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#481 of 636 Old 03-20-2009, 07:56 AM
 
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Oooooh boy, March is absolutely flying by. With two long weekends away and a million meetings in between, added to lots of fun adventures, I have gotten really behind here. Will commit to updating today; do not think the damage is too bad (hopefully am not just fooling myself).

Hope the month is going well for all of you ladies; looking forward to catching up on your posts!

Kim :

March 1:
March 2:
March 3:
March 4:
March 5:
March 6: library fine: ~$12
March 7:

MARCH GOALS:
* Write Daily: 2/31
* Less than $25 in frivolous spending: month to date $12
* At least 25 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 6/25
* NO library fines: month to date $12 / NO parking tickets: $0
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget: $221.31/$600
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organization = spending): 4/25
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 4/25
* Meal plan created: 0/4 weeks
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March 1 - $22 fast food :, $26.95 :
March 2 - $2.65 breakfast, $7 lunch
March 3 -
March 4 - $10.66 :, $50 Gas
March 5 - $284.03 :
March 6 - $10.40 lunch, $114 training pants and diaper cover
March 7 -
March 8 -
March 9 -
March 10- $30 lunch, $1.40 transit for dd1, $212.50 Summer camp fee for dd1
March 11 -
March 12 - $12 lunch, $35.24 :
March 13 - $22.60 :, $2.26 treats for girls, $20.53 dinner
March 14 -
March 15 -
March 16 - $9 eyebrow wax, $4.15 pizza (it was 2:30pm and I hadn't had lunch yet), $38.46 : & household items (including printer cartridge), $79 dd1 swimming lessons
March 17 - $49 dd1 & and I went to an indoor amusement park for Spring Break, $20.97 :
March 18 -
March 19 - $20.74 budgeted trip to playplace for kids, $47 : (fruit & veggie delivery)

: & household items $485.91/$540
Gas: $50/100
Unbudgeted/Unnecessary Spending: $191.96
Budgeted/Necessary Spending: $404.64
No Spend Days 8/15

My Key:

No Spend
Unbudgeted/Unnecessary Spending
Budgeted/Necessary Spending
: Groceries/Household items
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01.. $23 Pizza Putt
02.. , : $750
03.. $51 reusable gift bags at Lucky Crow
04.. $21 Girl Scout Cookies
05.. $184 pool
06.. , :
07.. $35 pool floats and toys
08.. $13 princess clock
09..
10..
11..
12.. , :
13.. , :
14..
15.. , : $1,950
16.. $15 on stuffed easter bunnies
17.. , :
18.. $10 on chocolate and cookies
19.. , :
20.. , :

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My Goals:

12/20 No Spend days
6/5 Let the Car Rest Days :
: Put Money in Savings $2,700/$3,000

 

 

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3/1 : $22
3/2 : $3.41
3/3 : $64.79
3/4 : :
3/5 : $5 yoga
3/6 : :
3/7 :
3/8 : unnecessary and some groceries $60-ish on groceries
3/9 : :
3/10 counting eating out as necessary because I had to eat something in between work and donating blood. yeah I know I'm making excuses but they even gave me a sticker for it
3/11 : :
3/12 : :
3/13
3/14 :
3/15 : way over spent but had fun doing it
3/16 : bought necessities but then took DH & DS out for lunch
3/17 : :
3/18 : :
3/19 : : DH begged for beer and I gave in



Goal
6/20 :
11/26 :

Key
: no spend
necessary spend
: unnecessary spend
: ate dinner using what I already have in my freezer/pantry

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March 1 - $22 fast food :, $26.95 :
March 2 - $2.65 breakfast, $7 lunch
March 3 -
March 4 - $10.66 :, $50 Gas
March 5 - $284.03 :
March 6 - $10.40 lunch, $114 training pants and diaper cover
March 7 -
March 8 -
March 9 -
March 10- $30 lunch, $1.40 transit for dd1, $212.50 Summer camp fee for dd1
March 11 -
March 12 - $12 lunch, $35.24 :
March 13 - $22.60 :, $2.26 treats for girls, $20.53 dinner
March 14 -
March 15 -
March 16 - $9 eyebrow wax, $4.15 pizza (it was 2:30pm and I hadn't had lunch yet), $38.46 : & household items (including printer cartridge), $79 dd1 swimming lessons
March 17 - $49 dd1 & and I went to an indoor amusement park for Spring Break, $20.97 :
March 18 -
March 19 - $20.74 budgeted trip to playplace for kids, $47 : (fruit & veggie delivery)
March 20 - $18 planned lunch out

: & household items $485.91/$540
Gas: $50/100
Unbudgeted/Unnecessary Spending: $191.96
Budgeted/Necessary Spending: $422.64
No Spend Days 8/15

My Key:

No Spend
Unbudgeted/Unnecessary Spending
Budgeted/Necessary Spending
: Groceries/Household items
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= no spend
= necessary/budgeted spending
= unnecessary spending
: = eat at home.

