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#181 of 234 Old 10-22-2013, 08:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Did a big trip to the grocery store -- shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, rice, beans, fruit, milk , veggies and meat, lots of basics.... almost $200.  My pack of voracious eaters will be eating happily for the next week. 

 

$209.47 left in October's grocery budget. 

 

: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!

October 22 -- :thumb 193.06 groceries


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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.

 

yikes2.gif Lalalalalaaaa I can't hear yooooouuuu... My girls are so overdue for dental appts, and I am dreading what they're going to tell me when we go. My oldest looks like she has my overbite (cosmetically fine but it causes problems structurally), and my youngest sucked her thumb until she was almost 8 mecry.gifBetween their potential orthodontics, my cracked molar, and my cavities, I just want to hide under my bed and forget it all! 


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yikes2.gif Lalalalalaaaa I can't hear yooooouuuu... My girls are so overdue for dental appts, and I am dreading what they're going to tell me when we go. My oldest looks like she has my overbite (cosmetically fine but it causes problems structurally), and my youngest sucked her thumb until she was almost 8 mecry.gifBetween their potential orthodontics, my cracked molar, and my cavities, I just want to hide under my bed and forget it all! 


Yeah. Add in the guilt about the fact that she's 7 and this was her first trip to the dentist, plus I had no clue her teeth were in such bad shape and it's been a bad evening. Some of the damage is not brushing well enough. My kids aren't real great about that and I don't remind them to do it every day or follow up well enough to make sure it got done. I guess this will force me to get better about it. Part of the issues are teeth coming in whichever way screwing up the ones around it. I called my dad to bitch. He said "welcome to my world from when you guys were kids". He said he's surprised he's not still paying for my teeth. He said a monthly check to the dentist was just an accepted fact of his life for over 10 years when I was a teen and young adult. Looks like my daughter got the same overcrowded crooked mouth full of teeth.

I take the boy in for a cleaning in two weeks and this now has me really dreading that.


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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.

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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.

22. :thumb  Budgeted spend on a few essentials, milk, half and half, juice concentrate.

23. :thumb  There will be NO spending today... there will be NO spending today... there will be NO spending today


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No spending today though I am tempted. I have lots of food in the fridge, I can cook. I do not need to order pizza just because dh is out of town. But I really want to. Can you hear me whining? Whaaaaaaa!


Sucking it up and putting on a pot of rice. I have a pot of homemade beans in the fridge. Rice and beans is a proper dinner, right?

thumb.gif No spend/budgeted spending

nono.gif Un-budgeted spending



October 1 -- thumb.gif

October 2 -- thumb.gif

October 3 -- thumb.gif 12.22 snacks for soccer team

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

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

October 6 -- thumb.gif 40.07 gas for van

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

October 8 -- thumb.gif

October 9 -- thumb.gif

October 10 -- thumb.gif 112.13 groceries

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

October 12 -- thumb.gif

October 13 -- thumb.gif

October 14 -- thumb.gif 63.90 groceries

October 15 -- thumb.gif 43.21 birthday dinner groceries

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

October 17 -- thumb.gif

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

October 19 -- thumb.gif 31.18 and more groceries

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

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

October 22 -- thumb.gif 193.06 groceries

October 23 -- thumb.gif

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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: 7/25

Mindfully frugal days: 4/25

 

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.

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 

10/23: irked.gif yummy.gif Spent $200 at Target (winter clothes for girls, some flattering shirts for me, lightbulbs on clearance, dishwasher tabs). Spent some money on groceries at Costco and BJ's (coconut oil, salad, cereal that DD11 has been asking for). $20 on DD8's class. Ate at home all day though, even with the running around! 


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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

10/23 - :love no spend


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I'm behind, but I'm going to have to find time to really sit down and think about what spending I've done.

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I have been having trouble posting too.  My last post is all funky.  I could fix it, but I am tired, so I am ignoring it. 

 

No spend today.  Lovely, easy day with my littles.  While dh is out of town, I am just letting stuff slide a bit -- the laundry is done, the living room is a toy-strewn mess, meals have been simple, but everyone is happy and content including me! 

 

 

: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!

October 22 -- :thumb 193.06 groceries

October 23 -- :thumb

October 24 -- :thumb

 

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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

10/23 - :love no spend

10/24 - :love no spend

 

Man, I am on a roll!  Kids and I are going to a Halloween party at my friend's house tomorrow night and I'm gonna hopefully make an apple crisp to take with us with ingredients I already have here.  It would be super awesome to have another no spend day in a row (don't know that I've ever had this many in a row before!)  Saturday is definitely a spend day, but I'm gonna try to have some money left over at the end of this month.  I calculated that if I trim just a little bit off my budget, I'll be able to put $1000 toward my student loan each month.  At that rate, I could have it paid off in less than 3 years!


