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#691 of 703 Old 04-30-2008, 12:43 PM
 
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Aug '07-20/31 total no spend days

Apr-22/30-total no spend days
Uh make that 23/30 no spend days in April

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April 1: budgeted spending: $16.21 groceries, $22.35 school lunches/juice for April
April 2: budgeted spending: $11.39 lunch out, $48.10 gas, $15.65 dollar store
April 3: budgeted spending: $$17.26 Dollar Store, $94.85 grocery store, $11.99 Bakery Outlet
April 4: budgeted spending: $6 ECFE class fee, $17.40 softener salt & chicken feed, $12 kids' school carnival
April 5: no spend
April 6: no spend, no drive
April 7: budgeted spending: $20.75 groceries
April 8: no spend
April 9: no spend
April 10: budgeted spending: $72.21 groceries, $7.71 cat food
April 11: no spend
April 12: budgeted spending: $26.81 Target, $7 shoes for DS (why does this child keep growing???? ), $22.89 pizza, also paid state 2007 income taxes and mortgage for May
April 13: no spend, no drive
April 14: budgeted spending: $27.67 lunch out, $56.49 gas
April 15: budgeted spending: $48 school fundraiser, $22.89 pizza takeout
April 16: budgeted spending: $15.11 lunch out, $14.51 gardening supplies, $10.64 soda for DH, : unbudgeted spending: $101.24 groceries
April 17: budgeted spending: $10.99 dinner takeout, : unbudgeted spending: $54.05 gas
April 18: no spend
April 19: no spend, no drive
April 20: budgeted spending: $14.35 lunch, $18.50 DD haircut
April 21: no spend
April 22: no spend
April 23: budgeted spending: $5.93 ice cream treat, : unbudgeted spending: $25.18 groceries, $40 gas

My goals for April:
10/15 true no-spend days
3/5 no drive days
9/less than 15 days driving more than 50 miles in a day
$433.15/$400 groceries
$187.97/$200 household/misc.
$304.13/$250 gas
$143.22/$150 eating out/take out/entertainment
$14.51/$50 garden
490/1000 minutes on the treadmill
2/20 items sold

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4/1
4/2
4/3 $18.37 art supplies
4/4 $36 dd's school pictures, $70 soccer sign-ups
4/5
4/6
4/7
4/8
4/9 $67.05 camera lens
4/10
4/11
4/12 $25 klean kanteens
4/13
4/14
4/15
4/16 $17 coop
4/17 $23.50 ds party
4/18
4/19
4/20
4/21
4/22
4/23
4/24
4/25
4/26
4/27
4/28
4/29 $13 for ds's birthday, $7 produce bags
4/30

No Spend Days: 23/25
No DS/etsy: 27/27
Non-essential Spending: $259.92/$250
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02..
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05.. $3
06.. $2
07..
08..
09..
10..
11..
12.. $3
13..
14.. $40
15..
16..
17.. $22
18..
19.. $56
20.. $30
21.. $185
22.. $33
23..
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25..
26..
27.. $10
28.. $18
29..
30.. ,

19/24 no-spend days
29/30 fast-food-free days
10/10 let the car rest days

Tally of evil: $402

Wow. That was even more than I expected.

Okay, no wonder we were broke at the end of this month.

Next month: will do better.

 

 

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4/1:
4/2:
4/3: :
4/4:
4/5: :
4/6:
4/7: Plus I got an unexpected check. LOL
4/8: :
4/9:
4/10: bowling
4/11:
4/12:
4/13: : dinner meeting
4/14:
4/15: : Avon order
4/16:
4/17:
4/18:
4/19:
4/20:
4/21:
4/22:
4/23:
4/24:
4/25:
4/26:
4/27: :
4/28: :
4/29: : :
4/30:

The day's not over, but I'm only going to the recycling center and church, so I figure I got this in the bag.

I'm proud of myself.

Goals:

no spend days: 23/30 (not including groceries) ---> 20/23
gas: $100 budgeted for month --->$131
household: $50 budgeted for month --->$41
business: I'd like to make at least $50 this month --->$0
eating out: 2/30 ---> 2/2

Key:
: eating out
: paid bills
: spent $ unnecessarily
: made some $$$
stayed on budget
spent money non-budgeted, but not nec. unnecessary

Yes, yes.  I'm fabulous. loveeyes.gif  Moving on...

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No DS/etsy: 27/27
Go Amanda Go!!!!

That is a hard habit to break.

