I'm trying; I think I'm doing OK, but August is so durn expensive! I went out and bought the kids' school supplies this morning; have to give myself a pat on the back because I went during the tax holiday, so that saved at least $20. I stuck to the list, except that I bought 4yo DS some crayons and a tablet because he wanted "school surprise" too.
Yesterday, I took 12yo DS to the thrift store for some shorts and t-shirts, which was definitely necessary. I don't think I'll ever get over the thrill of walking away with a HUGE bag of clothes for my kids for $60-$80! I bought some more canvas grocery bags, too, which I'm always on the lookout for because that saves us 5 cents everytime we use one. I have 9 of them now, not enough for a big shopping trip for a family of 6, but a good number.
And then, tomorrow is our anniversary, so there'll definitely be a little spending on an evening out, but DH and I don't have very refined tastes
so we won't be going anywhere too expensive.
: All of a sudden I feel kind of overwhelmed, but I'm within our budget because I had planned for the extra expenses, so that's good, right? And September should be cheaper.
Keep those posts coming! You all are an inspiration!