The Cash-Money Watch of the Century

4/11- CENTRAL MARKET

Strawberries (monster sized)     $2.48
Castle Rock cabernet     $9.99
Pink Lady apples     $3.80
Blackberries     $1.98
Raspberries     $2.98

SUBTOTAL     $21.23
TAX     $0.82
TOTAL     $22.05 – $20s from Heaven = $2.05

**I found a $20 bill on the ground near the starting line of the race.  I looked around for a bit, waiting to see if anyone else noticed it.  Nobody was looking for it, so I went for it.**

4/12- SUPERTARGET

Area rug     $71.99
Travel size contact solution     $5.39

SUBTOTAL     $77.38
TAX     $5.94
TOTAL     $83.32

GIFT CARD     $80
DEBIT     $3.32

4/12- PETSMART

Water jug thingie for cats     $13.99
Cat litter     $8.49

SUBTOTAL     $22.48
TAX     $1.85
TOTAL     $24.33

This was $109.70 well spent, if you ask me.  When I took my cat to the vet last time, they told me that Maggie needs more access to fresh water, and that most older cats die from kidney failure/infections, not old age.  I want to make sure she has access to the fresh water she needs, especially since I am going out of town this weekend.  My dad will be supervising her on his way to work, but I want to also make my dad’s job easier, since he’s doing me a HUGE favor by stopping by anyway.

Eventually, I would like to get her an auto-feeder, too, for her kibbles, but that will have to wait for another time. I really don’t spend the night anywhere anymore: my dad lives close by, to the point that staying there is just an imposition on him. We’re flying out to see my parents in California this next weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited.  We’re there for a long weekend, so I’m gonna make sure this full water bottle should last her a while.  She drank a *ton* of water from it when I first put it out; this concerns me because now I wonder just how dehydrated she is otherwise.  I hope this new bottle system works better for her.

Also, I completed a study recently for a nearby non-profit, and they provided me with a $30 gift card.  I will be going to ULTA here in a little bit to get some new makeup with that card.  Now I can look beeeeyou-tiful!

What my living room looked like near the end of the cleaning spree.

What my living room looked like near the end of the cleaning spree.

Ohhhh, that oven shined after I was done with it.  Used a really cool oven cleaner that didn't require heat.  I love that stuff.

Ohhhh, that oven shined after I was done with it. Used a really cool oven cleaner that didn’t require heat. I love that stuff.

That floor is sparkling clean.  As much as carpet can sparkle.

That floor is sparkling clean. As much as carpet can sparkle.

Look how shiny!

Look how shiny!

It took about a week to clean this.  Lord.  Never letting my bathroom get that dirty again.

It took about a week to clean this. Lord. Never letting my bathroom get that dirty again.

I love these!

I love these!

Nom nom nom, meaty meat.

Nom nom nom, meaty meat.

Well well well, look who decided to return to blogging!

If nothing else, my receipts piled up over the past two months.  To my credit, I was trying to pack for the big move I made this past weekend (see pictures).  Also, it really just comes down to the fact that I got behind, and once I got behind, the task of logging anything in became this insurmountable task I had no desire to conquer.  Plus, I had no one breathing down my neck this time because this is all voluntary at this point, right?

What did I get in the meantime, though?  The usual purchases.  Overpriced fruit and stuff at Sprouts (I finally realized that Sprouts is only okay for produce and chocolate- everything else MUST be bought at Kroger.), a few impulse buys at Target, some plane tickets to go see my family in California next weekend ($452.40 for two round trip tickets.  Hotel room was a quarter of that, thank goodness.  And yes, this is what part of my tax refund went towards, and I could not be happier about it. This vacation is gonna be awesome, and someone delightful is accompanying me.  And he has never been to California, and I have never been to the city we are going to, so it is gonna be great to enjoy one another while exploring the city with my family.

What have I learned in my absence?  I can still monitor my spending without logging it in every time, but it truly helps to know what I am spending.  I might modify this a little in the future and start noting over all totals/taxes, rather than line-item listing of things.  That’s part of why this is time-consuming and why I avoided it.  Also, to be fair, when you are supposed to be packing boxes to move, typing things into a blog seems like a frivolous way to spend time.  I was packing boxes most every night of the week, including Wednesday.  I went to Ash Wednesday service and then promptly quit attending for the past month.  I feel awful, but I did what I had to do.

