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Belleweather's Avatar Belleweather 06:20 PM 03-14-2008
Ugh. It's payday and I just had a stupendous preformance review that went really, really, REALLY well, and I very much want to celebrate! I'm trying to think of a way to do that without spending (because otherwise, I'd get a no-spend day) and I'm having a hard time.

PrettyBird's Avatar PrettyBird 06:38 PM 03-14-2008
3/1:
3/2:
3/3:
3/4:
3/5: $89.04 on Bare Minerals makeup and acne treatment, used all Paypal money from selling things online so I did not touch the checking acct.
3/6:
3/7: $40 transferred to DH's ship account
3/8:
3/9:
3/10:
3/11:
3/12: : $20.19 at Target
3/13:
3/14:

No spend!
Spent within budget
Unplanned, but necessary expense
: Blew it
Sarah8Jane's Avatar Sarah8Jane 06:56 PM 03-14-2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by Belleweather View Post
Ugh. It's payday and I just had a stupendous preformance review that went really, really, REALLY well, and I very much want to celebrate! I'm trying to think of a way to do that without spending (because otherwise, I'd get a no-spend day) and I'm having a hard time.
Promise yourself a treat at home. Home spa night, brownies, etc. You can do it. Congratulations on the performance review!
Patrick's mummy's Avatar Patrick's mummy 07:06 PM 03-14-2008
1: $40 groceries/kids toys/decorating materials, $8 indoor soft play place.
2:$30 DH running shoes - his old ones fell apart on Thurs so no real choice
3: no spend day for me. Was disappointed to find DH had spent $1 at work on chocolate but this is my challenge so I'll accept my first no spend day of the month!!
4: Sent DH to get milk, bread and kid's medicine - he came back having spent $32 - grrrrr!! This makes me so mad. He had also bought several treats for himself but nothing for me, so I don't even get to benefit!!
5: $460 hypnobirthing course for DH and I. (Ask me in May whether this was money well spent) $3 on groceries - definitely unnecessary since this was sweets mainly
6: No spend for me DH spent $7 on playing football and $6 on his lunch.
7: Groceries $105 (budgetted) and gas $100 (budgetted). I had not bought any gas since mid Feb so that was pretty good. DH spent $4 on lunch.
8: $4 curtain hooks - our old ones were tab tops but the new ones need hooks, so necessary spending.
9: No spend, no drive!!
10: $7 playgroup (budgetted)
11: $1 cookies (within grocery budget but pretty unnecessary.) Will be paying the electrician later but there's nothing I can do about that.
12: $112 groceries/household (budgetted). DH said he spent $1 at work on french fries
13: No spend! DH just informed me he spent $1 at work on chocolate, but this isn't his challenge so I'm going to gloss over that.
14: Spent $30 on flowers/foliage for our yard (to entice tomorrow's potential buyer!!) plus $10 on disinfectant for the yard, dishclothes and a can of soda. All of this fits in to the rest of my household budget for this week (but my household budget week runs Weds-Weds so if we run out of anything before then, the money is gone!) Plus $3 on DS1's school activity. Then DH informs me he spent $4 on a breakfast at work!!

Tomorrow should be a no spend day plus we are getting a bouncy chair from freecycle for our baby who is due soon!
josybear's Avatar josybear 07:08 PM 03-14-2008
march 1: $40- groceries, 15$- gift for a friend
march 2: nothing at all
march 3: sent dh to get applesauce and rice crackers for ds1 - he came home with 10$ in chocolate bars.
march 4: technically nothing spent.
march 5:
march 6:
march 7:
march 8 - 10: we finished off the monthly discretionary fund and this week's food budget.
march 11:
march 12:
march 13:
march 14: today we went to bulk barn and stocked up on cheap, often organic EVERYTHING. we each got a treat because you can't walk out of a bulk foods warehouse without a bag of cheap candy. but we got 00$ worth of stuff for 40$, so i have no complaints. then we 'splurged' on compostable garbage bags (to make the chore of taking out the compost less gross) and a dynamo flashlight so we don't have to buy batteries for the old incandescent flashlight any more. so we had a cheap, eco-friendly shopping day. then we spent 12$ on organic fruit & veg for the week. so we have 15$ left for the week.

the budget:
100$/ week groceries/ transportation/ outings
100$/ month discretionary fund (clothes, gifts, etc)

