Author Topic: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?  (Read 4331 times)

Carrie

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #100 on: February 10, 2018, 04:13:39 PM »
We're having a successful frugal month so far! I've even lost a smidgen of weight, which is frugal because I need to fit into my spring/ summer clothes (can't wear leggings & sweaters all year).

I am challenging myself to eat from the freezer/ pantry as much as possible to keep the remainder of the month below $200 on groceries. We have a lot of staples, but will need fresh veg & dairy. Still no eating out, and have enough gasoline to last. Overbought on the valentine candy (to include candy with the homemade cards for school), but that will stretch to be kid-desserts for a couple months.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #101 on: February 10, 2018, 05:02:13 PM »
Well done, Carrie!

Spent my first $ of the month today: $15 at the grocery store on almond milk, fresh veg, fruit, and herbs. Felt like a sweet treat, but instead of buying something at the store, I came home and baked some vegan chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies with stuff I had on hand. Yum!

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #102 on: February 10, 2018, 05:47:39 PM »
Well done, Carrie!

Spent my first $ of the month today: $15 at the grocery store on almond milk, fresh veg, fruit, and herbs. Felt like a sweet treat, but instead of buying something at the store, I came home and baked some vegan chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies with stuff I had on hand. Yum!

Wow!   Great job so far!

My wife bought me a $1 home-made doughnut at our preschooler fundraiser.  So that's my eating out cheat I guess but it was for a good cause.  We're doing pretty good in other categories as well but not quite zero spend. 

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #103 on: February 11, 2018, 02:32:48 PM »
Yesterday and today are quiet, stay-home-cuz-of-ice days.  No spending and no eating out.  We were thinking of a take out pizza later tonight as the roads start to clear, but we were already hungry, so chicken and rice are in the oven ;)  no need for the pizza or the expense.


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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #104 on: February 11, 2018, 04:49:04 PM »
This weekend was pricier, as expected, as it contained a birthday. Next week is my son's birthday, and we're having a party as well. This are planned expenses, but a higher week than I like. I also booked a 12 day residential summer camp for my son, which was pricey, but by far the most reasonable of any of the options.

We'll continue to price & book summer camps. However, we scored a super inexpensive option for spring break. A typical spring break camp is around $350x2 kids. My parents are free & the kids begged to see if we could get my parents to help out. I got a great deal on flights ($242), and will give my parents $100 of spending money (to take the kids to lunch, etc) when they are here. Everyone is thrilled. (sidenote: my parents are on a fixed retirement budget, so I try to help them out by paying for flights when they are coming to cover breaks, etc).

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #105 on: February 12, 2018, 07:12:41 AM »
As of the 11th
No spend days: 3/9 
Grocery: $257.31/$500
Total Spend: $2058.92/$3100  Quarterly water bill was paid, and I also made our car payment (I know, I know) early because I was stoked to see it drop below $1k.  Soon it will be gone. 

It seems like everyone's efforts are showing.  Good job! 

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #106 on: February 12, 2018, 07:30:19 AM »
I spent more this weekend than I planned but my husband is gone again and I have made a menu based on what we have in the house so I only need milk and some vegetables and we are good for the week.

2/9 - Home Goods - $60.79 (we moved into our house 7 months ago. I keep a list of things we "need" and only buy what's in my list when I find it for a good price)
Fruits and Veggies - $12.26

2/10
Target - $78 (Household supplies, Valentine's cards, and a shirt for my oldest)
Baseball Cleats - $27
Birthday gift - $25 Xbox gift card

2/11
Thai food - $16.30

We have had much worse weekends so I'm fairly happy with our spending.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #107 on: February 12, 2018, 08:10:44 AM »
We had no spend on Saturday,  and Sunday was my grocery run. Spent $150 on groceries /household. Bought two pork tenderloins on sale, bought some pricey steak (toss up between the whole tenderloin for $75 or enough for a fancy home grilled dinner @$30 for 5 people). Opted for the cheaper option because frugal February.

Where we are killing it this month: zero alcohol spend. We've increased our tea consumption instead.  This move, embarrassingly, saves $285/mo. The cost/consumption has been creeping up, and I'm glad we noticed.

