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September 15th, 2005 at 11:25 am

Thank you for the stars! Can someone explain them to me??? Sorry if this is a dumb question!

Last night I went to register with a friend for her baby shower. Its amazing all the NEW baby stuff out there, and mine is only 8 months old! Anyways I spent $5.40 on a toy for the little guy for being so good (and to keep him busy) during the whole excursion! I'm upset that I used cash instead of a gift cert that I've been toting along with me for months- oh well next time!

Tonight I am preparing for my Amercian Cancer training scheduled for tomorrow. I need to print up some materials- shouldn't take too long. Then I think I'll dive into a James Patterson novel I picked up last week - I got 2 for 7.98 (total)- they are hardcover and thought it was a reasonable price. I just finished The Lake House - all I can say is "interesting". This should keep me busy enough to keep this a no spend day. Tomorrow I will most likely have to stop for gas to fill up the family SUV- not looking forward to it...But this should be my only purchase.

Broke my own rule...

September 13th, 2005 at 01:16 pm

I stopped at Target on the way home yesterday to pick up some storage containers and laundry stuff. I do a load everyday so I needed to stop or else I would have to do all the laundry over the weekend which is not fun...Listen to me - I'm making excuses... $36.26 (used discounted gift certs.)

Anyway, I used the storage bins to organize my pre-baby clothes - just in case I ever squeeze back into them. My exercise room's closet is now clean with 4 bins of babyclothes, maternity clothes and pre-materity clothes, then all the baby items which the little guy no longer uses, but I'm keeping just incase we get blessed with another bundle of joy.

I also recieved a $100 rebate that I can use towards my cable bill - not bad for filling out some paperwork- I completely forgot about this since I completed it in Feb.

We made our decision...

September 12th, 2005 at 08:08 am

We will be moving forward with the landscaping in the backyard. The next door neighbor’s kid, even after speaking with the parents, still insists crossing the property line, and now is throwing stuff at our dogs, and likes to watch them get zapped by the electric fence. So in order to protect my dogs and the kid we are dipping into savings to get it installed next week. I hope it works! The decision will put us about a month behind in paying off the CC that was scheduled for payment in mid Sept.

This week’s errand day was a success. I updated my fall wardrobe for $167.94 total- 5 new work outfits and one weekend wear (sale & coupons). I went grocery shopping for the month $166.77. I planned a month of dinners for the baby and us and should only have to stop to pick up lunchmeat, fruit, bread and milk. And purchased a gift for 32.35. The only place I didn’t get to was Target- I will just hold off until next week.

I spent the rest of my weekend getting caught up on housework. I was only gone for 3 days last week, so I have no idea how I fell so far behind! Did 6 loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, cleaned the main and upper levels (dusting, vacuuming, etc) and cleaned out my side of the closet with my pre-baby clothes.

Tonight I have my first night of bowling (if I make it – very sleepy today) - $60.00 for the month, then home to chopped veggies and fruit for baby food!


September 9th, 2005 at 12:49 pm

I returned from my business trip late last night - so no money spent while I was gone except for 19.13 on souvenirs. Today I spent 5.85 on lunch- I didn't have time to make something last night or this morning...

My first errand day (last Sat) was exhausting! I'm not a shopper, but I made it and got tons accomplished! I spent 134.26 on gifts/wrapping paper/household items/suitcase and some pictures I didn't really need- but they look great! I also spent 87.56 at Target for formula that was on sale plus coupons, and 2 more gifts- I purchased using discounted gift cards. This week I only need to do some grocery shopping- shouldn't be more than $150.00 (crossing my fingers!) Thats all I got for now!

Planning for my first Errand day...

September 2nd, 2005 at 08:08 pm

Saturday- which is tagged errand day- is going to be quite busy. My mom and I will be heading to the dollar store for some more baby food containers (looking to make 4 weeks worth at a time) and b-day wrapping paper and cards, Bed bath and beyond- I have a $50.00 gift cert, which I plan to use to purchase a wedding gift and maybe something for the hosue, then to target to purchase a b-day gift and a suit case with wheels since I leave on a business trip on Tuesday. I'm hoping it won't be too expensive. I have asked DH to stop at Home Depot for light bulbs, a dryer connection piece and wasp spray (they are horrible this year!)