(weeks start on friday)
week 1: $50 leftover from the 100$
week 2: 0$ leftover
week 3: 15$ remaining for the week
$0 remaining for the month.[/QUOTE]
annethcz's Avatar annethcz 08:04 PM 03-14-2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by Belleweather View Post
Ugh. It's payday and I just had a stupendous preformance review that went really, really, REALLY well, and I very much want to celebrate! I'm trying to think of a way to do that without spending (because otherwise, I'd get a no-spend day) and I'm having a hard time.
Congratulations!!!! Do something special at home tonight. Whatever makes you feel special- either a special dinner made while listening to good music. Or maybe something really easy and simple. Then settle in with your DH to watch a movie or snuggle after the kids go to bed.

For me, a celebratory night would mean asking DH to make dinner and having a popcorn, movie and snuggle night with DH
annethcz's Avatar annethcz 08:08 PM 03-14-2008
Posting now to give myself a no spend before I screw up. It was a great day until I found out that my uncle passed away this afternoon. I just want to order pizza and curl up under a blanket and cry. Cancer SUCKS. This is the 3rd family member I've lost to cancer in the last year.

Anyway, we chucked the meal plan and DH is making french bread pizza as I type.

March 1: budgeted spending: $129.89 household/misc., $217.63 grocery store, $209 Let's Dish (groceries)
March 2: no spend
March 3: budgeted spending: $15 school milk/juice for snack time (groceries), paid kids' monthly bowling league fees
March 4: budgeted spending: $42.13 gas, $30.64 lunch out, $45 school field trip
March 5: no spend
March 6: budgeted spending: $47.29 on paint, supplies and decorations for the girls' room. (household/misc)
March 7: budgeted spending: $48 dinner out with DH
March 8: budgeted spending: $43.95 pizza delivery
March 9: budgeted spending: $43.06 groceries, $24.07 household/misc., $44.42 gas
March 10: no spend
March 11: budgeted spending: $28.39 pizza delivery
March 12: budgeted spending: $8.04 groceries
March 13: budgeted spending: $14 girl scout cookies (I bought them for DH, they count as groceries, right??? ), $50.98 gas, $25 preschool application fee for DD for next year (household/misc)
March 14:

My goals for March:
4/15 true no-spend days
14/31 no credit card use
1/5 no drive days
6/10 drive more than 50 miles in a day
$506.73/$600 groceries
$271.25/$300 household/misc.
$137.53/$300 gas
$150.98/$200 eating out/take out/entertainment
225/1000 minutes on the treadmill
scrapadoozer's Avatar scrapadoozer 08:51 PM 03-14-2008
3/1
3/2 Poodle toy & game for dd @ Goodwill $2
3/3
3/4 Books for DH $20, Kite for dd $1
3/5
3/6
3/7
3/8 Fabric $16, Toy for dd $1, swap shipping $5
3/9
3/10
3/11
3/12
3/13
3/14 Movie rentals $2

Unnecessary spending: $47.00
No spend days: 10/14
JennaW's Avatar JennaW 08:55 PM 03-14-2008
Anne,

I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your uncle. Peace and healing to you and your family.
JennaW's Avatar JennaW 09:14 PM 03-14-2008
3/1- $6400 for new car, $47.00 for lunch, $11.40 for dinner, $47.93 gas
3/2- $259.98 for new car detail, $69.01 REI for BOB stroller, $24.23 Costco for laundry soap, $92.19 for groceries at Trader Joe's
3/3- DH needed gas, $50.51. I spent nothing but I did drive my car to see my Mom and a friend.
3/4- $2.68 for dish soap
3/5- No spend day! I did drive to see a friend but no spending
3/6- $7.97 groceries (bought yeast so I could make my own bread), $20.00 DH spending money for the month
3/7- $97.29 at Costco ($52.34 on household, $44.95 on food)
3/8- $52.63 Trader Joe's, took out $40.00 cash for Farmers Market tomorrow, hoping to spend no more then $30 but we are getting olive oil there so it might be more.
3/9- Only spent $20 of the $40 at the farmers market! $36.52 on dog food
3/10- $3.49 on groceries, $45 dry cleaning (on credit card..errr)
3/11- DH spent $20.46 on gas, I had a no drive/no spend day
3/12- No spend day
3/13- No spend day
3/14- $25.71 on groceries to get us through the next week. DH put a full tank in the Volvo on CC, not sure how much he spent, probably $50

Totals:

New Car $6659.98/$6000
Groceries $247.45/$350
Eat Out $58.40/$0
Baby $69.01/$0
Household $79.25/$0
Gas $118.40/$100
DH Spending Money $20/$0
Pets $36.52/$0
Dry Cleaning $45/$0

DH put in his expense report today at work and should be getting $260 to reimburse him for his cell phone bill ($120) and the gas he uses to drive around for work so that should really help us out!

