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Old 10-19-2013, 12:42 PM
 
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10/1 - :thumb planned spending $37 :irked unplanned spending $20 wine and sugar-filled things (I blame it on PMS!)

10/2 - :thumb planned spending $5 coffee, $68 groceries, $107 Costco, $140 REI, $72 DD's bday present

10/3 - :love no spend

10/4 - :love no spend

10/5 - :love no spend

10/6 - :love no spend

10/7 - :thumb planned spending $9 postage

10/8 - :love no spend

10/9 - :love no spend

10/10 - :irked unplanned spending $25 dinner with friends

10/11 - :love no spend

10/12 - :thumb planned spending $53 groceries, $36 gas, $32 tank tops for DD, $18 haircut, $6 paper for classroom :irked unplanned spending $26 new jeans and candy $2 hot apple cider

10/13 - :thumb planned spending $7 violin book for DD :irked unplanned spending $5 coffee, $10 dinner, $49 lamps (okay, super awesome paper star lamps), $40 goddess flags

10/14 - :love no spend

10/15 - :love no spend

10/16 - :love no spend

10/17 - :love no spend

10/18 - :thumb planned spending $20 dinner for DD's bday

10/19 - :thumb planned spending $78 groceries and bday supplies, $30 gas, $4 balloons, $8 firewood

 

Got my shopping done super efficiently today!  Found an awesome cupcake recipe--can't wait to make them!  Spent about $30 out of my sinking fund for a portion of the grocery total.  That leaves me with not much for the rest of the month.  I can handle it, though! ;)  Just gotta stay strong and not spend money I don't have.  I did get a $100 refund from tickets I bought for a show that got canceled and it's on my credit card, so the only way I can get that back is to spend it--lol.  I need a new vacuum.  I want  an Oreck.  I may need to wait to actually buy one, though...the one I found is more than $100.  


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partytime.gif - No Spend Day

:down  - Budgeted Spending

bag.gif  - Unnecessary Spending

gloomy.gif  - Unbudgeted but Necessary

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October 1 -- bag.gif Ate out. 

October 2 -- bag.gif Again, ate out. :down Paid a doctor's bill.

October 3 -- partytime.gif

October 4 -- partytime.gif

October 5 -- bag.gif Failed to pack lunch for our trip to the beach, so we stopped at Taco Bell. :down Parking, some groceries and iron pills.

October 6 -- :down Costco shopping (still building up our basic pantry after the last move), Farmer's Market, paid a bill.

October 7 -- :down Ran across the road for some pickling spices and water I needed to make sour pickles and sauerkraut. Also picked up some Chocolate for Xmas 

October 8 --  partytime.gif

October 9 -- :down Two loads of laundry $10

October 10 -- partytime.gif Cooked shepherd's pie in a pumpkin and almost ran to the store for some spices. Decided to use a mixture of what I had and keep today a no-spend day.

October 11 -- partytime.gif

October 12 -- bag.gif Went out for dinner.

October 13 -- :down Bought some fruits and veggies at the Farmer's Market and some frozen fruit at Costco

October 14 -- bag.gif Ordered some yarn and needles from JoAnn's to knit a blanket for oldest daughter

October 15 -- partytime.gif

October 16 -- partytime.gif

October 17 --  partytime.gif

October 18 -- bag.gif Ate out again. gloomy.gif Ordered some supplements our naturopath recommended for my oldest daughter's issues :down Grocery run at Costco

October 19 -- :down Halloween candy for my girls bag.gif Yep, ate out again


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3445 things gone & $2201.34 recuperated in 2012

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Fingers crossed for your family, Melissa!  I hope your DH's company supports him.

 

Thanks, I appreciate that. 

 

 

 

 

No unplanned/unbudgeted spending: thumb.gif

Unbudgeted spending: irked.gif

Ate at home all day: yummy.gif

Did something mindfully frugal: orngbiggrin.gif

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No-unbudgeted-spending days: 6/25

Mindfully frugal days: 2/25

 

10/6: irked.gif Dresses for girls: $59; Groceries: $45

10/7: thumb.gif yummy.gif

10/8: irked.gif orngbiggrin.gif Office Depot: $11; planted garlic and greens.

10/9: irked.gif Diner for breakfast: $34. Class fee: $20 (planned). Groceries: $78 (budgeted)

10/10: thumb.gif  

10/11: thumb.gif 

10/12: thumb.gif 

10/13: irked.gif Takeout lunch with family: $25

10/14: orngbiggrin.gif Donation to good cause: $50. Intentionally frugal act: Turned old apples into muffins.

