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#61 of 120 Old 02-02-2007, 04:30 AM
 
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Well, I spent $60 at the grocery store today, so I'm not sure that my budget for the month is going to work out. Our Kroger is having a huge Super Bowl sale, and I got 8 blocks of cheese for $6 and 8 pizzas for $6. Talk about a score! I did splurge on a couple things for Imbolc, but nothing major--cole slaw and potato salad from the deli, cottage cheese, and whipping cream. My frugal self cringed when I saw that the organic cream was $3 more than the non-organic version, but I try really hard to buy organic dairy. As usual, I had to talk myself out of a bunch of produce, reminding myself that two adults and a toddler just do not eat a grocery cart full of produce. The leek and the raspberries hurt the most, LOL.

I already am trying to figure out how to frugalize (is that a word) some upcoming purchases. I bought a candle for my altar today, but I need five more; I'm hoping I can find someone to trade with. DH and I try to keep Valentine's Day simple. I ordered a $10 bouquet for him, and DD and I will make him a homemade card. The doozie is that the vacuum repairman just informed me that our vacuum motor is shot and it will cost more to repair it than to buy a new vacuum. Ouch.
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I'm in! With a new baby due to arrive any day now, we really need to save as much as possible!

AND, for the first time in over a year, WE CAN PAY OUR RENT ON TIME WITHOUT BORROWING MONEY!!! I'm so proud of my hubby for working his butt off last month.

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Whew! I just read all four pages so I could join! We'll do pantry. I'd like to say we'll do no-spend, but I'm just not sure if we can make it. I bought some books unexpectedly last month, fabric to make dresses for my DD1 (the Joann near us is closing to open a new store).

January went well. I didn't quite meet my goal, but I know I spent less, and that feels good. And it definitely made me think before I bought anything. I used to think that I was making good purchasing decisions, but after last month I know I often justified purchases as necessary that weren't necessary.

So, my goals for the month are:

* Use up the rest of the random stuff in my pantry.
* Eat or freeze leftovers before I have to throw them out.
* Cut our grocery bill in half for the month. This will get it to ~$300.

That's pretty much it.
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Ack! Two days in and I already gave in . We went to Target to to script filled and I ended up with chips and foam soap for DS. Does it make any difference that they were on sale ? I guess I shouldn't be so hard on myself since a normal trip would mean a card full of stuff and a bill close to $100.

Baby steps... baby steps...

I wanted to add that this is my first time doing these and its unreal how I was spending all this time and not attaching a dollar sign to it. I felt sick at first when we were walking around Target and I was totally up in my head things I normally would buy. Now I feel a sense of enpowerment to do this!
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Since I have promised to be brutally honest with myself I am going to count what I spent yesterday even though I didn't technically start this challenge until after I spent the money...so I spent:

$55.83 on a dish rack, a tap water filter and 2 light bulbs...hopefully these things will actually save us money in the the long run.

$16.51 on take out food:

Going to do some meal planning today!
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Ok...making note:

Spent 55.00 at CVS on prescription for Angelo, valentine's. band aids and couple cans of soup. (dh went shopping )

End of January was BAD for us though as dh spent 329.00 as grocery store Mon night, 40.00 in gas tues night, 100.00 on new battery for car.

Wed. Angelo unexpectedly ended up in hospital so....
14.25 food and drink at hospital, 5.00 parking, 10.00 lunch for kids that were with my mom

Plus now we will have the ped visit, hospital xrays, and specialist visits to pay for Hopefully we will get this state insurance figured out soon.

I think that is all we have spent :

Oh....and dh is buying lunch at work today

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Well, I had to buy a couple small things today. I thought I had enough birthday presents for birthday parties stocked up, but we have 6, yes 6 this month so I had to run out and a get a couple small things. I also grabbed some milk and cold meat for dh's lunches.

Household: $55.83 + $9.10 = $64.93

Food: $16.51 + $8.40 = $24.91
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I think I'm going to have to drop out this month! DH has a performance next week (he's an opera singer) so whenever there are performances there are a lot of misc costs that spring up! So I'm still trying to watch what we spend, but I think next month I'll do it right!

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Does it count if my mom buys my groceries? Not all of them, just things I wouldn't buy myself. And disposable diapers?

Also we had to buy tires. I'll count it as household spending, but I won't feel bad about it.

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Ok, here's my confession. DH and I had a rare opportunity yesterday, when a neighbor offered, out of the blue, to take the kids for a few hours. We grabbed it and went to see a movie. $28 and we are well rested and rejuvinated! I don't regret it even a little bit.

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Emergencies happen! Kids get sick, tires need to be replaced. Stuff blows the budget. (AAnd unexpected chances to go out as a couple are RARE enough to be emergencies tooo!)

I don't think anyone should feel bad about falling off their budget. It's a hope, a suggestion. You do your best, and if you pend too much early on, then you try and save more than you'd planned somewehre else, or to make a bit extra.