Also, moving has a few sneaky expenses.  I did NOT have to pay for all my boxes because my dad works at a grocery store, and cardboard boxes are plentiful in the retail world, so he just helped himself whenever I asked for more.  Apparently, this is not the case for other people who don’t ask for boxes.  My aunt pointed this out when she helped me unpack because the quality of my boxes was far above what even the U-Haul place offered.  The truck I rented was supposedly $19.99, but with the insurance (a choice, I know, but if something had happened, I couldn’t afford the price for the whole truck on demand, which is what the expectation was) and the utility dolly and taxes and blah blah blah, it was $55.83 (could have been worse- I only drove a grand total of 9 miles to complete the move, and the majority of that was done driving it from the UHaul place to my apartment and back again that night).

Last but not least, I found that stress almost killed me again, and I didn’t eat much last week.  Even my significant other noticed- when I put my pants on for us to go out, he told me my pants were falling off (well, not totally, but I can see how he thought that).  My scale’s battery broke about two weeks ago, too, so I have no way of measuring if my body has lost much weight.  I am certain that a vacation can fix that.

And pro-tip: property taxes in my area are a bit of a bitch.  There’s a school district tax, county tax, and city tax.  For a small condo price of about $130,000, the taxes are almost $3,500.  Yeesh.  And I don’t think a person like me qualifies for any of the listed breaks on those, so I will definitely need to conserve my money as I hunt. May even end up in the city next door if the prices are right.  And based on my searches, they can be.

4/3- EWC

Tip $10

4/4- SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE

Beer     $5
Dinner Trio     $12.99
Dinner Trio     $12.99

SUBTOTAL     $30.98
TAX     $2.55
TOTAL     $33.53

TIP     $10
TOTAL     $43.53

4/6- KROGER

Milk     $2.39
Eggs     $1.99
Icecream sandwiches     $2.99
Popsicles     $1.79
OJ     $2.99
Apple sauce     $1.59
Yogurt     $1.99
Frozen vegggies, 3 bags     $3.00
Strawberries     $0.99
Bread     $1.49
Frozen veggies     $1.00
Blackberries     $2.50

-$0.75 KROGER SAVINGS
TAX     $0.09
TOTAL     $24.05

4/6- SPROUTS

Spinach salad     $2.99
Blueberries     2 @ $2.99/each = $5.98
Apples     $2.81
Raspberries     $2.50
Yellow bananas     $0.38

-USED BAG CREDIT     $0.05
TOTAL     $14.61

Those clips save me every day.  Now, more snacks can be enjoyed without worry.

Those clips save me every day. Now, more snacks can be enjoyed without worry.

Now I can iron my own clothes...

Now I can iron my own clothes…

Urgh.

Urgh.

Best runner rug ever. And it matches my furniture

Best runner rug ever. And it matches my furniture

Those pineapple thingies taste great.  Gonna buy more next month.

Those pineapple thingies taste great. Gonna buy more next month.

More wooden spoons.

More wooden spoons.

Switching apartments in April, so I have to reinstall bug hotels...

Switching apartments in April, so I have to reinstall bug hotels…

That drying mat is gonna be badass.

That drying mat is gonna be badass.

 

1/1- KROGER GAS

Gas     8.568 gal @ $1.819/gal = $15.59

1/3- NAPOLI’S

Pizza dinner for two     $23.82

TIP     $5.00

1/4- KROGER

Arugula     $3.00
Bread     $1.49
Chips     $2.50
Dressing     $1.89
Barilla sauce     $1.88
Barilla sauce     $1.88
Pasta     $1.00
Pasta      $1.00
Milk     $3.19
Blueberries     $2.00
Blackberries     $2.00
Yogurt     $0.50
Yogurt     $0.50
Yogurt     $0.40
Yogurt     $0.40