10/15: thumb.gif yummy.gif Farm co-op order: $150

10/16: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

10/17: irked.gif Dinner and dessert splurge with kids: $50. Groceries: $198

10/18: irked.gif Starbucks stop after a banghead.gif day: $10

10/19: irked.gif Library fine: $11. Shoes for girls now that the weather has turned: $62. New baby gift: $35. Food to bring to party: $19 Back on track today: :D


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09..  $85 on North Face jacket that I don't need

10..  $215 on bunch of stuff we don't need at Costco

11..  $4.25 bagels and an undetermined sum on some dry cleaning.

13..  :thumb

15..  :thumb

16..  :thumb

17..  $4.50 frou-frou coffee drink

18..  $20  over-tipped my favorite waiter  (he deserved every penny)

19..  $27 cookbook, $10 more frou-frou coffee

20..


 

 

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Stopped at the store for a few things to make apple pie with some of the apples I bought earlier this week.  $402.53 left for the month. 

 

 

:thumb No spend/budgeted spending

nono.gif Un-budgeted spending

 

October 1 -- :thumb

October 2 -- :thumb

October 3 -- :thumb  12.22 snacks for soccer team

October 4 -- :thumb 169.00 new windshield for van, nono.gif 21.00 taxi, nono.gif 5.00 snacks

October 5 -- :thumb 61.00 few groceries, laundry detergent, tp, will need a few more things for this upcoming week

October 6 -- :thumb 40.07 gas for van

October 7 -- nono.gif 5.50 tea with dh, :thumb 67.18 groceries, mostly meat and fruit for lunches. 

October 8 -- :thumb

October 9 -- :thumb

October 10 -- :thumb 112.13 groceries

October 11 -- :thumb planned birthday trip to science center, dinner out

October 12 -- :thumb 

October 13 -- :thumb 

October 14 -- :thumb 63.90 groceries

October 15 -- :thumb 43.21 birthday dinner groceries

October 16 -- :thumb 40.00   50 pounds of apples to freeze for winter

October 17 -- :thumb

October 18 -- :thumb  37.92 groceries and cough syrup, 12.94 snacks for soccer team

October 19 -- :thumb 31.18 and more groceries

 

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gh to come out of the food budget. My tummy wasn't happy though... Hoping Wednesday (the day my mom leaves!) is no spend! 

Oct 7 - :D

Oct 8 - :D

Oct 9 -:irked Unbudgeted, but very necessary doctor visit. Found out my insurance doesn't cover ND's so now I have $300+ dollars to pay off with them. Payed $100 today....

Oct - 10 :D Even though we are trying not to eat out I'm going to call this pizza splurge budgeted... Found out a friend passed away and really didn't feel like cooking. We are doing really good with our food budget so we had room to spurge on good pizza on a rough night. 

Oct 11 - :D  Today is good so far, don't forsee any unbugeted spending! 

Oct 12 - :irked Unbudgeted spending had an impromptu event and got fast food...

Oct 13- :D Gas, and used part of our small entertainment budget to go to a second run movie theater. Nice day.

Oct 14- :thumb - WOOT WOOT! No spend!! 

Oct 15 - :D

Oct 16 - :irked -DH ordered a record on line.... I guess he pre-ordered it a while ago and forgot...

Oct 17 :D - Technically budgeted, but I spent WAY too much on groceries, and its going to hurt next week.  If we can stretch it It'll be fine, we did stock up on pastured hot dogs that were on sale, so that was a big chunk of the price. But I also bought beer.... and DH bought Soda.... 

Oct - 18 :D Pumpkin farm! 

Oct - :irked Ate out un planned... went to a book store and spent money we didn't have... gah. 


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Finally!!!  A day where I can keep my wallet in my pocket.

 

 

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09..  $85 on North Face jacket that I don't need

10..  $215 on bunch of stuff we don't need at Costco

11..  $4.25 bagels and an undetermined sum on some dry cleaning.

13..  :thumb

15..  :thumb

16..  :thumb

17..  $4.50 frou-frou coffee drink

18..  $20  over-tipped my favorite waiter  (he deserved every penny)

19..  $27 cookbook, $10 more frou-frou coffee

20..  :thumb


 

 

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budgeted spend - winky.gif       

over budget or not budgeted - greensad.gif   

hung clothes on rack -  hang.gif

 

1:     greensad.gif  Paid library fee from last month today so that it would hit this month! MUST do better!

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4:    thumb.gif We got a watermelon, some bell peppers, and 3 tomatoes for free! Unintentionally organic, they'd been planted by the ecology club at the elementary school last year and abandoned. Several people had been picking some things out of there before everything died. I plan on getting some rosemary and thyme, maybe a little oregano, before the frost kills them.

