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#121 of 167 Old 10-25-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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the freezer, pots, and vac are all things i've lusted after for years....years and years.

but my mom's uber frugal nature kicks in and says "why did you need a 170 dollar le crueset pot? you can buy one for 40 bucks!" or "a dyson? you can get a 40 dollar dirt devil at walmart"

 

What size pot did you get for $170? That seems like a really fabulous price. I really really want a dutch oven from them, although it looks like they call them french ovens.

 

ok, back to not spending money!

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My husband bought me a Le Crueset for Christmas at TJ Maxx last year, after getting an unexpected bonus!  I love it so much!  I'm very late to this October thread but I've been working on my budget and really wanting to make progress!  Going through my records to see how I did this month.

 

1 thumb.gif budgeted egg delivery $27.75 plus mortgage

2 greensad.gif mandatory school fundraiser $100

3 thumb.gif budgeted groceries $138

4 greensad.gif TJ Maxx clothes $214

5 greensad.gif Package store for wine had company coming

thumb.gif budgeted pet food used coupon $56

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11 thumb.gif Went to $5 movie night but didn't know that the movie the kids picked was 3D cost extra greensad.gif $9

12 thumb.gif budgeted grocery stock up trip strategically planned with coupons (4 stores in 1 day) $280

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17 thumb.gif budgeted raw milk & oats $20

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20 thumb.gif gas $38

21 thumb.gif returned most of the TJ Maxx purchase decided it wasn't needed got $165 backjoy.gif

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23 thumb.gif bought DD's B-day gift boots $164

24 thumb.gif paid utility $124

25 greensad.gif stopped at grocery store to get a few things for DD's B-day dinner ended up spending $124. Gave DD2 money for book fair $7

26 thumb.gif paid off a CC $2220 joy.gifonly one left to go!

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Okay, so I ended up spending a little more than anticipated on supper with my grandmother last night because DH decided to go and we bought grandmother's supper too.  $19.00

 

Went to grocery store afterward and spend $95.00 - but that was a budgeted expense, so not too upset there.  thumb.gif

 

Come on weekend, 'cause I'm so through with this week! 


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What size pot did you get for $170? That seems like a really fabulous price. I really really want a dutch oven from them, although it looks like they call them french ovens.

 

ok, back to not spending money!

It was! the local LC outlet was having a big sale ontop of reduced prices. The 177 one was a 9.5Q oval in a med green (can't recall what the name was) and I got a cassis (very pretty purple) 5.5q one for 124.

 

I had 2 dutch ovens before, a somewhat high end set that my dad gave me when I moved to texas. He traveled constantly for work and had been living in a extended stay hotel (where they typically have small kitchens) for about two years in detroit only coming to his house on weekends. He liked to cook so he bought a small set of chicago cutlery knives, some pots, etc. He shipped them to me in texas since I didn't get the benefit of getting hand me down housewares when I moved out of my parents home :)

It is 5q, and I got a target version of a LC pan for like 30....they were a major bargin and hard to find but i'd heard about them and hunted one down.

When I make beef stew and the like my ex could seriously eat the ENTIRE 5q. pots were so full I could barely stir! I tried to use both pots to double so there would be leftovers (only leftover that improves!) but because the pots were different and I had to make seperately they never did taste the same....

 

Plus now that I have a freezer I can spend all day on a weekend cooking a big stew and freeze for later :)

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26 thumb.gif paid off a CC $2220 joy.gifonly one left to go!

 

OMG! congrats mama! It's a wonderful feeling isn't it??