TOTAL     $23.63

1/6- CVS PHARMACY

Fluticasone     $7.72

1/8- EWC

Tip     $11

1/8- KROGER GAS

Gasoline     9.181 gal @ $1.79/gal = $16.52

1/9- CHICK FIL A

Chocolate shake     $2.69

TAX     $0.22
TOTAL     $2.91

1/10- SPROUTS

Blueberries     $5.00 (2 @ $2.50/each)
Grape tomatoes     $2.00
Honeycrisp apples     $3.08 lb @ $1.98/lb = $6.10
Organic spinach blend     $3.49
Raspberries     $2.99
Melatonin     $10.99 – $2.75 = $8.24
Low fat milk     $3.49

TOTAL     $31.31

1/10- STYLES OF INDIA

Threading     $10
TIP     $2

1/14- SPROUTS

Organic greens     $3.49
Raspberries     $1.67
Cabernet     $6.99

TAX     $0.58

TOTAL     $12.73

1/14- WALMART

Strawberries     $1.67
Bananas     $0.31
Eggs     $1.98
Bread     $2.58
Shredded Parmesan cheese     $2.98
Chocolate granola bars     $2.00
Apple sauce     $2.48

TOTAL     $14.00

1/17- TOM THUMB

Egg salad     $5.99

1/21- WALMART

Cheesecake     $5.26
Mozzarella     $3.48
French bread     $1.00
Pepperoni     $1.94
Sauce     $1.48
Sauce     $1.48
French bread     $1.00

TOTAL     $15.64

1/24- KROGER GAS

Gasoline     $19.15 (10.827 gal @ $1.76/gal)

1/24- SPROUTS

Strawberries     $1.50
Blackberries     $2.00
Blueberries     $2.50
Organic spinach blend     $3.49
Raspberries     $2.50
Bananas     $0.38
Chocolove bar     $2.79
Dark chocolate bar     $1.99
Milk     $2.79
Orange juice     $3.69
Yogurt     $2.50
Flower     $0.99 (which has since proceeded to do terribly in my apartment)
Used bag credit     $-0.05

TOTAL     $28.05

1/24- TARGET

Belt     $12.99
Suave 2 pack of shampoo/conditioner     $5.79

SUBTOTAL     $18.78
TAX     $1.55
TOTAL     $20.33

1/24- ALBERTSON’S

Choice sirloin steak     $28.31 – $18.57 (buy 1 get 2 free deal) = $9.74
Powerade     $0.75
Powerade     $0.75
Steamed rice     $1.00 x 3 bags = $3

TOTAL     $14.36

1/24- SPROUTS

Honeycrisp apples     $3.72

1/25- TARGET

Ironing board     $9.99
Febreze     $2.99 – $0.75 MANU. COUPON = $2.24
Clips     2 @ $1.00/each = $2.00

SUBTOTAL     $14.23
REDCARD SAVINGS     -$0.71
TAX     $1.12
TOTAL     $14.64

1/25- WALMART

Acne wash     $3.67
Scouring pads     $1.93
Wooden spoons     $0.88
Lantern     $5.00
Dish drying mat     $3.97
Fleece throw     $2.88
Bliss chocolate     $3.66
2 pack flyswatter     $0.98
Roach motels     $5.94
No scratch scrubber     $1.78
Bath loofah     $1.00
Eggs    $1.98
Grape tomatoes     $2.48
Strawberries     $2.48
Del Monte pineapple coconut awesomeness     $2.18 – $1.00 coupon = $1.18
Rug     $19.96
Toilet paper     $11.97 – $0.25 coupon = $11.72

SUBTOTAL     $71.49
TAX     $4.93
TOTAL     $76.42

1/27- WALMART

Baby wipes     $2.13

1/31- SPROUTS

Blackberries     $2.50
Blueberries     $2.50
Guacamole     $2.00
Grape tomatoes     $0.98
Honeycrisp apples     $3.40
Organic guacamole     2 @ $2.00/each = $4.00
Organic spinach blend     $3.49
Raspberries     $2.50
Organic tortilla chips     $1.86
Milk     $3.29
Yogurt     $3.49
Eggs    $2.69
Used bag credit     -$0.05

TOTAL     $32.65

1/31- LA MADELEINE

Chicken salad sandwich     $7.29
Pesto Chicken     $8.99
Coffee     $2.29

TAX     $1.53
TOTAL     $20.10 – $10 = $10.10

BILLS
Reliant     $77.09 (urgh, I hate winter heating bills)
Rent     $739
Prescription drug supply for 6 months     $815.68
Rent     $739
Water/trash/etc     $52.71
TWC     $48.97

Miscellaneous (i.e. not bills) spending was $419.41 this month.  Bills were $2,472.45, and only because of that god-awful medicine I take.