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18:   thumb.gif  hang.gif Finally used the rack again!! Whoo!

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20:   greensad.gif I don't have enough boards to finish my chicken coop expansion, but need to get it at least done to the point where I can get the ducks in there overnight too.

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We bought a rake and some loppers this morning.  We are renting and got a notice from our rental company that we need to do some yard clean up or we are in non-compliance with our rental agreement.  Pain the neck.  I spent the morning cutting back some shrubs and cleaning the gutters while dh raked and raked and raked. 

 

At least the weather was nice while we were doing all the yard work.  And I am counting this as a :thumb.  We'll keep the tools and it's not like we were indulging in a champagne brunch. 
 

 

 

:thumb No spend/budgeted spending

nono.gif Un-budgeted spending

 

October 1 -- :thumb

October 2 -- :thumb

October 3 -- :thumb  12.22 snacks for soccer team

October 4 -- :thumb 169.00 new windshield for van, nono.gif 21.00 taxi, nono.gif 5.00 snacks

October 5 -- :thumb 61.00 few groceries, laundry detergent, tp, will need a few more things for this upcoming week

October 6 -- :thumb 40.07 gas for van

October 7 -- nono.gif 5.50 tea with dh, :thumb 67.18 groceries, mostly meat and fruit for lunches. 

October 8 -- :thumb

October 9 -- :thumb

October 10 -- :thumb 112.13 groceries

October 11 -- :thumb planned birthday trip to science center, dinner out

October 12 -- :thumb 

October 13 -- :thumb 

October 14 -- :thumb 63.90 groceries

October 15 -- :thumb 43.21 birthday dinner groceries

October 16 -- :thumb 40.00   50 pounds of apples to freeze for winter

October 17 -- :thumb

October 18 -- :thumb  37.92 groceries and cough syrup, 12.94 snacks for soccer team

October 19 -- :thumb 31.18 and more groceries

October 20 -- :thumb 53.38 rake and loppers for yard clean up


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20:   greensad.gif I don't have enough boards to finish my chicken coop expansion, but need to get it at least done to the point where I can get the ducks in there overnight too.

  

 

Ha!  This is a project on our to-do list as well.

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10/1 - :thumb planned spending $37 :irked unplanned spending $20 wine and sugar-filled things (I blame it on PMS!)

10/2 - :thumb planned spending $5 coffee, $68 groceries, $107 Costco, $140 REI, $72 DD's bday present

10/3 - :love no spend

10/4 - :love no spend

10/5 - :love no spend

10/6 - :love no spend

10/7 - :thumb planned spending $9 postage

10/8 - :love no spend

10/9 - :love no spend

10/10 - :irked unplanned spending $25 dinner with friends

10/11 - :love no spend

10/12 - :thumb planned spending $53 groceries, $36 gas, $32 tank tops for DD, $18 haircut, $6 paper for classroom :irked unplanned spending $26 new jeans and candy $2 hot apple cider

10/13 - :thumb planned spending $7 violin book for DD :irked unplanned spending $5 coffee, $10 dinner, $49 lamps (okay, super awesome paper star lamps), $40 goddess flags

10/14 - :love no spend

10/15 - :love no spend

10/16 - :love no spend

10/17 - :love no spend

10/18 - :thumb planned spending $20 dinner for DD's bday

10/19 - :thumb planned spending $78 groceries and bday supplies, $30 gas, $4 balloons, $8 firewood

10/20 - :love no spend


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10/1 - :loveeyes 

10/2 - :loveeyes

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10/5  -   :loveeyes  duh.gif 

10/6 - :clap

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10/8 -  :loveeyes  

10/9 - :clap

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10/11 - :clap

10/12 - :loveeyes duh.gif 

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10/14 - :clap

10/15 - :loveeyes duh.gif

10/16 - :loveeyes 

10/17 - duh.gif 

10/18 - :clap 

10/19 - duh.gif Ended up getting soda's on our way out of town, and got lunch out.

10/20 - duh.gif Got Starbucks on the way home. But on the balance side we didn't end up needing to eat out again for lunch.


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No unplanned/unbudgeted spending: thumb.gif

Unbudgeted spending: irked.gif

Ate at home all day: yummy.gif

Did something mindfully frugal: orngbiggrin.gif

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No-unbudgeted-spending days: 6/25

Mindfully frugal days: 2/25

 

10/6: irked.gif Dresses for girls: $59; Groceries: $45

10/7: thumb.gif yummy.gif

10/8: irked.gif orngbiggrin.gif Office Depot: $11; planted garlic and greens.

