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03-01-2013 05:38 AM
CookiePie

thumb.gif  No spending     winky.gif  Budgeted spending    greensad.gif Not budgeted/went over budget       joy.gifDid something to save $ or make extra $       hang.gif  Hung clothes on the line

 

stillheart.gif  February  stillheart.gif

 

01  winky.gif  Paid all bills in bill box, should cover the next 2 weeks!  (I got paid today!  I'm every other week, DH is every week)  Need some groceries, going to try to hold off until tomorrow.

02  winky.gif  Bought groceries $141.  Spent a little more than I wanted to but it should last us a while.  Washed throw rugs & hung out to dry hang.gif

03  thumb.gif  I made a batch of hummus from the chick peas I froze last week.  We ate the whole batch with veggies.  Then I made a huge pot of chicken stock which I'm freezing for future use.  Then I made a huge pot of venison stock, which I turned into minestrone soup for tomorrow night.  I also made a batch of chocolate syrup since we were out & dd2 like chocolate milk 1 C water, 1 C cocoa powder, 2 C sugar.  Mix water & cocoa powder, until combined, add sugar.  Boil for 3 minutes.  Cool, store in fridge.  Make sure your pot is big enough so it doesn't boil over like mine did!!!  I don't want to step foot into the store again for at least another week, so I'm so glad that I remembered that I used to exclusively make my own chocolate syrup years ago so I dug out the recipe. 

04  thumb.gif

05 winky.gif  The only spending planned for today is paying admission to get into DD's game tonight.  I didn't make it to the game because of work.  Dh paid to get in & he also picked up a loaf of sourdough from Panera to go with the soup $3.18!   Went in to work early, because I have so much to get done.  joy.gif

06  thumb.gif  As tempted as I am to go buy apples today I'm holding off (we have 2 left in the house), but we have other fruit!  Did taxes, our refund is on the wayjoy.gif

07   winky.gif  Paid to do my taxes online using H&R Block, paid we we owe State taxes...

08   thumb.gif

09   thumb.gif The storm kept me from going to work, but we didn't spend any money!  Shoveled 2 feet of SNOW!!!  We need to budget a snow blower, ours crapped out!

10   winky.gif   Went to Aldi spent $37, mostly produce!  Feb grocery spending so far... $178!  Cooked tonight's dinner & prepped dinner for tomorrow! Made a batch of hummus from frozen chick peas, had some for lunch, will have more for lunches all week.  Meal planned for the rest of this week  joy.gif

11  thumb.gif  No spend!  Brought veggies & hummus to work.   Kids had no school, DD texted me at work pics of a brand new snow blower that someone dropped off by our back door.  She didn't see who left it...WTH?  I knew it was my Dad!  He surprised us & bought a top of the line snow blower!!!! OMG this is so amazing!  Now we don't have to save up!  I feel like we just won the lottery! joy.gif

12  thumb.gif  No spend.  I can't believe how many no spend days we've managed so far this month & not a single sad face!  This weeks paycheck won't be great for me, because of all the snow days.  We made omelettes & home fries for dinner! 

13  winky.gif  Picked up raw milk & oats $10.  Got a couple valentines things at the dollar store $4.25

14  thumb.gif  I picked up pizza & salad from our favorite place with gift cards that we got for Christmas and a coupon!   We didn't dine in because of the wait plus tip would have cost us more.  Dh asked me what I wanted & I told him that I didn't want anything.  The thing that would make me happy is if he hung up my bird feeder.  We took it down because the bears were visiting in the summer.  I have been watching my neighbors bird feeder & wishing that we remembered to hang ours back up!  So he did that for me & he also made me a card complete with a sweet poem!  I gave DH a card and made him rum balls. 

15   thumb.gif  Fed tax refund posted to our account today!!!    hang.gif

16   winky.gif  Groceries $132.62  (So far this month I've only spent $320.62 on groceries!) With just over a week left we should be in great shape this month!  Made hummus & chicken stock  joy.gif

17   winky.gif  Did some CVS-ing for contact solution & TP.  Ordered DD's contact lenses online with coupon code & through Ebates which saved us 50% over what the doc charges.  Picked up Chinese take out greensad.gif

18  thumb.gif  Made cauliflower soup & salad topped with hummus and warm whole wheat pitas for a quick dinner

19  thumb.gif Picking up Dd's glasses today with Amazon $ that I got from selling my text books!   Vanguard account is all set up.  They withdrew from my checking instead of savings!  My fault, I forgot to put in the 2 digit code, now my bank is charging me $5 for transferring funds from my other account to cover it greensad.gif  Now my checking account is all messed up & I have to try to sort it out!

20  winky.gif  Filled car with gas.  DD had to have surgery today which wasn't covered by our insurance.  I was expecting to have to pay $600-$800 but the doc is writing off whatever insurance doesn't cover, so if they pay nothing, I still pay nothing!  I didn't ask for a deal or anything turns out the doc is good friends with my boss joy.gif Got check from Ebates today for $23 from Christmas shopping  joy.gif        If anyone wants to get started with Ebates please PM me!!!  I will give you an invite & we will both get bonus $    

21  winky.gif  Picked up a few things at Aldi, under $20!

22  winky.gif  I grabbed a pizza on my way home from work, we are way under budget for groceries & I was too tired to cook!

23  joy.gifI worked at my part time job today!  Cut DH's hair

24   winky.gif  Went thrift shopping with Christmas money!  Got $30 worth of groceries at Aldi!