Here’s an idea of how expensive it is to take Intuniv (note: this is from Goodrx.com and shows prices for my area, for a 90 day supply of 4 mg doses).  Well, nevermind, screen shots are not working right now.  But to tell you: with my insurance, it was the $815 price.  Others, no insurance expected, offer $889.01 as the lowest price.

Now, here’s the kicker: a generic was put on the market this December.  The generic, for the same quantity and stuff, just minus the name brand, is $363.38 as the lowest price.

What does this mean?  It means I need to call the pharmacy/talk to the pharmacist and verify what the true difference is between the generic and the name brand.

Apparently, it is still new, but they don’t see anything immediate that could be a problem; the “salt”/binder is all that is different.  Now, I just need to find out if the medication is kept in stock at 90+ pill quantities…nope.  Figures.

Ha!  There’s a nearby location that DOES carry it.  And wouldn’t you know, it is nearby my office.  Hells to the yes!

Well, I don’t need it again for another 6 months, but hey…in August, life is gonna be great!

 

 

 

 

12/5- LOFT OUTLET *XMAS*

Gift and another gift     $44.98

TAX     $3.71
TOTAL     $48.69

12/8- DOCTOR APPT

My portion     $125

12/13- ULTA *XMAS*

Gift     $13.00

TAX     $1.07
TOTAL     $14.07

12/13- TARGET.COM *XMAS*

Gift     $17.19

12/13- TOTAL WINE AND MORE *XMAS*

Gift     $50.00

12/13- PANERA CAFE

Cinnamon bagel     $1.34
Smoothie     $4.19

SUBTOTAL     $5.53
TAX     $0.35
TOTAL     $5.88

12/18- CHIPOTLE

Steak bowl     $7.20

TAX     $0.59
TOTAL     $7.79

12/18- BATH AND BODY WORKS *XMAS*

Gifts     $36.49

12/21- TARGET

Tissue paper     $3.00
Decanter     $29.99 – $10 Target gift card issued with purchase = $19.99

SUBTOTAL     $32.99
TAX     $1.90
TOTAL     $34.89

12/21- RESTORATION HARDWARE *XMAS*

Gift     $11.99

TAX     $0.99
TOTAL     $12.98

12/21- ANTHROPOLOGIE *XMAS*

Gift     $40

12/22- WHOLE FOODS

Tres leches parfait     $3.99
Challah loaf     $4.99

TOTAL     $8.98

12/23- ULTA *XMAS*

Gift     $50

12/24- RACETRAC GIFT CARD

Card     $50

12/23- SPROUTS

Honey     $6.49
Honey, different size     $6.99

TOTAL     $13.48

12/24- KROGER GAS

Gasoline     9.87 gal @ $1.84/gal = $18.25

12/26- TARGET

Gift tags     $1.50
Super tiny Christmas tree     $7.00
Hooks     $0.50
Chapsticks     $2.49
Desktop Christmas tree     $2.10

SUBTOTAL     $13.59
TAX     $0.92
TOTAL     $14.51 – $10 GIFT CARD = $4.51

12/27- KROGER GAS

Gasoline     8.14 gal @ $1.82/gal = $14.89

12/30- PETSMART

Catbowl     $1.59
Dental treats     $2.50
Cat food container     $3.19
Canned cat food (had a buy 2 get 1 free coupon)     $1.38
Prescription cat food     $42.59 – $10 MANU. COUPON = $32.59

SUBTOTAL     $41.25
TAX     $0.71
TOTAL     $41.96

12/30- SPROUTS

Blackberries     $1.25
Grape tomatoes     $2.50
Honeycrisp apples (3.04 lbs @ $1.98/lb) $6.01
Organic spinach blend     $3.49
Raspberries     $1.88
Cookies     $1.99
Milk     $3.49
Eggs     $1.99
Butter     $3.69
Chicken salad wrap     $3.99
Sour gummi bears     $3.11

TAX     $0.26
TOTAL     $33.65

12/30- DENTAL BILL

My portion, after dental insurance     $48.20

12/31- MISC.

