I didn't leave the house so I didn't spend a dime. But I did clear out over a dozen clothing items from my closet that I will donate to charity. I found I had 7 white long sleeve shirts! WHAT? My job is super casual so I have no idea when these multiplied, lol.
I also added a few other misc. items that I found as I was wandering about cleaning and organizing. More to come as I make a concerted effort to unload some unused kitchen and decorative stuff Sunday.
I grabbed a container of African Peanut soup out of the freezer that will cover lunch for a few days. I also retrieved a nice piece of frozen salmon and steak which will be dinner the next couple of nights. Add some sauteed fresh summer squash & zucchini, ($.89 per #) and a few other staple veg's and I'm content!
I had a coupon for cold medicine that saved me $2.00.
For most of my life I've thought I couldn't be bothered with coupons. I don't think I'll ever be an extreme couponer, but I am going to start at least paying attention to the coupons in the papers. For some reason it just suddenly dawned on me that throwing away the coupons (for things that I would buy anyway) is the same as throwing away money.
Post by merryheart on Jan 30, 2011 12:07:12 GMT -5
Waffle, karma for your revelation!
I headed out early this morning to do some chores and didn't eat first as I didn't expect to be out long. I got hungry and really wanted to splurge on a bagel but convinced myself to go home and eat my normal breakfast. So money saved and healthier also.
Love the pictures, Later! Merryheart--I just had to replace my license plate lights last weekend, much cheaper to do it yourself! Those are easier though, you don't have to remove the battery (like I did to do a headlamp on my old honda) and cheaper at @ $2.49--which I also saved money on--they didn't have a cross reference book out, instead, they guys check the numbers in their computer. I followed him to get the bulbs but when he rang them up they came up as $2.99, I told them they were priced at $2.49 so he doublechecked and I was right It's only 50 cents, but if I hadn't followed and looked at the price myself, it would be money I would have spent without needing too. This was all about 10 minutes after I got pulled over on the freeway (a couple miles from home) for the light being out. Fortunately the cop believed me that I had no clue they were out so I only got a warning (how else are you ever going to notice? Even when you get your oil changed and they check your lights it's usually too bright to tell if the license plate lights are on or dead)
Post by TrixAre4Kids on Jan 31, 2011 0:40:13 GMT -5
I fixed dinner tonight out of my pantry instead of going grocery shopping. I have enough fresh stuff like fruit, milk and bread to last until Tuesday (Feb shopping $$$). I kept my food bill under $200 for January. That includes food I took to two different parties. and a half case of chili I bought at Costco for my roomie.
Post by NancysSummerSip on Jan 31, 2011 9:58:01 GMT -5
I am in the middle of doing a series of freelance pieces on local charity thrift shops, and while checking out one of them Saturday, I found the perfect blouse in the perfect color to wear to my niece's wedding. Cost: $3. ;D
Post by ohmomto2boys on Jan 31, 2011 10:51:54 GMT -5
We had a very low spend weekend! I made a batch of veggie soup and froze 5 containers (this will be lunch over the next few weeks along with leftovers). Took the kids to see Megamind - $6 to get in (4 of us) and $6.75 for popcorn (crazy I know), but it was a fun movie and that was entertainment for the weekend. Stayed in on Saturday and Sunday - kids played, I got some organizing done - 2 boxes of kids clothes to take the resale shop - what they don't want, I will donate. Cleaned out the kids "craft" stuff. Hubby sent a check to start 2011 Roth!!! We will max out no problem. Already maxed out 2010. Hubby upped 401k contribution an additional 2% because he got a raise. I will do the same in March when I get my raise as well!!! Brought leftovers for lunch at work.
Post by startsmart on Jan 31, 2011 10:56:02 GMT -5
This weekend I found some great decorative items for my home on sale at consignment! Haven't been shopping or thought about the house for ages since I've been working so hard.
We replaced a valve on the water heater instead of replacing the whole thing and I cleaned up in the garage.
February will likely be a low spend month, I'm going to buy plane tickets today for an upcoming trip and then I should be good for awhile. I need to spend time working on my new business and getting it set up right.
Bought one bottle of Blink eyedrops at WG-paid for it with $5 RR so paid $2 out of pocket, plus got a $7.99 RR for buying it. Entered rebate online for printer paper from Staples. I also resisted going to the grocery store because I really have plenty to eat!
My oven died just as I went to put dinner in it on Sunday night I thought it was a bad heating element but I checked it this afternoon (DS has a high fever so I had to leave work early) and turns out the element is fine, it's just a bad switch (broil/off/bake knob) I rewired it so that I can bake if I turn it to "broil" so now it's just "broil" that doesn't work--I can live with that! It's an older stove so I'll have to do some searching online or find a repair shop that can order a new switch for me, but this is so much better than having to wait on a heating coil. So glad I can do this stuff myself--it's saved a ton of money in the long run.
Apple I'm jealous! I have a friend coming over Saturday to fix the plug on my block heater. I wish I knew how to do that stuff. Well I will know this one after Saturday, he is great about showing me.
I thawed out a big thing of hamburger and made it into a big pot of chili and 4 big hamburgers. I make THE best burgers! I didn't have bread crumbs so I used some ground almonds I have. It really added a nice flavour. I also made a big cole slaw that is now sitting in the fridge. So I have suppers for the rest of the week made up. Mmmmmmmmmmm.
Yay, Apple! It is great to be able to rewire stuff and make it work a bit longer!
I wish I had you here to help me replace a couple of ceiling lights! I have next to no knowledge of anything electrical but I really need to get a couple of lights replaced. We bought the lights and DH said he would replace them but he hasn't yet so I know I will have to. I know how to replace standard switches and outlets but never done anything else. I do know to throw the breaker but I worry I will somehow cross wires or something and burn my house down. I guess I'll learn - just hope it is an expensive lesson!
That is pretty cool, Later! Around here you have to be quick to pick up the big items like that. merryheart--hopefully both the old light fixtures and the new ones have colored wire (white and black) to make it super easy to hook up to, just swap like wire for like wire. There are projects that I'll get into and I'll think halfway "man I wish I had a boyfriend" to help me out. When it gets that bad, I call my sister's ex-husband, he's helped me out of a few jams. When it comes to kitchen plumbing I've figured out that I'm completely willing to tackle the drain end (like replacing the garbage disposal) but when it comes to the pressurized side I've learned to just call him for help (I don't have the right tools so it makes jobs 10 times more difficult than they need to be). I decided this when I had my leaky faucet disassembled and the new one didn't line up to the existing piping right.
I discussed the budget with my fiance last night since he's moving to my state this month and it will be tight as he job hunts, and finds permadent work... so it was good to make sure we were on the same page.