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10/1:  no spend joy.gif

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10/5:  no spend joy.gif

 

10/6:  budgeted spending thumb.gif gas $40, windshield wiper $13

 

10/7:  budgeted spending thumb.gif groceries $41

10/8:  no spend joy.gif

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10/13: budgeted spending thumb.gif groceries $37, misc. $5, DD's bday party $36, $5 beer

10/14: no spend joy.gif

 

10/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif DD's field trip $3.25

10/16: no spend joy.gif

10/17: no spend joy.gif

 

10/18: budgeted spending thumb.gif laundry quarters $20 (will last about 6-8 weeks)

10/19: no spend joy.gif

10/20: no spend joy.gif

 

10/21: budgeted spending thumb.gif $35 groceries, $4 soap, $36 gas, $10 bought toys from kids to declutter

10/22: no spend joy.gif

10/23: no spend joy.gif

10/24: no spend joy.gif

10/25: no spend joy.gif

 

I should be able to make today no spend, as long as I don't go out tonight.  I'm going to try to save my purchases for tomorrow--I need to go grocery shopping and I need to find DD some snow pants (gonna hit up thrift stores first, but if I can't find anything, I'll probably go to Once Upon a Child).  I've still got 3/4 of a tank of gas, which will last me into next month--woohoo!  If all goes according to plan, I should have $44 left from what I budgeted for gas this month!  

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10-17 - Budgeted Spending only! thumb.gif

10-18 - Small un-budget spending: DH ran to a store to return something (they replaced it free!) and on the way home he stopped at Star Bucks eyesroll.gif

10-19 - Unbudgeted spending: greensad.gif

10-20 - No SPEND!!! joy.gif  

10-21 - NO SPEND!!! joy.gif

 

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10- 24 - Budgeted Spending only! thumb.gif

 

10-25 - Unbudgeted spending: greensad.gif

 

Sunday, we ordered Pizza after helping my sister move. Monday we had budgeted spending of refinishing our bathtub, and eating breakfast out (to be out of the house while our ONLY bathroom was out of commission

 

I've been sick, need to play a little catch-up here. Being sick meant eating out twice, but we did manage to save enough other places that it didn't hurt too bad. Hoped to have some extra money to save at the end of the month (currently we get ALL our income right at the begining of the month) but we didn't. But at least we only used the CC once and only because DH's debit card was deactivated due to a fraud alert. Monday we had budgeted spending refinishing our bathtub and eating out while our only bathroom was out of comission. But DH bought 2 albums on amazon that were un budgeted. :/  The next day was good, just spend money to get the car emissions tested, and got dog food (which reminds me I need to do that again, as they were out of the big bags!)

 

Yesterday wasn't too bad, but I did end up getting a ver pricey sandwhich at a coffee house, and we got Dairy Queen after dinner. We are trying to cut down on the treats out, that is our week point for sure! 


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10/6:  budgeted spending thumb.gif gas $40, windshield wiper $13

 

10/7:  budgeted spending thumb.gif groceries $41

10/8:  no spend joy.gif

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10/13: budgeted spending thumb.gif groceries $37, misc. $5, DD's bday party $36, $5 beer

10/14: no spend joy.gif

 

10/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif DD's field trip $3.25

10/16: no spend joy.gif

10/17: no spend joy.gif

 

10/18: budgeted spending thumb.gif laundry quarters $20 (will last about 6-8 weeks)

10/19: no spend joy.gif

10/20: no spend joy.gif

 

10/21: budgeted spending thumb.gif $35 groceries, $4 soap, $36 gas, $10 bought toys from kids to declutter

10/22: no spend joy.gif

10/23: no spend joy.gif

10/24: no spend joy.gif

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10/26: unbudgeted spending Sheepish.gif $17.75 thrift store finds

 

I had to have at least one unbudgeted day, right?  I walked into this one knowing it would happen.  Thrift stores are my nemesis when it comes to not spending money!  I went to find snow pants for DD and instead came out with a new warm hat for DS, a math teacher book, and a down jacket from LL Bean for my DD.  No snow pants, though!  I struggled with the jacket purchase.  DD is on her 4th year in her current jacket and it's a little small.  This LL Bean jacket is the size she needs, would have cost at LEAST $100 new, and was priced at $13.  I had to get it ;)  My DS' jacket is getting a little small for him, too, so I feel a little bad giving this one to DD, but nothing to DS, but I guess I can tell him that when I find one for him, I'll buy it.  Oh and I really did show a LOT of self-control at the store.  I found a pair of black Primigi mary janes in my DD's size for $4 (they are $60 new).  She just got new shoes for her bday, so I held strong and didn't buy them :)


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I need to buy some paper supplies I'm providing for a Halloween party...so I won't make my 15 day no spend goal...but I'm going to come close!!! 