25   greensad.gif  Was supposed to have a provided lunch meeting at work, so I didn't bring any lunch.  It was cancelled so I bought lunch $8 (We are still under budget for groceries even with the more than usual take out!  I wrote a check for DD's sport fee $60.

26  thumb.gif

27partytime.gif My B-day    DH took the day off of work!  He & the kids made me breakfast in bed.  We went to a book store and had lunch together & I got some fancy loose tea  winky.gif

28  thumb.gif 

 

I'm pleased with how this month turned out, although we ate out/got take out way more than we ever do!!!  I was able to start my Roth IRA with $3,000.  I'm hoping to add another $2,000 by April 15.  Our electric bill was lower than normal and I'd like to try to get that down even further.  I'm looking into lowering other expenses as well.  I've been noticing that lately there isn't much on tv & we always end up watching reruns or netflix.  I keep telling DH that I want to drop cable but so far he doesn't agree.  I already use Straight Talk Wireless for cell phone, but I'm looking into an even cheaper plan that is not unlimited for only $10/month.  I text the same 5 people, myself  and all but DH has an iphone.  I'm in wifi most of the time anyway so this wouldn't use the prepaid minutes if I get the new plan.  I feel like I'm paying for way more service than I currently use.      

02-28-2013 07:18 PM
SweetSilver
Quote:
Originally Posted by honeybee80 View Post

 

2/28: budgeted spending thumb.gif $6 chocolate and coconut milk caramels

 

I treated myself tonight to some really good dark chocolate and coconut milk caramels because I came in $54 under budget for the month of February!  So stoked about that!  Hoping to keep it up in March :)

Lovely!  Delish!

02-28-2013 06:29 PM
honeybee80

2/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $123 Costco, $50 grocery store, $23 Target 

2/3: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/4: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/6: budgeted spending thumb.gif $3 pitched in to share french fries with friends

2/7: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/8: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $50 ink cartridges for printer (ouch!), $56 grocery store 

2/10: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/11: budgeted spending thumb.gif $18 haircut for DD (couldn't take the rat's nest every day anymore!), $7 ibuprofen (needed for my knee--it's killing me to be taking this so much, but it's necessary for me to keep working)

2/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 gas, $5 chai, $25 friend's birthday dinner

2/16: budgeted spending thumb.gif $51 groceries, $22 gloves, $32 dish rack & typewriter ribbon

2/17: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/18: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/19: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/20: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/21: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/22: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/23: budgeted spending thumb.gif $64 groceries, $30 market basket I've been wanting for awhile now, $40 HA underwear for DS

2/24: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/25: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/26: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/27: budgeted spending thumb.gif $69 skis for DD, $58 fabric & yarn, $20 gas

2/28: budgeted spending thumb.gif $6 chocolate and coconut milk caramels

 

I treated myself tonight to some really good dark chocolate and coconut milk caramels because I came in $54 under budget for the month of February!  So stoked about that!  Hoping to keep it up in March :)

02-28-2013 12:50 PM
sexysisam Okay, so, I haven't been keeping up day by day because life got crazy. But this is the first month I've been under budget in a LONG time...like years. We even bought half a cow and kept it in budget. I did go to Taco Bell yesterday because I was craving it, but that's my only unnecessary spend. Pretty good. All the rest of the month has been surprisingly on budget. I credit that to putting my budget on my ipad mini, every time we spend a dime it goes right in. It helps when I stay right on top of it. Good month.
02-28-2013 12:01 PM
SweetSilver

All in all I did really well this month.  Let's see about March now!  Hopefully this streak of good work isn't just a fluke.

 

Ciao, ladies!  blowkiss.gif

02-28-2013 11:27 AM
SweetSilver

February 27

jammin.gif No spend

 

February 28

 

thumb.gif  DH is bring over a handful of groceries today.  So happy with how we handled the groceries, especially since last month exceeded $1300 after being within reason for months.  Since the 4 weeks I'm counting ends March 3rd, I will update the totals there.  

 

Made camping reservations at the beach for August.

 

dizzy.gif = Planned, but painful

thumb.gif thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif=  Doin' just fine

happytears.gif happytears.gifhappytears.gif=  Spoiled no-spend, but necessary

irked.gif = Unnecessary spending due to poor planning

jammin.gifjammin.gif jammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gif= No spend

 

 

Grocery target= $740

Remaining=$55

carrot.gifbanana.gif carrot.gif= # of weeks I've hit my target ($166, approximately)

 

 

I can't have this be a perfect no-spend month.  I need these things:

 

Materials for chicken tractors: plastic, boards, pipe, connectors, brooder thermometers, extra heat lamp bulbs

Camping reservation

Seeds: daikon

Printer ink

Photos from camera card?

02-28-2013 10:19 AM
Ruthiegirl

Paid the library fines today.  Not a terrible end to the month.  It was a tough February!  This month always reminds me that I don't like February.  It is cold and windy and dreary out and I have no motivation to do anything.  I feel lucky that I got through the month with only a few hits against bank account.  It could have been so much worse.  On to March!