Still have zero spend on restaurants, fast food, takeout. This combined in the budget is set at $85/mo, but there are some months it comes in way under.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #108 on: February 13, 2018, 01:23:09 AM »
I just travelled 3 days without using a car, but instead using my legs and the train. And I ate leftovers on Friday and Saturday.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #109 on: February 13, 2018, 04:07:53 AM »
Day 1: No spend / Earned $40 extra
Day 2: No spend
Day 3: $26 haircut
Day 4: $15 wall art, $30 Eating out for two, $85 furniture to flip
Day 5: No spend
Day 6: No spend
Day 7: No spend
Day 8: No spend
Day 9: No spend
Day 10: $120 on a vintage dresser for my office storage. $35 eating out for two.
Day 11: No spend
Day 12: No spend

Both times I have eaten out this month it was a treat for my SO for driving me around in his truck and helping me collect furniture (in snow storms each time) However, I have killed the budget with eating out so, no more for this month.

Still aiming to sell two dressers this month. Profit would be around $500 which would be awesome! I am also now tidying up some items in my house and listing sone small items for sale. Nothing worth major money, but enough that makes selling it worthwhile.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #110 on: February 13, 2018, 05:06:14 AM »
Update #3

Successes:
-Figured out how to bake gluten and grain free bread that is much cheaper than store bought gluten free bread!
-Resisted Uber in some inconvenient situations (honestly, this is even trickier because a ride often costs $3-$4 in my area and bus rides cost $1.70... but I wouldn't spend that much on coffee out, so why would I spend it on a ride?)

Challenges:
-I need to only use my bus pass for transportation for the rest of the month, or take from my Misc budget
-I've used up 135/200 in my Misc budget! $60 of this was treating brunch out for myself and 2 others... visited a friend in another city and part of the trip's purpose was to try the food scene out... friend treated for dinner so I picked up a very delicious brunch
-If I want to reach my goal, I need to spend $65 or less on any non-grocery items for the next two weeks. I think this would be easy for many in this group! For me it will be challenging. I may try a cash envelope to control myself.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #111 on: February 13, 2018, 05:10:03 AM »
I just travelled 3 days without using a car, but instead using my legs and the train. And I ate leftovers on Friday and Saturday.

Nice!

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #112 on: February 13, 2018, 10:03:19 AM »
01/02: No spend
02/02: Return from wilderness trip--$23 for beer & pizza
03/02: No spend
04/02: No spend
05/02: Hit with a $445 bill from the plumber...eegads but at least the dishwasher is installed and hot water tank is to code,       hopefully no more big spends this month
           $83  groceries (online to see if I could get some better deals and found quite a few..organic broccoli & cauliflower half price)
06/02: No spend
07/02: No spend
08/02: $15 Post Office parcel
           $2.70 Matcha Latte (got this for half price and really enjoyed it after a long walk in the sunny cold)
09/02: No spend
10/02: No spend
11/02: No spend
12/02: $14 ticket for XC skiing with a friend (half-price ticket)

Will need to spend a chunk of cash for some courses I am required to take this year..trying to put it off but might need to happen soon so I get into the ones I want!

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #113 on: February 13, 2018, 12:31:52 PM »
Week 2 grocery spend was 46.55, for a total of 170.63 so far this month.
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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #114 on: February 14, 2018, 07:35:59 AM »
Total Spend so far (excluding rent): $213
Groceries: $111
Gift: $37
Phone: $30
Cat: $22
Transport: $11

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #115 on: February 14, 2018, 02:45:01 PM »
Some good: I have mostly avoided restaurants.  When necessary I spent a lot less than I might normally ($8 at brunch instead of normal 25ish, and $30 at the super fancy place where the group spent $90(!) on average)
I have been doing a pretty good job of grocery shopping only on Monday and Thursday, though I have had to pick up some necessities on other days.