3/1: $45.01 (car) :
3/2: $195 (school tuition) $100 (AAMI application)
$1.09 (McD's 4 pc McNuggets)
3/3: :
3/4: $42 (raw milk) $9 (medical) :
$2.97 (seeds)
3/5: $28 (car) :
3/6 : $9.85 (USPS) $48 (fuel) $375 (AAMI) :
3/7: $40 (car) $$$ gas bill :
3/8: $6 (movie)
$10 (RX) $40 (groceries) :
3/9: $45 (fuel) $16.80 (usps) :
3/10: $44 (cell) $$$ (mortgage) $$$ (cable/net/phone) :
3/11: :
3/12: $40 (vitamins) $49 (fuel) :
3/13: $10 (rx) $10 (cracker barrel) $20 (sitter) $1.50 (magazine)
3/14: $55 (Costco) :
3/15: $7 (groceries) $3 (newspaper for coupons) $11 (eat out)
3/16: $60 (vitamins) :
3/17: $63 (groceries) $1.85 (coupons on eBay) $1.08 McDs nuggets
3/18: $44 (fuel) $42 (raw milk) :
3/19: $54 (doctor) $85 (radio - bad dh!) :

We made it to payday without overdrafting! :
3/20: $56 (vitamins) $30 (AAMI) :

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here's what i'm anticipating for expenses:
honey 164.40,
tierra farms 207.00
clothes 35.00
total= 406.14
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so, goals for me:
$600 for food this month!
$60 spending money- $100 birthday money
$100 saved for grain mill

21/31 no spend days
10/31 budgeted spending
non-budgeted spending
29/31 get outside days (i know this has nothing to do with money but it's needed) :

27- :
28- :
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1- :
2- :
3- 8.13 postage
4- :
5- 30 dr. appt, 217.88 grocery shopping, 36.32 gas, 10 diapers, 24.95 co-op chocolate (comes out of budgeted spending money) :
6- :
7- 10 postage (budgeted spending money) :
8-
9- 8.13 postage 205 utilities 14.86 shipping for co-op :
10- :
11- :
12- 100 mtn rose herbs (bday money) , 59.91 mtn rose herbs (grocery) :
13- 21.62 shipping :
14- :
15- 18.75 bathrobe 125.00 dehydrator (b-day money)
16- 18.25 post office sundry 338.60 groceries :
17- 85.88 clo on sale sundry :
18- :
19- bingo 20.00 :
20- :


10/21 no spend days
8/10 budgeted spend
3/ 0 unbudgeted spend
616.39/600 grocery
87.69/60 spending money
225/190 birthday money all gone
17/29 exercise
0 /200 pantry stocking
122.88/80 sundry

eh. who needs a signature?
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1st : $3.50
2nd
3rd $3 (3)coloring books $7.50 music book $2.50 drinks $60 wireless router $25.50 eating out $65 DH's game
4th $5.50 drinks/snack
5th $15 pizza
6th
7th $18 fast food $5 coffee $50 wrap
8th $22 pictures $8 facial cleanser
9th : $2.25
10th : $7
11th : $2.25 $10 book store $26 Victoria's Secret $6 pretzel & drink $10 eating out
12th : $2.25 . . . $20 coffee & eating out
13th
14th
15th : $2.25
16th : $2.25 pizza $15
17th $14 eating out
18th
19th $2.25 pop and candy
20th

KEY/GOALS/TOTALS

No Unnecessary Spending 6

: 0/300 Savings

: $293

: $21.75 Badge Spending $363.75 Spending Total

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03/01:
03/02:
03/03: $9 Shipping.
03/04:
03/05:
03/06:
03/07: $20 KFC (Mmm, coleslaw. )
03/08:
03/09:
03/10: $3 Goodwill goodies.
03/11:
03/12:
03/13:
03/14: $17 fabric, quilt batting, pattern & easter egg cookie cutter.
03/15:
03/16:
03/17:
03/18: $3 Salvation Army
03/19:
03/20:

15/20 No spend days
$52/$100 Unnecessarily spent

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Jenny -- you are doing great!

 

 

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You really are, Jenny!