 

love.gif  No spend

thumb.gif  Budgeted spend

irked.gif   Unbudgeted Spend

jog.gif Exercised

 

February 1 -- love.gif

February 2 -- thumb.gif  groceries and birthday present

February 3 -- thumb.gif more groceries, irked.gif shower curtain and bathroom scale jog.gif

February 4 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 5 -- love.gif

February 6 -- thumb.gif field trip to science center jog.gif

February 7 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 8 --  thumb.gif  gas and groceries

February 9 -- love.gif

February 10 -- thumb.gif piece of pipe to finish sink repair

February 11 -- love.gif gave dh a haircut

February 12 -- thumb.gif  Valentines and chocolate jog.gif

February 13 -- irked.gif ice cream to make up for a tough day

February 14 -- thumb.gif gas and groceries

February 15 -- thumb.gif night out

February 16 -- love.gif

February 17 -- irked.gif expensive day!  Lunch and trip to city...$$$

February 18 -- irked.gif roller skating

February 19 -- thumb.gif groceries jog.gif

February 20 -- thumb.gif few household things

February 21 -- love.gif

February 22 -- irked.gif  motor to repair dryer  jog.gif

February 23 -- irked.gif lunch out

February 24 -- thumb.gif groceries

February 25 -- love.gif  jog.gif

February 26 -- love.gif

February 27 -- thumb.gif jog.gif

February 28 -- irked.gif library fines

 

 

  

My goals:

 

Save 20% of Feb 1st  paycheck -- 15%, heating bill was over-budget

Save 20% of Feb 15th paycheck -- 15%

Save entire tax return -- done!

Make every dollar matter

02-28-2013 09:59 AM
FillingMyQuiver

Key

 

thumb.gif  No Spend/ Budgeted Spending

irked.gif  Unbudgeted/ Unnecessary Spending

 

1.  thumb.gif  Starting off the month right!!  WooHoo!!  Still waiting on the new bean belly.gif

2.  thumb.gif  $100 on groceries for Super Bowl and easy food for DH to make when baby comes.  Still here, no baby.

3.  thumb.gif  SNOW!!! cold.gif  Not going anywhere today except for DH dropping our trash/ recycling at the collection site.  Started cooking DH's food requests for the game later.  Want to get 2 loaves of bread going a little later for tomorrow.  DH and I will be working in our utility room to set up more shelving and move my canning supplies/ food storage down there.

4.  irked.gif  $$ spent at Target and fast food lunch

5.  baby.gif  DD4 was born this morning joy.gif  42wks exactly!!

6.  thumb.gif

7.  irked.gif  Fast food lunch.

8.  irked.gif  Take out pizza for dinner.

9.  thumb.gif

10. thumb.gif

11. thumb.gif

12. thumb.gif  Giving myself a pre-emptive No Spend Day since we're not going anywhere and I have a plan for lunch and dinner.

13. thumb.gif

14. thumb.gif

15. irked.gif  Take out pizza for dinner

16. irked.gif  $20 for a haircut for DH (I usually cut his hair but it just didn't work out this time) $42 on bread & cold cuts for lunch

17. irked.gif  Fast food for dinner, overspent slightly on grocery budget

18. irked.gif Starbucks coffee

19. thumb.gif 3 puking kids greensad.gif

20. thumb.gif 1 puking kid, 2 recovering kids

21. thumb.gif

22. thumb.gif

23. irked.gif  pizza delivery for dinner

24. thumb.gif

25. thumb.gif

26. irked.gif bought a food allergy bracelet for DS2 on zulily

27. thumb.gif

28. thumb.gif

 

February's Goals

19/ 20 No Spend Days

 

So close to goal!!  It's okay.  Hopefully March will be a better month!

02-28-2013 04:54 AM
Ruthiegirl
Quote:
Originally Posted by SweetSilver View Post

Crunchy*VT*mom hasn't been online for a couple of weeks now.  I hope all is well!

 

Is someone else going to fire up the March thread?

 

 

I started one!  March is a huge, HUGE month for me and I a have big plans for savings and some spending and a lot of budgeting.  

 

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1375579/march-no-spend-challenge-budgeting-our-way-to-a-pot-of-gold

02-27-2013 07:51 PM
honeybee80

2/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $123 Costco, $50 grocery store, $23 Target 

2/3: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/4: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/6: budgeted spending thumb.gif $3 pitched in to share french fries with friends

2/7: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/8: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $50 ink cartridges for printer (ouch!), $56 grocery store 

2/10: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/11: budgeted spending thumb.gif $18 haircut for DD (couldn't take the rat's nest every day anymore!), $7 ibuprofen (needed for my knee--it's killing me to be taking this so much, but it's necessary for me to keep working)

2/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 gas, $5 chai, $25 friend's birthday dinner

2/16: budgeted spending thumb.gif $51 groceries, $22 gloves, $32 dish rack & typewriter ribbon

2/17: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/18: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/19: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/20: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/21: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/22: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/23: budgeted spending thumb.gif $64 groceries, $30 market basket I've been wanting for awhile now, $40 HA underwear for DS

2/24: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/25: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/26: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/27: budgeted spending thumb.gif $69 skis for DD, $58 fabric & yarn, $20 gas

 

 

02-27-2013 12:07 PM
SweetSilver

Crunchy*VT*mom hasn't been online for a couple of weeks now.  I hope all is well!

 

Is someone else going to fire up the March thread?

