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Old 11-04-2010, 10:05 PM
 
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11/01
11/02
11/03
11/04

4/20 No-spend days
4/30 Clothes shopping-free days
$0 Frivolously Spent

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1- Groceries - 80.18 & 100 to EF
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- Budgeted Spending
- No Spend days
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2/15 No Spend Days
0/8 Let the car rest days
0/50 Eat Out
80.18/350 Grocery Budget
100/200 Extra Savings
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= no spend
= planned spend
= unplanned spend
= wasteful spend

2. $5.83 at the grocery store
3. $5.50 washed the comforter at the laundrymat
4. $8.80 at the post office, needed stamps for pen pal letters for the kids!

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Yesterday, I ended up going through the drive through for lunch. Technically, this comes out of the weekly allowance I give myself, but I wanted to keep that money for something fun, so it counts as "bad" spending. I walked to go get my son's meds, which are planned spending, but the fast food lunch gets the day an irked smilie.

Today, I spent nothing ... Well, the guy came by to fix our back gutter, but I don't have to pay him yet! I also didn't drive the car anywhere. We did our usual walk to the park, although it's starting to get cold here.

1 - Planned Spending
2 - No spending and no driving! I actually walked to go vote
3 - McDs lunch $5.40 + $3.23 planned spending for my son's meds.
4 - No spending and no driving!

Grocery Spending - 95.91/500
Out to Eat Spending - 0/80
Target Spending - 28.93/150
Other Planned Spending - 0/100 (to be used for sump pump service later this week)
Non-planned Spending - 5.40[/QUOTE]

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Yay!!! I had an awesome score today. We have been eating a lot of yogurt lately and I needed more. I went to pick it up at the HFS, and after examining the increased price, I drove to the farm that makes it (like a minute from the store), and ended up with 6 quarts of organic/biodynamic yogurt for $10 and a free quart of organic/biodynamic cream. One quart at the store is 4.69! I feel really good about myself.

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-no spend days
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1/15 no spend days
0/8 no drive days
0/5 sell my stuff days
2/8 craft/enrichment activity ready after school days
4/30 tracked spending days
166.20/$500.00 grocery budget
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Hello dear mamas!

I've had my eye on these no-spend threads for a while now, and I'm going to jump in for November, even if it is a little late. From what I've read so far, you are all a very inspiring and admirable group of mamas.

Who I am - I am a SAHM Mom to one toddler boy. My husband works and we are recent college grads.

My Financial Goals
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1) I have three personal incomes every month. One is an allowance from my husband, one is from babysitting, and one is from my small business. My goal is to not spend this money in the month I receive it. In the past months, I usually spend the money and then put extra charges on my credit card, which means I have to use the next months income for the cards. Vicious, horrible cycle!
2) To Put at least a little in savings, a little in charity, and a little in my retirement account every month. I want my savings account to reach my goal amount. I want to save money for school and my own car!
3) Keep track of money and balance finances better.

How I will Get there -
I created a spreadsheet on GoogleDocs tracking my income vs. expenses. I will not let the expenses get greater than the income and will have to record everything. I will also "pay myself first" by signing up for automatic withdrawal to my retirement and charity. I will put money in my savings every time I go to the gym (the bank is right next door) even if it is only $1.
I will try to save our family money on gas by not driving 2 days a week. I will try to save us money on food by cooking all the things that have been in our pantry for over 2 months.

I bought groceries and filled up the car with gas on the 1st.

1. No Spend! but did drive our car to another city
2. Spent $20 on bus pass for family member, but I get to return it because it wasn't needed! but did drive our car to another city
3. No Spend! Earned a little extra from my business.
4. No Spend! Earned a little extra from babysitting.
5. Need to pay off big credit card bill today.....hope I will have enough.....

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My Key:
Budgeted, planned spending (includes groceries, gas, other necessary or well planned items- NOT impulse items)
No Spend
No Drive
Impulse, Unnecessary Spending
Eat Out

Nov.1-
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1. gas
2. $20 gift for DD "from the new baby" for when he arrives.
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2/15 no-spend days
4/25 planned spending days
$0/$700 into savings
$0/$400 holiday spending

My key:

no-spend day
budgeted/planned spending
frivolous spending

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Old 11-05-2010, 06:09 PM
 
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Today was payday, so we put most of our monthly allotment into savings. I may end up pulling a little out to cover the rest of the car repair, but I don't yet know what that will be since it's not finished. I had to go back today to point out the noise that it's making, but I paid for the work done so far.

Today's bonus: I scored a free Starbucks from a co-worker by picking up for everyone!

