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#121 of 233 Old 01-08-2010, 05:31 PM
 
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January 1 -
January 2 - $13 for socks (I needed them, but still a spend)
January 3 -
January 4 - $23 snacks and $ to play cards at friends house
January 5 -
January 6 - $46 Reusable lunch containers

Unbudgeted/Unnecessary Spening: $82
No Spend Days: 3
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[QUOTE=lucifugous;14900454]Kate, unemployed single mama to D

Goals and Amounts for January
29 days with no unnecessary spending: 7/29
15+ days with $0 spent: 5/31
No eating out that I pay for all month: 8/31
5 items decluttered /day plus /item in: 142/220
Eat well within food budget: $112/$280
Set expenses estimated: $309/$400
Track travel expenses: $0
Unnecessary spending: $6

1-
2-
3-bought groceries , used close to 1/4 of monthly budget
4- returned a couple Christmas gifts, now have $37 store credit at JCPenney's- eta I have about that much at Toys R Us too.. hmmm..
5-grabbed an onion and a zucchini at the store <$2, + a splurge of $6
oh, and paid all the bills! $309 Most months it's more like $200.
6-
7-
8- groceries were $46 and I discovered that a Starbucks card I got in a Christmas grab bag 3 or 4 yrs ago still had its full value of $25 so with that I treated myself to a decaf drink
9-
10-
11- planned lunch out for my brother's birthday (my dad's treat), possibly next shopping trip

I didn't count the Starbucks as a spend because it's a gift card that can only be used at Starbucks and well... that is always unnecessary! I did enjoy and appreciate it very much.
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I've really got to get moving on the exercising, decluttering and bringing in extra money.

Goals for the Month of January
1. Half the month with no spend days: 2/15
2. Unplanned spending 5 or fewer days: 2/5
3. No eating out that we pay for all month: 6/31
4. Bring in extra money from my business: 0%
5. 185 items decluttered: 0/185
6. 13 days with exercise in them: 1/13

Key:
- No Spend
- Planned Spend
- Unplanned Spend
- All meals eaten at home
- Exercise

Jan 1:
Jan 2:
Jan 3:
Jan 4:
Jan 5:
Jan 6:
Jan 7: Paid for homeschooling group membership
Jan 8:

Running Totals:
Budget set spending (tithe, rent, utilities, internet/cell, insurance, bank service fees, debt repayment, hosting fees, RESP): $90.30
Budget discretionary spending (everything else on our budget): $25.00
Groceries: $236.59
Unplanned/Uneccessary spending: $19.47

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Mama to Toad (08/06), Frog (01/09)... and new baby Newt born on his due date, Sep. 8, 2010
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16/31 no spend

20/31 workout (30-day Shred)
Budgeted spend/shopping days


1/1 $7 movie - Up in the Air (btw, it got great reviews, but I didn't like it that much)
1/2 gas, lots of returns, so got merchandise credit at various stores
1/3 paid bills
1/4 1/16 1/20
1/5 2/20 2/16
1/6 3/20 bike helmet for DS1
1/7 4/20 3/16
1/8 5/20 4/16

Psyched up for the rest of this month, I can't believe the first week looks so good!

Akie, single mom to M (02/18/06), E (08/04/07) and Z (06/22/09)
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Umm... not doing the BEST at this no spend thing..

1/8 PLANNED non-consumables 111.98 (2 sets Fleece sheets (on massive sale! )) and 1 Flannel slip since I wear skirts 98% of the time & it is COLD! (and I've been planning on buying it for a year.. LITERALLY!)


Running Totals:
Groceries: $152.72
Other Planned consumables: $69.30
Planned/necessary Non-consumables: $160.02
Unplanned/Unnecessary spending: $22.72

Total for the Month: $404.76
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My Key:
No spend
Necessary spending
Unnecessary spending

1.
2.
3. (vitamins)
4. (groceries)
5. (drycleaning, all bills paid up for month)
6.
7. (gas, gift card for friend's b-day)
8. (groceries)

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So far:
Key: No spending at all ; Only necessary spending: ; Unplanned, unecessary spending:
1/ -
2/ - Allowance payout
3/ -
4/ - Groceries, b'day present for DS (2nd hand drum kit from friend who really needed the cash)
5/ - Electricity bill
6/ - lunch boxes for kids. Useful, but we didn't actually need them. And school uniforms for kids.
7/ - school supplies for kids, chicken and a couple of groceries.
8/- Kids were away and DH wanted to get takeaway and DVDs. I had allocated on takeaway this month, so I suppose this is it. Cranky with him that he refused to pay for his DVDs out of his allowance. (Note to self: need to find balance).
9/- DH dragged me into the sports shop and we bought snorkel sets for him and the kids. Good thing they all have b'days coming up as these will be birthday presents. Girls wanted new boogie boards, so they had to buy them with their own money.

