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Thought I had a great plan with our money this month till my son tells me he was talking to girl for college. Cool I thought until I got the cell phone bill 400.00 dollars because she lives in canada ! We live in south texas why could he not just find a girl in our calling plan. Guess I will need to rearrange some things to pay it.
Tonight I made a Mexican casserole, re fried beans and some fruit.
I purchased a few high dollar coupons online coupons from the coupon website.
We did not eat at so that makes 4 dinners and 4 lunches so far we have eaten at home or work. I do think we will have lunch out tomorrow but we have that in our weekly plan . I do need to finish my daveramsey money program this weekend and I need to gather tax stuff so I can do the finical aid paperwork.
We ate out of the pantry again. We had: Pork loin (angel food) apples,cooked (leftovers) cabbage (leftovers) Ranch style beans (leftovers)
Bob got breakfast tacos today and we had them around 10 so I was not hungry for lunch so I saved my salad with grilled shrimp for tuesday lunch. So that will mean we did not eat out mon,tues. Every little savings counts !
Went to the grocery store for the weeks grocery. I did plan all days breakfast,lunch and dinner. I am fixing dinner for 4. First I went shopping in my own pantry. Then I went and took my list with coupons. Ended up spending $77.62 and used $11.74 in coupons. So the goal this week is not to go back to the store till next weekend.
Today we took a day trip to San Antonio (2 hours away). I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast before we left. When we got there we stopped at a Mexicanrestaurant and had breakfast tacos . Cost was 14.00 with tip Then we went to the mall. I spent 12.00 in bath and body works. We could not find my college son the tennis shoes he was looking for so we went to Acadamy. We had budgeted 50.00 for shoes but when we got there found out they were 110.00. I looked quickly online on my cell phone and that was the going price and since he was going back to college we went ahead a got them. Then we went to lunch with friends and payed. The bill was 79.99 but this was all ready in our budget because it was theirChristmas gift. We then went to several other stores were I spent a total of 22.00. I did pass up on a lot of things I looked at because I know I need to save and really don't need more junk. Usually we would have stopped at a fast food restaurant on the drive home but we went ahead and came straight home and heated up leftovers.
So all in all we did better then we have in the past but can work on it still.
Its the first day of the new year. What goals do I have this year? Lose 20 pounds by april so that I will enjoy looking at the pictures we take on our cruise. Tighten up our budget by: Eating out dinner with the kids 1x a week Eating lunch in at work at least 3x a week Not using debit card for eating out when I don't have the cash in my envelope Not buying any more scrapbooking supplies except for adhesives Track my coupons. Get the house in better order so the kids are not embrassed to bring friends over spend at least 1 night watching tv with wayne even if he changes the channel 500 times