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Old 07-07-2008, 12:17 AM
 
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Found gas for under $4/gal today - cannot believe that now qualifies as an accomplishment!

Kim :

July 1:
July 2:
July 3:
July 4:
July 5:
July 6:

GOALS:
* Less than $50 in frivolous spending: month to date $0
* At least 25 days (no spend or spending w/in budget): 6/31
* Pack snacks/water for outings: 6/31
* NO library fines: month to date $0
* Stay within grocery/eating out budget: $170/$500
* ORGANIZE/declutter (lack of organization = spending): 5/25
* Exercise (feeling good = decreased emotional spending): 4/25
* Meal plan created: 0/4 weeks
* Sell rental house by 8/31 - push hard in July...
* Sell motorcycle by 7/15; final test drive scheduled for 7/7...
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7/1 --
7/2 --
7/3 -- $30 on unbudgeted dinner out
7/4 --
7/5 -- $50 over budget at Ikea
7/6 -- ($12 under weekly budget on groceries even with Costco run!)

Goals:

$350/$715 on CC for airline tickets paid off by 7/31
under $200 spending at Ikea -- spent $250
$138.84/$600 total grocery spending for July
0/4 weeks with only one meal eaten out
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1: : $5 lunch & 6.80 organizer thing and frozen juice concentrate
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4: :3.00 & 38.95 sis's birthday gift & 9.79 organizer & : .97 candy for me
5: 3.01 ice cream for dad . . . he just had surgery
6: 63.27 at Target - underwear for hubby and some baby stuff . . . 13 dollars worth is going back tomorrow . . . was it necessary? I don't know I think so

Truly no spend!
: Groceries
Necessary or planned spending
: unnecessary spending
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I was a little bad and went out to eat tonight. On the one hand, it was gift money. On the other hand, I could have eaten at home. But ya know what? I wasn't stressed about where the money was coming from since I knew we had it, and I wasn't stressed that we wouldn't have money for extras after. So that's a good, good start for me.
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July 1st - Spent $1.05 on a drink
July 2nd - Spent $1.25 on a drink, $3 on cotton candy at the fair, $11.26 JT co-op shipping (goes under food budget)
July 3rd - Spent 63.91 @ BJs (DH) + $7.00 grocery store - No Drive
July 4th - No Spend
July 5th - No Spend, No Drive
July 6th - $2.50 @ CVS - cookies & m&ms

unnecessary spending = $ 5.30
food/groceries = $ 84.67
no drive = 2/30
no spend = 2/30
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7/ 1 - (Bills and Food) $18
7/ 2 - : $16
7/ 3 - $16
7/ 4 - $12
7/ 5 - (birthing Grill) :P $4
7/ 6 - : $10

: No Spend Days 2/20
: Out of budget spending 0/0
Budget Spending Days 4/11
Money made from small work at home job saving for DD1 Birthday 6/31
Goal Money for Birthday $86/$200
I am whole, perfect, strong, loving, harmonious, and happy!

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Hi...jumping in to join today. I just found this thread, but I did make a "no spend" promise to myself last week.
We are debt free, but spend nearly every penny of our healthy income I am ashamed that we make so much money and are saving so little. Granted, we have made childcare choices that are expensive (non negotiable for me), but there should still be plenty left over.

My biggest spending goals are:

Food: We eat healthy, but eat out and eat healthy "convenience" from Whole Foods way too much. We spend anywhere from $1000-$1200/mo on food for 2 adults! :
DH and I both WOHM, so I will be realistic and set a goal of a 25% reduction this month.
Online/In store Shopping: No purchases- none. We dont "need" anything for the next few weeks...especially cloth diapers!

Progress:
July 1
July 2
July 3
July 4
July 5
July 6
July 7

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Joyful mother to DS born 11/07 and DD born 04/10 (an unexpected HB)
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The fundraiser I participated in, threw me, but I did a good job minimizing costs associated with that.