02-27-2013 12:05 PM
SweetSilver

February 26

thumb.gif  Oooooh I think I'm gonna make my weekly grocery target again this week!  Which means I'm gonna make my monthly target for the month!!!  I've been trying for months and months and finally, I think due to diligence on my part, and the girls being so patient with all of mamas schemes for "finding" money in the budget.  Spent $99 today, leaving us with about $30 or so for the rest of the week..... and I honestly think I can do this!  If I can't it will be amazingly close.  Azure Standard delivery also came in yesterday morning, adding about $19 to the week's bill, leaving March with under $90 to be added to that month's accounting.  Wow!  I just added the bill to my totals down below.... is that right???  WOOO HOOO!!  joy.gif

 

dizzy.gif = Planned, but painful

thumb.gif thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif=  Doin' just fine

happytears.gif happytears.gifhappytears.gif=  Spoiled no-spend, but necessary

irked.gif = Unnecessary spending due to poor planning

jammin.gifjammin.gif jammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gif= No spend

 

 

Grocery target= $740

Remaining=$55

carrot.gifbanana.gif carrot.gif= # of weeks I've hit my target ($166, approximately)

 

 

I can't have this be a perfect no-spend month.  I need these things:

 

Materials for chicken tractors: plastic, boards, pipe, connectors, brooder thermometers, extra heat lamp bulbs

Camping reservation

Seeds: daikon

Printer ink

Photos from camera card?

02-27-2013 07:01 AM
AprilMary
Quote:
Originally Posted by AprilMary View Post

Feb 22 - no spend :)

Feb 23 - spent budgeted spending $$ + 16 extra:(

Feb 24 - spent 30 impulsively on onesies and a few outfits for my little one :( but :) too because I rarely spend $ on her clothes.

Feb 25 - no spend smile.gif

Feb 26 - $25 from grocery budget smile.gif

Feb 27 - preemptive no spend for today- lots of snow so staying home and making soup smile.gif

Feb 28 - posting ahead of time because I know today will be a budget-busting day, going to buy my daughter a swim outfit and hitting up a 75% off sale at our local recycled kids store - yay!

02-27-2013 04:51 AM
Ruthiegirl

I am hanging in there, but limping my way to the end of the month.  I am out of laundry detergent, but well supplied with dirty laundry, so I need to fix that.  No other spending planned.  

 

 

 

 

 


love.gif  No spend

thumb.gif  Budgeted spend

irked.gif   Unbudgeted Spend

jog.gif Exercised

 

February 1 -- love.gif

February 2 -- thumb.gif  groceries and birthday present

February 3 -- thumb.gif more groceries, irked.gif shower curtain and bathroom scale jog.gif

February 4 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 5 -- love.gif

February 6 -- thumb.gif field trip to science center jog.gif

February 7 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 8 --  thumb.gif  gas and groceries

February 9 -- love.gif

February 10 -- thumb.gif piece of pipe to finish sink repair

February 11 -- love.gif gave dh a haircut

February 12 -- thumb.gif  Valentines and chocolate jog.gif

February 13 -- irked.gif ice cream to make up for a tough day

February 14 -- thumb.gif gas and groceries

February 15 -- thumb.gif night out

February 16 -- love.gif

February 17 -- irked.gif expensive day!  Lunch and trip to city...$$$

February 18 -- irked.gif roller skating

February 19 -- thumb.gif groceries jog.gif

February 20 -- thumb.gif few household things

February 21 -- love.gif

February 22 -- irked.gif  motor to repair dryer  jog.gif

February 23 -- irked.gif lunch out

February 24 -- thumb.gif groceries

February 25 -- love.gif  jog.gif

February 26 -- love.gif

February 27 -- thumb.gif jog.gif

February 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

My goals:

 

Save 20% of Feb 1st  paycheck -- 15%, heating bill was over-budget

Save 20% of Feb 15th paycheck -- 15%

Save entire tax return -- done!

Make every dollar matter

 

02-26-2013 07:49 PM
honeybee80

2/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $123 Costco, $50 grocery store, $23 Target 

2/3: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/4: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/6: budgeted spending thumb.gif $3 pitched in to share french fries with friends

2/7: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/8: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $50 ink cartridges for printer (ouch!), $56 grocery store 

2/10: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/11: budgeted spending thumb.gif $18 haircut for DD (couldn't take the rat's nest every day anymore!), $7 ibuprofen (needed for my knee--it's killing me to be taking this so much, but it's necessary for me to keep working)

2/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 gas, $5 chai, $25 friend's birthday dinner

2/16: budgeted spending thumb.gif $51 groceries, $22 gloves, $32 dish rack & typewriter ribbon

2/17: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/18: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/19: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/20: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/21: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/22: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/23: budgeted spending thumb.gif $64 groceries, $30 market basket I've been wanting for awhile now, $40 HA underwear for DS

2/24: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/25: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/26: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

 

Tomorrow will be a spending day.  I need to get skis for my DD and I think I'm going to pick up supplies to start a quilt for my DS, which I've been wanting to do for a long time.  I have cash to cover these purchases, so I will consider them budgeted spending :)

02-26-2013 09:07 AM
CookiePie

thumb.gif  No spending     winky.gif  Budgeted spending    greensad.gif Not budgeted/went over budget       joy.gifDid something to save $ or make extra $       hang.gif  Hung clothes on the line

 

stillheart.gif  February  stillheart.gif

 

01  winky.gif  Paid all bills in bill box, should cover the next 2 weeks!  (I got paid today!  I'm every other week, DH is every week)  Need some groceries, going to try to hold off until tomorrow.

02  winky.gif  Bought groceries $141.  Spent a little more than I wanted to but it should last us a while.  Washed throw rugs & hung out to dry hang.gif

03  thumb.gif  I made a batch of hummus from the chick peas I froze last week.  We ate the whole batch with veggies.  Then I made a huge pot of chicken stock which I'm freezing for future use.  Then I made a huge pot of venison stock, which I turned into minestrone soup for tomorrow night.  I also made a batch of chocolate syrup since we were out & dd2 like chocolate milk 1 C water, 1 C cocoa powder, 2 C sugar.  Mix water & cocoa powder, until combined, add sugar.  Boil for 3 minutes.  Cool, store in fridge.  Make sure your pot is big enough so it doesn't boil over like mine did!!!  I don't want to step foot into the store again for at least another week, so I'm so glad that I remembered that I used to exclusively make my own chocolate syrup years ago so I dug out the recipe. 