Today I spent $4.42 for coffe and a snack. I needed an afternoon pick me up!

Walked for only 15 minutes

Sept. Goals

September 1st, 2005 at 02:53 pm

I’m thankful September is here! And I’m glad August is behind me – I spent way too much money! New month- new start! Here are my Sept goals:

Follow my new game plan outline in my previous post
Keep track of spending – attempted in Aug- failed miserably!!!
Pay off Bank One by mid-Sept- On Track
Up my 401k deductions back to 10% by Oct, currently at 5%- Upped to 7% in Aug
Stash $1500 into our emergency fund by end of year.- Sent $500, plan to send another $500 in Sept.
Finish Xmas shopping – about 80% complete

Besides these $$ goals, I am working on my “health Plan” – my goals are to continue to walk every weeknight with my little guy. Keep the veggies & fruit in the house so I continue to eat better. I am learning to cook healthier meals. We have agreed to eat a home cooked meals at least 6 times a week- It would have been 7 but I need my pizza fix…DH & I will be splitting the cooking responsibility- so it should be easier to eat in.

New Game Plan!

August 30th, 2005 at 09:36 am

The last two nights I worked on updating quicken and the debt repayments plan. I went to Discover Card to check my balance and see if there was anything I had forgotten to input into quicken when I pushed on “last 12months of statement” OMG – what an eye opener – it showed me the total spent on the card over the last 12 months. I can’t believe it!!! After I picked myself off the floor… I have realized that things need to change and fast!

My game plan: Keep lists of items running low and needed gifts, so I don’t run out while I am waiting for errand day. Errand day is been tagged for Saturday only- No other purchases other than purchasing discounted gift cards or using my weekly allowance of $60 cash– this needs to cover wkly bowling fee, gas and any “milk/bread” instances. Continue with menu planning and grocery lists. Leave DH at home when shopping- this alone will save a ton $$! Pay only using debit card. I know these seem like no brainers – apparently I’m a little slow…I thought I was doing OK- but that number from Discover showed me that I am waaayyyy off!


August 26th, 2005 at 11:00 am

I can't wait to get out of here! Its been so hectic around this place, deadlines shortened, extra stuff tossed at me, WHAT a week!!

Yesterday I broke down and bought a candy bar - I desperately needed sugar!!-$0.75. After work I went home and straightened up a bit before the girls got there for our scrap booking night. We are putting together a memory book for a friend who just got married. It turned out great - we only have a few more pages to do...

Tonight I’m going home spend some time with the little one, then need to update quicken – I’ve fallen behind. Plus I want to rework my debt repayment plan. DH is in construction, so he’s off work for about 3 months. Its time to start saving that extra $$ for our “just in case” cushion. Should be a no spend day and an overall low spend weekend!

Have a good one!

Finally some clarity on my job…

August 25th, 2005 at 07:31 am

Met with my SVP. Still don’t know whom I will directly report to (it doesn’t matter much anyways), but my job will not change much. Looks like I will be getting back into project management, while I continue to do the product management for at least the next 18-24 months until additional help is brought in. Either way I will stay busy and learn lots…

Last night I went to Stride Rite to get my little guy “good” shoes since he is starting to walk. I can’t believe the prices-($48.58 for shoes and polish)! Or that they are still around, I remember going there when I was little. Then I stopped and splurged for a new outfit and accessories to the tune of $75.60. Its cute, good quality and I will get a lot of wear out of the shirt – it will go with anything. Spent more then I was expecting--today I’ll try to get back on track, though I am REALLY craving some coffee!

Still no word...

August 23rd, 2005 at 10:37 am

On how the changes at work with affect me - my SVP rescheduled for tomorrow. I don't think I need to be concerned with losing my job, it just I have no idea if my role is changing, and if I have any room for movement...Guess these questions will have to wait until tomorrow.

