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#361 of 481 Old 10-20-2008, 10:40 PM
 
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God. Today was BAD.

Oct 1: $12 bar tab; $15 GW
Oct 2: $14 GW; $46 group lunch; $5 t-shirt; $21 new S'bucks card
Oct 3: $6 Taco Bell; $30 Gap Outlet (jeans and dress); $18 L'Occitane Outlet (soap and lip gloss); $15 Crate & Barrel outlet (dish towels); $68 Banana Republic outlet (shirts); $9 ice cream; $24 dinner/drinks
Oct 4: $32 REI (skirts, going to be returned); $13 lunch; $26 natural soap company
Oct 5: $12 lunch
Oct 6: $2 PO; $7 lunch; $3 snack
Oct 7: ~$15 on food at work (breakfast, lunch, and snack)
Oct 8: $19 GW; $6 McDonald's
Oct 9: $43 cash from ATM
Oct 10:
Oct 11:
Oct 12:
Oct 13: $6 lunch
Oct 14:
Oct 15: $13 PO; $49 Target (new headphones and car jack for the iPod, dish soap, hand soap, nail polish, and deodorant); $15 Goodwill (new dog beds, yay!); and $62 Jockey (new much-needed bras)
Oct 16: deposited $650 freelance check; got $100 cash for the rest of the month
Oct 17:
Oct 18:
Oct 19: $9.60 PO; $55 prescription (and that was WITH a $25 coupon! bah!)
Oct 20: $12.02 PO; $25 doctor co-pay; $10 prescription; $50 EOs

September Stats: 14 no-spend days, $301 total misc. spending
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#362 of 481 Old 10-20-2008, 11:14 PM
 
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My key:

:= groceries
anything deemed necessary gas,household supplies, health and beauty aids
- anything deemed NOT necessary
- no spend at all

10/1- $50 gas, $26 Bella Band, $12.70 CVS
----- $2.16 McD's

10/2-
10/3- $26.50 dinner/movie, $6 CVS
10/4-
10/5-
10/6-
10/7-
10/8- $11.94 on Halloween headband and McDonalds. : $8.77
10/9-
10/10- $5.30 Halloween shirt
10/11-
10/12-
10/13-
10/14- $4 Jack in the Box
10/15- $45 gas, : $50, $10.22 bkfst/lunch
10/16-
10/17-
10/18- maternity clothes, paperback swap obligation : $150 grocery shopping
10/19-
10/20-

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Stayed away from diaperswappers today!!!

1: : 2.65
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6: Target 29 : 4.34 on a book for J
7:: 3.99 shampoo 3.25 : frozen yogurt 4.60 & 65.00 for a brand new Babyhawk (come on we all know how good of a deal that is)
8: : 21.74 gift for J's friend
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10: : 32.61 b-day gift for another one of J's friends (of course his two best friends have parties the same weekend)
11: : 3.68 on some trolli brite crawler eggs (any notice candy is my weakness?)
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14: : $60 at diaperswappers.com . . . get me off that site
15: 17.24 food for a school fundraiser and : 2.50 ice cream bars
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18: : & Target
19: : an amount I am too ashamed to disclose on diaperswappers . . . :
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Truly no spend
Budgeted or needed spending
: Groceries
: unnecessary spending
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10/13
10/14
10/15
10/16
10/17 $150 entire day spending
10/18
10/19 $130 dd's birthday party
10/20

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10/1:
10/2: , deposited $250 from paycheck into savings
10/3: $10 copay for Dr. visit, $1 for donut (I know, I'm weak)
10/4: $80 for groceries, $20 for home improvement supplies, $40 for gas in both cars
10/5:
10/6: $100 for my 3 month stock up on necessities from the health food store ( used 15% coupon to save $), $30 for cat food (2 month supply)
10/7: , :
10/8: $20 for dinner out and trip to park
10/9:
10/10:
10/11: :$60 for groceries, $40 for gas in both cars, $15 for winterizing supplies for motorcycle
10/12: DH bought dress shoes with gift cards and only had to spend $4.50 in actual cash, I, on the other hand, spent $15 for Halloween craft supplies (at least they were all on sale
10/13: $10 for co-pay at dr. office for me
10/14: $10 for co-pay at dr. office for DS, $46 for months supply of milk, cheese, & eggs with cow-share, $142 for bulk order of baking products from Country Life Natural Foods, $10 for quick dinner for ds and I while out at the dr office
10/15:
10/16-10/19: Business trip to Milwaukee. Took $200 and spent it. Also used CC for museum entrance fees twice for an additional $48. The good news is that I will get reimbursed close to $60 for my meals .
10/20: made $20.88 at consignment shop. Spent $4 of it on DS and then another $10 on me (I need socks!). $56.00 on groceries, $15 for gas, $60 for new car battery (it was dead when we returned from our trip )
10/21: Deposited $750 in savings from paycheck