04  thumb.gif

05 winky.gif  The only spending planned for today is paying admission to get into DD's game tonight.  I didn't make it to the game because of work.  Dh paid to get in & he also picked up a loaf of sourdough from Panera to go with the soup $3.18!   Went in to work early, because I have so much to get done.  joy.gif

06  thumb.gif  As tempted as I am to go buy apples today I'm holding off (we have 2 left in the house), but we have other fruit!  Did taxes, our refund is on the wayjoy.gif

07   winky.gif  Paid to do my taxes online using H&R Block, paid we we owe State taxes...

08   thumb.gif

09   thumb.gif The storm kept me from going to work, but we didn't spend any money!  Shoveled 2 feet of SNOW!!!  We need to budget a snow blower, ours crapped out!

10   winky.gif   Went to Aldi spent $37, mostly produce!  Feb grocery spending so far... $178!  Cooked tonight's dinner & prepped dinner for tomorrow! Made a batch of hummus from frozen chick peas, had some for lunch, will have more for lunches all week.  Meal planned for the rest of this week  joy.gif

11  thumb.gif  No spend!  Brought veggies & hummus to work.   Kids had no school, DD texted me at work pics of a brand new snow blower that someone dropped off by our back door.  She didn't see who left it...WTH?  I knew it was my Dad!  He surprised us & bought a top of the line snow blower!!!! OMG this is so amazing!  Now we don't have to save up!  I feel like we just won the lottery! joy.gif

12  thumb.gif  No spend.  I can't believe how many no spend days we've managed so far this month & not a single sad face!  This weeks paycheck won't be great for me, because of all the snow days.  We made omelettes & home fries for dinner! 

13  winky.gif  Picked up raw milk & oats $10.  Got a couple valentines things at the dollar store $4.25

14  thumb.gif  I picked up pizza & salad from our favorite place with gift cards that we got for Christmas and a coupon!   We didn't dine in because of the wait plus tip would have cost us more.  Dh asked me what I wanted & I told him that I didn't want anything.  The thing that would make me happy is if he hung up my bird feeder.  We took it down because the bears were visiting in the summer.  I have been watching my neighbors bird feeder & wishing that we remembered to hang ours back up!  So he did that for me & he also made me a card complete with a sweet poem!  I gave DH a card and made him rum balls. 

15   thumb.gif  Fed tax refund posted to our account today!!!    hang.gif

16   winky.gif  Groceries $132.62  (So far this month I've only spent $320.62 on groceries!) With just over a week left we should be in great shape this month!  Made hummus & chicken stock  joy.gif

17   winky.gif  Did some CVS-ing for contact solution & TP.  Ordered DD's contact lenses online with coupon code & through Ebates which saved us 50% over what the doc charges.  Picked up Chinese take out greensad.gif

18  thumb.gif  Made cauliflower soup & salad topped with hummus and warm whole wheat pitas for a quick dinner

19  thumb.gif Picking up Dd's glasses today with Amazon $ that I got from selling my text books!   Vanguard account is all set up.  They withdrew from my checking instead of savings!  My fault, I forgot to put in the 2 digit code, now my bank is charging me $5 for transferring funds from my other account to cover it greensad.gif  Now my checking account is all messed up & I have to try to sort it out!

20  winky.gif  Filled car with gas.  DD had to have surgery today which wasn't covered by our insurance.  I was expecting to have to pay $600-$800 but the doc is writing off whatever insurance doesn't cover, so if they pay nothing, I still pay nothing!  I didn't ask for a deal or anything turns out the doc is good friends with my boss joy.gif Got check from Ebates today for $23 from Christmas shopping  joy.gif        If anyone wants to get started with Ebates please PM me!!!  I will give you an invite & we will both get bonus $    

21  winky.gif  Picked up a few things at Aldi, under $20!

22  winky.gif  I grabbed a pizza on my way home from work, we are way under budget for groceries & I was too tired to cook!

23  joy.gifI worked at my part time job today!

24   winky.gif  Went thrift shopping with Christmas money!  Got $30 worth of groceries at Aldi!

25   greensad.gif  Was supposed to have a provided lunch meeting at work, so I didn't bring any lunch.  It was cancelled so I bought lunch $8 (We are still under budget for groceries even with the more than usual take out!  I wrote a check for DD's sport fee $60.

26  thumb.gif

27partytime.gif My B-day

28

02-25-2013 05:12 PM
SweetSilver

February 25

thumb.gif  Decided to add on an open swim to our day, with our riding lesson in the afternoon.  Worked out very nicely and saved us some gas and drive time, the pool is, like everything else, so far from our house.  We had time for a DQ trip (the girls' snack fund being renewed today) and a stop at the library.  DQ $12.  Open swim is $10-- and they are both either underwater, or swimming across the pool!  Yeah for open swim!