Spent $48.05 on gas this morning to fill up the SUV. We don't use it but on the weekends and when we have to take our little one some place so I had sticker shock at the pump this morning. I fill up my car once every 2 weeks and it only costs me $25 or so and thats on the high end...Looks like we may curb our driving on the weekends even more if gas prices keep going up!

Last night ran some errands; Home depot for furnace filters - used discounted gift certs and $11.14, Petco for flea/tick prevention to the sum of $38.15. Paid for the all natural stuff, but if anyone knows homemade solutions for fleas, I would love to hear them...We found two fleas in the house over the last couple of weeks. Dogs and cats seem to be free of them (use frontline monthly) so I am unsure how they have gotten into our home... Its only two- maybe Im making a bigger deal than I should...Then I stopped at Michaels to use by 40% coupon and got 3 kids X-mas gifts for $10.57. tonight I have dinner with the girls, Im expecting to spend maybe $10 or so.

Changes at work

August 22nd, 2005 at 07:56 am

I have been so busy with all the changes at work I haven’t been able to keep up with my journaling. They've been keeping me so busy I have no problem hanging on to my cash! So far this month I have put $1200.00 towards credit debt, $500.00 into my emergency account, and paid an extra $350.00 to my car loan. I’m still on target to pay the bank one CC by mid Sept.

DH & I are looking at having our back yard professionally landscaped, to a tune of $2500.00-Our neighbors' kids keep playing in our yard, our dogs are friendly but they are large and clumsy, I don't want anything to happen-Unfortunaltely we can't put up a fence...Not sure if we want to dig this much into savings...We will consider this once I get a comfort level with all the changes that have taken place at work. I meet with my SVP today.

This weekend we took a nice short trip to our old town, had dinner with friends, went swimming at the hotel, and then visited the local art fest. We took $200.00 for the weekend and came home with some $$$- so not an overly expensive weekend.

This week is going to be busy, Dr. appt tonight, dinner with the girls tomorrow, Thursday is scrap booking night at our house, then sat & Sun we have BBQs to go to…Hopefully a fairly inexpensive week.

I love deals!

August 17th, 2005 at 08:18 am

Today was suppose to be a No spend day but I couldn't resist. I went to the Joann Fabrics website to look for Wilton cake decorating books. (I took the first class thru Michaels- it was fun- just hard to get there- thought I could just purchase the books and self learn.) While I was on the website a 50% coupon came up - so I decided to purchase the cookie master regular $39.00 and got it for $19.99!!

Tonight I need to return an aquarium stand and the $$ I get back should cover the dog/cat & bird food. So no spending beyond the $20.00.

Weekend recap...

August 16th, 2005 at 12:49 pm

Saturday was another no spend day - DH didn't have to work so we stayed homed relaxed and did some small projects around the house. Sunday - well we did some errands after going to the locate barnyard petting zoo. The zoo cost ~$10.00 for the three of us (this included food to feed the animals), then off to target for groceries, personals and household items, with a total cost of $227.79 OUCH!!! Paid with cash, no cc debt.

Monday was no spend and Tuesday only .37 cents so far for a stamp. close enough to a no spend day...

I put $500.00 towards my emergency fund this week, and still on target for paying off my Bank one by Mid Sept - cc reduced by $600.00

Looking forward to the weekend...

August 12th, 2005 at 02:14 pm

Its Friday- hooray! It seems as if time is standing still here at work- I think I’m a little too excited for this weekend. We have nothing planned, nowhere to be… It’s a nice change! So we were going to focus on getting some things done around the house. We were planning on working on our backyard garden, but it looks like Mother Nature will not be having any of that! Change of plans! Saturday while DH is working I am planning on running all the errands since I planned our menus for next week and put together our grocery and errand list. Stop at the bank to close my son’s savings account and move the $$ to his new ING account I opened the other night. After all my errands, I’ll be heading home to do some baking and start dinner. Then relax and spend time together as a family. My poor DH has been working so late that he hasn’t seen our son awake in the last 3 nights!