 

 

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20.. $9 MP3 downloads, $15 cake and ice cream

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Goal:  15 No Spend Days this month 

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Wow!!  Those are pretty!  I love the purple one.

 

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If you are going to splurge, the thrift store is the place to do it.  $13 for an LLBean jacket is a STEAL!!!!

 

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I had to have at least one unbudgeted day, right?  I walked into this one knowing it would happen.  Thrift stores are my nemesis when it comes to not spending money!  I went to find snow pants for DD and instead came out with a new warm hat for DS, a math teacher book, and a down jacket from LL Bean for my DD.  No snow pants, though!  I struggled with the jacket purchase.  DD is on her 4th year in her current jacket and it's a little small.  This LL Bean jacket is the size she needs, would have cost at LEAST $100 new, and was priced at $13.  I had to get it ;)  My DS' jacket is getting a little small for him, too, so I feel a little bad giving this one to DD, but nothing to DS, but I guess I can tell him that when I find one for him, I'll buy it.  Oh and I really did show a LOT of self-control at the store.  I found a pair of black Primigi mary janes in my DD's size for $4 (they are $60 new).  She just got new shoes for her bday, so I held strong and didn't buy them :)


 

 

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My month  was going along well until Monday - 10/19 was budgeted spending on the bills, 10/20 and 10/21 were no spend

but then on the 22nd I had to start shelling out money left and right for unexpected repairs to the house - I do have a fund for that but had just started building it - so I had to use my homedepot card. Frustrated but necessary to use it for now.

 

Apart from the house, I had unbudgeted spending on 10/24 - $8.53 at the drug store, 10/25 no spend but again last night 10/26 unbudgeted $14 for parts of DS Halloween costume. I had been collecting parts of it at thrift stores -but it's just getting too close to Halloween and was causing me anxiety -so I bought some of it new.

 

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10-17 - Budgeted Spending only! thumb.gif

10-18 - Small un-budget spending: DH ran to a store to return something (they replaced it free!) and on the way home he stopped at Star Bucks eyesroll.gif

10-19 - Unbudgeted spending: greensad.gif

10-20 - No SPEND!!! joy.gif  

10-21 - NO SPEND!!! joy.gif

 

10-22- Unbudgeted spending: greensad.gif

 

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Yesterday only bought dog food, and dishwashing detergent. :)  


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I think we are going to go back to setting aside some cash for small personal/impulse purchases. This has worked well for us in the past. We each get cash in our wallet and we actually spend less than if we try to spend nothing. The cash gives us some freedom (I can spend my money at any coffee joint I want) but because its tangible it helps us to keep from spending too much. I'm just trying to figure out how much per week we can afford to have for this purpose. It always ends up covering a few meals which brings the grocery bill down a nearly equal amount. 

 

Does anyone else do something like this? 


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I think we are going to go back to setting aside some cash for small personal/impulse purchases. This has worked well for us in the past. We each get cash in our wallet and we actually spend less than if we try to spend nothing. The cash gives us some freedom (I can spend my money at any coffee joint I want) but because its tangible it helps us to keep from spending too much. I'm just trying to figure out how much per week we can afford to have for this purpose. It always ends up covering a few meals which brings the grocery bill down a nearly equal amount. 

 

Does anyone else do something like this? 