 

dizzy.gif = Planned, but painful

thumb.gif thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif=  Doin' just fine

happytears.gif happytears.gifhappytears.gif=  Spoiled no-spend, but necessary

irked.gif = Unnecessary spending due to poor planning

jammin.gifjammin.gif jammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gif= No spend

 

 

Grocery target= $740

Remaining=$163

carrot.gifbanana.gif carrot.gif= # of weeks I've hit my target ($166, approximately)

 

 

I can't have this be a perfect no-spend month.  I need these things:

 

Materials for chicken tractors: plastic, boards, pipe, connectors, brooder thermometers, extra heat lamp bulbs

Camping reservation

Seeds: daikon

Printer ink

Photos from camera card?

02-25-2013 04:52 PM
honeybee80

2/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $123 Costco, $50 grocery store, $23 Target 

2/3: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

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2/6: budgeted spending thumb.gif $3 pitched in to share french fries with friends

2/7: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/8: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $50 ink cartridges for printer (ouch!), $56 grocery store 

2/10: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/11: budgeted spending thumb.gif $18 haircut for DD (couldn't take the rat's nest every day anymore!), $7 ibuprofen (needed for my knee--it's killing me to be taking this so much, but it's necessary for me to keep working)

2/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 gas, $5 chai, $25 friend's birthday dinner

2/16: budgeted spending thumb.gif $51 groceries, $22 gloves, $32 dish rack & typewriter ribbon

2/17: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

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2/22: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/23: budgeted spending thumb.gif $64 groceries, $30 market basket I've been wanting for awhile now, $40 HA underwear for DS

2/24: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/25: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

02-25-2013 05:13 AM
Ruthiegirl

Whew!   Expensive weekend and my wallet knows it!  We had two showings on Saturday, so we cleaned all morning and went out for lunch.  Sunday was all about housework and groceries.  Feels like I spent money all weekend.  I know it wasn't quite like that, but I am a little overwhelmed at the rising food budget in my house.  With 4 growing kids, we are eating so much more.  We used to have leftovers and those days are gone.  My kids eat everything I make and ask for more.  

 

 

 

 

love.gif  No spend

thumb.gif  Budgeted spend

irked.gif   Unbudgeted Spend

jog.gif Exercised

 

February 1 -- love.gif

February 2 -- thumb.gif  groceries and birthday present

February 3 -- thumb.gif more groceries, irked.gif shower curtain and bathroom scale jog.gif

February 4 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 5 -- love.gif

February 6 -- thumb.gif field trip to science center jog.gif

February 7 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 8 --  thumb.gif  gas and groceries

February 9 -- love.gif

February 10 -- thumb.gif piece of pipe to finish sink repair

February 11 -- love.gif gave dh a haircut

February 12 -- thumb.gif  Valentines and chocolate jog.gif

February 13 -- irked.gif ice cream to make up for a tough day

February 14 -- thumb.gif gas and groceries

February 15 -- thumb.gif night out

February 16 -- love.gif

February 17 -- irked.gif expensive day!  Lunch and trip to city...$$$

February 18 -- irked.gif roller skating

February 19 -- thumb.gif groceries jog.gif

February 20 -- thumb.gif few household things

February 21 -- love.gif

February 22 -- irked.gif  motor to repair dryer  jog.gif

February 23 -- irked.gif lunch out

February 24 -- thumb.gif groceries

February 25 -- love.gif  jog.gif

February 26

February 27

February 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

My goals:

 

Save 20% of Feb 1st  paycheck -- 15%, heating bill was over-budget

Save 20% of Feb 15th paycheck -- 15%

Save entire tax return -- done!

Make every dollar matter

02-24-2013 04:42 PM
AprilMary
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Originally Posted by AprilMary View Post

Feb 18 - bought 2 coffees on our walk, budgeted from husbands spending $$ :)

Feb 19 - no spend :)

Feb 20 - spent 21.00 doing taxes online, budgeted :)

Feb 21 - actually came under budget on groceries - yay:) Spent $50 on a couple of gifts, detergent and a new book (40% off - yay) read.gif :)

Feb 22 - no spend :)

Feb 23 - spent budgeted spending $$ + 16 extra:(

Feb 24 - spent 30 impulsively on onesies and a few outfits for my little one :( but :) too because I rarely spend $ on her clothes.

02-24-2013 11:02 AM
honeybee80

2/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $123 Costco, $50 grocery store, $23 Target 

2/3: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/4: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/6: budgeted spending thumb.gif $3 pitched in to share french fries with friends

2/7: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/8: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $50 ink cartridges for printer (ouch!), $56 grocery store 

2/10: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/11: budgeted spending thumb.gif $18 haircut for DD (couldn't take the rat's nest every day anymore!), $7 ibuprofen (needed for my knee--it's killing me to be taking this so much, but it's necessary for me to keep working)

2/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 gas, $5 chai, $25 friend's birthday dinner

2/16: budgeted spending thumb.gif $51 groceries, $22 gloves, $32 dish rack & typewriter ribbon

2/17: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

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2/23: budgeted spending thumb.gif $64 groceries, $30 market basket I've been wanting for awhile now, $40 HA underwear for DS

2/24: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

 

Giving myself a slightly premature no spend, but it's a crazy snowy day here, so I'm not planning on going anywhere, which generally means no spending for me.  It's a stay-in-pajamas-all-day kind of day ;)

02-24-2013 08:45 AM
SweetSilver

February 23 & 24

jammin.gifStayed home both days.