10/9: irked.gif Diner for breakfast: $34. Class fee: $20 (planned). Groceries: $78 (budgeted)

10/10: thumb.gif  

10/11: thumb.gif 

10/12: thumb.gif 

10/13: irked.gif Takeout lunch with family: $25

10/14: orngbiggrin.gif Donation to good cause: $50. Intentionally frugal act: Turned old apples into muffins.

10/15: thumb.gif yummy.gif Farm co-op order: $150

10/16: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

10/17: irked.gif Dinner and dessert splurge with kids: $50. Groceries: $198

10/18: irked.gif Starbucks stop after a banghead.gif day: $10

10/19: irked.gif Library fine: $11. Shoes for girls now that the weather has turned: $62. New baby gift: $35. Food to bring to party: $19

10/20: irked.gif yummy.gif orngbiggrin.gif Retirement gifts: $75. Ate at home all day, used up more old apples to make muffins, turned old veggies and chicken neck/back/carcass into a ton of stock, and started couponing again.


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'm totally in! Last month I spent an un-godly amount of money (with horseback riding payments, gymnastics, doctors and I loaned my brother a bit of money because he's expecting a baby/had a car accident that cost them their only car..) We had to take out of savings, so I'm hoping for a simple October of less-spending! 

 

Anyway I'm mum to two little babes, we are unschoolers (sort of), we live on a little farm but our garden didn't feed us more than the season (very little leftover). My goal is to stay out of stores, because if I go in I almost always walk away with things we don't need...so besides homeschool adventures and playdates and a few special outings (pumpkin picking, bake sale) I'm going to not shop! 

 

October 7 - Did okay today. Only bought my inhaler and gas (both I needed) Did go into the bookstore and pick up two Halloween sticker books because it was rainy and I knew they would love them. Used a coupon I had + my Barnes and Noble card which made it under $10. 

 

October 8 - NO SPENDING! Woo hoo. 

October 9th - bought breakfast out for kids + bought Halloween sticker books (little out of budget) 

October 10th - bought bagel + coffee (3$, don't count that) 

October 11th - the day is young! I plan on going to the diner for breakfast but no other spending (diner is in budget) 

UPDATE: On the 11th we had to pay doctors bill which was expensive! 

October 12th - Bad day : ( I posted again on this board earlier I had a set amount of money for Waldorf fair, but I splurged and bought a root children needle felted piece of art for the playroom, and on the way home we stopped at the food coop and I bought snacks + dinner for kiddos because it was so late! Over $100 :/ Going to make up for it, by keeping the week simple at home 

October 13 - Went to Comic Con, budget for food and small treat for each child and kept to my budget

October 14 - No spending! Woop!

October 15 - bought some pretty stickers for my crafting kit I didn't need + a vintage Halloween sign. Spent under $20 but didn't NEED them. 

October 16- No spending!

October 17th - Food shopping (budgeted for that) $250 

October 18th - Spent $20 on gas, paid horseback riding lessons (budgeted) and bought bagels + coffee ($13) ehh, didn't need them, but also didn't pack a snack for after riding, so it was buy the bagels or be hungry for hours :/ 

October 19th - no spending! 

October 20th - Picked up some groceries and unexpected expenses thanks to a darn UTI (too-much-information?) got pure cranberry juice, fiber pills, homeopathic medicine, and a face mask for myself which I splurged on (it was $25 but on sale for $15, still a lot for something I could make!) treated myself...I'm going to use it bi-weekly to make sure it lasts FOREVER. Spent about 50 passed groccery budget 


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1  shine.gif  Groceries/budgeted spending.

2  :2whistle Minor unbudgeted spending (burp).

3  :throb No spend.  

4:sipcoffee

5  shine.gif  Groceries and dh's birthday present.

6  shake.gif  Really shouldn't have  /Turns out these purchases weren't such a bad idea.  Still, nonessential, big spending day.

7  :yum  Ate out again/ Grocery store snacks  /A doctor's visit turned this into an unexpected trip to town and spending.

8  :throb  No spend

9  :2whistle Mini-mart snack for me

10 .....

11.....

12.....

13 :throb No spend

14 :yum/ Ate out  :2whistle /minimart candy / shine.gif Groceries

15 :throb No spend

16 shine.gif Concientious spending/ :yum Spent a small amount eating out and about

17 :throb No spend....