I also organised the pantry yesterday, and sorted out a very simple financial system that will hopefully streamline the budgeting process.
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KEY:
16/31 no spend

20/31 workout (30-day Shred)
Budgeted spend/shopping days
Spent beyond budget

1/1 $7 movie - Up in the Air (btw, it got great reviews, but I didn't like it that much)
1/2 gas, lots of returns, so got merchandise credit at various stores
1/3 paid bills
1/4 1/16 1/20
1/5 2/20 2/16
1/6 3/20 bike helmet for DS1
1/7 4/20 3/16
1/8 5/20 4/16
1/9 6/20 (IF I write it here, that means I WILL DO IT, right?
5/16


Psyched up for the rest of this month, I can't believe the first week looks so good!

Akie, single mom to M (02/18/06), E (08/04/07) and Z (06/22/09)
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-Planned Spend
- Unplanned Spend
- All meals eaten at home
- Exercise
- No Car



1/1--
1/2--
1/3-- - $16 -migraine & was asleep during dinner..DH bought fast food for family $25.95--online order for a years worth of DS's toothbrush replaceable heads (consumables!)
1/4--
1/5-- $152.72 Groceries $43.35 Planned Consumables $48.04 Planned non-consumables $6.72 Unplanned/Unnecessary spending
1/6
1/7
1/8 PLANNED non-consumables 111.98 (2 sets Fleece sheets (on massive sale! )) and 1 Flannel slip since I wear skirts 98% of the time & it is COLD! (and I've been planning on buying it for a year.. LITERALLY!)
1/9 72.05 groceries $52.49 Unplanned spending

Running Totals:
Groceries: $224.77
Other Planned consumables: $69.30
Planned/necessary Non-consumables: $160.02
Unplanned/Unnecessary spending: $75.21

Total for the Month: $529.30

I commented yesterday that I was NOT doing well on the no spend thing.. I repeat that comment today... I actually talked myself OUT of a purchase today.. (I spied a wonderful looking/feeling comforter a Marshels when I went in to look for new mittens for DS who has lost one of his..) I told DH about it and he talked me back INTO it, since neither of us really cares for our present comforter.. (it's stiff/ uncomftable.. not practical with a child or cat, for multiple reasons, main one being it is dry clean only! ) so, we got the new comfy comforter and the old one will be Freecycled...

As for groceries.. I gave into drool... no, seriously... I've been looking at this blog with the most glorious looking recipes, and I want to make them all NOW!! But of course I didn't have some of the ingredients at home.. Soo.... and the rest as they say is history.. For those that might be curious the blog in question, must come with the following warning: This site WILL cause you to drool, and inspire you to cook all sorts of new recipes.. If you follow it, it WILL be hazardous to your waistline!! Pioneer Woman Cooking /

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Kate, unemployed single mama to D

Goals and Amounts for January
29 days with no unnecessary spending: 9/29
15+ days with $0 spent: 6/31
No eating out that I pay for all month: 10/31
5 items decluttered /day plus /item in: 170/220
Eat well within food budget: $120/$280 in 3 trips
Set expenses estimated: $328/$400
Track travel expenses: $20
Unnecessary spending: $6
Unplanned grocery trips: 1=$8