We are B-R-O-K-E right now. Luckily we both get paid next week and we don't have to many bills. We have to pay the mortgage, city bill and AMEX. Hopefully we will be able to cushion our bank account a little and not be in this position again.
JennaW's Avatar JennaW 09:20 PM 03-14-2008
I am looking forward to next month because since I am doing this I can see how we can do better next month and also know that some expenses we incurred this month we won't next month. Like no spending on baby stuff, no eating out (the only eating out we have done was that crazy weekend of going to get the car other then that we have eaten every meal at home), no new car expenses, much less on household stuff and much less on gas.

And I'm really hoping to come under budget on the groceries this month.
Crunchy*VT*Mom's Avatar Crunchy*VT*Mom 09:51 PM 03-14-2008
Ann -- I'm sorry about your uncle.
katheek77's Avatar katheek77 10:00 PM 03-14-2008
Ann..

I'm so sorry for your losses.
katheek77's Avatar katheek77 10:02 PM 03-14-2008
Spent a couple of hours outside watching my 20 month old daughter conquer the "big twisty slide".

And I don't mean sliding down it by herself. I mean climbing UP it. You should see the muscle tone on this kid.

Wore her out. She knocked out about an hour ago.

3/1 $5 parking at museum, $15 laundry quarters, $13.64 groceries, $54 charity, $2.47 postage
3/2 No spend No drive
3/3 No spend No drive
3/4 No spend No Drive
3/5 No spend No Drive
3/6 No spend
3/7 No spend No Drive
3/8 Dinner $30.35 (budgeted). No Drive
3/9 Groceries $99.36 - (this should last a couple weeks -except maybe veggies), DH decided we were eating Mexican $26.00, Baby's Supp. Formula/Diapers $50.96
3/10 No Spend , No Drive
3/11 No spend No Drive
3/12 $77.59 DH's car tuneup, $3.00 Parking, $31.06 Drinks and Snacks for DH's trip But, better than him buying at the convenience stores for the next month.
3/13 Parking $5.00, Postage $2.47
3/14 No spend No Drive


*9/20 no spend days
*9/20 no drive days -
*11/26 no eat out days
*$144.06/$225 grocery spending
$0/1493.70 into savings/IRAs/investments for the month
$10424.88/17924.40 into savings/IRAs/investments for the year (so far, 6424.88 in savings, 4000 in IRAs)
121,333 - beginning mileage for month...goal of <250 for the month[/QUOTE]
liangel's Avatar liangel 10:22 PM 03-14-2008
My key:

:= groceries
= gas
= no spend
= spending other than gas or groceries

3/1-: $174.55 groceries,
---- $67.53 (Amazon for ER Season 8, High School Musical 1&2)
3/2-
3/3-
3/4-
3/5-
3/6-
3/7- $40 gas, $17.21 Sister's b-day gift
3/8- $9.52 Publix. I bought some Edamame (wanted to try it for a snack), a weird protein drink (it was gross), a pack of gum, and a Peppermint patty. So the drink, the patty and the gum weren't really necessary. The edamame COULD have waited til my next trip to the store, but it's better than snacking on junk food we have.
3/9-
3/10-
3/11-
3/12-
3/13- $40 gas
----: $12.23 Publix
----- $66-new cell phone. Mine broke-needed one ASAP for work
----- $40 nails
3/14-
mumkenna&lucas's Avatar mumkenna&lucas 10:59 PM 03-14-2008
3/1
3/2
3/3
3/4
3/5
3/6
3/7
3/8
3/9 $26.52 American Eagle, $48.91 UV sungear order..
3/10
3/11
3/12
3/13
3/14

