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Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-27-2015, 02:39 PM
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Posted By Ruthiegirl
Hey, where did everybody go? Back from the...

Hey, where did everybody go?

Back from the middle school trip. Kids did great and my spending was fine. I bought food for me and my dd, spent $35.

Dh went crazy and bought all kinds of...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-22-2015, 10:04 AM
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Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Went to Costco again yesterday, not for myself...

Went to Costco again yesterday, not for myself this time, but to buy food for an upcoming class trip. I bought food for 45 middle schoolers and 6 adults. It is fun spending someone else's money. ...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-19-2015, 04:01 PM
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Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Ahhhhh...Dh finally came home late last night...

Ahhhhh...Dh finally came home late last night after being gone for a week. I was so happy to see him this morning. He travels a lot for work, I don't know why this one seemed so tough, but it was. ...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-19-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Your record collection sounds awesome. I have...

Your record collection sounds awesome. I have never been a collector of anything, but I can see the beauty of having a very personal collection of music.

And you found a car! A 2004 civic...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-18-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Have you committed to buying them? Given them...

Have you committed to buying them? Given them any money yet?
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-18-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Picked up an $8 pizza for dinner last night. Dh...

Picked up an $8 pizza for dinner last night. Dh has been out of town and I just needed a break from cooking and dishes. I had a coupon and $8 didn't seem too bad for a night off from kitchen duty. ...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-16-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
More food shopping for me. Dh needed a ride to...

More food shopping for me. Dh needed a ride to the airport and since it is next to Costco, I decided to do a big stock-up. We now have loads of beans, frozen fruit and veggies, chicken, pasta, eggs,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-16-2015, 08:36 AM
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Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Rough days for some of us. Sweet silver, I am...

Rough days for some of us. Sweet silver, I am so sorry for your cat. 20 years! What a life, what a lucky cat to have a loving owner.

Melissel -- car trouble is the absolute worst. I can live...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-14-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
More food shopping today....where does all the...

More food shopping today....where does all the food go? Eggs, chicken, more veggies, fruit, milk, cheese. I am also out of oats and beans, so I will probably get some big bags of those.
...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-13-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
January 1 -- no spend January 2 -- 38.87 food ...

January 1 -- no spend
January 2 -- 38.87 food
January 3 -- gas, 14.00 flat tire, 10.00 car wash, 11.67 birthday present
January 4 -- 69.98 food
January 5 -- 2.49 tea date with friend
January 6...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-12-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
I had an hour to myself yesterday and picked up a...

I had an hour to myself yesterday and picked up a wheelbarrow. I have to put it together today and then will be able to start moving dirt in the back garden area. When I get the area level, I'll...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-10-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
You are in New Jersey? I used to live in...

You are in New Jersey? I used to live in Massachusetts where winter seemed long and the garden season never long enough. I don't miss those cold days.

I am in Oregon now and while I am not...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-10-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Big shopping day yesterday. Lots of produce,...

Big shopping day yesterday. Lots of produce, bulk spices, nuts, a couple of chickens, more beans, kitty litter, huge pack of TP, etc. Part of that total includes some new jars for dh to take to...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-08-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
I am headed to the doctor with my little one. He...

I am headed to the doctor with my little one. He has had a sick stomach and diarrhea for almost 3 weeks. Rotavirus, maybe? It seems to come and go -- he gets a little better, gets a little worse,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-08-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
That kind of thing happens. How do you track...

That kind of thing happens. How do you track your expenses?

I have an excel file that I have used for years where I track our budget. I would be lost without my spreadsheet. I count...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-07-2015, 04:03 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Easy day at home. No money spent. ...

Easy day at home. No money spent.

January 1 -- no spend
January 2 -- 38.87 food
January 3 -- gas, 14.00 flat tire, 10.00 car wash, 11.67 birthday present
January 4 -- 69.98 food
January 5...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-06-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
No spending today, eating all meals at home....

No spending today, eating all meals at home. Rinse and repeat till the end of the month.

January 1 -- no spend
January 2 -- 38.87 food
January 3 -- gas, 14.00 flat tire, 10.00 car wash, 11.67...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-06-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
I had a mommy date with a friend yesterday. I...

I had a mommy date with a friend yesterday. I bought a $1 cup of tea for myself and a $1.49 milk for my son. I am slipping a bit on my no-spend challenge. At this rate, I will be broke in the real...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-06-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Wow!!!! Congratulations. Can't wait to type a...

Wow!!!! Congratulations. Can't wait to type a post like this of my own...in 3 months.



Yikes, thinking dry thoughts. Do you live near a river? Our local river is cresting its banks. I...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-04-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Still a bit queasy here, but on the mend. Lovely...

Still a bit queasy here, but on the mend. Lovely stomach big. :irked

Did another round of grocery shopping. Fruit for lunches, some produce, 5 pounds of black beans, 7 pounds of g/f flour,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-03-2015, 03:31 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Weird day here. My little one has the stomach...

Weird day here. My little one has the stomach flu, so he and I are spending his birthday with a puke bucket and lots of videos.

My husband took the other kids out for the day. They are...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-02-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
Oh yes, it is much easier for me to be tight with...

Oh yes, it is much easier for me to be tight with money when I have very little. I use less of everything when I think it is in short supply. It is like the last dab of toothpaste...I can make that...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-02-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
I have been very lucky with my kids. They will...

I have been very lucky with my kids. They will eat most anything.

I made the potato soup with what I had on hand -- sautéed a big onion, added some peeled potatoes and frozen...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-01-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
I skipped the grocery trip and sorted out our...

I skipped the grocery trip and sorted out our meals with what we all ready had on hand. Potato and broccoli soup with a bit of leftover cream for lunch and spinach salad with the rest of the soup...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   01-01-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 1,238
Posted By Ruthiegirl
A no-spend challenge? Oh, yes please! I...

A no-spend challenge? Oh, yes please!

I am Ruth and I used to do these all the time. Then, we bought a house and have been working like crazy and there was Christmas and well, now I need to...
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