 

 

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04/01:
04/02 Toy for dd $3
04/03
04/04
04/05
04/06
04/07
04/08 Toy for dd $2, Pillowcase $1
04/09
04/10
04/11
04/12 Wireless headphones $15, Sewing supplies $32, DVD for DD $5
04/13
04/14
04/15
04/16 Swap shipping $9
04/17 Coloring book $1
04/18
04/19 Fabric $100
04/20
04/21
04/22
04/23 Stuff for dd's playhouse $8
04/24
04/25
04/26
04/27
04/28
04/29 Swap shipping $2, Coffee I owed my brother $2
04/30

Goals:
22/20 No Spend Days *YAY!*
$180/$200 in frivolous spending

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So...can I join in? I mean for next month, of course.

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April 22:£25.59 fruit/veg/milk box
April 23: £8.37 pet insurance (direct debit) no spend otherwise
April 24: £20 M phone, J no spend
April 25: £20 cash (£10 for co-worker's gift, other £10 for...???) £5 tube £16.70 cinema tickets (the only film we're likely to see this year)
April 26: £17.88 pizza
April 27th: £15 therapy £5 tube
April 28th: £19.10 fruit/veg/milk box
April 29: £215.59 student loans £20 cash (£10 for pre-meeting snack, £10 for co-worker's leaving party) £23.30 home insurance £12.25 grocery (how can I go to buy cat food only and come out spending £12???) £74.41 phone Are we calling Mars? There's no way our phone bill can be this high!! £5 tube
April 30: £5 for drink at work party £845 rent £40 bank charge (hopefully the last one though) £10 umbrella (unfortunately completely necessary) £15 tube for M and J (weather was truly horrible)
Spending Key:
No Spend
Budgeted/Practical/Necessary Spend:
Unnecessary Spend:
Ride bike to work day::

April Grand Totals:
Groceries: 216.60 (down £128.05 from March!!! )
Household etc: 164.26 (up £57.83 from March, but now the garden expenses are done!)
Bills (including rent and one double payment of sallie mae loan):1825.64 (up £310.86 from March - £210 was extra sallie mae, others was horrible phone bill!)
Transport: 70.90 (down £22 from March! )
Eating Out/Fun Money/Reckless Spending on Crap: £384.14 including £146 on bank charges (up £98.04 from March, which is pretty good considering all the bank charges!)
Cell phone: 70 (J=15, M=55) (up £10 from March. : No way to rein in M's phone usage).
Amount put in savings: £160 (up £10 from March! )
J overdraft used: £301.88 (down £111.35 from March! )

Last Month's Numbers
Groceries: 344.65
Household Etc: 106.43
Bills Incl Rent: 1514.78
Transport: 92.80
Cell Phone: 60
Eating Out/Fun Money/Reckless Spending on Crap: 286.06
Amount in Savings: 150.00
Amount spent in Overdraft: 413.23

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On to May...see you ladies there!

Kim

April 1:
April 2: parking ticket + library fine
April 3:
April 4:
April 5:
April 6:
April 7:
April 8:
April 9:
April 10:
April 11:
April 12: Adopted 2 cats - not in budget (but not frivolous)
April 13:
April 14:
April 15: pizza + ice cream
April 16: ice cream date w/ DH
April 17: overbudget on add'l produce
April 18:
April 19:
April 20:
April 21:
April 22:
April 23:
April 24: $24.40 on snacks for road trip to visit grandmother
April 25: $55.12 on dinner/ice cream (dinner was nephew's b-day party, so debated still getting a , but ice cream was not necessary)
April 26:
April 27: $138 @ emergency vet - not in budget
April 28:
April 29:
April 30:

GOALS:
* Less than $50 in frivolous spending: month to date $39.16
* At least 25 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 24/25
* Pack snacks/water for outings: 30/30
* NO library fines: month to date $12
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget: $768.65/$500
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organization = spending): 22/25
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 21/25
* Items posted for sale on internet: 11/10
* Meal plan created: 1/4 weeks
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04/01 - no spend
04/02 - no spend
04/03 - no spend
04/04 - whole foods $25
04/05 - no spend
04/06 - no spend
04/07 - no spend
04/08 - no spend
04/09 - whole foods $20
04/10 - no spend
04/11 - no spend
04/12 - no spend
04/13 - Trader Joe's $65
04/14 - CVS $15
04/15 - Groceries $5
04/16 - Eat out (only me) $11, Groceries (not really planned) $15
04/17 - no spend
04/18 - no spend
04/19 - Clothes for dd $25, household & groceries $55
04/20 - household/groceries $20, toys $34
04/21 - no spend
04/22 - clothes etc $20, groceries $18
04/23 - no spend
04/24 - Trader Joe's & Penzey's spices $90
04/25 - no spend
04/26 - yard sales & thrift shopping $50
04/27 - no spend
04/28 - CVS $5
04/29 - no spend
04/30 - groceries $40