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= no spending!
= necessary, budgeted spending
= necessary, unbudgeted spending
= unnecessary, unbudgeted spending

1- mortgage payment, $32 for pizza to thank our niece and nephew for help with yardwork (comes out of entertainment allowance)
2- $74.48 at Meijer for groceries (and only groceries, yay!) + $11 for apples at the market to make applesauce
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$109.77/$500 groceries
$450/$500 savings
$11.50/60 work lunches
1/15 no-spend days

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01.. $9.98 Wendys
02.. $10.90 Subway
03.. $15 Costco Lamb Blanket
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My Goals:

2/20 No Spend Days
1/5 Let the Car Rest Days
3/20 Fast Food Free Days

 

 

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1. $39 oil change, $35 gas for car
2. $3 clearance Halloween decorations. $6 chicken breasts.
3. No Spend!
4. $10 lunch out, $23 play tickets, $100 DD1 Girl Scout troop fee (for entire year) Stayed out of the stores!
5. $15 craft supplies (household), $107 groceries, $9 birthday gift (household)

As the weekend approaches...my goal is to stay out of the stores entirely. I really can't think of anything we need. Hoping for 2 NS days in a row....


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planned/budgeted spending
true no-spend
frivolous spending

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113/$400 groceries (doesn't include milk delivery or prepaid CSA)
10/$50 eating out (including coffee)
27/$100 household
0/$500 put in savings
5/30 not buying clothes days
3/15 stay out of stores days
1/10 true no-spend days
4/20 planned/budgeted spending days
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= No spending or budgeted/necessary spending

= Unnecessary/unbudgeted/optional/"junk" spending

1. $25.00 sprinkler blow-outs
2. $20.00 in books. One of them I had to buy because DD destroyed it in the store.
3. Paid phone bill
4. First trip to Sam's Club. Not totally sold on joining, but I went in as a "bootleggin'" guest.
5. Bought magazines $12.00 and unnecessary. Gas $33.00, groceries and gifts $39.00

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Didn't do so well today, I could have NOT spent on all this little junk food...

1. No Spend! but did drive our car to another city
2. Spent $20 on bus pass for family member, but I get to return it because it wasn't needed! but did drive our car to another city
3. No Spend! Earned a little extra from my business.
4. No Spend! Earned a little extra from babysitting.
5. Spent about 8 dollars on junk food. But did pay the credit card bill.

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I guess I need to improve my budgeting skills, last nights gno is a spend. I was planning it, but I don't think that counts!

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-no spend days
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-no drive

1/15 no spend days
1/8 no drive days
0/5 sell my stuff days
3/8 craft/enrichment activity ready after school days
5/30 tracked spending days
166.20/$500.00 grocery budget[/QUOTE]
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Today was my first day for blowing some money. I don't feel that bad about it though, since it really wasn't for me. I took my mom out to lunch after she rearranged her schedule to watch DS for me while I went back to the eye doc for a follow-up. DH was supposed to do it, but got stuck at work. It'll come out of my "eating out" allotment for this month, so it's not totally unbudgeted, just not really planned for today. We try to use that money for DH and I to go on "dates".

Then I bought myself a Starbucks, since DS slept like CRAP last night. :yawning THAT was unplanned and not quite necessary.

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= no spending!
= necessary, budgeted spending
= necessary, unbudgeted spending
= unnecessary, unbudgeted spending


1- mortgage payment, $32 for pizza to thank our niece and nephew for help with yardwork (comes out of entertainment allowance)
2- $74.48 at Meijer for groceries (and only groceries, yay!) + $11 for apples at the market to make applesauce
3- $45 for eye doctor, $15 for the prescription, and $5 for coffee
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5- $6.50 for Chinese for lunch + $24.29 at Meijer + paid for car repairs
6- $12 for lunch + $3.80 for coffee
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$109.77/$500 groceries
$450/$500 savings
$11.50/60 work lunches
1/15 no-spend days[/QUOTE]

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1. gas
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The painting supplies were almost $80, but I've been waiting to buy this paint until it went on sale, which it did this weekend. We're painting the spare room as per my daughter's specifications so that we can entice her to move out of the nursery. Her colour choice: "purple palace". My three year old's room is going to look like a brothel .

3/15 no-spend days
5/25 planned spending days
$0/$700 into savings
$50/$400 holiday spending

My key:

no-spend day
budgeted/planned spending
frivolous spending

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[QUOTE=Crunchy*VT*Mom;16021133]01.. $9.98 Wendys
02.. $10.90 Subway
03.. $15 Costco Lamb Blanket
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My Goals:

2/20 No Spend Days
1/5 Let the Car Rest Days
3/20 Fast Food Free Days

 

 

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1. $39 oil change, $35 gas for car
2. $3 clearance Halloween decorations. $6 chicken breasts.
3. No Spend!
4. $10 lunch out, $23 play tickets, $100 DD1 Girl Scout troop fee (for entire year) Stayed out of the stores!
5. $15 craft supplies (household), $107 groceries, $9 birthday gift (household)
6. Well, not entirely planned but I spent $114 Christmas presents at church bazaar, $1 cookies, $3 coffee
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planned/budgeted spending
true no-spend
frivolous spending