 

dizzy.gif = Planned, but painful

thumb.gif thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif=  Doin' just fine

happytears.gif happytears.gifhappytears.gif=  Spoiled no-spend, but necessary

irked.gif = Unnecessary spending due to poor planning

jammin.gifjammin.gif jammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gif= No spend

 

 

Grocery target= $740

Remaining=$175

carrot.gifbanana.gif carrot.gif= # of weeks I've hit my target ($166, approximately)

 

 

I can't have this be a perfect no-spend month.  I need these things:

 

Materials for chicken tractors: plastic, boards, pipe, connectors, brooder thermometers, extra heat lamp bulbs

Camping reservation

Seeds: daikon

Printer ink

Photos from camera card

02-23-2013 07:04 PM
fifasmama
Quote:
Originally Posted by fifasmama View Post

2/22 no spend- resisted the coke machone at work.
2/23 no spend
02-23-2013 07:03 PM
fifasmama
Quote:
Originally Posted by fifasmama View Post

2/22 no spend- resisted the coke machone at work.
2/23 no spend
02-23-2013 04:47 PM
honeybee80

2/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $123 Costco, $50 grocery store, $23 Target 

2/3: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/4: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/6: budgeted spending thumb.gif $3 pitched in to share french fries with friends

2/7: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/8: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $50 ink cartridges for printer (ouch!), $56 grocery store 

2/10: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/11: budgeted spending thumb.gif $18 haircut for DD (couldn't take the rat's nest every day anymore!), $7 ibuprofen (needed for my knee--it's killing me to be taking this so much, but it's necessary for me to keep working)

2/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 gas, $5 chai, $25 friend's birthday dinner

2/16: budgeted spending thumb.gif $51 groceries, $22 gloves, $32 dish rack & typewriter ribbon

2/17: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/18: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/19: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/20: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/21: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/22: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/23: budgeted spending thumb.gif $64 groceries, $30 market basket I've been wanting for awhile now, $40 HA underwear for DS

02-23-2013 05:04 AM
fifasmama
Quote:
Originally Posted by fifasmama View Post


2/22 no spend- resisted the coke machone at work.
02-22-2013 07:37 PM
SweetSilver

February 22

thumb.gif Came in under the week's grocery target.  Two more days to go, but no grocery stops coming up.  Costco came through for me with the printer ink refills.  Phew!  Valentine's Day gifts returned.  Good day!  Made next month's Azure order-- looks like it will be another good start to next month.  And check it out-- I earned my 3rd Danicin' Veggie this month for hitting my weekly grocery target.  Finally!  The fourth week ends March 3rd.

 

dizzy.gif = Planned, but painful

thumb.gif thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif=  Doin' just fine

happytears.gif happytears.gifhappytears.gif=  Spoiled no-spend, but necessary

irked.gif = Unnecessary spending due to poor planning

jammin.gifjammin.gif jammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gifjammin.gif= No spend

 

 

Grocery target= $740

Remaining=$185

carrot.gifbanana.gif carrot.gif= # of weeks I've hit my target ($166, approximately)

 

 

I can't have this be a perfect no-spend month.  I need these things:

 

Materials for chicken tractors: plastic, boards, pipe, connectors, brooder thermometers, extra heat lamp bulbs

Camping reservation

Seeds: daikon

Printer ink

Photos from camera card

02-22-2013 05:44 PM
honeybee80

2/1: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/2: budgeted spending thumb.gif $123 Costco, $50 grocery store, $23 Target 

2/3: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/4: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/5: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/6: budgeted spending thumb.gif $3 pitched in to share french fries with friends

2/7: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/8: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/9: budgeted spending thumb.gif $50 ink cartridges for printer (ouch!), $56 grocery store 

2/10: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/11: budgeted spending thumb.gif $18 haircut for DD (couldn't take the rat's nest every day anymore!), $7 ibuprofen (needed for my knee--it's killing me to be taking this so much, but it's necessary for me to keep working)

2/12: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/13: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/14: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/15: budgeted spending thumb.gif $40 gas, $5 chai, $25 friend's birthday dinner

2/16: budgeted spending thumb.gif $51 groceries, $22 gloves, $32 dish rack & typewriter ribbon

2/17: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/18: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/19: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/20: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/21: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

2/22: no spend biggrinbounce.gif

 

I'm on a bit of a roll here ;)  Tomorrow will be a spending day, as I need to do my regular grocery shopping.  I may get my DD skis tomorrow too, which is within the budget.   I also got an email today saying that my savings account rejected my deposit for my tax refund!  Good thing I wasn't totally relying on that money.  Not sure what I need to do now to get it.  But anyway, I'm feeling really great about my spending this month and hope to continue this trend :)

02-22-2013 06:52 AM
Ruthiegirl

 

love.gif  No spend

thumb.gif  Budgeted spend

irked.gif   Unbudgeted Spend

jog.gif Exercised

 

February 1 -- love.gif

February 2 -- thumb.gif  groceries and birthday present

February 3 -- thumb.gif more groceries, irked.gif shower curtain and bathroom scale jog.gif

February 4 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 5 -- love.gif

February 6 -- thumb.gif field trip to science center jog.gif

February 7 -- love.gif jog.gif

February 8 --  thumb.gif  gas and groceries

February 9 -- love.gif

February 10 -- thumb.gif piece of pipe to finish sink repair

February 11 -- love.gif gave dh a haircut

February 12 -- thumb.gif  Valentines and chocolate jog.gif

February 13 -- irked.gif ice cream to make up for a tough day

February 14 -- thumb.gif gas and groceries

February 15 -- thumb.gif night out

February 16 -- love.gif

February 17 -- irked.gif expensive day!  Lunch and trip to city...$$$

February 18 -- irked.gif roller skating

February 19 -- thumb.gif groceries

February 20 -- thumb.gif few household things

February 21 -- love.gif

February 22 -- irked.gif  motor to repair dryer

February 23

February 24

February 25

February 26

February 27

February 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

My goals:

 

Save 20% of Feb 1st  paycheck -- 15%, heating bill was over-budget

Save 20% of Feb 15th paycheck -- 15%

Save entire tax return -- done!

