Friday, May 27, 2016

Summing up the Week in Dollars and Cents


I haven't left the house for grocery shopping for the weekend, so to make it a true week, I'm recapping Friday to Thursday. Friday started with my lovely lunch with my friend, my treat, as she gave my daughter a load of hand me downs, great quality stuff, for DD#2. Easily I've saved hundreds on school and special clothes, and have a happy teen that will look right in style with her peers. Paired with the few tops and shorts she bought earlier for spring/summer, I've spent a grand total of $104 on her entire spring summer wardrobe, not counting a new swimsuit which she still needs. She probably could get by with just buying a couple top portions as the bottoms still fit and don't seem to be stretched like her tops. A new pair of sturdy bottom flip flops bought at the end of summer last year for under $2.00, rounded out the closet, and many items will take her into fall, and a few things put away for winter. 

On the flip side, DD#2 ended up having an expensive ER visit cutting her hand slicing an avocado.  She is still on our insurance,and even though I could make her pay the bill, I have pretax flex account that hopefully will cover the cost, but it might mean I don't buy the second pair of glasses I would like to get as mine are functional, but not very attractive. She ended up with two deep stitches, but no ligaments or tendons hit, so thankful for that. We ended up not going out for dinner, so that was a savings as I wanted to be handy to hear her results. 

On Saturday, spent $18 out for drinks and apps with old high school friends. It would have been more but the guys decided they really wanted the girls to come out instead of it just being boys night, so two different men picked up round one and then two for the ladies-very nice of them, and I can appreciate some chivalry. Sunday was nephews grad party, and so dinner there and we spent about $70 on his gift, cash and fun stuff. DS called and lamented that his car is probably either going to need an expensive repair, or it is done for. He may end up finding a lease as he cannot afford to not have access to a vehicle on a moments notice, and not much saved to buy anything outright  I'm out of that conversation-DH will help him figure it out.  He can use his work van for the week he is on the job. CARS ARE A NECESSARY EVIL!


I did no grocery shopping over the week with the exception of a two for one ice cream ($6.00 total) after DD#2's soccer game the other night. That provides treats a for the two for the week ( I did smaple both kinds as well.  I'm normally not a big ice cream person, but this was premium and better quality than the usual bricks I buy.). We spent $8 on the orchestra concert-lovely as usual and worth every penny.  DD#2 received a the Orchestra Spirit Award for the freshmen class, so yeah for her. She and I picked up danish and coffee (for me) one morning, and I ended up with a take out burrito, and salad on two different days becasue I didn't plan lunch well. Not horribly expensive, but not as satisfying as a home packed lunch would have tasted. I picked up a Papa Murphy's Take and Bake, with a $8.00 coupon, plus $4.00 on bread sticks, and that provided supper the next night as well for DH and DD as they thought my soup was too spicy. I saved the rest of the soup for DD#2, and I ate a bowl this morning for my breakfast.


 Every day spending was not out of whack, so I am not going to berate a couple unfrugal choices. The big expenses are frustrating, but that is why I am trying to be frugal in daily spending, so the big ones don't create a financial melt down. I've got my shopping planned, and will be heading out shortly, looking for deals that will feed our extended family well.  We should have leftovers to take back into the week, but there are some big eating guys,so I won't count on too much. They do the heavy labor with the docks, so, happy to feed them well. How was your spending week?

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  1. Other than a few groceries not an expensive week. Did have to pay $25 plus tax to give my stepdaughter a suitcase and sent her home with a bunch of stuff, well worth it in my opinion (she flew in only with carry-on). Working 2 jobs this week (self employment and parttime temporary) so no time to spend money, funny how that works. Paid the house insurance $1008 - costly but necessary and something we save for all year. Put on cc for points then immediately paid it off

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    1. We do the same with house insurance for points. Even though we also put aside all year,the big payment still is a shock.

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  2. May has been an incredibly expensive month for us, so I'm looking forward to an ultra frugal June, living from the cupboards and freezers ( and hopefully the garden and allotment too!),not buying anything and not going out at all. I'm hoping to get lots of sewing/ crafting done, and the allotment and garden will keep us busy too.

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    1. I'm hoping June is both frugal and positive for DH sales wise. We do have a hotel overnight for a soccer tournament though and a meal or two out but a frugal end of month get away to lake without extended family.

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