For groceries, I'm up to about $75 spent, since July 1. On eating out (related to the fundraiser schedule), I'm at under $7.

I am probably going to take my kids to see the Kit movie, in the theater this week. Dd1 has been dying to see it, and I haven't taken her to a movie in nearly a year. I just hope dd2 can handle theater etiquette. Hopefully, that can be about it for the week.
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July 1: :
July 2: :
July 3:
July 4: :
July 5: :
July 6:

I am no longer going to make predictions as they make me want to shop, lol! I am going to try to only go grocery shopping one day this week but I'm not sure when. DH's schedule is crazy and we like to go together, although I may end up just going when I am able. There are also some things I may need to get, like paint for the kids and I may need more canning lids.
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No Spend
Budget Spend
Over Spend

July 1:
July 2:
July 3:
July 4:
July 5: coffee maker broke, so I bought a new on, on sale for 20$,
grocery shopping 27$
July 6:
July 7:

Me 28, DH 31 , 2 Kitties and working towards having Baby #1. 
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July 1 - Happy Canada Day!!!!!!!!!
July 2 - $130 to Mom for kids picnic table, $40 storage containers
July 3 - $16 lunch
July 4 - $163 Groceries
July 5 - $30 market, $9 Dollar store, $39 Wine, $66 books
July 6 -

No spend days 2/20

Key:

No spend
budgeted/necessary spending
frivolous/unbudgeted spending
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Hi...jumping in to join today. I just found this thread, but I did make a "no spend" promise to myself last week.
We are debt free, but spend nearly every penny of our healthy income I am ashamed that we make so much money and are saving so little. Granted, we have made childcare choices that are expensive (non negotiable for me), but there should still be plenty left over.

My biggest spending goals are:

Food: We eat healthy, but eat out and eat healthy "convenience" from Whole Foods way too much. We spend anywhere from $1000-$1200/mo on food for 2 adults! :
DH and I both WOHM, so I will be realistic and set a goal of a 25% reduction this month.
Online/In store Shopping: No purchases- none. We dont "need" anything for the next few weeks...especially cloth diapers!
Welcome! I have the same diaper fetish, it is ok!

Rachael ~ Wife to : DH ~ Son 4-24-07 ~ 6-24-08 ~ Daughter 7-22-09
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7/1 $235 don't ask
7/2
7/3
7/4
7/5
7/6 $70 bag

July Spending Goals:
No Spend days: 4/20
No etsy/DS/ebay: 5/25
Non-necessary Spending: $305/450

July Savings Goals:
Disneyland: 50/300
Swim: 0/250
Car: 0/100
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Well, I won't be spending any money for at least a couple of days as my car is in the shop again. But we will be throwing more money towards that. :

And I forgot about a bridal shower this weekend, so I'm going to have to buy a gift.

*sigh* I'm really proud of how little we're spending in general, though. Gotta keep it up.

~Beth, mama to two amazing girls, ages 12 and 6~

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01.. $7.50 ECHO museum pass
02.. $31 white noise machine, ice cream
03..
04..
05.. $27 pictures from Costco
06..
07..

My goals:

4/20 No Spend Days
0/6 Let the car rest days
Tally of evil: $65.50

 

 

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7/1: $81 in groceries, $7.50 for coffees out of misc spending budget
7/2: No Spend!
7/3: No Spend!
7/4: $25 groceries, $4 coffee
7/5: No Spend!
7/6: $3.94 on tomato plants
7/7; No Spend!