I think this is a great idea!  How much do you think you would realistically want to spend per week so you don't feel deprived?  I think that's your key, because if you don't set aside enough, it will be hard for you to not feel defeated if you spend more than that amount.  Is there an option of buying some fancier coffee to make at home so you don't feel like you need to go out and buy it all the time?  I feel your pain on that one, though, as I LOVE going out to get coffee.  Maybe you could say 2 days per week and the rest of the time, you just use what you have at home?  That would be what, $10 per week?  


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I actually don't buy coffee out that much. But I use the coffee shop as a retreat from home. lol. I usually get a bagel and tea, and I have been shopping around for the best tea for at home thats good but not insanely expensive. I've found that the bulk tea at our local grocery store is pretty good and VERY cheep, so I use that a lot. I like to go to the coffee shop to read, there is one with a play area where my son will happily "cook" for a LONG time and the other I go to when I don't have him with me. That's the key, how much cash is enough. I'm thinking of starting with $60 and seeing how much I have left at the end of a week. I think $200 a month would be WAY more than enough (and more than I could afford), but $100 for a whole month might not be enough. So I think I'm going to pull out $60 tomorrow and use it for all the unbudgeted spending and see what happens. 

 

BTW, today is probably going to be a No Spend day! WOOT! We are nearly out of food, so I'm making oatmeal from the back of the cabinet right now. :P I want to put off grocery shopping till Monday, but that might not be possible as we pretty much have quinoa and apples left and thats it! Oh and pop corn. 2whistle.gif


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10/6:  budgeted spending thumb.gif gas $40, windshield wiper $13

 

10/7:  budgeted spending thumb.gif groceries $41

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10/13: budgeted spending thumb.gif groceries $37, misc. $5, DD's bday party $36, $5 beer

10/14: no spend joy.gif

 

10/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif DD's field trip $3.25

10/16: no spend joy.gif

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10/18: budgeted spending thumb.gif laundry quarters $20 (will last about 6-8 weeks)

10/19: no spend joy.gif

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10/21: budgeted spending thumb.gif $35 groceries, $4 soap, $36 gas, $10 bought toys from kids to declutter

10/22: no spend joy.gif

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10/26: unbudgeted spending Sheepish.gif $17.75 thrift store finds

 

10/27: budgeted spending  thumb.gif $53 groceries, $175 Christmas presents for the kids

 

I'm counting the $175 as budgeted because I had it in my sinking fund to use for presents.  I'm pretty much done with Christmas shopping for them besides stocking stuffers, so I'm pretty stoked.  I think this is the earliest I've been done with shopping.  I'm pretty excited about what I got them, too.  Padraig slippers for both, a wooden checkerboard, Harry Potter 7 movies, Doodle journal for DD, Cartoon drawing book for DS, and a set of gel pens to split between the 2 of them.


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I decided not to count paper supplies for a party as extraneous spending...because I really couldn't NOT buy supplies for the party when the hostess asked me too...

 

So the only thing I bought yesterday was party supplies (per neighbor request) and a cake shaped like a spider with Twizzlers for legs (which I counted as...groceries).  I don't count food against my no-spend tally...so using that lopsided reasoning: I have another no-spend day.  winky.gif

 

Today we are hunkered down getting ready for the hurricane. 

 

I'm actually NOT buying food for the next few days because I've been caught in that trap before...fridge full of food and the electricity goes out and then your food spoils.  So we're just taking our chances.  Vermont is so far north we're not getting the dire predictions they are getting further south.

 

 

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18..  $24 Pizza for the kids

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20.. $9 MP3 downloads, $15 cake and ice cream

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22..  $5 salad at pizza place

23..  $29 MOPs registration fee

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If your family celebrates Christmas...how are you doing getting ready? 

 

Are you the type who buys everything way in advance, or do you wait for the last minute?

 

Do you have a Christmas budget?  Do you know about how much you are going to spend on presents or do you buy until you feel like you have enough?

 

How did your parents handle Christmas?  Are you doing things differently than they did?  Why or why not?

