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charming23
04-01-2011, 06:33 AM
I did not see a new one started so I though I would start one.

Come one and come all to the April 2011 No buy thread. Whether it is your first time or are a sesoned vet join us all in reigning in our spending. All are welcome.

I hope to see a lot of familiar "faces" and some new ones this month.

Good Luck to all :thumbsup2:

Debbie
04-01-2011, 07:09 AM
I'm in, but will be back later to update the numbers. Off to work. Have a good day, everyone!

Oooh, it's April, so I'm hoping that the snows are pretty much over and I'll change my font colour to purple. ;)

poohbear2
04-01-2011, 07:41 AM
As much as I would like to join this month, I know I will be way off target with my budget since we are doing DISNEY this month. But I will only buy vacation related items. :idea:

MickeyMomOfThree
04-01-2011, 08:04 AM
I'm in. I fell apart the end of March with planning my Dh's surprise party, but I will go back and finish and do better in April. I didn't do bad spending and no buys, just on recording that last week.

A.Mickey
04-01-2011, 09:20 AM
I am here again! I really would like to come in under $900, but I have to get my other car fixed this month, needs new rotors for sure, budgeting $500 for it.

Running Total: Spent $0
$0 Days:0/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $0
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $0
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $0
Gas $250-

1-


Budget: $1480....
Month: 1/30:
No Buy: 0/13:

My savings from coupons and sales: $0

Next Month: Rental car for October...6 month insurance premium

patsal
04-01-2011, 09:35 AM
I'm in again, this is the longest I have ever stuck with this and it is really very helpful! I will say $1500 this month and try for 10 no buy days. With Easter Break in there this will be tough, but most of my Easter shopping is out of the way!

4/1 Gas $41.
4/2 Aldi $25
4/3 DD's Cello concert $19, Dinner after $30, Quick stop for bday cards and olive oil and gummy bears for DD $18, $50 B day gift, $50 donation to HS student Senate, and $50 to American Cancer Society-- $217
4/4
4/5
4/6
4/7

angierae
04-01-2011, 09:36 AM
March was my first attempt, and I fell off the wagon early. Trying again this month, since I'm also starting my new envelope budget.

No buy days: 0/10
Groceries: 0/$240
Fuel: 0/$48
Eating out: 0/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 0/$52


(This month is a tight, tight month because I need to rebuild my savings. We'll see if I can do it.)

Also, all purchases will be rounded up to the next dollar, and the change will go into our Disney Fund.

QVCshopper
04-01-2011, 10:27 AM
Thanks for starting the thread, Charming23! Be back later, but it's already a buy day. I missed Wegmans too much! Plus, I just called Comcast and asked to reduce my rate, saving $35 per month for one year. We like cable and I need Internet for work and phone to call my mom.

With spring break and Easter, I'm reducing my no-buys to 10. Got 17 in March!

0/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD

bigmama67
04-01-2011, 10:30 AM
I'm back! Crunching our March #'s, we went OVER on groceries and household items, under on gas and entertainment, so I think we were not too bad. I didn't count on replacing a tire or having the plumber so that's part of the problem.

Anyway, I'm off on a spending spree with signing DS up for a week of summer art camp and getting him a subscription to BrainPop...I'll get to my budgeting and goals tonight as I have to work on my end-of-month evaluations for my tutoring kids today. Hoping for 10 no-buy days again as I don't count groceries...but this will NOT be #1 for sure! :idea:

nunzia
04-01-2011, 12:16 PM
OK Then..the plan for this month is to divide into categories and even count things I CHARGE..:gulp:
Budget for things not included in monthly bills:
$700 total
$100 Gas
$250 Groceries
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out
$100 Gifts
$100 Misc Household

IMALOVNDISNEY
04-01-2011, 12:32 PM
I'm back in. Will be back to add my budget.

minniefan65
04-01-2011, 01:10 PM
I would like to try this for the first time. I read a bit of last month's thread so I hope I do this correctly. I am going to try for 10 no buy days. It will be tough because I work at Target and tend to buy little things when I 'm at work.

charming23
04-01-2011, 02:06 PM
My mom went and got her haircut today for $15 (gotta love beauty schools). We also picked up some pictures that we had developed and used a coupon to save 40% on them.

Watching the Cleveland Indians homeopener this afternoon before heading out to dinner with Grandma (her treat)

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$245.47 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$36.25 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$68.63

Total- $500.00/$373.73 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2
4/3
4/4
4/5

1/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$40.25

3goofyboys
04-01-2011, 02:07 PM
Allrighty, I'm back and in for the month!! I fell apart at the end of last month. With moving and keeping track of 3 different houses, keeping track of my spending fell by the wayside. We're staying with my MIL for the month and most of our stuff is packed. I anticipate a few extra purchases when I discover something I need is packed and in storage :rotfl2:! I'll go for 10 no buy days this month and I'm posting a budget for the first time.


Food: $10/$420
Gas: $30/$200
Medical: $50
Misc Expenses: $65/$400

April 1 $75 Target-got a little food and a birthday gift for my nephew, $30 Gas

Virgderon
04-01-2011, 02:55 PM
I'm in. This is my one year anniversery of doing no-buy. :-) I am going to track regular expenses, and not costs related to DD's wedding or selling the house. I got a raise in my new job, but I won't start getting paid until the 3rd week of April. I will have to make do with unemployment funds until then, so the budget is tight.

Running Total: Spent $19
$800 budget... $781 left
$0 Days:
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 9

Groceries budget- $250-19= 231 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)

mrssmith06
04-01-2011, 03:36 PM
I haven't done this before but I'd love to try it out! Not sure if I am going to do this right, I'm trying to figure out exactly what everyone is doing... :idea:

I will try to have 7 no-buy days this month. ;)

Budget for the month $1,200 (edit: I had to adjust my #s after looking over last months #s!)
Groceries... $243 / $500
Eating out... $59 / $150
Gas... $90 / $250
Misc... $149 / $200
DH's birthday... $9 / $100

Coupon/Sale savings total = $28.20
No-buy Days: 4/7


04/01- $34 Disney store purchase
04/02- $153 in groceries, $5 for snack at a deli, $21 for pizza, $50 gas. Busy day!
04/03- $6 misc stuff at Dollar General.
04/04- $0
04/05- $12 misc at WM, $6 misc at Hobby Lobby
04/06- $0
04/07- B'fast $4, misc $23, part of DHs bday $9.
04/08- $0
04/09- gas $40, groceries $90, $10 misc, lunch $7.
04/10- $0
04/11- $6 misc, $8 lunch
04/12- $14 lunch, $28 misc at Kmart, $24 Amazon.com...
04/13-
04/14-

wlake
04-01-2011, 05:17 PM
Thanks for getting us started and thinking of a clever title, Charming23!

:welcome: to everyone!

We're going away this month, so I'm aiming for only 8 no buys, as I have nothing ready for our trip NOR do I have anything for DS5's birthday which is in three weeks!

Starting off on a not-so-good note, as I had a very stressful day yesterday and have been looking forward to this dinner out all week!

4/1: take out; ? basket raffle for my school (I'll add in the number when we get back -- I'm thinking $25)


no buy days: 0/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 1/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 0
longest no meals out streak: 10

SunnieRN
04-01-2011, 05:30 PM
Charming, thank you for starting the new thread!! Congratulations to everyone that met their goals!! Here we go afain!!;)
March 25-April 8:

Goals:

Medical $200
Groceries $200 / $13
Cash: $100 / $37
No Buys: 8

March 25: $0
March 26: $0
March 27: $0 Tomorrow zoo, TRus.
March 28: $23 Zoo admission, sheesh the zoo is expensive! $5 each for the Grandmunchkins to spend, $12.57 Dollar Tree, they had Toy Story Kooky pens, for their Easter Baskets.
March 29: $0
March 30; $13 potluck and dressing for home.
March 31: $0
April 1: $0



Goal 8 / 5 accomplished.

ronnmel
04-01-2011, 06:43 PM
We just decided to extend our Disneymoon by 3 more days to make it a full 2 weeks. :goodvibes But that means that we need to be even more careful with our spendings as just changing the flight was an extra 200$, plus room and food.

No Buy Days : 1/12
Gas : 0$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 0$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 0$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 7900$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$

superme80
04-01-2011, 07:47 PM
I'm in! I am going to say 10. I wanted 7 and made it to 8 last month!
4/1 a bunch of money
4/2 maybe farmer's market
4/3 ??????

bigmama67
04-01-2011, 10:44 PM
Planning for 12 no-buy days this month (made it past 10 in March); I don't count grocery spending.

4/1 - spent the following: $180 to sign DS up for a week of summer art camp; $59.99 on a sand and water play table for DD (Amazon); $99 for a year of educational software for DS; $478 for new fridge for the basement (but this comes out of the insurance money which we got today; the rest is going into savings); $6.24 at Borders (after using $5 in Borders bucks and a 33% off coupon, I ended up saving 67% off an $18 book for my teaching which my own kids will also enjoy); $33 for gas (DH filled up); $15 for DH to see the doctor; $33 for medicine for DH. OUCH!

DH gets three paychecks this month so we were planning to do these things when that came in. We also just ordered new laptops which will be covered by our federal tax refund. End of splurging...I have 2 classes to pay tuition for this summer. ;) Also paid some bills.

A.Mickey
04-01-2011, 11:33 PM
Running Total: Spent $0
$0 Days:1/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $0
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $0
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $0
Gas $250-

1- $0


Budget: $1480....
Month: 1/30: 3%
No Buy: 1/13: 8%

My savings from coupons and sales: $0

Next Month: Rental car for October...6 month insurance premium

MickeyMomOfThree
04-02-2011, 07:21 AM
Welsome to all the new people, you will love everyone here! :grouphug:

Virgderon Happy 1 year Anniversary!!! :cool1: I totally wish you could come to this party, I'd love it! :goodvibes

Today is the day!!!! I am so excited and I pulled it off!!! Yesterday my DH came home early from work! :scared1: Anyone who has been on here long knows he works crazy long hours, I can't remember the last time he came home early. Thankfully it was only a little early so I was just making a veggie tray, easy enough to pull off. I just hope he doesn't notice it is gone today. :rolleyes1 He does like veggies but our friends are coming into town for his party but also to spend the day with us. He will be taking DH to lunch, the movies and out to talk after at Starbucks, she will be helping with all the last minute craziness so there won't be much time here to notice, I HOPE! :rolleyes:

Yesterday was a spend day, I needed the stuff for the veggies and dip, I also got an easy dinner for the kids cause our friends asked us over for pizza and games. Total spent was about $60, man, veggies are so expensive!!!

Today will be an insane spend day. I already gave DD16 $35 for the party sub, the plan is I am taking her to "her friends house" but really I will run her to the end of the street where our friends who will have just left for "home" will get her, go get the sub and head to the party. This was DH isn't wondering why she is going to the party and she can be there to record his surprise. :thumbsup2 I also gave another friend $100 for the pizza and wings, she is picking them up on her way. I also need to go get all the paper goods (how on Earth did I forget these???) Otherwise that should be it. Everything else is bought and taken out there already.

I will get better on track tomorrow, jsut have to get though today. It is a fun and exciting day, but I am a ball of nerves scatter-brain right now. :rotfl:

Have a great day everyone, I'll be back tomorrow!!! :cool1:

nunzia
04-02-2011, 08:39 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas
$250 Groceries
$138 Entertainment/Eating Out
$85 Gifts
$100 Misc Household

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)

charming23
04-02-2011, 09:21 AM
MickeyMomofThree, I hope your party is a huge success. Your husband is going to be so surprised.

Debbie
04-02-2011, 09:27 AM
I'm in again, this is the longest I have ever stuck with this and it is really very helpful!::yes:: I find the accountability keeps me on track and aware of what I am spending.

March was my first attempt, and I fell off the wagon early. Trying again this month, since I'm also starting my new envelope budget...
(This month is a tight, tight month because I need to rebuild my savings. We'll see if I can do it.)

Also, all purchases will be rounded up to the next dollar, and the change will go into our Disney Fund.You have a plan, and that is the main thing. It takes a while for budgeting and weighing wants/needs to become second nature, and I think that you are well on your way! :thumbsup2

I would like to try this for the first time. I read a bit of last month's thread so I hope I do this correctly. I am going to try for 10 no buy days. It will be tough because I work at Target and tend to buy little things when I 'm at work.I haven't done this before but I'd love to try it out! Not sure if I am going to do this right, I'm trying to figure out exactly what everyone is doing... :idea:

I will try to have 7 no-buy days this month. ;)

Budget for the month $1,000
Groceries... $0 / $400
Eating out... $0 / $100
Gas... $0 / $250
Misc... $34 / $150
DH's birthday... $0 / $100

Coupon/Sale savings total = $6:welcome: I love that each person sets their own goals, and learns by doing, themselves. Lots of good advice, and no recriminations for falling off the budget wagon.

Allrighty, I'm back and in for the month!! I fell apart at the end of last month. With moving and keeping track of 3 different houses, keeping track of my spending fell by the wayside. We're staying with my MIL for the month and most of our stuff is packed. I anticipate a few extra purchases when I discover something I need is packed and in storage :rotfl2:! I'll go for 10 no buy days this month and I'm posting a budget for the first time.Busy, busy times, and you are a success just by getting through them! :)

I'm in. This is my one year anniversery of doing no-buy. :-) :yay: Congrats on the one year! And thanks for the note on the other thread about my DD....we're thrilled for her, although she is very young for heading off to university-and the baby of the family to boot, making Mom a wee bit nervous! ;)

Starting off on a not-so-good note, as I had a very stressful day yesterday and have been looking forward to this dinner out all week!Hope you enjoyed your dinner. We all need to refresh ourselves, and it sounds like this was the ticket for you! :goodvibes

Goal 8 / 5 accomplished.Sunnie, you are doing well on your goals for these weeks! Keep it up!:wizard:

We just decided to extend our Disneymoon by 3 more days to make it a full 2 weeks. :goodvibes But that means that we need to be even more careful with our spendings as just changing the flight was an extra 200$, plus room and food.

04/01 : 0$A good start, then, Mel! And 2 weeks for you Disneymoon sounds heavenly.:littleangel:

I'm in! I am going to say 10. I wanted 7 and made it to 8 last month!
4/1 a bunch of money
4/2 maybe farmer's market
4/3 ??????:wave: Welcome back!

$6.24 at Borders (after using $5 in Borders bucks and a 33% off coupon, I ended up saving 67% off an $18 book for my teaching which my own kids will also enjoy)Big day for you yesterday, but don't you just :love: when you get a deal on teaching resources! And when your own kidlets will enjoy it too.....bonus!

Today is the day!!!! I am so excited and I pulled it off!!! Yesterday my DH came home early from work! :scared1: Anyone who has been on here long knows he works crazy long hours, I can't remember the last time he came home early. Thankfully it was only a little early so I was just making a veggie tray, easy enough to pull off. I just hope he doesn't notice it is gone today. :rolleyes1 He does like veggies but our friends are coming into town for his party but also to spend the day with us. He will be taking DH to lunch, the movies and out to talk after at Starbucks, she will be helping with all the last minute craziness so there won't be much time here to notice, I HOPE! :rolleyes:

Yesterday was a spend day, I needed the stuff for the veggies and dip, I also got an easy dinner for the kids cause our friends asked us over for pizza and games. Total spent was about $60, man, veggies are so expensive!!!

Today will be an insane spend day. I already gave DD16 $35 for the party sub, the plan is I am taking her to "her friends house" but really I will run her to the end of the street where our friends who will have just left for "home" will get her, go get the sub and head to the party. This was DH isn't wondering why she is going to the party and she can be there to record his surprise. :thumbsup2 I also gave another friend $100 for the pizza and wings, she is picking them up on her way. I also need to go get all the paper goods (how on Earth did I forget these???) Otherwise that should be it. Everything else is bought and taken out there already.

I will get better on track tomorrow, jsut have to get though today. It is a fun and exciting day, but I am a ball of nerves scatter-brain right now. :rotfl:

Have a great day everyone, I'll be back tomorrow!!! :cool1:I can hardly wait 'til you let us know how it went! Have a FABULOUS time!:cool1:

( I am rounding):teacher: Yep, me too. I used to do it to the cent practically, and it would drive me insane when I got behind. Now, it is the process, and I do much better at it!

Debbie
04-02-2011, 09:38 AM
Now, my budget:
I will count all OTC purchases, but not the regularly budgeted and paid for bills like Church, heating, water, taxes etc.
I will not count DH's spending on his snacks, since he does that every day, and there is no way for me to keep track, anyway.
This month I have a couple of birthday gifts, and of course Easter candy. (not sure if I'm doing baskets or not....maybe just cash for each of 5 kids :scared1: ) My biggest goal is that I NOT spend as much as I did last month....that should be attainable, since last month was atrocious! Here's hoping for 12 no buy days.

April 1: $4 drug co-pay, grad pics for DD $172, gas $23
April 2: groceries $53 DDs phone needed replacing, and, since she was off to buy her shoes for her prom, I bought the phone...happy belated birthday....$101

No Buy days: 0/12

IMALOVNDISNEY
04-02-2011, 09:51 AM
Wow page 2 already!!
Charming You Rock...Thanks for starting the new thread
Virgderon[B]Congrats:banana:
[B]Mrssmith06 and all the other newbies:welcome:

Auto $240.00
Groceries/Household Goods $200.00(raised for Easter. Expecting 26 people)
Eating Out/Entertainment $100.00
Misc $200.00
No Buy days 1/10
Coupon savings
New Business Expenses. I'm now a new Advisor for lia sophia jewelry. :cool1: And I know I will have extra expenses. So, I'm giving it it's own catagory.

March coupon savings $116.00
No buy days 15/15
February coupon savings $124.00
No buy days 15/12
January coupon savings $360.00
no buy days 17/10

04/01 :cheer2:
04/02 planning on doing shopping after work today.

charming23
04-02-2011, 01:39 PM
Today is a no buy. My mom is out of the house at a class with my aunt so I am taking advantage and using this time to work on her mother's day gift.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$245.47 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$36.25 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$68.63

Total- $500.00/$373.73 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3
4/4
4/5

2/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$40.25

Virgderon
04-02-2011, 04:29 PM
Debbie, I did not know you had 5 kids! I can see why it might take you longer to save for a Disney trip! Are they older or younger?

Today is a 0. Recovering from a week of very intense training for the new job.

Running Total: Spent $19
$800 budget... $781 left
$0 Days: 1
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 9

Groceries budget- $250-19= 231 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0

SunnieRN
04-02-2011, 05:40 PM
Debbie, you are such a sweetheart, and I thank you for the kind words!!:goodvibes


March 25-April 8:

Goals:

Medical $200 / -$18
Groceries $200 / -$13 / -$48
Cash: $100 / $37 / -$26
No Buys: 8

March 25: $0
March 26: $0
March 27: $0 Tomorrow zoo, TRus.
March 28: $23 Zoo admission, sheesh the zoo is expensive! $5 each for the Grandmunchkins to spend, $12.57 Dollar Tree, they had Toy Story Kooky pens, for their Easter Baskets.
March 29: $0
March 30; $13 potluck and dressing for home.
March 31: $0
April 1: $0
April 2: $18 med refills,which my insurance only allows a month at a time refills. I wont even attempt to tell you how I feel about this!:rolleyes1 $48 Groceries, $26 on an appliance I am not sure will be used as much as I hope. The next 3 days will all be NO spend days!! My family is going out of town, I am ADHD dog sitting, and refuse to leave the house or shop online!!




Goal 8 / 5 accomplished.

RonnMel, congratulations on extending the Disneymoon! How exciting!!:cool1:

3goofyboys
04-02-2011, 05:58 PM
Allrighty, I'm back and in for the month!! I fell apart at the end of last month. With moving and keeping track of 3 different houses, keeping track of my spending fell by the wayside. We're staying with my MIL for the month and most of our stuff is packed. I anticipate a few extra purchases when I discover something I need is packed and in storage :rotfl2:! I'll go for 10 no buy days this month and I'm posting a budget for the first time.


Food: $10/$420
Gas: $30/$200
Medical: $50
Misc Expenses: $65/$400

April 1 $75 Target-got a little food and a birthday gift for my nephew, $30 Gas

April 2 :cheer2:

1/10 No Buy Days

3goofyboys
04-02-2011, 06:02 PM
Virgedon: Congrats on 1 year!!

Mickey Mom: Hope the party is a smashing success and your DH loves it!

Ronmel: Lucky you! 2 weeks at Disney; you'll have such a good time!


Welcom all the new "faces"!

Debbie
04-02-2011, 06:55 PM
Debbie, I did not know you had 5 kids! I can see why it might take you longer to save for a Disney trip! Are they older or younger?

Today is a 0. Recovering from a week of very intense training for the new job.
Training is a good reason for a $0!

Kids are older now. The 'baby' just turned 17 and will be off to university in the fall. The older ones....1 is teaching in Egypt (and had to be flown home emergency earlier this year...."Thanks Mommy", 1 is relatively settled with gf, and a new "I love it, Mom" job :goodvibes 1 is in university on the East coast (same distance as Disney from us), and we hardly see her at all right now:sad2: AND she's searching for a co-op placement out there for the summer. If that's the case, that's where we'll head in the summer, I think. And the oldest is still floundering....under my roof....and really needs to find his way, and soon! Luckily, I like his gf, and I think that they will spread their wings sooner than later. In the meantime, he has needed saving with several hundreds of $$$ recently. But that's what parents help with. (but the helping is done, and time for him to stand on his own two, wobbly feet). And his parents need to stand firm. :dance3:

Seems like the older they are....the more they cost!

wlake
04-02-2011, 09:00 PM
MickeyMomofThree, hope your party is going well tonight!

Debbie, thanks for the kind words! I can't imagine my little ones ever getting that old!

Weekends are always spend days:
4/1: take out; $20 basket raffle for my school
4/2: $15 AC Moore (party gift), $30 gas, $12 Staples, $20 pharmacy


no buy days: 0/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 1/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 1
longest no meals out streak: 10

Holly&Joesmommy
04-02-2011, 10:24 PM
:thumbsup2 I lerked on the March No Buy thread,.... thinking I will join you all for April....but I have no idea if my budget is ready for this...?:eek:
Guess there's no better way than to just DIVE RIGHT IN! I will do some more figuring and be back with the plan.

charming23
04-02-2011, 11:15 PM
:thumbsup2 I lerked on the March No Buy thread,.... thinking I will join you all for April....but I have no idea if my budget is ready for this...?:eek:
Guess there's no better way than to just DIVE RIGHT IN! I will do some more figuring and be back with the plan.

I haven't done this before but I'd love to try it out! Not sure if I am going to do this right, I'm trying to figure out exactly what everyone is doing... :idea:

I will try to have 7 no-buy days this month. ;)

Budget for the month $1,200 (edit: I had to adjust my #s after looking over last months #s!)
Groceries... $153 / $500
Eating out... $26 / $150
Gas... $50 / $250
Misc... $34 / $200
DH's birthday... $0 / $100

Coupon/Sale savings total = $21.81

04/01- $34 Disney store purchase
04/02- $153 in groceries, $5 for snack at a deli, $21 for pizza, $50 gas. Busy day!
04/03-
04/04-
04/05-
04/06-

I would like to try this for the first time. I read a bit of last month's thread so I hope I do this correctly. I am going to try for 10 no buy days. It will be tough because I work at Target and tend to buy little things when I 'm at work.

:welcome: to all our newbies.

nunzia
04-03-2011, 09:30 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas
$250 Groceries
$138 Entertainment/Eating Out
$85 Gifts
$100 Misc Household

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0 :)

A.Mickey
04-03-2011, 09:41 AM
Running Total: Spent $95.71
$0 Days:1/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $0
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $11
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $30.54
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal)= $54.17

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3-


Budget: $1480....6%
Month: 2/30: 7%
No Buy: 1/13: 8%

My savings from coupons and sales: $53.25

Next Month: Rental car for October...6 month insurance premium....First month tuition for preschool....Broadway in Chicago Tickets

charming23
04-03-2011, 12:14 PM
I went out this morning to get a paper and a few items at CVS. I also stopped at Save a lot because they had grapes on sale for $.99lb.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$235.26 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$36.25 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$62.34 left

Total- $500.00/$357.23 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4
4/5

2/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$40.25

bigmama67
04-03-2011, 12:29 PM
Planning for 12 no-buy days this month (made it past 10 in March); I don't count grocery spending.

