And on the third day...
I blew it. Mark said he'd come over today and show me how to use a spray tank to kill the nasty bindweed in my backyard, so I went out and bought one. I have mixed feelings about whether that violates my no spending commitment, or whether it fal... Read more
A Wake Up Call
So I've been very frugal with my spending, or at least with most of my spending. When you're renovating a house and buying all new appliances and having the whole place painted and all new carpet and flooring and so forth, it's hard to be totall... Read more
Last night I committed to not spending anything for the rest of the month. All three days of it. This morning I got set to go to Home Depot or Lowe's and get a spray tank thing so I can spray the forest of weeds in the backyard, and realized I c... Read more
For the rest of the month...
OK, that's only three days, but still, for the rest of the month, I AM SPENDING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Zilch. Zip. Nada. Zero. Not one tiny itty bitty little cent. Oh, rats. It just occurred to me that I have prescriptions to pick up at Walmart. OK... Read more
June 12 - It's getting real!
I closed on my house on Wednesday. I signed the contract with the contractor yesterday. Demolition starts Monday. It's happening! I took Mom over to see the house this morning and she wasn't impressed. I have to admit, it does look a mess and th... Read more
Haven't posted anything because I haven't had anything to say. I'm still staying with Mom, and she buys the food. She buys what's convenient, not necessarily what's cheapest. I have bought some meat when it was on sale. Mom's letting me store it... Read more
Leftover Casserole Soup
Last night I asked Mom how she wanted the leftover chicken fixed for supper (she cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot a few days ago) and she said she wanted Creamed Chicken on Biscuits, but that it probably wasn't very good for me. No problem... Read more
May 12 - And I'm Home!
In Idaho, that is. I've moved. Arrived last Wednesday, looked at houses on Friday and put in a bid on one on Saturday, heard yesterday that my bid was accepted, did the paperwork for the actual sales contract today, and should hear Thursday or F... Read more
March 19 and 20 - More Zero Spending Days!
Didn't spend anything at all yesterday or today. I had a house showing yesterday when my cleaning lady was supposed to come, so we rescheduled to Saturday. And the friends I had lunch with paid for my lunch. Didn't even have to pay for parking, ... Read more
March 18 - Not a Zero Spending Day
But not bad, either. I went to breakfast with the cleanup crew from the homeless shelter. We're a group from the same church, and it's a nice social occasion. And I put a dollar in the parking meter when I did my tutoring session. But that's all... Read more
March 17 - St. Paddy told me not to spend any money!
Today was a no spend day. Zilch. Nada. Zip. Zero. Well, unless the computer automatically paid one of my utility bills today, but I'm not counting that.
My goal is to have the rest of the month as no spend days, but there are so many except... Read more
March 16 - Being Frugal
Knowing I need to be extra frugal saved me about $20 today. First, instead of eating lunch at the restaurant where we played bridge, I just had water and left a tip for the waitress. No, it's not something I can do all the time. I figure I need ... Read more
March 15 - Need to be extra frugal!
I did some rough projections today, and realized that I need to be really frugal from now on. I'm planning to move to Idaho as soon as I sell my house, and that's not a cheap process. There's the cost of getting my house ready to sell, and the c... Read more
February 8 - Budget Challenge Thread!
Budget Tip #38 - Visit Our Budget Challenge Thread!
Which isn't exactly a challenge, except that budgeting is always a challenge!
Budgets - food budgets in particular - have come up recently on our main daily threads, so I started a fo... Read more
February 8 - Elegant Dining
Budget Tip #36 - Eat Your Meals in Courses!
You know how they say that it takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to signal your brain that you're full? And most of us eat until we feel full, so we eat too much? Try restaurant dining at hom... Read more
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