March Spending Goals:
No Spend days: 13/25
No etsy/DS/ebay: 14/27
Non-necessary Spending: 75.43/200

Exceptions that I won't count against me
A few items for dd and ds's easter baskets
Kids pictures taken
1 new to me pair of jeans
MissLotus's Avatar MissLotus 11:28 PM 03-14-2008
3/1: Train $10.75/ subway $4/ gift $8.50/ lunch $6.50
3/2: matinee movie $6.50/ snacks (bought at store, not at movie theater ) $3.50/ $67.26 groceries/ Gained: $8.76 from returning stuff to Home Depot
3/3: spent nothing
3/4: spent nothing
3/5: $32 groceries/ $2.47 post office (sold book on Amazon)
3/6: $2.81 post office/ about $11 grocery run
3/7: spent nothing (and a no-drive day)
3/8: $15.41 diner/ $8 movies and popcorn/ $9.95 bakery outlet/...."made" $29.99 when I returned stuff to Target
3/9: spent nothing
3/10: $49 groceries & pet stuff (had $25 gift card toward it, so I'm only counting $24 of it in my monthly total)
3/11: $2.13 post office (sold book on Amazon)/ $6.18 pharmacy / $5.53 grocery run
3/12: spent nothing
3/13: spent nothing (no-drive)
3/14: spent nothing...at any store, anyway. I bought plane tickets, had to use my credit card for that. But - I got round-trip, cross-country tickets for $251 total including taxes and fees...totally unheard-of, especially from my small local airport...and will have a free place to stay...and also have free tickets to a game show! It's to my friend's who I haven't visited in his home-state since 1998! So...as much as I hate to use my credit card, chances like this almost never arise for me.


Spending totals:
Groceries/Household/Pet supplies: $149.74
Eating out, including snacks: $25.41
Postage (for stuff sold on Amazon): $7.41
Miscellaneous: $43.93 (+ $251 credit card)
mamaof6's Avatar mamaof6 11:41 PM 03-14-2008
I seem to have fell behind here. Most of this was budgeted, but some not.

3/1 No Spend Day
3/2 $55.00 charitable contributions; $147.81 groceries; $50.00 DS birthday gift; $64.32 lunch w/DS#1; $2.24 coffee
3/3 $118.00 bowling league fees; $26.00 kids allowances
3/4 No Spend Day
3/5 $64.00 gas; $5.06 coffee; $22.00 dh's bowling night; $26.34 milkman
3/6 $50.00 website renewal; $2.35 coffee; $2.80 pop, lottery tix (frivolous)
3/7 $96.38 chiro; $12.82 McDonalds for kids (I'm so weak ) $1.80 library fines; $40.27 dinner out with dh (giftcard was only $20 instead of $50 ); $68.89 Target (budgeted gifts/Easter); $30.00 babysitter
3/8 $2.24 coffee; $229.98 groceries/household items/clothing. (the clothing was frivolous)
3/9 $20.00 charitable contributions; $2.34 coffee; $5.00 gift for friend
3/10 No Spend Day
3/11 $16.00 copy of birth certificate; $2.02 coffee; $31.65 Target (household/groceries)
3/12 $25.00 dh bowling
3/13 $2.02 coffee; $24.58 McDonalds for kids dinner (not absolutely unnecessary, so I'm counting it as frivolous ) $41.91 milkman; $39.03 grocery store
3/14 $88.26 Chiro; $69.00 gas

I really need a no spend tomorrow. I'm going to convince dh that we are in need of a no spend weekend.

Jill

My Plan

Groceries $401.61/$750
Gas $133.00/$325
Coffee $18.27/$25
Frivolous Spending $43.37/$50
Birthday for DS #1 $50/$50
10 no spend days 3/10
26 days no Big Box stores 10/26
No Credit Cards 14/31
ladyinred's Avatar ladyinred 11:56 PM 03-14-2008
Another no spend day Working lots Which will mean I'll have more money next month

My Key:
- No spend
- Spend within budget
- Neccessary but unbudgeted
: - Unneccessary and unbudgeted