1-
2-
3-bought groceries , used close to 1/4 of monthly budget
4- returned a couple Christmas gifts, now have $37 store credit at JCPenney's- eta I have about that much at Toys R Us too.. hmmm..
5-grabbed an onion and a zucchini at the store <$2, + a splurge of $6
oh, and paid all the bills! $309 Most months it's more like $200.
6-
7-
8- groceries were $46 and I discovered that a Starbucks card I got in a Christmas grab bag 3 or 4 yrs ago still had its full value of $25 so with that I treated myself to a decaf drink
9-Ran out for some dill, ended up spending $8. The other items were not necessary, yet I don't feel this meets the criterion for one of only two unnecessary spending days I allow myself the whole month- especially since it's all food and none will go to waste. So I added a category for unplanned grocery spending. When it was warmer, D & I walked up to the grocery store almost daily so I think I'm doing ok.
10- tagged along to two stores and still spent nothing!
11- planned lunch out for my brother's birthday (my dad's treat)
next shopping trip to the store where produce is cheaper - might delay until Friday and just get a couple veg Monday
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My key:

= groceries

= necessities like gas and stuff for baby.

=No money left my pocket

=Oops! Spent money.


1/1=
1/2= $8.00 Movies
1/3=
1/4= $6.55 Breakfast out
1/5= $4.30 McDonald's. $100 Toyota for Car Maintenance $25.61 Publix
1/6=
1/7= $8 Mcdonald's and Liquid Highway
1/8=
1/9= $25 Target Household necessities $80

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Key:
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-Planned Spend
- Unplanned Spend
- All meals eaten at home
- Exercise
- No Car

1/1--
1/2--
1/3-- - $16 -migraine & was asleep during dinner..DH bought fast food for family $25.95--online order for a years worth of DS's toothbrush replaceable heads (consumables!)
1/4--
1/5-- $152.72 Groceries $43.35 Planned Consumables $48.04 Planned non-consumables $6.72 Unplanned/Unnecessary spending
1/6
1/7
1/8 PLANNED non-consumables 111.98 (2 sets Fleece sheets (on massive sale! )) and 1 Flannel slip since I wear skirts 98% of the time & it is COLD! (and I've been planning on buying it for a year.. LITERALLY!)
1/9 72.05 groceries $52.49 Unplanned spending
1/10
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1. $1,000 - rent
2. $0
3. $1 - newspaper
4. $76 - car insurance; $79.03 - groceries (food stamps)
5. $197 - car payment
6. $0
7. $32.23 - gas; $7.31 - dinner while running errands
8. $14.46 - lunch with a friend
9. $3.26 - construction paper for DS's school project; $57.16 - groceries (food stamps)
10. $0

So far, every purchase except for dinner while running errands was planned and accounted for in the budget. I'm doing better than I expected so far!
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January
Key:
No Spending:
Budgeted Spending:
Unnecessary Spending
Emergency/Unnecessary Spending:
Exercise:

1- (Happy New Year!)
2- $376 costco
3- $94 Target
4-
5-
6-
7- $20 (glee club) & $5 lunch
8-
9- $31 walgreens for lotion/cream & $26 for dinner out/birthday
10- $6 lunch, but $33 groceries
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12-
13-
14-
15-
16-
17-
18-
19-
20-
21-
22-
23-
24-
25-
26-
27-
28-
29-
30-
31-

January 2010 goals:
Eat out (dinner or lunch): 2 days
Groceries: $409/$500
Extra for CC: $60/$200
No Spend days: 6/20

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January 1 -
January 2 - $13 for socks (I needed them, but still a spend)
January 3 -
January 4 - $23 snacks and $ to play cards at friends house
January 5 -
January 6 -
January 7 - $46 Reusable lunch containers
January 8 - $15 lunch, $2 paper for dd1, $12 lottery tickets (with a group at work)
January 9 -
January 10 -

Unbudgeted/Unnecessary Spening: $111
No Spend Days: 6
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1. $1,000 - rent
2. $0
3. $1 - newspaper
4. $76 - car insurance; $79.03 - groceries (food stamps)
5. $197 - car payment
6. $0
7. $32.23 - gas; $7.31 - dinner while running errands
8. $14.46 - lunch with a friend
9. $3.26 - construction paper for DS's school project; $57.16 - groceries (food stamps)
10. $0
11. $82.56 - diapers, wipes, and OxiClean at Costco; $22.57 - groceries (food stamps); $3.61 - lunch
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My key:
No spend:
Planned spend:
Unplanned spend:
Credit card use:

I'm only tracking spending outside fixed bills - so not accounting for mortgage, daycare, cell phone etc.