4/1 - Spent the following: $180 to sign DS up for a week of summer art camp; $59.99 on a sand and water play table for DD (Amazon); $99 for a year of educational software for DS; $478 for new fridge for the basement (but this comes out of the insurance money which we got today; the rest is going into savings); $6.24 at Borders (after using $5 in Borders bucks and a 33% off coupon, I ended up saving 67% off an $18 book for my teaching which my own kids will also enjoy); $33 for gas (DH filled up); $15 for DH to see the doctor; $33 for medicine for DH. OUCH!

DH gets three paychecks this month so we were planning to do these things when that came in. We also just ordered new laptops which will be covered by our federal tax refund. End of splurging...I have 2 classes to pay tuition for this summer. Also paid some bills.

4/2: $33 groceries, $19 CVS (more prescriptions), $3 Dollar Tree, $19 movie tickets (we were running late and I couldn't find my coupons!), $10 snacks ($5 for the movie and $5 at DS' baseball game - opening day); $27 baseball pictures; $17 batting gloves...OY, not off to a good start, are we? :sad2:

4/3: $4 Dunkin' Donuts, $33 Whole Foods

I talked with my Mom and she is not feeling well. It makes me sad; she lives hundreds of miles away. I've decided we need to go up to Maine and see her. We're going on Easter weekend and will drive up Saturday and come home Monday. DH and DS will just miss a day of work/school. I don't want to wait till Memorial Day weekend and we were planning to go up to Massachusetts that weekend anyhow.

Debbie
04-03-2011, 03:05 PM
I talked with my Mom and she is not feeling well. It makes me sad; she lives hundreds of miles away. I've decided we need to go up to Maine and see her. We're going on Easter weekend and will drive up Saturday and come home Monday. DH and DS will just miss a day of work/school. I don't want to wait till Memorial Day weekend and we were planning to go up to Massachusetts that weekend anyhow.Rachel, we have been having problems with my Mom not feeling well for the past six weeks or so. It is important to keep those ties open, and not feel guilty that we can't be there all the time (but we do!), so go and enjoy her at Easter. You'll both feel better for it!

3goofyboys
04-03-2011, 03:29 PM
Allrighty, I'm back and in for the month!! I fell apart at the end of last month. With moving and keeping track of 3 different houses, keeping track of my spending fell by the wayside. We're staying with my MIL for the month and most of our stuff is packed. I anticipate a few extra purchases when I discover something I need is packed and in storage :rotfl2:! I'll go for 10 no buy days this month and I'm posting a budget for the first time.


Food: $10/$420
Gas: $63/$200
Medical: $50
Misc Expenses: $65/$400

April 1 $75 Target-got a little food and a birthday gift for my nephew, $30 Gas

April 2 :cheer2:

April 3 $38 gas We went to my nephew's b-day party at the zoo today, but we're members, so we went for free and my sister provided lunch. Glad we got a chance to get out this morning because now it's snowing! I'm ready for real spring!


1/10 No Buy Days

SunnieRN
04-03-2011, 04:47 PM
March 25-April 8:

Goals:

Medical $200 / -$18
Groceries $200 / -$13 / -$48
Cash: $100 / $37 / -$26
No Buys: 8

March 25: $0
March 26: $0
March 27: $0 Tomorrow zoo, TRus.
March 28: $23 Zoo admission, sheesh the zoo is expensive! $5 each for the Grandmunchkins to spend, $12.57 Dollar Tree, they had Toy Story Kooky pens, for their Easter Baskets.
March 29: $0
March 30; $13 potluck and dressing for home.
March 31: $0
April 1: $0
April 2: $18 med refills,which my insurance only allows a month at a time refills. I wont even attempt to tell you how I feel about this!:rolleyes1 $48 Groceries, $26 on an appliance I am not sure will be used as much as I hope. The next 3 days will all be NO spend days!! My family is going out of town, I am ADHD dog sitting, and refuse to leave the house or shop online!!
April 3: $0!




Goal 8 / 6 accomplished.

jsmla
04-03-2011, 05:38 PM
I'll join in although I'm really not in touch enough with our spending to set goals or predict my no buy days yet.

April 1-$0

April 2-$96.23
-Around $25 at the grocery (can't find the receipt!) for beer and ingredients for baked beans to bring to a Final Four BBQ we went to.
-$54.48 at Bed Bath and Beyond for a set of Tervis Tumblers for our son's birthday present.
-$1.09 at Walgreens for a photo of DS and his grandfather for the birthday.
-$15.66 for a frame for the photo.

April 3-$0
I'm going to go ahead and call today a no-spend. It's after 4:00 PM and we don't have any plans except to grill out and we already have everything we need.

Debbie
04-03-2011, 06:15 PM
I CANNOT believe that it is snowing again! DH wanted to zip into McD's when he was going to drive DS and his gf into the city. But now, they are staying in. :thumbsup2 So $0 it is!

My budget:
I will count all OTC purchases, but not the regularly budgeted and paid for bills like Church, heating, water, taxes etc.
I will not count DH's spending on his snacks, since he does that every day, and there is no way for me to keep track, anyway.
This month I have a couple of birthday gifts, and of course Easter candy. (not sure if I'm doing baskets or not....maybe just cash for each of 5 kids :scared1: ) My biggest goal is that I NOT spend as much as I did last month....that should be attainable, since last month was atrocious! Here's hoping for 12 no buy days.

April 1: $4 drug co-pay, grad pics for DD $172, gas $23
April 2: groceries $53 DDs phone needed replacing, and, since she was off to buy her shoes for her prom, I bought the phone...happy belated birthday....$101
April 3: $0

No Buy days: 1/12

Virgderon
04-03-2011, 06:55 PM
Training is a good reason for a $0!

Kids are older now. The 'baby' just turned 17 and will be off to university in the fall. The older ones....1 is teaching in Egypt (and had to be flown home emergency earlier this year...."Thanks Mommy", 1 is relatively settled with gf, and a new "I love it, Mom" job :goodvibes 1 is in university on the East coast (same distance as Disney from us), and we hardly see her at all right now:sad2: AND she's searching for a co-op placement out there for the summer. If that's the case, that's where we'll head in the summer, I think. And the oldest is still floundering....under my roof....and really needs to find his way, and soon! Luckily, I like his gf, and I think that they will spread their wings sooner than later. In the meantime, he has needed saving with several hundreds of $$$ recently. But that's what parents help with. (but the helping is done, and time for him to stand on his own two, wobbly feet). And his parents need to stand firm. :dance3:

Seems like the older they are....the more they cost!

I understand the situation with the oldest one. Not surprised he is male! It seems like so many young men now are having a hard time getting going in life. My stepson is 24 and still has 2 years of college left. We have pretty much been supporting him his whole life, and it has to stop soon. We pay his rent, his car payment, his car insurance and make the minimum payment on one of his credit cards. We have had some big setbacks, and we really need to start seriously pumping up our retirement savings.....so.... He has been warned that he needs to get a job- this is the last semester that we are willing to pay his living expenses. It's tough. I know exactly how you feel.

Virgderon
04-03-2011, 07:01 PM
Walgreens is having a very good sale this week on all my favorite stuff. Love when I can get Purex for $1.99 !

Running Total: Spent $45
$800 budget... $755 left
$0 Days: 1
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 21

Groceries budget- $250-19-7= 224 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)

Baililan
04-03-2011, 07:43 PM
Can someone explain the no-buy thing to me?

ronnmel
04-03-2011, 08:21 PM
Welcome to all the newbies!

Hope the party and surprise went well MickeyMomOfThree!




A good start, then, Mel! And 2 weeks for you Disneymoon sounds heavenly.:littleangel:


RonnMel, congratulations on extending the Disneymoon! How exciting!!:cool1:


Ronmel: Lucky you! 2 weeks at Disney; you'll have such a good time!

Thanks everyone! We are very excited, both about our upcoming wedding (we are leaving for Cuba this month! Can't believe it's so close) and the Disneymoon. :lovestruc


Yesterday was awesome! :cloud9: Went for my hair and makeup trial, then spent the afternoon doing a photoshoot with my mom and brother in my wedding wedding dress. It was especially nice since I won't have an actual photographer in Cuba so I got to do my "getting ready" pictures. I'm only counting the snack I had in between both trials.

Then today was out all day running errands.

No Buy Days : 1/12
Gas : 0$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 0$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 12$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 15$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)

Holly&Joesmommy
04-03-2011, 08:38 PM
OK Since I am just starting out,...I'm thinking I should just do 1 week at a time...the whole month is a metal overload to me.:headache:

April Week #1 ...3 No Buys

1 $20 lunch with my mom, $50 Gas
2 $10 AGAIN,...lunch with my mom:rolleyes1, CVS $47.00 cleaning supplies & toiletries ( but saved $21.00 with coupons, PLUS $11 Extra Care Bucks:thumbsup2) $14 take out pizza:guilty:

Already beginning to see the PROBLEM!!!:idea: No budget and TOO MUCH Eating Out!

3 $68 Groceries @ Aldi, $9 Goodwill $20 cash for DH lunch, $20 for both kids lunches for the week

4 NO BUY

5 NO BUY

6 Gas & Milk

7 NO BUY

8 :confused3 Not sure yet.

A.Mickey
04-03-2011, 09:21 PM
Running Total: Spent $95.71
$0 Days:2/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $0
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $11
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $30.54
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal)= $54.17

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0


Budget: $1480....6%
Month: 2/30: 10%
No Buy: 2/13: 15%

My savings from coupons and sales: $137.31

Next Month: Rental car for October...6 month insurance premium....First month tuition for preschool....Broadway in Chicago Tickets

wlake
04-03-2011, 11:35 PM
I'll join in although I'm really not in touch enough with our spending to set goals or predict my no buy days yet.

It can take some time to figure it all out! :)

Can someone explain the no-buy thing to me?

No buy can be whatever you want it to be! For me, it's the spending outside of regular bills. I count groceries, household things, clothes, pharmacy items, birthday gifts, and so on. Tracking no buy days helps me keep away from online shopping and take out for dinner.

OK Since I am just starting out,...I'm thinking I should just do 1 week at a time...the whole month is a metal overload to me.:headache:

One week at a time sounds great!! :)

Another EXPENSIVE day:
4/1: take out; $20 basket raffle for my school
4/2: $15 AC Moore (party gift), $30 gas, $12 Staples, $20 pharmacy
4/3: $66 groceries, I'm-not-admitting-how-much on a new bike for DS8 who had outgrown his badly. :)


no buy days: 0/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 1/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 2
longest no meals out streak: 10

SunnieRN
04-04-2011, 01:58 AM
Darn, I'm on pins and needles!! I want to hear how MMO3's surprise party went!!! Hope she lets us know soon!!

Welsome all you new No Buyers!!

To the poster that asked, you set a budget for yourself. I do two weeks at a time to follow my pay periods, most do an entire month at once. You decide, if you so choose, to set a goal of a number of days you want to go without spending money. Some people only count unplanned spending, but not bills or groceries. I count groceries against my no buy days. It keeps me out of the store more and spending less overall.

The goals pertain to you and your family and can be whatever goals you choose!! It really helps to have a plan!!

SunnieRN
04-04-2011, 02:01 AM
I almost forgot, RonnMel, your dress is so beautiful and if you care to share I would love to see a 'getting ready' picture, of you and your Mom!! You must be getting SO excited!!:goodvibes

nunzia
04-04-2011, 08:26 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $80 left
$250 Groceries $202 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $140 left
$100 Gifts $75 left
$100 Misc Household $92 left

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)

angierae
04-04-2011, 09:21 AM
4/1: $0!
4/2: $0!
4/3: $0!

Had a good weekend, but no $. Saturday night we went to a voting party for an organization we belong to (time to elect new board members) but they needed someone to bring plastic cups - we had a huge amount of them from a Costco run, so I just raided that supply and took them. We were able to contribute to the party but it didn't cost us anything.

Last night we went out to a poolhall/bar to see friends perform live, but DH paid for our sodas out of his fun money budget, so nothing out of mine, yay!

Today will probably end up being a no-buy just because some money I'm waiting to be deposited wasn't deposited today, so I'm watching every penny really carefully tomorrow. As soon as I get that $ I need to go grocery shopping, though.

DD16 is on spring break this week, so no extra lunch money! :banana:

IMALOVNDISNEY
04-04-2011, 11:06 AM
Auto $240.00
Groceries/Household Goods $200.00(raised for Easter. Expecting 26 people)
Eating Out/Entertainment $25.00/$100.00
Misc $200.00
No Buy days 2/10
Coupon savings
New Business Expenses. I'm now a new Advisor for lia sophia jewelry. :cool1: And I know I will have extra expenses. So, I'm giving it it's own catagory.

March coupon savings $116.00
No buy days 15/15
February coupon savings $124.00
No buy days 15/12
January coupon savings $360.00
no buy days 17/10

04/01 -0-:cheer2:
04/02 -0- Didn't go shopping. Went home an napped instead! Sinus' are kicking my butt.
04/03 $25.00 lunch out.
04

IMALOVNDISNEY
04-04-2011, 11:17 AM
MickeyMomOfThree How was the Party. :dance3::yay: Did you survive!!!
Can't wait to hear all about it:yay:

MickeyMomOfThree
04-04-2011, 01:51 PM
Sorry I didn't get back sooner guys. Yesterday my DH took me out to a movie and an early dinner (he got tons of GCs) before bowling. We were gone all day. The party was

AMAZING!!!!!

The day went so smoothly. We met our friends for lunch, the boys went one way and she and I and DD11 and her son went another way. (DD8 was at a b-day party and DD16 was out with friends so we took DD11 with us to hang out with their DS10months.) Anyway, after lucnh we ran a bunch of last minute errands and went out to my friends' house to set up. We all met back at our house about 5 to hang our for an hour. At about 6 my DD16 said mom, you ready to drop me off? They then said they should get going too since they had a long drive home. My kids cracked me saying goodbye to their son as though they wouldn't see him again for a while. :rolleyes1 So we left, they left and we met down the road at Subway. I grabbed the party sub and gave it and my DD16 to them and they headed out to the party.

I came home, got ready and we went to leave for the party...but my van had a flat tire! :scared1: DH said we'd take his car and worry about it tomorrow. Great except that we'd have to bring home everything and 3 not 2 kids. He didn't know this of course, but I figured we'd go back the next day and get everything. So we headed out in his little car.

On the way there I started shaking. I don't know why, but I was. My DH said his hands were cold and asked me (with my trembeling hands) to feel. I did and he said Oh, yo uare warm, hold my hand. I did but was so worried he'd feel me shaking. I came up with the plan to say I was nervous cause I wouldn't know anyone at the party. About 5 minutes before we got there he got a text. He doesn't look when he is driving but always checks as soon as he stops cause of his work. Well one of his friends at the party got a call about a problem at one of their restaurants. She asked him where he was cause it was noisy and he said a b-day party for my DH. SHE TEXTED HIM HAPPY BIRTHDAY ENJOY YOUR PARTY!!!! That was the text but for some reason by the time we got there he forgot he had gotten a text and didn't look at it. Oh that was close!!!

We got there and I said Oh, I better text DD16 to be sure she has ahouse key, really I was telling here we were there. We pulled in and there were no cars, he said wow, we must be the first ones here. :lmao:

He rang the bell and the door swung open and all his friends were there, about 35 people with confetti filled blow outs, it was awesome! He was STUNNED!!!

He kept saying he just couldn't believe I pulled it off. I think he kissed me about 1000 times that night. The whole night he was smiling. It was great!!!

The book was a huge success. He didn't cfry, I didn't think he would but you never know. He did get a little choked up when he saw the photos of he and his bother, he had never seen them before and his brother died 17 years ago, he was 24.

He said it was one of the best nights of his life, not the party, but all the love he felt from so many people that night.

I am so glad I did it, I spent a lot more then I planned but it was worth every penny. I do wish I had not had his friend tell me what to buy liquor wise. The only thing that was touched was the beer, that I had already bought. He said get 2 boxes of wine, the only person to open it took a taste just cause she loves it but it isn't on her diet. And my DH and a friend had a rum and diet coke, but would have been fine not having it. I spent $50 on that and it was wasted, we gave it all away after.

But, I don't care, it was great and he is still glowing. It was a wonderful night!!!

charming23
04-04-2011, 03:21 PM
Staying in today. There are big thunderstorms in our area and I feel no need to go out in them.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$235.26 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$36.25 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$62.34 left

Total- $500.00/$357.23 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5

3/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$40.25

charming23
04-04-2011, 03:26 PM
MickeyMomofThree, I am so glad your party was a huge success. I am glad that he forgot about the text and got to be surprised.

Virgderon
04-04-2011, 05:53 PM
Yay MickeyMom! You did it! I'm glad he enjoyed it so much.

Running Total: Spent $45
$800 budget... $755 left
$0 Days: 2
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 21

Groceries budget- $250-19-7= 224 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0

Debbie
04-04-2011, 07:36 PM
Job well done, Mickeymom! I was nervous just reading your story...you must have been a wreck! But all worth it in the end!

Debbie
04-04-2011, 07:38 PM
Going to be a busy week, so I was glad to get another $0 in today. I can't guarantee WHAT will happen the rest of the time!

My budget:
I will count all OTC purchases, but not the regularly budgeted and paid for bills like Church, heating, water, taxes etc.
I will not count DH's spending on his snacks, since he does that every day, and there is no way for me to keep track, anyway.
This month I have a couple of birthday gifts, and of course Easter candy. (not sure if I'm doing baskets or not....maybe just cash for each of 5 kids :scared1: ) My biggest goal is that I NOT spend as much as I did last month....that should be attainable, since last month was atrocious! Here's hoping for 12 no buy days.

April 1: $4 drug co-pay, grad pics for DD $172, gas $23
April 2: groceries $53 DDs phone needed replacing, and, since she was off to buy her shoes for her prom, I bought the phone...happy belated birthday....$101
April 3: $0
April 4: $0

No Buy days: 2/12

wlake
04-04-2011, 07:40 PM
MickeyMomofThree, I'm so glad your party went well! You pulled it off!:cheer2:

Ronnmel, pictures please! :)

4/1: take out; $20 basket raffle for my school
4/2: $15 AC Moore (party gift), $30 gas, $12 Staples, $20 pharmacy
4/3: $66 groceries, I'm-not-admitting-how-much on a new bike for DS8 who had outgrown his badly. :)
4/4: :cool1:


no buy days: 1/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 1/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 3
longest no meals out streak: 10

bigmama67
04-04-2011, 07:43 PM
MickeyMomofThree...CONGRATULATIONS! It sounds like everyone had a WONDERFUL time! So glad for you! (Now can yous end me that cheesecake recipe??) :laughing:

I'll be back to post...today was the closest I've had to a no-buy yet except that I booked hotels for our trip to my Mom and to Six Flags New England and had to prepay them so I can't count it. Tomorrow at last I plan to get nothing but groceries. Ugh!

3goofyboys
04-04-2011, 08:27 PM
Allrighty, I'm back and in for the month!! I fell apart at the end of last month. With moving and keeping track of 3 different houses, keeping track of my spending fell by the wayside. We're staying with my MIL for the month and most of our stuff is packed. I anticipate a few extra purchases when I discover something I need is packed and in storage :rotfl2:! I'll go for 10 no buy days this month and I'm posting a budget for the first time.


Food: $10/$420
Gas: $63/$200
Medical: $50
Misc Expenses: $65/$400

April 1 $75 Target-got a little food and a birthday gift for my nephew, $30 Gas

April 2 :cheer2:

April 3 $38 gas We went to my nephew's b-day party at the zoo today, but we're members, so we went for free and my sister provided lunch. Glad we got a chance to get out this morning because now it's snowing! I'm ready for real spring!

April 4 :cheer2:



2/10 No Buy Days

3goofyboys
04-04-2011, 08:28 PM
Mickey Mom: I'm so glad the party went well! What a fantastic wife you are!

SunnieRN
04-04-2011, 09:20 PM
Woo hoo!! Success!! Congratulations MMO3!!! And Happy Birthday to your hubby!!

March 25-April 8:

Goals:

Medical $200 / -$18
Groceries $200 / -$13 / -$48
Cash: $100 / $37 / -$26
No Buys: 8

March 25: $0
March 26: $0
March 27: $0 Tomorrow zoo, TRus.
March 28: $23 Zoo admission, sheesh the zoo is expensive! $5 each for the Grandmunchkins to spend, $12.57 Dollar Tree, they had Toy Story Kooky pens, for their Easter Baskets.
March 29: $0
March 30; $13 potluck and dressing for home.
March 31: $0
April 1: $0
April 2: $18 med refills,which my insurance only allows a month at a time refills. I wont even attempt to tell you how I feel about this!:rolleyes1 $48 Groceries, $26 on an appliance I am not sure will be used as much as I hope. The next 3 days will all be NO spend days!! My family is going out of town, I am ADHD dog sitting, and refuse to leave the house or shop online!!
April 3: $0!
April 3: $0




Goal 8 / 7 accomplished. Almost there!!

angierae
04-04-2011, 09:51 PM
No buy days: 3/10
Groceries: 2.10/$240 (237.90 left)
Fuel: 0/$48
Eating out: 0/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 0/$52

4/1: 0
4/2: 0
4/3: 0
4/4: $2.10 (CVS. Got $50 worth of stuff between sales, coupons and Extrabucks, though.)

ronnmel
04-04-2011, 09:55 PM
1 month away! :cool1:

No Buy Days : 2/12
Gas : 0$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 0$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 12$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 15$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$

I almost forgot, RonnMel, your dress is so beautiful and if you care to share I would love to see a 'getting ready' picture, of you and your Mom!! You must be getting SO excited!!:goodvibes

MickeyMomofThree, I'm so glad your party went well! You pulled it off!:cheer2:

Ronnmel, pictures please! :)

I'd love to show you guys pictures, but my step-brother (the photographer) said I'm not allowed to see pictures until after the actual wedding. :headache: I was only allowed to see a couple teaser directly on his camera. I'll be sure to post pictures when I do have them though!

Glad to hear you guys had an amazing party and that your DH was surprised, MickeyMomofThree.

A.Mickey
04-04-2011, 10:02 PM
Glad the party was a success Mickey Mom!

Running Total: Spent $95.71
$0 Days:3/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $0
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $11
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $30.54
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal)= $54.17

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0


Budget: $1480....6%
Month: 4/30: 13%
No Buy: 3/13: 23%

My savings from coupons and sales: $137.31

Next Month: Rental car for October...6 month insurance premium....First month tuition for preschool....Broadway in Chicago Tickets

nunzia
04-05-2011, 08:31 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $80 left
$250 Groceries $202 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $140 left
$100 Gifts $75 left
$100 Misc Household $92 left

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)
April 4: $0

superme80
04-05-2011, 12:10 PM
Ok so far I am have one no buy under my belt.
4/1 a bunch of money
4/2 gas and a soda
4/3 no buy
4/4 milkshakes and a few grocery items
4/5 haven't decided yet :rotfl:

charming23
04-05-2011, 01:37 PM
Staying in again today. The cable company is coming out tomorrow to put a DVR in our living room (the one we have at the moment is in my room) so I need to clean out the office in the basement so they can get to the hookup.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$235.26 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$36.25 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$62.34 left

Total- $500.00/$357.23 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6
4/7
4/8
4/9
4/10
4/11
4/12

4/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$40.25

jsmla
04-05-2011, 04:44 PM
Congratulations on the party MickeyMomof3! Parties always wear me out!

April 1-$0

April 2-$96.23
-Around $25 at the grocery (can't find the receipt!) for beer and ingredients for baked beans to bring to a Final Four BBQ we went to.
-$54.48 at Bed Bath and Beyond for a set of Tervis Tumblers for our son's birthday present.
-$1.09 at Walgreens for a photo of DS and his grandfather for the birthday.
-$15.66 for a frame for the photo.

April 3-$0

April 4-$101.04
Today could have been a no-buy but I missed grocery day last week due to a family issue and I wanted to hit the sales before they expired.
-$70.72 at Albertson's mostly on beef/chicken. Bottom round was $1.99 so I bought three large roasts to grind up for ground round. B/S chicken breast was $1.69 so I bought 4 pounds or so of that as well. I also bought bread flour, butter and eggs.
-$25.46 at Piggly Wiggly for Diet Cokes ($5.99/case-I bought three), corn meal, yogurt, potatoes and onions.
-$4.86 at the produce stand for peppers, strawberries, green onions, celery and cucumbers. Tomatoes were still too $$$. I need to get my garden in!

April 5-$0
Unless something unforeseen happens!