 

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Deep breath in, I haven't been on this thread since the 17th and our spending has gone completely downhill angry.gif  Target, WalMart, etsy, Christmas gifts on zulily, unbudgeted groceries, work on our Suburban, too much eating out, you name it, we've spent it.  Hoping to start fresh tomorrow (tomorrow b/c DH is at a concert w/ his best friend as part of his b-day present and I'm not sure how much he'll spend redface.gif )

 

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If your family celebrates Christmas...how are you doing getting ready? 

 

Are you the type who buys everything way in advance, or do you wait for the last minute?

 

Do you have a Christmas budget?  Do you know about how much you are going to spend on presents or do you buy until you feel like you have enough?

 

How did your parents handle Christmas?  Are you doing things differently than they did?  Why or why not?

 

~ inquiring minds want to know.  :)

 

I'm almost done w/ my Christmas shopping.  We strive for a balance between handmade and non-handmade/ commercial gifts.  When we've done mostly handmade, DH felt very left out because he spends so much time working, he has little time to make anything for the kids.  So having some "commercial" gifts that he picked out helps him feel more involved in the gift giving for the kids.  I start shopping and buying as early as August sometimes if I find good deals on things I know the kids would like.

 

We *try* to set a budget, and usually I can come pretty close to it, maybe going over a little bit.  I try to keep the gifts even in value and number for the older 4 children, DH is all about it being "fair".  they're all so close/ young in age right now that I can do this, we'll see what happens when the age gap starts getting wider.

When I was younger, my parents started off with practically an unlimited budget and 1 year spent over $2K on my brother and I.  It was insane and they realized it lol.gif  Then I think they moved to a more conservative budget (especially when they added 2 more children to the mix).  But even so, they used to go shopping on Black Friday to get as many toys as they could for their budget.  DH and I are more purposeful in our spending.  I try to keep the kids' gifts more well rounded, a mix of toys, books, clothing/ pjs, and practical items.


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If your family celebrates Christmas...how are you doing getting ready? 

 

Are you the type who buys everything way in advance, or do you wait for the last minute?

 

Do you have a Christmas budget?  Do you know about how much you are going to spend on presents or do you buy until you feel like you have enough?

 

How did your parents handle Christmas?  Are you doing things differently than they did?  Why or why not?

 

~ inquiring minds want to know.  :)

We celebrated Yule last year and for a minute this year, I decided we were just going to celebrate Christmas because "it's easier and what everyone around us does"....well then when my kids asked what we were celebrating and I said Christmas, they immediately said they were going to make a list for Santa.  So I changed my mind and decided we're going to celebrate Yule again after all ;)  I just can't take this consumerism thing!  I did do most of their shopping online yesterday, though.  I spent $175 total.  I still need to get some stocking stuffers, which I'm going to limit to consumables under $10.  Any adults I'm buying for will be getting fancy chocolate bars.  I should be able to get all of those for under $30.  I'm going to make a little purse for my niece and some bean bags for my nephew, as I've been bad aunt and haven't sent them any gifts in way too long--those will be made with materials I already have, though.  As far as how my parents handled Christmas, we got way too much stuff.  Not an exorbitant amount, but my parents probably spent at least $200-$250 on each of us (me, brother, sister).  And then my grandparents got us just as much, if not more than my parents.  Don't get me wrong, I was stoked to get so much, but I personally like to keep it simpler.  I try to do no more than 4 presents each.  For the last few years I've done "something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read" but this year I got them 2 combined presents (checkerboard and Harry Potter movies) and 2 other individual presents each.


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I'm having a spending dilemma!  My DD really needs new ski pants and I want to find LL Bean ski pants for her--that's the brand my kids have always worn and they ALWAYS last through both my kids and then I sell them when my DS outgrows them.  I've seen them in thrift stores before, but it's pretty hit or miss.  There are some on sale now on LL Bean's website for $35, which is a pretty good price.  Should I splurge and buy them?  Benefits--I wouldn't be tempted to walk in to a thrift store any time soon, as I don't need anything else right now.  Potential drawbacks--maybe I could find them at a thrift store and if I did, they'd be WAY cheaper!  I'm leaning toward just buying them new....


