~December No-Spend Challenge~ End o' the month. How did you do? What will you do differently next month/year? Did you learn anything about your... - Page 15 - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Reply
 
Thread Tools
#421 of 428 Old 12-31-2008, 08:14 PM
 
FeelingBlessed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 484
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yesterday was busy with 2 post-Christmas celebrations, so no time for spending!

Kim :

Dec. 1:
Dec. 2:
Dec. 3:
Dec. 4:
Dec. 5:
Dec. 6:
Dec. 7:
Dec. 8:
Dec. 9:
Dec. 10:
Dec. 11:
Dec. 12:
Dec. 13:
Dec. 14:
Dec. 15:
Dec. 16:
Dec. 17:
Dec. 18:
Dec. 19:
Dec. 20: $8.95 - library fine
Dec. 21:
Dec. 22:
Dec. 23:
Dec. 24:
Dec. 25:
Dec. 26:
Dec. 27:
Dec. 28:
Dec. 29: overbudget - groceries
Dec. 30:

DECEMBER GOALS:
* Less than $50 in frivolous spending: $8.95/$50
* At least 25 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 27/25
* NO library fines: month to date $8.95
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget:*overbudget* - to update/$600
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organization = spending): 26/25
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 13/25
FeelingBlessed is offline  
#422 of 428 Old 12-31-2008, 08:26 PM
 
lactivistmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: California
Posts: 456
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
12/25
12/26
12/27
12/28
12/29
12/30
12/31

"If we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birthing."
~Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg
lactivistmama is offline  
#423 of 428 Old 12-31-2008, 09:36 PM
 
scrapadoozer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,768
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
12/01:
12/02:
12/03:
12/04:
12/05:
12/06: $3 Post Office, $4 wrapping paper I didn't really need.
12/07:
12/08:
12/09:
12/10:
12/11:
12/12: $10.50 extra portrait sheets.
12/13:
12/14: $5 Doughnuts.
12/15:
12/16:
12/17: $4 Post Office.
12/18:
12/19:
12/20: $30 fast food , $3 picture frame
12/21:
12/22:
12/23: $16 over budget on DH's Christmas presents.
12/24:
12/25:
12/26:
12/27: $8 fabric
12/28:
12/29:
12/30:
12/31:

24/20 no-spend days.
$83.50 unnecessarily spent.
$300/$300 saved for the midwife. (Paid on 12/27!)

Spending breakdown:
Eating out: $35 (Better than last month but there's still room for improvement!)
Fabric: $8 (Not bad. I haven't purchased any fabric in months.)
Shipping $7 (Fine by me.)
Over budget Christmas $20 (Well, it's still the best year I've had in years.)
Picture related $13.50 (At least portrait time only comes once a year!)

Jenny, proud maker of red things
scrapadoozer is offline  
#424 of 428 Old 01-01-2009, 10:00 AM - Thread Starter
 
Crunchy*VT*Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Home of the Screaming Pennies
Posts: 2,964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I spent a lot this month, but since last December I wasn't even able to stay on the wagon, I'm happy because I feel like I'm making progress. Just keeping track is progress for me.

I'm going to get more aggressive with my no-spending in January. I'm going to set my goals over on that thread.

Thanks guys for sticking with it to the end this month! Your comraderie really helps me keep that money in the wallet.

See you in 2009!

01..
02..
03..
04.. , :
05.. $200 gymnastics and preschool
06.. $36 Christmas ornaments, $13 Christmas candy
07.. $45 Tree and candy and hot cocoa and chicken
08..
09.. , :
10..
11.. , :
12.. , :
13.. $40 babysitter, $2 coffee
14..
15.. $47 indulgences, $17 Tightwad Gazette Book
16..
17.. , :
18.. , :
19..
20.. $14 christmas stuff
21..
22..
23.. $52 kid clothes
24.. $8 kids clothes, $20 baked goods, $30 pizza
25..
26..
27..
28.. $18 house stuff at Home Depot
29..
30.. $30 haircut, $30 repay Dad
31.. $9 calorie-counting book

My Goals for this month:
20/20 No Spend Days
6/4 Let the Car Rest :

Tally of evil: $611

 

 