SunnieRN
04-05-2011, 06:52 PM
March 25-April 8:

Goals:

Medical $200 / -$18
Groceries $200 / -$13 / -$48
Cash: $100 / $37 / -$26
No Buys: 8

March 25: $0
March 26: $0
March 27: $0 Tomorrow zoo, TRus.
March 28: $23 Zoo admission, sheesh the zoo is expensive! $5 each for the Grandmunchkins to spend, $12.57 Dollar Tree, they had Toy Story Kooky pens, for their Easter Baskets.
March 29: $0
March 30; $13 potluck and dressing for home.
March 31: $0
April 1: $0
April 2: $18 med refills,which my insurance only allows a month at a time refills. I wont even attempt to tell you how I feel about this!:rolleyes1 $48 Groceries, $26 on an appliance I am not sure will be used as much as I hope. The next 3 days will all be NO spend days!! My family is going out of town, I am ADHD dog sitting, and refuse to leave the house or shop online!!
April 3: $0!
April 4: $0
April 5: $0


No Buy goal MET!!!

wlake
04-05-2011, 09:06 PM
Thanks everyone! Knowing that I'd have to admit to choosing dinner out over what was in the fridge convinced me to skip taking the boys out for something unhealthy tonight. I need you all to keep me accountable, especially with DH out of town!

SunnieRN, good for you for making your goal! :cheer2:

4/1: take out; $20 basket raffle for my school
4/2: $15 AC Moore (party gift), $30 gas, $12 Staples, $20 pharmacy
4/3: $66 groceries, I'm-not-admitting-how-much on a new bike for DS8 who had outgrown his badly. :)
4/4: :cool1:
4/5: :cool1:


no buy days: 2/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 1/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 4
longest no meals out streak: 10

ronnmel
04-05-2011, 09:35 PM
No Buy Days : 3/12
Gas : 0$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 0$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 12$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 15$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$

Virgderon
04-05-2011, 09:43 PM
Running Total: Spent $88
$800 budget... $712 left
$0 Days: 2
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 21

Groceries budget- $250-19-7= 224 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)

A.Mickey
04-05-2011, 09:59 PM
Running Total: Spent $123.73
$0 Days:4/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $0
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $11
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $30.54
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal), 4/5 $28.02 (3.89/gal) saw gas prices are up to $4.09 at some stations, so at a half tank so filled it up when I still saw gas prices at $3.89= $82.19

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0
5- $0


Budget: $1480....8%
Month: 5/30: 17%
No Buy: 4/13: 31%

My savings from coupons and sales: $137.31

Next Month: 6 month insurance premium ($300)....First month tuition for preschool ($203)....Broadway in Chicago Tickets ($318)

August: $300 Hotel Room for Cedar Point, October: ~$250 Rental Car

bigmama67
04-05-2011, 10:42 PM
Tipped $10 to the guys who delivered our new fridge...booked our Hershey campground and had to put down a $50 deposit (one night).

3goofyboys
04-06-2011, 12:15 AM
Allrighty, I'm back and in for the month!! I fell apart at the end of last month. With moving and keeping track of 3 different houses, keeping track of my spending fell by the wayside. We're staying with my MIL for the month and most of our stuff is packed. I anticipate a few extra purchases when I discover something I need is packed and in storage :rotfl2:! I'll go for 10 no buy days this month and I'm posting a budget for the first time.


Food: $10/$420
Gas: $63/$200
Medical: $50
Misc Expenses: $150/$400

April 1 $75 Target-got a little food and a birthday gift for my nephew, $30 Gas

April 2 :cheer2:

April 3 $38 gas We went to my nephew's b-day party at the zoo today, but we're members, so we went for free and my sister provided lunch. Glad we got a chance to get out this morning because now it's snowing! I'm ready for real spring!

April 4 :cheer2:

April 5 $$$ dentist for DS2, $60 repairs to the rental house, $25 new soccer shorts for DS1



2/10 No Buy Days

nunzia
04-06-2011, 08:17 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $80 left
$250 Groceries $202 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $140 left
$100 Gifts $75 left
$100 Misc Household $92 left

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)
April 4: $0
April 5: $3.00 (groceries for a recipe I wanted to try..first time using fresh ginger :) )

angierae
04-06-2011, 09:59 AM
No buy days: 3/10
Groceries: 2.10/$240 (237.90 left)
Fuel: 20/$48
Eating out: 14.90/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 8.67/$52

Coupon running total for April: $10.49

4/1: 0
4/2: 0
4/3: 0
4/4: $2.10 (CVS. Got $50 worth of stuff between sales, coupons and Extrabucks, though.)
4/5: $14.90 @ Subway for dinner last night. DD16 had a tour at the local news station (she's interested in going into Video Production) and we needed a quick dinner. However, then on the way home we stopped at 7-11 (the bane of my budget!) and we spent another $8.67. *sigh* Oh, AND I had to put $20 worth of gas in my Cobalt, which didn't even get me to half a tank *sob*. Luckily, I only have to drive to and from work the rest of the week (16 miles a day) and the grocery store is within 5 miles. The gas should last me into next week. (No plans this weekend, DH is working a lot and I want to get caught up on house projects.)

Tonight I'm going to the grocery store but hoping to JUST get things on my list. :P

SunnieRN
04-06-2011, 01:21 PM
March 25-April 8:

Goals:

Medical $200 / -$18
Groceries $200 / -$13 / -$48 / $56
Cash: $100 / $37 / -$26
No Buys: 8

March 25: $0
March 26: $0
March 27: $0 Tomorrow zoo, TRus.
March 28: $23 Zoo admission, sheesh the zoo is expensive! $5 each for the Grandmunchkins to spend, $12.57 Dollar Tree, they had Toy Story Kooky pens, for their Easter Baskets.
March 29: $0
March 30; $13 potluck and dressing for home.
March 31: $0
April 1: $0
April 2: $18 med refills,which my insurance only allows a month at a time refills. I wont even attempt to tell you how I feel about this!:rolleyes1 $48 Groceries, $26 on an appliance I am not sure will be used as much as I hope. The next 3 days will all be NO spend days!! My family is going out of town, I am ADHD dog sitting, and refuse to leave the house or shop online!!
April 3: $0!
April 4: $0
April 5: $0
April 6: $56, Steak, scallops, sushi, artichokes for my DD birtgday lunch and dinner. I ended up giving her $$$ for her birthday, so they went to San Antonio for the first time, in a suite at the Hyatt. Got back yesterday and want to move to San Antonio,:scared1: they loved it so much!!


No Buy goal MET!!! Can I get one or two more?

superme80
04-06-2011, 01:48 PM
So far I am at 2/10. I am having my ac charged in my car so I can kiss about $200 good-bye. Then we are going to the zoo and I am going to treat myself to some coffee since DH is going to treat himself to some fast food today. I made pasta yesterday, so I will eat that for lunch. Yesterday I brought DH lunch and we ate in the car with the kids. :love: I can do this!

charming23
04-06-2011, 01:51 PM
I am currently waiting for the cable guy to show up. I did however got out to Aldi's this morning and get the few groceries we need until our next big trip. We have plenty of meats I just needed to pick up bread, milk, etc.... I also stopped and got a sandwhich from Jersey Mike's for mom and I to split.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$216.82 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$62.34 left

Total- $500.00/$329.34 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7
4/8
4/9
4/10
4/11
4/12

4/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$40.25

Virgderon
04-06-2011, 04:25 PM
I've been so focused on the new job that everything else is kind of secondary. We are down to one piece of bread, and no bread in the freezer. I will try to get out tomorrow and do some grocery shopping. But today is a no-buy, not because I have nothing to buy, or amazing willpower, but because I have no time or energy. :-)

Running Total: Spent $88
$800 budget... $712 left
$0 Days: 3
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 29

Groceries budget- $250-19-7= 224 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0

3goofyboys
04-06-2011, 04:38 PM
Allrighty, I'm back and in for the month!! I fell apart at the end of last month. With moving and keeping track of 3 different houses, keeping track of my spending fell by the wayside. We're staying with my MIL for the month and most of our stuff is packed. I anticipate a few extra purchases when I discover something I need is packed and in storage :rotfl2:! I'll go for 10 no buy days this month and I'm posting a budget for the first time.


Food: $21/$420
Gas: $63/$200
Medical: $50
Misc Expenses: $185/$400

April 1 $75 Target-got a little food and a birthday gift for my nephew, $30 Gas

April 2 :cheer2:

April 3 $38 gas We went to my nephew's b-day party at the zoo today, but we're members, so we went for free and my sister provided lunch. Glad we got a chance to get out this morning because now it's snowing! I'm ready for real spring!

April 4 :cheer2:

April 5 $$$ dentist for DS2, $60 repairs to the rental house, $25 new soccer shorts for DS1

April 5 $35 supplies to refinish my old bunkbeds for the boys. Much cheaper than having to buy a new set! $11 groceries.

2/10 No Buy Days

IMALOVNDISNEY
04-06-2011, 06:05 PM
Auto $60.00/$240.00
Groceries/Household Goods $200.00(raised for Easter. Expecting 26 people)
Eating Out/Entertainment $25.00/$100.00
Misc $200.00
No Buy days 3/10
Coupon savings
New Business Expenses. I'm now a new Advisor for lia sophia jewelry. :cool1: And I know I will have extra expenses. So, I'm giving it it's own catagory.

March coupon savings $116.00
No buy days 15/15
February coupon savings $124.00
No buy days 15/12
January coupon savings $360.00
no buy days 17/10

04/01 -0-:cheer2:
04/02 -0- Didn't go shopping. Went home an napped instead! Sinus' are kicking my butt.
04/03 $25.00 lunch out.
04/04-0-:cheer2:
04/05$60.00 GAS:scared1::eek:

ronnmel
04-06-2011, 06:22 PM
No Buy Days : 4/12
Gas : 0$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 0$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 12$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 15$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$
04/06 : 0$

Debbie
04-06-2011, 06:41 PM
Busy week is continuing, so only time to update the budget. (aside: Virgderon....I hear you on the lack of energy!)

My budget:
I will count all OTC purchases, but not the regularly budgeted and paid for bills like Church, heating, water, taxes etc.
I will not count DH's spending on his snacks, since he does that every day, and there is no way for me to keep track, anyway.
This month I have a couple of birthday gifts, and of course Easter candy. (not sure if I'm doing baskets or not....maybe just cash for each of 5 kids :scared1: ) My biggest goal is that I NOT spend as much as I did last month....that should be attainable, since last month was atrocious! Here's hoping for 12 no buy days.

April 1: $4 drug co-pay, grad pics for DD $172, gas $23
April 2: groceries $53 DDs phone needed replacing, and, since she was off to buy her shoes for her prom, I bought the phone...happy belated birthday....$101
April 3: $0
April 4: $0
April 5: Tuesday is DH's grocery day: $116
April 6: more groceries $26, gas $50

No Buy days: 2/12

wlake
04-06-2011, 10:11 PM
4/1: take out; $20 basket raffle for my school
4/2: $15 AC Moore (party gift), $30 gas, $12 Staples, $20 pharmacy
4/3: $66 groceries, I'm-not-admitting-how-much on a new bike for DS8 who had outgrown his badly. :)
4/4: :cool1:
4/5: :cool1:
4/6: DH went shopping while he was out of town -- I wouldn't ordinarily count it, but he bought me something I wanted!


no buy days: 2/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 1/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 5
longest no meals out streak: 10

angierae
04-06-2011, 10:16 PM
No buy days: 3/10
Groceries: 53.44/$240 (237.90 left)
Fuel: 20/$48
Eating out: 24.90/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 8.67/$52

Coupon running total for April: $10.49

4/1: 0
4/2: 0
4/3: 0
4/4: $2.10 (CVS. Got $50 worth of stuff between sales, coupons and Extrabucks, though.)
4/5: $14.90 @ Subway $8.67 @ 7-11 $20 @ Mobil
4/6: $10 @ Panera (Forgot my lunch and my stash of Healthy Choice meals in the office freezer was depleted. Going to fix that tomorrow), $51.34 @ Meijer

A.Mickey
04-06-2011, 10:38 PM
Running Total: Spent $150.34
$0 Days:4/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $16.81
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $20.80
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $30.54
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal), 4/5 $28.02 (3.89/gal) saw gas prices are up to $4.09 at some stations, so at a half tank so filled it up when I still saw gas prices at $3.89= $82.19

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0
5- $0
6- $16.81 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.80 (McDonald's Eating Out)


Budget: $1480....10%
Month: 6/30: 20%
No Buy: 4/13: 31%

My savings from coupons and sales: $198.34

Next Month: 6 month insurance premium ($300)....First month tuition for preschool ($203)....Broadway in Chicago Tickets ($318)

August: $300 Hotel Room for Cedar Point, October: ~$250 Rental Car

nunzia
04-07-2011, 08:38 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $80 left
$250 Groceries $199 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $140 left
$100 Gifts $72 left
$100 Misc Household $52 left

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)
April 4: $0
April 5: $3.00 (groceries for a recipe I wanted to try..first time using fresh ginger )
April 6: $3.00 Clone Wars Magazine for DGS, $40 for MP3 player for me..yikes..so is that household or gift? I'll say household :)

annsteere
04-07-2011, 08:46 AM
Wow. Yesterday was a big spend day.

Found water on the floor in the laundry. $408 later, new replacement water heater was installed---not optional.

Coffees while meeting with insurance agent, $5--better than meeting at our home where he might stay for hours.

Got invited to Chicago Blackhawks game, fabulous seats for a great game with great company. McDonalds supper on the way down (we economized by eating sandwiches only, not drinks or fries), $4 chocolate from the gas station (cheaper than it would be at the game), ???? for drinks for us and our hosts--- not a cheap evening, but a wonderful one. Well worth depleting the FUNd.

jsmla
04-07-2011, 10:13 AM
April 1-$0

April 2-$96.23

April 3-$0

April 4-$101.04

April 5-$0

April 6-$0

Today will probably be $0 too. This isn't as impressive as it looks. Oak pollen + asthma = me stuck in the house running the air conditioning 24/7. I don't even want to to even think about our next Entergy bill!

I'm not recording hubby's casual spends either. I know he stopped at Dollar General and bought his body wash yesterday but have no idea about drinks and snacking at work.

jsmla
04-07-2011, 10:20 AM
Wow. Yesterday was a big spend day.

Found water on the floor in the laundry. $408 later, new replacement water heater was installed---not optional.

Coffees while meeting with insurance agent, $5--better than meeting at our home where he might stay for hours.

:scared1: Don't you just love life's little surprises?

QVCshopper
04-07-2011, 10:58 AM
I can't believe how far behind I am. Don't really have a reason, other than getting busy with other things and watching Tangled too much. Hope everyone is doing well!

3/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon (Tangled soundtrack, lol!), $64 Lowes (home improvements are going well), $20? (can't find receipt) Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food (it's my DD's fav dinner)
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (Lego build was free at least), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0

charming23
04-07-2011, 02:35 PM
My allergies are killing me today. I have one major earache so I am staying in.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$216.82 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$62.34 left

Total- $500.00/$329.34 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8
4/9
4/10
4/11
4/12

5/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$40.25

SunnieRN
04-07-2011, 03:40 PM
March 25-April 8:

Goals:

Medical $200 / -$18
Groceries $200 / -$13 / -$48 / $56
Cash: $100 / $37 / -$26
No Buys: 8

March 25: $0
March 26: $0
March 27: $0 Tomorrow zoo, TRus.
March 28: $23 Zoo admission, sheesh the zoo is expensive! $5 each for the Grandmunchkins to spend, $12.57 Dollar Tree, they had Toy Story Kooky pens, for their Easter Baskets.
March 29: $0
March 30; $13 potluck and dressing for home.
March 31: $0
April 1: $0
April 2: $18 med refills,which my insurance only allows a month at a time refills. I wont even attempt to tell you how I feel about this!:rolleyes1 $48 Groceries, $26 on an appliance I am not sure will be used as much as I hope. The next 3 days will all be NO spend days!! My family is going out of town, I am ADHD dog sitting, and refuse to leave the house or shop online!!
April 3: $0!
April 4: $0
April 5: $0
April 6: $56, Steak, scallops, sushi, artichokes for my DD birtgday lunch and dinner. I ended up giving her $$$ for her birthday, so they went to San Antonio for the first time, in a suite at the Hyatt. Got back yesterday and want to move to San Antonio,:scared1: they loved it so much!
April 7: $0, and tomorrow, start anew!!


No Buy goal MET!!! Goal 8 / accomplished 10!!

IMALOVNDISNEY
04-07-2011, 05:45 PM
[QUOTE=charming23;40640154]My allergies are killing me today. I have one major earache so I am staying in.
QUOTE]

:grouphug: I know what you mean. Kicking mine as well. If it's not the allergies, it's the allergy meds!

Virgderon
04-07-2011, 05:59 PM
annsteere, how fun! I'm from Chicago, so I love the Blackhawks. Hope they make the playoffs. I always bring candy in my purse for games. The food at the stadium is overpriced and often not that good.

Did some very overdue grocery shopping and did okay. Spent $69, saved $25 for a 36% savings percentage. I like to do better than that, but just have no time to really hunt for the best deals and coupons. I bought BOGOs and grabbed whatever was on sale.

Running Total: Spent $157
$800 budget... $643 left
$0 Days: 3
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 54

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69 = 155 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)

3goofyboys
04-07-2011, 10:01 PM
Allrighty, I'm back and in for the month!! I fell apart at the end of last month. With moving and keeping track of 3 different houses, keeping track of my spending fell by the wayside. We're staying with my MIL for the month and most of our stuff is packed. I anticipate a few extra purchases when I discover something I need is packed and in storage :rotfl2:! I'll go for 10 no buy days this month and I'm posting a budget for the first time.


Food: $21/$420
Gas: $63/$200
Medical: $50
Misc Expenses: $185/$400

April 1 $75 Target-got a little food and a birthday gift for my nephew, $30 Gas

April 2 :cheer2:

April 3 $38 gas We went to my nephew's b-day party at the zoo today, but we're members, so we went for free and my sister provided lunch. Glad we got a chance to get out this morning because now it's snowing! I'm ready for real spring!

April 4 :cheer2:

April 5 $$$ dentist for DS2, $60 repairs to the rental house, $25 new soccer shorts for DS1

April 6 $35 supplies to refinish my old bunkbeds for the boys. Much cheaper than having to buy a new set! $11 groceries.

April 7 $45 gas, $14 Krispy Kreme, $10 groupon for a place we like to eat

2/10 No Buy Days

ronnmel
04-07-2011, 10:10 PM
No Buy Days : 4/12
Gas : 0$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 0$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 25$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 17$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$
04/06 : 0$
04/07 : 15$ (gift bag + dinner)

A.Mickey
04-07-2011, 11:59 PM
Running Total: Spent $177.32
$0 Days:4/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $24.70
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $39.89
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $30.54
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal), 4/5 $28.02 (3.89/gal) saw gas prices are up to $4.09 at some stations, so at a half tank so filled it up when I still saw gas prices at $3.89= $82.19

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0
5- $0
6- $16.81 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.80 (McDonald's Eating Out)
7- $19.09 (Burger King- Eating Out-Our son really wanted to go here for some reason...maybe one too many commercials on TV during American Idol last night. I remember why we don't go here...yuck!), $7.89 (Meijer-Groceries...actually left my receipt there so I have no idea how much I saved off of sales, just know I saved $8 with coupons)
8- Going on a Roadtrip to D.C.....
9- In D.C
10- Roadtrip Back Home


Budget: $1480....12%
Month: 7/30: 23%
No Buy: 4/13: 31%

My savings from coupons and sales: $284.10

Next Month: 6 month insurance premium ($300)....First month tuition for preschool ($203)....Broadway in Chicago Tickets ($318)

August: $300 Hotel Room for Cedar Point, October: ~$250 Rental Car

bigmama67
04-08-2011, 07:45 AM
NO-BUY DAYS SO FAR: 1/10

Revising my plan down to 10 again (made it past 10 in March); I don't count grocery spending. This has already been an expensive month with house stuff...hopefully we are DONE now! :rolleyes1

We are planning a number of short trips this summer instead of one long one (1 to 2 nights except for one 3-night trip). We'll see if this actually cuts down on vacation expenses...

4/1 - Spent the following: $180 to sign DS up for a week of summer art camp; $59.99 on a sand and water play table for DD (Amazon); $99 for a year of educational software for DS; $478 for new fridge for the basement (but this comes out of the insurance money which we got today; the rest is going into savings); $6.24 at Borders (after using $5 in Borders bucks and a 33% off coupon, I ended up saving 67% off an $18 book for my teaching which my own kids will also enjoy); $33 for gas (DH filled up); $15 for DH to see the doctor; $33 for medicine for DH. OUCH!

DH gets three paychecks this month so we were planning to do these things when that came in. We also just ordered new laptops which will be covered by our federal tax refund. End of splurging...I have 2 classes to pay tuition for this summer. Also paid some bills.

4/2: $33 groceries; $19 CVS (more prescriptions); $3 Dollar Tree, $19 movie tickets (we were running late and I couldn't find my coupons!), $10 snacks ($5 for the movie and $5 at DS' baseball game - opening day); $27 baseball pictures; $17 batting gloves...OY, not off to a good start, are we?

4/3: $4 Dunkin' Donuts, $33 Whole Foods; $64 groceries.

4/4: $4.75 Amazon for a new computer cable DH will need to transfer movies from his old one, $50 for campground reservation for August; $135 first installment for Six Flags passes (including one parking pass); $83 for one night lodging in Massachusetts (May trip).

4/5: no-buy at last!

4/6: $151 for the plumber to clear a MAJOR clog in our upstairs bathroom; $31 Gymboree order (used $25 in Gymbucks!); $35 at Lands End for water sandals for DD and DS; $46 Costco gas; $6.49 Amazon (movie I need to watch for one of my summer classes, I decided it was easier than dealing with the library because who knows when I'll get a CHANCE to watch it and I don't want overdue fees).

4/7: $25 Stop & Shop; $283(!) for a junk removal place to take away our old fridge (they had to saw it into pieces!); $208 for PSE&G to fix our water heater; $45 for a campground reservation for July (yes, we’re taking lots of camping trips this year!); $2.50 for snacks at DS’ B-Ball game.

4/8:

4/9: Going to American Girl fundraiser at the museum with my friend and her 8 y.o. DD (they’ll be paying me back for the tickets which I already bought). ;o)

4/10:

4/11:

4/12:

4/13:

4/14:

4/15:

4/16:

4/17:

4/18:

4/19:

4/20:

4/21:

4/22:

4/23: We’ll be going up to Maine to visit my Mom…$$$.

4/24: Maine trip.

4/25: Coming home from Maine.

4/26:

4/27:

4/28:

4/29:

4/30:

annsteere
04-08-2011, 07:53 AM
NO-BUY DAYS SO FAR: 1/10

Revising my plan down to 10 again (made it past 10 in March); I don't count grocery spending. This has already been an expensive month with house stuff...hopefully we are DONE now! :rolleyes1

4/23: We’ll be going up to Maine to visit my Mom…$$$.



Unavoidable house expenses and valuable family time expenses are why I'm on this board, curbing my "little" impulse spending. Hope you are right and your house is done for the month. Enjoy the good spend with your Mom.

annsteere
04-08-2011, 07:58 AM
annsteere, how fun! I'm from Chicago, so I love the Blackhawks. Hope they make the playoffs. I always bring candy in my purse for games. The food at the stadium is overpriced and often not that good.

Virgderon, you'd have been right with me spending with a big smile on your face. We sat in the fourth row on the blue line, our company was my daughter and son-in-love who we hadn't seen for over a month, and the Hawks won in OT 4-3, probably making the playoffs and eliminating St. Louis.

Fab night for $44.

bigmama67
04-08-2011, 08:09 AM
Unavoidable house expenses and valuable family time expenses are why I'm on this board, curbing my "little" impulse spending. Hope you are right and your house is done for the month. Enjoy the good spend with your Mom.