Here are the new goals for October:
6/10 No Spend Days (trying to be more realistic here)
2/2 Eating Out (excluding business trip)
$659/$600 Groceries, gasoline & household expenses ( this is getting high already, but I'm buying in bulk for the first time this month, so I will hopefully save next month!)
$15/$25 Halloween costumes/supplies
$80/$150 Home Improvement
$1000/$500 Put in household savings
$30/$150 Non-essential spending
$250/$200 For business trip (DH & DS are coming with me)

My KEY:
= No spend
= Budgeted or necessary spending
= Un-Budgeted spending
= Put money in savings
= Saved money
: = No driving or biking only
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I am trying to make a budget for next month and it is . I have not enough money and too many places to put it. Dental work to be done. Prescriptions that need refilling. A new for some new clothes. And endless endless credit card payments. I feel like giving up.
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I am trying to make a budget for next month and it is . I have not enough money and too many places to put it. Dental work to be done. Prescriptions that need refilling. A new for some new clothes. And endless endless credit card payments. I feel like giving up.

I know that feeling! You might try putting it down and getting a positive mind set before starting again...kind of along the lines of the law of attraction...put out the vibes that you have enough and then look at it again...maybe you'll find something you missed...

But...MAN...it can be hard to get in that happy place with regards to money!
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I have not enough money and too many places to put it.


I'm in the same boat. I've actually started a LIST of all the places where I need to put money (new car account, furniture account, home maintenance account, credit card repayment, emergency fund...etc. There's actually more than this...that is what is so depressing).

I don't have any money to actually PUT in these accounts, but at least I know where it needs to go when I get it.

I'm thinking in terms of slow and steady.

It is tough.

 

 

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Whew! Good day today. And we're not going anywhere for the rest of the day so I should be able to hang onto this money.

01..
02.. , :
03.. $150 gas grill
04.. $113 fleece and new shoes and latte
05..
06..
07..
08..
09.. , :
10.. $50 babysitter and dinner
11.. $1.83 coffee
12..
13.. $120 preschool tuition, $10 girl scout fees
14..
15.. $57 Groceries that were just extras (fancy coffee, sweets)
16..
17.. $8 McDonald's
18.. $16 Adventurous Book of Outdoor Games
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20.. $25 registration fee for half-marathon
21..

Goals:

11/15 No Spend Days
2/10 Let the Car Rest Days :

 

 

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I'm in the same boat. I've actually started a LIST of all the places where I need to put money (new car account, furniture account, home maintenance account, credit card repayment, emergency fund...etc. There's actually more than this...that is what is so depressing).

I don't have any money to actually PUT in these accounts, but at least I know where it needs to go when I get it.

I'm thinking in terms of slow and steady.

It is tough.
I am right with you on this one Too much that we "need" to put $$ away for. But like you, I am just trying to get in the mindset of saving in categorys

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You all are a step ahead of me. I don't even mean saving categories, I mean stuff I need to buy either this or next month.

This is the list I have right now:

To joint account: $2,200
To dentist: $350
For prescriptions (3 month supply): $223
To credit cards (minimum) $200
To student loan: $257
Total: $3,230

Monthly take home pay? $3,297.51

That leaves me $67.51 for the month? And I need to buy some clothes? That's not gonna work.