Bad: I was forced to buy a new phone, the old one is basically not working, and actually managed to cost me money because of a missed communication.  I tried to buy a used S7 on Swappa, and it turned out to be stolen.  I returned that one and couldn't mentally deal with further searching for a good used one, so got a new Moto G5 Plus instead.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #116 on: February 14, 2018, 08:35:40 PM »
I am under or within all budget categories so far...but there is still 2 weeks left...

Instead of going out for Valentines, DH and I just used some grocery funds to purchase the items for a couple of specialty pizzas made at home.  We have never made a successful pizza crust that we really enjoyed, but tonight we used binging with babish's recipe, and it was delish!  A lot of prep (if you make your own sauce too, which is what he recommends and what we did tonight), but I think I could streamline the process by bulk cooking some of it and freezing, or making smaller amounts which would simplify some of the prep. 

DH did buy my flowers, which were totally unneccesary, and wine, but I'll not complain ;)

I also used pantry supplies and the last of a bag of chocolate chips for a rich flourless chocolate cake...


No spending yesterday :)

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #117 on: February 15, 2018, 10:10:02 AM »
Day 1: No spend / Earned $40 extra
Day 2: No spend
Day 3: $26 haircut
Day 4: $15 wall art, $30 Eating out for two, $85 furniture to flip
Day 5: No spend
Day 6: No spend
Day 7: No spend
Day 8: No spend
Day 9: No spend
Day 10: $120 on a vintage dresser for my office storage. $35 eating out for two.
Day 11: No spend
Day 12: No spend
Day 13: No spend
Day 14: $3 on a slurpee
Day 15: No spend

I bought a $45 hair wand with grocery points. So technically I didn't pay anything but I could have used the points for groceries so not the most frugal choice.

My upstairs Reno project is currently at $175. I had budgeted $500 so I am still well within budget but I also have a lot more paint to buy.

Going to work this weekend to make up some sick time. I actually am going to start working most Saturday's (half days) to earn some extra money. I can do this at least until the summer. It will cut into my Reno time but I think it's worth it.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #118 on: February 15, 2018, 10:30:02 AM »
We're doing pretty well on our monthly expenses. We did, however, have to add more camp coverage for next week than expected, as schedules changed. (School is out.) We also ended up booking all of our summer camps, which is. . . insanely expensive. $4400 for two kids. Shivers. It's part of our budget, but never fun to pony that much up at once.

Areas where we're doing well:
-Kept birthday spending for my older son to just his party, plus an experience activity we're doing in June. Will likely pick up a few fun breakfast items for his sleepover, but will fit within the grocery budget.
-Meal planning, eating leftovers, no unplanned meals out (save one, when the power was out).
-Shopping from a list
-Have earned $45 selling stuff online, which I applied directly to our unfunded 2018 goals.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #119 on: February 17, 2018, 06:45:10 AM »
Day 1: No spend / Earned $40 extra
Day 2: No spend
Day 3: $26 haircut
Day 4: $15 wall art, $30 Eating out for two, $85 furniture to flip
Day 5: No spend
Day 6: No spend
Day 7: No spend
Day 8: No spend
Day 9: No spend
Day 10: $120 on a vintage dresser for my office storage. $35 eating out for two.
Day 11: No spend
Day 12: No spend
Day 13: No spend
Day 14: $3 on a slurpee
Day 15: No spend
Day 16: $67 Costco membership (to be split with SO) $45 eating out
Day 17: No spend

Annoyed with myself. I have spent too much on eating out and too much in groceries. I am at $300 when my budget is $200. It's been a rough emotional month and while I have curbed spending on "stuff" I think I have been food shopping my feelings. I am buckling down!!!

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #120 on: February 17, 2018, 07:25:34 AM »
Day 1: No spend / Earned $40 extra
Day 2: No spend
Day 3: $26 haircut
Day 4: $15 wall art, $30 Eating out for two, $85 furniture to flip
Day 5: No spend
Day 6: No spend
Day 7: No spend
Day 8: No spend
Day 9: No spend
Day 10: $120 on a vintage dresser for my office storage. $35 eating out for two.
Day 11: No spend
Day 12: No spend
Day 13: No spend
Day 14: $3 on a slurpee
Day 15: No spend
Day 16: $67 Costco membership (to be split with SO) $45 eating out
Day 17: No spend

Annoyed with myself. I have spent too much on eating out and too much in groceries. I am at $300 when my budget is $200. It's been a rough emotional month and while I have curbed spending on "stuff" I think I have been food shopping my feelings. I am buckling down!!!

