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#121 of 1124 Old 01-02-2008, 01:59 PM
 
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Jan 1st- 52.00 at Target for Christmas items for next year (75% off ) Also paid the bills for the next 2 weeks .
Jan 2nd - No spend and no leaving the house today

Goals :
1/20 No spend Days
1/11 Spent in Budget
/160 On gas for the whole month
/2 = /40.00 eating out days (1 at church and 1 while waiting for the evening service )
Save 35.00/160.00 for the dentist
Pay off 1 credit card
/15 days where I take the girls for a walk around the lake .

Key :
No spend
Spent in Budget Money
Unbudget /unneeded Money
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My Key
:= at home
= No Spend
= Some Spend
= Major out of budget spending

01/01
01/02 , : No car, so no-spend today!

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My key:

= No spend at all
= Groceries, Gas
= Unnecessary spending


1/1-
1/2- (no plans to go anywhere but work/gym/home)

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I need help resisting temptation!!

A computer desk I really really love (one that closes up to hide everything) is on sale at Canadian Tire. I desperately want a new desk. The one we have works, it holds all the computer parts & our "desk stuff," it just doesn't close so ds is constantly grabbing things & making a mess of it.
Past behaviour would have just been to grab the credit card and go get it. I really really want that desk but I really really really want to dig OUT of debt.
I know dh would say "your sanity is worth putting it on credit" or something about how much my time costs when my time gets spent chasing ds away from the desk. He usually convinces me with those arguments but I really really want to avoid the credit card.
Must. avoid. temptation.

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in me REALLY wants to go buy a notebook (a "good" one with lots of rows and columns meant for tracking financial matters), but obviously, it would somewhat defeat the purpose to spend money on something to help me save money right?
Kelsey -- I would buy the fancy notebook. If it costs $2 more than the cheap one, yet it motivates you to not buy ONE latte at Starbucks, then you have come out ahead. If filling in all those columns will help you avoid one purchase, then it is worth it.

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I got through yesterday without spending anything. It was tougher than I thought.
Yeah Brandy! Go!! Go!! No spending IS hard work. It takes planning and self-control.

 

 

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A computer desk I really really love (one that closes up to hide everything) is on sale at Canadian Tire.
Ani -- No desk for you. Put that credit card back.

Furniture goes on sale ALL the time. Once you buy it with credit you pay interest on it...that defeats the purpose of the "sale" You'll end up paying far more than you saved by the time you get that debt paid off.

1. Think how good it will feel to be out of debt...that will be more satisfying than the desk.
2. Think how good it will feel when you can afford the desk and can pay cash for it.
3. You can buy a used desk on Craig's List or check the classifieds or wait until garage sale season starts again -- desks are common items at garage sales.

Move the stuff up higher so your son can't reach it. He will grow out of the desk-plundering stage very quickly...also he will be big enough to figure out how to open the fancy desk sooner than you think.

You can do it! Save that money.

 

 

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01..
02..

2/20 no spend days
2/31 no fast food
0/10 Let the car rest days

Ooooh I wanted to stop at McDonald's today. When I am pregnant I practically keep McDonald's in business.

I should have called the store manager at the McDonald's near my house when I got a positive on the pregnancy test to let him know they should go ahead with any expansion plans...because they could expect a lot more income.

But I came home and cooked lunch instead.

Mainly because of you guys...I didn't want to slip up on the first days of the challenge.

Thanks!

 

 

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I need help resisting temptation!!

A computer desk I really really love (one that closes up to hide everything) is on sale at Canadian Tire. I desperately want a new desk. The one we have works, it holds all the computer parts & our "desk stuff," it just doesn't close so ds is constantly grabbing things & making a mess of it.
Past behaviour would have just been to grab the credit card and go get it. I really really want that desk but I really really really want to dig OUT of debt.
I know dh would say "your sanity is worth putting it on credit" or something about how much my time costs when my time gets spent chasing ds away from the desk. He usually convinces me with those arguments but I really really want to avoid the credit card.
Must. avoid. temptation.
Don't do it. You'll go more insane adding to your debt. Be strong!
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Jan1st- $9 on movie rentals that were supposed to be free
Jan2nd- so far so good! Went to Target to return something and didn't spend!
(but my van's battery is dead, so that's gonna cost us today )

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Don't do it. You'll go more insane adding to your debt. Be strong!
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Ani -- No desk for you. Put that credit card back.

Furniture goes on sale ALL the time. Once you buy it with credit you pay interest on it...that defeats the purpose of the "sale" You'll end up paying far more than you saved by the time you get that debt paid off.

1. Think how good it will feel to be out of debt...that will be more satisfying than the desk.
2. Think how good it will feel when you can afford the desk and can pay cash for it.
3. You can buy a used desk on Craig's List or check the classifieds or wait until garage sale season starts again -- desks are common items at garage sales.

Move the stuff up higher so your son can't reach it. He will grow out of the desk-plundering stage very quickly...also he will be big enough to figure out how to open the fancy desk sooner than you think.