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3/1: $500 cash taken our for all food expenses this month ($20 of that fed the drawer), amount in checking account that's above our minimum comfort level "swept" into savings
3/2: $29.06 groceries, $6.87 household goods
3/3: $39 case of pull-ups arrived from Amazon
3/4: $11.46 localharvest order, $25.52 groceries (isn't it clever how they have the localharvest pickup at Whole Foods?),$20 eyebrow/lip wax, $14.92 household misc. at Wally-world
3/5: went on a day trip - $15.82 gas, $4 fast food that is coming out of the food budget because I left my bag of change in the car. Then $15 for my dinner at Mom's Night Out.
3/6: $11 food, 72.25 household at Costco. I'm so glad dh finally let me buy him some pants that fit!
3/7:
3/8: $40 Hooked on Phonics Kindergarten set (a big discount!), $4 food at Purim festival.
3/9: Exercised! Shifted $80 from grocery envelope to drawer. Milk and eggs at farm $5, $24.97 groceries, $12.30 Mickey-Ds, $11 haircut.
3/10: $14.30 gas, $5 at Subway, $81 dollar traffic ticket that I actually counted the day it was issued in February, but I am just going to count AGAIN to punish myself some more. Plus, I paid it out of my grocery envelope. $174 on food for the rest of the month - THAT should put a crimp in my drive-thru habit! Good thing dh is going out of town on business for two weeks - his organic fruit consumption factors hugely into our food costs.
3/11: $29.36 garden stuff at Home Depot, $5.30 shirt, $15 new sunglasses ( and a candy bar) at Target
3/12: $3.22 at for a bagel at the kosher deli (don't regret it!), $40.64 household stuff at Wally-world, $40.87 garden stuff at Wally-world, $21.19 for SIL's birthday present. Had to take out cash to pay a bill, and took out an additional $80 to feed the drawer.
3/13: $3 n change for breakfast (I made myself tea, then stupidly left travel mug on kitchen counter), $.74 for pencil grasp thingies for dh (used the change), $42 groceries $68 household at Costco. ETA: a lady from my AP Meetup group just showed up with her bassinet, which I bought for $40 out of the drawer and $10 out of my grocery envelope)
3/14: $17.25 household (antacids for me, energy bars for dh's trip)
3/15: on the go all day today! About $8 on fast food, $40.37 for groceries. Once I buy milk and eggs from the farm, I do believe we are fixed for groceries until next week!
3/16: Exercised! $1 at bake sale
3/17: $5 Chick-Fil-A, $3 milk and eggs (balance came out of change bag), $15 gas, $24.50 car cleaned inside and out (it smells like pina coladas now!), $30 at consignment sale ($11 for shirts for ds, rest was maternity clothes for me and two things for the Easter baskets).
3/19: $30 groceries, $36 household (bras, b-day present for ds' classmate, waterproof mattress pad because dd ripped hers to shreds)
3/20:
Goals

1/1 Sweep into savings
285/400 on food (actual amt left in envelope = 78, don't even ASK)
182/300 fed to the drawer
11/30 on finishing up kids' summer wardrobes
12/20 days doing homeschool lessons
2/12 days exercising

1086/1200 total non-fixed-cost spending
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I'm glad this isn't a competition--but if it were, Jenny would surely win! It must be rewarding seeing all those smilies line up.... I think she is my no-spend heroine!

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3/1 - $39.25 grocery
3/2 - :
3/3 - $10 grocery
3/4 - :
3/5 - $3 grocery :
3/6 -
3/7 - : $10 prescription, $10 haircut for dd, $16.18 incl. $6
3/8 - : $50 grocery
3/9 - : $6.69 grocery
3/10 - :
3/11 - $4.50 grocery; $3
3/12 -
3/13 - :
3/14 - $100 Target - $55 batteries and charger (a good investment but blech), $30 b-day gifts, $20 grocery. I had not been to Target in at least 2 months! now I remember why..... Will put on household tab until I decide what to do with this expense.
3/15 - $25 grocery, $50 household :
3/16 -
3/17 -
3/18 -
3/19 - $10 household, :
3/20 - $20 co-pays. $6 fast food $6 household

no spend
: no drive
beer, my hot button issue with dh!

9/15 no spend days
8/13 no drive days
$323.62/$400 grocery and household
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Amazed (and delighted) to find after running report for the lat 2 weeks, I have not blown through the food budget. Need to hit the grocery store and co-op tomorrow; will be a big challenge to cap spending at the remaining $100 in budget, but, list in hand, will try...

