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Sunday, Dec. 23rd...

*Lunch was leftovers
*Dinner was leftover pasta with meat sauce from the freezer
*Had free coffee and pastries at church today
*Only money spent was for milk ($5)
*Ran errands after church to save gas
*Did a load of laundry using less detergent and fabric softener, and used the "stain treat" option for a boost of hot water instead of a whole cycle on hot.
*Drinking mostly water
 

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Sunday 12/23

~ stayed home all day
~ kids watched a video from the library
~ reading a great book (from the library)
~ all meals from home
~ helped the boys make a "welcome home" t-shirt for dad - hanging to let the paint dry as I type.

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12/23

~DH's boss took us to eat dinner...no money spent
~Used 1/2 amount of laundry detergent needed
~Washed laundry in cold water
~DH and I have made a decision to not buy presents for everyone in the extended family next year.
~We also made a decision not to buy presents for each other next year, but to buy a "family" present instead....something we need.
 

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Sunday 12/13
all food from home
no personal purchases when finishing last of Xmas shopping
planned holiday party covered dish with food I have already

Monday 12/14
all food from home
all coffee from home or free from work
no more shopping - DONE
 

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Sunday 12/23

-opened drapes to let in natural light
-heat down
-no extra lights on until 5pm
-cheap haircut from friend
 

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Dec. 23rd

~hung laundry indoors to dry (took forever because of the rainy day)
~made homemade chocolate peanut butter bars
~DH "tricked out" an Encore Veal Parm frozen dinner and made it edible and tasty even
~no meals out
~no recreational shopping
~raided my personal grooming stockpile for gift baskets (yay less clutter)
~heat was low
~big decluttering resulted in "new" found toys for free
 

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12/23: didn't go anywhere, ate leftovers, plugged up small gaps between door and doorframe with folded cardboard

12/24: won't go anywhere, will plan meals for rest of week
 

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12/24
~not going anywhere
~laundry in cold
~no heat or a/c
~no lights during day
~cooking from scratch all day
~baking treats
 

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12/23: Sunday:
~ all food from home for Christmas party- groceries purchased over the past few weeks
~ all meals from pantry
~ gone half the day- everything but Christmas lights turned off

12/24 Monday:
~ exactly the same as yesterday, LOL... taking food to another party, already bought it, no other expenses today



The only money spent these two days is routine- uilities and gas. The car is filled up already, but we'll go through about half a tank of gas in the next few days of parties.
 

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Took kids to mall but did not spend anything. Went to Joanns and spent $5 on thread for project. Otherwise nothing. All lights out when possible and computer in sleepy mode.
 

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Cooked at home
washed clothes in cold water
Only going to church tonight and to FIL's house after which is just across the road..lil' gas used
Making big family breakfast on Christmas am and making a big salad to take to brothers house for Christmas dinner
Heat on low today
 

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over the last few days...

~all coffee from home, or other homes:cutie:
~many wonderful meals and snacks...for free!
~no needless spending on last minute stuff
~recycled gift bags for next year
~not doing any wild after Christmas shopping (yet)

and the not so frugal?

~totally blew it with bouncing a cc payment (unless my company is very forgiving, which I doubt) which messes things up for quite a while, plus I'm beating myself up about it.
~left the heat on higher for the kitty cats while we were away visiting relatives...a Christmas present for them.
 

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12/26

made my lunch for work today.
brought my own bottled water (from tap)
made my menu for the rest of the year LOL
have my cvs plan of attack all ready to go (i love cvs)
 

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Postingfor the week to date:
~cooked many casseroles and side dishes with a ham. Lots of good eats, plus leftovers for lunches and to share
~visted family and friends = free food and great memories. Great entertainment
~Resisted urge to run out to after holiday sales. I really dont NEED anything. Just WANT a few items
~Italian leftover bread to oven and made into bread crumbs
~reading library books for entertainment and magazines I already own
~planning outfits for work related travel and trying to use what I now have on hand
~emptied pouch container of shampoo into a small bottle for easier use and no waste
~saving holiday gift bags and tissue for another use as much as possible
~using holiday cards received for gift tags for next year
~reading posts to try and get inspired for 2008
~realized I have almost enough saved for new chair in living room. WOO HOO
~Received Walgreens rebate, first time I ever sent for one!
~laundry in cold, with least amount of detergent to do a good job. Using dryer however as its too cold to hand anything out
~am drying sweaters on my drying racks however
~preparing for company for the rest of the week - menus made and minimal grocery shopping needed
~plan of attack for tomorrow to hit the bank, mailbox, grocery store and take holiday leftovers to share with my sister. 1 round trip = least amount of time and gas needed
~saving material scraps to use in quilts and maybe if I learn how..rag rugs
 

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Hanging out around the house
No heat/ac
only doing full loads in laundry/dishwasher
planning 2008 budget
 
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Wednesday, Dec. 26th...

*No spend day
*Took lunch to work
*Ate breakfast at home
*All coffee made at home
*Dinner was a "fake" hamburger helper creation using peppers, onions, and ground turkey from the freezer
*Did my own nails
*Cooked baked potatoes in the microwave instead of oven to save electricity
*Used the "Express Wash" setting and washed in cold to get stains out of a few delicate white sweaters
*Packed up a Sephora item I ordered that just in the wrong color for me, will return it for a refund
 

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* canceled MK order
* canceled MT appointment
* all food from home
* all coffee from home
* no small thing pick-ups (like last night, grrr)
* entertainment tonight is tv or a book
* free exercise, doing WATP while watching tv
 

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:sucker: did NOT do post-Christmas shopping
:sucker: trying to rely more on space heaters, less on central heat
:sucker: going nowhere today (snow storm helps, LOL!)
:sucker: hemmed and mended clothing this week (been in my pile for a long time!)
:sucker: downloaded free movies from library for ds
 

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~ heat at 66
~ lights off
~ brought home 5 containers of chili and a ham from my mom's house on Sunday
~ traveling over the weekend we made sure that we were able to only have to get gas at the cheapest place along the way
~ Eaten two meals this week at in-laws
~ Used christmas money to buy the one frivolous thing I wanted (MP3 player - the one that is for kids and less then $30. It works fine for what I want it for).
~ took an inventory of our pantry and freezer - I have enough food for 6 weeks or more. Put the list on the fridge to remind me I DON'T need to go to the grocery store.
~ Made menu for the next couple of weeks
 

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~Resisting urge to go shopping for after Christmas deals. I am afraid I will spend more than I should so I am staying home.
~Decluttered closet...donating clothes to Goodwill.
~Dinner in crockpot.
~Cutting dryer sheets in half.
~Balancing checkbook online.
~Working on January budget.
~Making a plan to get out of CC debt in 2008.
~Checking pantry and freezer before making a grocery store run.
 
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