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#421 of 479 Old 05-26-2007, 04:04 PM
 
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1 - 39 (groceries)
2 - 15.50 (dd playing)
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i will NOT be spending any more money this month! we had to turn on th a/c last night, then again for naptime today. last night i put it at 80; today i've got it at 82 with a fan on and it's fine.

still hanger/rack drying anything that will fit. will go back to windows and fans after naptime, i think.

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total $627-ish. a little better than before, but just a little. next month, it's on!
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May 1 around $9
May 2:
May 3
May 4
May 5: $3
May 6
May 7
May 8 $4
May 9 I spent but I don't remember how much
May 10
May 11 $2
May 12 $11 on Italians and doughnuts
May 13
May 14
May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18
May 19 $19 on lunch, $25 on pillows
May 20
May 21
May 22
May 23
May 24
May 25
May 26 $10 or so at various yard sales.

Well, DH really wanted to go to some yard sales and we hit an awesome one! Picked up some great stuff we can use for cheap. DH really spent some $$ but I am only holding myself accountable so I am not going to count his spending. I am hoping to spend the rest of the weekend close to home and not spend anymore. We have the car inspection and six month renew on car insurance coming up so I need to save what I can for those things.

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Well, a today. I actually had stuff in my cart headed to the cashier, but turned around and put it back. I went to get DH an MP3 player for Father's Day (they were half off), but they didn't have any so I got a rain check. Then I started looking around. Dangerous to do when you're shopping alone!!

I will get a tomorrow too since I don't shop Sundays (In case I don't check in).
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May 1 around $9
May 2:
May 3
May 4
May 5: $3
May 6
May 7
May 8 $4
May 9 I spent but I don't remember how much
May 10
May 11 $2
May 12 $11 on Italians and doughnuts
May 13
May 14
May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18
May 19 $19 on lunch, $25 on pillows
May 20
May 21
May 22
May 23
May 24
May 25
May 26 $10 or so at various yard sales.
May 27

That's awesome, Carla! Way to show restraint!

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made it to the wedding last night....spent $$ for a card...but have delayed buying the gift.

Today - nothing! just hanging around the house planning our menu for the coming week. I am going to get our grocery bill down to $50 a week. I bet we can eat out of our pantry for a month and only buy milk, goats milk and fresh fruit. I am amazed at how much food we have. I have noticed too that I cook too much food, then we get sick of the left overs and so much gets wasted. My goal is to make suppers that are just enough for that night and lunch the next day. That's it.

off to finish my menu and not spend tomorrow at all!!!
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May 20: -$13 for a date w/dh. My ils took my dd to a birthday party so dh and I had a much needed date.
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Today we went to Carrillon Park which is an outdoor history museum. Usually it's expensive to get in but today they had free admission and the Dayton Philharmonic was going to do a free concert. Just after going through all the structures it started to down pour so we left before the concert. Still lots of educational, free fun.
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May 1...
May 2...
May 3... $105
May 4... $23
May 5... $9.50
May 6...
May 7...
May 8... $6
May 9...
May 10.. $6.50
May 11.. $18.43
May 12..
May 13..
May 14..
May 15..
May 16..
May 17.. $26.82
May 18.. $6
May 19..
May 20..
May 21..
May 22..
May 23..
May 24.. $15 on book at the airport
May 25..
May 26.. $27 on welcome-home stuffed animals
May 27..

I'm back!!! I was very happy to get two thumbs for the wedding in Colorado.

Colorado was beautiful, sunny and pleasant and we spent tons of time hiking around and spending time with friends and family. I spent less than $50 on food for the four days, so it was a good vacation both in time spent and budget-wise.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!!!

Only four days left in our month...can you get four more thumbs???? That is my goal.

 

 

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Go Meghan Go!!! That is an impressive list of thumbs you have going there.

Yahoo Carla! Way to turn that cart around!

Grace -- I second what Frog said. Habits are hard to break and you are definitely making progress. Remember, progress, not perfection. Even if you don't get any thumbs, we are helping you if you at least pause before buying something. Please list whatever you want on this list...it won't be embarrassing. We are here to help you and the act of writing it down is progress too.

Frugal Progress:

1. Ate TONS of food at the wedding, so skipped some meals to save money these past four days. Lord knows I didn't need the calories and I would have eaten those meals just because it was time to eat, not because I was hungry. So I skipped them. This is actually a very radical thing for me.

