April 2011: Springing into No Buys

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by charming23, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. charming23

    charming23 DIS Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    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:
  2. Debbie

    Debbie DIScovering DIS magic-missing my colours

    Jun 28, 2000
    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. ;)
  3. poohbear2

    poohbear2 <font color=CC66CC>Disney Think Formula is:<br>HE=

    Mar 16, 2002
    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:
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  5. MickeyMomOfThree

    MickeyMomOfThree DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2008
    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.
  6. A.Mickey

    A.Mickey Meeska Moouska

    Jun 21, 2008
    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-


    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
  7. patsal

    patsal <font color=FF3399>I've discovered I don't need to

    Jul 10, 2001
    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
  8. angierae

    angierae DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2010
    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.
  9. QVCshopper

    QVCshopper DIS Veteran

    Dec 8, 2008
    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
  10. bigmama67

    bigmama67 DIS Veteran

    May 19, 2007
    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:
  11. nunzia

    nunzia You can't top pigs with pigs, but you CAN top Toys

    Oct 19, 2007
    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


    May 17, 2004
    I'm back in. Will be back to add my budget.
  13. minniefan65

    minniefan65 Mouseketeer

    May 7, 2010
    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.
  14. charming23

    charming23 DIS Veteran

    Jul 15, 2009
    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

    1/15 No Buy Days

    Store and Coupon Savings-$40.25
  15. 3goofyboys

    3goofyboys Me and my 3 goofy boys

    Apr 14, 2008
    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
  16. Virgderon

    Virgderon DIS Veteran

    Oct 27, 2009
    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)
  17. mrssmith06

    mrssmith06 DIS Veteran

    Feb 25, 2011
    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...

  18. wlake

    wlake DIS Veteran

    Jul 14, 2010
    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
  19. SunnieRN

    SunnieRN DIS Veteran

    Aug 14, 2005
    Charming, thank you for starting the new thread!! Congratulations to everyone that met their goals!! Here we go afain!!;)
    March 25-April 8:


    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.
  20. ronnmel

    ronnmel DIS Veteran

    Apr 5, 2010
    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$
  21. superme80

    superme80 DIS Veteran

    May 2, 2010
    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 ??????

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