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#541 of 561 Old 02-27-2009, 06:03 PM
 
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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!
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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 6:
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 27:
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.

Goals:

516/500 on groceries :
119/100 on garden :
2/15 no-spend days :
Total Spending Goal: 1500 non-bill spending (1438/1500 so far!)
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02/06: $4 Unneeded sleeper for the baby (but it has mix tapes on it! )
02/07: $5 Doughnuts, $12 McDonalds.
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02/09: $3.50 Shipping.
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02/11: $2 thrifting
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02/22: $17 Taco Bell
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02/27:

Goals:
22/20 No spend days.
$43.50/$100 Unnecessarily spent.
$200/$300 Saved for the midwife.
8/6 Receiving blankets made for babe.
2/2 Cotton caps made for babe.

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3 $88 groceries
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5 $20 gas :$2
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7 $20 eating out $7 groceries $30 date $15 book $3 useless crap at target
8 $20 groceries $26 clothing $10 eating out
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10 : $2
11 $18 pizza $68 groceries $20 gas
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13 : $3 badge $30 eating out $20 magnetic chore chart $4 coffee $300 sony handycam $90 dh's entertainment $10 dd's valentine day gift
14 : $2 badge $285 diapers
15 : $4badge
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17 $78 grocery $14 :$1000>savings
18 $18 gas $5 candy
19 : $2
20 : $4.50 $21 car inspection (again)
21 $30 eating out $35wal-mart :$850>savings
22 $17 eating out $20 target $5 coffee
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24 : $5 $80 groceries
25 :$6 :$900>savings
26 $45 car repairs $15 pizza
27 : $4.50
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:$3300 > credit card companys and we are now credit card debt free!

KEY/GOALS/TOTALS

No Spend 8/15

Necessary Spending

:Bring lunch from home 20/20

: Spent on badge at work $35/$10

Groceries/Household $341/$300

$2775/$300 : Savings

$468

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I wasn't feeling up to going to work but had to anyway and was going to reward myself with a latté and a bagel, but I drove past the shop when I got there. We have an offer in on another house, so I need to save those pennies!

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2:
3: $29 pizza delivery: $10 of a Target trip was :
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5: $8 cookies and a Dr Pepper
6: $62 Land's End
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9: $12 school shirt for dd, $4 latté, $5 Valentine's treats
10: $5 latte
11: $28 Amazon, $10 lunch out
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13: $7 bagel and latté
14:$44 clothes for kids
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17: $36 spent, but all with bday cash
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20: :
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27;

100+/100 unnecessary spending
12/22 necessary or no spending

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Nadia -- I hope you get that house!!!

 

 

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Ya know...I didn't make my no-spend goal this month, but I think my tally of evil isn't too high...That is good news!

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02.. $10 car wash
03..
04.. $42 diapers
05.. , :
06..
07.. $40 Michaels for flowers and crafty stuff :
08.. , :
09.. , :
10.. , :
11.. , :
12.. , :
13.. $6.08 Chocolate Valentines Candy, :
14.. , :
15.. , :
16.. $17 rib
17.. , :
18.. $11 ice cream and candy
19.. , :
20.. , :
21.. $10 present for baby shower, $6.81 McDonald's
22.. , :
23.. $16 baby shoes
24.. , :, :
25.. , :, :
26.. , :
27.. $5 book at Big Lots
28.. PAYDAY!

My goals:

17/20 No Spend Days
7/5 Let the Car Rest Days :
11/28 No Diaperswappers :

Let me tally this up....


Tally of evil: $164 Wahoo!!! That is low for me.

 

 

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Nadia -- I hope you get that house!!!
Thanks! It would give us a ton more breathing room in the budget, it would be great.

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I can't believe this month is nearly over! This thread has been great for me, works much better than my previous attempts to write my spending down on paper. This month I learned a lot about our spending and got some ideas for improvement for next month!


2/1 - $1 drink for dd
2/2 -
2/3 - $4.50 b-day gift (will take out of my fun money), $1.77 drink for dd, $4 milk
2/4 -
2/5 -
2/6 - $12.66 grocery (incl. $8 beer for dh ) :
2/7 - $113 big grocery shop incl. $20 household and $8 beer (no he didn't finish the other beer yet) dh did shopping so : for me
2/8 - :
2/9 - $5 grocery, $50 minutes for dh's phone
2/10 - :
2/11 - :
2/12 - $26.15 grocery/household
2/13 - $10 copay
2/14 - $86.53 grocery/household :
2/15 -
2/16 -
2/17 -
2/18 - :
2/19 - $8 b-day gift, $8 grocery (incl. $7 beer), $30 garden seeds
2/20 - $38.14 Frontier coop
2/21 - $180 costco :
2/22 - $5 balloons, $8 beer :
2/23 -
2/24 -
2/25 - :
2/26 - grocery $4 :
2/27 - $20 co-pays, $9 Starbucks shoot I was doing so well! $9 grocery and $17 gas