Crunchy*VT*Mom is offline  
#425 of 428 Old 01-02-2009, 12:42 AM
 
becoming's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 11,886
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
1 -
2 -
3 - $141.18 groceries/household, $8.40 stamps
4 - $40.00 photos, $52.61 car seat, $15.00 co-pay, $30.71 meds, $18.95 lunch
5 - $66.53 groceries/household
6 - $23.00 lunch, $83.52 groceries/household
7 - $10.92 lunch, $81.68 clothes & shoes, $34.41 gas
8 -
9 - $11.49 breakfast, $94.18 groceries/household, $22.32 dinner
10 - $15.00 contribution to boss's Christmas gift
11 - $47.92 Christmas gifts, $38.39 dinner (planned)
12 - $19.16 lunch, $25 haircut, $38.53 movies, $14.57 dinner
13 - $133.03 Christmas gifts
14 - $37.16 dinner (unavoidable)
15 - $27.43 Christmas party stuff
16 - $93.10 clothes, $20 lunch, $58.82 dinner
17 - $136.07 groceries/household, $18.90 dinner
18 - $34 gas, $12.03 teacher gift, $58.46 Christmas gifts
19 -
20 - $15.36 dinner (unavoidable)
21 - $164.26 Christmas gifts I shouldn't have bought
22 - $64.93 bedding for DS, $17.00 dinner
23 - $24.18 dinner (planned)
24 -
25 -
26 - $183.26 groceries/household, $52.76 Christmas gifts, $18.57 dinner
27 -
28 - $8.00 car wash, $23.76 movies, $73.97 groceries/household
29 -
30 - : $21.89 DS1's shoes, $94.49 groceries/household
31 - $17.70 lunch, $13.47 household

8/10 no-spend days
16/20 no-eating-out days
$906.67/$600 groceries/household
becoming is offline  
#426 of 428 Old 01-02-2009, 12:43 AM
 
becoming's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 11,886
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I did *horrible* on groceries/household this month, but I learned from my mistakes and will do better next month. My big mistake is going to the d@mn store so much (mostly out of boredom, and then I end up spending $100 or more), so my goal for January is to only go once a week.
becoming is offline  
#427 of 428 Old 01-02-2009, 10:54 AM
 
slsurface's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: under a pile of shells
Posts: 2,624
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
12/15:
12/16: , mail last payment on car-paid it off over two years early!
12/17: Ugh, a bad day! $24 for hair cut and tint (I haven't had my hair done in AGES, but at least I got a good deal because I know someone at a beauty college - I consider it a Christmas gift to myself ), $28 for misc. holiday-related items
12/18: $9 for roll of city trash bags (not all my guest this weekend will wrap their gifts in reusable bags :, so I have to be ready for all the trash)
12/19:
12/20: $32 on groceries, $15 for fuel in one car, $60 for science museum membership for DS's Christmas
12/21: , : (Family holiday party at our house today!)
12/22:
12/23: , deposited $500 into savings
12/24: $7 for craft supplies to make my sister’s best friend a last minute gift, $82 for bulk food order
12/25: , :
12/26: $3 for breakfast…it's been a hard morning back to work
12/27-12/28: – we spent the weekend traveling to visit my mom and aunt out of state. We took $60 cash (left over from our grocery budget) and came home with $20, so we spent less than $40 for food and fuel on the road.
12/29: – I spent $13 of the money I had leftover from this weekend at the thrift store. Then I spent $50 from my Christmas money at Hobby Lobby for much needed scrap booking supplies that were 50% off this week (I haven’t bought anything for DS’s scrap book in over a year). Merry Christmas to me ! put $75 of Christmas money into savings, plus $50 in savings for DS
12/30:
12/31: , :

How I’m finishing for the month:
$512/$600 for food and fuel & misc household expenses
$48/$50 for travel
$121/$150 for food/decorations for our extended family holiday party
$0/$50 for misc. home improvement (nothing spent!)
$116/$100 for futon mattress from IKEA
DONE-Pay off small CC debt this month
DONE-Pay last payment on our car!
14/10 no spend days
$1575/$300 to savings (I really worked hard on this!)
$34/$50 or less on unplanned/unbudgeted spending

Key
No spend day
: No drive day
Necessary/budgeted spending
Unplanned/unbudget spending
Put $$ in savings
slsurface is offline  
#428 of 428 Old 01-03-2009, 02:00 AM
 
FeelingBlessed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 484
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Onward to January...

Kim :

Dec. 1:
Dec. 2:
Dec. 3:
Dec. 4:
Dec. 5:
Dec. 6:
Dec. 7:
Dec. 8:
Dec. 9:
Dec. 10:
Dec. 11:
Dec. 12:
Dec. 13:
Dec. 14:
Dec. 15:
Dec. 16:
Dec. 17:
Dec. 18:
Dec. 19:
Dec. 20: $8.95 - library fine
Dec. 21:
Dec. 22:
Dec. 23:
Dec. 24:
Dec. 25:
Dec. 26:
Dec. 27:
Dec. 28:
Dec. 29: overbudget - groceries
Dec. 30:
Dec. 31:

DECEMBER GOALS:
* Less than $50 in frivolous spending: $8.95/$50
* At least 25 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 28/25
* NO library fines: month to date $8.95
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget:*overbudget* - to update/$600
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organization = spending): 27/25
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 14/25
FeelingBlessed is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off