Totals:
Groceries & household: $378/$400
Misc. spendings: $104/$150
Eating out: $11/$50
17 no spend days

I'm doing pretty good this month. I emptied my pantry at the beginning of the month, that's why I could get away with spending so little. Now my pantry is somewhat stocked, I am hoping I can spend less on groceries next month. I hope it's possible (with the crazy grocery price and all)
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4/01 budgeted spending: $39.76 groceries
4/02 No Spend Day!!!
4/03 budgeted spending: $193.71 groceries from Big Box; $4.70 coffee
4/04 No Spend Day!!!
4/05 budgeted spending: $126.46 Target (groceries, baby gift, and household) $50.00 groceries
4/06 budgeted spending: $23.00 charitable contributions; $5.00 gift for friend; $2.34 coffee
4/07 / budgeted spending: $72.00 haircut/color; $33.80 groceries. Unbudgeted spending: $36.00 haircare products (frivolous)
4/08 No Spend Day !!!
4/09 No Spend Day!!!
4/10 /: budgeted spending: DH paid bills; $23.45 milkman/groceries; $2.34 coffee; $69.00 gas. Unbudgeted spending: $8.07 McDonalds for kids (frivolous )
4/11 No Spend Day
4/12 budgeted spending: $2.35 coffee; $185.60 Costco (groceries)
4/13 /: budgeted spending: $20.00 charitable contributions; $2.93 coffee; $81.08 groceries; $50.00 birthday gift for dd#1. Unbudgeted spending: $79.63 clothes for me (these were not necessary so frivolous spending)
4/14 budgeted spending: $12.08 bowling party
4/15 budgeted spending: $11.43 bowling party; $8.38 felt from Michaels; $99.53 Kohls (much needed dress clothes for kids)
4/16 budgeted spending: $47.25 (groceries); $5.86 (2 coffees)
4/17 /: budgeted spending: $2.93 coffee; $31.15 milkman Unbudgeted: $18.06 Target for gift (this was unbudgeted, but necessary)
4/18 unbudgeted spending: $20.66 groceries (I'm calling this unbudgeted because I'm over budget on groceries)
4/19 / (bought more clothes that I did not need )
4/20 / I went over on my coffee allowance :
4/21 No Spend Day
4/22 No Spend Day
4/23 $14.56 (food from Schwans that we did not need.)
4/24 $2.24 coffee
4/25 No Spend Day
4/26 No Spend Day
4/27 / budgeted spending: $30.00 charitable contributions; overbudget: $2.72 coffee
4/28 Today was all unbudgeted/overbudgeted/frivolous spending. Except for the baby gift for my new nephew.
4/29 No Spend Day
4/30 $5.11 coffee

I could have had another No Spend if it weren't for my coffee addiction.

Jill



Key

No Spend
Budgeted Spending
Unbudgeted/Overbudgeted Spending

My Plan

Track Groceries: $800.08/$750
Track Gas: $143/$300
Track Coffee: $38.47/$25
Track Frivolous Spending: $265.17/$50
10 no spend days: 10/10 YEAH!!!!!
25 days no Big Box stores: 21/25
No Credit Cards: 30/30
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Goals for this month:
Stay within budget of 3200$
That's really it! We have been doing better and did quite well last month. We are slowly chipping away at our debt. The next year is going to be really financially unpredictable for us so I want to head into it at least debt free.

1-massage $12, gas $40.06, groceries 143.83$,
2-
3-
4-
5-$34.24 dinner out
6-$24.87 gas
7-
8-$115.93 phone,
9-groceries 12.09$, cc interest 52.41
10-
11-chiro $10.25, lunch $21.32
12-$462 mtg/taxes, groceries $198.10
13-
14-$45.25 gas
15-$9.48 fries, Y67.84
16- $4.67 dounuts, $25.25 kids books/vids, $20.72 book sub, $22.33 groceries
17-$13.09 lunch, $7.17 pencils
18-$12 massage, $40 carpool, $55.98 car insurance
19-$127.07 groceries, $110.88 shoes, $10.40 kids stuff, $24.59 pizza,
20-$91.78 dh shoes, $24.05 building stuff
21-$13 parking
22-$89.29 house insurance
23-$45 groceries
24-
25-$462 mtg/taxes, 282.13 groceries,
26-
27-$11.50 museum
28-$40.84 dinner
29-
30-$224.29 hydro, $19.15 groceries, $16.23 service charges


no spend-8
3042.20/3380$
101.41/112.67$

Sorry to bump this back up I just finally got time to wrap up the month! And we came in under budget, for the first time in forever! Whooohhoooo! And this despite both me and dh getting new shoes!

Off to start May.
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