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Not a cent! I was so tempted to get some stuff for DS's party but I'm glad I didn't. He got sooo much stuff. One good thing is he got doubles of something so I'm going to give the extra to his friend for his birthday. I told the giver and she said it was ok. I said I would buy DS something in it's place but maybe in June I will get him a soccer ball as the replacement gift . He has enough to keep him busy for a while.

DH is going to the bank right now to deposit the money we've saved. We are definately going to be able to afford a house before we know it and we're so excited!! We're tired of low income housing!!!
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I am working all weekend, so I will pack my meals and take bottled H2O from home.. ladies help me please!!!!!!
Packing your lunches can really save a bundle.

We had a good day today. I had to buy vacuum bags (yes, I know about the trick of cutting the bottom off and emptying it - but the bag had a bunch of broken glass in it!), but that was it. I only spent $2.16 for the day. We made homemade gf pizza that was very good, and there are leftovers for lunch. We wanted desert so I made some oatmeal cookies out of what we had in the pantry. Dh really wanted popcorn, so I found a grocery store gift card ($5) that I found in our junk drawer this weekend and told him that he had to go to that store! In the end, he stayed home.
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May 1st
May 2nd
May 3rd $105 diapers
May 4th $23 diapers
May 5th $9.50 on puzzles and a toy for DD

Considering it was grocery day and I went into a gazillion stores, that was a good day for me. Not -worthy, but still good.

I also bought some hair cutting scissors -- but those will be money-savers. I'm learning (very slowly) how to cut my children's hair. They were both due for a cut, so the cost of the scissors I'm chalking up to necessity. The scissors cost less than one haircut would have cost for both of them.

Anyone have a good recommendation for a "how to cut your children's hair" book?

KariAnne -- you are rocking! Go-no-spending-Mama!!!

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May 2 -
May 3 -
May 4 -
May 5 -

We didn't leave the house today, so no money spent. The last few days I've been feeling rather liberated about not spending any money. Today, I felt completely blah about it. The weather here has been yuck and I'm hoping that is what is causing my blahs. I kept looking around the house at all the stuff I want to do (meaning money spent) and being upset that I was choosing not to spend any money! How absurd!

I want the thumbs up. I want to do this. I need to do this. I CAN do this! We all can!

Crunchy - You are working your way back down to a zero dollar day! I know you can do it!

sarahlyao & bwylde Woo-Hoo on no money spent!

ColoradoMama You got what you needed with no extras! Very cool!

"See" ya'll tomorrow!
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May Spending:

Current total: $19.05

May 1 - $6.48 (lunch and snack)
May 2 - $8.90 (kids wanted to go to McD's and I agreed before remembering my pledge)
May 3 -
May 4 -
May 5 - $3.67 (DS was invited to aparty at McD's. I ate while I waited )

I also started on the frugal meal planning and I am so excited about all of the money that I'm NOT spending!

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May 5 -

Tomorrow is the test though, we have a playdate in the morning then we're off to do some grocery shopping. I did a meal plan for the week and made a list!
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I haven't spent anything extra except change for cokes at work. It comes from leftover change, so I don't count it as spending.
If I pull out the debit card for a coke - that is spending
So far, so good.
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May 3 *groceries*
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May 5 $3 spent at a couple yard sales. Stuff I've been ISO for a long time so I am okay with the big money I spent.

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Saturday: :
Sunday: :

Sundays are easy as we don't shop on Sunday anyway . I was so tempted yesterday to go shopping. We went for a drive instead and I talked about it with DH. We want so badly to save for a house that it makes it easier.

Tommorow I am going to go through all our stored up food and write it down to make meal plans. I have been warning the kids that for the sake of saving money and eating healthier, they may have to start eating things they don't like : (That's going to go over well. They are both sooo picky!!). I have put together my shopping list and it is mostly fruits and veggies and a couple items that are a really good sale. We won't be spending much this week on groceries.
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Well I was doing great until Friday!