Edited: I forgot $10.83 for gym dues and $16.95 for Weight Watchers, and my $100 automatic monthly withdrawal to savings. So now I am actually going into the month $60.26 in the red! GAH!!
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10/1: $17.03 Groceries which included $6.99 pack of vacuum cleaner bags
10/2: $13 paid online for a necessary monthly bill :
10/3: $10 (Gas), $64 (Gym dues), $14.99 (DSL) $5.37 (Taco Bell
10/4: :
10/5: :
10/6: $30 (gas). $26 (Splurged on a dinner that was already planned ahead of the concert we went to. It was a celebration for quitting my job, and I needed it! So much fun! BUT! My mom gave me some belated birthday cash ($20), so it almost evened out...)
10/7: : :
10/8: :
10/9: ::
10/10: $63.51 (Groceries), $3.25 (Coffee), $25 (Transfer into savings for Christmas)
10/11: $40 (Gas)
10/12: $20.25 (Pumpkins), $12.80 (Work stuff)
10/13: ::
10/14: :
10/15: :: and I made some cash babysitting!
10/16: $27.82 (Necessities at Target. $25 was on a gift card! Though I bought myself a $1.99 notebook that I couldn't resist ), $86 (Got both my cats spayed. Used a coupon! ), $30 (Gas), $3.25 (Coffee! ) No more coffees this month! NONE!
10/17: ::
10/18: $172.77 (Groceries, stocked up a lot, and meal planned. Very good!)
10/19: ::
10/20: Took my kitty to the vet. Had to have her stay the night. Signed up for Care Credit, and put about $200 down for her. Will see how she's feeling today.

So, far:

7/15 no driving :
10/15 no spending :
$246.32/$250 groceries
$414.61 necessary spending
$52.66 unnecessary spending
$200ish to the vet, on credit. Not sure where that falls on necessary/unnecessary
2/2 yummy coffees

Nicole | Mom to Ciara & Oliver | Finally living aboard & loving it!
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Grace, could you split up the 3 month supply and see if the dentist will let you pay it out?
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Grace, could you split up the 3 month supply and see if the dentist will let you pay it out?
I get a three month supply because it's discounted that way (three months for the price of two), so I want to order all at once. What I can do, I think, is put off some of the scripts I need to order. Things are not going to get much better in December (Christmas...), but at least I won't have a dentist bill then.

I think I have to pay the full amt. at the dentist, though. They were all excited, telling me what a great deal I was getting only paying $350. Maybe I'll put off getting the crown until after the New Year...
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I get a three month supply because it's discounted that way (three months for the price of two), so I want to order all at once. What I can do, I think, is put off some of the scripts I need to order. Things are not going to get much better in December (Christmas...), but at least I won't have a dentist bill then.

I think I have to pay the full amt. at the dentist, though. They were all excited, telling me what a great deal I was getting only paying $350. Maybe I'll put off getting the crown until after the New Year...
If you mention that you need to put it off or pay it out, they may go ahead and let you pay it out...just a thought...my dentist has done that before...
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You all are a step ahead of me. I don't even mean saving categories, I mean stuff I need to buy either this or next month.

This is the list I have right now:

To joint account: $2,200
To dentist: $350
For prescriptions (3 month supply): $223
To credit cards (minimum) $200
To student loan: $257
Total: $3,230

Monthly take home pay? $3,297.51

That leaves me $67.51 for the month? And I need to buy some clothes? That's not gonna work.

Edited: I forgot $10.83 for gym dues and $16.95 for Weight Watchers, and my $100 automatic monthly withdrawal to savings. So now I am actually going into the month $60.26 in the red! GAH!!
I have the categories, but they are empty I am going to just try and get my spending under control, get through the holidays and get through our vacation..Then by the 1st of the year, I am going to hopefully start filling up the savings categories

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]OCT 1No Spend/ No drive
Oct 233.02Gas (No unbudget spend)
Oct 321.66 groceries,4.50 thrift,12.59 present for dd's friend, 13.00 wool longies for dd2-oy! very spendy day
oct 4No spend/no drive
Oct 5.6.95 tester longies,4.83 Snacks Out (We were on the way to a party, I gave Dd lunch and didn't feed myself, doh!
Oct 67.19 coffee out this has to stop!!
Oct 717.50Thrift,57.72 groceries,34.13 gas
Oct 86.72 snacks out50.00 chargeback from totally messed up sale: I suspect I was ripped off
Oct 9No spend/No drive
oct 10Lunch out 35.78, groceries 23.88+39.00 sold
oct 11No spend/No drive
oct 1285.08 groceries,54.85drill
oct 1317.26-desperately needed med dipe covers for dd#2,12.97snacks@museum, 10.00 parking (will be reimbursed)
oct 14no spend+9.00
oct 15no spend
oct 166.19coffee,33.12gas
oct 1721.00 birthday present for niece,14.50 ice cream outing for same,
oct 18no spend/no drive
oct 1910.00 thrift,3.50 snack out
oct 20no spend+15.00
oct 2166.00 groceries