18 shine.gif Concientious spending and some caramels

19 shine.gif Piled up on favorite food and snacks for our overnight/ Gas/ planned cheap date night $36

20 :throb No spend

21 :throb No spend

 

DH and I had our first date night in a long time.  Went to our old favorite end-of-run theater where movies are still $3 after 10 years.  We used to go there once or even twice a week when we lived in Seattle.  Movie was cute, but it was more important that we visited our old haunt.  Chose Chinese food instead of the planned fast food, so the dinner alone was more expensive than the amount we planned to spend ($20) but the veggies and homemade noodles were excellent.

 


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Gassed up the van again!  Gah!  We have been driving so much more the past few weeks.  Several out of town baseball games for ds did a number on our fuel budget.  I hate buying this much gas. 

 

 

:thumb No spend/budgeted spending

nono.gif Un-budgeted spending

 

October 1 -- :thumb

October 2 -- :thumb

October 3 -- :thumb  12.22 snacks for soccer team

October 4 -- :thumb 169.00 new windshield for van, nono.gif 21.00 taxi, nono.gif 5.00 snacks

October 5 -- :thumb 61.00 few groceries, laundry detergent, tp, will need a few more things for this upcoming week

October 6 -- :thumb 40.07 gas for van

October 7 -- nono.gif 5.50 tea with dh, :thumb 67.18 groceries, mostly meat and fruit for lunches. 

October 8 -- :thumb

October 9 -- :thumb

October 10 -- :thumb 112.13 groceries

October 11 -- :thumb planned birthday trip to science center, dinner out

October 12 -- :thumb 

October 13 -- :thumb 

October 14 -- :thumb 63.90 groceries

October 15 -- :thumb 43.21 birthday dinner groceries

October 16 -- :thumb 40.00   50 pounds of apples to freeze for winter

October 17 -- :thumb

October 18 -- :thumb  37.92 groceries and cough syrup, 12.94 snacks for soccer team

October 19 -- :thumb 31.18 and more groceries

October 20 -- :thumb 53.38 rake and loppers for yard clean up

October 21 -- :thumb 10.00 copay for ds's eye exam, nono.gif  62.00 another tank of gas!


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DH and I had our first date night in a long time.  Went to our old favorite end-of-run theater where movies are still $3 after 10 years.  We used to go there once or even twice a week when we lived in Seattle.  Movie was cute, but it was more important that we visited our old haunt.  Chose Chinese food instead of the planned fast food, so the dinner alone was more expensive than the amount we planned to spend ($20) but the veggies and homemade noodles were excellent.

 

 

 

I know this theater!   DH and I used to go there years ago back when it was $2 a show.  Man, I am old.  Your date night sounds fun.  I love a night out with my sweetie, especially when we keep it cheap. 


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I know this theater!   DH and I used to go there years ago back when it was $2 a show.  Man, I am old.  Your date night sounds fun.  I love a night out with my sweetie, especially when we keep it cheap. 

The Crest!  The price went up to $3 at least 10 years ago from $2.  It looks *exactly* the same, so it made for a wonderful, nostalgic experience.  Yes, cheap dates are the best.  We had wanted a visit to Kidd Valley near Greenlake for that extra-special touch, but we weren't feeling like hamburgers, so we hit Black Pearl instead.  The difference between this date night and the old pre-kid nights out was that we hit the 4:45 showing with the over-60 crowd.


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10/1 - :thumb planned spending $37 :irked unplanned spending $20 wine and sugar-filled things (I blame it on PMS!)

10/2 - :thumb planned spending $5 coffee, $68 groceries, $107 Costco, $140 REI, $72 DD's bday present

10/3 - :love no spend

10/4 - :love no spend

10/5 - :love no spend

10/6 - :love no spend

10/7 - :thumb planned spending $9 postage

10/8 - :love no spend

10/9 - :love no spend

10/10 - :irked unplanned spending $25 dinner with friends

10/11 - :love no spend

10/12 - :thumb planned spending $53 groceries, $36 gas, $32 tank tops for DD, $18 haircut, $6 paper for classroom :irked unplanned spending $26 new jeans and candy $2 hot apple cider

10/13 - :thumb planned spending $7 violin book for DD :irked unplanned spending $5 coffee, $10 dinner, $49 lamps (okay, super awesome paper star lamps), $40 goddess flags

10/14 - :love no spend

10/15 - :love no spend

10/16 - :love no spend

10/17 - :love no spend

10/18 - :thumb planned spending $20 dinner for DD's bday

10/19 - :thumb planned spending $78 groceries and bday supplies, $30 gas, $4 balloons, $8 firewood

10/20 - :love no spend

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October 1 -- bag.gif Ate out. 