no spend 13/21
: no drive 11/12 oops forgot some
fun money spent $47.50/$50
all food and household $471.25/$400
not in budget $50 (phone); $30 copay; ???? need to check-medicine, $67 park district activities for Evelyn
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01-::$25 for the toybox for ds4.
02- :$2.09 : :
03- : :
04-:$54 raw milk; $52 gas; $27.50 credits for paperbackswap; $2.36:
05- $6 to Party Playland; $35 on craft projects.
06- : $100 food shopping
07-: :
08-: :
09- :$150 food stores;:2 library books, $26.90
10- : :
11 $14 Hair cut ds3; $1.98 for m&m's bribe
12:$9.25 lunch;$2.09 :; $.70 library fines; $1.00 book
13- : $110 food store; $5.50 for : and bagel
14- : :
15- : :
16 - : :
17:museum $6; $2.09:$20 indoor trampoline; toll fees w/ EZPass
18: :
19::$32.75 for ds3 shoes (50% off); $89 Food; $33.53 gas; $2.36:
20 :museum$12; tolls to/from
21: :
22 $363 Frontier coop. more than i had hoped, but we are set for all household products (cleaners, vitamins, health products, etc. etc.). also $95 on amazon for laundry detergent x: :
23 : :
24 : :
25 $9.80 postage; $4.00 2 dozen eggs; $18.00 raw milk
26: :
27 $2.09::$10 renew mother earth news subscription
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=No Spend
:=No Drive
:= Unexpected Spend Day (orange)
=Spent but only on budget items
Goals
12/15 No Spend Days
4/20 Decluttering/Organizing Days/30 minutes
4/8 Library Days
3/4 books
4/10 knit at least 30 minutes
25/25 eat at home
11/10 add things to CL
12/10 Let the Car Rest Days
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no spend or budgeted spending=
groceries = :
unnecessary =

Groceries 189.00/120
Trip Savings 200/200
Money saved for March bills 1000/1000 (includes rent, utilities, and loan payments)
Extra loan payment 100/100
Cat stuff 37.50
unnecessary spending = 121


2/1- $35 shopping for the week :
2/2-
2/3- $19.00 on cat food - forgot to put this in the budget, will remember next month. Although most of the bill was for a big bag of dry food that will last two months.
2/4- $4.99 :
2/5- payday - $4.54 :
2/6-
2/7- $100 clothes for my trip
2/8- $40 : which is fine, but now I've used all of my 'budgeted' grocery money for the week. This will make me think twice about picking something up during the week and it also means I'll have to re-evaluate our eating habits or my grocery budget.
2/9- $4.84 : milk
2/10-
2/11- $18.50 on cat litter (as with the cat food, it should last 6-8 weeks)
2/12- $10.84 : to cook at home, but we didn't stick to our weekly meal plan
2/13- $12.50 : $4.84 for milk and the rest was for a friend who I was house sitting for and she was coming home late and needed stuff to feed her kids the next morning
$ 20.00 doctor
2/14-
2/15- $35 :
2/16-
2/17- $10 re-usable produce bags (I'll be more thifty next time and make them myself)
2/18-
2/19- $10 fruit & veg box order for next week, $6.25 transit, $5.24 thank you cards (on sale from 18.00)
2/20-
2/21-
2/22- $30 : - budgeting is getting better and this time I saved $10 for milk during the week and some things that I can't find at the regular grocery store.
2/23- : $4.22, $50 on loan, $2.67 thrift store
2/24-
2/25- : $8.20 (planed grocery spending)
2/26-
2/27- $2 transit to visit friend
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I spent five minutes digging all around my car for change so that I wouldn't have to admit to you ladies that I went to Mickey-Ds. However - it gave me a great idea - keep all my change in the car, and any fast food fix I desire is OK as long as it can be covered by change!

Next month I am going to include a lot more goals that are not strictly monetary in nature. When it comes right down to it, money is just money, and getting my exercise and homeschooling days done is way more important than my grocery budget!

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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 6:
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 27:
Feb 28: $10.50 for real milk and pastured eggs at the farm. I'm so glad her chickens are laying again! $4.32 at McDonald's.

Goals:

516/500 on groceries :
119/100 on garden :
2/15 no-spend days :
Total Spending Goal: 1500 non-bill spending (1444/1500 so far!)
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The Badge kills me everytime! That's $42 extra I could've spent on snacks to take to work instead of buying them there! The whole family could've enjoyed them that way too!

