Doing good so far, 9/1 and 9/2 were absolutely no spending. Today I took the cat to the vet, but it was less than I budgeted. Don't you love when that happens? So I'm counting it 3/3 since it was in the budget. Also turned a coworker down for lunch out at Taco Bell. I brought a lunch, but for some reason the neon cheese at Taco Bell calls to me. This really makes you think of all the odds and ends that come around monthly or every few months.
Well we are back from Nova Scotia and we managed quite well with the no spending so far!
I thought for sure I would have to spend quite a bit on Mon. and Tues. because we were travelling but I managed VERY well.
On Monday we drove to the bay of Fundy (free), then went to Lawrencetown beach (it actually became sunny!!!!!!), it was so beautiful there we spent the remainder of the day relaxing,walking and playing in the waves.
We had breakfast at the cottage, packed lunch and snacks but didn't get home early enough to make dinner at the cottage (it was our last day and we wanted to stay at the beach), so we went to Smitty's and spent $43 (for 5) ugh!
Tuesday was our last day. Breakfast was leftovers and lunch was packed. I packed every smidgeon of leftover food into our suitcases to bring home.
I thought we would go to the Peir 21 museum, but the weather was so nice and we would have a long flight home so we went to point pleasant park instead (free). Had our picnic lunch, then headed to the airport. Paid for our rental car UGH! But it was expected and budgeted and so a no spend item.
Then I expected to have to buy dinner on the plane because I had nothing left but a few snacks. We filled our water bottles after we went through security at the water fountain. Then we were told that our plane was delayed at least 3 hours!!!!!! Oh my gosh, we were going to miss all our connecting flights....!!! After alot of hand wringing and 3.5 hours later we received a flight home to a different airport and then they paid for a LIMO to drive us to the other airport and our car!!!! The kids loved it.
But even better they gave us $10 food vouchers for dinner, $50 in all. And with it I bought enough tasty sandwiches, fruit and snacks for our dinner and to snack on the plane! So I ended up spending ZIP (except rental car)!!
Weds. I did grocery shopping but no other expenses.
And today is a no spend day too.
Wow, Hollyhill, that is great!! I have managed a limo ride courtesy of the airport once, as well. The enjoyment wasn't worth the stress beforehand of my first leg being late and my second leg leaving right on time even though the dozen or so of us who were supposed to be catching it were IN the airport and running for it. I got there and they had literally just closed the gate. Initially, the airport said so sorry, guess you'll have to wait until the morning, would you like a list of suggested hotels? Then, when the mob mentality started to form, they changed their minds and tried to help us out. In my case, it was a limo ride from one airport to another, so I could catch a flight out of there. Did I mention that this was after being away from home for over FOUR months, and really looking forward to getting back?
But I am getting OT. First, I am very envious that you got to take a trip to Nova Scotia. Second, FANTASTIC job of watching the pennies!
Good job not giving into vacation spending craziness!
I decided to count grocery shopping as a spend day. I'm thinking this will encourage me to keep grocery shopping as a chore that eats a spend day instead of a free spending spree. So today is my first spend day of the month.
That is kind of why I kept grocery shopping on the list. That makes me have to think about what I need, rather than make multiple trips (and multiple spend days) and reduces the likelihood of impulse purchases. Today, for example, will be a spend day, once it cools off enough for me to get on the road.
well, so far I'm only doing so-so. the 1st and 2nd were no spend days, but Wednesday had a "honey, could you go to town and get...." request from DH (and a kid went with me - total money waster) and today I had to run money into town for DH (who was passing through town on his run) and ended up eating dinner out with DH. @@ I've got to buckle down. The only expense I see coming up though is a quick grocery trip tomorrow for a few things for DD's sleepover on saturday.
I am still not counting grocery shopping or any budgeted expense because I never spend over my alloted amount and so it is a challenge and fun to keep things under where they should be.
I also grocery shop, stockpile, pet food, allowances and gas up the car with cash.
Sometimes money from one spills over into the next or even saves me to keep me on budget.
To me a "spend" day is a bad day that you didn't plan, isn't in the budget, or you just messed up.
When I type no spend day I am not as hard core as you ladies are. I just wanted to clairify that so you guys didn't think I lived in a cave with a big rock over the door and I can't get out to spend any money:loser: lol!
I am just a serous budgeter--it is alllll accounted for.
Okay, finally got out to get groceries, so I have one "spend" day. I picked up groceries, soap-making supplies, and some greeting cards (birthday and a wedding). Total cost was $207.92, but that included supplies that will go into my stockpile (as I'm also running a self-sufficiency challeng for anyone who is interested).
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