Make every dollar matter

02-22-2013 04:51 AM
CookiePie

thumb.gif  No spending     winky.gif  Budgeted spending    greensad.gif Not budgeted/went over budget       joy.gifDid something to save $ or make extra $       hang.gif  Hung clothes on the line

 

stillheart.gif  February  stillheart.gif

 

01  winky.gif  Paid all bills in bill box, should cover the next 2 weeks!  (I got paid today!  I'm every other week, DH is every week)  Need some groceries, going to try to hold off until tomorrow.

02  winky.gif  Bought groceries $141.  Spent a little more than I wanted to but it should last us a while.  Washed throw rugs & hung out to dry hang.gif

03  thumb.gif  I made a batch of hummus from the chick peas I froze last week.  We ate the whole batch with veggies.  Then I made a huge pot of chicken stock which I'm freezing for future use.  Then I made a huge pot of venison stock, which I turned into minestrone soup for tomorrow night.  I also made a batch of chocolate syrup since we were out & dd2 like chocolate milk 1 C water, 1 C cocoa powder, 2 C sugar.  Mix water & cocoa powder, until combined, add sugar.  Boil for 3 minutes.  Cool, store in fridge.  Make sure your pot is big enough so it doesn't boil over like mine did!!!  I don't want to step foot into the store again for at least another week, so I'm so glad that I remembered that I used to exclusively make my own chocolate syrup years ago so I dug out the recipe. 

04  thumb.gif

05 winky.gif  The only spending planned for today is paying admission to get into DD's game tonight.  I didn't make it to the game because of work.  Dh paid to get in & he also picked up a loaf of sourdough from Panera to go with the soup $3.18!   Went in to work early, because I have so much to get done.  joy.gif

06  thumb.gif  As tempted as I am to go buy apples today I'm holding off (we have 2 left in the house), but we have other fruit!  Did taxes, our refund is on the wayjoy.gif

07   winky.gif  Paid to do my taxes online using H&R Block, paid we we owe State taxes...

08   thumb.gif

09   thumb.gif The storm kept me from going to work, but we didn't spend any money!  Shoveled 2 feet of SNOW!!!  We need to budget a snow blower, ours crapped out!

10   winky.gif   Went to Aldi spent $37, mostly produce!  Feb grocery spending so far... $178!  Cooked tonight's dinner & prepped dinner for tomorrow! Made a batch of hummus from frozen chick peas, had some for lunch, will have more for lunches all week.  Meal planned for the rest of this week  joy.gif

11  thumb.gif  No spend!  Brought veggies & hummus to work.   Kids had no school, DD texted me at work pics of a brand new snow blower that someone dropped off by our back door.  She didn't see who left it...WTH?  I knew it was my Dad!  He surprised us & bought a top of the line snow blower!!!! OMG this is so amazing!  Now we don't have to save up!  I feel like we just won the lottery! joy.gif

12  thumb.gif  No spend.  I can't believe how many no spend days we've managed so far this month & not a single sad face!  This weeks paycheck won't be great for me, because of all the snow days.  We made omelettes & home fries for dinner! 

13  winky.gif  Picked up raw milk & oats $10.  Got a couple valentines things at the dollar store $4.25

14  thumb.gif  I picked up pizza & salad from our favorite place with gift cards that we got for Christmas and a coupon!   We didn't dine in because of the wait plus tip would have cost us more.  Dh asked me what I wanted & I told him that I didn't want anything.  The thing that would make me happy is if he hung up my bird feeder.  We took it down because the bears were visiting in the summer.  I have been watching my neighbors bird feeder & wishing that we remembered to hang ours back up!  So he did that for me & he also made me a card complete with a sweet poem!  I gave DH a card and made him rum balls. 

15   thumb.gif  Fed tax refund posted to our account today!!!    hang.gif

16   winky.gif  Groceries $132.62  (So far this month I've only spent $320.62 on groceries!) With just over a week left we should be in great shape this month!  Made hummus & chicken stock  joy.gif

17   winky.gif  Did some CVS-ing for contact solution & TP.  Ordered DD's contact lenses online with coupon code & through Ebates which saved us 50% over what the doc charges.  Picked up Chinese take out greensad.gif

18  thumb.gif  Made cauliflower soup & salad topped with hummus and warm whole wheat pitas for a quick dinner

19  thumb.gif Picking up Dd's glasses today with Amazon $ that I got from selling my text books!   Vanguard account is all set up.  They withdrew from my checking instead of savings!  My fault, I forgot to put in the 2 digit code, now my bank is charging me $5 for transferring funds from my other account to cover it greensad.gif  Now my checking account is all messed up & I have to try to sort it out!

20  winky.gif  Filled car with gas.  DD had to have surgery today which wasn't covered by our insurance.  I was expecting to have to pay $600-$800 but the doc is writing off whatever insurance doesn't cover, so if they pay nothing, I still pay nothing!  I didn't ask for a deal or anything turns out the doc is good friends with my boss joy.gif Got check from Ebates today for $23 from Christmas shopping  joy.gif        If anyone wants to get started with Ebates please PM me!!!  I will give you an invite & we will both get bonus $    

21  winky.gif  Picked up a few things at Aldi, under $20!

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27partytime.gif My B-day

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