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Speaking of frugal Christmas, what are some resources for free presents for a 2 year old and a 5  year old? This is our second Christmas alone and basically the first one since last year there was only a couple presents and no tree...

 

Should I just start a new thread?


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I know because I was stalking you, Jenn!    Sheepish.gif

 

I wanted to check if you were still no-spending it before I started the november thread.  Glad to have you back!!!!!

 

 

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Deep breath in, I haven't been on this thread since the 17th and our spending has gone completely downhill angry.gif  Target, WalMart, etsy, Christmas gifts on zulily, unbudgeted groceries, work on our Suburban, too much eating out, you name it, we've spent it.  Hoping to start fresh tomorrow (tomorrow b/c DH is at a concert w/ his best friend as part of his b-day present and I'm not sure how much he'll spend redface.gif )

 

 


 

 

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Yes.  Buy the LLBean snowpants for $35 and then hand them down.  That is $17.50 per kid.  That is frugal.

 

I used to try to buy snowgear used, but that stuff gets worn HARD and it doesn't hand down well.  I think it is cheaper to buy new and tell the kids to wear that stuff out.  Especially if two kids will be using it.

 

 

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I'm having a spending dilemma!  My DD really needs new ski pants and I want to find LL Bean ski pants for her--that's the brand my kids have always worn and they ALWAYS last through both my kids and then I sell them when my DS outgrows them.  I've seen them in thrift stores before, but it's pretty hit or miss.  There are some on sale now on LL Bean's website for $35, which is a pretty good price.  Should I splurge and buy them?  Benefits--I wouldn't be tempted to walk in to a thrift store any time soon, as I don't need anything else right now.  Potential drawbacks--maybe I could find them at a thrift store and if I did, they'd be WAY cheaper!  I'm leaning toward just buying them new....


 

 

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Are you on facebook?  Because a group of my friends and I just put out there on facebook that we were looking to swap toys for Christmas.  My kids are too young to make the distinction between new and new-to-you...so friends are giving me some of the toys that their kids are done playing with and I'm handing out toys that my kids are done playing with.  We'll clean them up, re-wrap them and hand them around.  Because I just can't spend anymore money on stuffed animals and baby dolls.  I literally CANNOT open my wallet for that stuff. 

 

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Speaking of frugal Christmas, what are some resources for free presents for a 2 year old and a 5  year old? This is our second Christmas alone and basically the first one since last year there was only a couple presents and no tree...

 

Should I just start a new thread?


 

 

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I know because I was stalking you, Jenn!    Sheepish.gif

 

I wanted to check if you were still no-spending it before I started the november thread.  Glad to have you back!!!!!

 

 


lol.gif  You're too funny, Prudence.  If you see I haven't been around for a while, call me out, please.  Usually that means I'm not behaving shy.gif  It doesn't take much lately, either, to push me into a spending spree *sigh*

 

 

DH did really well last night, he met his friend for dinner ($15) and paid for parking ($15).  His friend picked up the cost of the ticket as a gift for DH's birthday.

 

Being on the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy and our state being in a state of emergency, no one is leaving the house.  DH is working from home, I've already planned dinner, our money is staying safely in its place.thumb.gif


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I bought a snow-tube at Costco.  Totally an impulse purchase.

 

So far this month:  skis and a snow tube.  We are going to be broke, but we will be having fun while we are doing it.  We'll be fun-broke. 

 

Is there such a thing??

 

 

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Vermont is Sandy-homebound as well.  No work for hubby, no school for the kids, most places are closed...so I'm going to try hard to stay home and keep that wallet where it belongs.


 

 

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