Thanks, Ann...you always have such nice encouraging words! :goodvibes

nunzia
04-08-2011, 08:30 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $80 left
$250 Groceries $189 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $128 left
$100 Gifts $72 left
$100 Misc Household $52 left

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)
April 4: $0
April 5: $3.00 (groceries for a recipe I wanted to try..first time using fresh ginger )
April 6: $3.00 Clone Wars Magazine for DGS, $40 for MP3 player for me..yikes..so is that household or gift? I'll say household
April 7: $10.00 groceries (sale stuff, mainly produce and fruit) $14.00 dinner out with DH & friends

IMALOVNDISNEY
04-08-2011, 09:27 AM
Auto $60.00/$240.00
Groceries/Household Goods $32.00/$200.00(raised for Easter. Expecting 26 people)
Eating Out/Entertainment $29.00/$100.00
Misc $200.00
No Buy days 3/10
Coupon savings
New Business Expenses. I'm now a new Advisor for lia sophia jewelry.And I know I will have extra expenses. So, I'm giving it it's own catagory. $14.00

March coupon savings $116.00
No buy days 15/15
February coupon savings $124.00
No buy days 15/12
January coupon savings $360.00
no buy days 17/10

04/01 -0-:cheer2:
04/02 -0- Didn't go shopping. Went home an napped instead! Sinus' are kicking my butt.
04/03 $25.00 lunch out.
04/04-0-:cheer2:
04/05$60.00 GAS:scared1::eek:
04/06 $46.00 $32.00 groceries, $14.00 business expenses.
04/07 $4.00 lunch 2 soups for DD and I.

jsmla
04-08-2011, 09:31 AM
My allergies are killing me today. I have one major earache so I am staying in.

Me too, only with asthma in place of the earache. Hope you're feeling better!

April

April 1-$0

April 2-$96.23

April 3-$0

April 4-$101.04

April 5-$0

April 6-$0

April 7-$20 for four tickets to the New Orleans Zephyrs through Living Social. Drat that internet! I thought it was a good deal though. $20 for an evening's entertainment for four:)

angierae
04-08-2011, 10:11 AM
No buy days: 4/10
Groceries: 53.44/$240 (237.90 left)
Fuel: 20/$48
Eating out: 24.90/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 8.67/$52

Coupon running total for April: $10.49

4/1: $0
4/2: $0
4/3: $0
4/4: $2.10 (CVS. Got $50 worth of stuff between sales, coupons and Extrabucks, though.)
4/5: $14.90 @ Subway $8.67 @ 7-11 $20 @ Mobil
4/6: $10 @ Panera (Forgot my lunch and my stash of Healthy Choice meals in the office freezer was depleted. Going to fix that tomorrow), $51.34 @ Meijer
4/7: $0

charming23
04-08-2011, 11:52 AM
Me too, only with asthma in place of the earache. Hope you're feeling better!


Hope you are feeling better. I know how rough it is to have asthma acting up as well.



:grouphug: I know what you mean. Kicking mine as well. If it's not the allergies, it's the allergy meds!

It stinks that the good allergy meds always make me so sleepy. Hope you feel better soon too!

I am feeling better today. The earache is gone along with most of the stuffy nose as well.

I did run out to Walgreen's this morning to get the purex they had on sale. With the store coupon and manufacturers coupon I only spent $.99 for the bottle. :cool1: I also picked up some tylenol as I finished ours yesterday.

I then stopped at Pepperidge farm outlet to get dessert for tonight ($1 chocolate passion cake) as my uncle is bringing over pizza for all of us. I also picked up some cinnamon bread and applied for a job there. Good day so far

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$208.38 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$62.34 left

Total- $500.00/$320.90 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9
4/10
4/11
4/12

5/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$45.25

superme80
04-08-2011, 06:29 PM
So far so good today. My friend was over so I made coffee for us and a cinnamon bread instead of going to a coffee shop. Tonight is date night, so I bought some yummy looking raviolis and I'll make some veggies and maybe some garlic bread. :woohoo: So this will put me at 3 no buy days! :cool1: 3 down and 7 more to go!!!!!

SunnieRN
04-08-2011, 07:13 PM
March 25-April 8:

Goals:

Medical $200 / -$18
Groceries $200 / -$13 / -$48 / $56
Cash: $100 / $37 / -$26
No Buys: 8



No Buy goal MET!!! Goal 8 / accomplished 10!!

Starting again:

April 8-22:

Goals:

Medical: $200
Groceries $200
Cash: $100
No Buy Days: 9 (going out on a limb here. 9 of 14 sounds rough!)

April 8: $0 (off to a good start anyway!)

No Buy Goal 9 / 1 accomplished!!

Virgderon
04-08-2011, 07:39 PM
Dear Friday: Thank you for showing up right when I needed you. :-)

Today is a 0.

Running Total: Spent $157
$800 budget... $643 left
$0 Days: 4
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 54

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69 = 155 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0

mrssmith06
04-08-2011, 08:26 PM
I haven't done this before but I'd love to try it out! Not sure if I am going to do this right, I'm trying to figure out exactly what everyone is doing... :idea:

I will try to have 7 no-buy days this month. ;)

Budget for the month $1,200 (edit: I had to adjust my #s after looking over last months #s!)
Groceries... $153 / $500
Eating out... $30 / $150
Gas... $50 / $250
Misc... $81 / $200
DH's birthday... $9 / $100

Coupon/Sale savings total = $23.36
No-buy Days: 3/7


04/01- $34 Disney store purchase
04/02- $153 in groceries, $5 for snack at a deli, $21 for pizza, $50 gas. Busy day!
04/03- $6 misc stuff at Dollar General.
04/04- $0
04/05- $12 misc at WM, $6 misc at Hobby Lobby
04/06- $0
04/07- B'fast $4, misc $23, part of DHs bday $9.
04/08- $0
04/09-
04/10-
04/11-
04/12-
04/13-
04/14-



:banana: 1st 8 days, already have 3 of my 7 no-buy days! I might be able to do better than I thought!!! :dance3:

angierae
04-08-2011, 08:52 PM
No buy days: 5/10
Groceries: 53.44/$240 (237.90 left)
Fuel: 20/$48
Eating out: 24.90/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 8.67/$52

Coupon running total for April: $10.49

4/1: $0
4/2: $0
4/3: $0
4/4: $2.10 (CVS. Got $50 worth of stuff between sales, coupons and Extrabucks, though.)
4/5: $14.90 @ Subway $8.67 @ 7-11 $20 @ Mobil
4/6: $10 @ Panera $51.34 @ Meijer
4/7: $0
4/8: $0

Worked, then went straight home and took care of housework, made dinner, and started planning out the rest of my grocery shopping for the weekend. Planning on taking myself to the Zoo tomorrow (we have a membership, so free!) but I'll probably do some grocery shopping. Hope all my No-Buy Friends have a great weekend!

wlake
04-08-2011, 09:50 PM
Sounds like everyone is doing well this month!

We're not doing so well no buy wise, but... we won TWO baskets at the basket raffle tonight at the boys' school! They are beyond excited as one of them is an ice cream sundae basket and the other one is Legos! It was hard to get them into bed tonight.

So, add ice cream to tomorrow's list of things to buy -- we're having a sundae party! :banana: (I should buy bananas too -- the basket had banana split dishes in it too!) I can't believe we got so lucky!

4/1: take out; $20 basket raffle for my school
4/2: $15 AC Moore (party gift), $30 gas, $12 Staples, $20 pharmacy
4/3: $66 groceries, I'm-not-admitting-how-much on a new bike for DS8 who had outgrown his badly. :)
4/4: :cool1:
4/5: :cool1:
4/6: DH went shopping while he was out of town -- I wouldn't ordinarily count it, but he bought me something I wanted!
4/7: $14 groceries (forgot I was the t-ball snack mom for this Sat., and once I'm in there, I seem to need at least one more thing)
4/8: $3 groceries (that I could have gotten last night had I thought of it!) and $21 basket raffle tickets


no buy days: 2/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 1/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 7
longest no meals out streak: 10

ronnmel
04-08-2011, 11:51 PM
No Buy Days : 5/12
Gas : 0$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 0$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 25$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 17$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$
04/06 : 0$
04/07 : 15$ (gift bag + dinner)
04/08 : 0$

nunzia
04-09-2011, 08:36 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $80 left
$250 Groceries $180 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $128 left
$100 Gifts $68 left
$100 Misc Household $45 left

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)
April 4: $0
April 5: $3.00 (groceries for a recipe I wanted to try..first time using fresh ginger )
April 6: $3.00 Clone Wars Magazine for DGS, $40 for MP3 player for me..yikes..so is that household or gift? I'll say household
April 7: $10.00 groceries (sale stuff, mainly produce and fruit) $14.00 dinner out with DH & friends
April 8: $20.00 at Dollar Tree (which is what I get when I take DH and he finds his favorite cookie..so broken down into groceries, gift, household)

Where'sPiglet?
04-09-2011, 11:44 AM
I'm jumping back in! I fell too far behind with posting last month, although I did keep up my spending tracking. I missed y'all! :grouphug:

Year Summary: (Includes all new spending, but no bills)
January: 16 $0 Days; $559.96
February: 21 $0 Days; $666.16
March: 12 $0 Days; $728.19

I need to reverse this trend of higher spending! :rolleyes: Last month was a busy month with Mardi Gras, a convention (lots of eating out), and some special events.

This month, the challenge will be spring break, when I will have time to spend more money.

My goal is $400 for point of sale transactions.
This amount does not include health care spending or gas.

I'd like to keep gas to $75 for the month, but I know this is impossible, especially since I will be traveling a bit later this month.

1 - $0
2 - $0
3 - $63.19 Rouses, Wendy's; $22.59 gas (3.48/g)
4 - $3.00 Subway
5 - $0
6 - $0
7 - $0
8 - $5.49 Burger King (2 meals)

Point of Sale Spending: $71.65/$400 = 17.9%
Gas Spending: $22.59
Total Spending: $94.24

Month: 8/30 = 26.7%
$0 Days: 5

Today will not be a $0 Day. I need to go to the grocery store.

MickeyMomOfThree
04-09-2011, 04:29 PM
Hi Everyone. I haven'
t done well at all this month with recording. Good with not spending, just not with recording. I just got so behind with the party, then I got called in to sub a lot this week and I jsut keep wanthing to cath up and don't have the time so I get another day behind. I am going to jsut start back today and if I catch up, great. If I don't at least I am back from now on.

Today probably won't be a no spend. It is so far but DH and I are thinking of going to the movies tonight. We will see.

Missed you all...it has just been such a crazy couple of weeks.

charming23
04-09-2011, 05:51 PM
Having a stay at home pajama and movie day today.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$208.38 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$62.34 left

Total- $500.00/$320.90 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10
4/11
4/12

6/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$45.25

SunnieRN
04-09-2011, 06:05 PM
April 8-22:

Goals:

Medical: $200
Groceries $200
Cash: $100
No Buy Days: 9 (going out on a limb here. 9 of 14 sounds rough!)

April 8: $0 (off to a good start anyway!)
April 9: $0

No Buy Goal 9 / 2 accomplished!!

jsmla
04-09-2011, 06:36 PM
April 1-$0

April 2-$96.23

April 3-$0

April 4-$101.04

April 5-$0

April 6-$0

April 7-$20

April 8-$0

April 9-$6.00 for my share of several halves of some four packs of pepper plants and a new tomato variety we wanted to try out.

Tomorrow will definitely be a spend day. We're going to New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival and I can't wait to try the food booths :dance3:

I don't know how I'll keep track!

SFWife
04-09-2011, 06:44 PM
What a great idea! I'm late to the party but I can backdate a few days :)

My goal will be 10 days this month...3 down so far!
Total Budget: 1000
Spent: 505
Remaining: 495

4/5- 62 Gas
4/6- 15.00 Gas, 322 (handgun purchase)
4/7- 12 (groceries)
4/8- 0
4/9- 7 @ Subway, 5 @ donut shop
4/10-5.89 for Sunday papers (2) and 13.00 (lunch for me and kiddos since we were stuck away from home)
4/11-0 (I won't be leaving my house because relatives are coming so I'll be on a cleaning terror!)
4/12-0
4/13-43.00 (I couldnt resist some charts at the needlework shop)
4/14-20.00 took the kids to get deserts at a cupcake shop, 47.65 in postage-this came out of my paypal account though for stuff I've sold on ebay.
4/15-

The gun purchase was not planned (entirely) we've been shopping for a deal on this particular one for my CHL and we found one 250 cheaper than we had seen before because it had been on display so I agreed we should go ahead and grab it while we can at that price.

*i'm not including regular bills, btw. I paid all our monthly bills yesterday (4/14) like cell phone, insurance, gas, water, internet, tv. I'm so glad we have no debt...

Virgderon
04-09-2011, 06:51 PM
MickeyMom and WheresPiglet, thanks for checking in! I worry when I don't see people for a couple days. :-)

Running Total: Spent $198
$800 budget... $602 left
$0 Days: 4
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 56

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69-7-11 = 137 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0
April 9: 41 ( 23 lunch, 11 Publix, 7 pop)

Where'sPiglet?
04-09-2011, 06:55 PM
My goal is $400 for point of sale transactions.
This amount does not include health care spending or gas.

1 - $0
2 - $0
3 - $63.19 Rouses, Wendy's; $22.59 gas (3.48/g)
4 - $3.00 Subway
5 - $0
6 - $0
7 - $0
8 - $5.49 Burger King (2 meals)
9 - $112.41 Walmart, Walgreens

Point of Sale Spending: $184.06/$400 = 46%
Gas Spending: $22.59
Total Spending: $206.65

Month: 9/30 = 30%
$0 Days: 5

I really hate Walmart. I got some good deals I things I would have needed to buy eventually, but I still hate that I overspend when I go in there.

Tomorrow will likely not be a $0 Day. We are probably going to go to the French Quarter Festival. It's free admission, but we will probably have to pay to park, and we will be paying for some food!

QVCshopper
04-09-2011, 06:56 PM
Just think how much more money I'd have if I didn't go to Wegmans, lol!

3/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon, $64 Lowes, $14 Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (+ Lego build), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0
4/8-$24 Wegmans
4/9-$13.50 ACME, $21 Wegmans

Where'sPiglet?
04-09-2011, 07:04 PM
I see some new people! I have posted on this thread on and off for several months. I was very consistent with posting in January and February, and the first week or so of March. I'm back now, and it's good to see everybody, old and new!

Hi Everyone. I haven'
t done well at all this month with recording. Good with not spending, just not with recording. I just got so behind with the party, then I got called in to sub a lot this week and I jsut keep wanthing to cath up and don't have the time so I get another day behind. I am going to jsut start back today and if I catch up, great. If I don't at least I am back from now on.

Today probably won't be a no spend. It is so far but DH and I are thinking of going to the movies tonight. We will see.

Missed you all...it has just been such a crazy couple of weeks.

I read about your party! It sounded like so much fun! I think you did a great job planning it and pulling it off. :dance3:


Tomorrow will definitely be a spend day. We're going to New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival and I can't wait to try the food booths :dance3:

I don't know how I'll keep track!

Cool!

I plan to take a certain amount of cash and then figure out the difference between what I left home with and what I return home with.


The gun purchase was not planned (entirely) we've been shopping for a deal on this particular one for my CHL and we found one 250 cheaper than we had seen before because it had been on display so I agreed we should go ahead and grab it while we can at that price.

At Walmart today I found a 3-piece luggage set made by Jeep. :confused3 It has a 26" rolling part, a small shoulder bag, and a toiletry bag. The zippers seem good and it rolls nicely and is lightweight. It was on clearance for $17!

So, I understand the whole "we weren't planning to buy it just yet, but we found a good deal" thing!

MickeyMom and WheresPiglet, thanks for checking in! I worry when I don't see people for a couple days. :-)


Awwww, thanks! :hug: I missed this place!

angierae
04-09-2011, 07:05 PM
No buy days: 5/10
Groceries: $95.36/$240 (144.64 left)
Fuel: 20/$48
Eating out: 24.90/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 8.67/$52

Coupon running total for April: $13.24

4/1: $0 :cool1:
4/2: $0 :cool1:
4/3: $0 :cool1:
4/4: $2.10 (CVS. Got $50 worth of stuff between sales, coupons and Extrabucks, though.)
4/5: $14.90 @ Subway $8.67 @ 7-11 $20 @ Mobil
4/6: $10 @ Panera $51.34 @ Meijer
4/7: $0 :cool1:
4/8: $0 :cool1:
4/9: $41.92 groceries (3 different stores)

Went grocery shopping. Mostly just hit up the stores I go to for what was on sale - tomorrow when Meijer's new sale rolls over I'll grab a few "fill in" items, too. I've got about $35 left in this week's grocery budget, so I'll have to make sure it gets everything we need. I've been stock piling so the weekly bill should get lower and lower as the month goes on, but meat has been so expensive! Got a big bag of frozen chicken though, so that'll last us.

wlake
04-09-2011, 09:31 PM
4/1: take out; $20 basket raffle for my school
4/2: $15 AC Moore (party gift), $30 gas, $12 Staples, $20 pharmacy
4/3: $66 groceries, I'm-not-admitting-how-much on a new bike for DS8 who had outgrown his badly. :)
4/4: :cool1:
4/5: :cool1:
4/6: DH went shopping while he was out of town -- I wouldn't ordinarily count it, but he bought me something I wanted!
4/7: $14 groceries (forgot I was the t-ball snack mom for this Sat., and once I'm in there, I seem to need at least one more thing)
4/8: $3 groceries (that I could have gotten last night had I thought of it!) and $21 basket raffle tickets
4/9: $40 Target, $50-something groceries


no buy days: 2/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 1/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 8
longest no meals out streak: 10

julie4423
04-09-2011, 09:47 PM
This is a very cool concept. However, I'm getting married in less than a month, so I really can't even begin to budget. I'll be back on track after I get back from the honeymoon, so maybe I can try for June. :)

Debbie
04-09-2011, 09:58 PM
:wave: Nice to see everyone.
angierae, congrats on your envelope use. :thumbsup2
WheresPiglet welcome home. :goodvibes
Ronmel, I can hardly wait to see pics of you in your dress! :)
wlake, I want you to pick my next lottery ticket, please. :rotfl:
MickeyMomofThree, I hope that you enjoyed your date night. ;)
QVCshopper, I really do try to stay out of the stores ::yes::
Sunnie, there is no way that I could do 9 of 14 days as no buy...I'm rooting for you :wizard:
SFWife-welcome! :flower3:
nunzia, you are doing a good job of recording...I find that helps to keep me aware of what I am spending :3dglasses

and to everyone else that I missed....Keep up the GOOD work!

Tomorrow will not be a no buy, since I'm headed to a theatre brunch with DSisters. The play and brunch are paid for, but the gas to get there and the tip are not. Oh, well, it's going to fun! :banana:

My budget:
I will count all OTC purchases, but not the regularly budgeted and paid for bills like Church, heating, water, taxes etc.
I will not count DH's spending on his snacks, since he does that every day, and there is no way for me to keep track, anyway.
This month I have a couple of birthday gifts, and of course Easter candy. (not sure if I'm doing baskets or not....maybe just cash for each of 5 kids :scared1: ) My biggest goal is that I NOT spend as much as I did last month....that should be attainable, since last month was atrocious! Here's hoping for 12 no buy days.

April 1: $4 drug co-pay, grad pics for DD $172, gas $23
April 2: groceries $53 DDs phone needed replacing, and, since she was off to buy her shoes for her prom, I bought the phone...happy belated birthday....$101
April 3: $0
April 4: $0
April 5: Tuesday is DH's grocery day: $116
April 6: more groceries $26, gas $50
April 7: $0
April 8: $0
April 9: $30 groceries and it was ME, not DH this time :blush:


No Buy days: 4/12

nunzia
04-10-2011, 08:54 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $60 left
$250 Groceries $180 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $128 left
$100 Gifts $68 left
$100 Misc Household $45 left

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)
April 4: $0
April 5: $3.00 (groceries for a recipe I wanted to try..first time using fresh ginger )
April 6: $3.00 Clone Wars Magazine for DGS, $40 for MP3 player for me..yikes..so is that household or gift? I'll say household
April 7: $10.00 groceries (sale stuff, mainly produce and fruit) $14.00 dinner out with DH & friends
April 8: $20.00 at Dollar Tree (which is what I get when I take DH and he finds his favorite cookie..so broken down into groceries, gift, household)
April 9: $20.00 gas ($3.67! whaaa?)

charming23
04-10-2011, 04:01 PM
Ran a few errands this morning. I went to CVS, Giant Eagle, and Walgreen's.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$193.43 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$52.64 left

Total- $500.00/$296.25 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10- $14.95 Grocery and $9.70 Misc
4/11
4/12

6/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$61.94

QVCshopper
04-10-2011, 06:18 PM
3/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon, $64 Lowes, $14 Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (+ Lego build), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0
4/8-$24 Wegmans
4/9-$13.50 ACME, $21 Wegmans
4/10-$5 Tag Sale, $5 Subway, $3.50 Sonic

Virgderon
04-10-2011, 06:39 PM
Today is a 0. I took a friend to the movies ( Source Code- very good!) . I had free tickets and you all know that I had candy in my purse. :-)

Running Total: Spent $198
$800 budget... $602 left
$0 Days: 5
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 56

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69-7-11 = 137 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0
April 9: 41 ( 23 lunch, 11 Publix, 7 pop)
April 10 : 0

angierae
04-10-2011, 06:50 PM
No buy days: 6/10
Groceries: $95.36/$240 (144.64 left)
Fuel: 20/$48
Eating out: 24.90/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 8.67/$52

Coupon running total for April: $13.24

4/1: $0 :cool1:
4/2: $0 :cool1:
4/3: $0 :cool1:
4/4: $2.10 (CVS. Got $50 worth of stuff between sales, coupons and Extrabucks, though.)
4/5: $14.90 @ Subway $8.67 @ 7-11 $20 @ Mobil
4/6: $10 @ Panera $51.34 @ Meijer
4/7: $0 :cool1:
4/8: $0 :cool1:
4/9: $41.92 groceries (3 different stores)
4/10: $0 :cool1:

I went for a 4.5 mile walk today to enjoy the 80 degree weather (rare for this far north this early!) and decided to wait to go to Meijer until tomorrow after dinner.

ronnmel
04-10-2011, 08:16 PM
Yesterday was my bachelorette! It was a very busy day, but I was not the one paying for anything. I had a blast!
Today was my friend's baby shower, but I had already bought her gift, so that makes this a no-buy weekend. :thumbsup2

No Buy Days : 7/12
Gas : 0$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 0$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 25$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 17$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$
04/06 : 0$
04/07 : 15$ (gift bag + dinner)
04/08 : 0$
04/09 : 0$
04/10 : 0$


Ronmel, I can hardly wait to see pics of you in your dress! :)

I can hardly wait either!

wlake
04-10-2011, 09:16 PM
We visited my MIL today, and she took us out for lunch. I'm not counting it towards our meals out as she treated and it's traditional for us to go out to lunch when we visit. Still, I feel like I have to confess! :)

4/1: take out; $20 basket raffle for my school
4/2: $15 AC Moore (party gift), $30 gas, $12 Staples, $20 pharmacy
4/3: $66 groceries, I'm-not-admitting-how-much on a new bike for DS8 who had outgrown his badly. :)
4/4: :cool1:
4/5: :cool1:
4/6: DH went shopping while he was out of town -- I wouldn't ordinarily count it, but he bought me something I wanted!
4/7: $14 groceries (forgot I was the t-ball snack mom for this Sat., and once I'm in there, I seem to need at least one more thing)
4/8: $3 groceries (that I could have gotten last night had I thought of it!) and $21 basket raffle tickets
4/9: $40 Target, $50-something groceries
4/10: $80 Trader Joe's (lots of snacks for our trip!), $13 bagels, $16 Walmart


no buy days: 2/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 1/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 9
longest no meals out streak: 10

Debbie
04-11-2011, 07:45 AM
Well, DH has already bought gas :confused3 (didn't really need it), so today is a buy day, too.

My budget:
I will count all OTC purchases, but not the regularly budgeted and paid for bills like Church, heating, water, taxes etc.
I will not count DH's spending on his snacks, since he does that every day, and there is no way for me to keep track, anyway.
This month I have a couple of birthday gifts, and of course Easter candy. (not sure if I'm doing baskets or not....maybe just cash for each of 5 kids :scared1: ) My biggest goal is that I NOT spend as much as I did last month....that should be attainable, since last month was atrocious! Here's hoping for 12 no buy days.

