Hoping for fewer than the 13 Devil Dude-icons I earned for August!
6 x = No-spend
5 x = Just necessities
3 x = Conscientious spending
8 x = Minor infraction
3 x = Avoidable, unavoidable-- spending that makes an impact-- dead mice in car, speeding tickets, mini-market pizzafest
1 x = Planned, unplanned-- but a Bigtime-Budget-Buster.
28 Another day of eating out, not expensive but entirely unplanned
29 No spend
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.
Give me a few minutes while I caffeinate.
September 1: Grocery shopping
September 2: Cat food
September 3: Can of soda pop
September 7: Grocery shopping
September 8: A few more groceries
September 9: Dodged a bullet today!
September 11: Pop again!
September 14: / Birthday gift for DDs' friend
September 15: Groceries
September 17: / Haircut
September 19: Soda pop
September 20: Gas
September 21: Groceries - didn't do as well today as last weekend, but not bad.
September 22: 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.
September 1 -- school supplies
September 2 -- bike gear for my eldest, checks, workout pants for my big bottom <-- returned
September 3 -- groceries
September 4 --
September 5 --
September 6 -- keys and lanyards for kids
September 7 -- used cleats for kids, groceries
September 8 -- few more school supplies for dd
September 9 --
September 10 -- picked up new cargo bike, groceries
September 11 --
September 12 -- groceries
September 13 -- flowers for window boxes
September 14 -- more groceries
September 15 --
September 16 --
September 17 -- gas and groceries
September 18 -- date with my husband
September 19 -- coffee with new friend
September 20 -- vacuumed the van, new undies
September 21 --
September 22 -- groceries, desk and lamp for my dd
September 23 --
September 24 -- library fines
September 25 -- date with my husband
September 26 --
September 27 -- $10 at school sock hop
September 28 -- groceries
September 29 -- dd's birthday trip to the aquarium and then out for lunch
September 30 -- rain cover for stroller
Frugal, food growing mama to my four loves
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!
Frugal, food growing mama to my four loves
9/2 - budgeted spending $42 groceries, $12 wart stuff for DD
9/3 - no spend
9/4 - no spend
9/5 - no spend
9/6 - no spend
9/7 - budgeted spending $35 groceries, $34 gas, $10 lunch, $7 Target, $15 thrift store
9/8 - no spend
9/9 - no spend
9/10 - no spend
9/11 - no spend
9/12 - no spend
9/13 - budgeted spending $6 dinner
9/14 - budgeted spending $40 groceries, $48 birthday party food/supplies, $6 thrift store, $17 underwear for DS
9/15 - budgeted spending $7 snacks for my class, $20 gas
9/16 - no spend
9/17 - no spend
9/18 - no spend
9/19 - budgeted spending $65 Furthur ticket, $12 dinner, $4 coffee
9/20 - no spend
9/21 - budgeted spending $47 groceries, $28 gas
9/22 - no spend
9/23 - no spend
9/24 - no spend
9/25 - budgeted spending $24 sushi & coffee
9/26 - budgeted spending $17 dinner and beer
9/27 - no spend
9/28 - budgeted spending $30 groceries, $17 gas, $4 thrift store (skirt and tights for DD)
9/29 - no spend
9/30 - 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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