October 2 -- bag.gif Again, ate out. :down Paid a doctor's bill.

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October 4 -- partytime.gif

October 5 -- bag.gif Failed to pack lunch for our trip to the beach, so we stopped at Taco Bell. :down Parking, some groceries and iron pills.

October 6 -- :down Costco shopping (still building up our basic pantry after the last move), Farmer's Market, paid a bill.

October 7 -- :down Ran across the road for some pickling spices and water I needed to make sour pickles and sauerkraut. Also picked up some Chocolate for Xmas 

October 8 --  partytime.gif

October 9 -- :down Two loads of laundry $10

October 10 -- partytime.gif Cooked shepherd's pie in a pumpkin and almost ran to the store for some spices. Decided to use a mixture of what I had and keep today a no-spend day.

October 11 -- partytime.gif

October 12 -- bag.gif Went out for dinner.

October 13 -- :down Bought some fruits and veggies at the Farmer's Market and some frozen fruit at Costco

October 14 -- bag.gif Ordered some yarn and needles from JoAnn's to knit a blanket for oldest daughter

October 15 -- partytime.gif

October 16 -- partytime.gif

October 17 --  partytime.gif

October 18 -- bag.gif Ate out again. gloomy.gif Ordered some supplements our naturopath recommended for my oldest daughter's issues :down Grocery run at Costco

October 19 -- :down Halloween candy for my girls bag.gif Yep, ate out again

October 20 -- Planned on a no spend day, but plans changed in the evening when BIL asked us to go out for a movie and dinner bag.gif

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10/8: irked.gif orngbiggrin.gif Office Depot: $11; planted garlic and greens.

10/9: irked.gif Diner for breakfast: $34. Class fee: $20 (planned). Groceries: $78 (budgeted)

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10/11: thumb.gif 

10/12: thumb.gif 

10/13: irked.gif Takeout lunch with family: $25

10/14: orngbiggrin.gif Donation to good cause: $50. Intentionally frugal act: Turned old apples into muffins.

10/15: thumb.gif yummy.gif Farm co-op order: $150

10/16: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

10/17: irked.gif Dinner and dessert splurge with kids: $50. Groceries: $198

10/18: irked.gif Starbucks stop after a banghead.gif day: $10

10/19: irked.gif Library fine: $11. Shoes for girls now that the weather has turned: $62. New baby gift: $35. Food to bring to party: $19

10/20: irked.gif yummy.gif orngbiggrin.gif Retirement gifts: $75. Ate at home all day, used up more old apples to make muffins, turned old veggies and chicken neck/back/carcass into a ton of stock, and started couponing again.

10/21: irked.gif Nope, not gonna happen today either. After doing all the laundry and pulling out all the spring/summer clothes, it turns out youngest DD only has a pair of thin jeggings (with a hole) and two pairs of thin black pants, which is not going to get her through the winter. Children's Place is having a sale + 30% off + free shipping, so I bought her an assortment of pants (will most likely return a few, not sure about the sizing) and some PJs (for Christmas gifts): $70. I also booked the extended family vacation house for next summer, but we already had money set aside for that. Made a ham that's been in our deep freeze for awhile, but it took so much longer to cook than I expected, we ended up getting dinner out anyway *sigh* DH had ham for dinner though, at least. Now I need to figure out what to do with this massive amount of leftover ham.


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I'm having a hard time deciding if spending money for spices is "unnecessary" or not.  Part of me thinks of that as groceries...but another part of me realizes that buying spices online from an expensive spice house is not really necessary.  Or frugal.

 

My argument is that...okay granted...Penzey's is more expensive than buying spices at my local grocery store...but they are SOOOOO much better.  And that will make me more likely to cook. 

 

And anytime I'm cooking, we're saving money.

 

But one of my goals for 2013 is to lower our grocery bill...and buying cookbooks and ordering from a spice house is not going to do that. 

 

Just go in the kitchen and cook, woman.  Don't use that as an excuse to BUY more things.

 

 

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09..  $85 on North Face jacket that I don't need

10..  $215 on bunch of stuff we don't need at Costco

11..  $4.25 bagels and an undetermined sum on some dry cleaning.

13..  :thumb

15..  :thumb

16..  :thumb

17..  $4.50 frou-frou coffee drink

18..  $20  over-tipped my favorite waiter  (he deserved every penny)

19..  $27 cookbook, $10 more frou-frou coffee

20..  :thumb

21..  $82 Penzey's Spice house


 

 

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1.  :Sheepish :treehugger  Unbudgeted but necessary, DH stopped at WM for half and half, pasta, and canning jars.  Canned 13 quarts of applesauce and used the peels and cores to start 5, 1/2 gallon jars of apple scrap vinegar.

