 Walmart
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17.. $22 The Tavern
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19.. $5.76 McDonald's, $50+ baby clothes

13/24 no-spend days
18/30 fast-food-free days
8/10 let the car rest days

That big thud you hear is me falling off the wagon. :

And I had fast-food no less. : :

Okay, I'm climbing back on. I'm going to spend money on mulch tomorrow, but come Monday -- that money is staying in my wallet for the rest of the month.
post #555 of 703
4/7
4/8 $23 + $10 into savings!
4/9 $4
4/10 $37
4/11
4/12
4/13 $21.50
4/14
4/15 $60 on scrubs for work. (necessary)
4/16
4/17
4/18 $6.50
4/19 $5

GOALS:
7/15
$10/$50 into savings

KEY:
no unecessary spending
uh-oh - running total $97
post #556 of 703
4/1: Dinner $15
4/2:
4/3: Gas $25 /Groceries $307.88 /Newspaper $.53 /Clippers $40 /Pet $11 / Seeds $9 /Tupperware $14 /Shoes for DS $12 /Toy for kids $17
4/4:
4/5:
4/6: Newspapers $3 /Groceries $1.50 (ran out of baking soda).
4/7:
4/8:
4/9:
4/10:
4/11: Groceries $5.50 (some non-allergen food at the Dollar store)
4/12:
4/13: Newspapers $3 /Tomato plant and herbs $10
4/14: Gas $70 /Outing w/ kids $10
4/15:
4/16: Pet $21.64 /Soccer Ball $5.99 /Groceries $332.83
4/17:
4/18: Laundry sorter $25. Didn't NEED it, but it was a great deal. And, I'm over budget on misc. spending.
4/19: Firehouse dinner $4 (Kinda had to support my firefighter hubby )

My key:

No spend
Budget spend
Over spend

Groceries $647.71/$650
Pet $32.64/$100
Eat-Out $19/$20
Misc. $130.52/$100
Garden $19/$50
Gas $95/$100
post #557 of 703
My key:
-no spend
:-groceries
-gas
-unnecessary spending

4/1-
4/2- $40-gas.
4/3-
4/4-
4/5-
4/6-
4/7-
4/8-
4/9-
4/10-
4/11-
4/12-
4/13-
4/14- $53.23 Household items. I went to BJ's and bought Papertowels, toilet paper and tissues ONLY. These should last quite a while since it's only me and DH. I actually wrote it on the calendar, so I know how long it takes before we need that stuff again. I went to another store and bought Shower Cleaner (Value size so it's really 2 shower cleaners), a big thing of Spray and Wash and Sour cream.
I also get a for today for spending $7.01 on a Salad at Zaxby's. I did split it up into 2 salads though when I got home.
4/15-
4/16- $4.10-McD's bkfst
4/17- $6 Dunkin Donuts (Iced Coffee, Hashbrowns, 2 Donuts-for niece and nephew.
4/18-: $32 groceries
4/19-
post #558 of 703
4/1
4/2
4/3 $18.37 art supplies
4/4 $36 dd's school pictures, $70 soccer sign-ups
4/5
4/6
4/7
4/8
4/9 $67.05 camera lens
4/10
4/11
4/12 $25 klean kanteens
4/13
4/14
4/15
4/16 $17 coop
4/17 $23.50 ds party
4/18
4/19

No Spend Days: 13/25
No DS/etsy: 17/27
Non-essential Spending: $239.92/$250
post #559 of 703
here's my big for today..are you ready? The coop freak dropped out of a coop!! LOL thats big for me
post #560 of 703
april 1:
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april 18:
april 19: 6$ (5$ on fries, 1$ on books at a garage sale) and i think i may have gotten a job... yay me!

week 1: 3$ leftover
week 2: 63$ leftover
week 3: 0$ leftover
week 4: 70$ remaining
100$ remaining for the month

(the budget is 100$/week for food, transportation, outings, etc, 100$ a month for clothes, gifts, craft stuff, etc)

march: 48% no-spend days
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