2. I like to come home from trips away with toys in hand -- my Mom did that for me when I was growing up and I always loved to meet her at the airport because of that. I wanted to get my girls stuffed animals with "Colorado" printed on them...selling at the airports and gift shops for around $15-24 each...but instead at the urging of a friend I got them stuffed dogs in little carrying suit-cases at WalMart for MUUUUUUCH less money. Friend pointed out...the girls can't read so "colorado" means nothing to them, it is the toy-aspect that they enjoy. So I told them they were Colorado dogs (because hey -- the Walmart was in Colorado) and everyone is happy.

3. Went hiking and swam in the hotel pool (exercise AND free entertainment)

4. Did not even set one foot in an airport store...except to buy a book...spent all six hours at the airport walking and reading and talking to random strangers.

5. Reading "The Millionaire Next Door" for inspiration.

 

 

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OK, catching up...

May 1: -$173.85 on shoes
May 2:
May 3: +$89.90 on returned shoes, -$109.90 on more shoes
May 4: -$8ish on lunch
May 5: -$28ish on books
May 6: +$28ish on returned books, -$12.99 on skirt (which I'm going to return), -$30ish on mother's day card/present, +$64 turned in change
May 7: -$8ish on lunch, -$56 on running shoes
May 8: -$6ish on coffee and muffin, -$4.50 on lunch, -$65ish at Ross on summer tops and work out clothes, +$12.99 on returned skirt
May 9: -$6ish for lunch, -$3.50 for dinner, -$40ish at two thrift stores (mostly on stuff to re-sell, but still)
May 10: -$19ish on drinks
May 11: -$6ish on lunch, -$9 at the thrift store (again resale stuff), -$26 at the other thrift store (again, resale)
May 12:
May 13: (+$45ish in stuff I returned, too!)
May 14: (+$165.90 returned shoes)
May 15: -$82ish at Ross
May 16: +$43ish Ross returns, -$21ish new running shoes (finally, and so cheap!), -$10ish food, (edited to add) $35ish on much-needed swimsuit
May 17: -$55 haircut, -$11ish Savers
May 18: -$10ish food, -$13ish thrifting, +$90 thrift resale profit
May 19:
May 20: -$25 concert admission, -$18 drinks
May 21: -$8 lunch
May 22: +$91.44 from PayPal (Ebay sales and a bit of freelance writing), -$5 for lunch, -$79 for sandals
May 23: -$5ish for lunch
May 24: -$10 on food. +$38 half.com sales, -$11 dinner
May 25: -$5 lunch, +$79 returned sandals, -$102 new shoe order, +$55.76 Amazon book sales
May 26:
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Running total: -$313ish

The shoe thing is really getting out of control ridiculous, but hopefully the newest ordered pair will help things. I this point, I'd sell my first-born for shoes that kept my feet from hurting.
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May 4... $23
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May 11.. $18.43
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May 14..
May 15..
May 16..
May 17.. $26.82
May 18.. $6
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May 23..
May 24.. $15 on book at the airport
May 25..
May 26.. $27 on welcome-home stuffed animals
May 27..
May 28..

FP for today:

1. CD Eleanor

2. Walked to the park instead of driving

3. Made macaroni salad for BBQ we are going to tonight with ingredients I found in my pantry instead of going out and buying potato salad or cole slaw at the deli

4. Hung two loads of laundry out to dry on the line

5. It's hot and we're hot but the AC is not on

6. Still reading "The Millionaire Next Door." There are no millionaires living anywhere near my house (and definitely not in it)

My Goal for the next three days: Three more

There is NOTHING that I have to buy today that I can't buy on Friday. (this is my new mantra)

 

 

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Last four days fellow non-spending Mamas and non-Mamas

You can do it!!!!

Make these four days your best days ever!!!!

Hold those wallets tight.

 

 

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Prudence, I am about to be trying to do the frugal travel thing--I leave for a ten-day trip on Thursday morning. I hope I do as well as you did!
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Go Grace Go!!!!

For me, I tried to plan out ahead of time where the traps would be -- places where I would want to spend, or be tempted to spend more than necessary (for me this reads: mixed drinks)...

I knew if there was ~any~ downtime I would be tempted to shop, so I took books to read and my running shoes and my bathing suit...I was looking ahead and trying to fill my time with free activities.