Sunday I am going to get my little guys old clothing together to drop off at Once upon a child- I guess they pay you at the time of drop off for the items they will accept. Not sure what to expect, but hopefully I’ll get some $$$. I also want to store some of those bigger baby items in the attic just in case we are blessed with another little one.

This week has been good – I had 4 no spend days! My goal for next week is to have 5…

Lazy Evening/Lazy Day

August 11th, 2005 at 07:06 am

I sure it’s the weather, but last night was a lazy one. I didn’t make it to the grocery store or any of the other “to dos” I wanted to get started on. I cleaned the kitchen, filed some paperwork, watered the plants, put some clothes away and relaxed. Neither DH nor I felt like cooking so he picked up (his treat) Chinese food. And I am so proud of him! He usually spends money on tons of food and most of it goes to waste – last night he brought home only what we could eat. No wasted money/ no wasted food!

The laziness from last night still lingers this AM – so its not going to be a very productive day! Going to focus on researching prices for some furniture for the basement, and do some planning for a new planting bed in our backyard. Should be a cheap day!

Can’t believe its already Wednesday!

August 10th, 2005 at 09:33 am

This past weekend went took a small road trip to our family reunion held in Southern Il. It was hot, but we had great company and good food! It was great to see everyone! DH and I spent our way home on Sunday stopping at antique shops- I found some old coins for very cheap, which I picked up. Even with the additional shopping I remained under budget for the trip! I did some research on the coins on Monday and was very happy with my decision to purchase!

I am trying to build my coin collection once again. I had a great collection that I had started when I was younger, however, a theft by a (so called) friend had taken all except for some coins that didn’t have much value… So I am collecting once again… I thought it would be a great way for my little guy to learn about history!

Also, I’ve been trying to stay busy at home by finishing up some “to dos” -which helps keep me away from stores and the money in the bank …My goals for the week are to finish setting up our old aquarium. I had given it away and its come back and been sitting in our basement with all supplies for over a year now…I guess its time! It won’t cost anything but the water to fill it and fish. I also need to update our little guy’s scrapbook for the last two months, and our home scrapbook with the new garden pictures… This weekend I would like to start on a home inventory.

Monday and Tuesday were both no spend days! Woo Hoo!
Wednesday – well that’s a different story- $4.96 on B-fast & coffee, $176 on gift cards (x-mas & bday gifts), and have some minor grocery shopping to do tonight…


August 4th, 2005 at 10:02 am

Since I have my financial house in order, my life has become so much more! It may sound weird, but before, when I was unsure how much cc debit we had, just pay as much as we could on all CCs- my life (I suppose) was unorganized... I don’t know if I was scared, or maybe depressed or nervous on having debt. Not sure, but somehow that affected my motivation – don’t quite understand it… Now with a plan I am focusing on a debt then tackling the next- and I can see the debit getting smaller and my savings growing! Freedom is almost here.

I have also put all my paperwork in order (had to get organized to understand my debt), which lead to all sorts of organizing…I have grocery lists with coupons attached, so my pantry and fridge is always full (Unheard of before!). I’ve put together routines for my mornings and evenings. It’s amazing how much free time I have and how much energy/motivation I have! I am able to spend at least 2.5 hours after work with my little guy without thinking about anything but our playtime. After he goes to bed I make dinner for DH & I and straighten up the house. I have now implemented an exercise/walking routine- my motivation to get fit again came from retire@50- Thanks! I have time for my hobbies; scrap booking, baking, floral arrangements (Made a couple of wreaths for the front door this past weekend) and I updated my sons website (free at Babiesonline.com). I have decided to volunteer my time again and rejoined the American Cancer Society Task force for Daffodil Days. Some folks at work have even noticed how “together” I am now (I wonder just how bad I got?). I had thought my inability to get things done and no motivation was due to being so tired from being a new mom, but it seems that our financial situation played a big role, as well! Or maybe I just lost it? Who knows! But life is good! ;-)