Kim :

March 1:
March 2:
March 3:
March 4:
March 5:
March 6: library fine: ~$12
March 7:
March 8:
March 9:
March 10:
March 11:
March 12:
March 13:
March 14:
March 15:
March 16:
March 17:
March 18:
March 19:
March 20:

MARCH GOALS:
* Write Daily: 6/31
* Less than $25 in frivolous spending: month to date $12
* At least 25 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 19/25
* NO library fines: month to date $12 / NO parking tickets: $0
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget: $492.51/$600
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organization = spending): 14/25
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 12/25
* Meal plan created: 0/4 weeks
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I returned the sneakers I bought earlier this month! (I am going to go buy different ones though so I will have to add it back.

$94/???? gas
$88/$50 eating out budget!
$80/$50 household budget... I need some jars.
$972/$850 food... we eat tons of fresh fruits and veggies and I can't seem to get this lower. Suggestions welcome!

1st: $231 Food; $124 vitamins; $52 DH's ipod
2nd: No spend!
3rd: No spend!
4th: $25 food; $21 Nike; $26 gas
5th: $26 pizza ; $151 TJs; $25 sporting goods
6th: No spend!
7th: $43 Wild by Nature; $10 file cabinet
8th: $31 eating out ; $10 library fine
9th No spend!
10th: $26 gas; $10 swimming; $18 shot blocks
11th: No spend!
12th: $16 gas
13th: No spend!
14th: No spend!
15th: $391 TJs; $74 WbN; $31 Dinner out; $17 prescription and 2 magazines; $26 gas
16th: No spend!
17th: $60 jars; $29 food; $18 race; $20 toilet paper[/quote]
18th: No spend!
19th: No spend!
20th: $33 WbN; $6 library fine; $27 gas
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What is FB? Oh wait let me guess facebook

1. : Made $10 on CL
2. ::
3. : $102.14 groceries!! That is down from $210/wk!! All from shopping at a different store and using coupons.:
4. ::: $98 for puppy trainer (long story) $15 paperback swap
5. ::
6. ::
7. :$46 for haircut and groceries. I haven't had my haircut in 15mths!!
8. :
9. ::
10. :$21.96 gas, $6.05 pet supplies returned +$28.05+ worth of pet food that the pets won't eat so pretty much equaled out
11. .::
12. : $178.06 Groceries (stocked up on organics!!)
13. : $15 pizza place. Spent less AND we haven't eatten out in a month and a half
14. : went to a free st patricks day kids party
15. : $25 for groceries at my sis's house to make lunch and I bought some groceries for my house (bananas, 2 breads, snap peas,etc.)
16. ::
17. ::
18. :$96 bike seat and helmet for DS which he loves to go on with me (cheaper than a gym membership, lol)
19. $9.98 fro two haircuts!! had coupons for $4.99/each. Ate at papaginos man am I bad this month $10, $125 groceries saved $50 in coupons though, and $8 for easter gifts
20. :
21. :: freecycled some items yeah!!

=no spend
:=eat at home
=budgeted item day
:=not budgeted item
:=let car rest day

Goals
12/20 no spend days
19/27 eat at home (Feb we ate at home everyday so this month I am a bit more loose on the subject so DH is a bit more happy[/QUOTE]
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3/1: $500 cash taken our for all food expenses this month ($20 of that fed the drawer), amount in checking account that's above our minimum comfort level "swept" into savings
3/2: $29.06 groceries, $6.87 household goods
3/3: $39 case of pull-ups arrived from Amazon
3/4: $11.46 localharvest order, $25.52 groceries (isn't it clever how they have the localharvest pickup at Whole Foods?),$20 eyebrow/lip wax, $14.92 household misc. at Wally-world
3/5: went on a day trip - $15.82 gas, $4 fast food that is coming out of the food budget because I left my bag of change in the car. Then $15 for my dinner at Mom's Night Out.
3/6: $11 food, 72.25 household at Costco. I'm so glad dh finally let me buy him some pants that fit!
3/7:
3/8: $40 Hooked on Phonics Kindergarten set (a big discount!), $4 food at Purim festival.
3/9: Exercised! Shifted $80 from grocery envelope to drawer. Milk and eggs at farm $5, $24.97 groceries, $12.30 Mickey-Ds, $11 haircut.
3/10: $14.30 gas, $5 at Subway, $81 dollar traffic ticket that I actually counted the day it was issued in February, but I am just going to count AGAIN to punish myself some more. Plus, I paid it out of my grocery envelope. $174 on food for the rest of the month - THAT should put a crimp in my drive-thru habit! Good thing dh is going out of town on business for two weeks - his organic fruit consumption factors hugely into our food costs.
3/11: $29.36 garden stuff at Home Depot, $5.30 shirt, $15 new sunglasses ( and a candy bar) at Target
3/12: $3.22 at for a bagel at the kosher deli (don't regret it!), $40.64 household stuff at Wally-world, $40.87 garden stuff at Wally-world, $21.19 for SIL's birthday present. Had to take out cash to pay a bill, and took out an additional $80 to feed the drawer.
3/13: $3 n change for breakfast (I made myself tea, then stupidly left travel mug on kitchen counter), $.74 for pencil grasp thingies for dh (used the change), $42 groceries $68 household at Costco. ETA: a lady from my AP Meetup group just showed up with her bassinet, which I bought for $40 out of the drawer and $10 out of my grocery envelope)
3/14: $17.25 household (antacids for me, energy bars for dh's trip)
3/15: on the go all day today! About $8 on fast food, $40.37 for groceries. Once I buy milk and eggs from the farm, I do believe we are fixed for groceries until next week!
3/16: Exercised! $1 at bake sale
3/17: $5 Chick-Fil-A, $3 milk and eggs (balance came out of change bag), $17.50 gas, $24.50 car cleaned inside and out (it smells like pina coladas now!), $30 at consignment sale ($11 for shirts for ds, rest was maternity clothes for me and two things for the Easter baskets).
3/19: $30 groceries, $36 household (bras, b-day present for ds' classmate, waterproof mattress pad because dd ripped hers to shreds)
3/20:
3/21: $8.56 on fabulous locally-produced goat milk soap. Don't regret it!
Goals