4/12 true no spend days
7/31 spend w/in budget days
$106/$450 total food spending
$15.50/$150 total misc spending (household, treats,etc)
$100 saved for dd's school
7/31 no Dr Pepper bought
$18.75/$200 made selling unused items
0/$100 earned with Pampered Chef

Baking mama to dd (7.5), ds (6), ds (3.5) and someone new in April
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July 1st - Spent $1.05 on a drink
July 2nd - Spent $1.25 on a drink, $3 on cotton candy at the fair, $11.26 JT co-op shipping (goes under food budget)
July 3rd - Spent 63.91 @ BJs (DH) + $7.00 grocery store - No Drive
July 4th - No Spend
July 5th - No Spend, No Drive
July 6th - $2.50 @ CVS - cookies & m&ms
July 7th - 76.71 Groceries

unnecessary spending = $ 5.30
food/groceries = $ 161.38
no drive = 2/30
no spend = 2/30

Wow, our groceries are quite more then I anticipated. We tend to only go to BJs once a month though and I don't by JT but 2 or 3 times a year. On a good note, I bought organic milk, cheese, fruit and meat. That stuff adds up quick!
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This is our first month on the No Spend plan.

DH had to quit his job because it was COSTING him money to go. He's doubled up his courseload so that he can graduate from school sooner and get a better job, but in the mean time...

We have not gone to extreme measures (planning) yet this month, but we've limited ourselves to utilities, gas and groceries. I did have to spend $23 on shoes and clothes for the babe that I probably could have gotten from a thrift store cheaper.

Other than that...no eating out, no movies, no major purchases. We do have tickets to a sporting event later this month and I'm not sure what I will decide about the concessions.

So far DH is on board only b/c he knows it is only one month. My goal for him is to try and gradually change his mindset so buying something frivolous results in more than just, "I'll wait until August". But instead gets him thinking about what else we could do with that cash.

Glad to have this thread for ideas!
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]July 1No Spend:
July 2No Spend
July 330.00 on a rather iffy lunch :-(
July 423.96 thrift (1/2 price day!),10.25 Snacks out
July 5 No spend/No Drive:
July 670.00 target-last minute baby/HB supplies
,7.00 Ice cream for stressed family
July 710.04-Groceries,19.39 Phone minutes (both budgeted so counting as No Spend

July Goals:
No unbudget spend days goal 15/30, 4/30
No Drive Days goal: 10/30,1/30
No frivolous spending over 100 actual: 37/100
Sold items 0/30-may not be able to do this pending babymoon
Thrift/HB kit items: 23.96/40
Decluttering/organizing 20 min day 5/24
Grocery budget 110.04/375-Extra for price increase & extra person in household.
Baked/bulk cooking:3/13
Study/Daven daily goal 4/15
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Good start to the week!

Week 1:
Monday, June 30: no spend, no drive
Tuesday, July 1: no spend
Wednesday, July 2: $541.24 credit card payment; $4.54 at McD's, $19.49 GW
Thursday, July 3: $5 GW
Friday, July 4: no spend
Saturday, July 5: no spend, no drive
Sunday, July 6: $6.06 postage, $75 prescriptions

Week 1 totals:
$35.09/$40 fun money :
$541.24/$1,000 CC
2/1 thrift trips
2/3 no drive days

Week 2:
Monday, July 7: +$35 books sold, -$18.90 for a new book for Mark and a DVD for both of us

New goals:
$40/week fun money
$700/month to CC
1 thrift trip/week
2 no-drive days/week
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7/1 - $67.54 (groceries/household for the whole week!)
7/2 - $4.50 (admission to pool), $4.80 (ice cream)
7/3 -
7/4 -
7/5 - $21.88 (pizza & drinks for DS's sleepover)
7/6 - $30.15 (gas), $4.79 (drinks)
7/7 - $25.00 (DS's swimming lessons), $8.15 (breakfast)

$67.54/$500 groceries/household
5/25 eat-at-home days
2/10 no-spend days
$44.12 frivolous spending
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07/01
07/02 $10.00 Polly Pocket silliness for dd.
07/03
07/04
07/05
07/06
07/07