Additional $58 that I have no idea what I spent on.

12/31- EWC

Wax pass, annual fee     $325

 

My discretionary spending was $648.41, and a nice portion of that was Christmas gifts ($319.42, which is okay since I set aside $325).  All my other stuff added up to $1,909.42.  More analysis later, this was long overdue.

 

BILLS

Rent     $739 (paid 12/29)
Water/trash     $45.94 (paid 12/29)
Electricity   $73.89 (paid 12/19)
TWC     $77.18 (paid 12/6)- ***I negotiated this price down quite a bit.  It’s gonna be $45.98 next month and for the next 6 months, and then it will go up by $5.00.  There will be no new equipment or anything, and my internet will be faster.  And my Internet speed will be faster…gonna check my next bill for accuracy.  Also, I recorded the entire conversation, so there will be no debate later if they don’t do what we all agreed to on the phone.***

 

 

 

 

Twenty four days til Christmas...

Twenty four days til Christmas…

Gift image via Wikimedia Commons user Evalowyn

11/9- SAM’S CLUB

Eclipse 4 pack of “Big e-packs”     $9.52
Altoids 6 pack     $8.12
Extra variety 15 pack     $7.98

SUBTOTAL     $25.62
TAX     $2.11
TOTAL     $27.73

11/9- SPROUTS

Strawberries     $2.50
Blackberries     $2.50
Edamame     $2.99
Grape tomatoes     $0.98
Raspberries     $2.50
Dozen roses     $5.99

TAX     $0.49
TOTAL     $17.95

11/12- CVS

Fleece throw     $3.99
Rx     $7.32

TAX     $0.33
TOTAL     $11.64

11/13- WALMART

Milk     $2.93
Maple bacon     $2.98
Breakfast sausage      $3.48
Carrot cake slice     $1.98
Cheesecake     $5.98
Tilapia     $7.48
Eggs     $1.98
Wheat bread     $2.88

SUB/TOTAL     $29.69

11/13- EWC

Tip     $8

11/15- SPROUTS

Blackberries     $1.96 ( 2 @ $0.98/each)
Blueberries     $2.50
Grape tomatoes     $2.00
Navel oranges     $1.37 ($0.98/pound & I got 1.4 lb)
Organic spinach blend     $1.98
Raspberries     $2.50

SUB/TOTAL     $12.31

11/15- BATH & BODY WORKS

Body lotions ( 4 @ $3/each)     $12
Purse-size lotion     $5.00

SUBTOTAL     $17.00
TAX     $1.40
TOTAL     $18.40

11/18- TARGET

Long sleeved shirts (3 @ $7.20/each)     $21.60
Leggings     $9.60
Winter bird figurine     $4.00
Tights     $6.99    (need to return these, wrong size)

SUBTOTAL     $42.19
TAX     $3.48
TOTAL     $45.67

11/19- SUBWAY

6 inch sandwich     $2.00

TAX     $0.17
TOTAL     $2.17

11/19- VET

CBC, Thyroid test, dental cleaning, IV fluids, EKG test, and oral antibiotics     $410

11/21- CHIPOTLE

Steak bowl     $7.20

TAX     $0.59
TOTAL     $7.79

11/22- SPROUTS

Blackberries     $1.67
Blueberries     $1.66
Mandarins     $2.98
Honeycrisp apples     $3.98 (2 lb @ $1.99/lb)
Organic baby spinach     $1.98
Organic baby arugula     $1.98
Raspberries     $3.34 (2 @ $1.67/each)
“Wild mix” tomatoes     $1.50
Bananas     $0.40 (2 @ $0.49/lb)
Chia seeds     $6.49 (this is the smallest container they had)
Hint water     $1.50
Mango passion tea     $2.00
Organic oatmeal     $3.00
Organic 2% milk, 1/2 gallon (there was no 1% gallons of milk)     $3.79
Eggs     $1.99
French bread     $1.89