April 1: $4 drug co-pay, grad pics for DD $172, gas $23
April 2: groceries $53 DDs phone needed replacing, and, since she was off to buy her shoes for her prom, I bought the phone...happy belated birthday....$101
April 3: $0
April 4: $0
April 5: Tuesday is DH's grocery day: $116
April 6: more groceries $26, gas $50
April 7: $0
April 8: $0
April 9: $30 groceries and it was ME, not DH this time :blush:
April 10: tip on brunch $5, gas to TO $15, shared lottery ticket with DSisters $35
April 11: gas $36

Gas: $101
Groceries/Household: $225
Drug co-pays/ medicine: $4
Misc: $323

No Buy days: 4/12

nunzia
04-11-2011, 08:10 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $60 left
$250 Groceries $180 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $128 left
$100 Gifts $48 left
$100 Misc Household $40 left

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)
April 4: $0
April 5: $3.00 (groceries for a recipe I wanted to try..first time using fresh ginger )
April 6: $3.00 Clone Wars Magazine for DGS, $40 for MP3 player for me..yikes..so is that household or gift? I'll say household
April 7: $10.00 groceries (sale stuff, mainly produce and fruit) $14.00 dinner out with DH & friends
April 8: $20.00 at Dollar Tree (which is what I get when I take DH and he finds his favorite cookie..so broken down into groceries, gift, household)
April 9: $20.00 gas ($3.67! whaaa?)
April 10: $20.00 gift, $5.00 Tangled album download

MickeyMomOfThree
04-11-2011, 08:50 AM
Uggg, why am I haveing such a hard time getting back into this? I want to do it, but I just keep getting more behind. I did 15 solid months withouth missing and now I am 2 weeks almost missing.

April 9-$0 Hubby got home really tired so we stayed in.
April 10- Dh and I went to the ballgame. It was a beautiful day. Tickets were free but with parking and food we spent just under $20. I also went grocery shopping, and it was scary how high it was. I usually spend $100 a week, I spent $180!!!
Today is DH's actual b-day, so it will not be a no spend.

jsmla
04-11-2011, 09:02 AM
Yesterday was very spendy! We went to the French Quarter Festival and tried lots of the food booths. Hubby had a few of the specialty drinks as well.

April 1-$0

April 2-$96.23

April 3-$0

April 4-$101.04

April 5-$0

April 6-$0

April 7-$20

April 8-$0

April 9-$6.00

April 10-$69.67 ($20.17 for breakfast at Trolley Stop Cafe, $.50 for parking, $5 for the streetcar, $44 at various food and beverage kiosks at the festival. Still, last year we spent the night so had the hotel $$ on top of our festival spends which were higher because I had a few drinks then too. I was DD this trip so I only had water ;) )

Today will only be a no-buy if I stay at home-I'm out of gas. By the time we got back from New Orleans we were riding behind the E!

SunnieRN
04-11-2011, 10:12 AM
Sorry, had work and home drama, so I'm a day behind, and a dollar short.

April 8-22:

Goals:

Medical: $200
Groceries $200
Cash: $100
No Buy Days: 9 (going out on a limb here. 9 of 14 sounds rough!)

April 8: $0 (off to a good start anyway!)
April 9: $0
April 10: $0
April 11: $ may be in the thousands, as we are car shopping today.:scared1:

No Buy Goal 9 / 3 accomplished!!

charming23
04-11-2011, 02:16 PM
Doing some things around the house today, so a $0 for me.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$193.43 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$52.64 left

Total- $500.00/$296.25 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10- $14.95 Grocery and $9.70 Misc
4/11- $0
4/12

7/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$61.94

Virgderon
04-11-2011, 03:08 PM
MickeyMom, don't you dare give up on us. :-)

Today is a 0. Many of my recent 0 days have been because I am collecting unemployment for several weeks instead of a normal paycheck, but it's actually very interesting what you can do if you have to. Now the question is how to be conservative like this when the paychecks start rolling in?

Running Total: Spent $198
$800 budget... $602 left
$0 Days: 6
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 56

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69-7-11 = 137 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0
April 9: 41 ( 23 lunch, 11 Publix, 7 pop)
April 10 : 0
April 11: 0

A.Mickey
04-11-2011, 04:00 PM
Back from a really quick trip to Washington D.C. ate out a lot, but budgeted $200 for the trip and only spent $80 so pretty happy about that.

Running Total: Spent $301.59
$0 Days:4/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $29.31
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $139.55
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $50.54
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal), 4/5 $28.02 (3.89/gal) saw gas prices are up to $4.09 at some stations, so at a half tank so filled it up when I still saw gas prices at $3.89= $82.19

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0
5- $0
6- $16.81 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.80 (McDonald's Eating Out)
7- $19.09 (Burger King- Eating Out-Our son really wanted to go here for some reason...maybe one too many commercials on TV during American Idol last night. I remember why we don't go here...yuck!), $7.89 (Meijer-Groceries...actually left my receipt there so I have no idea how much I saved off of sales, just know I saved $8 with coupons)
8- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $6.40 (McDonald's-Eating Out), $7.91 (Doggery-Eating Out)
9- $10.44 (Panera-Eating Out), $35 (Maggiano's-Eating Out)
10- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $8.29 (Au Bon Pain-Eating Out), $4.83 (McDonald's-Eating Out)
11- $21.03 (Portillo's-Eating Out), $20 (Video Game-Misc.), $4.61 (Target-Groceries)


Budget: $1480....20%
Month: 7/30: 37%
No Buy: 4/13: 31%

My savings from coupons and sales: $383.99

Next Month: 6 month insurance premium ($300)....First month tuition for preschool ($203)....Broadway in Chicago Tickets ($318)

August: $300 Hotel Room for Cedar Point, October: ~$250 Rental Car

QVCshopper
04-11-2011, 08:24 PM
OK, ladies. So, I spent $85 today on SODA. Isn't that insane? It's for that Hershey Park rebate deal, so I should get 4 tickets out of it, but boy the looks I got with that many 20-oz sodas in my cart... :rotfl2: One adult ticket is over $50, so it should be a good deal as long as it works. SODA, though. What am I doing?

3/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon, $64 Lowes, $14 Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (+ Lego build), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0
4/8-$24 Wegmans
4/9-$13.50 ACME, $21 Wegmans
4/10-$5 Tag Sale, $5 Subway, $3.50 Sonic
4/11-$8.80 Stamps, $84.80 Pepsi/Hershey Park deal

wlake
04-11-2011, 08:33 PM
4/1: take out; $20 basket raffle for my school
4/2: $15 AC Moore (party gift), $30 gas, $12 Staples, $20 pharmacy
4/3: $66 groceries, I'm-not-admitting-how-much on a new bike for DS8 who had outgrown his badly. :)
4/4: :cool1:
4/5: :cool1:
4/6: DH went shopping while he was out of town -- I wouldn't ordinarily count it, but he bought me something I wanted!
4/7: $14 groceries (forgot I was the t-ball snack mom for this Sat., and once I'm in there, I seem to need at least one more thing)
4/8: $3 groceries (that I could have gotten last night had I thought of it!) and $21 basket raffle tickets
4/9: $40 Target, $50-something groceries, $51 Lands' End (clothes for me)
4/10: $80 Trader Joe's (lots of snacks for our trip!), $13 bagels, $16 Walmart
4/11: :cool1: Finally, another no buy -- I was beginning to worry!


no buy days: 3/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 1/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 10
longest no meals out streak: 10

ronnmel
04-11-2011, 09:48 PM
Today it's my birthday so I treated myself to a new novel and two Disney Imagineering books. :goodvibes

Also had to buy gas before it shot up in price. It went up over 40 cents a litre in a few months. :mad:

No Buy Days : 7/12
Gas : 40$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 0$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 25$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 44$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$
04/06 : 0$
04/07 : 15$ (gift bag + dinner)
04/08 : 0$
04/09 : 0$
04/10 : 0$
04/11 : 67$ (books + gas)

bigmama67
04-11-2011, 10:22 PM
I'll be back tomorrow with updates; hope everyone is doing well! I took DS, DD, and DS' friend to the zoo, miniature golf and McDonald's today (LOVE spring break!) so it was spendy, especially because I renewed our zoo membership and it went up from $75 to $90 in one year! The place is worth it, but that's a BIG leap! :scared1:

charming23
04-12-2011, 02:52 AM
:cheer2: Happy Birthday, ronnmel. Hope your day was great.

angierae
04-12-2011, 08:12 AM
No buy days: 6/10
Groceries: $111.73/$240 (144.64 left)
Fuel: 40/$48
Eating out: 24.90/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 24.67/$52

Coupon running total for April: $13.24

4/1: $0 :cool1:
4/2: $0 :cool1:
4/3: $0 :cool1:
4/4: $2.10 (CVS. Got $50 worth of stuff between sales, coupons and Extrabucks, though.)
4/5: $14.90 @ Subway $8.67 @ 7-11 $20 @ Mobil
4/6: $10 @ Panera $51.34 @ Meijer
4/7: $0 :cool1:
4/8: $0 :cool1:
4/9: $41.92 groceries (3 different stores)
4/10: $0 :cool1:
4/11: $20 @ Mobil, $16.37 @ Kroger, $16 @ Amazon for a new book I want (I don't buy many books anymore but this is a series I've been reading forever) but I did get free shipping, and it was cheaper than buying it at Borders or B&N)

Hoping for No Buy Days today and tomorrow. Thursday I have to pick up some fancy cheese for a friend's birthday party Friday - he's having a "Wine and Cheese" party and asks everyone to bring a small hunk of cheese so we can all taste and enjoy. He and his SO did this a few months back and it was lovely, really looking forward to it.

nunzia
04-12-2011, 08:20 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $60 left
$250 Groceries $180 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $119 left
$100 Gifts $48 left
$100 Misc Household $35 left ( I can see this one will be a problem)

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)
April 4: $0
April 5: $3.00 (groceries for a recipe I wanted to try..first time using fresh ginger )
April 6: $3.00 Clone Wars Magazine for DGS, $40 for MP3 player for me..yikes..so is that household or gift? I'll say household
April 7: $10.00 groceries (sale stuff, mainly produce and fruit) $14.00 dinner out with DH & friends
April 8: $20.00 at Dollar Tree (which is what I get when I take DH and he finds his favorite cookie..so broken down into groceries, gift, household)
April 9: $20.00 gas ($3.67! whaaa?)
April 10: $20.00 gift, $5.00 Tangled album download
April 11: $5.00 memorial lily, $9.00 lunchout with DD

annsteere
04-12-2011, 08:47 AM
Today is a 0. Many of my recent 0 days have been because I am collecting unemployment for several weeks instead of a normal paycheck, but it's actually very interesting what you can do if you have to. Now the question is how to be conservative like this when the paychecks start rolling in?

That IS a challenge. Maybe, even "how to land half way between super conservative and 'back to my old ways.":cool1:

Happy Birthday Ronmel!

I had a dinner disaster yesterday. It's been many, many years since I cooked a meal that wasn't worth eating. But, a new brand of tomatoes with peppers turned out to be HOT. Our baked lentil supper was too spicy to enjoy eating. (At least I smelled it and bailed out before covering the dish with cheese.)

So, we ate dinner at Culvers, using two coupons. I'm going to count that as groceries rather than entertainment and move on.

MickeyMomOfThree
04-12-2011, 10:55 AM
Virgderon, I'm not giving up, I like you guys too much. I think there is something to the idea that I've learned though. Even when I am not good about recording I am being good. I think a year plus trained me well. But I am still coming back to read along and trying to get back into the swing of recording again. :goodvibes

MickeyMomOfThree
04-12-2011, 10:59 AM
Uggg, why am I haveing such a hard time getting back into this? I want to do it, but I just keep getting more behind. I did 15 solid months withouth missing and now I am 2 weeks almost missing.

April 9-$0 Hubby got home really tired so we stayed in.
April 10- Dh and I went to the ballgame. It was a beautiful day. Tickets were free but with parking and food we spent just under $20. I also went grocery shopping, and it was scary how high it was. I usually spend $100 a week, I spent $180!!!
April 11- It ws Dh's b-day, and a really bad day for him work wise. I wish he could find something else...but we are lucky he has a job so many people don't but some days I really think it is killing him. :( Anyway, he decided he wanted to go to the baseball game again. It was 80 during the game so he thought it would be a nice evening for it. We had free tickets but spent about $25 on paring and food (we had the kids with us.) It dropped to 50 and we were freezing and his office kept calling so we wound up leaving and coming home after the 3rd. I am making a nice dinner tonight as a do-over. But I have nothing to spend on today.
April 12-$0

charming23
04-12-2011, 12:45 PM
Calling it a $0 day today. Tomorrow is our big shopping trip and I am making out lists and matching up coupons to sales.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$193.43 left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$52.64 left

Total- $500.00/$296.25 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10- $14.95 Grocery and $9.70 Misc
4/11- $0
4/12- $0

Week Three
4/13
4/14
4/15
4/16
4/17
4/18
4/19


8/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$61.94

Debbie
04-12-2011, 07:37 PM
Sorry, had work and home drama, so I'm a day behind, and a dollar short.
April 11: $ may be in the thousands, as we are car shopping today.:scared1:

Just a dollar short? That sounds like :thumbsup2 ;) So, what kind of car are you looking at?

Back from a really quick trip to Washington D.C. ate out a lot, but budgeted $200 for the trip and only spent $80 so pretty happy about that. That's worth celebrating! :woohoo:

OK, ladies. So, I spent $85 today on SODA. :laughing: The things we do to save a buck! That's an awesome deal, and you won't have to buy soda for at least a....week! :rotfl:


4/11: :cool1: Finally, another no buy -- I was beginning to worry! :dance3: Congrats!

Today it's my birthday so I treated myself to a new novel and two Disney Imagineering books. :goodvibes

Also had to buy gas before it shot up in price. It went up over 40 cents a litre in a few months. :mad: :birthday: Happy Birthday, Mel! At least you didn't count the gas as your birthday present. :lmao: Not sure WHERE the price will stop. We're at $128.8, how about you?

II renewed our zoo membership and it went up from $75 to $90 in one year! The place is worth it, but that's a BIG leap! :scared1: You said it all when you said this! And the family time is priceless. :cloud9:

I had a dinner disaster yesterday. It's been many, many years since I cooked a meal that wasn't worth eating. But, a new brand of tomatoes with peppers turned out to be HOT. Our baked lentil supper was too spicy to enjoy eating. (At least I smelled it and bailed out before covering the dish with cheese.)

So, we ate dinner at Culvers, using two coupons. I'm going to count that as groceries rather than entertainment and move on.Good save on the dinner, and look at you using the coupons at Culvers! :banana:

Even when I am not good about recording I am being good. AND a $0 for today! WAY TO GO!

QVCshopper
04-12-2011, 08:12 PM
4/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon, $64 Lowes, $14 Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (+ Lego build), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0
4/8-$24 Wegmans
4/9-$13.50 ACME, $21 Wegmans
4/10-$5 Tag Sale, $5 Subway, $3.50 Sonic
4/11-$8.80 Stamps, $84.80 Pepsi/Hershey Park deal
4/12-$0

SunnieRN
04-12-2011, 08:17 PM
Hi Debbie, thanks for asking and my update is below!!:goodvibes

April 8-22:

Goals:

Medical: $200
Groceries $200
Cash: $100
No Buy Days: 9 (going out on a limb here. 9 of 14 sounds rough!)

April 8: $0 (off to a good start anyway!)
April 9: $0
April 10: $0
April 11: $$ may be in the thousands, as we are car shopping today.:scared1: Didn't buy a car today, so $0
April 12: Well, got DeeDee today! Dodge Durango, big enough for the whole family AND the ADHD dog!! Has more stuff in it, then I know what to do with.:eek: I will probably need to up my no buys now.

No Buy Goal 9 / 4 accomplished!!

ronnmel
04-12-2011, 08:18 PM
:cheer2: Happy Birthday, ronnmel. Hope your day was great.

Happy Birthday Ronmel!



:birthday: Happy Birthday, Mel! At least you didn't count the gas as your birthday present. :lmao: Not sure WHERE the price will stop. We're at $128.8, how about you?


Thanks guys! I did have a great day (and weekend), but today I'm exhausted! Even bailed out of going to salsa class...

Gas was at 131.9 when I filled up yesterday, but it jumped to 142.4 today. :scared1: The highest it has been is 147.9, and we are getting dangerously close to that mark...


No Buy Days : 7/12
Gas : 40$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 20$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 25$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 44$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$
04/06 : 0$
04/07 : 15$ (gift bag + dinner)
04/08 : 0$
04/09 : 0$
04/10 : 0$
04/11 : 67$ (books + gas)
04/12 : 20$ (groceries)

Where'sPiglet?
04-12-2011, 09:11 PM
Me too, only with asthma in place of the earache. Hope you're feeling better!

April 7-$20 for four tickets to the New Orleans Zephyrs through Living Social. Drat that internet! I thought it was a good deal though. $20 for an evening's entertainment for four:)

I was looking for my last post and came across this. I have also been having problems with my allergies triggering my asthma. My asthma acted up in the middle of administering a standardized test last week. I was giving directions in between the coughing. :headache:

The Zephyrs sound fun. I haven't been to a game, but I did go to the Saints vs. Military softball game last year at Zephyr Field. It was a good time! They are doing it again, but I haven't seen tickets yet....I keep forgetting about it.



My goal is $400 for point of sale transactions.
This amount does not include health care spending or gas.

1 - $0
2 - $0
3 - $63.19 Rouses, Wendy's; $22.59 gas (3.48/g)
4 - $3.00 Subway
5 - $0
6 - $0
7 - $0
8 - $5.49 Burger King (2 meals)
9 - $112.41 Walmart, Walgreens
10 - $0
11 - $34.85 Winn-Dixie
12 - $0

Point of Sale Spending: $218.91/$400 = 55%
Gas Spending: $22.59
Total Spending: $241.50

Month: 11/30 = 37%
$0 Days: 7

Tomorrow will likely not be a $0 Day. We are probably going to go to the French Quarter Festival. It's free admission, but we will probably have to pay to park, and we will be paying for some food! We ended up not going to the FQF. We didn't want to deal with the crowds. We were going to go out to eat for lunch, but the place we wanted to go to is closed on Sundays. I'm glad I remembered that before we drove out to it. It's not too far away, but with the price of gas I'm not interested in driving just for the heck of it.


WheresPiglet welcome home. :goodvibes

Awww, thanks! :goodvibes

Yesterday was my bachelorette! It was a very busy day, but I was not the one paying for anything. I had a blast!
Today was my friend's baby shower, but I had already bought her gift, so that makes this a no-buy weekend. :thumbsup2


What a fun weekend!

Yesterday was very spendy! We went to the French Quarter Festival and tried lots of the food booths. Hubby had a few of the specialty drinks as well.

April 10-$69.67 ($20.17 for breakfast at Trolley Stop Cafe, $.50 for parking, $5 for the streetcar, $44 at various food and beverage kiosks at the festival. Still, last year we spent the night so had the hotel $$ on top of our festival spends which were higher because I had a few drinks then too. I was DD this trip so I only had water ;) )

Today will only be a no-buy if I stay at home-I'm out of gas. By the time we got back from New Orleans we were riding behind the E!

What an expensive free festival! Sounds like fun, though. The crowds looked huge.

I can't believe how low you were on gas! I wouldn't do that drive that low on gas....it's so isolated!

Back from a really quick trip to Washington D.C. ate out a lot, but budgeted $200 for the trip and only spent $80 so pretty happy about that.


Nice! :thumbsup2

OK, ladies. So, I spent $85 today on SODA. Isn't that insane? It's for that Hershey Park rebate deal, so I should get 4 tickets out of it, but boy the looks I got with that many 20-oz sodas in my cart... :rotfl2: One adult ticket is over $50, so it should be a good deal as long as it works. SODA, though. What am I doing?


Wow! :scared1: That is a lot on soda! It sounds like a great deal though....just a lot to spend on soda at one time.

Today it's my birthday so I treated myself to a new novel and two Disney Imagineering books. :goodvibes

Also had to buy gas before it shot up in price. It went up over 40 cents a litre in a few months. :mad:


Happy Birthday! Did you get those Imagineering Guide books? I have 4 of them....Disneyland, MK, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. At some point I'll have to get MGM.

I find it unnerving how fast the price of everything is rising. It's crazy and unsettling. This $400/month is already insanely tight, if not nearly impossible.


Hoping for No Buy Days today and tomorrow. Thursday I have to pick up some fancy cheese for a friend's birthday party Friday - he's having a "Wine and Cheese" party and asks everyone to bring a small hunk of cheese so we can all taste and enjoy. He and his SO did this a few months back and it was lovely, really looking forward to it.

This sounds like fun. We had a party in December and someone brought a cheese platter. All the cheeses were from Whole Foods. I really liked the Seaside Cheddar and the Smoked Gouda. Mmmm....now I want to go to Whole Foods and get some cheese. :rolleyes1

Virgderon, I'm not giving up, I like you guys too much. I think there is something to the idea that I've learned though. Even when I am not good about recording I am being good. I think a year plus trained me well. But I am still coming back to read along and trying to get back into the swing of recording again. :goodvibes

:grouphug:

I also feel like this is becoming more and more of a habit versus a short term challenge.


April 11: $$ may be in the thousands, as we are car shopping today.:scared1: Didn't buy a car today, so $0
April 12: Well, got DeeDee today! Dodge Durango, big enough for the whole family AND the ADHD dog!! Has more stuff in it, then I know what to do with.:eek: I will probably need to up my no buys now.


I was going to ask you what kind of car you were shopping for. I see you got a Durango! How exciting!


Gas was at 131.9 when I filled up yesterday, but it jumped to 142.4 today. :scared1: The highest it has been is 147.9, and we are getting dangerously close to that mark...


Please tell me the prices are posted in Canada in cents. Prices here are running $3.69/gallon. I know that is less than your prices, but it's high for here! I was paying 2.20ish not that long ago! I am really glad I usually go only through about 20-25 gallons of gas a month!

A.Mickey
04-12-2011, 11:48 PM
Running Total: Spent $309.92
$0 Days:5/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $30.83
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $146.36
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $50.54
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal), 4/5 $28.02 (3.89/gal) saw gas prices are up to $4.09 at some stations, so at a half tank so filled it up when I still saw gas prices at $3.89= $82.19

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0
5- $0
6- $16.81 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.80 (McDonald's Eating Out)
7- $19.09 (Burger King- Eating Out-Our son really wanted to go here for some reason...maybe one too many commercials on TV during American Idol last night. I remember why we don't go here...yuck!), $7.89 (Meijer-Groceries...actually left my receipt there so I have no idea how much I saved off of sales, just know I saved $8 with coupons)
8- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $6.40 (McDonald's-Eating Out), $7.91 (Doggery-Eating Out)
9- $10.44 (Panera-Eating Out), $35 (Maggiano's-Eating Out)
10- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $8.29 (Au Bon Pain-Eating Out), $4.83 (McDonald's-Eating Out)
11- $21.03 (Portillo's-Eating Out), $20 (Video Game-Misc.), $4.61 (Target-Groceries)
12- $0
13- $1.52 (Walgreens-Groceries), $6.81 (Wendy's-Eating Out)


Budget: $1480....21%
Month: 12/30: 40%
No Buy: 5/13: 38%

My savings from coupons and sales: $459.85

Next Month: 6 month insurance premium ($300)....First month tuition for preschool ($203)....Broadway in Chicago Tickets ($318)

August: $300 Hotel Room for Cedar Point, October: ~$250 Rental Car

superme80
04-13-2011, 02:58 AM
I am adding 2 No Buys days!!! Sunday we went to church and came home! :cool1: Today we stayed home! I was going to do laundry, but never got around to it. So far I am halfway there!!!! 5/10 :woohoo:

Debbie
04-13-2011, 07:30 AM
4/11-$8.80 Stamps, $84.80 Pepsi/Hershey Park deal
4/12-$0Another $0. Good for you!

April 12: Well, got DeeDee today! Dodge Durango, big enough for the whole family AND the ADHD dog!! Has more stuff in it, then I know what to do with.:eek: I will probably need to up my no buys now.

No Buy Goal 9 / 4 accomplished!!Congrats! And have fun playing with DeeDee as you learn all of her tricks and surprises!

Gas was at 131.9 when I filled up yesterday, but it jumped to 142.4 today. :scared1: The highest it has been is 147.9, and we are getting dangerously close to that mark... YIKES! I'll check what ours is today.