6/23 No-Spend Days
$10/$100 Unnecessary Spending
$60/$250 Credit Card Debt

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7/1 = $16.97 diapers/wipes, $42.50 food
7/2 = :
7/3 = $7 massage at work (my budgeted biweekly splurge--much needed!)
7/4 = : $1.93 ice cream, BUT I did make $20 selling a hula hoop
7/5 = $38.87 gas, $4.98 milk, plus I made $15.20 selling some of the kids' clothes at Once Upon a Child
7/6 = :
7/7 = :

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7/1: Gas $81.50
7/2: Groceries $152.03
7/3:
7/4:
7/5: Post office $1.66 /DH picked up roadside peaches $2.25 /Mtg. $1
7/6:
7/7:


No Spend
Budget Spend
Over Spend

Groceries $154.28
Gas $81.50
Garden
Misc. $2.66
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july 1:
july 2:
july 3:
july 4:
july 5:
july 6:
july 7:

week 1: 0$
7$ remaining for the month

(the budget is 75$/week for food, transportation, outings, etc, 100$ a month for clothes, gifts, craft stuff, etc)

march: 48% no-spend days
april: 56% no spend days
may: 52% no-spend
june: 33% no-spend
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I might be going out with my gift card to evil Walmart, lol. I'm going to use it for a few baby essentials and the rest will be used on some food for the house, though. I'm even bringing my calculator!
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1: : $5 lunch & 6.80 organizer thing and frozen juice concentrate
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3:
4: :3.00 & 38.95 sis's birthday gift & 9.79 organizer & : .97 candy for me
5: 3.01 ice cream for dad . . . he just had surgery
6: 63.27 at Target - underwear for hubby and some baby stuff . . . 13 dollars worth is going back tomorrow . . . was it necessary? I don't know I think so
7:

Truly no spend!
: Groceries
Necessary or planned spending
: unnecessary spending
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7/1 & : It's a good day!
7/2 : $6.87 for lunch because SOMEONE STOLE MY LUNCH at work!! :
7/3 & : If you want to see what I've been working on check it out here - www.rachaeljudd.wordpress.com
7/4 We had a nice day celebrating with the in-laws
7/5 : $7.00 makeup
7/6 : $67 dinner on the CC , DH and I both thought the other had grabbed cash...ick!
7/7 and :


Specific goals...

Total Overspend: $70.87 :
No Spend Days: 4/20
Debt Payment: $0/$400
30 minutes/day on business 4/31 :

Rachael ~ Wife to : DH ~ Son 4-24-07 ~ 6-24-08 ~ Daughter 7-22-09
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07/01 - $4.49 Ice cream
07/02 -
07/03 - $102 at target for misc house hold needs ( just moved and didn't have silly stuff like a trash can etc...boy it adds up!!) $148 :
07/04 - $15 beer for party
07/05 -
07/06 -
07/07 - Kmart $35.00 , Lowes $12 ( for two freakin plastic buckets...lids extra
07/08 - I'm writing in here that I'm staying home and not spending ANY money


= Not budgeted
= No spend
: = Budgeted food

$435/$600 Food budget for the month :
$45/$60 Gas ( other then the trip )
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July 1:
no spend/no drive
July 2:
$11 shipping for my replacement sunglasses
$50 for a pair of my favorite capris that are not made anymore.
(I bought these with birthday money from my grandparents )
no drive
July 3:
no spend/no drive
July 4:
$42.65~ Health Food Store
$64.88~ Safeway
$12.00~ Eggs from our c.s.a. (3 dozen)
$12.00~ Starbucks: coffee and 3 smoothies
$4.00~ Java Hut: coffee drink
$12.00~ Lunch
Considering we were in town for 13 hours for fourth of july festivities, we did pretty well in my opinion. This was also my grocery shopping and c.s.a. pick-up day. We also scored 5 dungeness crabs and 3 ziploc bags full of black snapper from some friends...so psyched!
July 5:
no spend/no drive
July 6:
no spend/no drive
July 7:
no spend/no drive
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