Hooray! February is almost over! New goals, clean slate in March!
What have I learned this month? I have learned that I spend too much on food, and that new clothes are nearly always a stupid, stupid waste of money. In March, I hope to hit a consignment sale that will yield summer shoes and more T-shirts for ds, and then I am DONE with their summer wardrobes!!!
I'll be tweaking my Quicken budget to reflect a longer, more drawn-out process of shopping for presents, rather than dropping big $$ in December and May (the birthday month).
And as Ryansmom wisely points out, I can take satisfaction in my lack of cc debt, and knock "bedroom set as nice as SIL's" right off my priority list. That kind of stuff doesn't fit our kids-everywhere lifestyle anyhow. This month, I let dh repurpose my formal "library" that nobody ever sat in into a computer area for the kids. They are using it right now!
Feb 1: Put $100 into farmer's co-op account, to draw on over the month
Feb 2: $10 raw milk at dairy, $38.27 groceries, $27.23 Floradix, $7.83 Subway, $48 on Shalach Manot bags for Purim fundraiser, $5 on mailing labels, $6.50 on facial cleanser
Feb 3: $22.99 on haircuts for kids, $12.19 at Mickey-Ds because I didn't pull it together enough to have lunch before we left the house
Feb 4: $ lunch with SIL (MIL usually picks up the check, but was sick today), $10 for a toybin for dh's office, $63 groceries, $27 reimbursable baby groceries for SIL
Feb 5: DH took DS to the circus, so $62.85 for tickets, and MIL gave them spending money for snacks, etc.
Feb 7: $88.83 for groceries
Feb 8: $19.17 for gas
Feb 9: $50 at the salon (mani, pedi, eyebrows). So not worth it.
Feb 10: went to the zoo (we have a membership), packed a lunch, BUT spent $7.42 for breakfast at Mickey-Ds
Feb 11: $3.42 at Starbuck's , $66.36 at Whole Foods, $2.64 for Valentines to distribute to the kids' classmates, $88 on soaker hose, spigot divider and chard seeds for garden, $25 on redworms for compost pile, $25 donation to high school
Feb 12: $4.45 at Starbucks
Feb 13: $16 gas, $12 Mickey-Ds while traveling
Feb 14: walked around Colonial Williamsburg for free, $17.57 lunch
Feb 15: $25.20 admission to Jamestown, $6.53 at the snack bar, $31.49 for a sweatshirt for ds because I stupidly did not pack one , $18.89 groceries
Feb 16: $19.80 Berkeley Plantation admission, $19.03 gas, $6.06 Wendy's while traveling, $14.11 more gas while traveling
Feb 17: $8 for raw milk at the farm (price went down! Yeehah!)
Feb 18: $32 groceries
Feb 19: no-spend, and I got some stuff going in the garden!
Feb 20: $5 on breakfast, $13.72 at the nursery, $22 taking the rabbi out to lunch. Not a crazy splurge day, but why didn't I make time for breakfast at home?
Feb 21: Aaaaugh. $41.80 for dinner. It was totally our turn to buy the takeout, but it hurt, it really hurt...
Feb 22: $43.38 on groceries.
Feb 23: $4.32 Starbucks (stop oversleeping!!!), $15.27 gas
Feb 24: $14.71 brunch playgroup meeting at IHOP. I could have paid for only coffee (it was "free short stack day"), but I chose to eat a veggie omelet instead and I do not regret that choice.
Feb 25: AUUUUUUGH! $41.03 at WF, plus 36.45 for my localharvest order puts me over my monthly grocery goal. Plus $4.80 library fines.
Feb 26: $4.06 at Dunkin' Donuts on the way to a consignment sale, where $165.89 purchased the vast majority of what I'll need for the rest of this pg and the kids' summer wardrobes. Plus some "goodies" - kid computer games, classic "popper" push toy, book about animal, Peanut Shell baby sling. $8.68 later at Chik-Fil-A.
Feb 28: $10 for real milk at the farm (I'll put in $10 for my two gallon even if the price is less this week, because I love love love this farm and want to support it.) I will spend nothing else. This is my solemn vow.
516/500 on groceries
119/100 on garden
2/15 no-spend days
Total Spending Goal: 1500 non-bill spending (1438/1500 so far!)