1/1 Sweep into savings
285/400 on food (actual amt left in envelope = 70, don't even ASK)
182/300 fed to the drawer
11/30 on finishing up kids' summer wardrobes
13/20 days doing homeschool lessons
2/12 days exercising

1096/1200 total non-fixed-cost spending
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Thanks everyone! I can't tell y'all how helpful this thread is to me. Really keeps me on the right track.

03/01:
03/02:
03/03: $9 Shipping.
03/04:
03/05:
03/06:
03/07: $20 KFC (Mmm, coleslaw. )
03/08:
03/09:
03/10: $3 Goodwill goodies.
03/11:
03/12:
03/13:
03/14: $17 fabric, quilt batting, pattern & easter egg cookie cutter.
03/15:
03/16:
03/17:
03/18: $3 Salvation Army
03/19:
03/20:
03/21: $2 Artsy crafty kit for dd, $4 storage cubes.

15/20 No spend days
$58/$100 Unnecessarily spent

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1 ::$103 food;
2:::
3 :$2.37: $1.25 choc.milk for ds at CM
4:$45 LLBean backpack; $100 Big Lots
5 : $40 AMarket;$100 BJ's (food);$48 raw milk
6 : :
7:::
8:::
9 ::$70 museum membership
10::$5 DD; $5 DS snacks; $5 museum toy; $58 gas; $78 food store
11 : $80ish for seeds
12 : $2.09 $6 parking for Aquarium (carpooled); $16 admission to Aquarium (library pass); ordered Chinese but less than usual.
13 ::
14 :
15 :::
16 ::$2.10 $52 craft store for spring craft bonanza
17 : long field trip 2 :$5.50 DD; $15 wooden toy puzzle;$5 train ride at museum $43.23 gas
18 $3.60 library fines; food store $156.
19 :::
20 hanna anderrson oulet $167; gymboree outlet $15; : $3.23
21 :::
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: 9/20 No Spend Days
2/20 Decluttering/Organizing Days/cleaning/30 minutes
:1/10 Library Days
:0/4 meal plan
:3/4 books
8/15 knit at least 15 minutes
: 19/28 eat at home
:2/7 update blogs (months behind)
:8/10 Let the Car Rest Days
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Absolutely a hideous spending day. I blew my food/household budget out of the water. We are low on meat so I bought some and we do tend to drink wine with dinner so I bought some of that as well. Unfortunately is all comes out of the same budget. Plus Seventh Gen. diapers were on sale super cheap (which never happens around here). We mainly use cloth, but I like to have sposies for outings etc. On the bright side I bought enough milk etc to last until the end of the month.

March 1 - $22 fast food :, $26.95 :
March 2 - $2.65 breakfast, $7 lunch
March 3 -
March 4 - $10.66 :, $50 Gas
March 5 - $284.03 :
March 6 - $10.40 lunch, $114 training pants and diaper cover
March 7 -
March 8 -
March 9 -
March 10- $30 lunch, $1.40 transit for dd1, $212.50 Summer camp fee for dd1
March 11 -
March 12 - $12 lunch, $35.24 :
March 13 - $22.60 :, $2.26 treats for girls, $20.53 dinner
March 14 -
March 15 -
March 16 - $9 eyebrow wax, $4.15 pizza (it was 2:30pm and I hadn't had lunch yet), $38.46 : & household items (including printer cartridge), $79 dd1 swimming lessons
March 17 - $49 dd1 & and I went to an indoor amusement park for Spring Break, $20.97 :
March 18 -
March 19 - $20.74 budgeted trip to playplace for kids, $47 : (fruit & veggie delivery)
March 20 - $18 planned lunch out
March 21 - $310.76 : & household, $50 Gas

