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#121 of 547 Old 12-03-2007, 02:26 PM
 
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1st: $14.12 groceries for DS1 birthday : all unnecessary.
2nd:
3rd: $20.89 boots for DS1; $14.99 3 puzzles for DS2

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Dec 1: $52 at Target on gifts and household (37$ from budget, rest from holiday money gifted to us), $12 on pizza

Dec 2: $99 on groceries, $10 copies for dh recital, $51 flowers, $20 metro card

Dec 3:

My goals:

12/$350 on food/household
47/$150 misc spending (postage, clothes, gifts, fees, etc)
20/$20 metrocard
0/$25 laundry
0/$50 fun money for dh and I (wine, movies, etc.)
0/$1000 to debt!!!

0/??? car repair needed (200-300$)
$51/50 flowers for dh to give to his students at recital
0/25$ taking ds out for dinner after his choir concert
0/5 no spent at-all days (not bills or food or anything)

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12/01: $3 on replacing a book of a friends that my little DD ruined. $12 on lunch for bigger DD and I. $2 on a hot apple cider for me. $15 on winter boots for DD. Made $5 on Craigslist!
12/02: no spend! Made $10 on Craigslist!
12/03: no spend!

1. 0/20 no-spend days.
2. $298/$300 on groceries and household items for Nov 23-Dec 6.
3. $0/$0 on the credit card.
4. $420/$600 budget for Christmas gifts.
5. $15/$0 on my DDs (other than Christmas gifts, of course!)

KEY:
=true no-spend
=spending within the budget
=out of budget spending

I finally sent off something for the Holiday Helpers this year. Last year I sent some gently used items, but this year I am feeling lazy and just donated paypal. It feels so good to have done that
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I'm really annoyed. Today should have been no spend/no drive, but I went down to my office to get stuff. Then the gas light came on while I was on my way home.
1 - $191.30 on groceries (budgeted)
2 - true no spend no drive
3 - $50 gas (budgeted)

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1/12 no drive days
1/15 no spend at all days
0/8 take out/restaurant meals
0/$100 take out/restaurant meals
2/31 turn off the computer nights
$0/$50 mad money
$191.30/$500 groceries


Possible Pitfalls:
1. DS' first bday and first Christmas. I don't have a plan for spending yet on these things and I need to get one.

2. Christmas itself. I host dinner. We already have the main course, but I need sides and desserts. I need a budget for this.

3. Holiday guests. Usually end up going out to eat or spending more. Need to make sure not to lose sight of my goals in all of this.
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12/1: $42 groceries; $36 Target, all but $5 no essential; $110 dog grooming .
12/2: $1 lottery ticket
12/3:$35 copay; $1.14 postage

GOALS:

15 no-spend days;
$200 limit in X-Mas spending;
$200 in spending other than (1) paying bills (2) groceries, gas, health and other essentials that I can't think of at the moment.

PROGRESS TO DATE:

0 no-spend days
$0 X-Mas spending
$110 non-essential spending
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I'm still doing pretty well with only buying actual groceries when I do our weekly shopping trip. I did buy two containers of coffee creamer -- and I consider that unnecessary because I shouldn't be drinking flavored coffee (or any coffee) to begin with!

12/1:
12/2: $10.52 St. Nick's presents for DS + $3/14 Carmex + $5.27 printer paper + $1.86 candy for DH and me
12/2: $80.86 necessary groceries + $2.78 unnecessary groceries

KEY:
True no spend
Necessary spending
Unnecessary spending

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Dec. 1-
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Dec. 3- spent $1.48 at post office, $12.50 at the grocery store, made $3 selling eggs
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My goals for the month of December:
Track Grocery Spending: $12.50/$500
Track eating out/take out spending: 0/$100
Track my gasoline spending: 0/$160
Track household spending: $1.48
Track gift spending:
Track frivolous spending: 0/$0
Track spending/income on chickens: $3 income
No frivolous spending: 3/31 days
No credit card use: 3/31 days
Stay within 15 miles of home: 3/25 days

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Seemed like I spent a lot today but all budgeted and necessary. Still trying to figure out how to work spending while on vacation...

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Dec 1 + no drive
Dec 2 costco, gifts and groceries; new winter coat
Dec 3 car maintenance, xmas spending, household, all in budget


Key: = no spend spending in budget unplanned, unbudgeted, or unwise

No Spend Days 1/12
Fill gas and grocery shop only once a week 0/2
Only one stock up shop at Costco 1/1
Personal discretionary spending $ 0/50
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12/1-
12/2- Here is the damage:
-----$92.05- Christmas presents for my niece and nephew
-----$9.66-Holiday Cards and a pack of gum
-----$3.24-McDonald's
12/3-

No spend days: 2/23

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Dec 2: : $6.27 on food at the convenience store
Dec 3: (withdrew $20, but it was from extra money leftover from last month)
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Dec 1: $52 at Target on gifts and household (37$ from budget, rest from holiday money gifted to us), $12 on pizza

Dec 2: $99 on groceries, $10 copies for dh recital, $51 flowers, $20 metro card

Dec 3:

Dec 4: $14.50 in stamps (getting in the morning), taking ds out for dinner before choir performance $xx?, enrolling for dental insurance $243 for the fees and the first 2 months of coverage


My goals:

12/$350 on food/household
61/$150 misc spending (postage, clothes, gifts, fees, etc)
20/$20 metrocard
0/$25 laundry
0/$50 fun money for dh and I (wine, movies, etc.)
0/$1000 to debt!!!