I think you are doing GREAT! 

I wish I could get my spending down to your level.  I've been cutting down in many areas but expenses other than eating out are still running a lot higher than most people on this thread.  Start of a journey.  :)

On Monday I made breakfast AND lunch but I forgot to bring them to work.  :(  I cracked and got a breakfast sandwich for $4.50.  I found leftover sandwiches from a meeting for lunch.

So 12 days to go and I've only spent $4.50 eating out.

Without even trying I feel like I've lost some weight. This is great and I think I may even push through in March and add a healthy eating focus and see if I can keep it up until I shed about 10-15 pounds that have been hanging around for like five years now. 

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #121 on: February 18, 2018, 05:25:09 AM »
Day 1: No spend / Earned $40 extra
Day 2: No spend
Day 3: $26 haircut
Day 4: $15 wall art, $30 Eating out for two, $85 furniture to flip
Day 5: No spend
Day 6: No spend
Day 7: No spend
Day 8: No spend
Day 9: No spend
Day 10: $120 on a vintage dresser for my office storage. $35 eating out for two.
Day 11: No spend
Day 12: No spend
Day 13: No spend
Day 14: $3 on a slurpee
Day 15: No spend
Day 16: $27 Costco membership (split with SO) $45 eating out
Day 17: $7 drinks, $7 two vintage art glass vases (thrifted), $5 Blokus board game (thrifted)

I mixed my days up. Yesterday we went on a spontaneous road trip and drove all over the place. I needed the life break, like a mini vacation. We stopped at a few thrift shops and I found some beautiful vintage art glass vases to add to my collection!!! I was very pleased. Then we found a complete copy of Blokus all 84 parts intact!!! We are huge board game players so this was an awesome find. My SO also paid for more then half of the Costco membership and bought me dinner! What a nice guy. :)

Edit:
Day 18: Sold a dresser! Profit $250 (paid 0, this was a teak garbage find 10 years ago)

Woohoo that dresser sale really helped my numbers for the month.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #122 on: February 18, 2018, 05:28:18 AM »

I think you are doing GREAT! 

I wish I could get my spending down to your level.  I've been cutting down in many areas but expenses other than eating out are still running a lot higher than most people on this thread.  Start of a journey.  :)

On Monday I made breakfast AND lunch but I forgot to bring them to work.  :(  I cracked and got a breakfast sandwich for $4.50.  I found leftover sandwiches from a meeting for lunch.

So 12 days to go and I've only spent $4.50 eating out.

Without even trying I feel like I've lost some weight. This is great and I think I may even push through in March and add a healthy eating focus and see if I can keep it up until I shed about 10-15 pounds that have been hanging around for like five years now.

Thank you!! Sounds like you are doing great as well. Your eating out spending is awesome and you are losing weight! Those are two giant wins!!

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #123 on: February 19, 2018, 10:04:21 AM »
Things have changed a bit since my original post... but hey that's part of life!

Recently paid a buddy for an upcoming bachelor party in Oklahoma City. Set me back a little, but when I realize I've only eaten out for lunch TWICE this month... I can bear it.

I've had a hell of a time tracking no spend days, didn't realize how easy it is to forget to document these things.

I've eaten so much better while still maintaining weight and getting to the gym. My roommate told me last week he thought I looked a little skinnier. Guess I'm building muscle!!

I'm way below my grocery budget of $40 per week, probably averaging closer to 30 if not lower.

About to sell my xbox with a game that never gets used. That basically will pay for the GoPro Hero 4 Black I just bought for adventuring/fishing/trying vlogs.

I have an interview Wednesday for a growing company in my town with an awesome culture that could lead to more career growth.

