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    Default Frugal Challenge 10/05 to 10/11/08

    I did not see this post started for the week so here goes! I really, really need this one

    *received 2 large bags baby boy clothing from a freecycle post. Wonderful stuff and such as blessing as there are 3 babies due in the family soon
    *DH and I went on planned trip to Lake Erie to bike ride. Took coffee and lunch so only spending was for gas. Great fun and still somewhat affordable
    *Leftovers from picnic lunch for today's lunch
    *washing in cold and will plan a load to dry tomorrow morning on the line
    *turned off heat for the day. Will turn on tonight if really needed
    *Working on plan for the month to limit shopping, spending and unnecessary running around.
    *recycled coffee grounds for a second pot
    *Reading what I own already and/or library books
    *did not order a magazine offer that I received...was tempted but did not
    *Hope to work on organization of my office and use power strips to save on electricity costs there

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    lets see -

    10/6 - made the pizza dough for a "mom's group pizza party" I had. everyone brought toppings so in the end didn't cost me much money.
    - heat is still off
    - unplugged coffee pot, turned off powerswitch for tv/vcr/dvd player
    - showed off my new drying rack to my Mom's group
    - brown bagged breakfast & lunch

    10/7 -
    - picking up sons "free" coat from the tailors so for $5 for a new zipper, my son has a "gently used" brand new winter coat
    - plan to check out Goodwill which is in the same plaza as my tailor, for shirts & pants for my son
    - brown bagged breakfast & lunch
    - unplugged small appliances/turned off power strip
    - reading Suze Orman's Women & Money that I have on loan from the library
    Last edited by frugal is fun; 10-07-2008 at 02:38 PM.

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    I lowered the heat today, dh turned it up when he came home for lunch.
    Turned off the tv that takes up alot of electricity.
    Combined my trips to town, went to the bank cashed check, went to the store for few things, got milk & bread on sale yeah!

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    I got gas, then went and bought my dog foos but got 1.50 off by using my gas reciept for %5 groceries when you get $35 or more gas.

    It wasn't much but heck it all counts right?

    Located an eyeglass store that will just redo dds lenes and let her keep her frames she loves that are titanium because of her metal allergies. Will still be spendy but sometimes you have to pay a little more for happiness.

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    Sunday:
    ~ Continued cleaning spare bedroom
    ~ Used up a few scrapbooking supplies (from my HUGE stash!) on homemade cards for Christmas
    ~ Made brownies from a mix I'd received as a gift!

    Monday:
    ~ Lunch at work--no cost to me
    ~ Reading book I already own for entertainment
    ~ Went to library and checked out two more books
    ~ Won a drawing for two Christmas ornaments from a Home Interiors party I attended--these will be gifts for Christmas
    ~ Turned off AC

    Tuesday:
    ~ Bought supper for my Grandma and I for a total of $3.48 at McDonalds! Planned expense.
    ~ Took cloth bags to grocery store and saved $.20 on my total bill as well as getting just about everything else on special.
    ~ Drank tea at work and home since it was so cool today
    ~ Free doughnuts at work this morning!

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    I painted the carport door on the kistchen side. One less thing to do to get the house ready for sale although in this economy I am hoping to hold dh off not one but 2-3 years.

    Hey, it could happen!

    In the mean time I can get the house the way I WANT it and if I must sell then okay but if we stay awhile--OKAY!

    Started a one year food stockpile list....yowsa!

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    I'm kind of busy now but I had to come on and post about yesterday.

    I went to pick up my son's winter jacket (that I got for free) at the tailors, who was replacing the zipper for $5. Goodwill is in the same plaza so I took a walk through. Picked up a pair of snow boots for my son for $2 and a pair of snowpants for him for $4.99 He is totally set for the winter and it only cost me $12. I am SOOOOOO excited about this!

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    so far...today i have made apple crisp with apples my inlaws gave me,did laundry with 1/2 detergent and cold water,kept all lights off(sunny and bright here),no driving today..no spending today

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    Stayed at home, washed windows, painted a door and window seal, did laundry, ate leftovers and made tea and I ran a check on my computer for bugs and such.

    No spend...getting kinda pooped.

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    Sunday
    ~hung laundry to dry
    ~DH BBQ'ed outdoors

    Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
    ~took lunches to work and school
    ~turned a/c off during the day
    ~washed DS#3's gym close on quick wash and hung to dry
    ~used leftovers to create news meals

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    Wednesday
    - Made breakfast bars (Thanks Cricketlegs!)
    - Made both sons' lunches for tomorrow
    - Ate at home all day
    - Working on Black Bean Burritos for Meal Exchange group
    - Ran all errands together to save gas
    - Recorded spending in Intellipenny ( program is really keeping me on my toes)
    - Thinking of ways to earn extra cash

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    Quote Originally Posted by amlitrocks View Post
    Wednesday
    - Made breakfast bars (Thanks Cricketlegs!)
    - Made both sons' lunches for tomorrow
    - Ate at home all day
    - Working on Black Bean Burritos for Meal Exchange group
    - Ran all errands together to save gas
    - Recorded spending in Intellipenny ( program is really keeping me on my toes)
    - Thinking of ways to earn extra cash
    Cool, did you like them?

    My dd had them all eaten by Monday morning lol.

    I had 3 she had the rest.

    I need to make more but out of honey.

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    for Wednesday -
    - limited driving, set cruise control
    - shut off lights
    - spent $40 on a portable energey effecient radiator in anticipation of colder weather (I do not want to turn on the heat, plan to use the radiator to take chill out of the room and then turn it off/unplug)
    - turned off power strip
    - packed all meals/ate at home


    so far for today, Thursday
    - free coffee & donuts at work (yeah)
    - turned off power strip
    - had my first coffee by candlelight
    - unplugged small appliances
    - packed a change of clothes so I can go hiking (free) with my son after work
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    Thursday

    Got free food--thanks Mom!
    Drove very little(took Mom to the grocery)
    got free lunch!--spoiled rotten by my Mama

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    Cricketlegs- We Loved Them! They were also so filling. We had them for breakfast, and I had one for dessert tonight. I'm emailing it to a friend of mine after I called bragging about them this morning. On to my frugal Thursday
    - Ate all meals from home
    - Took coke from home (this is an improvement)
    - Took kids for a toy test at Nolan Research (They made $30.00 , $20.00 for college fund - $10.00 fun money for shopping trip to Target)
    - Making meals for meal group
    - Made everyone's lunch for school
    - Overall, only money spent was for food to finish Black Bean Burritos for group swap on Sunday

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