0/??? car repair needed (200-300$)
$51/50 flowers for dh to give to his students at recital
0/25$ taking ds out for dinner after his choir concert
$243 for dental insurance enrollment
0/5 no spent at-all days (not bills or food or anything)[/QUOTE]

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December 1: dh spent $13 groceries, $29 for large CD wallet (we are packing up the office supplies)

December 2: no-drive, no-spend!

December 3: McDonald's. : Amount hasn't posted to my credit card yet, maybe $13?


No-spend: 1/15
Xmas for kids: 45/100
Xmas for family: 30/150
Groceries and takeout: 26/500
Incidental items for new house: 0/200
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My goals for this month are
stay within budget of 3200
Beat my 8 no spend days in Nov
Pay down some of our 2000$ debt
xmas for kids 100
xmas for dh and I 100

1-$40 drivers license, $81.27 kids portraits.
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3- $16 drugstore wipes, asprin, $20 to fix dh banjo
4-

No spend 2 -
Total 157.27/3200
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1 - 36.99 groceries, drove
2 - 20.95 dd's toothpaste, no driving
3 - 266.51 groceries, drove

frugal plan:

groceries/pets 324.45/250
bad spending 0/0
no drive days 1/12
work on homemade x-mas presents
go to ap/crunchy/homeschool playgroups within 30 minutes of our house
hang/rack drying clothes
meal plan
stick to grocery list and use cash!
finally make some family cloth (this has been on the list since july)
eat less
donate or sell extra stuff
do better than last month!

sarah[/QUOTE]
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Dec. 1 - $20 for Lunch {McDonalds} Made $535 holding Yardsale!
Dec. 2 - $15 for entertainment book {will get $10 GC & $6 rebate back - so free!} Made $513.51 from ebay auction!
Dec. 3 - : $35 USPS shipping to ship ebay items, $2112.21 Taxes on house, $81.13 groceries - all need/sale items!

True no spend
: Necessary spending
: Unnecessary spending

1. 15 no spend days 2/15
2. 20 Eat at home Days 2/20
3. 20 Stick to the List Days {We grocery Game} 2/15
4. Craigslist/Ebay/Half.com/yardsale Goal $1048.51/700
5. Surveys 0/?
6. Stick to the grocery Budget! 81.13/475
7. Blow Funds 26.29/100
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December 1: $15 for pictures of the kids with Santa Claus.
December 2: no driving, spent $60 on Christmas gifts online.
December 3: no driving, no spending!
December 4: no driving, no spending!

2/10 actual no-spend days
3/5 let-the-car-rest days
0/75 in discretionary/preventable spending
0/5 lattes
No unfunded credit card charges yet
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Dec 1
Dec 2 :
Dec 3 :
Dec 4 :



Key
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necessary spend
:unbudgeted spend
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Dec 1st - No spend and stayed home
Dec 2nd - 15.00 going out to eat as a family (1 of the 2 budgeted eating out days ) , 15.00 gas , Paid off Best Buy cc !
Dec 3rd - 13.00 flu vaxs for DD I did good though it lunch time here and I did NOT stop for fast food but instead came home to eat and feed dd.
Dec 4th - decided not to go to story time at Starbucks I always feel like I HAVE to get something so this took the temptation away . No spend !

Goals:
2/20 True no spend days
2/11 Budget money (mortgage , food, electric , cc debt and the like)
/0 none budget money spent
1/2 eating out days (we have two days we have to eat out this month so they are budgeted money )
0/25.00 my christmas money
15.00/185.00 gas money


Key :
no spend or budget spend money
Budget money
unbudget money
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Ooh, almost forgot about this!

12/1- $13 @ Taco Bell
12/2
12/3

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Dec 2: (and made $175 on craigslist!)
Dec 3: post office $16.58 in budget

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1st $30 gas; $25 thrift store
2nd $152 food (this should last for two weeks -- 12/16)
3rd
4th

I will NOT patronize any fast food places!
I will NOT patronize any big box stores except Home Depot if necessary.

GOALS:
Food from the grocery store: $152/$500
Eating out: $0/$25 (DH has the same amount)
gas: $30/$200
races (DH and me): $0/$50 (I might use mine toward yoga though)
Christmas: $0/$150
Misc.: $25/$25


4/31 NO FAST FOOD! 4/31 NO BIG BOX STORES!


KEY: : True no spend Spending within budget : Spending outside budget
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01..
02.. $2 bagels
03.. ,
04..

3/20 No spend days
1/10 Let the car rest days

Still snowing...took the car to go sledding with the kids...so driving but still not spending any money.