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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

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

October 21 -- partytime.gif

October 22 -- partytime.gif

October 23 -- partytime.gif

October 24 -- :down Mailed a care package to my girls. Bought some fruits at Costco which were covered by a return.


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Man, I am on a roll!  Kids and I are going to a Halloween party at my friend's house tomorrow night and I'm gonna hopefully make an apple crisp to take with us with ingredients I already have here.  It would be super awesome to have another no spend day in a row (don't know that I've ever had this many in a row before!)  Saturday is definitely a spend day, but I'm gonna try to have some money left over at the end of this month.  I calculated that if I trim just a little bit off my budget, I'll be able to put $1000 toward my student loan each month.  At that rate, I could have it paid off in less than 3 years!

 

You've done great this month! I'm doing horribly :eyesroll You just gave me a great idea for a potluck I have to go to on Saturday night, though. I'll need to buy some oatmeal, but I have everything else I'll need. Thanks!


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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: 7/25

Mindfully frugal days: 4/25

 

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.

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 

10/23: irked.gif yummy.gif Target: $200. Groceries: $35. DD8's class: $20. 

10/24: irked.gif yummy.gif I did OK today, but I did have to buy a raincoat ($11)for DD11's Coraline costume. I'm trying to find some cheap source of yellow rain boots, but so far, no luck. 


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10/1 - :loveeyes 

10/2 - :loveeyes

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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.

22. :thumb  Budgeted spend on a few essentials, milk, half and half, juice concentrate.

23. :thumb  :treehugger  NO spending today.  Really wanted to order out for dinner, but managed to scrape tacos together.  Used up some tomatoes that were on their last legs, and taco shells and tortillas we brought home from vacation.  Canned another 14qts of applesauce.  I still have about 4 bushels of apples left to can, thinking of canning some into apple pie filling. 

24. :thumb


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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/ :yum planned cheap date night 

20 :throb No spend

21 :throb No spend

22 :throbNo spend 

23 shine.gif Groceries

24 shine.gif Groceries/budgeted spending

25 shine.gif Just a few groceries

 

That's almost a week with no eating out and no mini-mart stops!  We pretty much aren't going anywhere, which helps with the gas.  But the girls a re starting to mourn gymnastics, and am too.  Put in 3 applications yesterday and posted myself on Care.com.  Still, nothing.  I'm looking at starting school next fall, first getting an Associates of Applied Science with a Forestry emphasis.  Then I will reassess, possibly looking at transferring to a 4-year Environmental Studies degree or something like that.  But in the meantime, I need some more work!


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10/23 - :loveeyes

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I subbed again today. So I have two days this week. Which means next week will be tight as my unemployment check will be short. But we'll be okay.

 

I did the consultation with the dentist yesterday. The estimated cost of the fillings and extractions wasn't as bad as I feared. However, the dentist basically said they won't start any work until we consult with an orthodontist. He seems sure that all the problems she has are due to how very crooked her 6 year molars are and the damage done by the crowding of teeth by those molars. So I guess we'll have to figure what to do there. 

 

I'm happy to have two days in a row that were no spend. It's a lot easier to not spend it when you don't have it.


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: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!

October 22 -- :thumb 193.06 groceries

October 23 -- :thumb

October 24 -- :thumb

October 25 -- :thumb


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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

10/23 - :love no spend

10/24 - :love no spend

10/25 - :love no spend

 

Need to get groceries and gas today.  I'm gonna pick up some champagne for mimosas tomorrow (I have friends coming over) from Costco--gotta love cheap double bottles for $7.99!  I will probably make some muffins, too.  Thinking about getting some Christmas shopping done today with the $100 credit I have on my credit card.  I want to make one of those shutterfly albums for my parents (they are 40% off right now!)  I also think I'm gonna make a quilt for my sister (was gonna make one for my DD, but we found one she really liked at a thrift store instead) with fabric I already have.  This is a great weekend to get started on that ;)  Need to talk to my brother about if we're giving gifts to each other's kids this year--I'm gonna propose no and see what he thinks.  I also have a $110 credit at a local ski shop from last year, so I am planning to make Christmas gifts super low cost out of pocket this year.


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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/ :yum planned cheap date night 

20 :throb No spend

21 :throb No spend

22 :throbNo spend 

23 shine.gif Groceries

24 shine.gif Groceries/budgeted spending

25 shine.gif Just a few groceries

26 :throb

 

Ending the month far better than it started.


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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

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

October 21 -- partytime.gif

October 22 -- partytime.gif

October 23 -- partytime.gif

October 24 -- :down Mailed a care package to my girls. Bought some fruits at Costco which were covered by a return.

October 25 -- bag.gif Ate out - we really, really shouldn't have...