01/03 - spent $40.00 on paint for office (at 40% off and have been planning this one and only CC purchase this month for a long time) $26.00 on a really nice meal out with Dbf, came out of last week's tutoring money and gift certificate.
02/03 - snow bound
03/03 - primed my office, nearly bought putty to fill holes in walls then found out I could use toothpaste
04/03 -
05/03 - went out for dinner but dbf paid
06/03 - Bought frames for my office and dbf's b'day present but went $5 over the cash I had (all I'm supposed to spend) so I put it on my CC
07/03 - and Printed pictures for office and dbf's present, got new thigh-high nylons, all within budget and bought new shoes for work not really in budget but on sale and I kind of needed them
08/03 - : $60.00 on Dbf's birthday dinner. Spent WAY more than planned.
09/03 -
10/03 - : bought tea out at a coffee shop with a friend
11/03 -
12/03 - Celebratory alcohol for engagement and DF's b-day
13/03 - Got paid for one tutoring job but not the other $10 into savings envelope
14/03 -

Goals For March:
*20 no spend days (Feb I had 17) 8/20
*Pay off some of CC
*Put $15 from each week of tutoring in saving envelope
*Plan out meals for each week to reduce grocery spending Done
*File taxes and put tax return on provincial student loan

Budget for March:
Income - around $900.00
- $560.00 to dbf for April bills
- $45.00 to savings
- $200.00 to CC (about half coming from what's still in the bank)
- around $60.00 spending money
- $60.00 to student loan
- $40.00 paint (on CC)
MissLotus's Avatar MissLotus 12:12 AM 03-15-2008
Ann,
I was just catching up on the posts and saw yours...I'm sorry, it's so sad, and it does suck. to you and your family.
*andiflipping*'s Avatar *andiflipping* 02:14 AM 03-15-2008
March 1st.. no spend and no drive
March 2nd.. spent $10.50 on city garbage bags/stickers...budgeted for
March 3rd... $77.76 groceries budgeted
$33.35 gas budgeted
March 4th....
March 5th...
March 6th... $5.25 to send out swap package (out of my "mad" money)
March 7th...$20 groceries and $14.50 on Easter gifts
March 8th... $2.02 "free pizza" (I had to pay for upgrades out of my "mad money".)
March 9th.... $2.50 on bolts that were unbudgeted..$30 on gas
March 10th... $3 on clearance shirt for me..$3.50 Easter gift
March 11th... Spent $5.87 at Goodwill (not budgeted)
March 12th...$40.00 groceries
March 13th... An old friend was in town so we did McDonalds for lunch but I don't feel to bad. I fed 4 of us for $5 but still it was unbudgeted.
March 14....

Goals
20 no spend or spend within budget days
137.76/$300 groceries
63.35/$300 gas (Dh works far from home)
Save..($25) so far
Try to drive a lot less.


Key
true no spend
spend within budget
spend outside budget ($16.37...)
FeelingBlessed's Avatar FeelingBlessed 05:34 AM 03-15-2008
No spend (except for bills paid online) + beaucoup decluttering = great day!

Kim

March 1:
March 2:
March 3:
March 4:
March 5:
March 6:
March 7:
March 8:
March 9:
March 10:
March 11: $0.40 library fine, $12 t-shirts for upcoming State House march (to express opposition to anti-homeschooling bill)
March 12:
March 13:
March 14:

GOALS:
* Less than $75 in frivolous spending: month to date $12.40
* At least 25 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 13/25
* Avoid Target: 14/31
* Pack snacks/water for outings: 14/31
* NO library fines: month to date $0.40
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget: $242.54/$400
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organiztion = spending): 12/25
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 12/25
* Meal plan created: 0/4 weeks
* Grocery store trips: 1/2
FeelingBlessed's Avatar FeelingBlessed 05:43 AM 03-15-2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by MissLotus View Post
Ann,
I was just catching up on the posts and saw yours...I'm sorry, it's so sad, and it does suck. to you and your family.
Also just catching up here - it unquestionably sucks; I am so sorry for your losses Ann.

Kim
oetien's Avatar oetien 01:46 PM 03-15-2008
I hope it's not too late to join. I am up for challenge this month.

1. Please introduce yourself and tell us anything you think it would help us to know about yourself.
We are a family of 3 (me, dh and 2 year old dd). We are doing this to control our spending because I see myself overspending here and there. We are working on spending as little as possible in general.
We love good gourmet food (and we eat a lot!), so the amount we spend on grocery tend to be higher than most families our size. We are trying hard to not eat out. So, this month we have higher budget for groceries and only a little to eat out (hopefully none, but it seems unreasonable to budget $0, so I put $50)
We are a car free family and pay monthly for public transit, so it's all good in that dept.