 

 

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Dec 2: (and made $175 on craigslist!)
Dec 3: post office $16.58 in budget
Dec 4: groceries and household items... $62 in budget

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1 - 36.99 groceries, drove
2 - 20.95 dd's toothpaste, no driving
3 - 266.51 groceries, drove
4 - 4.49 video rental, drove

frugal plan:

groceries/pets 324.45/250
bad spending 4.49/0
no drive days 1/12
work on homemade x-mas presents
go to ap/crunchy/homeschool playgroups within 30 minutes of our house
hang/rack drying clothes
meal plan
stick to grocery list and use cash!
finally make some family cloth (this has been on the list since july)
eat less
donate or sell extra stuff
do better than last month!

sarah
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Dec. 1-
Dec. 2-
Dec. 3- spent $1.48 at post office, $12.50 at the grocery store, made $3 selling eggs
Dec. 4-
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Dec. 31-

My goals for the month of December:
Track Grocery Spending: $12.50/$500
Track eating out/take out spending: 0/$100
Track my gasoline spending: 0/$160
Track household spending: $1.48
Track gift spending:
Track frivolous spending: 0/$0
Track spending/income on chickens: $3 income
No frivolous spending: 4/31 days
No credit card use: 4/31 days
Stay within 15 miles of home: 4/25 days

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Ok: will add more to this post since I haven't put in any goals.
Dec 1-
2:-22.50 lunch w/Dd, Thrift 8.72 (stock & gifts for Dd), FREE two wheeler for Dd from Freecycle (too cold to use it right now, but I anticipate it getting a lot of use in spring/summer)
3:-Groceries 90.18 (and I'm not DONE-this week is a Holiday),snack 5.83,gas 23.01,thrift25.83 post 2.67,Present for Dp 54.00,Dipe Online10.00--spent waaaay too much today!:
4:-+51.67book Buyback YAYY!, 5.18-lunch

33.86 :
GOALS(thanks to those with wise ideas!):

Do at least one better on all of these categories this month than last month:
1.At least 16 days 2/30
2.Pack snacks/water for outings/School: 1/30
3.At least two no-car days per week 1/8
4.NO library fines: month to date 0
5. Come here lots
6.Make lists and stick to them
7. Avoid buying my sweets and bake more. 0/5-need to figure out how to want to cook with Morning sickness!
8. earn at least 50.00 in sellables this month
9. tally of evil under 100

Acceptable spending:

Twin Sheets- Still looking......
Chanukah gift items (only a couple of small things, Chanukah is a minor holiday)-should be done by tomorrow-Chanukah starts tonight!
Stock & sellable items
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12/01: $3 on replacing a book of a friends that my little DD ruined. $12 on lunch for bigger DD and I. $2 on a hot apple cider for me. $15 on winter boots for DD. Made $5 on Craigslist!
12/02: no spend! Made $10 on Craigslist!
12/03: no spend!
12/04: no spend! Made $20 on Craigslist!

1. 0/20 no-spend days.
2. $298/$300 on groceries and household items for Nov 23-Dec 6.
3. $0/$0 on the credit card.
4. $420/$600 budget for Christmas gifts.
5. $15/$0 on my DDs (other than Christmas gifts, of course!)

KEY:
=true no-spend
=spending within the budget
=out of budget spending

I drove with the gas light on because I wanted a true no-spend day
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Today was drive/spend. I avoided all fast food and coffee, even though I wanted it SO badly.


1 - $191.30 on groceries (budgeted)
2 - true no spend no drive
3 - $50 gas (budgeted)
4 - $50 Staples (stuff to mail stuff I sold, tape, printer cartridges)
$5 to ship the stuff I sold
Most of this will get reimbursed through work or paid for with profits from sales. All budgeted/necessary

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1/12 no drive days
1/15 no spend at all days
0/8 take out/restaurant meals
0/$100 take out/restaurant meals
3/31 turn off the computer nights
$0/$50 mad money
$191.30/$500 groceries


Possible Pitfalls:
1. DS' first bday and first Christmas. I don't have a plan for spending yet on these things and I need to get one.

2. Christmas itself. I host dinner. We already have the main course, but I need sides and desserts. I need a budget for this.

3. Holiday guests. Usually end up going out to eat or spending more. Need to make sure not to lose sight of my goals in all of this.
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Dec. 1 - $20 for Lunch {McDonalds} Made $535 holding Yardsale!
Dec. 2 - $15 for entertainment book {will get $10 GC & $6 rebate back - so free!} Made $513.51 from ebay auction!
Dec. 3 - : $35 USPS shipping to ship ebay items, $2112.21 Taxes on house, $81.13 groceries - all need/sale items!
Dec. 4 - : $27 at thrift store {books to sell & misc}, $135 water bill {yes - we had a leak!}, $240 Cable {double payment} Made $114.50 selling things on craigslist, and $21.44 selling on half.com

True no spend
: Necessary spending
: Unnecessary spending

1. 15 no spend days 2/15
2. 20 Eat at home Days 3/20
3. 20 Stick to the List Days {We grocery Game} 3/15
4. Craigslist/Ebay/Half.com/yardsale Goal $1184.45/700
5. Surveys 0/?
6. Stick to the grocery Budget! 81.13/475
7. Blow Funds 54/150
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