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I may have cloth tp and spend much time fixing broken pens but I am feeling pretty unfrugal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: in the last few days:<br><br>
New laptop.<br>
Bought Sesame Street Old School instead of depending on library.<br>
Bought a lot of halibut at the grocery store, not so cheap.<br>
Bought the student solutions manual for my current class rather than sitting in the library with the reserve copy.<br><br>
All of that combined to be enough money for the bank manager to call me and make sure I still was in possession of my debit card<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> , as they can see from my account I am not typically such a spendthrift.<br><br>
So spill the beans- any unfrugal decisions you wanna share?<br><br>
We can all promise to be better next week together. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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UGh....I've BEEN frugal for WEEKS and it's killing me.<br>
Normally if you'd have asked what I bought I would have an embarressing long list of stuff, but we're broke so I'm forced into frugal.<br>
I wish I could yuck it up with you, but I'm rolling in misery over here.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
When will this nightmarish poverty end?!?!?!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br>
It's funny, I'm really racking my brain to come up with something that should be coming in the mail, and there's notta. For the first time ever.
 

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New Patio set from Big Lots - $80. Our last one we found on the side of the road 3 years ago.<br><br>
New monitor. Our last color tube busted. (When the green gun went, we just put green saran warp over the monitor, etc) I spent $100 at wal-mart.<br><br>
New reeds for my clarinet - $30. Kind of a splurge, since techinically one can used split reeds, but it changes the pitch, which bugs the crud out of me. I also only buy high quality performance reeds vs student/practice reeds.<br><br>
Thats about it...and even on the monitor/patio set I got at discount or a good bargain.<br><br>
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I bought a yard of really nice and pretty fabric at a real quilt store, $8 plus tax. Then I went to Hancock Fabrics where I bought 3 yards of cheap fabric (but pretty) that would go with the nice that was $6 more ($2/yd)<br><br>
I bought a new pillow for myself another $8<br><br>
so a total this week $22 that I could of lived without but a real nice treat and with the fabric I have at home will be able to make a pretty quilt, (will have to buy the batting and backing once the top is done so it will end up costing more....)
 

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I am so glad others have weak moments...DH and I have been eating out, we NEVER eat out! I have been so tired and grouchy and DH has been so tired...I don't even like looking at how much we have spent eating out...ugh.
 

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I bought a buffalo footstool. Not a real buffalo, lol, he's (we named him Ben) a stuffed animal/footstool thing. I love him, and my 4yo likes to sit on him, and he is just so darn cute.
 

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I do plenty of unfrugal things, some better than others, but one is really annoying me. Recently I was in a bookstore, and they didn't have anything I wanted. So I picked a book that had a short story in it which I'm remotely interested in, and bought that for ten bucks. Not a big deal, yet it annoys me, because that's just the kind of habit I don't want to pick up... buying things I don't even want! Sheesh!
 

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I bought DH and I each a klean kanteen water bottle. THen I bought 2 klean kanteen sippy cups for the girls. THen I bought myself a brand new pair of birkenstock sandles....my last ones were 10 years and 3 pregnancies old. And I plan on buying more pyrex and getting rid of the plastics even more. So, I have been spending<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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We had warm weather and I got the spring planting bug really bad the beginning of last week. I spent $50 on plants and flowers, that all died when we had 3 nights of hard freezes and the coverings weren't enough. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I KNOW the last average freeze date is April 22, but I couldn't stop from buying all those plants in the beautiful 70 degree weather we were having. Everything died. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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HA, we've done worse than all of you!<br><br>
spent $150 on clothing for dh since he got a GREAT new job(and that only bought 2 pairs of pants and 3 shirts, GRRRRRR, because he bought at American Eagle)<br><br>
spent probably $50 of our own money(before selling diapers and spending most of that too(like another $50) on diapers for the little one who is out of mediums and into larges now. here's the kicker, she's 27months<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> I should have just sucked it up. But in my defense, we are ttc and they WERE one-size diapers!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
bought a few of those lean cuisine meals for work because they were fast and easy, now I feel so guilty.<br><br><br>
please kick me back on the frugal wagon. I need it desperately. this spending makes me feel so good but then so guilty. I'm getting out of control, I can't let the control slip because then we do weeks of ridiculous spending. It's so hard to be the only voice of reason in this marriage.<br><br><br>
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Unfrugal...I could write that book.<br><br>
Lately, it's been eating out. I've been off for a couple weeks, and have picked up DP at work for lunch out a few times. Great for a date since we have no family around and don't get out much.<br><br>
Yesterday, I bought a stainless steel lunch box and some Dr. Bronner's castile liquid and lemon bar soap. I guess not unfrugal, depending on how you define frugal, but certainly not cheap.<br><br>
I also spent more on my birth beads for my DDC than I should have, but they're so nice!
 