1/1:
1/2: $2.99 movie rental
1/3:
1/4:
1/5: $100 ER copay from Nov 2009
1/6: $235 mostly planned spend though a bit on sheets
1/7: $20 babysitter
1/8:
1/9: Fidelity investment fees
1/10: unexpected medical bill of my late not-quite ex's
1/11:
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Goals for the Month of January
1. Half the month with no spend days: 3/15
2. Unplanned spending 5 or fewer days: 3/5
3. No eating out that we pay for all month: 8/31
4. Bring in extra money from my business: 14%
5. 185 items decluttered: 0/185
6. 13 days with exercise in them: 3/13

Key:
- No Spend
- Planned Spend
- Unplanned Spend
- All meals eaten at home
- Exercise

Jan 1:
Jan 2:
Jan 3:
Jan 4:
Jan 5:
Jan 6:
Jan 7:
Jan 8:
Jan 9:
Jan 10: Bought pizza again... split it with a friend, but it wasn't planned.
Jan 11: Paid for bus tickets, some bills and bought more prenatals Brought in some business money today

Running Totals:
Budget set spending (tithe, rent, utilities, internet/cell, insurance, bank service fees, debt repayment, hosting fees, RESP): $223.04
Budget discretionary spending (everything else on our budget): $67.24
Groceries: $256.59
Unplanned/Uneccessary spending: $34.47

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01/01
01/02 $6.20 Dunkin Donuts, $8.82 swap shipping
01/03
01/04
01/05
01/06 $8.40 picture frames
01/07
01/08 $5.50 dress for dd, $4 Dunkin Donuts
01/09 $2 Dunkin Donuts
01/10
01/11

7/20 no-spend days
$34.92 frivolous spending
$0.00 put in savings account

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-Planned Spend
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- All meals eaten at home
- Exercise
- No Car

1/1--
1/2--
1/3-- - $16 -migraine & was asleep during dinner..DH bought fast food for family $25.95--online order for a years worth of DS's toothbrush replaceable heads (consumables!)
1/4--
1/5-- $152.72 Groceries $43.35 Planned Consumables $48.04 Planned non-consumables $6.72 Unplanned/Unnecessary spending
1/6
1/7
1/8 PLANNED non-consumables 111.98 (2 sets Fleece sheets (on massive sale! )) and 1 Flannel slip since I wear skirts 98% of the time & it is COLD! (and I've been planning on buying it for a year.. LITERALLY!)
1/9 72.05 groceries $52.49 Unplanned spending
1/10
1/11
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Unnecessary spending

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3. (vitamins)
4. (groceries)
5. (drycleaning, all bills paid up for month)
6.
7. (gas, gift card for friend's b-day)
8. (groceries)
9.
10. (dog food) (snack)
11. (groceries)

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16/31 no spend

20/31 workout (30-day Shred)
Budgeted spend/shopping days
Spent beyond budget

1/1 $7 movie - Up in the Air (btw, it got great reviews, but I didn't like it that much)
1/2 gas, lots of returns, so got merchandise credit at various stores
1/3 paid bills
1/4 1/16 1/20
1/5 2/20 2/16
1/6 3/20 bike helmet for DS1
1/7 4/20 3/16
1/8 5/20 4/16
1/9 Darn, had to erase my workout smilie here. But 5/16
1/10 6/16
1/11 6/20 gas


Still Psyched up for the rest of this month!

Akie, single mom to M (02/18/06), E (08/04/07) and Z (06/22/09)
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Goals and Amounts for January
29 days with no unnecessary spending: 10/29
15+ days with $0 spent: 7/31
No eating out that I pay for all month: 11/31
5 items decluttered /day plus /item in: 170/220
Eat well within food budget: $120/$280 in 3 trips
Set expenses: $328/$400
Track travel expenses: $20
Unnecessary spending: $6
Unplanned grocery trips: 1=$8

