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#151 of 155 Old 09-30-2013, 09:19 AM - Thread Starter
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Hoping for fewer than the 13 Devil Dude-icons I earned for August!  


6 x  :D:D:D = No-spend

5 x  :D:D = Just necessities  

3 x  :D = Conscientious spending

8 x  demon.gif = Minor infraction

3 x  demon.gifdemon.gif = Avoidable, unavoidable-- spending that makes an impact-- dead mice in car, speeding tickets, mini-market pizzafest

1 x  demon.gifdemon.gifdemon.gif = Planned, unplanned-- but a Bigtime-Budget-Buster.



24 :D:D

25-27 :D

28 demon.gifdemon.gif Another day of eating out, not expensive but entirely unplanned

29 :D:D:D No spend

30 :D:D Groceries


Well, I matched last month with my devil dudes, but at least I didn't go over.  This month it's 13 days and 19 total devil dudes, and 20 days with 55 total smilies.  Not bad when tallied up like that.


Ciao for now, ladies.



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#152 of 155 Old 09-30-2013, 10:28 AM
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peace.gifNo spend!

:innocent Budgeted spending

nono.gif Un-budgeted spending


September 1: :innocent Grocery shopping 

September 2: :innocent Cat food

September 3: nono.gif Can of soda pop 

September 4: peace.gif

September 5: peace.gif

September 6: peace.gif

September 7: :innocent Grocery shopping 

September 8: :innocent A few more groceries

September 9: uhoh3.gif Dodged a bullet today! 

September 10: peace.gif

September 11: nono.gif Pop again!  

September 12:peace.gif

September 13: peace.gif 

September 14: :innocent/nono.gif  Birthday gift for DDs' friend

September 15: :innocent Groceries 

September 16: :innocent

September 17: :innocent/nono.gif Haircut 

September 18: peace.gif 

September 19: nono.gif Soda pop 

September 20: :innocent Gas

September 21: :innocent Groceries - didn't do as well today as last weekend, but not bad.

September 22: :innocent Forgotten groceries


I lost track a little bit in these final days, but I think that they were mostly no-spend.  The grocery shopping went pretty well this weekend.  We had another kiddie party to get a gift for (and one coming up next weekend) but we spent just $10 on each kid.  And got really cute presents with that money.


The check I went to pick up was alarmingly small.  I'm taking another pay cut this year, I guess.  We have so many furlough days, and have had for several years, that it's difficult to keep track of what my take-home pay actually is.  Sigh.


ETA: We did really well with not treating ourselves.  We did not have takeout or go out at all this month.

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:thumb No spend!

:innocent Budgeted spending

nono.gif Un-budgeted spending


September 1 -- :innocent  school supplies

September 2 -- :innocent  bike gear for my eldest, :innocent checks, nono.gif workout pants for my big bottom <-- returned

September 3 -- :innocent groceries

September 4 -- :thumb

September 5 -- :thumb

September 6 -- :innocent keys and lanyards for kids

September 7 -- :innocent used cleats for kids, :innocent groceries

September 8 -- :innocent few more school supplies for dd

September 9 -- :thumb

September 10 -- :innocent picked up new cargo bike, :innocent groceries

September 11 -- :thumb

September 12 -- :innocent groceries

September 13 -- nono.gif flowers for window boxes

September 14 -- :innocent more groceries

September 15 -- :thumb

September 16 -- :thumb

September 17 -- :innocent gas and groceries

September 18 -- nono.gif date with my husband

September 19 -- nono.gif coffee with new friend

September 20 -- :innocent vacuumed the van, nono.gif new undies

September 21 -- :thumb

September 22 -- :innocent groceries, nono.gif desk and lamp for my dd

September 23 -- :thumb

September 24 -- :angry library fines

September 25 -- nono.gif date with my husband

September 26 -- :thumb

September 27 -- nono.gif $10 at school sock hop

September 28 -- :innocent groceries

September 29 -- dd's birthday trip to the aquarium and then out for lunch

September 30 -- nono.gif rain cover for stroller

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End of the month wrap up.   September was darn good.  My grocery budget was solid, we got through a birthday on budget, geared up for winter biking and had only a couple of slips. 


October brings another birthday and dh has some travel time.  I have money set aside for both of those things.   The kids have lots of school stuff going on -- music lessons and field trips and class pictures -- I am looking over the month to pinpoint any other budget wreckers, but so far, it is looking good. 


Here's to the next round!

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9/2 - :thumb budgeted spending $42 groceries, $12 wart stuff for DD 

9/3 - :energy no spend 

9/4 - :energy no spend

9/5 - :energy no spend

9/6 - :energy no spend

9/7 - :thumb budgeted spending $35 groceries, $34 gas, $10 lunch, $7 Target, $15 thrift store

9/8 - :energy no spend 

9/9 - :energy no spend

9/10 - :energy no spend

9/11 - :energy no spend

9/12 - :energy no spend

9/13 - :thumb budgeted spending $6 dinner

9/14 - :thumb budgeted spending $40 groceries, $48 birthday party food/supplies, $6 thrift store, $17 underwear for DS

9/15 - :thumb budgeted spending $7 snacks for my class, $20 gas

9/16 - :energy no spend

9/17 - :energy no spend

9/18 - :energy no spend

9/19 - :thumb budgeted spending $65 Furthur ticket, $12 dinner, $4 coffee

9/20 - :energy no spend

9/21 - :thumb budgeted spending $47 groceries, $28 gas

9/22 - :energy no spend

9/23 - :energy no spend

9/24 - :energy no spend

9/25 - :thumb budgeted spending $24 sushi & coffee

9/26 - :thumb budgeted spending $17 dinner and beer

9/27 - :energy no spend

9/28 - :thumb budgeted spending $30 groceries, $17 gas, $4 thrift store (skirt and tights for DD)

9/29 - :energy no spend

9/30 - :energy no spend


This is probably the most successful month I've had, as far as straight no spend days.  19 no spend days and 10 budgeted spending days isn't bad at all!  Gonna try to keep it up for October.  There is definitely some stuff I need to get, but I'm gonna try to consolidate that spending.  Consolidating has really forced me to think about my purchases before I make them and I would say that 9 times out of 10, I end up deciding that I don't actually need what I thought I needed, or I decide that the purchase can wait.  

Single mama to DD 10/18/03 and DS 9/15/05 

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