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November is a pretty down time month for us. Now that my kids are no longer in traveling winter sports, weekends are focused on home. I feel like I will be decluttering until the end of time, but for those that actually keep a sane house most of the year, doing a late fall clear when the weather is beginning to suck, with the exchange of starting December in a zen state of mind sounds appealing. I'm intentionally going to try and keep the calendar sparse. Wine club, a little socializing with family and friends, and my sister's weekend is what's populating the calendar now, leading up to Thanksgiving weekend where I start turning my attention to Christmas festivities.
DD2 is at the high school learning the dance moves for show choir and has a party later tonight. DH and I went to a fish fry last night, not usually my favorite, but it was the kind I like, the small little pieces (all you can eat for DH which he likes) coated in a slightly sweet batter. They also actually put a large squeeze container of tartar sauce, so we didn't have to do the begging for an extra cuplet. Choice of potatoe, coleslaw, and baked beans rounded out the dinner. It wasn't a huge dinner bill, but an extra all the same, so tonight will be a big pot of soup and biscuits, a movie night with popcorn, and perhaps I'll open a bottle of wine if I win the coin toss and DH picks the kid up. Before picking DD up from rehersal, I will head to the grocery store for my last little top off of bread plus coleslaw and brownie supplies for an orchestra dinner Monday night.
I have $19 left in the grocery budget. I'm counting the cookies for show choir I bought yesterday and the orchestra meal supplies yet to buy, but not the $32.11 spent on Halloween candy-that goes in the holiday/gift budget. I also bought some personal supplies even though I was trying to stretch to November as when I was in CVS to buy hair color, I got an in store coupon from their kiosk for 25% off, plus the 2 for 1 candy deal. The price wasn't phenomenal because the mark up was so much on the candy before sale, but I wanted it done before the shelves are cleared by the time I hit the grocery store. All in all, I think October went well on the spending front. I'll take the little successes when they come, and move into White November, with a better savings rate than the last three months.