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July No Spend – The End

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I’m in the green!!

Or is it in the black?? Either way I am under budget!! 🙂

I went over in 2 areas:

  • bus fare as Princess lost her bus pass and ran out of money – I felt sorry for her so I bought her 2 strips of tickets so she could get to her last week of summer school
  • groceries by $6.51 as I had an unplanned trip to the grocery store and brought Diva along …

I was on point or under in the rest of my spending so I came in under budget by $268. 🙂 Mind you my gas tank is close to empty as for some reason I only filled up once this month which is not the norm.

A giant thank you to Sharon who had the idea to do this no spend challenge. While I did turn into a bit of a hermit I didn’t feel deprived.

I have just under $30 left in my eating out pot … Hmmm what to do for dinner???

July No Spend Update #2

There’s extra $ in my bank account!!! 🙂

***drops mic***

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

I amuse me greatly.

Ok, seriously now. I have been a bit of a hermit this month, but it is reflected quite nicely in my budget. All categories are still way under. Go me!!

Decided to treat myself to cherries tonight. Walked to the local mall, returned my library books and went to the “rich people” grocery store as it was the only one still open. Figured it would be just one bag, so I’ll just shut my eyes and buy it.

When we got to produce department, the shelves were empty. I thought it might be because it was near closing time but was told by the associate that they were sold out. He recommended that I get a rain check. Since the price was going to be $2/lb higher tomorrow.

Well ok, you do not need to twist my arm. So tomorrow I’ll be walking back to get my 2 bags (rain check limit) of cherries. 😀😀😀

Work has been full of drama. So much so a coworker & I chipped in and bought our manager a bottle of wine. It was that kind of day yesterday. If it wasn’t for the fact that I had less than 4 hours sleep on Monday night and I had to pick up Princess last night I too might have been drinking.

Since this whole situation is hurting my head, I’m going to share with you all as I’m kind like that. You’re welcome. 🙂

Office roomie is in a better mood. Could be because she’s spent a lot of time complaining with the new girl. 😦 Although I hear there were tears yesterday morning when she read an email announcing that one of our teammates had moved on to a different department. 😕

There was another incident yesterday between the old manager and the new girl. This lead to the new girl making comments about calling her lawyer, storming out and calling HR. I have no idea what happened and at this point in time I wish she would just leave if she’s that unhappy. According to the company grapevine she sent something to the VP with a lot of errors and the VP told her plainly that it was not acceptable. This caused the new girl to get upset again.

I am way too old for this. So again I am putting on my headphones and tuning everyone out.

On a completely different note, I have worked out every day for the past 5 days!! WHOO HOO!! My muscles are talking to me and I like it. 😳😲

Deferred Spending

Since starting this no spend challenge, I have been thinking about things I would buy but will put off until the challenge is over.

It’s no secret that my exercise has been less than stellar lately. I really want to change this. Getting up in the morning is not working for me.  What has worked is doing it right after work. But recently when I get home one or both of my kids are home and watching something on TV in the living room.

This lead me to think about getting a DVD player for my room. Thank goodness I procrastinated on getting rid of the TV in my bedroom.;)

I was going to go back to the pawn shop that I got my last DVD player from but I’m on a no spend. I was planning to wait until August, until I told a friend who mentioned he might have one in his mother’s garage. Fingers crossed, I can save myself $20. 🙂

July No Spend Update #1

So far it has not been a no spend month but a low spend. I am still under budget but there has been unnecessary spending.

Yesterday I paid for treats from McDonald’s for myself and 2 co-workers. It was the least I could do considering one of them frequently buys treats for the office and the other gave me a t-shirt and a bowl.

While in Niagara, I got caught up and bought a some souvenirs. Nothing extravagant, a couple of zipper pulls with my girls’ name on them and a fridge magnet. But not needed at all.

Today found me in the grocery store. I went to buy a bag of rice. I left with the rice and ice cream drumsticks (3 boxes as we all eat different flavours and they were on sale) and produce.

 Caramel for me.  Cookies & Cream for Princess. Plain vanilla for Diva.

There have also been some cheap lunches out. 2 occasions, less than $10 total but still.

On the plus side, I declined to go out with my BFF on Saturday as luckily she found someone else to go out with. I also declined a comedy show tonight.

I will get it together for the second half of the month.

No Spend – July edition

Along with the exercise wagon, I have also fallen off spend money wisely wagon. 😦

So I have decided to join Sharon on her July No Spend Challenge.

My freezer is full of food and needs to be defrosted. This will be a great way to get it empty. I should only need to buy perishables.

I WILL IGNORE THE SALES. They get me every time. And because I have a chest freezer I just throw things in my cart willy nilly. Then items get lost at the bottom of my freezer. 😦

Every so often, I wonder if we really need the chest freezer. Something I have to really spend the time figuring out. It is handy when there are sales but not so much when food gets freezer burn.

I will also be doing another cleanse as my body feels sluggish. Need to get rid of the sugar cravings that have been plaguing me.

On a side note, today is day 1 of no jube jubes. AND I worked out today. WHOO HOO!! I will try to only have half a bagel tomorrow but I make no promises.

I am off on Wednesday as Diva is getting her wisdom teeth removed. I will take inventory of my fridge, freezer & cupboards at that time and make a proper plan for July.