Please tell me the prices are posted in Canada in cents. ::yes:: cents per litre Multiply by 4 and you kinda get a sense of price per gallon

I am adding 2 No Buys days!!! Sunday we went to church and came home! :cool1: Today we stayed home! I was going to do laundry, but never got around to it. So far I am halfway there!!!! 5/10 :woohoo:Way to go!

nunzia
04-13-2011, 08:22 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $60 left
$250 Groceries $180 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $112 left
$100 Gifts $48 left
$100 Misc Household $35 left ( I can see this one will be a problem)

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)
April 4: $0
April 5: $3.00 (groceries for a recipe I wanted to try..first time using fresh ginger )
April 6: $3.00 Clone Wars Magazine for DGS, $40 for MP3 player for me..yikes..so is that household or gift? I'll say household
April 7: $10.00 groceries (sale stuff, mainly produce and fruit) $14.00 dinner out with DH & friends
April 8: $20.00 at Dollar Tree (which is what I get when I take DH and he finds his favorite cookie..so broken down into groceries, gift, household)
April 9: $20.00 gas ($3.67! whaaa?)
April 10: $20.00 gift, $5.00 Tangled album download
April 11: $5.00 memorial lily, $9.00 lunchout with DD
April 12: $7.00 Burger King, buy one get one whopper

angierae
04-13-2011, 08:43 AM
This sounds like fun. We had a party in December and someone brought a cheese platter. All the cheeses were from Whole Foods. I really liked the Seaside Cheddar and the Smoked Gouda. Mmmm....now I want to go to Whole Foods and get some cheese. :rolleyes1



I have a great recipe for crock pot cheesy potatoes that uses smoked gouda. I'm actually thinking about making it for Easter. I want cheese, now, too! (I have no idea what this party this weekend is going to do to my diet, how do you track cheese one or two bites at a time?! :P)

I ended up spending yesterday AND this morning already :eek: but I haven't gone through my reciepts to add it up. Guess I'd better buy the party cheese tonight so I can get that no-buy tomorrow! ;)

Virgderon
04-13-2011, 12:07 PM
OK, ladies. So, I spent $85 today on SODA. Isn't that insane? It's for that Hershey Park rebate deal, so I should get 4 tickets out of it, but boy the looks I got with that many 20-oz sodas in my cart... :rotfl2: One adult ticket is over $50, so it should be a good deal as long as it works. SODA, though. What am I doing?



I would do this. I think you are my hero today. :)

Virgderon
04-13-2011, 12:11 PM
Happy birthday belatedly to ronmel. I could not get on the boards last night, I kept getting an error message.

Last night of bowling yesterday . I enjoyed it, but glad to not be spending the money with DDs wedding coming up.

Running Total: Spent $210
$800 budget... $590 left
$0 Days: 6
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 56

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69-7-11 = 137 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0
April 9: 41 ( 23 lunch, 11 Publix, 7 pop)
April 10 : 0
April 11: 0
April 12 : 12 ( 5 dinner at bowling, 7 at Walgreens)

charming23
04-13-2011, 01:42 PM
Did my errands already this morning. I first dropped off the mortgage check and then headed up to Lane Bryant as I had a $15 off any $15 or more purchase coupon and I got a sweater plus a pair of earrings on clearance and only paid $8.60 out of pocket. I then did my grocery shopping before coming home to take my mom to her eye appointment. I did a big stock=up and should only need a few essentials until the end of the month.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$110.05
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$44.04

Total- $500.00/$204.47

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10- $14.95 Grocery and $9.70 Misc
4/11- $0
4/12- $0

Week Three
4/13- $8.60 Lane Bryant, $30.72 Marc's and $52.66 Giant Eagle
4/14
4/15
4/16
4/17
4/18
4/19


8/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$97.14

SunnieRN
04-13-2011, 04:42 PM
Thank you Debbie and where's Piglet!! It's kind of eerie to have a computer and a car that are so much smarter than I am!

I am so excited that your wedding is coming up Mel and hope your day is absolutely wonderful! You will be a beautiful bride.

Sorry I have been SO behind in everything. Every moment was spent car shopping the past few weeks. We knew what we wanted, but until yeaterday couldn't find the price we wanted, with the must haves and nothing extra. Hopefully I will be able to stay caught up!!

Bye the way, even though I know it doesn't actually work, and the arguments against it, Friday is 'don't buy gas day.' Worth a shot I guess?

April 8-22:

Goals:

Medical: $200
Groceries $200
Cash: $100 / $35
No Buy Days: 9 (going out on a limb here. 9 of 14 sounds rough!)

April 8: $0 (off to a good start anyway!)
April 9: $0
April 10: $0
April 11: $$ may be in the thousands, as we are car shopping today.:scared1: Didn't buy a car today, so $0
April 12: Well, got DeeDee today! Dodge Durango, big enough for the whole family AND the ADHD dog!! Has more stuff in it, then I know what to do with.:eek: I will probably need to up my no buys now. Ended up getting dinner out after I posted this, so $35.00.
April 13: $0!! Eating out of the freezer!

No Buy Goal 9 / 5 accomplished!!

Virgderon
04-13-2011, 07:26 PM
Another 0 day yay for me.

Running Total: Spent $210
$800 budget... $590 left
$0 Days: 7
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 56

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69-7-11 = 137 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0
April 9: 41 ( 23 lunch, 11 Publix, 7 pop)
April 10 : 0
April 11: 0
April 12 : 12 ( 5 dinner at bowling, 7 at Walgreens)
April 13: 0

wlake
04-13-2011, 09:02 PM
The worst kind of no buy today -- the kind due to a sick little one!

4/1: take out; $20 basket raffle for my school
4/2: $15 AC Moore (party gift), $30 gas, $12 Staples, $20 pharmacy
4/3: $66 groceries, I'm-not-admitting-how-much on a new bike for DS8 who had outgrown his badly. :)
4/4: :cool1:
4/5: :cool1:
4/6: DH went shopping while he was out of town -- I wouldn't ordinarily count it, but he bought me something I wanted!
4/7: $14 groceries (forgot I was the t-ball snack mom for this Sat., and once I'm in there, I seem to need at least one more thing)
4/8: $3 groceries (that I could have gotten last night had I thought of it!) and $21 basket raffle tickets
4/9: $40 Target, $50-something groceries, $51 Lands' End (clothes for me)
4/10: $80 Trader Joe's (lots of snacks for our trip!), $13 bagels, $16 Walmart
4/11: :cool1: Finally, another no buy -- I was beginning to worry!
4/12: $20 dinner out
4/13: :cool1:


no buy days: 4/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 2/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 1
longest no meals out streak: 10

QVCshopper
04-13-2011, 09:07 PM
WLake, hope your little guy feels better soon!

Tomorrow won't be a no-buy as we really need food. I keep running out of food while the pile of laundry keeps growing...

5/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon, $64 Lowes, $14 Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (+ Lego build), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0
4/8-$24 Wegmans
4/9-$13.50 ACME, $21 Wegmans
4/10-$5 Tag Sale, $5 Subway, $3.50 Sonic
4/11-$8.80 Stamps, $84.80 Pepsi/Hershey Park deal
4/12-$0
4/13-$0

A.Mickey
04-13-2011, 11:03 PM
Running Total: Spent $334.61
$0 Days:5/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $52.52
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $149.36
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $50.54
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal), 4/5 $28.02 (3.89/gal) saw gas prices are up to $4.09 at some stations, so at a half tank so filled it up when I still saw gas prices at $3.89= $82.19

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0
5- $0
6- $16.81 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.80 (McDonald's Eating Out)
7- $19.09 (Burger King- Eating Out-Our son really wanted to go here for some reason...maybe one too many commercials on TV during American Idol last night. I remember why we don't go here...yuck!), $7.89 (Meijer-Groceries...actually left my receipt there so I have no idea how much I saved off of sales, just know I saved $8 with coupons)
8- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $6.40 (McDonald's-Eating Out), $7.91 (Doggery-Eating Out)
9- $10.44 (Panera-Eating Out), $35 (Maggiano's-Eating Out)
10- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $8.29 (Au Bon Pain-Eating Out), $4.83 (McDonald's-Eating Out)
11- $21.03 (Portillo's-Eating Out), $20 (Video Game-Misc.), $4.61 (Target-Groceries)
12- $0
13- $16.05 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.81 (Wendy's-Eating Out) $7.16 (Meijer-Groceries)


Budget: $1480....23%
Month: 12/30: 43%
No Buy: 5/13: 38%

My savings from coupons and sales: $522.72

Next Month: 6 month insurance premium ($300)....First month tuition for preschool ($203)....Broadway in Chicago Tickets ($318)

August: $300 Hotel Room for Cedar Point, October: ~$250 Rental Car

bigmama67
04-13-2011, 11:08 PM
OK, getting back into the swing of things...I have had 3 no-buy days so far (not great but better than I thought with everything that's been going on)...and halfway through the month I have spent $297.13 of my $600 grocery budget (this includes a large supply of training pants for DD), so I'm pretty satisfied with that! We had some one-time house expenses this month and fortunately were able to take care of those with some unexpected insurance money which came in. I have tuition to pay for my summer class, and we just put our tax refund to good use with new laptops.

I wish I weren't reading about Southwest lowering their fares for August, and I wish I hadn't learned about good friends of ours who up and went to US/IOA for Harry Potter on the spur of the moment last week! I am SO tempted to use what's left of our insurance money on a trip to Orlando...but I'm keeping my "big girl" panties on and thinking about how great it will be to go NEXT year, when I have (hopefully) finished my M.A. and have a teaching job lined up for the fall of 2012 (oh please oh please!)

It's 11:00 p.m. heading into Day 4 of Spring Break, and my 8 year old DS just called down to me that he's "wide awake!" I told him that if he doesn't keep it down, his father and 2 year old sister will be joining him, and none of us will be happy about that! :rolleyes1

WLAKE, sorry you have a little one who isn't well!

QVC...what state do you live in? I was REALLY figuring on doing the Giant Hershey deal but apparently NJ residents aren't eligible? Is that right?

Life is good. Mostly. Onward and upward! :goodvibes

QVCshopper
04-13-2011, 11:21 PM
QVC...what state do you live in? I was REALLY figuring on doing the Giant Hershey deal but apparently NJ residents aren't eligible? Is that right?

I live in PA, about 45 minutes outside of Philly. Kinda near Valley Forge Park. Anyway, yes, it's right. My rebate form said those states listed on the other thread. I sent my rebates in today with all 80 wrappers. 2 tix to my house and 2 tix to my in-laws. I don't think they will have names on them, but I'm not positive.

Also, I checked the SW flights, and they still weren't great out of Philly. I still wished I booked the kids play/stay deal, but we may or may not move (long story) so we thought we should save money. Oh, well. I'm hoping for a new deal!

Did you see in last month's thread what I wrote about Dutch Wonderland? You can get in free in late November when you donate 1 toy/person. I think it's usually opening weekend of Winter Wonderland. Hope that helps!

nunzia
04-14-2011, 08:05 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $60 left
$250 Groceries $180 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $112 left
$100 Gifts $48 left
$100 Misc Household $35 left ( I can see this one will be a problem)

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)
April 4: $0
April 5: $3.00 (groceries for a recipe I wanted to try..first time using fresh ginger )
April 6: $3.00 Clone Wars Magazine for DGS, $40 for MP3 player for me..yikes..so is that household or gift? I'll say household
April 7: $10.00 groceries (sale stuff, mainly produce and fruit) $14.00 dinner out with DH & friends
April 8: $20.00 at Dollar Tree (which is what I get when I take DH and he finds his favorite cookie..so broken down into groceries, gift, household)
April 9: $20.00 gas ($3.67! whaaa?)
April 10: $20.00 gift, $5.00 Tangled album download
April 11: $5.00 memorial lily, $9.00 lunchout with DD
April 12: $7.00 Burger King, buy one get one whopper
April 13: $0

charming23
04-14-2011, 10:40 AM
Calling today a $0 day early in order to stop me from going out and shopping. I am working on resumes and applications. I do have a job interview on saturday, so I am anxious about that.

I am also headed to a memorial tonight for a former teacher of mine. He was my band teacher from 6th to 12th grade and made a huge impact on my life.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$110.05
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$44.04

Total- $500.00/$204.47

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10- $14.95 Grocery and $9.70 Misc
4/11- $0
4/12- $0

Week Three
4/13- $8.60 Lane Bryant, $30.72 Marc's and $52.66 Giant Eagle
4/14- $0
4/15
4/16
4/17
4/18
4/19


9/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$97.14

angierae
04-14-2011, 01:00 PM
No buy days: 6/10
Groceries: $124.24/$240 (144.64 left)
Fuel: 40/$48
Eating out: 24.90/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 24.67/$52

Coupon running total for April: $13.24

4/1: $0
4/2: $0
4/3: $0
4/4: $2.10 (CVS. Got $50 worth of stuff between sales, coupons and Extrabucks, though.)
4/5: $14.90 @ Subway $8.67 @ 7-11 $20 @ Mobil
4/6: $10 @ Panera $51.34 @ Meijer
4/7: $0
4/8: $0
4/9: $41.92 groceries (3 different stores)
4/10: $0
4/11: $20 @ Mobil, $16.37 @ Kroger, $16 @ Amazon
4/12: $9.31 @ CVS during a walk with DH - cleaning supplies
4/13: $3.20 @ Kroger because I forgot my lunch so I stopped in on the way to work for a frozen dinner and a thing of apples and caramel

superme80
04-14-2011, 01:14 PM
Yesterday was soooo not a No Buy Day...BUT I have budgeted $100 this week for groceries and I still have over $8.00 left!!!!!! :cool1: Yeah go me!!!!

SunnieRN
04-14-2011, 05:35 PM
Do any of you have home insurance plans for appliances, etc? I have two offers and not sure what to do.

April 8-22:

Goals:

Medical: $200
Groceries $200
Cash: $100 / $35
No Buy Days: 9 (going out on a limb here. 9 of 14 sounds rough!)

April 8: $0 (off to a good start anyway!)
April 9: $0
April 10: $0
April 11: $$ may be in the thousands, as we are car shopping today.:scared1: Didn't buy a car today, so $0
April 12: Well, got DeeDee today! Dodge Durango, big enough for the whole family AND the ADHD dog!! Has more stuff in it, then I know what to do with.:eek: I will probably need to up my no buys now. Ended up getting dinner out after I posted this, so $35.00.
April 13: $0!! Eating out of the freezer!
April 14: $0, but have to grocery shop tomorrow or the next day.

No Buy Goal 9 / 6 accomplished!!

ronnmel
04-14-2011, 07:31 PM
Woke up on the wrong side of bed yesterday and forgot to pack my breakfast (I always eat at work), so I went down to the breakfast club and "donated" 2$ so I could have some milk and toast. I'm going to be honest and not count it as a 0$ day.

No Buy Days : 8/12
Gas : 40$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 20$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 27$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 44$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$
04/06 : 0$
04/07 : 15$ (gift bag + dinner)
04/08 : 0$
04/09 : 0$
04/10 : 0$
04/11 : 67$ (books + gas)
04/12 : 20$ (groceries)
04/13 : 2$ (breakfast club)
04/14 : 0$

What a fun weekend!

Happy Birthday! Did you get those Imagineering Guide books? I have 4 of them....Disneyland, MK, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. At some point I'll have to get MGM.

Please tell me the prices are posted in Canada in cents. Prices here are running $3.69/gallon. I know that is less than your prices, but it's high for here! I was paying 2.20ish not that long ago! I am really glad I usually go only through about 20-25 gallons of gas a month!

It was a very fun weekend indeed. :woohoo:

Yes, I bought the Imagineering Guide books. I already had Epcot, and this time bought Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Would have bought Animal Kingdom, but they didn't have it.

Yes, the price was in cents in Canada. So 1$ and 42.4 cents for 1 litre. I guess when the price is for a gallon, it goes up by a higher margin every time.

Happy birthday belatedly to ronmel. I could not get on the boards last night, I kept getting an error message.


Thanks. :)

I am so excited that your wedding is coming up Mel and hope your day is absolutely wonderful! You will be a beautiful bride.

Sorry I have been SO behind in everything. Every moment was spent car shopping the past few weeks. We knew what we wanted, but until yeaterday couldn't find the price we wanted, with the must haves and nothing extra. Hopefully I will be able to stay caught up!!

Bye the way, even though I know it doesn't actually work, and the arguments against it, Friday is 'don't buy gas day.' Worth a shot I guess?



Thanks. I find it unbelievable that my wedding is now less than 3 weeks away. I'm ecstatic! :cool1:

Congrats on the new car! And yes, I'll sort of be participating in the "don't buy gas" day. Like you said, it's worth a shot.

QVCshopper
04-14-2011, 07:45 PM
Ahh, well. I needed a lot of food today; then my DS5 got 3 shots for his well visit, thus the trip to Dunkin Donuts to get him an iced coffee to cheer him up. The Burger King trip was to cheer up DD6 because I'm an awful mom who didn't have time to take her out to lunch before school... oh well. Tomorrow is another day.

5/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon, $64 Lowes, $14 Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (+ Lego build), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0
4/8-$24 Wegmans
4/9-$13.50 ACME, $21 Wegmans
4/10-$5 Tag Sale, $5 Subway, $3.50 Sonic
4/11-$8.80 Stamps, $84.80 Pepsi/Hershey Park deal
4/12-$0
4/13-$0
4/14-$70 Wegmans (food/Easter event), $9 PetSmart, $2 Doctor, $5 BK, $5 DD

Virgderon
04-14-2011, 07:57 PM
Wlake, sorry. Its tough to have a sick child. Boo. Sunnie, in my opinion it depends on how expensive the appliances are. I wouldn't buy one of those policies on a $250 dishwasher, but I would on a $3000 referigerator.

Running Total: Spent $224
$800 budget... $576 left
$0 Days: 7
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 56

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69-7-11 = 137 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0
April 9: 41 ( 23 lunch, 11 Publix, 7 pop)
April 10 : 0
April 11: 0
April 12 : 12 ( 5 dinner at bowling, 7 at Walgreens)
April 13: 0
April 14 : 14 ( misc including People magazine. Couldn't help it. )

Where'sPiglet?
04-14-2011, 08:17 PM
My goal is $400 for point of sale transactions.
This amount does not include health care spending or gas.

1 - $0
2 - $0
3 - $63.19 Rouses, Wendy's; $22.59 gas (3.48/g)
4 - $3.00 Subway
5 - $0
6 - $0
7 - $0
8 - $5.49 Burger King (2 meals)
9 - $112.41 Walmart, Walgreens
10 - $0
11 - $34.85 Winn-Dixie
12 - $0
13 - $1 Coke at work
14 - $0

Point of Sale Spending: $219.91/$400 = 55%
Gas Spending: $22.59
Total Spending: $242.50

Month: 14/30 = 47%
$0 Days: 8

wlake
04-14-2011, 09:57 PM
Thanks for the well wishes for my son! He's much better and is going back to school tomorrow. Thank goodness -- we leave on Sat. for our DC trip!

4/1: take out; $20 basket raffle for my school
4/2: $15 AC Moore (party gift), $30 gas, $12 Staples, $20 pharmacy
4/3: $66 groceries, I'm-not-admitting-how-much on a new bike for DS8 who had outgrown his badly. :)
4/4: :cool1:
4/5: :cool1:
4/6: DH went shopping while he was out of town -- I wouldn't ordinarily count it, but he bought me something I wanted!
4/7: $14 groceries (forgot I was the t-ball snack mom for this Sat., and once I'm in there, I seem to need at least one more thing)
4/8: $3 groceries (that I could have gotten last night had I thought of it!) and $21 basket raffle tickets
4/9: $40 Target, $50-something groceries, $51 Lands' End (clothes for me)
4/10: $80 Trader Joe's (lots of snacks for our trip!), $13 bagels, $16 Walmart
4/11: :cool1: Finally, another no buy -- I was beginning to worry!
4/12: $20 dinner out
4/13: :cool1:
4/14: $5 Walmart, $80 Target, $80 Kohls


no buy days: 4/8
longest no buy streak: 3 days
meals out: 2/5 (not counting our trip!)
days since our last meal out: 2
longest no meals out streak: 10

bigmama67
04-14-2011, 10:48 PM
$53 on groceries today, $45 on gas, $11 at Home Depot and $6.90 at Ritas for ices/gelati.

My mom had a mild heart attack last night. I'm so torn between going up to Maine to see her in the hospital and knowing that she would hate that...we have a hotel booked for next Saturday & Sunday (4/23 and 4/24) anyhow but I wish I could find a way to get there sooner, alone. To top it all off, my brother and my husband are giving NO compassion and empathy at all. And my DD will NOT go to sleep. :mad:

A.Mickey
04-14-2011, 10:53 PM
Running Total: Spent $334.61
$0 Days:6/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $52.52
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $149.36
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $50.54
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal), 4/5 $28.02 (3.89/gal) saw gas prices are up to $4.09 at some stations, so at a half tank so filled it up when I still saw gas prices at $3.89= $82.19

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0
5- $0
6- $16.81 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.80 (McDonald's Eating Out)
7- $19.09 (Burger King- Eating Out-Our son really wanted to go here for some reason...maybe one too many commercials on TV during American Idol last night. I remember why we don't go here...yuck!), $7.89 (Meijer-Groceries...actually left my receipt there so I have no idea how much I saved off of sales, just know I saved $8 with coupons)
8- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $6.40 (McDonald's-Eating Out), $7.91 (Doggery-Eating Out)
9- $10.44 (Panera-Eating Out), $35 (Maggiano's-Eating Out)
10- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $8.29 (Au Bon Pain-Eating Out), $4.83 (McDonald's-Eating Out)
11- $21.03 (Portillo's-Eating Out), $20 (Video Game-Misc.), $4.61 (Target-Groceries)
12- $0
13- $16.05 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.81 (Wendy's-Eating Out) $7.16 (Meijer-Groceries)
14- $0


Budget: $1480....23%
Month: 14/30: 47%
No Buy: 6/13: 46%

My savings from coupons and sales: $522.72

Next Month: 6 month insurance premium ($300)....First month tuition for preschool ($203)....Broadway in Chicago Tickets ($318)

August: $300 Hotel Room for Cedar Point, October: ~$250 Rental Car

A.Mickey
04-14-2011, 10:58 PM
Whoops double post

superme80
04-14-2011, 11:54 PM
$53 on groceries today, $45 on gas, $11 at Home Depot and $6.90 at Ritas for ices/gelati.

My mom had a mild heart attack last night. I'm so torn between going up to Maine to see her in the hospital and knowing that she would hate that...we have a hotel booked for next Saturday & Sunday (4/23 and 4/24) anyhow but I wish I could find a way to get there sooner, alone. To top it all off, my brother and my husband are giving NO compassion and empathy at all. And my DD will NOT go to sleep. :mad:

:hug: I'm so sorry to hear that.
Just realized today was another no buy day. I cleaned house and had friends over. So I am at 6/10! :woohoo:

nunzia
04-15-2011, 09:13 AM
$700 total
$100 Gas $60 left
$250 Groceries $180 left
$150 Entertainment/Eating Out $112 left
$100 Gifts $41 left
$100 Misc Household $0 left

April 1: $15.00 gift (online Jedi game), $2.00 movie rental, $10.00 lunch out ( I am rounding)
April 2: $0
April 3: $20 DH gasoline. $59 Walmart...($8 gift, $8 Misc household garden, saved $8 in coupons) $7.00 Walgreens ( had a great coupon deal on M&Ms and those are for Easter so gifts $2 gift, the rest groceries. total coupons there $5.25)
April 4: $0
April 5: $3.00 (groceries for a recipe I wanted to try..first time using fresh ginger )
April 6: $3.00 Clone Wars Magazine for DGS, $40 for MP3 player for me..yikes..so is that household or gift? I'll say household
April 7: $10.00 groceries (sale stuff, mainly produce and fruit) $14.00 dinner out with DH & friends
April 8: $20.00 at Dollar Tree (which is what I get when I take DH and he finds his favorite cookie..so broken down into groceries, gift, household)
April 9: $20.00 gas ($3.67! whaaa?)
April 10: $20.00 gift, $5.00 Tangled album download
April 11: $5.00 memorial lily, $9.00 lunchout with DD
April 12: $7.00 Burger King, buy one get one whopper
April 13: $0
April 14: 35.00 Avon..where does this come from??? I guess household..uh oh $7.00 to ship Easter gifts to grankids.

SFWife
04-15-2011, 10:12 AM
are you guys reposting or editing your original posts? I have a hard time finding this thread when the day is over!

charming23
04-15-2011, 10:17 AM
bigmama67, :hug: Do what you feel is best and do not worry about what everyone else is saying. I hope your mom feels better soon.

SFWife, I usually quote my post and then add in the info for that day.

Where'sPiglet?
04-15-2011, 04:16 PM
My mom had a mild heart attack last night. I'm so torn between going up to Maine to see her in the hospital and knowing that she would hate that...we have a hotel booked for next Saturday & Sunday (4/23 and 4/24) anyhow but I wish I could find a way to get there sooner, alone. To top it all off, my brother and my husband are giving NO compassion and empathy at all. And my DD will NOT go to sleep. :mad:

:hug:

are you guys reposting or editing your original posts? I have a hard time finding this thread when the day is over!