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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

10/23 - :love no spend

10/24 - :love no spend

10/25 - :love no spend

10/26 - :thumb planned spending $36 groceries, $19 Costco, $32 gas, $46 Christmas gifts (from credit on cc)

 

Came in way under my estimate for this week's groceries (I estimated $53 and only spent $36??) so I splurged a bit and got fruit leather at Costco to give out for Halloween.  I didn't want to buy candy that would sit around waiting for me to eat it and I figure if I have leftovers, fruit leather is perfect to put in my kids' lunches ;)  I made a digital photo book for my parents and 2 custom magnets for grandparents on both sides for Christmas gifts.  After looking at what I've already bought and what I'm planning to buy, Christmas expenses should be pretty low this year!


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10/2 - :loveeyes

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10/4 -   duh.gif 

10/5  -   :loveeyes  duh.gif 

10/6 - :clap

10/7 -duh.gif 

10/8 -  :loveeyes  

10/9 - :clap

10/10 -  :clap

10/11 - :clap

10/12 - :loveeyes duh.gif 

10/13 - duh.gif

10/14 - :clap

10/15 - :loveeyes duh.gif

10/16 - :loveeyes 

10/17 - duh.gif 

10/18 - :clap 

10/19 - duh.gif

10/20 - duh.gif

10/21 - :loveeyes

10/22 - :loveeyes

10/23 - :loveeyes

10/24 - :clap

10/25 - :clap

10/26 -  duh.gif We ran out of milk so I had to pick some up. I also had some money in my pocket so couldn't resist taking the kids to ZooBoo. So they were pretty minor transgressions.


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Dh got home late Friday and spent much of the day out with the kids on Saturday.  A bit of money was spent, allergy meds, flowers for our 15th anniversary and he took everyone out for frozen yogurt.  The meds come out of our grocery/household budget.  The flowers and yogurt are extras. 

 

Oh, and dh and I got a movie last night and had a quiet date at home after the kids went to bed.  Man!  That is more spending than we have done is ages! 

 

Not sure about today's plans.  We were supposed to have the end of the season Little League game and party, but it is pouring rain.  We'll see what happens. 

 

 

 

 

: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!

October 22 -- :thumb 193.06 groceries

October 23 -- :thumb

October 24 -- :thumb

October 25 -- :thumb

October 26 -- :thumb 30.98 allergy meds, :heartbeat 16.99 Anniversary flowers,  nono.gif 14.76 frozen yogurt, nono.gif  $? movie

October 27 --


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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

10/23 - :love no spend

10/24 - :love no spend

10/25 - :love no spend

10/26 - :thumb planned spending $36 groceries, $19 Costco, $32 gas, $46 Christmas gifts (from credit on cc)

10/27 - :love no spend


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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.

22. :thumb  Budgeted spend on a few essentials, milk, half and half, juice concentrate.

23. :thumb  :treehugger  NO spending today.  Really wanted to order out for dinner, but managed to scrape tacos together.  Used up some tomatoes that were on their last legs, and taco shells and tortillas we brought home from vacation.  Canned another 14qts of applesauce.  I still have about 4 bushels of apples left to can, thinking of canning some into apple pie filling.

24. :thumb 

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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/ :yum planned cheap date night 

20 :throb No spend

21 :throb No spend

22 :throbNo spend 

23 shine.gif Groceries

24 shine.gif Groceries/budgeted spending

25 shine.gif Just a few groceries

26 :throb

27 :2whistle Probably too much candy for treats and Halloween.  But none for me shine.gif


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So close to the end of the month.  Yesterday was a disaster.  Not really, but we blew a bunch of cash on a crappy meal.  Ds had his last baseball game.  The team had planned an outdoor potluck, but it was threatening to rain, so the party was moved to a sports restaurant.    I guess we could have skipped it, but ds was so crazy excited and the whole team went.  We spent $65 on burgers and 2 beers.  Eating out with 6 people is just crazy expensive. 

 

I tallied up our groceries for the month -- $944.28.  I know this seems ridiculous, but it is a huge improvement over our $1400 bills this summer.  I budgeted $1000, so the extra $55.72 covers most of last night's meal.

 

Today is a no-spend.  It will be no-spend till we get our pay check.  We are out of cash! Not spending anything just got a whole lot easier.  :wink

 

 

: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!

October 22 -- :thumb 193.06 groceries

October 23 -- :thumb

October 24 -- :thumb

October 25 -- :thumb

October 26 -- :thumb 30.98 allergy meds, :heartbeat 16.99 Anniversary flowers,  nono.gif 14.76 frozen yogurt, nono.gif  $? movie

October 27 -- :thumb 105.78 groceries, nono.gifnono.gifnono.gif 65.00 dinner out

October 28 -- :thumb

October 29

October 30 -- pay day

October 31

 


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