We’re still hanging in there! And we’re already ⅔ of the way through our no spend month.
Despite some minor spending, I did have a frugal win this week. My daughter had a birthday party that completely slipped my mind. My “gift box” saved the day! I keep a small box full of items I find on clearance or want to re-gift. Thankfully, I was able to put together a decent gift. No shopping, no money spent! Check out the box we reused – it’s more entertaining than the gift itself.
Life happened this week. A 3 am trip to the ER (to take a friend) warranted buying a coffee from the cafeteria by 6 am. That was $1.70 well spent. Our dwindling vitamin D supply wasn’t going see us through the month, so I spent $9.99 on vitamins. We also spent more on gas to get to doctor appointments, grandma’s house and to look at a potential rental property (fingers crossed!).
Food. Last week, I mentioned the possibility that I had a food hoarding problem. Since I made it through the first three weeks of the month relatively unscathed, I probably do stock up too much on some items – particularly pasta and canned goods (this is a great thing to learn).
But, this week, we are running out of some food items we eat on a regular basis. Cheese, eggs and peanut butter. You know, all the non-meat proteins we love so dearly at my house. (My 16 year old son can eat a half a jar of peanut butter or a brick of cheese in one sitting.) I’ll hold out until they are gone, but I will probably buy these three things before the end of the month.
My grandma helped out with food this week (even though I explained to her that we really can buy the food – it’s just a challenge). She felt sorry for the kids so she sent home dinner and some snacks – pudding, crackers, fruit bars, and ice cream cups. It feels like cheating, and she spoils all of us, but she’s a grandma and she loves sending goodies – who can argue with that?
Here’s what we ate for dinner, not including veggies and fruit:
- Beef Stew
- Cabbage Roll Casserole
- Hamburger Helper – Homestyle (see this post for my recipe)
- Sushi (my parents took us out for half price sushi – we paid $8 of the tip)
- Minestrone Soup
- Mac and Cheese
- Bubble Pizza (courtesy of my sweet grandmother)
Lunches were leftovers or ham/cheese sandwiches + fruit/veggie.
Food I purchased:
Entertainment. It was an unexpectedly busy week. We had little time for entertainment, but we managed to squeeze some relaxation in.
Here’s what we did:
- Played games. Alan and I learned to play Gin Rummy
- Tae Kwon Do class
- Planned a road trip (Yay!)
- Watched Bob Ross on Netflix. You know, the “happy painter”.
- Enjoyed a fire in the fireplace – and some wine
- Went to the library for more books (and spread some kindness while there)
- Daughter had a sleepover and birthday party
- Worked with Ms. Montana on my goals…I do consider this entertainment – very productive entertainment.
Extra spent this week: $39.69
Vitamin D – $9.99
Spreading GOOD at the library – $20 (paid others’ library fines)
Tip for dinner with parents – $8
Coffee at the hospital – $1.70
Food – $25.87 (2 gallons of milk not pictured)
Gas – $90.63
Week 3 Total: $156.31
Total for the month (besides regular expenses): $295.33
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