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Lunch cost 59 cents...

October 24th, 2012 at 07:51 am

Hubby and I had to go out of town yesterday to finish up my dental work. Ate lunch at a fast food place and after B1G1 coupons and a gift card, lunch was 59 cents. Smile

While out of town we bought a panini grill for $20, reg $40. This will be a gift from santa to the family for Christmas. Kids have been wanting one since having paninis at grandmas.

Also bought DD 15 prs of socks for Christmas for $4.00. Had a $10 coupon. Just a few days ago she asked for new socks. Maybe I will give her a few before Christmas.

Bought a few gocireies for $5.17

Dental work was $358.50 Frown

Officially started my Christmas shopping today.

October 22nd, 2012 at 07:44 am

American Eagle is having a clearance sale of 40% off and with a coupon code and additional 15% is taken off. I also got free 2 day shipping with Shoprunner (which I got free for 1 yr.) This is what I bought...

2 pr jeans for DS...$26.00 (will give these 2 him now)
1 infinity scarf for DD...$11.00 (this will be from youngest son for Christmas)
1 cute purse for me...$14.00 (this is from DH for Christmas, he just doesn't know it yet) Wink

Total with tax, around $55.00.

Went back to the store for more roast to grind and spent $61.00. I did save $30.00 with price matching and $6.00 with coupons.

Ham and beans

October 21st, 2012 at 08:05 am

Yesterday I made a big pot of ham and beans. I used crowder and purple hull peas from our garden that were dried and added a bag of northern bens. Turned out quite well. I added a pound of ham that I bought for $1.99. Frugal and yummy. I packaged half to make meals for hubby to take to work and the other half will stay in the fride for a few days for anyone to eat. Leftovers will be frozen for hubby's meals. I try to make large quantities of frugal meals for this pourpose.

I will make stew today with roast and new potatoes, and carrots bought on sale.

Hubby bought chuck roast on sale for $1.99/lb. I plan to by more to ground for hamburger meat.

Money spent since last post...
3 stainless pots and pans (with glass lids) from garage sale...$15.00
2 outdoor chairs to put by burnpile so we can sit around fire and chat Smile...$5.00
Groceries hubby bought out of town that we on sale...$57.00

This daily logging of money spent has really been an eye opener and it's only been a week.

Money spent since last post

October 19th, 2012 at 03:32 pm

Okay, the money is spillng out...here goes...

Groceries...$36.00
Haircut and highlight for me...$120.00
Haircut for DS...$18.00
Tip...$12.00
Bottled water for DS...$1.00 (we brought some from home but ran out.)
Jeans for me from garage sale...$2.00
Jeans for DS from garage sale...$2.00

The haircoloring isn't a regular charge for me. I usually get my hair highlighted once or twice a yr. I had my DH color my hair one time and he was having problems pulling it thru the cap. He exclaimed "I don't care how much this s*** cost to have done! Next time you just go get it done!" ....so I did. Smile

Garage sale bounty

October 18th, 2012 at 11:06 am

Went to a garage sale with a friend this morning....we made out quite well. I bought....

8 books for DS...$3.00
1 Fox hoodie for DD boyfriend...$2.00
3 Old Navy sweaters for me...$3.00
6 fashion scarves for DD...$4.50


I plan to document my daily spending for one month so I will become more accountable. Everything except my houshold bills.

Proud momma

October 15th, 2012 at 06:22 am

My oldest son (17) has started buying Christmas gifts already so he's not stuck at the last minute rushing around. I advised him to go to the Dollar Tree to purchase Christmas bags now while they have a good selection. He said he is going to wrap all his gifts with the comics out of the Sunday paper! Wow! He really impressed me with that one. Maybe I will do the same. I get three papers delivered every Suday (coupons) so he should be set. Smile

On another note I developed an abscess tooth last weekend. Talk about pain! Very expensive. Just the dental work and meds will bw around $800. That's after ins too. Hubby had to take time off of work, so there is lost wages also. We are tight this month and ever more so now, but it is what it is.



Cooking rut and fundraiser

October 2nd, 2012 at 07:25 am

I am in a cooking rut. Making the same meals over and over. I need diversity but am limited as we need to keep it low carb. We eat a lot of brown rice, barley, salads, etc. Does this happen to anyone else? Ideas anyone? DH is a big meat eater and would like to reduce that for his health and budget. He is resistant so far...

Youngest son (11) is in scouts and started the popcorn fundraiser yesterday. He sold $250 worth yesterday in about an hour and a half. Is the economy getting better or are people just feeling generous? Last year he wasn't nearly as succesful. I, myself bought from a kid down the street last week when he was doing a band fundraiser. So out of the norm for me.

Weather is getting cooler here and have been opening the windows. So nice to feel the breeze in the house. Saving money on AC is nice too.

I have already started putting money aside for oldest college. I had several homecoming mum orders and all money went into his fund.....snowflaking will add up.

Costumes

October 1st, 2012 at 08:05 am

My daughter (15)recently told me the halloween costume that she wants is $40.00. Her friend and herself are dressing up as the same thing. I think $40 is too much for a costume that is only going to be worn once. She asked if I would split the price with her and I said $20 is to much. I think she knows it's to expensive and doesn't want to spend her own money. She is saving for something and has been for awhile. Hopefully she will search the internet fot homemade costumes that won't break the bank...

In other news, oldest(17) has started an envelope system for his bills. He says it's nice to know where money is allocated and how much he has left for discretionary spending. I told him this kind of budget has been around for years...it's an elementary kind of budgeting system that is widely used. He told me he has $30 to last for 2 wks and he had just filled up his truck. He said he can make it work. Love that kid and his level head!