You can do it! Save that money.
You are both right. I'm not even going to mention the desk to dh (and hide the flyer!!) so he can't try to convince me!

Edited to add: This no-spend is harder than I thought! I hope it gets easier as time goes by!

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I went grocery shopping today and only got the necessities!

1/1
1/2 : 20.67 groceries all budgeted!


January Spending goals:
No Spend days: 2/27
No etsy/DS/ebay: 2/30
Non-necessary Spending: $0/$150

December totals:
No spend days: 20/18
No DS, Etsy, DT: 31/27
Non-essential spending $85.20/$200



Key:
true no-spend day
: spend within budget
spend day
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Hi, my name is Linda. I have two girls, Lily aged 4 and Marissa who is 2. DH works full time and I am a part time nursing student. My husband and I live comfortably but I have a credit card problem. I need to stop using it. If I would just use the MAC card and not the credit card we would be fine. My goal is to NOT USE THE CREDIT CARD AND TO SPEND MONEY WISELY!!!!

Today Marissa and I went to Target. I needed paper and ink for my photo printer. DH wanted me to get waterproof gloves for the girls to play outside.

Gloves - 11.99 only got Lily gloves (I think I have some here for Marissa)
Printer ink and paper - 105.52
Headbands and barettes - 8.97 (these I should not have gotten. Marissa picked these out, my girls adore hair stuff and Target has such cute stuff)

Todays total spending was 120.01

I used the MAC card and that was good. With the exception of the hair department I only went to the departments that I needed to go to.

Yikes, I will be back tomorrow!
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Ani - you can do it resist the desk!!!!
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Ani - you can do it resist the desk!!!!
Desk? What desk? No desks exist in this world other than the one I'm at now! If I say that over and over again I will be able to convince myself of that.

I think I will take the next few minutes and clean off/re-organize this desk and make it more functional!

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Preemptive - plan to spend later this afternoon, but just on budgeted items (TP + paper towels to make wipes).

Jan. 1: (no spend!)
Jan. 2:

GOALS:
* Less than $100 in frivolous spending: month to date $0
* At least 25 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 2/25
* Avoid Target: 2/31
* Pack snacks/water for outings: 2/31
* NO library fines: month to date $0
* Stay within grocery budget: $0/$430
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Well, I didn't do as well as I hoped at Hobby Lobby. Went $1 over my gift card amount. I'm a little disappointed in that. However, I was able to pull $1 out of my wallet - not the credit card. I got a candle warmer (was on my list to Santa), Christmas/winter stamp/cardmaking set (66%), two large paper punches (50%), a bra extender (50%), a 99-cent skein of yarn (usually 6.84). The yarn is designated for a gift for a favorite aunt.

Since I spent the whole gift card, I have no reason to go back there for the rest of the no spend month. Removing temptation is a good thing.

I couldn't find what I wanted for the bottom of my slippers, but I have a few ideas. I may try some scrap corduroy. First I have to knit the darn things.

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You are both right. I'm not even going to mention the desk to dh (and hide the flyer!!) so he can't try to convince me!

Edited to add: This no-spend is harder than I thought! I hope it gets easier as time goes by!

WAY TO GO ANI! Yay! You did it! Just say No!

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January:
01/01 :
01/02
$14.04 at the Co-op. All healthy (and mostly non-convenience) foods!

GOALS:
  • 2/31 Save ALL receipts.
  • 2/31 Stay out of all stores other than the Co-op, and Winco (dollar store "emergencies" only. $5 per trip limit, 2 trips per month MAX)
  • 2/20+ true no-spend days :
  • 0/$20 social spending
  • 0/2 Yoga sessions this month (more if I have extra $ later)
  • 0/$30 at-work eating (I get 30% off and it comes out of my paycheck)
  • SAVE tax return! (only exceptions: car registration, fix computer, and mothering subscription)
  • Save anything possible this month. Concrete saving goals start in Feb.
Key:
: = True no-spend
= Spending within budget
= Un-budgeted, but necessary
= "badgurl" spending (un-budgeted and unnecessary)

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soygurl if you really and truly want to no-spend on the paper, can you use some extra paper you have around the house? Like the backs of stuff that was printed only on the front? Do you work or have access to recycled paper anywhere where you could get paper like that?
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...how about the back of a scrap piece of paper? The empty side of an envelope? It really doesn't need to be fancy, you just need to put it in a safe spot and not lose it
Those would be great ideas, but that's what I have been trying to do, and well... I'm not organized to have those lists not get lost! Thanks for the ideas though!

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I use a composition graph paper notebook for my budget, spending, bills..anything financial. It costs like 1.99 and I love them. Since it is graph paper it gives my all the lines and columns that I want
Thats a good idea! I'm going to shop around and will probably go with something like that (unless the "fancy" one is the same price ).

Thanks ladies!