: & household items $796.84/$540
Gas: $100/$100
Unbudgeted/Unnecessary Spending: $191.96
Budgeted/Necessary Spending: $422.64
No Spend Days 8/15

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Unbudgeted/Unnecessary Spending
Budgeted/Necessary Spending
: Groceries/Household items
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: = No spending at all!
= No unnecessary spending
: = Unnecessary spending
: = No driving

3/3: Paid bills--electricity, conference/continuing ed sign-up, CBE sign-up
3/4: : $150.00 in groceries (10 over limit); $8.00 on budgeted lunch date.
3/5: Paid more bills--$40.00 electricity, $40.00 charity, $14.00 to join a club
3/6: : :
3/7: : $11.00 Easter dress for DD, $13.00 shoes for DD, $30.00 photo albums to organize photos loose in boxes in my closet. $23.00 when DH ordered pizza and soda
3/8 = : :
3/9: : $25.00 doctor copay, $22.00 OTC meds, and : $6.83 from when I caved and went to Starsucks.
3/10: Budgeted lunch out $10.23. Gardening book that I can't find anywhere else, not even at the library $15.00.
3/11: : Still a little over on groceries, $156.00; potty for DD $17.00
3/12: : Why, oh why, does book-loving me keep overlooking the library?? I had so much fun stocking up on check-outs!
3/13: $9.00 in Rx meds, $18.00 to stock up on used onesies and jammies for "still cooking" Baby.
3/14: : $25.00 charity, $100.00 insurance, $10.00 medical copay bill, (here's the : part) $6.00 on Mrs. Meyers cleaner that I honestly could have done without. DH spent $24.00 on headphones, $13.00 on a haircut, and on my request : $20.00 on take-out pizza and salad.
3/15: Friday was payday, so I paid the mortgage and a credit card debt from my pre-NoSpend days of February. DH spent $10.00 for an extension cord for his headphones.
3/16: : $3900 on sleeper sofa and loveseat (yes, Virginia, it was budgeted and well saved for!); $20.00 on two live-catch moustraps
3/17: $8.00 on budgeted family lunch

3/18: : So we caught the $%#^% mouse in our live-catch trap. Our spendthrift "tradition" in these circumstances is that I release the UAV in an open field and swing by Starbucks on the way back. I couldn't resist but to do it again for $11.83 (ahem!). All of this occurred at 6am, with big pregnant me driving in my PJs. I would "love" to get pulled over and have to explain this one . . . . I digress . . . I stayed well within budget for groceries at : $127.00 and had car maintenance done for $51.00.

3/19: :
3/20:: $40.00 on supplies for DDs birthday party, as well as sundry groceries. It pushed me over budget for weekly groceries, but at least we didn't go out to eat.
3/21: $11.00 on party snacks (different party than DD's), $20.00 for haircut plus tip.

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01.. $23 Pizza Putt
02.. , : $750
03.. $51 reusable gift bags at Lucky Crow
04.. $21 Girl Scout Cookies
05.. $184 pool
06.. , :
07.. $35 pool floats and toys
08.. $13 princess clock
09..
10..
11..
12.. , :
13.. , :
14..
15.. , : $1,950
16.. $15 on stuffed easter bunnies
17.. , :
18.. $10 on chocolate and cookies
19.. , :
20.. , :, : $60
21.. $6.81 Chinese food

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12/20 No Spend days
6/5 Let the Car Rest Days :
: Put Money in Savings $2,760/$3,000

 

 

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3/1 - $39.25 grocery
3/2 - :
3/3 - $10 grocery
3/4 - :
3/5 - $3 grocery :
3/6 -
3/7 - : $10 prescription, $10 haircut for dd, $16.18 incl. $6
3/8 - : $50 grocery
3/9 - : $6.69 grocery
3/10 - :
3/11 - $4.50 grocery; $3
3/12 -
3/13 - :
3/14 - $100 Target - $55 batteries and charger (a good investment but blech), $30 b-day gifts, $20 grocery. I had not been to Target in at least 2 months! now I remember why..... Will put on household tab until I decide what to do with this expense.
3/15 - $25 grocery, $50 household :
3/16 -
3/17 -
3/18 -
3/19 - $10 household, :
3/20 - $20 co-pays. $6 fast food $6 household
3/21 - $190 grocery and household ; $25 pants for dh

no spend
: no drive
beer, my hot button issue with dh!