TAX     $0.12
TOTAL     $40.27

11/26- WALMART

Tidy Cat “Light-Weight”     $7.78

TAX     $0.64
TOTAL     $8.42

11/26- KROGER GAS

Gasoline     $23.55 (9.618 gal @ $2.44/gal)

11/27- MACYS.COM

Queen mattress pad     $19.99
Iron     $9.99

SHIPPING     $9.95
TAX     $3.29
TOTAL     $43.22

11/29- KROGER

Pie, small size     $2.19
Pie, pumpkin     $2.99
Hershey’s “Air delight” bars     $2.00 (Buy 2, get 1 free)

TAX    $0.17
TOTAL     $7.35

11/29- SPROUTS

Blackberries    $5.00 (2 @ $2.50/each)
Blueberries    $2.99
Edamame    $2.99
Grape tomatoes    $2.50
Honeycrisp apples    $2.11 (1.06 lb @ $1.99/lb)
Organic spinach blend    $3.49
1% Milk Gallon    $3.49
Apple coffee cake    $2.99
Whole wheat bread    $2.89

TOTAL     $28.45

11/30- LOCAL ICE CREAM SHOP

Scoop of ice cream    $3.20

Rent     $739 (paid 11/26)
Water/trash     $46.31 (paid 11/26)
Electricity   $32.25 (paid 11/19)
TWC     $77.18 (paid 11/4)

Oh, heavens, this was $745.81 of spending.  Which means with bills, I paid $1,640.55 this month.

Also, let’s talk about why it was so expensive. The cat went to the vet this month. I love her and all, but that was $410 of my money that went to her. Totally worth it, don’t get me wrong, but holy guacamole, that bill was crazy high.  I did my best to temper my spending the rest of the month so that things could be reigned in a little.  Also, this next month, even though it is Christmas, I am going to be very mindful of my spending.  This next month, I am going to refill my prescription for the next 6 months, and trust me, that will be expensive, too.  I would have done it this month, but after I saw the vet bill, I thought “Eh, I still have a month or two of pills, let’s wait.”

Next week in particular will be rough.  I have appointments with my dentist and my regular doctor, both of which cost money to see.  The dentist will cost some money, and my doctor will be $125.  Argh….

Also, I should mention that someone tried to buy $396 of Timberline products on my credit card.  I caught this when I went to go get my rent check.  Since I just paid off my credit card, I knew there was something wrong: why was there a balance?  Come to find out, my card number was stolen somehow.  I don’t know who, where, or why, but I did shut it down.  Also called my bank’s fraud department and reported it to them, too.  They are working on sending me a new card, and it should arrive next weekish.  I will be checking my mail frantically until then.  The moral to this story is:

  1. Fraud is alive and well.
  2. You need to check your bank accounts and credit cards daily.

Oh!  In happier news, my credit score is 804.

Image via History with a Twist blog

My bank likes to offer free credit scores to the customers periodically, and I always take advantage of these offers.  Now, the last time I pulled my credit score, it was 796.  So it actually went up a little bitty bit. (To be fair, the outstanding balance because of the fraud may have affected it.  Didn’t think about that.)  This means that financially, I am slowly but surely moving in the right direction.  I don’t feel like it, though.  I feel like my savings are going nowhere, and I look at other people and see that they (visually) are doing better than me.

But then I remember this: you can’t look at a person and assess their true financial status.  So I am wasting my time in watching others and comparing myself to them.  All I can do is look back at my previous financial states and know that I have made progress, even if it never feels like enough.