OCTOBER Goals;
unbudget spend days goal 15/30, 9/30
No Drive Days goal: 7/30,3/30
No frivolous spending over 100 actual: 106.30/100
Sold items 13.75/50
Thrift/diaper items: 47.26/20
Decluttering/organizing 20 min day 13/24
Grocery budget 263.34/370.00
Baked/home cooking:7/10
Study/Daven daily 11/15

August Goals
No unbudget15/30,No Drive,7/30, 102.00/100Sold items 67/50
Thrift/HB kit items: 18.70/20,Decluttering/organizing 20 min day 14/24
Grocery budget 397.72/350.00 ,Baked/bulk cooking:6/10 Study/Daven daily goal 7/15

July Goals:Awesome!:
No unbudget spend days goal 17/30 +2,No Drive Days goal:11/30+1
No frivolous spending93.56/100 7.00 under!, Grocery budget 341.73/375-30.00 UNDER[/QUOTE]
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Got booked for a whole lot of future days and celebrated buy going shopping. Bah. Stuff I kind of needed but still, rewarding myself with shopping probably not the best idea.

1/10 - $12.00 Lunch $16 bus tickets : (am)
2/10 - $30.00 shampoo, conditioner, deoderant :
3/10 - :
4/10 - $5 food at farmers market
5/10 -
6/10 -
7/10 -
8/10 -
9/10 - $13.00 cab :
10/10 - $30.00 dinner with Df :
11/10 - $25.00 dinner, drinks and cab
12/10 -
13/10 - (Happy Canadian Thanksgiving)
14/10 -
15/10 -: (AM)
16/10 -:
17/10 - $6.00 at $store :
18/10 - and $18.00 at Farmer's Market
19/10 -
20/10 -:
21/10 - and $23.00 organic soap, dishwasher detergent and chocolate, $45.00 sweater and bag :


My Key
No spend -
Unnecessary Spending -
Necessary Spending -
Taught - :
Tutored -
Income -

Goals:
- Have at least 10 substitute teaching days - 9/10
- Tutor 8 days - 4/8
- At least 20 no spend days 12/20
- Get a full time job :
- Pay off $320.00 on CC

October Budget
Income: $1900.00
To Df: $600.00/$600.00
Savings and student loan: $60/$370.00
To CC: $120.00/$720.00
FOR ME!!!: $222.00/$270.00
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OK, I've calmed down and figured out a livable budget for next month.

Now I just have to finish this month with as little spending as possible. I have $24 cash in my wallet--can I make it last until payday (next Friday)?
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10/1:
10/2:
10/3: Groceries $23.79 Dessert stuff for Mom's Night Out
10/4: Mtg. $1
10/5:
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10/8:
10/9: Groceries $216.09 /Dog food $91.35
10/10:
10/11:
10/12: Hubby filled my car $71/ and picked up groceries $20.46
10/13:
10/14:
10/15:
10/16:
10/17: Groceries $270.48 (Really stocked up this month!)/ Target $336.62 (Clothes and shoes for everyone for funeral, quiet toys to occupy kids at funeral.)
10/18:
10/19:
10/20: Chamber of Commerce Dinner Mtg. $15
10/21:

No Spend
Budget Spend
Over Spend

Groceries $925.45*
Gas $95*
Misc. $364.34*
Pet $91.35

XMas $19.39**

*Some of this is carry-over from Sep.
**Running total until Xmas

Looking at the grocery and Target numbers is scaring me! I did work around a pair of pants I had, but betw. babies and weight loss and my normal garb of sweats and tshirts--something had to be done. And my husband's last suit was purchased 10 yrs. ago--it no longer fit and had moth holes. ::sigh:: It's funny, though, because 10 years ago I would have hit Nordstrom and spent 3 times that amount without a thought. And we had way less money then, too.

Also, I found out Monday that we need to spend some serious money on our chimney and woodstove.

Gaaahhhhh......
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Just don't take any cash with you when you go out,that may help. Are there any groups in your area that have clothing swaps? There is one on facebook in my city that I joined,but haven't been to one yet. It might be a way to get some new clothes and give some old ones away.
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Day 21: : I spent $1.25 on a bag of chips! I didn't have anything at all to take for lunch today for work. I'd woken up late and only had time to grab a yogurt drink that I drank right before my shift started. I was starving by my break time so I bought a bag of chips from the machine!