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3 $88 groceries
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5 $20 gas :$2
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7 $20 eating out $7 groceries $30 date $15 book $3 useless crap at target
8 $20 groceries $26 clothing $10 eating out
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10 : $2
11 $18 pizza $68 groceries $20 gas
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13 : $3 badge $30 eating out $20 magnetic chore chart $4 coffee $300 sony handycam $90 dh's entertainment $10 dd's valentine day gift
14 : $2 badge $285 diapers
15 : $4badge
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17 $78 grocery $14 :$1000>savings
18 $18 gas $5 candy
19 : $2
20 : $4.50 $21 car inspection (again)
21 $30 eating out $35wal-mart :$850>savings
22 $17 eating out $20 target $5 coffee
23
24 : $5 $80 groceries
25 :$6 :$900>savings
26 $45 car repairs $15 pizza
27 : $4.50
28 : $7 This has got to stop!

:$3300 > credit card companys and we are now credit card debt free!

KEY/GOALS/TOTALS

No Spend 8/15

Necessary Spending

:Bring lunch from home 21/20

: Spent on badge at work $42/$10

Groceries/Household $341/$300

$2775/$300 : Savings

$468[/QUOTE]

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I spent five minutes digging all around my car for change so that I wouldn't have to admit to you ladies that I went to Mickey-Ds. However - it gave me a great idea - keep all my change in the car, and any fast food fix I desire is OK as long as it can be covered by change!
i hoard my change and put it in the coinstat at the foodstore...i get a nice GC to amazon that way. the last one was $50!
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2/1- Groceries- 156.68. $10- shipping ebay item. Income- $24 Walmart returns
2-
3- worked –
4- worked- : $2.05 vending machine treats. $10 ebay shipping.
5- worked- : $1.25 vending machine. Gas- 12.57, 22.45 homeschool materials
6- worked
7-
8-
9-
10- : 1500 birth center, 78.72 groceries (whole weeks’ worth!), 9.00 gas
11-
12- : 2.75 Starbucks at work
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14 -
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16- : 0.80 vending machine at work
17- $5 child puzzle at homeschool store, $7 groceries, $14 child clothing (used Walmart gift card for both). Had to refund $20.26 of ebay $ to buyer d/t lost package in mail.
18-
19- 15.40 gas
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21-
22- $237 groceries – replenishing pantry with dry goods
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24-
25-
26- Gas 15.92, : Library fines 2.10
27-
28-

Feb goals:
Groceries/ household- $472.40 / $450
Gas- $52.89 / $70
: Birth center remaining fee $1500- pd in full 2/10
: Unbudgeted self spending- $8.95 / $30
No spend days- 18/20

Misc goals:
Homeschool books/activities- $27.45 / $20 – not feeling guilty at all about going over budget on this one
Kid clothing 0/$20 – (bought some, but used a gift card)
Use $ from ebay sales to buy cloth diapers- $55 now on paypal available to spend.
Return items to Walmart- use $ for kid items- $24 gift card received- used it 2/17.
Sell stuff on ebay- $55 received.
Declutter house so that I know what I have! –zero progress there
No $ spent on Paperbackswap this month! – I stayed away all month! Also avoided thrift store, my other source of unbudgeted stacks of used books. Hurray for the library!


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Summary for month:

Overbudget:
$22.40 over budget on groceries.

Underbudget:
$20 under on kid clothing
$17.11 under on gas
$21.05 under on self spending

Overall, 35.76 under budget for month :

Going to try harder to stay well under budget on groceries for March- my maternity leave starts in April, so the more $ left in the bank, the better…

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
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On to March!...



01..
02.. $10 car wash
03..
04.. $42 diapers
05.. , :
06..
07.. $40 Michaels for flowers and crafty stuff :
08.. , :
09.. , :
10.. , :
11.. , :
12.. , :
13.. $6.08 Chocolate Valentines Candy, :
14.. , :
15.. , :
16.. $17 rib
17.. , :
18.. $11 ice cream and candy
19.. , :
20.. , :
21.. $10 present for baby shower, $6.81 McDonald's
22.. , :
23.. $16 baby shoes
24.. , :, :
25.. , :, :
26.. , :
27.. $5 book at Big Lots
28.. $10 car wash, $20 scrapbook stuff

My goals:

17/20 No Spend Days
7/5 Let the Car Rest Days :
11/28 No Diaperswappers :

 

 

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Looking forward to March...