2. Please tell us why you have decided to spend nothing (or spend significantly less) for the Month of March. Memorize these goals and recite them to yourself before all purchases.
I need to stop impulsive buying and stay within the budget. Only buy stuff when I need them, not because I want them or I think they're cute.
I am a shopaholic and I love buying cute clothes for my dd (only when they're on sale, though, hehe). So, I should control my spending and only buy it when I need it. Also, my dd loves wooden puzzle and she might want more (she only has 4 now, and it does get old because she "outgrew" a couple of them already). Anyway, did I mention I am a shopaholic?

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?
Cook from scratch! No eating out!
Stay within budget for eveything.

Goals:
100% No-spend days: 16/31 (9/15)
No-spend other than groceries: 22/31 (14/15)
No eating out/takeout: 28/31 (15/15)

Our budget for a month:
Groceries & household needs: $450 ($234/$450)
Clothing & other misc. spending money: $100 ($38/$100)
Eating out/take out: $50 ($0/$50)
No Frivolous spending!

Icons:
No spending:
Grocery spending:
Reasonable spending other than grocery:
Off the wagon:

Okay, this month it goes....

03/01
03/02
03/03
03/04
03/05 CVS: $5, TJ: $86, paying for my choir: $20
03/06 food co-op (fresh veggies): $8
03/07 Asian store (spices, tofu, loose leaf tea): $25
Marshalls, baking pan: $8, wooden puzzle $9
03/08
03/09 Went out to buy clothes for dd, nothing was cheap enough. So, I went to Chinatown to buy some food items (seaweed & "crab" to make sushi) $8
03/10
03/11 Milk @WF: $4
03/12
03/13 Big grocery day! Bulk rice and stuff @ Asian store: $25, TJ: $81
03/14
03/15 (lol, hopefully!)
annethcz's Avatar annethcz 02:04 PM 03-15-2008
Thank you for all of the words of sympathy, I really appreciate it. I'm going to try to stay busy today to keep my mind off of everything.

So far this morning I've resisted the temptation to go and buy a few groceries, I'll wait and combine trips later this weekend.

I'm baking bread this morning, and I'm planning to try and get some seeds planted this afternoon. Not only am I staying home, but I'm doing things that will help me to be frugal in the future

Quote:
Originally Posted by mamaof6 View Post
I really need a no spend tomorrow. I'm going to convince dh that we are in need of a no spend weekend.
And who is going to convince you? Be strong today when you visit the big box!
liangel's Avatar liangel 04:04 PM 03-15-2008
[QUOTE=liangel;10768646]My key:

:= groceries
= gas
= no spend
= spending other than gas or groceries

3/1-: $174.55 groceries,
---- $67.53 (Amazon for ER Season 8, High School Musical 1&2)
3/2-
3/3-
3/4-
3/5-
3/6-
3/7- $40 gas, $17.21 Sister's b-day gift
3/8- $9.52 Publix. I bought some Edamame (wanted to try it for a snack), a weird protein drink (it was gross), a pack of gum, and a Peppermint patty. So the drink, the patty and the gum weren't really necessary. The edamame COULD have waited til my next trip to the store, but it's better than snacking on junk food we have.
3/9-
3/10-
3/11-
3/12-
3/13- $40 gas
----: $12.23 Publix
----- $66-new cell phone. Mine broke-needed one ASAP for work
----- $40 nails
3/14-
3/15-
Hollysmom's Avatar Hollysmom 04:08 PM 03-15-2008
March 1 -
March 2 - $16.40 for a couple of groceries
March 3 - $42.05 for take out, but it was planned and in budget
March 4 -
March 5 - $64.12 Household stuff within budget
March 6 - $10.94 McD's, $84.50 dd1 swimming lessons
March 7 - $275.51 Monthly Costco trip
March 8 -
March 9 - $48.38 for books : $32.84 Household stuff
March 10 -
March 11 - $45.15 for tax software, $4.52 $ store stuff for the kids
March 12 -
March 13 -
March 14 - $123.02 Groceries, $29.40 Clothes for kids
March 15 -

It is only the middle of the month and we are over our grocery budget. I guess we better start using up some of the food in this house.