I seriously thought about getting abagle or hitting Burger King for a Veggie BK and some mozzarella sticks,but I rushed home and made some bakes pasta instead. So that's my dinner for tonight and will be a few meals at work over the next few days.
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10/19: $3.49 milk; $14 diapers (this unpottytrained 3 year old is killing me!); $13 supplies to make a tutu; $125 fleeces, snowpants, mittens for kids (used their bday money); $20 new coffee mug for me; $27 gas


10/20: :

10/21: :

No spend days: 2/8
Groceries: $3.49/$50

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Me and baby have colds so stayed home all day, DP has one but went to work anyway. No spending! Yay! No groceries in the house either... eep.

It is windy and coooold in Toronto today, and snowed in parts of it : WTH?!?!

01.
02. $52.91 on a sleep sac and baby proofing supplies
03. $15.58 on 3 springform pans
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07. $5 chocolates plus $78.25 for a haircut
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09. $1 drink
10. $19.88 food/coffee while driving
11. $6.73 coffee/water
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13. $4.28 coffee
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15. $4 Kitchen supplies
16.
17. $14.62 on socks – which I left at the store.
18. $120.98 on little things, $10.26 fast food lunch
19. $58.92 dinner out
20.
21.


252.80/400: Groceries
15/50: Gifts
133.45/150: Gas

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Cook from pantry: 2/10

Eating Out: 0/2

No unplanned spending: 2/12

Groceries: 0/100

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My key:

:= groceries
anything deemed necessary gas,household supplies, health and beauty aids
- anything deemed NOT necessary
- no spend at all

10/1- $50 gas, $26 Bella Band, $12.70 CVS
----- $2.16 McD's

10/2-
10/3- $26.50 dinner/movie, $6 CVS
10/4-
10/5-
10/6-
10/7-
10/8- $11.94 on Halloween headband and McDonalds. : $8.77
10/9-
10/10- $5.30 Halloween shirt
10/11-
10/12-
10/13-
10/14- $4 Jack in the Box
10/15- $45 gas, : $50, $10.22 bkfst/lunch
10/16-
10/17-
10/18- maternity clothes, paperback swap obligation : $150 grocery shopping
10/19-
10/20-
10/21-

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Wend to Costco for the first time (my MIL took me), and I only spent on grocery items that better the store price! I did get a great deal on Tillamook cheese, organic eggs, organic gr beef, miralax, frozen home run inn pizza (for the night I work and dh cooks). We are going to make a standing date for a monthly trip. I think it will help the food budget as long as I stick to the list!

10/1 $30 impromptu cocktail hour with dh, $30 for sitter, $50 clothes
10/2
10/3
10/4 $70 Oktoberfest, $3.99 word search book for ds6, $10 fundraiser
10/5 $4.60 library fines
10/6 : $128 vet, $4 scholastic books,
10/7 : $80 dd's snowball retreat, $5 coffee for self & Dad
10/8 $1 croissant
10/9
10/10 $15.00 lunch
10/11 $21 at REI for a tshirt
10/12 $26 coffee and pastries before Sunday school
10/13 $10 for parking at MSI
10/14 $16 starbucks, :$12 charity, $7.50 overspent at grocery store, :$2 prek cooking class food, $6 scholastic books
10/15
10/16
10/17 $65 for sitter
10/18
10/19
10/20 $2 bagel & cc while running errands
10/21

Key:
no spend day or spent within budget only
: not budgeted but necessary $226
oops $308.09

October goals:
Track every cent spent
Spend within budget only - no nickel/diming myself
Think thrify/frugal
Learn to budget monthly for things, rather than just yearly

Ultimate goal: Stay focused on 6mo emergency fund (almost there!)
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KEY:

= Necessary spending
: = Unnecessary spending
: = No-drive day

1 Oct: : Went $5.00 over on grocery limit. Spent $150.00 to have heating system serviced.
2 Oct: :
3rd $25.00 at Fred Meyer for dessert auction ingredients, $40.00 in bulk dog food, $9.00 to buy schtuff to wrap and display the desserts. Expensive but necessary spending today. :
4th :
5th $15.00 to church
6th Errand to library - 70 cents on photocopies. DH just got a huge bonus at work today.:
7th : Perfume. $20.00. Priceless. I let DH talk me into that one, and usually he's the tightwad around here. Also, $7.50 for our weekly lunch date. We save a $1.25 when I bring thermoses full of iced water and we forego the Sprite. That saves $5.00 per month, $60.00 per year.
8th : $118.00 on groceries plus $8.00 at local produce farm. I'm trying to keep groceries under $120.00.
9th $14.78 light bulbs, $7.30 on butt paste, and WE FINALLY PAID OFF THE $4000.00 LANDSCAPING DEBT!!! : On a more prosaic note, the clerk at the drug store, of all people, volunteered a cheaper alternative to butt paste--simply combine zinc oxide with a little corn starch. But DD had of course opened the package so I had to buy it : . . . this time.
10th $22.00 on bread pans, household cleaners; $15.00 on second-hand long-sleeved shirts for DD.
11th $10.00 on OTC med for DD. Also, I'd like to add that for my first time ( I learned a new frugality skill by baking bread today--two yummy loaves of whole wheat peasant bread. :
12th $5.00 to church collection.
13th: Stayed home and outta trouble.
14th DD's doctor appt $20.00, weekly lunch date w/ DH = $8.00, and prescription for DD = $10.00
15th I allowed myself to go over-budget on groceries today. A whopping $216.00!! What can I say? I'm recession-proofing!
16th I'll go ahead and give a : for today. $12.00 on stuff for an upcoming weekend trip. I could have baked something instead of granola bars. I bought a pound of coffee b/c I feel bad for consuming so much of MIL's. I bought disposable baby wipes. Honestly, I could have found alternatives to all of the aforementioned. So ":" describes it.
17th $25.00 G-Diapers, $35.00 gas
18th Needed pants in which to hang out, work out, and lounge around in. Found a pair at thrift store for $3.00.
19th $: 7.00 migraine ice patches, $7.00 pricey grocery store salsa, $3.00 face cream (generic)
20th : 2.32 Starsucks coffee, $25.00 gas
21st Whopping $3.00 to Nader's campaign
22nd : I spent $1.29 on a plastic bottle of Sierra Mist. I don't even like Sierra Mist . . . or any other carbonated sugar water. I was thirsty and sugar-crashing . On a bright note, I bought a pair of hair scissors ($10.00) to cut DD's hair w/o paying somebody at a salon.
23rd : $67.00 in groceries was budgeted, as well as lunch for $8.50. Not budgeted was the "flip sofa" that I bought for DD. $40.00. I may return it . . .

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10/13
10/14
10/15
10/16
10/17 $150 entire day spending
10/18
10/19 $130 dd's birthday party
10/20
10/21

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10/1: $54 groceries (no frivolous stuff! yay!)
10/2: :
10/3: $40 LTS (mostly crafting supplies for Christmas gifts); : $84 grocery store (only a few groceries, mostly bridal shower gift & stuff to keep the kids happy with a new sitter tonight); $40 sitter
10/4: :
10/5: :
10/6: $200 for Christmas gifts (some of this we will get back, as grandparents send money for Christmas); $195 at the grocery store; $16 at the orchard for a bunch of pie pumpkins; $23 diaper covers.
10/7: :
10/8: innocent $115 hardware store for winterizing supplies, leaf bags, and a gardening book (on sale for $8 and something I've been looking for); $71.25 groceries; : $10 dishcloths (they were cheap, so I figured I would stock up, but regretted it after), $6 for 1 gal apple cider (a treat, I caved, but it was too expensive) $2.75 mini bagels (even though I packed a snack! Arg)
10/9: :
10/10: : $45 hardware store -- $20 is being returned. It was some canning equipment that doesn't fit my pot. $44 grocery store (meat was on sale, I stocked up) : $11 overspent at the grocery store
10/11: $11 farmer's market : $1.75 treat at the market
10/12:
10/13: :
10/14:
10/15: $15 milk; $63 groceries (mostly stocking my pantry, could have waited, but I had to go in to get milk & butter anyway....); : $6 chocolate for me & treats for the kids
10/16:
10/17: :thum :
10/18:
10/19:
10/20: $10 milk
10/21: :

TTD: $1051

no spend
: no drive
budgeted spending
: overspending

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