9/15 no spend days
8/13 no drive days
$513.62/$400 grocery and household
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I've blown my NY budget by a lot. Ugh.

1. $0
2. $6.40 groceries/lunch
3. $0
4. $30 taxes, $80 Walmart, $20 taco time, $9 convenience store, $25 pizza, gas (unknown amt)
5. $80 Abi spending, $80 Target/TJ Maxx
6. $8 BK, $40 Walmart (flowers and lunch stuff), $27 gas, $9 convenience store, $7 Sonic
7. $86 Walmart (groceries, CD, shampoo/conditioner)
8. No spend!
9. $68 Walmart, $3 Starbucks, ~$1200 airfare/car rental
10. $80 Dr, $7 Rx
11. $0
12. $26 grocery (school snacks/dinner)
13. $8 lunch out, gas $33, Walmart $99
14. $0
15. $14
16. $97
17. $150
18. $80
19. $70
20. $36 walmart, $100 outlets, $20 food
21. $34 thrift store, $13 funchos


* 4/10 no spend days
* $100 total (cash) for food/entertainment while in NY (I plan to do a cleanse while I'm there next month, so this should more than cover it.)
* $50 misc total for the month
*150/350 Blender savings
* no new shoes for anyone this month.
* eat out for lunch only 1x/week regardless of who pays
Week 1 - Tues
Week 2 - Tues, Weds, Thurs (pizza @ work meeting), Fri
Week 3 - Tues
Week 4 -
Week 5 -

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here's what i'm anticipating for expenses:
honey 164.40,
tierra farms 207.00
clothes 35.00
total= 406.14
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so, goals for me:
$600 for food this month!
$60 spending money- $100 birthday money
$100 saved for grain mill

21/31 no spend days
10/31 budgeted spending
non-budgeted spending
29/31 get outside days (i know this has nothing to do with money but it's needed) :

27- :
28- :
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1- :
2- :
3- 8.13 postage
4- :
5- 30 dr. appt, 217.88 grocery shopping, 36.32 gas, 10 diapers, 24.95 co-op chocolate (comes out of budgeted spending money) :
6- :
7- 10 postage (budgeted spending money) :
8-
9- 8.13 postage 205 utilities 14.86 shipping for co-op :
10- :
11- :
12- 100 mtn rose herbs (bday money) , 59.91 mtn rose herbs (grocery) :
13- 21.62 shipping :
14- :
15- 18.75 bathrobe 125.00 dehydrator (b-day money)
16- 18.25 post office sundry 338.60 groceries :
17- 85.88 clo on sale sundry :
18- :
19- bingo 20.00 :
20- :
21-


11/21 no spend days
8/10 budgeted spend
3/ 0 unbudgeted spend
616.39/600 grocery
87.69/60 spending money
225/190 birthday money all gone
17/29 exercise
0 /200 pantry stocking
122.88/80 sundry

eh. who needs a signature?
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$94/???? gas
$88/$50 eating out budget!
$80/$50 household budget... I need some jars.
$972/$850 food... we eat tons of fresh fruits and veggies and I can't seem to get this lower. Suggestions welcome!

1st: $231 Food; $124 vitamins; $52 DH's ipod
2nd: No spend!
3rd: No spend!
4th: $25 food; $21 Nike; $26 gas
5th: $26 pizza ; $151 TJs; $25 sporting goods
6th: No spend!
7th: $43 Wild by Nature; $10 file cabinet
8th: $31 eating out ; $10 library fine
9th No spend!
10th: $26 gas; $10 swimming; $18 shot blocks
11th: No spend!
12th: $16 gas
13th: No spend!
14th: No spend!
15th: $391 TJs; $74 WbN; $31 Dinner out; $17 prescription and 2 magazines; $26 gas
16th: No spend!
17th: $60 jars; $29 food; $18 race; $20 toilet paper[/quote]
18th: No spend!
19th: No spend!
20th: $33 WbN; $6 library fine; $27 gas
21st: $29 thrift (all for DH except a scarf); $10 Target
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Haven't had my hair cut in a year, so that was definitely necessary.


