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Expensive weekend!

December 13th, 2005 at 11:22 am

I did get sick- Dr. and meds- $25 then my cat that has been gone for a week and a 1/2 finally came home. She looked horrible so off to the vet- $168 later she is back home recouping (Pet sitter accidently let her out) Stopped at the card outlet and Michaels to get all of the b-day supplies and crafts- $65.00. Gas -$21. Saved by using gift certs given to us for Xmas gifts for one of the kids.

Today went to lunch with a friend- $10. No additional spending planned.




Where did my motivation go?

December 8th, 2005 at 12:14 pm

By the time I got home last night I didn't have energy to do a thing. So I accomplished zilch. And I have been sluggish all day- not sure what is going on- maybe I'm getting sick? Which is something I don't have time for!!!

No spending yesterday besides the $40 and will be a no spend day today since I am going straight home after work. Don't have anything to report- just wanted a break from work!

Saved money doing the usual stuff

Thanks for the comments...

December 7th, 2005 at 09:51 am

I didn't think I was being unreasonable thinking that is too much to spend per person, but no one seems to agree with me. They also believe that min of $50.00 per adult birthday, kids $100. Sigh. I'm starting to re-think how I really want to spend the rest of my life. Do I meet the dollar amounts to be accepted by the family (which a I'm already battling) or do I give them a thoughtful gift without spending a fortune?

Anyways- Today I have been scheduling all my final medical appts for this year as well as x-mas pictures, dentist appt and financial appt for year end review. Tonight my plan is to cathup on some things- update Quicken with spending from this weekend, wrap xmas and b-day gifts, get all Dec. B-day cards ready to send, and if I have the energy, get a scrapbook page completed- I am so far behind!!!

Spending today- $40 for xmas gift. I may stop of Michaels on the way home for craft project for b-day party-got 40% coupon.

Saved money by: comparision shopping for xmas gifts, saved $14 dollars- woo hoo! and then the usual things, brought lunch, making dinner, etc.

I've been too busy!

December 6th, 2005 at 11:34 am

Work, home life and getting ready for Birthday & holiday season have kept me hopping! 9 b-days during Dec. All of them being close family- so must give gifts. There are downsides to having such a large family on both sides.

I hate shopping for gifts for DH family. They are picky and materialistic so its impossible to get them something they will like for reasonable amounts of $$$--their suggested min per his family is $150.00 per person. DH refuses to shop for them cuz he's no good at it??? Everything I pick out he suggests I return- FRUSTRATING!!! Every year it gets to me. I am not big into "stuff" or putting a price tag on gifts for myself. My house is decorated with minimal Stuff, but I feel its cozy. DH family have only name brand cluttered lifes -I just don't get it. Their wishlist/xmas lists are miles long, mine consist of 3 items- all of items I could use, almost need.
Sorry I needed to vent!

Good news - I recevied a refund on a bill I apparently paid twice- this was a nice surprise = +57.22. And got a coupon for a free birthday cake- can't complain. Don't know how big, but it will help.

This month so far- 145.99 on groceries(included baking & party items), 49.67 on baby items (formula, diapers, and cookies), $10- lunch with girls, 33.16 on gas, 45.64 on gifts and 39.46 on decorations for house/party. Total 331.21+57.22=grand total of $273.99 for Dec thus far. (Can't wait for Dec to be over!)

Things I have done to save money: bring b-fast & lunch to work. Drink free tea or water. Take side streets to and from work- no tolls or fast accelerations and braking. Hang all clothes. temp set to 70 degrees