Babysit, do GPT sites (Pm me), have leftovers for lunch instead of coldcuts, or going out. Bring coffee instead of buying it, have 2 or 3 meatless cheap meals a week instead of one.

But don't get discouraged. Keep trying!
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Ok, I think I'm taking this pantry challenge and frugality too far. I had a dream last night that I was at the grocery store and for some reason they were having shortages of a lot of items (not sure why, could have been a crop problem or natural disaster). Anyway, I was in the store and there wasn't much on the shelves so I was going around looking for stuff to buy. Stuff was on sale (my reasoning was that they were trying to get people to buy that stuff to make up for the shortage - illogical I know) and I was stocking up on it. But the real kicker was in the organic dairy aisle. There were only 2 packages of butter left and I had a real dilemma deciding whether or not to get one. One half of me said to get it because who knew when there would be more butter but the other half of me was saying that I didn't technically need butter since we had some at home and besides, it wasn't on sale!!!!!!

Geez, I hope that if the grocery store is really running out of food I don't have an extensive internal dialogue to justify the fact that I am buying something that isn't on sale!
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okay, ladies, I will try to do this, again for feb!

I did already go to the grocery store twice this month and spent close to $150. That included dog food, toiletries and 5 gallons of water, too. So, I should be able to not spend any more money for food stuff.

today, i spent money for lunch and at the grocery store (about $40).

i will not buy books of coffee or food out this week! next week, i will probably take food over to a friend's house but will try to make it at home first. i may go out to a movie and mexican food is our feb 14th (it means special stuff to us for more than just the valentine tradition) dinner, along with watching the same movie every year at home.

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Well I started going through the pantry and freezer and did a bit of meal planning. Boy, are we going to be eating a lot of pasta! I must have bought some everytime I saw it on sale. Oh well we have lots of different shapes for variety

So, today I made macaroni & cheese
Tuesday: Tuna Casserole
Wednesday: Burgers & salad

I'll do some more tomorrow and make a list of stuff I absolutely need to buy.
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We are doing so, so. We aren't over buying and we are using what we have before we buy more but on saturday we bought subs from the local pizza place. *yummy* but it dug into our saving amount. :

So, back on track we go. I will shop on weds if the roads clear up. I have my list and just about done with menus. I plan to stock up since pantry is near empty...

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So....I have been doing quite good, only buying the 'essentials' (milk, coffee, produce, dairy, deli meats) and we didn't go out for dinner on sunday evening - instead we got some 'Krapfen' from our bakery in the afternoon (my online dictionary says that you call the 'bismarcks' in the US?! )

Anyway....I'd like to make some fish patties for dinner to use up that pollock filets that have been in my freezer for way to long - 3 months maybe?- but I cannpt find a good recipe either on rezipezaar.com or allrecipes.com.
Can you mamas give me some help, please?! : I thought of making it just like salmon patties, with bread crumbs, eggs, minced parsley, salt and pepper but - should I poach the fish filets first? Or is defrosting them enough?
And could you suggest a nice condiment along with the patties? Maybe something that uses up any of the following: mayonaise, lemons, jogurt, creme fraiche, 'quark' (similar to yocheese)?!

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Valerie- sorry no help here on the fish patties, it is not something we really eat in my house!

I am in again. Doing good so far. I didn't get to shop Sunday (my usual day, but went yesterday and $37. Tomorrow I will go to the discount store and stock up on some cereal for dh for the month for dh, as well as a few snack items for him to take to work, however it will be at least under $10. I have some grain soaking in the oven to make some bread- to save another $6 for the month on bread. This coming Sunday I shouldn't need much at all.

OH, my goal is $120 for groceries.

Still continuing with no-spend. Although I "get" a $20 allowance this month that I may "allow" myself to spend- However, I will likely save it as I still have $50 left from Christmas that I haven't spent. I sent some stuff to consign last month and I am hoping to get some money on that to use for some needed home improvements: ie paint for the hall (we stupidly used flat and after 7.5 yrs and a spirited toddler it is desperate need for a repaint), rubbermaid totes to store kiddo clothes (we plan to have a lot of kids), and a shelf with rod for Luke's room, so I can actually use it. I think I will have made enough to cover these items so I don't have to dip into our household budget.

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Coming in late... but I'm in for the February pantry challenge. We just decided to move, we're putting in an offer to close on a new house on March 30. By then, I'd REALLY like to have my freezer cleaned out so I don't have to move everything.

I realized that I went to the grocery store yesterday to pick up some produce and a few essentials, and managed to spend $140 arrggg! I'm hoping that will last us for the next two weeks.

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i didn't spend any money today! woo hoo!

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We spent $13 on pizza last night, which I was hoping to avoid. (Although it was much better than the $35 we would have spent if we'd gone to the pizza place in stead of getting pizza from the co-op deli.) I did, however, manage to go to Old Navy and not spend anything!!! And my mother bought to light bulbs I needed for the bathroom fixture.
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GAAH!!! For trying to live frugally, we sure are spending a lot of money!! First, almost $300 for medicine to try to avoid the flu. That worked, but it didn't stop me from getting a killer cold.: Now, we have had the sink, the toilet and the dishwasher all stop working! DH, thankfully, was able to fix the sink and the toilet (frozen pipes), but the dishwasher is out of our hands. We think it's a clog, and we just can't get to it. We have a good appliance repair guy we can call, but he's a $60 service call, plus whatever materials are (which is an excellent price, it's just aggravating to have to need him at all).