We are gearing up for a trip to Alaska and needed to get DS a good pair of walking shoes for the trip. I wanted them early enough so DS could break them in and know they are comfortable. We've never done this kind of camping/trip with him and he also needed some rain gear and a few more things. My BIL lives in AK and he told us what were essentials to make travelling with our 3 year old a worthwhile experience. I found nothing in thrift stores for his age bracket so I had to buy new. Other than the shoes I bought everything else big so we'll have it or 2 or 3 seasons so at least we'll get more use out of it.

Back on track over the weekend though
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Bought some books yesterday, but took them back today, so I'm no-spend for the weekend! We did buy a couple of mats for outside (it's so rainy here right now!) and some much needed dog leashes on clearance, but those are joint expenses and were not extravagant, so I feel fine about things. I'm also working on putting together food for lunches during the week. Finally, I turned in my change today and now have $64 in cash in my wallet, so I am going to see how long I can make that last. I am planning to go out today to pick up mother's day cards, but that seems like a reasonable expense.
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you mammas that are no-spend for this long are such an inspiration!

my stats:

5/1 - 39
5/2 - 15.50
5/3 - 39
5/4
5/5
5/6

it's making it easier that dh sold his car, he's using mine & the IL car we borrowed for me & dd to use locally stalls out if you slow down to quickly. i don't want to drive anywhere!

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May 1...
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May 3... $105
May 4... $23
May 5... $9.50
May 6...


Yeah!!! Finally a again!

It is only 3 PM, but we are home for the rest of the day and DH is taking the car, so no money will be spent by me.

Okay -- I made a way too extravagant bid on a fiber-arts wall hanging at a silent auction today at church -- but hopefully someone else will fall equally in love with that wall hanging and outbid me. So I can't count that as reckless spending until I win the auction...then it will be a prime example of Prue-impulse purchasing. Who in the world can't live without a wool fiber wall hanging??? ~No one~ can count that as a need.

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I fell off the wagon today :

Went to Target to pick up diaper cream (dd has a bd, bad rash ) and ended up spending $77! Most was spent on summer clothes for the kids (which they both need) and I only bought clothes on clearance. So I'm almost done summer clothes shopping for both kids- they only need a swimsuit each still. I didn't get any goodies, though, which is what I almost always come home from Target with. So now I just need to not spend any more money on "stuff" for the rest of the month

I'm working on cleaning out closets and gathering my craft stuff together so I have something to do and won't get bored. Plus it has the added benefit of making me feel like I have too many things lying around already

I hope the rest of you ladies had a better weekend than I did!
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Crunchy--WooHoo!!! See you made it back on the wagon! lol Did you decide any more about your DH's b-day? I've decided to fix a baking hen in the crockpot with some mashed potatoes and Candied Carrots (my dh's favorite side dish). Then for his "party" on Saturday we're having cake, chips, homemade cookies (probably Snickerdoodles since they are his fave) and maybe a couple more homemade party foods. Its going to be really small just our parents and siblings and maybe a couple of his friends. So it should be a cheap party. :-) All I need to get is the chips and some throw away cups since I have styrofoam plates and plastic forks already. yay!

May 1
May 2
May 3
May 4
May 5 $4.07 for drinks and snacks, $6 for 2 drinks (yikes!) at the Air Show and $9 for supper at Arby's on the way home.
May 6

The Air Show trip turned out really good! I'm amazed we only spent $6 inside. :-) We did fill our SUV up on the way, $45!! Yikes!! But we won't need gas for probably at least 2 weeks.
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Went to Target to pick up diaper cream (dd has a bd, bad rash ) and ended up spending $77
sunflowers -- Isn't that the truth?? I can't walk into Target or Walmart or Costco without spending $100...they should just charge me a surcharge at the door.

"Ma'am, can I see your Costco card? Prudence Taylor, eh? For you that will be $100 to enter this store."

I'd pay it.

Because I'm going to be giving them that anyway.

