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Herbert Derp

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Spend under $300 for the month of June
« on: June 03, 2013, 01:34:41 AM »
If you've been following my other topic, you'll know that my spending last month was a disaster and I spent over $2,000. But now I have a unique opportunity to reduce my spending during the month of June, because my rent was waived. So my personal goal for the month of June is to spend no more than $300, including all expenses. In theory I could go below $200, but I need to buy a new bed because I sold my old one.

I might also have a business trip this month so I hope I get reimbursed for my meals or else I might have to get creative...

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 11:22:41 AM »
Actually, I'm not so sure this is much of a challenge for me. I'm going to shoot for under $200, and I'm still buying the bed.

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013, 11:36:39 AM »
I'm in for staying under $500 (not including rent) our grocery spending usually sits around 600 a month but i recently joined the local BJs so that should drop steeply. Aiming to keepp it around $300 for the two of us. Beyond that i'm anticiating an excess of public transportation this week (practicing massage on nyc carriage horses requires getting from NJ to NY) and a $73 gym membership. Also, my boyfriend has now whined so often about my total lack of a cell plan (i have wifi at both work and home and any bench within a few meters of a starbucks... what's the big deal?) Whatever, i'm getting airvoice or something this month. If i'm starting an equine massage business (huzzah for a pay increase of more than twelve times my current hourly wage!) I'm gonna need an operational phone. And possibly gps.

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013, 02:48:50 PM »
I will aim for <$200 for groceries and household spending.  This includes paying for my son's birthday get together.  Thanks for issuing a challenge.

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2013, 11:17:27 PM »
Newbie here.

June will be my first month of extreme frugality I am aiming for under 300$ for the month.

It should be easy if I stick to my plan of visiting no restaurants.

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2013, 08:12:41 PM »
I don't think $200 will work out after all. I am making plans to do stuff with my friends and it'll cost some money. But I think I can still manage $300, we'll see.

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2013, 02:06:24 PM »
Well the month is almost halfway over, and I've spent about $97 so far. This includes all my bills for the month. I still got to do all the activities I had planned with my friends, although I decided not to buy the bed. We'll see how the rest of the month goes.

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2013, 02:38:19 PM »
Gah!  Vet bills.  My poor little dog has a tumour that needs to be removed and I'm not sure how much that will cost yet, but I will continue being frugal in other ways.

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2013, 09:37:41 PM »
I'm a bit late saying so, but I'm in for this. My budget is only $380 for the month anyway, but I've been way under for the past 2 weeks and I don't see it getting worse in the rest of the month.  Should be easy to come in $80 under at least.
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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2013, 09:26:05 PM »
Ugh So I got my credit card bill today.

Total plus utilities (they won't let me pay my utilities on my card)
After currency exchange is $311

I need to stop going out for coffee and snacks.  I blame the culture here and my wussyness.

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2013, 11:53:15 PM »
Mint tells me I've spent about $110 so far. Nine days to go!

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2013, 12:03:48 AM »
Aw dang this is a good idea. Unfortunately I racked up $340 before I saw this (crazy expensive month D:) but if you want to up the ante and challenge $200 or less in July I'm totally down.

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2013, 12:17:52 AM »
Are you including utilities and bills? I'll have to start paying rent again next month so my monthly spending will go up to around $700. But my goal remains to have no more than $200/month for non-rent spending.

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2013, 12:46:19 AM »
Ah, yes, because you had a unique month. My attention span was so apparently short I forgot the beginning of the thread before reading until the end. I'm sorry. Yikes..

Are you including utilities and bills?

I am a young freeloader and live with my parents. I will count my cell phone bill, which is $10, but that hardly counts compared to paying my own cost of living. This month was a gift-y and life-building type month for me, but yes. All stuff I could have put off/found better deals/been more creative/whatever. Anyway: goals! Transaction slashing! Yes, please.

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2013, 01:12:42 AM »
I made it! Here are my June 2013 expenses:

Rent: $0.00 (includes water/sewage/trash/internet)
Bills: $24.08 (electricity)
Other: $85.05
Total: $109.13

The electricity bill was for my old place for the months of April and May (two bills), plus the first week of June. I won't be getting another one. Much better than last month! Turns out I could have bought the bed anyway and still stayed under $200!

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Re: Spend under $300 for the month of June
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2013, 12:34:23 PM »
Is there any kind of Non-rent/mortgage challenge for August? (Newly stubble-ish, way too late for June/July...