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#421 of 424 Old 05-01-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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Plan: record everything here (did Feb & March and it made a huge difference in my spending) and use the envelope system.

Grocery weeks:
March 29 - April 4: 99.00/100
April 5 - April 11: 99.50/100
April 12 - April 18: 56.00/100
April 19 - April 25: 92.00/100
April 26 - May 2: 78.00/100

Type of spending
= budgeted spending
= not budgeted spending
= no spend

What the $ was spent on
: = $ spent on groceries
or : = $ spent on baby or cat
= $ spent on me

4/1 - on : 10.00 for next week's fruit & veggie delivery
4/2 -
4/3 - on - dealing with terrible cold
4/4 - on : 1.95
4/5 - on : 89.50 eek, grocery budget is used up for the week - must stick to menu.
4/6 -
4/7 - on - 13.50
4/8 -
4/9 -
4/10 - on HAB supplies - still haven't really made a budget for this type of thing
4/11 -
4/12 - on - gift card
4/13 -
4/14 - on : 56.00
4/15 -
4/16 - 30.00 on kitchen wares to organize kitchen
4/17 -
4/18 - on : 17.00
4/19 - on : 64.00
4/20 -
4/21 - on : 11.00
4/22 - on house stuff - 20.00
4/23 - on - 4.75 on tea & treat at cafe with mama friends
4/24 -
4/25 - 60.00 on printer ink - stupid printer that will only print if there's ink in all the colours. I needed to print out forms for DS... at least the last bunch of ink lasted us a year. And on - 6.00 for decaf coffee to make at home - no $$ cafe drinks needed.
4/26 - on : 72.00
4/27 - on 2.00 for two used books at library and 2.00 for ice cream for DH and I.
4/28 - on 2.50 for three used books for DS
4/29 - on : 5.00
4/30 -

These challenges have changed my spending drastically. I've moved to a cash only system that has made a huge difference in the amount of things Ip pick up without thinking. My husband has also really gotten into the challenge of only spending $100 a week on groceries because whatever is leftover at the end of the week gets saved for our end of summer family vacation. A few days ago I even put a sale item that was not needed back on the shelf because it wasn't on the list and it wasn't something that I could stockpile.

Thanks again for starting these threads. I can't wait until May starts!
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#422 of 424 Old 05-01-2009, 12:58 PM
 
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"My husband has also really gotten into the challenge of only spending $100 a week on groceries because whatever is leftover at the end of the week gets saved for our end of summer family vacation."

Oooh, good idea! I really want to take the kids to Disney, but really DON'T want to do it until/unless I've specifically saved up the cash for it. Maybe this method would work for me!
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#423 of 424 Old 05-01-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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April was the month of slaying the parking ticket/library fine beasts, and conquering meal planning. Now May can be the month of getting the grocery budget under control...

Kim :

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

APRIL GOALS:
* Move toward achieving work goals: 18/24
* Less than $25 in frivolous spending: month to date $0
* At least 24 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 26/24
* NO library fines: month to date $0 / NO parking tickets: $0
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget: ~$830/$500
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organization = spending): 27/24
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 23/30
* Meal plan created: 4/4 weeks - wahoo!
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April 1 -
April 2 - : $115.56 :, $3.94 Starbucks, $32.42 clothes for dd1
April 3 - $17 planned lunch out
April 4 - : $165.12 :
April 5 - : $30.50 trip to farm
April 6 - $148.40 clothes for dd2, dd3 and gift for my sisters new baby, $23.91 shipping, $28 parking :, $2.98 :
April 7 -
April 8 -
April 9 - $55.47 Gas, $88.26 :
April 10 -
April 11 - $64 take-out (planned for BIL visit)
April 12 - :
April 13 -
April 14 - : $78.70 :
April 15 - $5.39 juice, $13.18 :
April 16 - :
April 17 -
April 18 - : $61.98 :, $78.42 clothes for dd1 & dd2, $117.15 Mom's weekend
April 19 - :
April 20 - $188.27 clothes for dd1:
April 21 - :
April 22 - $77.77 :, $54.85 gas
April 23 - $35 meds for kids ~ not planned, but necessary
April 24 -
April 25 -
April 26 -
April 27 - $6.20 lunch, $39.08 dh picked up a few things), $283.39 : :
April 28 -
April 29 -
April 30 - $8.44 :, $20.58 stuff for kids’ $31.63 reusable water bottles, $14 lunch

: & household items $934.46/$600
Unbudgeted/Unnecessary Spending: $292.39
Budgeted/Necessary Spending: $505.89
No Spend Days: 15/15:
:At least 30 minutes exercise: 9/30
Spending $ - $46.53/$50
Gas: $110.32/$100
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