Goals:
113/$400 groceries (doesn't include milk delivery or prepaid CSA)
14/$50 eating out (including coffee)
27/$100 household
114/$200 Christmas (just added this category)
0/$500 put in savings
6/30 not buying clothes days
4/15 stay out of stores days
1/10 true no-spend days
4/20 planned/budgeted spending days
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= no spend
= planned spend
= unplanned spend
= wasteful spend

2. $5.83 at the grocery store
3. $5.50 washed the comforter at the laundrymat
4. $8.80 at the post office, needed stamps for pen pal letters for the kids!
5. $24.27 at the grocery store
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My Key:
Budgeted, planned spending (includes groceries, gas, other necessary or well planned items- NOT impulse items)
No Spend
No Drive
Impulse, Unnecessary Spending
Eat Out

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Nov.5-7- Budgeted for Girl Scout Hiking trip in the mountains and a night at my bff's new house stayed within budget, ate out 2x, bought gas, and souvenier's.

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3/10 no spend days
10 art/work days
4 eating out days

$182/$400 grocery budget
$0 FUN money

no spend day
unnecessary spending
budget spending day
art/work day

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3. , $50 cat food
4. ... getting an insurance-covered massage today! woohoo!
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6. $688 on winter tires!! . we did obviously budget it, but it was still a shock to the system. now i REALLY have to stick to our budget this month, since that ate up pretty much any wiggle-room we normally have
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1. $39 oil change, $35 gas for car
2. $3 clearance Halloween decorations. $6 chicken breasts.
3. No Spend!
4. $10 lunch out, $23 play tickets, $100 DD1 Girl Scout troop fee (for entire year) Stayed out of the stores!
5. $15 craft supplies (household), $107 groceries, $9 birthday gift (household)
6. Well, not entirely planned but I spent $114 Christmas presents at church bazaar, $1 cookies, $3 coffee
7. No spend
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planned/budgeted spending
true no-spend
frivolous spending

Goals:
113/$400 groceries (doesn't include milk delivery or prepaid CSA)
14/$50 eating out (including coffee)
27/$100 household
114/$200 Christmas (just added this category)
0/$500 put in savings
7/30 not buying clothes days
5/15 stay out of stores days
2/10 true no-spend days
4/20 planned/budgeted spending days
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01.. $9.98 Wendys
02.. $10.90 Subway
03.. $15 Costco Lamb Blanket
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06.. $11 hat, $3 Starbucks
07.. $10.90 Subway
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My Goals:

2/20 No Spend Days
1/5 Let the Car Rest Days
3/20 Fast Food Free Days

 

 

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= no spending!
= necessary, budgeted spending
= necessary, unbudgeted spending
= unnecessary, unbudgeted spending


1- mortgage payment, $32 for pizza to thank our niece and nephew for help with yardwork (comes out of entertainment allowance)
2- $74.48 at Meijer for groceries (and only groceries, yay!) + $11 for apples at the market to make applesauce
3- $45 for eye doctor, $15 for the prescription, and $5 for coffee
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5- $6.50 for Chinese for lunch + $24.29 at Meijer + paid for car repairs
6- $12 for lunch, $8 for dinner + $3.80 for coffee
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$109.77/$500 groceries
$450/$500 savings
$19.50/60 work lunches
2/15 no-spend days

Strong single mama to Ethan (9/09) and Rowyn (7/12)
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11/01
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11/05 $9 Cute cords for me
11/06
11/07

6/20 No-spend days
6/30 Clothes shopping-free days
$9 Frivolously Spent

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Nov 1=$35.00 (returned check at the candy store)
Nov 2=$0.00
Nov 3=$0.00
Nov 4=$12.50, $185.45 -Son's lunch check, groceries
Nov 5=$8.00- Family Night fee
Nov 6=$0.00
Nov 7=$6.69, $49.32- Starbucks, Target
Nov 8=$12.50- son's lunch check

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= no spend
= planned spend
= unplanned spend
= wasteful spend

2. $5.83 at the grocery store
3. $5.50 washed the comforter at the laundrymat
4. $8.80 at the post office, needed stamps for pen pal letters for the kids!
5. $24.27 at the grocery store
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= No spending or budgeted/necessary spending

= Unnecessary/unbudgeted/optional/"junk" spending

1. $25.00 sprinkler blow-outs
2. $20.00 in books. One of them I had to buy because DD destroyed it in the store.
3. Paid phone bill
4. First trip to Sam's Club. Not totally sold on joining, but I went in as a "bootleggin'" guest.
5. Bought magazines $12.00 and unnecessary. Gas $33.00, groceries and gifts $39.00
6. $30.00 sewing class registration, craft supplies
7. $110.00 in groceries

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3/20 No Spend Days
1/5 Let the Car Rest Days
4/20 Fast Food Free Days

 

 

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