Also, I enjoy drinking alcohol when I'm out with friends since my DH doesn't drink and we don't have anything alcoholic in our house -- but like I mentioned above this is a danger zone for me because once I've had a drink or two, I tend to forget that they are $5++ a drink and I spend more than I would otherwise...plus when that floodgate is broken, then desserts start to come on in after the alcohol.

Good luck to you! Traveling IS expensive, so you have to cut yourself some slack (especially when it comes to food and gas and such) but you can do it! Hold strong!!

 

 

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groceries for the next 2 weeks.....drum roll please..... $70 on the dot! I usually spend $150 a week at least so this is major! And no going out to eat either.

1. made home made macaroni salad for the bbq today from scratch with stuff I already had.

2. regifting a gift from my MIL to a friend for her bday on Tuesday.

3. line drying clothes

4. Have the AC completely off now... we're hot, but why not?

5. putting our swimming pool to good use for entertainment and cooling off

6. DS is potty learning/learned and EC'ing DD as much as I can.

7. didn't buy any cloth diapers this week!

8. brought home left over steak from the bbq and will turn it into lunch and/or dinner tomorrow

The grocery store today was major. I didn't buy much organics, got really, really cheap, and stuck to my list. I think I can do better, though. My pantry and freezer are so packed, I think next time I can do it for $35 for 2 weeks.

I will not spend one red cent the rest of the month. Hey, it's only a few days, but I am going to try.

Next month I'm going to get even more radical!
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May 1 around $9
May 2:
May 3
May 4
May 5: $3
May 6
May 7
May 8 $4
May 9 I spent but I don't remember how much
May 10
May 11 $2
May 12 $11 on Italians and doughnuts
May 13
May 14
May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18
May 19 $19 on lunch, $25 on pillows
May 20
May 21
May 22
May 23
May 24
May 25
May 26 $10 or so at various yard sales.
May 27
May 28

Way to go, everyone! Love to see all those

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It sounds like everyone is doing great!

Saturday I went out to dinner for my friend's birthday (when I said that I wasn't sure because of money, she got extremely upset and offered to pay....I just couldn't let her do that). It was Mongolian Bar-b-q and everything was the same price, but I drank water, resisited the urge to get extras and skipped dessert. It was a fabulous dinner, so I feel okay about spending the money.

On the way home, I stopped and bought some angel food cake and whipping cream to make a trifle for a cookout yesterday. So....$3-ish?

5/26- $31 for dinner & groceries
5/27-
5/28-

Just a few more days this month!

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May 28: I spent money! Shipping for my frontier order, 2 lawn chairs for the patio and donuts. $28 total. I bought the chairs on sale and with a coupon.
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Dang it! Lost my for today. Grrrrrr....

And I think you can guess how I lost it.

Internet shopping is NOT my friend. All those mothers on diaperswappers offering my favorite diapers for low prices.

You diaperswappin' mothers are KILLING my budget.

May 28.. $18 for diapers I do not need

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Wow, so many people are doing great. Grace, I hope you can find shoes. I know how hard it is as I have the worst feet (11 wide; no stores carry those and I can't afford to special order) and have resigned myself to living in "crocs" (the fake ones), even though I can't walk far in them straight without getting leg and hip cramps so I wear my ancient sneaks for walking.

Prudence, you did great on your trip. Someone didn't read your disclaimer, eh? : I would be tempted by diapers too if I had one in them still.

I did good today so a for me (I have to tabulate those soon). We went grocery shopping and came home with only groceries. The best part is a local farm market that never has anything good had TONS of cheap organic produce!! Celery, carrots, onions, kiwi and more, all for around a buck each (kiwi was $1.50 for a pound, but it's usually more than $1 each)! This is way, way cheaper than regular produce in the stores. I got 3 bags of stuff for around $11. That's usually what a bag of apples, a few bananas and lettuce costs, lol! We also got some food storage items that were buy one get one free. We spent around $50 altogether, which is really good for us.