I find my most recent post, quote it, then remove the quote brackets from it.

If you keep the quote brackets in and then add to it like you are quoting yourself, the next time you quote yourself, it won't include anything in the quoted section. You would only have the most recent day if you did that. If you remove the brackets, you can keep adding to it as the month goes along.

I "subscribe" to this thread so I can find it in my User CP (top left corner of your DIS page in the stripe of links across the top). To subscribe, click on "Thread Tools" at the top of the thread and select "subscribe". It makes it easy to find.

I hope that makes sense!

charming23
04-15-2011, 04:29 PM
Went out and saw "Hop" today. I have a secret crush on Russell Brand and just hearing his voice was :lovestruc . I used a free ticket I had so it cost me nothing.

I then went to Giant Eagle where I used coupons and got my bill from $15.04 to $4.49.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$105.56 Left
Car/Gas- $50/$23.38 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$44.04 left

Total- $500.00/$199.98 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10- $14.95 Grocery and $9.70 Misc
4/11- $0
4/12- $0

Week Three
4/13- $8.60 Lane Bryant, $30.72 Marc's and $52.66 Giant Eagle
4/14- $0
4/15- $4.49 Giant Eagle
4/16
4/17
4/18
4/19


9/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$107.69

QVCshopper
04-15-2011, 08:39 PM
Hugs to BigMama67. Hope your mom gets well soon!

6/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon, $64 Lowes, $14 Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (+ Lego build), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0
4/8-$24 Wegmans
4/9-$13.50 ACME, $21 Wegmans
4/10-$5 Tag Sale, $5 Subway, $3.50 Sonic
4/11-$8.80 Stamps, $84.80 Pepsi/Hershey Park deal, $23 Lands End
4/12-$0
4/13-$0
4/14-$70 Wegmans (food/Easter event), $9 PetSmart, $2 Doctor, $5 BK, $5 DD
4/15-$0

Virgderon
04-15-2011, 08:52 PM
Oh Big Mama. I'm sorry . I live several states away from my parents and I worry about them so much. Hope mom is okay.

Its been a stressful week at work, and I have also been working on my taxes, so I am fried. I got some groceries and chinese take-out. I couldn't face cooking- too tired.

Running Total: Spent $269
$800 budget... $531 left
$0 Days: 7
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 62

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69-7-11-25 = 112 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0
April 9: 41 ( 23 lunch, 11 Publix, 7 pop)
April 10 : 0
April 11: 0
April 12 : 12 ( 5 dinner at bowling, 7 at Walgreens)
April 13: 0
April 14 : 14 ( misc including People magazine. Couldn't help it. )
April 15: 45 ( groceries and chinese food )

A.Mickey
04-15-2011, 09:09 PM
Running Total: Spent $399.61
$0 Days:7/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $52.52
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $149.36
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $50.54
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal), 4/5 $28.02 (3.89/gal), 4/15 $65 (4.02/gal) saw gas prices are up to $4.25 at some stations, so filled up with cash for $4.02= $147.19

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0
5- $0
6- $16.81 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.80 (McDonald's Eating Out)
7- $19.09 (Burger King- Eating Out-Our son really wanted to go here for some reason...maybe one too many commercials on TV during American Idol last night. I remember why we don't go here...yuck!), $7.89 (Meijer-Groceries...actually left my receipt there so I have no idea how much I saved off of sales, just know I saved $8 with coupons)
8- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $6.40 (McDonald's-Eating Out), $7.91 (Doggery-Eating Out)
9- $10.44 (Panera-Eating Out), $35 (Maggiano's-Eating Out)
10- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $8.29 (Au Bon Pain-Eating Out), $4.83 (McDonald's-Eating Out)
11- $21.03 (Portillo's-Eating Out), $20 (Video Game-Misc.), $4.61 (Target-Groceries)
12- $0
13- $16.05 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.81 (Wendy's-Eating Out) $7.16 (Meijer-Groceries)
14- $0
15- $0
16- Picking up the car tomorrow....$600 later :scared1:


Budget: $1480....27%
Month: 15/30: 50%
No Buy: 7/13: 54%

My savings from coupons and sales: $522.72

Next Month: 6 month insurance premium ($300)....First month tuition for preschool ($203)....Broadway in Chicago Tickets ($318)

August: $300 Hotel Room for Cedar Point, October: ~$250 Rental Car

bigmama67
04-15-2011, 09:33 PM
$16.25 for TANGLED DVD at Borders (I got 40% off and I will be able to use a $5 rebate when I get it, so I'm good with that); $10.50 at Kohls.com for a pair of swim trunks for DS (both Kohls and Borders were free shipping); $6.55 at Costco for groceries (plus another$20 for which I used my rebate check); $49.98 for two tickets to Harry Potter Exhibit at the Discovery Center in Times Square (this includes audio tours for DH and I when we go; DS will get a cheaper ticket but this was a good deal!) I think that's it but for paying bills today.

Thanks, everyone, for the good thoughts. I called the hospital this morning to talk to my Mom's nurse, and I was able to speak with my Mom too. She said I should just leave things as they are and come next Saturday, so that's what we're going to do. Hopefully she will be home by then. :worried:

bigmama67
04-15-2011, 09:38 PM
charming23, how was HOP?

SunnieRN
04-15-2011, 10:06 PM
April 8-22:

Goals:

Medical: $200
Groceries $200
Cash: $100 / $35
No Buy Days: 9 (going out on a limb here. 9 of 14 sounds rough!)

April 8: $0 (off to a good start anyway!)
April 9: $0
April 10: $0
April 11: $$ may be in the thousands, as we are car shopping today.:scared1: Didn't buy a car today, so $0
April 12: Well, got DeeDee today! Dodge Durango, big enough for the whole family AND the ADHD dog!! Has more stuff in it, then I know what to do with.:eek: I will probably need to up my no buys now. Ended up getting dinner out after I posted this, so $35.00.
April 13: $0!! Eating out of the freezer!
April 14: $0, but have to grocery shop tomorrow or the next day.
April 15: $0 wasn't planned,

No Buy Goal 9 / 7 accomplished!

Wlake, sorry. Its tough to have a sick child. Boo. Sunnie, in my opinion it depends on how expensive the appliances are. I wouldn't buy one of those policies on a $250 dishwasher, but I would on a $3000 referigerator.

It is $49 a month, covers all appliances, water heater, air conditioner, built in microwave, with a $24 service charge per visit and 4 free maint/service visits annually. Interesting for sure!

BigMama, I am So Happy your Mom is doing well!! That's fantastic news!!:cool1::woohoo::yay:

charming23
04-15-2011, 10:26 PM
charming23, how was HOP?

I loved Hop. It was very cute. I went with my best friend and her two girls, they are 5 and 3 and they loved every minute of it.

ronnmel
04-15-2011, 11:02 PM
Bought a new bikini and a 7-in-1 beach dress for my destination wedding. Part of it was paid by a gift card I got for my birthday. :cloud9: Also bought a gift for a baby shower.

Speaking of baby shower, the mom of my sister-in-law was asking what time we come back from Cuba so she can schedule her baby shower that day, possibly in the afternoon. We come back around 3pm, plus whatever time it takes to go through security, get our luggage, go home to change and get the gift... And even though there won't be any jet lag as we don't change time zone, it's always tiring to spend a day in airports/plane. Will we (me, my mother-in-law and several of my fiance's aunts) really be up to attend a shower that very same day (or weekend for that matter, we have to unpack and get settled back before going back to work)???? :headache:

No Buy Days : 8/12
Gas : 40$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 20$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 40$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 134$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$
04/06 : 0$
04/07 : 15$ (gift bag + dinner)
04/08 : 0$
04/09 : 0$
04/10 : 0$
04/11 : 67$ (books + gas)
04/12 : 20$ (groceries)
04/13 : 2$ (breakfast club)
04/14 : 0$
04/15 : 103$ (baby shower gift, swimwear for me, dinner and snack)


Thanks for the well wishes for my son! He's much better and is going back to school tomorrow. Thank goodness -- we leave on Sat. for our DC trip!

Glad your son is feeling better wlake. :)

My mom had a mild heart attack last night. I'm so torn between going up to Maine to see her in the hospital and knowing that she would hate that...we have a hotel booked for next Saturday & Sunday (4/23 and 4/24) anyhow but I wish I could find a way to get there sooner, alone. To top it all off, my brother and my husband are giving NO compassion and empathy at all. And my DD will NOT go to sleep. :mad:

Sorry to hear that bigmama.

bigmama67
04-15-2011, 11:46 PM
BigMama, I am So Happy your Mom is doing well!! That's fantastic news!!:cool1::woohoo::yay:

Well, it's all relative...I mean, any way you slice it it's still "congestive heart failure" but there are treatments...we'll see. I know my Mom said they'll be doing some tests. My brother was supposed to speak to her cardiologist again today but that didn't happen. Anyway, thank you. :goodvibes

Debbie
04-16-2011, 07:33 AM
I have a great recipe for crock pot cheesy potatoes that uses smoked gouda. I'm actually thinking about making it for Easter.Oooh! I love to have that recipe. We do birthdays and Easter (extended family) on Friday, then on Sunday, I have my kids and their SOs.

Yesterday was soooo not a No Buy Day...BUT I have budgeted $100 this week for groceries and I still have over $8.00 left!!!!!! :cool1: Yeah go me!!!!YEAH! Great budgeting/shopping! And LOOK at your $0! 6/10 :woohoo:

Do any of you have home insurance plans for appliances, etc? I have two offers and not sure what to do.Sunnie, when we bought this house we had all new appliances from Sears. We did buy the extended warranties. Would I do it again? Probably not. I'd take what it costs for insurance and throw that money into a "household" (Quicken-virtual) account, to pay for repairs/replacement as they come up. Now that I have my budgeting under control and "perfected" (:rotfl: ) AND I am disciplined enough to do that (and no little ones to wreak havoc on my plan) that would work for me.

Thanks for the well wishes for my son! He's much better and is going back to school tomorrow. Thank goodness -- we leave on Sat. for our DC trip!Glad he's feeling better. HAVE A GREAT TRIP! We don't have one planned, so I have to live vicariously through others.....send details!

35.00 Avon..where does this come from??? I guess household..uh oh $7.00 to ship Easter gifts to grankids.That reminds me......I need to buy some Avon. I use/love their Anew products.


Budget: $1480....27%
Month: 15/30: 50%
No Buy: 7/13: 54%You are doing really well with your budget....time for the middle of the month dance! :dance3:

Thanks, everyone, for the good thoughts. I called the hospital this morning to talk to my Mom's nurse, and I was able to speak with my Mom too. She said I should just leave things as they are and come next Saturday, so that's what we're going to do. Hopefully she will be home by then. :worried: I'll keep you and your mom in my thoughts and prayers, bigmama67. I know how worrisome it is. Not fun being the middle of the sandwich. (kids and parents)

Speaking of baby shower, the mom of my sister-in-law was asking what time we come back from Cuba so she can schedule her baby shower that day, possibly in the afternoon. We come back around 3pm, plus whatever time it takes to go through security, get our luggage, go home to change and get the gift... And even though there won't be any jet lag as we don't change time zone, it's always tiring to spend a day in airports/plane. Will we (me, my mother-in-law and several of my fiance's aunts) really be up to attend a shower that very same day (or weekend for that matter, we have to unpack and get settled back before going back to work)???? :headache:Well, I've learned in my years that I count for something. In fact, I have, in the past six months declined invitatations to showers because the timing didn't work. I, personally, would be upfront and say, sorry but I can't attend that weekend. And, I'd let my sister-in-law know too. :( Some people don't understand how fatiguing travel is!


Virgderon, hope you are rested today. ((HUGS))

Debbie
04-16-2011, 07:35 AM
I just realized that the no buy pic is not available now. Does anyone know where it went or how to get it back again?

Debbie
04-16-2011, 02:08 PM
Uh...oh! I'm gonna have to do some heavy thinking to remember the buying these past few days!

My budget:
I will count all OTC purchases, but not the regularly budgeted and paid for bills like Church, heating, water, taxes etc.
I will not count DH's spending on his snacks, since he does that every day, and there is no way for me to keep track, anyway.
This month I have a couple of birthday gifts, and of course Easter candy. (not sure if I'm doing baskets or not....maybe just cash for each of 5 kids :scared1: ) My biggest goal is that I NOT spend as much as I did last month....that should be attainable, since last month was atrocious! Here's hoping for 12 no buy days.

April 1: $4 drug co-pay, grad pics for DD $172, gas $23
April 2: groceries $53 DDs phone needed replacing, and, since she was off to buy her shoes for her prom, I bought the phone...happy belated birthday....$101
April 3: $0
April 4: $0
April 5: Tuesday is DH's grocery day: $116
April 6: more groceries $26, gas $50
April 7: $0
April 8: $0
April 9: $30 groceries and it was ME, not DH this time :blush:
April 10: tip on brunch $5, gas to TO $15, shared lottery ticket with DSisters $35
April 11: gas $36
April 12: groceries $23
April 13: gas $30
April 14: $0
April 15: lottery ticket $5, contact lens (yes, ONE) $145
April 16: market groceries $13, Dollarama $50 (gift for DNephew, stuff for school, envelopes for home, and just...fun :blush: ), Bulk Barn (groceries and Easter candy)$37, Chapters gift + books for school $18, Costco-went in for milk for us, and chocolate bars for school (I sell stuff and the proceeds go to cancer), but the bill-NOT including the school chocolate-was $96 What was I thinking??? Oops, just read the bill......$33 of that was Easter CANDY....again....What was I thinking? :faint: Updating the $43 groceries DH bought after Church

Gas: $131
Groceries/Household: $442
Drug co-pays/medicine/lens: $149
Misc including gifts: $378
Easter candy: $55

No Buy days: 5/12

Virgderon
04-16-2011, 03:16 PM
More food shopping ... a side effect of being broke for so long. I sincerely have empathy for those that are unemployed for long stretches of time. It was really difficult to mamage just for a couple months before I got a normal paycheck. Unemployment is survival money, nothing more.

Running Total: Spent $330
$800 budget... $470 left
$0 Days: 7
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 64

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69-7-11-25-42 = 70 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0
April 9: 41 ( 23 lunch, 11 Publix, 7 pop)
April 10 : 0
April 11: 0
April 12 : 12 ( 5 dinner at bowling, 7 at Walgreens)
April 13: 0
April 14 : 14 ( misc including People magazine. Couldn't help it. )
April 15: 45 ( groceries and chinese food )
April 15: 61 ( 42 groceries, 7 books at the flea market, 12 misc)

charming23
04-16-2011, 03:16 PM
Went to my job interview this morning and it was the worst one I have ever been to. They did not ask me any job related questions and I just got a bad vibe about the place.

I had to stop for gas and spent $19.50 for 5 gallons which only got me a half a tank.:scared1: These gas prices need to come down soon. I also stopped at Walmart for a few items my mom needed.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$855.56 Left
Car/Gas- $50/$17.30 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$44.04 left

Total- $500.00/$160.48 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10- $14.95 Grocery and $9.70 Misc
4/11- $0
4/12- $0

Week Three
4/13- $8.60 Lane Bryant, $30.72 Marc's and $52.66 Giant Eagle
4/14- $0
4/15- $4.49 Giant Eagle
4/16- $19.50 Gas and $20 Walmart
4/17
4/18
4/19


9/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$111.16

superme80
04-16-2011, 05:04 PM
Almost had DH pick up dinner on his way home, but remembered I was making his favorite so I didn't. So I am at 7 no buy days! Amazingly it is getting easier to tell myself no. Today we went to the Farmer's Market and ran some errands. I feel good that we supported local business. I bought some more meat for the next month spent over $30. I was proactive about it and picked out the packages I wanted instead of having them hand them to me. I think I saved at least $5 that way.

ronnmel
04-16-2011, 05:36 PM
Forgot to stop by the drug store to get my pump renewed today, but it's so fricking cold that I don't want to go out again. I'm torn because I want to stay in, but I know my cough will get worse if I do that... For now I'm calling it early as a no-buy day.

No Buy Days : 9/12
Gas : 40$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 20$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 40$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 134$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$
04/06 : 0$
04/07 : 15$ (gift bag + dinner)
04/08 : 0$
04/09 : 0$
04/10 : 0$
04/11 : 67$ (books + gas)
04/12 : 20$ (groceries)
04/13 : 2$ (breakfast club)
04/14 : 0$
04/15 : 103$ (baby shower gift, swimwear for me, dinner and snack)
04/16 : 0$


Well, I've learned in my years that I count for something. In fact, I have, in the past six months declined invitatations to showers because the timing didn't work. I, personally, would be upfront and say, sorry but I can't attend that weekend. And, I'd let my sister-in-law know too. :( Some people don't understand how fatiguing travel is!

I talked with my sister-in-law today. Actually, she's the one that brought it up, saying I won't be able to attend her baby shower since it's the day I come back. I said I felt bad about it, but she said "don't, I can't even attend your wedding" (since she's almost 8 months pregnant and thus can't travel to Cuba). So it's all good. :) Phew, one less stress. Now I just need to try and contact her mom to ask about how to give the gift.

A.Mickey
04-16-2011, 07:38 PM
Running Total: Spent $431.50
$0 Days:7/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $73.22
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $156.36
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $54.73
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal), 4/5 $28.02 (3.89/gal), 4/15 $65 (4.02/gal) saw gas prices are up to $4.25 at some stations, so filled up with cash for $4.02= $147.19

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0
5- $0
6- $16.81 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.80 (McDonald's Eating Out)
7- $19.09 (Burger King- Eating Out-Our son really wanted to go here for some reason...maybe one too many commercials on TV during American Idol last night. I remember why we don't go here...yuck!), $7.89 (Meijer-Groceries...actually left my receipt there so I have no idea how much I saved off of sales, just know I saved $8 with coupons)
8- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $6.40 (McDonald's-Eating Out), $7.91 (Doggery-Eating Out)
9- $10.44 (Panera-Eating Out), $35 (Maggiano's-Eating Out)
10- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $8.29 (Au Bon Pain-Eating Out), $4.83 (McDonald's-Eating Out)
11- $21.03 (Portillo's-Eating Out), $20 (Video Game-Misc.), $4.61 (Target-Groceries)
12- $0
13- $16.05 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.81 (Wendy's-Eating Out) $7.16 (Meijer-Groceries)
14- $0
15- $0
16- $7 (McDonald's-Eating Out), $4.19 (Dollar Tree- Misc.), $14.71 (Joe Caputo-Groceries), $5.99 (Trader Joe's-Groceries)


Budget: $1480....29%
Month: 16/30: 53%
No Buy: 7/13: 54%

My savings from coupons and sales: $569.61

Next Month: 6 month insurance premium ($300)....First month tuition for preschool ($203)....Broadway in Chicago Tickets ($318)

August: $300 Hotel Room for Cedar Point, October: ~$250 Rental Car

QVCshopper
04-16-2011, 08:43 PM
I bought myself my mother's day gift today: the Disney Store has some adorable stuff for Earth Day. Yay!

6/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon, $64 Lowes, $14 Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (+ Lego build), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0
4/8-$24 Wegmans
4/9-$13.50 ACME, $21 Wegmans
4/10-$5 Tag Sale, $5 Subway, $3.50 Sonic
4/11-$8.80 Stamps, $84.80 Pepsi/Hershey Park deal, $23 Lands End
4/12-$0
4/13-$0
4/14-$70 Wegmans (food/Easter event), $9 PetSmart, $2 Doctor, $5 BK, $5 DD
4/15-$0
4/16-$11 Wegmans, $25 PetSmart, $4 Book Store, $5 Five Below, $11 Gertrude Hawk, $5 Subway, $4 Auntie Anns, $53 Disney Store
4/17-$60 Food

charming23
04-17-2011, 03:05 PM
Went to the library today and came right home. I have a bunch of movies I picked up to watch so I am spending my afternoon doing that.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$855.56 Left
Car/Gas- $50/$17.30 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$44.04 left

Total- $500.00/$160.48 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10- $14.95 Grocery and $9.70 Misc
4/11- $0
4/12- $0

Week Three
4/13- $8.60 Lane Bryant, $30.72 Marc's and $52.66 Giant Eagle
4/14- $0
4/15- $4.49 Giant Eagle
4/16- $19.50 Gas and $20 Walmart
4/17- $0
4/18
4/19


10/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$111.16

Virgderon
04-17-2011, 05:29 PM
It was an amazing, perfect weather day so off we went to do some shopping and take a look at the new coaster at Busch Gardens. It's called Cheetah Run and it looks crazy good. Can't wait to ride it.

Running Total: Spent $397
$800 budget... $403 left
$0 Days: 7
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 64

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69-7-11-25-42 = 70 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0
April 9: 41 ( 23 lunch, 11 Publix, 7 pop)
April 10 : 0
April 11: 0
April 12 : 12 ( 5 dinner at bowling, 7 at Walgreens)
April 13: 0
April 14 : 14 ( misc including People magazine. Couldn't help it. )
April 15: 45 ( groceries and chinese food )
April 16: 61 ( 42 groceries, 7 books at the flea market, 12 misc)
April 17: 67 ( 46 old navy, 20 Busch gardens lunch, 1 newspaper)

ronnmel
04-17-2011, 07:13 PM
No Buy Days : 9/12
Gas : 81$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 91$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 40$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 163$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$
04/06 : 0$
04/07 : 15$ (gift bag + dinner)
04/08 : 0$
04/09 : 0$
04/10 : 0$
04/11 : 67$ (books + gas)
04/12 : 20$ (groceries)
04/13 : 2$ (breakfast club)
04/14 : 0$
04/15 : 103$ (baby shower gift, swimwear for me, dinner and snack)
04/16 : 0$
04/17 : 141$ (gas + medication + groceries + swimsuit for DD)

SunnieRN
04-17-2011, 09:36 PM
April 8-22:

Goals:

Medical: $200
Groceries $200 / $111
Cash: $100 / $35
No Buy Days: 9 (going out on a limb here. 9 of 14 sounds rough!)

April 8: $0 (off to a good start anyway!)
April 9: $0
April 10: $0
April 11: $$ may be in the thousands, as we are car shopping today.:scared1: Didn't buy a car today, so $0
April 12: Well, got DeeDee today! Dodge Durango, big enough for the whole family AND the ADHD dog!! Has more stuff in it, then I know what to do with.:eek: I will probably need to up my no buys now. Ended up getting dinner out after I posted this, so $35.00.
April 13: $0!! Eating out of the freezer!
April 14: $0, but have to grocery shop tomorrow or the next day.
April 15: $0 wasn't planned,
April 16: $0
April 17: $111. Huge grocery trip, including Easter dinner, a coffe for my
dd and an icee for my Grandson.


No Buy Goal 9 / 8 accomplished!

A.Mickey
04-17-2011, 10:00 PM
Running Total: Spent $476.27
$0 Days:8/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $79.99
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $175.36
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $73.73
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal), 4/5 $28.02 (3.89/gal), 4/15 $65 (4.02/gal) saw gas prices are up to $4.25 at some stations, so filled up with cash for $4.02= $147.19

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0
5- $0
6- $16.81 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.80 (McDonald's Eating Out)
7- $19.09 (Burger King- Eating Out-Our son really wanted to go here for some reason...maybe one too many commercials on TV during American Idol last night. I remember why we don't go here...yuck!), $7.89 (Meijer-Groceries...actually left my receipt there so I have no idea how much I saved off of sales, just know I saved $8 with coupons)
8- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $6.40 (McDonald's-Eating Out), $7.91 (Doggery-Eating Out)
9- $10.44 (Panera-Eating Out), $35 (Maggiano's-Eating Out)
10- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $8.29 (Au Bon Pain-Eating Out), $4.83 (McDonald's-Eating Out)
11- $21.03 (Portillo's-Eating Out), $20 (Video Game-Misc.), $4.61 (Target-Groceries)
12- $0
13- $16.05 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.81 (Wendy's-Eating Out) $7.16 (Meijer-Groceries)
14- $0
15- $0
16- $7 (McDonald's-Eating Out), $4.19 (Dollar Tree- Misc.), $14.71 (Joe Caputo-Groceries), $5.99 (Trader Joe's-Groceries)
17- $19 (Parking-Misc.), $19 (Gene and Jude's-Eating Out), $6.77 (Walgreens-Groceries)
18- $0


Budget: $1480....32%
Month: 18/30: 60%
No Buy: 8/13: 62%

My savings from coupons and sales: $635.59

Next Month: 6 month insurance premium ($300)....First month tuition for preschool ($203)....Broadway in Chicago Tickets ($318)

August: $300 Hotel Room for Cedar Point, October: ~$250 Rental Car

bigmama67
04-18-2011, 09:02 AM
Another spendy weekend but we got some things we needed for the house, had DD's pictures taken (2 and a half!) and got the Cars & Incredibles Blu-Ray combos for $17.xx and we get 2 tickets to Cars 2 so that was a zero-loss deal! :goodvibes

4/15 - paid BILLS! And my state taxes (we got our Federal refund though!) Groceries $33.40, Harry Potter Discovery Exhibition tickets $49.98.