2.  :thumb

3.  :thumb

4.  :thumb

5.  :thumb  :treehugger  DD1 had a bake sale today, made oatmeal raisin cookies b/c I had all the ingredients on hand.  Stopped at a local orchard that sells apple seconds by the bushel.  Got 7 bushels of apples for $70, that's $10 a bushel or less than 25c/ lb!!!  Also picked up pumpkins for the kids to paint for fall and for roasting and pureeing.  Broke down 4 pumpkins and got 18 cups of puree for future baking.

6.  :Sheepish  :treehugger  Picked up more quart size canning jars for applesauce.  Starting canning applesauce.

7.  :thumb  :treehugger  No spend, canned another batch of applesauce.  Strained the apple scraps from the apple scrap vinegar, got over 1 gallon.  It smells right, now I just need to let it ferment for 4-6 months.

8.  :thumb  :treehugger  Budgeted spend on delivery pizza.  More applesauce in the canner.  Downloaded a bunch of free kindle books.

9.  :thumb  :treehugger  More applesauce canning.

10.  :thumb  :treehugger  Applesauce, again.

11-20  On vacation in Florida.  Not even tracking kewl.gif

21.  :Sheepish  Emergency dr. visit for DD2, grabbed Five Guys for lunch.


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I'm having a hard time deciding if spending money for spices is "unnecessary" or not.  Part of me thinks of that as groceries...but another part of me realizes that buying spices online from an expensive spice house is not really necessary.  Or frugal.

 

My argument is that...okay granted...Penzey's is more expensive than buying spices at my local grocery store...but they are SOOOOO much better.  And that will make me more likely to cook.

I don't like grocery spices, either.  Does the spice shop sell in bulk?  It seems that most of the cost of spices, strangely enough, is in the packaging.  I also buy very small quantities of most spices, and lastly, I buy as I need them.  It does prevent me from having absolute freedom in the kitchen in that sense, but it keeps spices fresh. 

 

On the plus side, a small amount of spices goes a long way, and having fresh stock makes everything so much nicer.  You could have done a whole lot worse!


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Thanks Sweet Silver.  I buy small too because I like things to be fresh. 

 

Today was a hard earned smiley face icon.  But I earned it.  Not a dime left this house.

 

 

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09..  $85 on North Face jacket that I don't need

10..  $215 on bunch of stuff we don't need at Costco

11..  $4.25 bagels and an undetermined sum on some dry cleaning.

13..  :thumb

15..  :thumb

16..  :thumb

17..  $4.50 frou-frou coffee drink

18..  $20  over-tipped my favorite waiter  (he deserved every penny)

19..  $27 cookbook, $10 more frou-frou coffee

20..  :thumb

21..  $82 Penzeys

22..  :thumb


 

 

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Just go in the kitchen and cook, woman.  Don't use that as an excuse to BUY more things.

 

:lol Whenever I'm tightening the belt, I find that I have a sudden urge to stock up on kitchen gadgets (I'm currently fantasizing about a nice, big food processor) and different kinds of food products that I wouldn't normally need. I've been trying to find a good sale+coupon deal on Almond Breeze almond milk. Now, we do occasionally use Almond Breeze, particularly in my favorite potato leek soup recipe, but that's TWO cartons. I've been trying to find a way to buy a bunch to keep in the pantry, because, I guess, you know, they're shelf stable. Why is this? Is it "squirrel in autumn" syndrome or something? 

 

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10/8: irked.gif orngbiggrin.gif Office Depot: $11; planted garlic and greens.

10/9: irked.gif Diner for breakfast: $34. Class fee: $20 (planned). Groceries: $78 (budgeted)

10/10: thumb.gif  

10/11: thumb.gif 

10/12: thumb.gif 

10/13: irked.gif Takeout lunch with family: $25

10/14: orngbiggrin.gif Donation to good cause: $50. Intentionally frugal act: Turned old apples into muffins.

10/15: thumb.gif yummy.gif Farm co-op order: $150

10/16: thumb.gif yummy.gif 

10/17: irked.gif Dinner and dessert splurge with kids: $50. Groceries: $198

10/18: irked.gif Starbucks stop after a banghead.gif day: $10

10/19: irked.gif Library fine: $11. Shoes for girls now that the weather has turned: $62. New baby gift: $35. Food to bring to party: $19

10/20: irked.gif yummy.gif orngbiggrin.gif Retirement gifts: $75. Ate at home all day, used up more old apples to make muffins, turned old veggies and chicken neck/back/carcass into a ton of stock, and started couponing again.