It's going well and I know I can improve next month! Looking forward to continuing this trend.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #124 on: February 19, 2018, 02:46:00 PM »
We did a day ski trip to Tahoe yesterday, and it was by no means frugal. However, we had originally planned to do a 3 day ski trip, so this was a lot cheaper. :-) I did save where we could (brought breakfast, drinks, snacks, etc) & bought tickets online in advance for a small discount. Need to research the cheapest ways to make this work, because the kids have visions of a lot more skiing.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #125 on: February 19, 2018, 03:15:37 PM »
I spent $10 or so at Coldstone Creamery, which officially blew my no eating out rule, but I decided that when you take your four year old daughter ice skating for the first time and there is a Coldstone Creamery next door, you pretty much have to get ice cream.  :) 

Today we are celebrating our Presidents by cooking up a storm -- from a load of groceries that cost only $85 from ALDI.  I did a double-pot of the Tortelloni Soup from budget bytes (https://www.budgetbytes.com/2017/10/sausage-tortellini-soup/) and am on to garlic potatoes next.  My wife is doing breakfast bars and healthy brownies.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #126 on: February 20, 2018, 06:06:01 AM »
The last 3 updates are awesome!

DJ: sounds like you are killing this month. Losing weight, gaining muscle, potential new job... Does it get any better then that! That's super impressive.

Blinx7: ice cream was definitely mandatory! And can I come to your house for dinner?


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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #127 on: February 20, 2018, 06:15:32 AM »
Day 1: No spend / Earned $40 extra
Day 2: No spend
Day 3: $26 haircut
Day 4: $15 wall art, $30 Eating out for two, $85 furniture to flip
Day 5: No spend
Day 6: No spend
Day 7: No spend
Day 8: No spend
Day 9: No spend
Day 10: $120 on a vintage dresser for my office storage. $35 eating out for two.
Day 11: No spend
Day 12: No spend
Day 13: No spend
Day 14: $3 on a slurpee
Day 15: No spend
Day 16: $27 Costco membership (split with SO) $45 eating out
Day 17: $7 drinks, $7 two vintage art glass vases (thrifted), $5 Blokus board game (thrifted)
Day 18: Sold a dresser! Profit $250 (paid 0, this was a teak garbage find 10 years ago)
Day 19: No spend

As of right now according to my list above, I have spent $405 this month outside of my monthly budgeted/regular expenses but I have also earned $290 extra. I also still have one piece of furniture for sale that will profit about $200 so I think I am doing pretty good.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #128 on: February 20, 2018, 12:55:53 PM »
The last 3 updates are awesome!

DJ: sounds like you are killing this month. Losing weight, gaining muscle, potential new job... Does it get any better then that! That's super impressive.

Blinx7: ice cream was definitely mandatory! And can I come to your house for dinner?

Working on it! Just scheduled to pay the $350 balance on my credit card early next month. Come April I should really start seeing the strides without any credit card debt. May take on a part time gig somewhere a couple evenings a week, we'll see. I really don't want it to eat into my gym time so I have committed to that yet.

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Re: Who wants to join me for Frugal February?
« Reply #129 on: February 20, 2018, 01:00:05 PM »
blinx7: Money was spent on ice cream for us too.  My youngest daughter’s rec volleyball team pulled off a tight victory Sunday, and her team went out for ice cream.  Slightly bad timing only because my daughter had friends along, so the treat of one fancy ice cream cone was x3.  But my daughter really enjoyed it, and it was extra special to her since we rarely go out for things like that and it was with her best friends.  It sounds like you guys had a special outing too :)

Overall, doing okay on the goals.  I have some stress from upcoming uncertainty in my job which highlights the importance of budgeting.  This thread helps me stay accountable even when I don't really feel like it.

No spend days: 5/9
Grocery: $390.40/$500 Going to be close!  Feeling good though, as I have a decent stock of most things to carry us through.
Total spend: $2552/$3100   I think I can make it.  One more auto-pay bill of $290 for the month, younger kid needs next size up of cleats and older kid somehow was given a dry clean only (ugh, why??) jacket she loves that needs to be cleaned.  Other than those three things and groceries, it really comes down to me keeping my wallet closed! We're in the home stretch.