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I got a bonus at work and we spent maybe 10% of it on debt, 30% of it on bills, and 60% of it we blew on entertainment. But Ren-Fests are fun, expensive, and the kids love them sooo much.<br><br>
We *could* have used it to pay off our last credit card <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Since Easter, we've done three really big purchases:<br><br>
Dyson vaccum ($385)<br>
Garmin GPS unit ($470)<br>
Easter meal at a nice restaurant ($110)<br><br>
To justify it, we'd been planning the first two for a long time and I got a steal on the vaccum (normally over $600). We also got a decent price on the GPS unit. We just didn't expect to buy them both in the same week!<br><br>
Now the Easter meal-we knew it was going to be expensive ahead of time and it was good, but I still feel really guilty about it. Although the food was good, it definitely wasn't worth it. That one meal was more than a whole week's of groceries! To make up for it, we just did a pantry challenge the rest of the week and it was fine.<br><br>
The meal is the only thing I really consider unfrugal for us, although others on here might look at that differently.<br><br>
Oh, everything is paid off. And DH and I agreed that we have birthday/anniversary/holiday presents covered for each other for the rest of the year! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Let's see....<br><br>
1. Not sure if this one is unfrugal or frugal since it will eventually net us a free book each: bought 2 t-shirts from backwoods home magazine (ended up being around $32 which is WAY more than I'd ever spend on t-shirts). We'll wear them to the Midwest Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair in June, though.<br><br>
2. Took the kids out to eat at a fast food restaurant they love. Spent $14 on fairly non-nutritive food. I HATE it when I do that. I know it's a waste of money and not healthy to boot!<br><br>
3. Spent $25 on mama pads on eBay when I have the fabric here to sew my own. I excuse myself by saying I'll use them as patterns to sew more, but I really know it's my lazyness showing through. My period will arrive in about 2 weeks and I'm worried I won't have enough sewn by then to avoid laundry daily.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I bought a yard of really nice and pretty fabric at a real quilt store, $8 plus tax. Then I went to Hancock Fabrics where I bought 3 yards of cheap fabric (but pretty) that would go with the nice that was $6 more ($2/yd)<br><br>
I bought a new pillow for myself another $8<br><br>
so a total this week $22 that I could of lived without but a real nice treat and with the fabric I have at home will be able to make a pretty quilt, (will have to buy the batting and backing once the top is done so it will end up costing more....)</div>
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ummm- 20 YARDS of natural linen for about $100; 5 yards of lime-ish/apple linen, 3 yards what I thought would be rust and is more like pink; 3 yards of what I thought would be mustard and is really bright yellow; 3 yards blue stripes; 5 yards medium weight plaid and 5 yards light weight plaid. 3 yards of very dark green which I then sold, so I 'only' lost about $6 on that. All of the linen was about $8/yard.<br><br>
i have a problem......<br><br>
But - I did go to the expensive nursery for plants and the guy wouldn't sell me anything that wasn't frost tolerant, so I feel that was a good decision, especially since reading this thread.
 

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I'm moving tomorrow. I've eaten out at least one meal a day for the past 5 days. Also, I'm hiring movers rather than try to rely on friends to help me move. I'm going to go get $200 out of the bank after work to pay them. Oh, and I ran out of boxes and so bought 10 boxes at Office Depot yesterday. I think they cost $12. Ho hum.
 

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I bought new running shoes -- 110 bucks. Ouch. But I love to run and have gained some weight the past few months. So, I am running again and hope to lose these pounds. The running shoes seem cheaper than obesity! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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We've eaten out twice this week.<br><br>
I spent almost $100 on tie-dye materials, but I do have an excuse. I'm going to dye curtains for my house, then make extras and t-shirts to sell so my curtains will basically be free.<br><br>
I bought Social Distortion tickets for me and DH.<br><br>
I bought a mountain bike and I don't even know how to ride a bike. I tried to ride it down the road and was scared to death that I was going to fall and injure myself on the gravel <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'm not frugal, maybe a little bit in some areas, but really not much at all.<br><br>
-Eat out ($20-80 each time, depending on how many go)<br>
-Highest speed DSL<br>
-Satellite on *3* TVs (one is a DVR, we don't have any movie channels though)<br>
-Shopping at thrift stores is a PITA with my toddler who likes to wreak havok on everything, so I just get whatever at Target (I do go if DH is home to watch said toddler though!)<br>
-I buy bottled water, and only one brand, because I hate all other water. I won't drink water if I don't have this brand.<br>
-We have a minivan (can't really help that though, with 7 people in the house)<br>
-We don't make our own animal food, or bread, etc.<br>
-My kids know how all the flavors of Hot Pockets and all that other crap taste <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br>
-I'm lazy about the clothes line. I need to find it and put it up but haven't bothered, though I finally got our first full month's power bill and really need to get on that.<br><br>
Does that help anyone feel better about their un-frugal-ness? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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