4/16 - $32.25 for the above-mentioned Blu-Rays and also bought TANGLED from Borders for $16.25. $13.67 CVS; $19.35 groceries.

4/17 - $10.65 pictures of DD; $29.20 groceries; $39.33 gas (DH filled up)/$50.61 left for month; $11.10 AC Moore (markers for DS and paint and brushes for DD - ALL CRAYOLA HALF PRICE THIS WEEK! :thumbsup2); $42.96 Home Depot (DH got some ideas about fixing things...looks good...).

0-BUY DAYS: 3/12 - not gonna happen. Better luck in May! :confused3

QVCshopper
04-18-2011, 09:09 AM
Sick day here, so we're saying home.

7/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon, $64 Lowes, $14 Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (+ Lego build), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0
4/8-$24 Wegmans
4/9-$13.50 ACME, $21 Wegmans
4/10-$5 Tag Sale, $5 Subway, $3.50 Sonic
4/11-$8.80 Stamps, $84.80 Pepsi/Hershey Park deal, $23 Lands End
4/12-$0
4/13-$0
4/14-$70 Wegmans (food/Easter event), $9 PetSmart, $2 Doctor, $5 BK, $5 DD
4/15-$0
4/16-$11 Wegmans, $25 PetSmart, $4 Book Store, $5 Five Below, $11 Gertrude Hawk, $5 Subway, $4 Auntie Anns, $53 Disney Store
4/17-$60 Food
4/18-$0

annsteere
04-18-2011, 09:13 AM
popcorn::

Not posting this month, but enjoying stopping in most mornings and seeing how the rest of you are doing. (And, getting a scoop of motivation to do the best I can this spendy month).

charming23
04-18-2011, 12:47 PM
QVCShopper, I hope you feel better soon.

Today is a rainy, cold, miserable day so we are staying in.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$855.56 Left
Car/Gas- $50/$17.30 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$44.04 left

Total- $500.00/$160.48 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10- $14.95 Grocery and $9.70 Misc
4/11- $0
4/12- $0

Week Three
4/13- $8.60 Lane Bryant, $30.72 Marc's and $52.66 Giant Eagle
4/14- $0
4/15- $4.49 Giant Eagle
4/16- $19.50 Gas and $20 Walmart
4/17- $0
4/18-$0
4/19


11/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$111.16

MickeyMomOfThree
04-18-2011, 12:54 PM
Hi Everyone. I am embaassed to comeback. :rolleyes1

I don't know what has been wrong with me this month. t isn't just here, I am still so tied. Falling asleep all the time. I have dropped off the kids at dance and fell asleep in the van while I waited, I have fallen asleep at the movies with m y DH. The thing is I have been healthier lately then ever, going to the gym everyday doing cadio, drinking only water, eating almost no carbs and when I do they are good ones. The doctor an a bunch of tests and said they didn't find anything but it's almost like he said that's it. I think I need to find a new doctor.

Anyway, I miss you all but everytime I say I am going to get caught up I get overwhelmed. Now my kids are on Spring Break and so I am just going to start over in May.

I do want to try and catch up with everyone, but for now I just wanted to say hello.

FTR, other then an insane amount of gas, I am doing really well spending wise! 15 months with you guys taught me well!!!

SunnieRN
04-18-2011, 09:26 PM
April 8-22:

Goals:

Medical: $200
Groceries $200 / $111
Cash: $100 / $35 /63
No Buy Days: 9 (going out on a limb here. 9 of 14 sounds rough!)

April 8: $0 (off to a good start anyway!)
April 9: $0
April 10: $0
April 11: $$ may be in the thousands, as we are car shopping today.:scared1: Didn't buy a car today, so $0
April 12: Well, got DeeDee today! Dodge Durango, big enough for the whole family AND the ADHD dog!! Has more stuff in it, then I know what to do with.:eek: I will probably need to up my no buys now. Ended up getting dinner out after I posted this, so $35.00.
April 13: $0!! Eating out of the freezer!
April 14: $0, but have to grocery shop tomorrow or the next day.
April 15: $0 wasn't planned,
April 16: $0
April 17: $111. Huge grocery trip, including Easter dinner, a coffe for my
dd and an icee for my Grandson.
April 18: $63, Grandmas day with the grandmunchkins. ChuckECheese, TRUs, park with ice cream. It was a blast!!


No Buy Goal 9 / 8 accomplished!

bigmama67
04-18-2011, 09:33 PM
MickeyMomofThree, I don't want to freak you out, but is there any chance you could be pregnant?

$3.50 today for snacks at DS' b'ball game, $9 pizza lunch with DD, $10 at Costco, $8 groceries...I think that's it. :)

OH...nope, it's not...about $30 at Kohls (I got a platter because mine broke, and I got DS a nice pair of Arrow pants and a shirt/tie set)...I had a 30% off coupon and then a "$10 off $20 in kids' clothing". I was a bit bummed that they took the $10 off BEFORE the 30% discount but I still think I did well. (The platter was already 50% off, it's really pretty!)

MickeyMomOfThree
04-18-2011, 09:41 PM
MickeyMomofThree, I don't want to freak you out, but is there any chance you could be pregnant?

$3.50 today for snacks at DS' b'ball game, $9 pizza lunch with DD, $10 at Costco, $8 groceries...I think that's it. :)

HeHe, No. QVCShopper sent me a PM asking the same thing. My DH had a vacetomy 10 years ago, and while I know sometimes things do "grow back" or whaatever, they ran a huge series of bloodtests and everything came back clear. I would totally FREAK OUT though, you are right about that! :lmao:

I am laying in bed here trying to catch up. I miss you all and will be working on catching up over the next day.

Virgderon
04-18-2011, 10:30 PM
I miss you Mickey Mom. If the doctor ran blood tests and everything came back okay, maybe it is just stress, and sleep is your way of escaping the stress. My way of escaping stress is an afternoon nap and /or eating Crackerjacks.The whole bag. Or ice cream. Or People Magazine. Or Youtube. Looking up old high school friends on Facebook to see if they are more broke or have gained more weight than I have is fun. Sometimes I will sit on my balcony and watch my neighbors kids scream and whine and congratulate myself on how well my kids turned out. Sorry , this is probably not helpful. :-)

We are going to have a spendy week. The Chicago White Sox are playing 4 games in Tampa this week, and we are going to 3 of them. We also have Easter and a birthday party this weekend.

Running Total: Spent $444
$800 budget... $356 left
$0 Days: 7
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 64

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69-7-11-25-42 = 70 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0
April 9: 41 ( 23 lunch, 11 Publix, 7 pop)
April 10 : 0
April 11: 0
April 12 : 12 ( 5 dinner at bowling, 7 at Walgreens)
April 13: 0
April 14 : 14 ( misc including People magazine. Couldn't help it. )
April 15: 45 ( groceries and chinese food )
April 16: 61 ( 42 groceries, 7 books at the flea market, 12 misc)
April 17: 67 ( 46 old navy, 20 Busch gardens lunch, 1 newspaper)
April 18: 47 ( 25 Target food, 12 food at ball game, 10 parking)

charming23
04-18-2011, 10:37 PM
Glad to "see" you MickeyMomofThree. I hope they figure out what is going on soon. I know when I workout more I get tired easier.

angierae
04-19-2011, 09:43 AM
No buy days: 8/10
Groceries: $154.38/$240
Fuel: $60/$48
Eating out: 44.90/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 24.67/$52

Coupon running total for April: $16.24

4/1: $0 :cool1:
4/2: $0 :cool1:
4/3: $0 :cool1:
4/4: $2.10 (CVS. Got $50 worth of stuff between sales, coupons and Extrabucks, though.)
4/5: $14.90 @ Subway $8.67 @ 7-11 $20 @ Mobil
4/6: $10 @ Panera $51.34 @ Meijer
4/7: $0 :cool1:
4/8: $0 :cool1:
4/9: $41.92 groceries (3 different stores)
4/10: $0 :cool1:
4/11: $20 @ Mobil, $16.37 @ Kroger, $16 @ Amazon
4/12: $9.31 @ CVS during a walk with DH - cleaning supplies
4/13: $3.20 @ Kroger because I forgot my lunch so I stopped in on the way to work for a frozen dinner and a thing of apples and caramel
4/14: $0 :cool1:
4/15: $20 Gas (officially overbudget for the month, but I knew that was coming)
4/16: $10.22 groceries $20 dining out
4/17: $7.52 CVS (papers and a few little things)
4/18: $0 :cool1:

charming23
04-19-2011, 02:32 PM
Calling it a $0 day today as well. It is still cold and rainy out so staying indoors and catching up on my DVR.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$855.56 Left
Car/Gas- $50/$17.30 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$44.04 left

Total- $500.00/$160.48 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10- $14.95 Grocery and $9.70 Misc
4/11- $0
4/12- $0

Week Three
4/13- $8.60 Lane Bryant, $30.72 Marc's and $52.66 Giant Eagle
4/14- $0
4/15- $4.49 Giant Eagle
4/16- $19.50 Gas and $20 Walmart
4/17- $0
4/18- $0
4/19- $0

Week Four
4/20
4/21
4/22
4/23
4/24
4/25
4/26

12/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$111.16

SunnieRN
04-19-2011, 03:02 PM
MMO3, I hope you start having more energy soon. What amount of carbs are you eating? If your calorie intake is too low and you are working out every day, your body may be in 'starvation mode', where it conserves as much energy as possible. Maybe it would be a good idea to talk to a nutritionist/dietician. Your doctor could refer you. Feel better!! :goodvibes

April 8-22:

Goals:

Medical: $200
Groceries $200 / $111
Cash: $100 / $35 /63
No Buy Days: 9 (going out on a limb here. 9 of 14 sounds rough!)

April 8: $0 (off to a good start anyway!)
April 9: $0
April 10: $0
April 11: $$ may be in the thousands, as we are car shopping today.:scared1: Didn't buy a car today, so $0
April 12: Well, got DeeDee today! Dodge Durango, big enough for the whole family AND the ADHD dog!! Has more stuff in it, then I know what to do with.:eek: I will probably need to up my no buys now. Ended up getting dinner out after I posted this, so $35.00.
April 13: $0!! Eating out of the freezer!
April 14: $0, but have to grocery shop tomorrow or the next day.
April 15: $0 wasn't planned,
April 16: $0
April 17: $111. Huge grocery trip, including Easter dinner, a coffe for my
dd and an icee for my Grandson.
April 18: $63, Grandmas day with the grandmunchkins. ChuckECheese, TRUs, park with ice cream. It was a blast!!
April 19: $0.


No Buy Goal 9 / 9 accomplished!

Virgderon
04-19-2011, 05:20 PM
Bowling banquet tonight, which is already paid for, but I did have to buy stuff for a pot luck lunch at work.

Running Total: Spent $461
$800 budget... $339 left
$0 Days: 7
Goal is 8 or more!
coupon/sale savings : 75

Groceries budget- $250-19-7- 69-7-11-25-42 = 70 left

April 1: 19 ( groceries)
April 2: 0
April 3: 26 ( pop, razor, cleaning supplies, soup)
April 4: 0
April 5: 43 (14 Walgreens, 23 bowling banquet, 6 dinner at bowling)
April 6: 0
April 7: 69 ( Publix groceries)
April 8: 0
April 9: 41 ( 23 lunch, 11 Publix, 7 pop)
April 10 : 0
April 11: 0
April 12 : 12 ( 5 dinner at bowling, 7 at Walgreens)
April 13: 0
April 14 : 14 ( misc including People magazine. Couldn't help it. )
April 15: 45 ( groceries and chinese food )
April 16: 61 ( 42 groceries, 7 books at the flea market, 12 misc)
April 17: 67 ( 46 old navy, 20 Busch gardens lunch, 1 newspaper)
April 18: 47 ( 25 Target food, 12 food at ball game, 10 parking)
April 19 : 17 ( pot luck lunch treats)

ronnmel
04-19-2011, 05:28 PM
I hear you Mickeymomofthree on having no energy. I'm tired of being tired. I'm so ready for my vacation to be here!

No Buy Days : 11/12
Gas : 81$ (max 120$???)
Groceries : 91$ (max 250$)
Eating out (and snacks) : 40$ (max 100$)
Non-necessities : 163$ (max 200$)

04/01 : 0$
04/02 : 7$ (snack)
04/03 : 20$ (lunch + purse)
04/04 : 0$
04/05 : 0$
04/06 : 0$
04/07 : 15$ (gift bag + dinner)
04/08 : 0$
04/09 : 0$
04/10 : 0$
04/11 : 67$ (books + gas)
04/12 : 20$ (groceries)
04/13 : 2$ (breakfast club)
04/14 : 0$
04/15 : 103$ (baby shower gift, swimwear for me, dinner and snack)
04/16 : 0$
04/17 : 141$ (gas + medication + groceries + swimsuit for DD)
04/18 : 0$
04/19 : 0$

QVCshopper
04-19-2011, 07:07 PM
Another no-buy day. We stayed home, but my son seems to be getting over his stomach bug. Thankfully it was quick moving and no one else got it (fingers crossed).

8/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon, $64 Lowes, $14 Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (+ Lego build), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0
4/8-$24 Wegmans
4/9-$13.50 ACME, $21 Wegmans
4/10-$5 Tag Sale, $5 Subway, $3.50 Sonic
4/11-$8.80 Stamps, $84.80 Pepsi/Hershey Park deal, $23 Lands End
4/12-$0
4/13-$0
4/14-$70 Wegmans (food/Easter event), $9 PetSmart, $2 Doctor, $5 BK, $5 DD
4/15-$0
4/16-$11 Wegmans, $25 PetSmart, $4 Book Store, $5 Five Below, $11 Gertrude Hawk, $5 Subway, $4 Auntie Anns, $53 Disney Store
4/17-$60 Food
4/18-$0
4/19-$0

A.Mickey
04-20-2011, 12:28 AM
Running Total: Spent $496.17
$0 Days:8/13

Groceries ($240-$8/day)- $99.89
Eating Out ($210-$7/day)- $175.36
Misc. (Shopping/Entertainment) ($780-$26/day) $73.73
Gas $250- 4/2 $54.17 (3.89/gal), 4/5 $28.02 (3.89/gal), 4/15 $65 (4.02/gal) saw gas prices are up to $4.25 at some stations, so filled up with cash for $4.02= $147.19

1- $0
2- My son's 4th bday. $8.06 (Games-Misc.), $16.10 (Target-Misc.), $6.38 (Dollar Tree-Misc.), $11 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out)
3- $0
4- $0
5- $0
6- $16.81 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.80 (McDonald's Eating Out)
7- $19.09 (Burger King- Eating Out-Our son really wanted to go here for some reason...maybe one too many commercials on TV during American Idol last night. I remember why we don't go here...yuck!), $7.89 (Meijer-Groceries...actually left my receipt there so I have no idea how much I saved off of sales, just know I saved $8 with coupons)
8- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $6.40 (McDonald's-Eating Out), $7.91 (Doggery-Eating Out)
9- $10.44 (Panera-Eating Out), $35 (Maggiano's-Eating Out)
10- $2.88 (Dairy Queen-Eating Out), $8.29 (Au Bon Pain-Eating Out), $4.83 (McDonald's-Eating Out)
11- $21.03 (Portillo's-Eating Out), $20 (Video Game-Misc.), $4.61 (Target-Groceries)
12- $0
13- $16.05 (Walgreens-Groceries), $9.81 (Wendy's-Eating Out) $7.16 (Meijer-Groceries)
14- $0
15- $0
16- $7 (McDonald's-Eating Out), $4.19 (Dollar Tree- Misc.), $14.71 (Joe Caputo-Groceries), $5.99 (Trader Joe's-Groceries)
17- $19 (Parking-Misc.), $19 (Gene and Jude's-Eating Out), $6.77 (Walgreens-Groceries)
18- $0
19- $11.94 (Dominick's-Groceries), $7.96 (Jewel-Groceries), $ (Meijer-Groceries)
20-


Budget: $1480....34%
Month: 19/30: 63%
No Buy: 8/13: 62%

My savings from coupons and sales: $739.78

Next Month: 6 month insurance premium ($300)....First month tuition for preschool ($203)....Broadway in Chicago Tickets ($318)

August: $300 Hotel Room for Cedar Point, October: ~$250 Rental Car

MickeyMomOfThree
04-20-2011, 08:30 AM
Hi Everyone. :grouphug: Thanks for your kind words, as always. Reminds me why I miss it here so much!!! We won't have much internest the next few days, my grandparents don't have it and DH has his for work, but he's been working like a maniac and we almost had to cancel even going, but we are still he will just be working the whole trip so we won't get online much. But I will be missing you all and can't wait to start fresh in May!!!

Virgderon, your "suggestions" had me cracking up. :rotfl:

Sunnie, I could never cut the carbs completely, just way back. We have replaced all white pastas with whole wheat when we do eat it. Very rarely am I eating potatoes. I have given up bread and when I want a sandwich I eat on the 9 grain sandwich thins or Flatouts. I did think part of it is I have cut too much. I am spreading out what I eat but honestly think part of it is that I am not eating enough. I am doing better, my DH (who has lost 47 pounds since January!!!) has been planning out my food more. He's researched it more then me and it's obviously working for him. :cool1:

This morning a friend called asking for my cheesecake recipe and I remembered someone here had asked but I forgot to post it. So here it is, sorry about that! I altered it for his diet with Spenda and light cream cheese and sour cream and it was pretty good, and how she asked for the recipe so here are the alterations if you want as well.

1 3/4 C graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 C sugar and 1/3 C butter for the crust. I subbed out Spenda for the sugar and cut it back a bit, cause Splenda is stronger then sugar. I couldn't find sugar free graham crackers so it wasn't completely sugar free. I was afriad to bake it crust free, afried it would make a mess, so I figured he could just not eat the crust. He ate it though, it was after all his birthday. :)

Mix it and then put it in a springform pan.

Then take 3 blocks of cream cheese, I used light, softened, and 1 cup sugar (again I used Splenda, minus a tablespoon or 2.) And 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Mix well. Then add, one at a time, 3 eggs till just blended. Stir in 1 C sour cream, again, I used light.

Pour into crust and bake for 1 hour at 350. Then leave it in the oven, turn it off and prop open the oven door just a bit and leave it there for another hour.

angierae
04-20-2011, 09:40 AM
No buy days: 8/10
Groceries: $154.38/$240
Fuel: $60/$48
Eating out: 44.90/$44
Entertainment/Hobbies: 24.67/$52

Coupon running total for April: $16.24

4/1: $0 :cool1:
4/2: $0 :cool1:
4/3: $0 :cool1:
4/4: $2.10 (CVS. Got $50 worth of stuff between sales, coupons and Extrabucks, though.)
4/5: $14.90 @ Subway $8.67 @ 7-11 $20 @ Mobil
4/6: $10 @ Panera $51.34 @ Meijer
4/7: $0 :cool1:
4/8: $0 :cool1:
4/9: $41.92 groceries (3 different stores)
4/10: $0 :cool1:
4/11: $20 @ Mobil, $16.37 @ Kroger, $16 @ Amazon
4/12: $9.31 @ CVS during a walk with DH - cleaning supplies
4/13: $3.20 @ Kroger because I forgot my lunch so I stopped in on the way to work for a frozen dinner and a thing of apples and caramel
4/14: $0 :cool1:
4/15: $20 Gas (officially overbudget for the month, but I knew that was coming)
4/16: $10.22 groceries $20 dining out
4/17: $7.52 CVS (papers and a few little things)
4/18: $0 :cool1:
4/19: $5.30 CVS, $12.40 Kroger, $13 Mcdonald's (I was having that kind of day and did not feel like cooking.)

Have no idea what I'm feeding DH and I for dinner, so may have to make a trip to the store. Also, I need gas AGAIN.

charming23
04-20-2011, 02:38 PM
Another no spend here today. Last night we had huge rainstorms, with hail, that kept me up most of the night so I have no energy to go anywhere. It is fabulous on the budget though.

April Budget (3/30-4/29)

Grocery/Household- $300/$855.56 Left
Car/Gas- $50/$17.30 Left
Eating out- $50/$26.80 left
Misc/entertainment- $100/$44.04 left

Total- $500.00/$160.48 left

Goal of 15 No Buy Days

Week One
3/30- $0
3/31- $54.53 Grocery, $26.62 Gas, $3.32 misc, and $13.75 eating out
4/1- $15 Haircut and $13.05 Walgreens
4/2- $0
4/3- $10.21 Grocery and $6.59 Misc
4/4- $0
4/5- $0

Week Two
4/6- $18.44 Grocery and $9.45 eating out
4/7- $0
4/8- $2.99 Pepperidge Farm and $5.45 Walgreens
4/9- $0
4/10- $14.95 Grocery and $9.70 Misc
4/11- $0
4/12- $0

Week Three
4/13- $8.60 Lane Bryant, $30.72 Marc's and $52.66 Giant Eagle
4/14- $0
4/15- $4.49 Giant Eagle
4/16- $19.50 Gas and $20 Walmart
4/17- $0
4/18- $0
4/19- $0

Week Four
4/20- $0
4/21
4/22
4/23
4/24
4/25
4/26

13/15 No Buy Days

Store and Coupon Savings-$111.16

SunnieRN
04-20-2011, 05:09 PM
MMO3, I am happy to hear your hubby is helping you 'tweak' things!!! That's great and I hope you get an energy boost from the changes!!:goodvibes:thumbsup2

April 8-22:

Goals:

Medical: $200
Groceries $200 / $111
Cash: $100 / $35 /63
No Buy Days: 9 (going out on a limb here. 9 of 14 sounds rough!)

April 8: $0 (off to a good start anyway!)
April 9: $0
April 10: $0
April 11: $$ may be in the thousands, as we are car shopping today.:scared1: Didn't buy a car today, so $0
April 12: Well, got DeeDee today! Dodge Durango, big enough for the whole family AND the ADHD dog!! Has more stuff in it, then I know what to do with.:eek: I will probably need to up my no buys now. Ended up getting dinner out after I posted this, so $35.00.
April 13: $0!! Eating out of the freezer!
April 14: $0, but have to grocery shop tomorrow or the next day.
April 15: $0 wasn't planned,
April 16: $0
April 17: $111. Huge grocery trip, including Easter dinner, a coffe for my
dd and an icee for my Grandson.
April 18: $63, Grandmas day with the grandmunchkins. ChuckECheese, TRUs, park with ice cream. It was a blast!!
April 19: $0.
April 20: $0


No Buy Goal 9 / 10 accomplished!

QVCshopper
04-20-2011, 06:09 PM
The finger crossing didn't work, and the rest of my family (including me) got the stomach virus last night. My son seems better, my daughter is iffy, and my DH isn't too hot. Not a good Spring Break after all... If we don't get better soon, we'll lose our $100 priceline room for tomorrow night. :(

9/10 no-buys

4/1-$23 Wegmans, $2 McD
4/2-$19 Wegmans, $5 Charity, $5 Amazon, $64 Lowes, $14 Target
4/3-$19 Chinese food
4/4-$0
4/5-$18 Mall food (+ Lego build), $21 Wegmans, $13.50 ACME
4/6-$0
4/7-$0
4/8-$24 Wegmans
4/9-$13.50 ACME, $21 Wegmans
4/10-$5 Tag Sale, $5 Subway, $3.50 Sonic
4/11-$8.80 Stamps, $84.80 Pepsi/Hershey Park deal, $23 Lands End
4/12-$0
4/13-$0
4/14-$70 Wegmans (food/Easter event), $9 PetSmart, $2 Doctor, $5 BK, $5 DD
4/15-$0
4/16-$11 Wegmans, $25 PetSmart, $4 Book Store, $5 Five Below, $11 Gertrude Hawk, $5 Subway, $4 Auntie Anns, $53 Disney Store
4/17-$60 Food
4/18-$0
4/19-$0
4/20-$0