I'm so frustrated right now!:

Thanks for letting me vent.

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doing well.... just checking in... eating from pantry and freezer.... hoping not to go to the store until SATURDAY....

monday was spaghetti, we still have a ton of that
tuesday was chili and toast
wed is corn dogs tater tots and baked beans
thrus chicken pasta cheese sauce veggie dish..(like dinner in a bag but homemade)
friday sandwiches and soup

lunches are hodge-podge canned stuff for the kids
breakfast has been alot of cereal... again we still have way too many boxes of that stuff....

my goal is $50 for grocery plus my usual diapers and baby formula... i should have enough cleaners for the month... feb is a short month
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We're doing so-so here. Last weekend, we kind of fell back into old habits like getting a drive-through meal while we're running errands, just because it's easier. But onward we trudge!

I am finding that part of my desire to eat out so much is due to my need to get out of the house and have a change in scenery. One good solution I have found is to take a thermos of hot chocolate or hot tea to the library, just 1.5 blocks from our house, and read for a couple hours.

Is anyone finding that as you do No-Spend or Low-Spend, you are building a list of things that eventually have to be bought? I've lost weight and need new clothes for next spring/summer, a wheelbarrow is going to be a necessity for this year's garden, I feel like I should replace my paraffin alter candles with something no-soot and better for my asthma, my vacuum broke and can't be repaired, etc. I keep putting them off because I'm trying to be "financially responsible" and "anti-consumerist," but it's starting to feel like they're piling up on me. Anyone else feel this way?
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Feeling overwhelmed.

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Is anyone finding that as you do No-Spend or Low-Spend, you are building a list of things that eventually have to be bought? I've lost weight and need new clothes for next spring/summer, a wheelbarrow is going to be a necessity for this year's garden, I feel like I should replace my paraffin alter candles with something no-soot and better for my asthma, my vacuum broke and can't be repaired, etc. I keep putting them off because I'm trying to be "financially responsible" and "anti-consumerist," but it's starting to feel like they're piling up on me. Anyone else feel this way?
I don't tend to feel this way because if it's not an immediate (like 5 minutes or 2 days from now) need, I can shop around and keep an eye out for amazing deals. Like a brand new freezer or dyson on craigslist, the clearance/bargain racks at Old Navy (found dh some nice work slacks for $4/each the other day!), etc. Yes, I know we'll need to spend the money at some point, but I can sorta spend less by waiting/watching. Or maybe even realize I've got something else that'll work just fine instead.

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Is anyone finding that as you do No-Spend or Low-Spend, you are building a list of things that eventually have to be bought? I've lost weight and need new clothes for next spring/summer, a wheelbarrow is going to be a necessity for this year's garden, I feel like I should replace my paraffin alter candles with something no-soot and better for my asthma, my vacuum broke and can't be repaired, etc. I keep putting them off because I'm trying to be "financially responsible" and "anti-consumerist," but it's starting to feel like they're piling up on me. Anyone else feel this way?
I'm making a list of things that we're going to need/want. It helps me to go "shopping" for them ahead of time. I can compare prices by looking on-line. I also do some in-store window shopping to see if I really want something or if I just think I do.

I also use the things I need as rewards for not frivolously spending. Like if I can find the vacuum, say, for less than $100 I can buy it. Or I can buy candles if I don't go out for lunch this week. Things like that.
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Was planning on waiting until next week until hitting the grocery store again, but they're having a 12-hour sale tomorrow and we're out of yogurt (the 3yo went on a yogurt kick after ignoring it for a while). Plus I've been craving lettuce, and we've used up what we already had without it (or any other vegetables! yay for us!) going bad.
So off to the store we go tomorrow.
At least when we do go, I've been taking the 3yo and having him push one of those kid carts. And that's the *only* cart we use. Works out beautifully, except when he's not paying attention and smacks right into one of the ceiling supports (that are wrapped in concrete and a metal crash-deflector thingie).

I was going to count how much we've spent so far this month, but dh has the grocery money in his coat. : But if I remember right, it's only $45 or so. Which is on track with what I'm aiming for. I've still got tons of stuff in the pantry and freezer for us to gobble up, so I may be doing this challenge thing for another few months. Which would actually be really cool because it'd free up more money for debt and the Seattle vacation we're doing this summer. : Which reminds me, I need to go mess with our budget and do a transfer...

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I know I'm a little late, but I'd love to do this pantry challenge. We just moved so I've really gotten to see just how much stuff I've accumulated. I'll have to inventory it and make some meal plans! I like the idea of only buying milk and produce (we have enough meat to last a while).
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