I do have a planned indulgance of $3 for tomorrow. That is what will bring our grocery total to $50 for the week. I have a couple of hours of alone/me time tomorrow and I want to enjoy it . We are doing great for saving, way ahead of schedule so I'm very pleased with how things are going
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OK, when I am the only one working (and only 32 hours/week) why do my hormones suddenly go into hunger overdrive???? Usually I don't eat a whole lot, but for the past two weeks I've been eating like a man! And I just had my AF so I'm not preggo! So we ran out of snack food (beef jerky, cheese and pistacho nuts (sp?)), so I eat good food before I go to work and 2 hours later I'm starving!!! I really cannot afford to buy snack food, but I don't feel comfortable working a physically demanding job when I'm hungry.
GAH!
Yesterday I bought some beef jerky and made it last all night at work. Today I bought some chocolate grahm crackers at work and frozen pizza for DH because he was feeling down. So how much is that? I should take it out of next week's food budget :
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Chocolate graham crackers, eh? Mmmmmm.... Those sound good.

Okay -- leaving my wallet at HOME today. We're going to meet some other Moms at the track for running and socializing and I know I'll be tired and hungry when I have to drive home past all my favorite fast food restaurants...so best to leave the $$$ at home where I can't access it.

Checking in early because I'm DETERMINED to not spend these next three days.

We have $98 extra left over for the month and I want every dime of that to still be in my wallet come June 1st.

 

 

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I fell off the wagon yesterday too, Prudence. Let's you and I climb back up and finish out the month. We can do it!

May 1: -$173.85 on shoes
May 2:
May 3: +$89.90 on returned shoes, -$109.90 on more shoes
May 4: -$8ish on lunch
May 5: -$28ish on books
May 6: +$28ish on returned books, -$12.99 on skirt (which I'm going to return), -$30ish on mother's day card/present, +$64 turned in change
May 7: -$8ish on lunch, -$56 on running shoes
May 8: -$6ish on coffee and muffin, -$4.50 on lunch, -$65ish at Ross on summer tops and work out clothes, +$12.99 on returned skirt
May 9: -$6ish for lunch, -$3.50 for dinner, -$40ish at two thrift stores (mostly on stuff to re-sell, but still)
May 10: -$19ish on drinks
May 11: -$6ish on lunch, -$9 at the thrift store (again resale stuff), -$26 at the other thrift store (again, resale)
May 12:
May 13: (+$45ish in stuff I returned, too!)
May 14: (+$165.90 returned shoes)
May 15: -$82ish at Ross
May 16: +$43ish Ross returns, -$21ish new running shoes (finally, and so cheap!), -$10ish food, (edited to add) $35ish on much-needed swimsuit
May 17: -$55 haircut, -$11ish Savers
May 18: -$10ish food, -$13ish thrifting, +$90 thrift resale profit
May 19:
May 20: -$25 concert admission, -$18 drinks
May 21: -$8 lunch
May 22: +$91.44 from PayPal (Ebay sales and a bit of freelance writing), -$5 for lunch, -$79 for sandals
May 23: -$5ish for lunch
May 24: -$10 on food. +$38 half.com sales, -$11 dinner
May 25: -$5 lunch, +$79 returned sandals, -$102 new shoe order, +$55.76 Amazon book sales
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May 28: -$47 Old Navy, -$1.50 soda, -$13 Ross

Running total: -$375ish
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May 3... $105
May 4... $23
May 5... $9.50
May 6...
May 7...
May 8... $6
May 9...
May 10.. $6.50
May 11.. $18.43
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May 13..
May 14..
May 15..
May 16..
May 17.. $26.82
May 18.. $6
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May 21..
May 22..
May 23..
May 24.. $15
May 25..
May 26.. $27
May 27..
May 28.. $18 Fuzzi Bunz
May 29..

Two more days...two more days...I want thumbs for both of those days...

Frugal Progress for Today:

1. Cloth diapered Eleanor

2. Hung laundry out on the line

3. Drove my car with no AC. It was hot, but we survived.

4. Went to the track for workout with no wallet...so no money spent and I wasn't tempted.

5. Told DH about the diaper purchase.*

*For most people this would not be frugal progress, but for someone who compulsively spends money on things she doesn't need, telling someone else about the purchase is progress. I've been known to hide things like that before.

6. Had leftovers for lunch

7. Told my friend I would walk over to her house this afternoon instead of driving.

DH was suprisingly not angry about the diaper purchase because he says he ran out of diapers while I was in Colorado. I'm having a hard time believing that he ran out of diapers (remember I have over 60 of them) but he probably meant he ran out of pocket diapers and he wasn't brave enough to venture into the world of prefolds and covers. Of course, he could have run the washing machine...but I'm not going to quibble with a man who wasn't angry about yet another diaper purchase.