1st : $3.50
2nd
3rd $3 (3)coloring books $7.50 music book $2.50 drinks $60 wireless router $25.50 eating out $65 DH's game
4th $5.50 drinks/snack
5th $15 pizza
6th
7th $18 fast food $5 coffee $50 wrap
8th $22 pictures $8 facial cleanser
9th : $2.25
10th : $7
11th : $2.25 $10 book store $26 Victoria's Secret $6 pretzel & drink $10 eating out
12th : $2.25 . . . $20 coffee & eating out
13th
14th
15th : $2.25
16th : $2.25 pizza $15
17th $14 eating out
18th
19th $2.25 pop and candy
20th
21st

KEY/GOALS/TOTALS

No Unnecessary Spending 7

: 0/300 Savings

: $293

: $21.75 Badge Spending $363.75 Spending Total

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= no spend
= necessary/budgeted spending
= unnecessary spending
: = eat at home.

3/1: $45.01 (car) :
3/2: $195 (school tuition) $100 (AAMI application)
$1.09 (McD's 4 pc McNuggets)
3/3: :
3/4: $42 (raw milk) $9 (medical) :
$2.97 (seeds)
3/5: $28 (car) :
3/6 : $9.85 (USPS) $48 (fuel) $375 (AAMI) :
3/7: $40 (car) $$$ gas bill :
3/8: $6 (movie)
$10 (RX) $40 (groceries) :
3/9: $45 (fuel) $16.80 (usps) :
3/10: $44 (cell) $$$ (mortgage) $$$ (cable/net/phone) :
3/11: :
3/12: $40 (vitamins) $49 (fuel) :
3/13: $10 (rx) $10 (cracker barrel) $20 (sitter) $1.50 (magazine)
3/14: $55 (Costco) :
3/15: $7 (groceries) $3 (newspaper for coupons) $11 (eat out)
3/16: $60 (vitamins) :
3/17: $63 (groceries) $1.85 (coupons on eBay) $1.08 McDs nuggets
3/18: $44 (fuel) $42 (raw milk) :
3/19: $54 (doctor) $85 (radio - bad dh!) :

We made it to payday without overdrafting! :
3/20: $56 (vitamins) $30 (AAMI) :
3/21: $85 (city) $24 (AAMI) $21 (lawnmower) $5 (gift) :
3/22: $4 (fuel) $37 (groceries) :

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1st : $3.50
2nd
3rd $3 (3)coloring books $7.50 music book $2.50 drinks $60 wireless router $25.50 eating out $65 DH's game
4th $5.50 drinks/snack
5th $15 pizza
6th
7th $18 fast food $5 coffee $50 wrap
8th $22 pictures $8 facial cleanser
9th : $2.25
10th : $7
11th : $2.25 $10 book store $26 Victoria's Secret $6 pretzel & drink $10 eating out
12th : $2.25 . . . $20 coffee & eating out
13th
14th
15th : $2.25
16th : $2.25 pizza $15
17th $14 eating out
18th
19th $2.25 pop and candy
20th
21st
22nd $3.50

KEY/GOALS/TOTALS

No Unnecessary Spending 7

: 0/300 Savings

: $293

: $21.75 Badge Spending $367.25 Spending Total

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$94/???? gas
$88/$50 eating out budget!
$80/$50 household budget... I need some jars.
$1022/$850 food... we eat tons of fresh fruits and veggies and I can't seem to get this lower. Suggestions welcome!

1st: $231 Food; $124 vitamins; $52 DH's ipod
2nd: No spend!
3rd: No spend!
4th: $25 food; $21 Nike; $26 gas
5th: $26 pizza ; $151 TJs; $25 sporting goods
6th: No spend!
7th: $43 Wild by Nature; $10 file cabinet
8th: $31 eating out ; $10 library fine
9th No spend!
10th: $26 gas; $10 swimming; $18 shot blocks
11th: No spend!
12th: $16 gas
13th: No spend!
14th: No spend!
15th: $391 TJs; $74 WbN; $31 Dinner out; $17 prescription and 2 magazines; $26 gas
16th: No spend!
17th: $60 jars; $29 food; $18 race; $20 toilet paper[/quote]
18th: No spend!
19th: No spend!
20th: $33 WbN; $6 library fine; $27 gas
21st: $29 thrift (all for DH except a scarf); $10 Target
22nd: $55 food; ate out, but don't know how much
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DH and his big talkin' about food mouth!

03/01:
03/02:
03/03: $9 Shipping.
03/04:
03/05:
03/06:
03/07: $20 KFC (Mmm, coleslaw. )
03/08:
03/09:
03/10: $3 Goodwill goodies.
03/11:
03/12:
03/13:
03/14: $17 fabric, quilt batting, pattern & easter egg cookie cutter.
03/15:
03/16:
03/17:
03/18: $3 Salvation Army
03/19:
03/20:
03/21: $2 Artsy crafty kit for dd, $4 storage cubes.
03/22: $28 Chinese food.

15/20 No spend days
$86/$100 Unnecessarily spent

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