1-
2-
3-bought groceries , used close to 1/4 of monthly budget
4- returned a couple Christmas gifts, now have $37 store credit at JCPenney's- eta I have about that much at Toys R Us too.. hmmm..
5-grabbed an onion and a zucchini at the store <$2, + a splurge of $6
oh, and paid all the bills! $309 Most months it's more like $200.
6-
7-
8- groceries were $46 and I discovered that a Starbucks card I got in a Christmas grab bag 3 or 4 yrs ago still had its full value of $25 so with that I treated myself to a decaf drink
9-Ran out for some dill, ended up spending $8. The other items were not necessary, yet I don't feel this meets the criterion for one of only two unnecessary spending days I allow myself the whole month- especially since it's all food and none will go to waste. So I added a category for unplanned grocery spending. When it was warmer, D & I walked up to the grocery store almost daily so I think I'm doing ok.
10- tagged along to two stores and still spent nothing!
11- planned lunch out for my brother's birthday (my dad's treat)
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January
Key:
No Spending:
Budgeted Spending:
Unnecessary Spending
Emergency/Unnecessary Spending:
Exercise:

1- (Happy New Year!)
2- $376 costco
3- $94 Target
4-
5-
6-
7- $20 (glee club) & $5 lunch
8-
9- $31 walgreens for lotion/cream & $26 for dinner out/birthday
10- $6 lunch, but $33 groceries
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18-
19-
20-
21-
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23-
24-
25-
26-
27-
28-
29-
30-
31-

January 2010 goals:
Eat out (dinner or lunch): 2 days
Groceries: $409/$500
Extra for CC: $60/$200
No Spend days: 6/20

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1. $1,000 - rent
2. $0
3. $1 - newspaper
4. $76 - car insurance; $79.03 - groceries (food stamps)
5. $197 - car payment
6. $0
7. $32.23 - gas; $7.31 - dinner while running errands
8. $14.46 - lunch with a friend
9. $3.26 - construction paper for DS's school project; $57.16 - groceries (food stamps)
10. $0
11. $82.56 - diapers, wipes, and OxiClean at Costco; $22.57 - groceries (food stamps); $3.61 - lunch
12. $0
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1/1-
2- $5 DD medicine, $12 baby items, $74 groceries, $34 gasoline
3 $17 Amazon books ($4 self spending, $13 homeschool books)
4
5
6 $20 dr visit copay, $6 prescription for DS, $9 drive-thru to thank SIL for babysitting DD while I took DS to dr
7
8: Sledding!
9: Sledding!
10-
11- $106 groceries

Groceries/ household: $189 / $200 keeping it low this month as our pantry is VERY well stocked!)
Kid and baby stuff: $20 / $20
Homeschool: $13 / $20
Blow money for self: $4 / $30
Gasoline: $34 / $100
Gifts: 0 / $10
Medical copays: $11 medicine, $20 dr copay

Total January budgeted = $480
Total January spent = $283

Goals:
No spend days 7 / 15
Declutter 2 / 5
Exercise 2 / 10
: Meal Plan! 0 / 4 weeks

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Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
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Key:
- No Spend
-Planned Spend
- Unplanned Spend
- All meals eaten at home
- Exercise
- No Car

1/1--
1/2--
1/3-- - $16 -migraine & was asleep during dinner..DH bought fast food for family $25.95--online order for a years worth of DS's toothbrush replaceable heads (consumables!)
1/4--
1/5-- $152.72 Groceries $43.35 Planned Consumables $48.04 Planned non-consumables $6.72 Unplanned/Unnecessary spending
1/6
1/7
1/8 PLANNED non-consumables 111.98 (2 sets Fleece sheets (on massive sale! )) and 1 Flannel slip since I wear skirts 98% of the time & it is COLD! (and I've been planning on buying it for a year.. LITERALLY!)
1/9 72.05 groceries $52.49 Unplanned spending
1/10
1/11
1/12
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GOALS/KEY:
16/31 no spend

20/31 workout (30-day Shred)
Budgeted spend/shopping days
Spent beyond budget

1/1 $7 movie - Up in the Air (btw, it got great reviews, but I didn't like it that much)
1/2 gas, lots of returns, so got merchandise credit at various stores
1/3 paid bills
1/4 1/16 1/20
1/5 2/20 2/16
1/6 3/20 bike helmet for DS1
1/7 4/20 3/16
1/8 5/20 4/16
1/9 Darn, had to erase my workout smilie here. But 5/16
1/10 6/16
1/11 6/20 gas
1/12 7/20 groceries *although I will admit to buying a few unplanned, sinful treats*

Still Psyched up for the rest of this month!

Akie, single mom to M (02/18/06), E (08/04/07) and Z (06/22/09)
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