I don't know why I have ~no~ impulse control in those big box stores. And I have NOTHING to show for it. A house full of stuff, but honestly I can't figure out what it is that I have spent all this money on.

Oh...but things are changing now, I tell you.

Thanks Kelly! It feels good to be "back" Luckily for me DH's birthday is the 31st, so I have more time to ruminate on a non-spendy gift for him.

 

 

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KariAnn and Michelle -- You are my idols. All those thumbs...you're blinding me with the blue. Way to go!!!!

 

 

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Anybody want to buy a wool fiber-art wall hanging?

 

 

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May 1
May 2
May 3 *groceries*
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May 5 $3 spent at a couple yard sales. Stuff I've been ISO for a long time so I am okay with the big money I spent.
May 6 and a for DH, too!

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Okay, I slipped off of the wagon. I heard about a great deal for a one year subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine. $2.97! That hardly counts, right?! The weather was disgusting and I was still feeling the blahs and I am a total emotional eater. So dh went to the grocery store and spent $30.09 (beer, steak, salad dressing, rice pilaf and lime bars). We didn't need it, but boy was it good! After dh went to bed we drank beer and watched Weeds on dvd.

May 1 -
May 2 -
May 3 -
May 4 -
May 5 -
May 6 - $33.06

I'm expecting a thumb today. Be strong ladies!
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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:
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

Which brings us to today. And I can already tell you, there are going to be more shoes. My running shoes are shot and my feet can tell. I swear I'm really not a shoe fiend--I just have problem feet and really have to find a couple of pairs I can wear this summer!
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Anybody want to buy a wool fiber-art wall hanging?
Ah, Prue! I think we share a compulsion

I am a chronic impulse purchaser and a wool wall hanging might have been too much for me to pass up... especially since it was a church auction! For a good cause and all that happy hooey. Can you write something like that off on taxes?? As a donation? It might make it a bit easier to swallow :
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Does anyone save all their receipts so you can see your damage in B&W?
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sunflowers-- I do. And also I write down the totals from each store in my home binder so I can keep track better.

I forgot to add that even though we spent money on Saturday at the Air Show I made $20 at a yard sale that I wasn't even at. Yay!!
I've got to run into town today to take some paperwork to the Medicaid office so I have to be strong! Hopefully I'll get a big blue thumb for today too.
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Okay, I slipped off of the wagon. I heard about a great deal for a one year subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine. $2.97! That hardly counts, right?!

Doesn't count if you share how we can get the same deal
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Doesn't count if you share how we can get the same deal
I was thinking the same thing

I should have a today. I haven't gone anywhere and dont' plan on it. We have too much stuff so I don't need anymore (can you tell I've spent the whole day cleaning with no end in sight?!)
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May 1...
May 2...
May 3... $105
May 4... $23
May 5... $9.50
May 6...
May 7...

Yeah!!! I left my wallet at home today. Just took my driver's license out so I wouldn't get in trouble if we were pulled over.

I feel naked without my wallet...but you sure can't buy anything!

Now I'm home for the day and home is a safe no-spend zone for me.

I hope everyone is having a strong day! Think of all the money you are saving...

 

 

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Not going anywhere means not spending anything, so for today I am safe!

DH gets paid on the 15th and that's the check I use for my monthly shopping. I am already very carefully planning how I'll use my share of it. I'm going to do a pantry challenge May 15- June 15th so I'll have "extra" money to use for some needed gardening supplies.

We got a kitchen chair through Freecycle yesterday. I have to remember, it's not really free, it does cost us gas to pick stuff up if we aren't already going there.

Amanda, mom to Everest (12), Alden (10-1/2), Ellery (7-1/2), & Avery (6)
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Ah well...I just took a look over in our bank account. Things are ... er...not so rosy looking over there.

If I ever needed motivation to not spend the rest of May...I just got it.

You are going to see A LOT more thumbs on this Mom's posts.

 

 

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