11/2- RACETRAC

Modelo large     $2.59

TAX     $0.21
TOTAL     $2.80

11/4- MACY’S

Gift for a friend     $17.99

TAX     $1.48
TOTAL     $19.47

11/4- SPROUTS

Blackberries     $0.99
Guacamole     $2.99
Honeycrisp apples     $7.00
Raspberries     $5.00 (2 for $5)
Chocolate bar     $2.29
Chocolate bar     $3.00

TAX     $0.44
TOTAL     $21.71

11/4- TIME WARNER CABLE

Standard bill     $77.18

11/7- EATZI’S

Banana cream, challah, mashed potatoes, meaty meat, and bottled water     $19.87

11/8- VET

Feline vaccinations, quick grooming, and check up     $99

This puts me at $240.03 for this time period and $373.40 for the month.  Take note, though: the vet gave me a procedure estimate of some things that needed to be done, and they weren’t cheap.  All said and done, it would be roughly $410 to get the work done.

Now, I love my cat.  I really do. I just hate how much that work costs.  That will put me back a month entirely on my savings progress, and I really can’t afford to be put back like that.  Well, I can, but I don’t want to be put back that much.  And then how am I supposed to get Christmas presents for the people who matter in my life?  I wasn’t necessarily planning to spend $400 on presents, but I wanted to have the wiggle room of $300.

So here’s my plan: get the damn vet work done.  Then, limit myself to fresh fruit, milk, eggs, bread, and whatever is in my freezer for the next month.  (I will make an exception for some bacon and sausage to put in the freezer.  Mainly because I am out now.)  But I can keep my spending in control by just remembering that my apartment IS full of treats and food; I just have to look closely and see it.  Also, the only other things I am going to get today are the crafty things I found at Michael’s.  And that’s only because I have a 25% coupon for the place.  That’s actually the reason I didn’t buy the stuff last time I was there.  I knew they’d put out a 25% coupon if I waited long enough.  Now that they have, I don’t want to waste it.

 

 

 

 

11/1- SPROUTS

Strawberries     $2.50
Arugula     $2.99
Blackberries     2 @ $0.99/each = $1.98
Blueberries     $2.00
Grape tomatoes     $2.00
Raspberries     $2.50
Unsalted butter     $3.69

TOTAL     $17.66

11/1- KROGER

Snackwells vanilla cookies     $2.69
Goldfish     $1.25
Goldfish     $1.25
Snyder pretzels     $2.50
Pasta     2 @ $1.00/each = $2.00
Cheese slices, singles     $2.94
Baby carrots     $1.79
Yogurts     4 @ $0.40/each = $1.60
Sandwich bread     $1.00
Animal crackers     $1.89
Skittles, fun-size (discounted Halloween candy)     $1.49
Jif peanut butter     $2.99
Salad dressing     $3.09
Jam preserves     $3.29
Pesto     $2.79
Strawberry vinaigrette     $1.89
Milk     $3.39 (This is why you have to pay attention at the store- I thought this was $2.50. I was wrong.)

TAX     $0.12
TOTAL     $39.95

11/1- BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY

Warm, puffy jacket that is long and warm     $69.99

TAX     $5.77
TOTAL     $75.76

$133.37 on the books, and it is the first of the month only, sheesh.

But let me tell you about that coat, and how the shopping process for it went: I knew I needed a new coat this year, all the way back in February when I was still wearing my old one.  I have owned the old one since roughly 10th grade of high school, and just for reference, I am 26 now.  This coat is literally about 9-10 years old.  It has served me amazingly well since only last year was when the buttons really started to fall off, but I knew it was time.  The lining on the inside of the coat has all but ripped itself out.  It is just worn out and not warm anymore.

Shopping didn’t take as long as I thought it would.  It took trying on about 4 coats, but I narrowed it down.  Part of the reason it was so easy was because I was looking for a longer coat, not a peacoat.  Basically, I want my legs and butt covered this year, and that is really hard to find for some reason.

The coat is a navy color, so it will be nice and anonymous (not like my neon running shoes).  It is made of a slight rain-coat material, so that will also keep me warm in the rain.

April Spending

$109.70

January Spending

$2891.86

December Spending

$1909.42

November Spending

$1640.55

October Spending

$1118.13

September Spending

$1,503.03

August Spending

$2234.39

July Spending

$1645.66

June Spending

$1397.55

May Spending

$1897.95

April Spending

$1903.80

March Spending

$1942.27

February Spending

$1044.20

January Spending

$785.52

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