I still have that $98 in my pocket and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Two more days...two more days...

Come on fellow non-spenders! Let's press on to the end of the month.

 

 

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Grace? Are you sitting up here with me on this wagon?

Okay, I just tallied it up like you do on your list and I have frittered away $265 this month.

That $265 would have made a nice credit card payment.

Ah.. well, I'm going to do even better in June.

 

 

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This weekend I spent $8 on 3 movie rentals. I made $29 at yard sale.

Oh I have to brag!! My dh who usually cares less about saving money has been on the wagon this month keeping up with his own spending. And on saturday he had to run out to get the things to fix our outside faucet so I told him to buy 2 quart (pint?) containers of strawberries at the strawberry patch for Sundays supper. Well instead of paying $6.50 for 2 containers he picked 5 lbs himself b/c its a whole lot cheaper (99c a lb if you pick). I was so proud!!
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Yeah, keeping the running tally has definitely kept things in perspective for me this month. Seeing what it all adds up to is frightening.

I spent $1 on a soda today, but I'm not going to freak over that, in light of the bigger progress of spending my lunch hour picking out library books to take on my trip.
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I'm still with you, Prudence. I did have some spending today, but it was justified, and I ended up ahead, so I'm giving myself a thumb.

May 1: -$173.85 on shoes
May 2:
May 3: +$89.90 on returned shoes, -$109.90 on more shoes
May 4: -$8ish on lunch
May 5: -$28ish on books
May 6: +$28ish on returned books, -$12.99 on skirt (which I'm going to return), -$30ish on mother's day card/present, +$64 turned in change
May 7: -$8ish on lunch, -$56 on running shoes
May 8: -$6ish on coffee and muffin, -$4.50 on lunch, -$65ish at Ross on summer tops and work out clothes, +$12.99 on returned skirt
May 9: -$6ish for lunch, -$3.50 for dinner, -$40ish at two thrift stores (mostly on stuff to re-sell, but still)
May 10: -$19ish on drinks
May 11: -$6ish on lunch, -$9 at the thrift store (again resale stuff), -$26 at the other thrift store (again, resale)
May 12:
May 13: (+$45ish in stuff I returned, too!)
May 14: (+$165.90 returned shoes)
May 15: -$82ish at Ross
May 16: +$43ish Ross returns, -$21ish new running shoes (finally, and so cheap!), -$10ish food, (edited to add) $35ish on much-needed swimsuit
May 17: -$55 haircut, -$11ish Savers
May 18: -$10ish food, -$13ish thrifting, +$90 thrift resale profit
May 19:
May 20: -$25 concert admission, -$18 drinks
May 21: -$8 lunch
May 22: +$91.44 from PayPal (Ebay sales and a bit of freelance writing), -$5 for lunch, -$79 for sandals
May 23: -$5ish for lunch
May 24: -$10 on food. +$38 half.com sales, -$11 dinner
May 25: -$5 lunch, +$79 returned sandals, -$102 new shoe order, +$55.76 Amazon book sales
May 26:
May 27:
May 28: -$47 Old Navy, -$1.50 soda, -$13 Ross
May 29: -$40 digital recorder (needed for interviews I'll be doing next week), -$1 soda, +$60 Paypal (from Ebay sales)

Running total: -$356ish
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1 - 39 (groceries)
2 - 15.50 (dd playing)
3 - 39 (groceries)
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25 - $75 (more flippin' groceries)
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hanger/rack drying anything that will fit. added a second paper route starting next week.

sarah

total $627-ish
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5/29

I went to a playgroup today & ate enough to be able to skip lunch That's about all I did.

In June I'm definitely going to keep track and keep a running tally.

Stay up here on the wagon ladies!!!

---Jessica---Livin' my life from A Peace.gif(1/05 ) to Z  jammin.gif(4/08 ).....and z babyf.gif(3/11)

 

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Yahoo! No one has called me, so I think someone must have outbid me on that fiber-art wool wall-hanging at my church.

Whew...dodged that impulse purchase bullet. That would have been $86 and cost me a thumb.

So I should learn from this...no more bidding on art unless I'm sure that we want it.

Oh and I think next month I'm going to try ~selling~ some of my many diapers on diaperswappers. Maybe that will give me my diaper fix without costing more money.

 

 

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