Oh and Ani, good for you about resisting the desk! I'm like your DH which only has gotten me HERE (and NOT more "sane" . Keep up the good work!!!
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I couldn't find what I wanted for the bottom of my slippers, but I have a few ideas. I may try some scrap corduroy. First I have to knit the darn things.
i have a friend who makes soles for slippers from cut up worn out jeans. she does a few layers of fabric and they're great AND very durable.
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1/1: (made 40.00 on Craigslist!)
1/2: and (7.14 on food/hay for guinea pigs; food should last a month or two)(33.95 on groceries)(made another 40.00 on Craigslist!)

Key:
= not a penny spent
= spending within the budget
= necessary spending not in the budget (things I forgot or couldn't plan for)
= unnecessary/frivolous spending
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Well, I got the groceries delivered today and filled the car up with gas but that was all necessary spending. However, dh let the side down a bit - he bought some throat sweets (whilst out and we have some at home) and some wood to get our fire started (which is ridiculous as we live across the road from woodland!) So that was $6 of unnecessary spending.

anyone else find it hard to get their partner on board?
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No Spending at all = :
No Extra Spending =
Extra Spending = :

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Groceries = $13/$250
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Jan 1: $14.62 for Mom, DD1, and I to eat at Runza. Our January budget doesn't really start for us until Thurs. though, when our first paycheck of the year comes in.
Jan 2:
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Got my major monthly shopping done today. I plan to cook this month's dinners the next few days- before classes start on Monday. I need to clean too so I do not plan on leaving my house at all the next two days. I did eat out which I am disappointed- made the mistake of shopping from 11-1:30 -right at lunch time.

No Spending at all =
Budgeted Spending =
Extra Spending unexpected= :

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2 - groceries $118.30, $73.17 vet :, Subway $11.54 :
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Running Total- $203.01
Goals
groceries 118.30/400
gas 0/100
childcare 0/240
eating out 11.54/0
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Jan 1
Jan 2 (this was a hard day - but I resisted a LARGE cc purchase and a small impulse cash one!)

2/23 no spend days
/550 groceries (including diapers, rice milk for son, food, medicine, personal & household products, hubby's beer)
/695 payments against credit card
/0 personal spending


Key:
= not a penny spent
= spending within the budget
= necessary spending not in the budget (things I forgot/didn't plan for)
= unnecessary spending

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1. Please introduce yourself and tell us anything you think it would help us to know about yourself.

This is my first month on the no-spend wagon. I have made this my goal before, but never joined in.

2. Please tell us why you have decided to spend nothing (or spend significantly less) for the Month of January. I have a new baby, a huge amount of credit card, hospital, and chiro debt from having a new baby (#4). This month is my dd's bday, next month is dh's and ds's. So we have a few expenses we have to do, but a lot of bills to pay, so we need to not spend.

3. No spending is hard work. You need a plan. Please tell us your game plan -- how do you plan to approach no spending for a month?

Well, we only have about $200 for groceries for the month. We have to get a loan to pay our cc bill this month until tax returns come. So as tight as possible.

Money I need to spend:
$0/$20
dd's bday-cake, present, everything
$0/$80
ds' bday and travel expenses to go to family's house 4 hours away. (for a joint bday party and for family to see the new baby)
$0/$30
new snow boots for dh-diabetic and takes the dog out in the snow everyday
$6/$200
groceries for January

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Hi I'm Melanie. I sooo need this thread. I am a SAHM with 5 at home and one comming in March. My DH has gotten us into some deep doodoo with a bad business decision so we decided to reall tighten our belts. I am going to try and have 25 no spend days. Besides regular bills. I do have some needs this month though like contacts, diapers, oil fro the van. One problem I have is I have a friend that I try and tell I am broke and need to stay home and she is always calling and saying " let's go to the goodwill and just look, or let's go eat at such and such) I can't get her to understant I CAN"T AFFORD IT!

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One problem I have is I have a friend that I try and tell I am broke and need to stay home and she is always calling and saying " let's go to the goodwill and just look, or let's go eat at such and such) I can't get her to understant I CAN"T AFFORD IT!
Maybe you could try suggesting things to do that DON'T cost any money? She probably just wants to hang out, can only think of things that cost money to do.
Maybe the next time she calls with a invitation that will cost you, say "how about we ______ instead since it's free and I can't afford to __(what she suggested)__. Maybe even try telling her about the no-spend challenge and say something like "Well, that sounds like fun, but I've been doing really well with the N-SC, and I don't want to mess it up now!" Even head her off at the pass by calling her with a money-free invite before she gets a chance to invite you to eat out or whatever. Some ideas:
  • go for a walk in the park
  • have tea at your house (or coffee, hot chocolate, whatever you have in your cupboard)
  • make cookies at your place (from scratch with ingredients you already have)
  • Come over and watch a movie (something you own, or provide popcorn, and ask her to bring a movie)
  • Any free museums, art shows, festivals in your area
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Went grocery shopping today. Caved and bought two boxes of Annie's gluten-free mac & cheese and one container of egg nog. Blech. I'm supposed to be doing a grain-sugar free diet, too!

Tomorrow is another day...

1/1:
1/2: $120.26 necessary groceries + $8.77 unnecessary groceries

KEY:
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Necessary spending
Unnecessary spending

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