Kim :

Feb. 1:
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Feb. 3:
Feb. 4: $7.12 toys/movies @ Goodwill
Feb. 5:
Feb. 6:
Feb. 7:
Feb. 8: $47.65 late fees/cd replacement fee (for a cd we returned, but after first returning the empty case, and the library lost the cd, but anyway...)
Feb. 9: $4.48 toys @ Goodwill, $41.26 @ Michael's, $5 parking ticket
Feb. 10:
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Feb. 12:
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Feb. 14:
Feb. 15:
Feb. 16:
Feb. 17: overbudget food
Feb. 18:
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Feb. 20:
Feb. 21:
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Feb. 23:
Feb. 24:
Feb. 25: overbudget food
Feb. 26: overbudget food
Feb. 27: overbudget food + parking ticket ($5)
Feb. 28:

FEBRUARY GOALS:
* Write Daily: 18/28
* Less than $25 in frivolous spending: month to date $110.51
* At least 25 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 22/25
* NO library fines: month to date $47.65 / NO parking tickets: $10
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget: $740.94/$600
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organization = spending): 26/24
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 16/24
* Meal plan created: 0/4 weeks
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2. :just gas $28.00 which was budgeted (we borrowed new shoes from a friend so no$ on new one's for ds)
3. :$33/vet bill for prescirption cat food and a test (was budgeted) and $22 at the grocery store
4. :
5. ::$6 to a playarea for ds. Our library passes fell thru got $15 worth at acmoore for $0!! Go giftcard!! Granted it was a present for me and i spent it on dh and ds but hey no money spent is no money spent, lol.
6. :, went to the library for storyhour (ds did not like it ) then went to a friends house so the kiddos could play. Did freecycle and picked up free baskets, shells, books etc for crafts etc.:
7. : groceries b/t two stores spent $227 saved $80 in coupons!! Now i am good for almost 3 weeks and to boot 99% was organic!! I am so :
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9. :, playgroup!!
10. ell thought we could go 3 weeks w/o groery shopping but dh is back to the gym so he is eatting like crazy. Only picked up some milks, cereal for his work and sugar, etc. Spent $31. Red shoe barn $49 for two pairs of shoes. Got dh his merrells on clearance and ds a pair!! Went to library storyhour and ds had fun for free
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12. :$30 (Three pairs of shoes for DS- the ones I borrowed leave red marks on his feet so now I have two pairs for now and two for the next size up all for around $8.75 stride rites!!), $34 at bread and honey (all natural store) for AF Supplies, and dried fruits for DH's val's gift. 21.97 for gas
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17. : $60.94 Groceries (saved $30) and 2.99 for Tom's of maine toothpaste (with coupon of course, lol ) $20paperbackswap
18. :
19. : $7 childrens play group
20. :
21. :$23 pet supplies
22. : $15 water park (all 3 of us), $40 grocery items (DH wanted to eat out but I stopped to get ingredients so I could cook for 7 people and not order out!)
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24. :$113 groceries(wow!!)
25. :$110 car repair
26. : stocking up on food spent $52.82 (but had $47 in coupons)the cashier gave me a really hard time huffing and puffing which really irked me and my friend who was suposed to meet me so our kiddos could play never called or showed up argh
27. :
28. :

=no spend
:= unexpected spend day
=spent but only on budget items

goals
15/15 no spend days
22/20 organize a part of the house for 30min
5/4 1hour for mommy time (i am really bad at this one)
28/28 eat at home day......that is no eatting out all month!! Dh is going crazy with this one, lol

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YAHOO WE DID IT!! After adding up what we saved in coupons and by shopping at a different store we saved $360!!
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Wow, MomtoRyan! You did awesome this month!!!
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Thank you!! I couldn't have done it w/o all the ideas and support from MDC moms. I could :
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4: $118 groceries
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7: $7 clothes
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11: $13 homeschool stuff :
12: $117 groceries
13: $39 garden seeds :
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18: $75 groceries; $25 plumbing stuff and a book
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25: $88 groceries & other household stuff (pens, paper, etc.); $10 books at thrift store
26: $9 milk; $82 school supplies; $20 books at thrift store again
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no spend:
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Household spending: $593/$600
No-spend days: 20/18

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SUPER late post to this thread, but I have got to get caught up!



1st: Food Groceries $30, Fast Food $6
2nd: $4 Fast food
3rd: No spend
4th: $10 homeschool
5th: $32 food groceries
6th: $66 Food Groceries, $16 Homeschool, $28 Home Groceries, $9 Lunch
7th-9th: No spend
10th: $46 Olive Garden
11th: No spend
12th: Co-op Order $78
13th-14th: No spend
15th: $12 Eat out, $45 Groceries, $12 Homeschool
17th-21st: $100 Homeschool (mags and Ikea)
$163 food grocery, $8 personal care grocery
$14 fast food
22nd-24th: $11 Fast food, $20, kid stuff $ store, $40 groceries, $16 "hospitality"
27th: $16 kid stuff, $8 wipes, grocery, $52, clothes


Totals: Food Groceries $454
Personal Care Groceries: $16
Homeschool: $174 (magazines)
Fast Food: $56
Hubby's Idea Olive Garden: $46
Home Improvement: $28
"Hospitality": $16
Clothing: $52
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