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phathui5's Avatar phathui5 05:13 PM 09-10-2005

$5.66 baby wipes and toilet paper at Target

allgirls's Avatar allgirls 10:47 PM 09-10-2005
Yesterday Weekly groceries...$175..this is low...hubby isn't home so no meat(I am vegetarian and kids eat veggie when he's home)
Gas for the week...$40
Took kids to fair.....$40
Daughter's preschool $144 for month

Today...Jeans for 11 year old $52.00..she really needed them though!
Paid cable internet bill for 2mos...$75

It should slow down now...I have a $350 a week budget that I try to stick to religiously...This is an awesome idea...I am trying to stick to it pretty tightly especially since my ex hasn't paid child support since August 12 : and my DH is starting a new business and really needs us to stick tightly to the budget we have.

LandonsMom's Avatar LandonsMom 12:17 AM 09-11-2005
13$ Macoroni Grill
5$ Brusters

30$ garage sale-ing
80$ ds 3 month pictures (theyre sooo cute!!)
chrissy's Avatar chrissy 01:08 PM 09-11-2005
Argh. I am sucking at this. I really need to spend some time today with all my receipts and bills and budget program on the computer and get organized. I'm not sure if it's gonna happen though b/c dh has to go to work.

Hopefully tonight.
zoooteacher's Avatar zoooteacher 01:39 PM 09-11-2005
9/10: Hooray, the first no spend day for BOTH me AND DH

9/11 Today I'm paying quite a few bills...
electric: 300
phone: 18.19
cable/internet: 90.84
truck pmt: 270
car ins: 572.25
phathui5's Avatar phathui5 06:55 PM 09-11-2005

$ 3.89- Homeschool bumper sticker for the van


$15.00- gas/van
$19.25- groceries
$40.00- ATM withdrawal by dh for food at football game and gas for his car
allgirls's Avatar allgirls 07:06 PM 09-11-2005
grrrrr....I thought I could do better today

loaf of bread $1.99

Daughter's French cahier..$12
Daughter's student card...$60
LandonsMom's Avatar LandonsMom 10:21 PM 09-11-2005
40$ fabric for baby carriers and curtains
650$ tithe at church
phathui5's Avatar phathui5 05:29 PM 09-13-2005
$ 3.24- fries and a soda at BK drive thru

$19.04- groceries
zoooteacher's Avatar zoooteacher 10:40 PM 09-13-2005
9/12: DH got a snack
I spent 13.22 on stamps - going to send out fliers to try to boost farm egg sales.

9/13 No spend day for me, hopefully for DH too, we'll see when he gets home.
zoooteacher's Avatar zoooteacher 01:50 AM 09-15-2005
9/13 - none for me, but I think DH bought lunch.

Gas - 50 dollars
milk - 3.59
DH lunch - 6
Fees to put loans into forbearance - 150
LandonsMom's Avatar LandonsMom 11:15 AM 09-15-2005

30$ babiesrus

3$ post office

hopefully nothing!

I am trying really hard not to go anywhere except work the few days i go there. dh gets free gas (thank God), so i'm trying to save all my errends for his days off (not sure he appreciates that though...)

Sounds like you all are doing great!!
phathui5's Avatar phathui5 04:51 PM 09-15-2005

$11.87- coffee shop outing for the family with our church friends

On the up side, I've only driven the van twice this week, to go to a homeschool meeting and to go to the thing last night. So we're saving on gas.
Sweetiemommy's Avatar Sweetiemommy 01:45 PM 09-16-2005
Okay, this is scary, we pay all our bills this week...
Mortgage $815
Utilities - $115
Phone - $60
Cars - $650
Car Insurance - $550
Internet $23
Student loan - $150
Dog food - $31
Visa bill - $100
Tithes - $300
Groceries - $31
Dr's bills - $378
LandonsMom's Avatar LandonsMom 11:12 AM 09-17-2005
I feel ya sweetiemommy, mine is scary too! To tell the truth, i felt a little wierd putting all my stuff up in this 'financially challenged' section. I almost felt like a fraud by claiming to be financially chalenged. We are financially challenged in the sense that we arent good at managing our lifestyle to fit our income. We tend to do the opposite, try to earn more money after we've begun living a more expensive lifestyle. However, after posting it all, i realized we are lucky to have the income we do and it really made me realize just how grateful we should be. i've really felt burdened to 'downsize' latley and have been trying to think of ways to do this. Then it would feel like we have more money, even though we have the same amount kwim?

anyways, have a good weekend everyone, IT SATURDAY!!

$50 walmart
$30 home depot
$17 post office

another no spend day i hope!!
phathui5's Avatar phathui5 02:59 PM 09-19-2005

$ 25.98 diapers from (no charge for shipping plus no driving to get them!)


$ 15.24- grocery store
$ 22.45- gas in van


$265.58 van payment
$ 80.00 car payment
zoooteacher's Avatar zoooteacher 11:05 PM 09-19-2005
9/16 Friday: Groceries @ 40.67
9/17 None!
9/18 Gas for my car - I can't bleieve I used a whole tank in one week
9/19 None!
phathui5's Avatar phathui5 03:31 PM 09-25-2005
9/22- $49.46 Groceries at Trader Joe's
9/23- $41.70 Filling up the van with gas
9/23- $16.00 Lunch with dh and kids
9/24- $45.89 Rest of grocery shopping & household stuff
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