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My Journey on the Frugal Side of life

This is a personal challenge to put into action what I have learned about being frugal and to live a more purposeful life.
I have always loved to journal, this is a place I can put down my thoughts and keep myself working toward my goals and more in control of my spending. Maybe others will be inspired in some way as well.

  1. Money spent, money saved.

    by , 08-04-2013 at 11:41 PM (My Journey on the Frugal Side of life)
    Except for attending Mass today, I stayed home and didn't spend any money. Watched a movie with Swedish host son tonight - The Purge. It wasn't a good movie to watch on a night I am home alone. DH is in Michigan with his golf buddies and the boys went out with friends.
    DH called to check on me and confess he is spending more money than he should on his golf outing. Not sure what he was expecting me to say. I'm happy he is having a good time, but it's hard not to be a little frustrated ...
  2. Spending (and Living!) with purpose

    by , 08-04-2013 at 09:34 AM (My Journey on the Frugal Side of life)
    It's hard for me to put together a precise budget. Our income changes every couple weeks depending how many extra hours we do respite care or hours I work overtime. I based it on the minimum income we have had in past couple months. I will use it as is for the next 4 weeks. Any extra income will go to savings or paying off debt. My goal is to keep within the budget starting today. I don't want to make it a stressful situation however, I'm thinking of it more as a challenging game that I want to ...
  3. My Journey continues

    by , 08-03-2013 at 01:59 PM (My Journey on the Frugal Side of life)
    My goal for this week is too look carefully at all spending. I've been working on the budget all morning. Just can't keep focused on it. Will try again tonight when everyone is out of the house.
    I added up all the fast food costs from DH debit card statement for June and it came to over $100.00 !! He was embarrassed and shocked. He often buys for others in the car, me included, so I am part of this problem area of spending. Will definately eliminate most of that spending.
  4. Day7

    by , 08-02-2013 at 05:45 PM (My Journey on the Frugal Side of life)
    Back to reality and living a more frugal and simpler life.

    There is no place like home and sleeping in my own bed, (although the hotel bed was quite comfortable with very soft sheets).
    I spent my August personal spending allowance last night. I had a choice to make and I opted for the immediate gratification. On the positive side, I enjoyed my time with my parents and DH. Had some great meals, free soda, and took a very long hot shower with fancy shampoo and conditioner ...
  5. Day 6

    by , 08-01-2013 at 04:17 PM (My Journey on the Frugal Side of life)
    Taking my hour online early today because DH and I are going out of town with my parents tonight.
    A couple weeks ago we booked 2 free hotel rooms at a casino for tonight, yes a casino- you read it correctly. We do enjoy gambling once in awhile as our form of entertainment. I realize this is not part of a simplified life but I will try to be a frugal gambler. (I think this would be an example of an oxymoron.)
    I looked the casino up online and found out what promotions are ...
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