Key:

= No spend
= Budgeted spending
= Out of budget/frivolous spending


Grocery/Household items - $511.89/$500
Take out - $53.44/$100
Misc Spending - $82.30/$100
Shoes for dd2 - $0/$60
Swimming lessons dd1 - $84.50/$84.50

7/20 No Spend days
ReikiMommy07's Avatar ReikiMommy07 05:17 PM 03-15-2008
Beware the Ides of March! :

Key:
no spend at all
budgeted
unbudgeted but necessary
: unbudgeted and unnecessary

Goals:
3/9 spend days
12/22 no-spend
6 trips and $208.30/200 groceries for Feb 13-Mar 13
1 trip and $22/200 groceries for Mar 14-Apr 13
$4/10 necessary household items
$0/20 clothes
$0/20 bday gift
$18.12/20 charity/yarn/shipping
$8.30 unbudgeted spending (over budget on groceries)

Sat 1
Sun 2
Mon 3
Tue 4
Wed 5
Thu 6 $29.23 groceries, $13.98 yarn
Fri 7
Sat 8
Sun 9
Mon 10
Tue 11 : $47.83 groceries ($8.30 over budget), $10.41 whipes and cup for DS
Wed 12
Thu 13
Fri 14 $22 groceries, $4 household necessities, $4.14 yarn
Sat 15
Patrick's mummy's Avatar Patrick's mummy 07:01 PM 03-15-2008
1: $40 groceries/kids toys/decorating materials, $8 indoor soft play place.
2:$30 DH running shoes - his old ones fell apart on Thurs so no real choice
3: no spend day for me. Was disappointed to find DH had spent $1 at work on chocolate but this is my challenge so I'll accept my first no spend day of the month!!
4: Sent DH to get milk, bread and kid's medicine - he came back having spent $32 - grrrrr!! This makes me so mad. He had also bought several treats for himself but nothing for me, so I don't even get to benefit!!
5: $460 hypnobirthing course for DH and I. (Ask me in May whether this was money well spent) $3 on groceries - definitely unnecessary since this was sweets mainly
6: No spend for me DH spent $7 on playing football and $6 on his lunch.
7: Groceries $105 (budgetted) and gas $100 (budgetted). I had not bought any gas since mid Feb so that was pretty good. DH spent $4 on lunch.
8: $4 curtain hooks - our old ones were tab tops but the new ones need hooks, so necessary spending.
9: No spend, no drive!!
10: $7 playgroup (budgetted)
11: $1 cookies (within grocery budget but pretty unnecessary.) Will be paying the electrician later but there's nothing I can do about that.
12: $112 groceries/household (budgetted). DH said he spent $1 at work on french fries
13: No spend! DH just informed me he spent $1 at work on chocolate, but this isn't his challenge so I'm going to gloss over that.
14: Spent $30 on flowers/foliage for our yard (to entice tomorrow's potential buyer!!) plus $10 on disinfectant for the yard, dishclothes and a can of soda. All of this fits in to the rest of my household budget for this week (but my household budget week runs Weds-Weds so if we run out of anything before then, the money is gone!) Plus $3 on DS1's school activity. Then DH informs me he spent $4 on a breakfast at work!!
15: No spend!! Did a little drive to collect a freecycle thing for the new baby. DH spent $2 on a kid's activity for our two little ones this morning but that's his spending.

We're going to the library tomorrow so we'll have some parking to pay but other than that, tomorrow should be a no spend time. I don't know why but I felt like splurging today, but I controlled it and hopefully the feeling is going away!
monkey's mom's Avatar monkey's mom 08:34 PM 03-15-2008
3/1: Flowers donated to town $41.99
3/2: Flowers donated to ME $15.74
3/3:
3/4:
3/5: Groceries $263.49/Newspaper $.50
3/6: Claritin $11.59
3/7: Dog food $51.44
3/8: Bulk Pork $56
3/9: Gas $30 /Groceries ~$3
3/10:
3/11:
3/12: Lunch $11 /Garden Club Dues $25 /Newspaper $.50
3/13:
3/14:
3/15:


Groceries $322.49/$550
Gas $30/$100
Gardening $15.74/$100

My key:

No spend
Budget spend
Over spend
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