10/21: irked.gif Pants for DD8 and PJs (for Christmas gifts): $70. Dinner from Moe's: $26

10/22: thumb.gif yummy.gif orngbiggrin.gif  No leaving the house, so no spending! We ate at home all day, and for my frugal act, I processed the heck out of a huge ham, which left me with 14 cups of chopped ham in the freezer, a big pot of ham and bean soup, and some ham stock as well. Also, the garlic I planted a few weeks ago is sprouting all over the place hat.gif Unfortunately, I don't think my greens are going to make it. They're just little sprouts, and temps are getting down to the low 30s here tonight. This might be the official end of our 2013 garden *sigh*


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10/2 - :loveeyes

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10/5  -   :loveeyes  duh.gif 

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10/16 - :loveeyes 

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10/21 - :loveeyes All planned spending even if it hurt. I got my Bountiful Basket, I did some thrift store shopping for family pictures, and I filled the van with gas.

10/22 - :loveeyes Grocery shopping.

 

Took DD to the dentist today only to discover that she needs several thousand dollars worth of dental work. I have no clue where we are going to find the money for that. I'll probably have to get financing and pay it off. So much for credit card free life. Also found that the shirt I picked up for me yesterday is way too small. However, the budget is gone for the week so I'll try and find something around the house I can make work for pictures on Saturday. Sigh.

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October 1 -- bag.gif Ate out. 

October 2 -- bag.gif Again, ate out. :down Paid a doctor's bill.

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October 5 -- bag.gif Failed to pack lunch for our trip to the beach, so we stopped at Taco Bell. :down Parking, some groceries and iron pills.

October 6 -- :down Costco shopping (still building up our basic pantry after the last move), Farmer's Market, paid a bill.

October 7 -- :down Ran across the road for some pickling spices and water I needed to make sour pickles and sauerkraut. Also picked up some Chocolate for Xmas 

October 8 --  partytime.gif

October 9 -- :down Two loads of laundry $10

October 10 -- partytime.gif Cooked shepherd's pie in a pumpkin and almost ran to the store for some spices. Decided to use a mixture of what I had and keep today a no-spend day.

October 11 -- partytime.gif

October 12 -- bag.gif Went out for dinner.

October 13 -- :down Bought some fruits and veggies at the Farmer's Market and some frozen fruit at Costco

October 14 -- bag.gif Ordered some yarn and needles from JoAnn's to knit a blanket for oldest daughter

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October 16 -- partytime.gif

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October 18 -- bag.gif Ate out again. gloomy.gif Ordered some supplements our naturopath recommended for my oldest daughter's issues :down Grocery run at Costco

October 19 -- :down Halloween candy for my girls bag.gif Yep, ate out again

October 20 -- Planned on a no spend day, but plans changed in the evening when BIL asked us to go out for a movie and dinner bag.gif

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10/1 - :thumb planned spending $37 :irked unplanned spending $20 wine and sugar-filled things (I blame it on PMS!)

10/2 - :thumb planned spending $5 coffee, $68 groceries, $107 Costco, $140 REI, $72 DD's bday present

10/3 - :love no spend

10/4 - :love no spend

10/5 - :love no spend

10/6 - :love no spend

10/7 - :thumb planned spending $9 postage

10/8 - :love no spend

10/9 - :love no spend

10/10 - :irked unplanned spending $25 dinner with friends

10/11 - :love no spend

10/12 - :thumb planned spending $53 groceries, $36 gas, $32 tank tops for DD, $18 haircut, $6 paper for classroom :irked unplanned spending $26 new jeans and candy $2 hot apple cider

10/13 - :thumb planned spending $7 violin book for DD :irked unplanned spending $5 coffee, $10 dinner, $49 lamps (okay, super awesome paper star lamps), $40 goddess flags

10/14 - :love no spend

10/15 - :love no spend

10/16 - :love no spend

10/17 - :love no spend

10/18 - :thumb planned spending $20 dinner for DD's bday

10/19 - :thumb planned spending $78 groceries and bday supplies, $30 gas, $4 balloons, $8 firewood

10/20 - :love no spend

10/21 - :love no spend

10/22 - :love no spend


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The Crest!  The price went up to $3 at least 10 years ago from $2.  It looks *exactly* the same, so it made for a wonderful, nostalgic experience.  Yes, cheap dates are the best. 

 

 

Yep, that's the one.  Had lots of fun nights out that included a stop at The Crest.  When a film is $2, I'll see anything.  Fun memories. 


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