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Didn't spend today

April 26th, 2006 at 08:20 pm

I like these no spend days. Not that I wasn't challenged to spend. The kids had early dismissal from school and of course, they wanted to go somewhere and do something. Not going to happen. I have exactly 2 gallons of gas in the car and $12 to buy gas until Friday and I have to go to town tomorrow so Tobias can meet with his dance teacher, he has a solo in the recital and she wants some extra time with him, and then soccer practice tomorrow night. I will have enough gas for the trip, the half trip and then to get to town on Friday which is payday and I can fill it up again.

I do have a roll of quarters for back up but I do not want to touch that, its supposed to go into my freezer money account on Friday. But I will have it just in case. I already owe the freezer money account the $35 I was supposed to put in and ended up using for gas money. I've tweaked my budget around again so I don't think I'll run out of gas money next time.

I have to pay property tax on Friday, yuck. It is so inconvenient right now to go to the courthouse, there is a big case and there is no parking, but at least I'll be making a town run anyway, so it won't be extra gas wasted.

Last night the weatherman claimed it would just be overcast until early afternoon and then there would be sun, so I hung laundry out this morning and of course, it rained. So I had stuff on my drying rack, stuff on hangers hanging from my shower curtain rod, stuff hanging from the treadmill, stuff on the gazelle and shirts on the backs of all the kitchen chairs. Well, it is drying. I got spoiled by 3 beautiful, sunny days. There's actually still a load of towels hanging on the clothesline but since there is nowhere to dry them, they are staying there until tomorrow and then I will spin them in the washer and hang them in the house. My goal of not using the dryer for the rest of the month has almost made it and I don't want to give in on it yet.

Tomorrow there will be an electronic funds transfer to my long-term savings account of $10, bringing my total to $185. $65 more to go and I can open an ING account and get the free $25 for doing so. I know it seems like such a small amount compared to what some people are saving, but this is still so new for me, and I am proud of myself for doing this much.

I earned $2 for a survey I took today. I am going to sign up for a couple more trial offers tonight after the kids have gone to sleep. One pays $20 and the other $10, so my nice little balance is growing and I will be able to request a check once it hits $40. Unfortunatey its a net30 payoff, so I'll have to wait a bit over a month to get it, but that's okay, it'll be coming and when it does it goes straight into short term savings, which I haven't created yet, but will.

I am actually starting to enjoy this whole saving money thing. I feel like I've gone from passive acceptance to proactive fighting to save and get out of debt.

6 Responses to “Didn't spend today”

  1. boomeyers Says:

    Wow! You are doing a great job! I'm learning stuff from you! And I bet your kids are too (even if they complain all the way!)

  2. carol Says:

    Sounds to me like you are doing very good. Keep it up. I'm new to saving too, and although I don't have anywhere near as much saved as you do, I have certainly made a big turn around from being a complete spendthrift.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thanks, you guys!

  4. contrary1 Says:

    I felt the same way when I started visiting this site. I've always been frugal, but within a couple days I knew I was just a beginner compared to others here.

    I noticed my focus got sharper, my attitudes towards finances perked up.........and details were stepping stones to bigger & better things. All good things...

  5. Thrifty Ray Says:

    You are doing so well. You continue to make progress and find ways to save a little more....and those little amounts do add up, as you're finding!!

    Contrary1 hit it on the head...this site does help us to stay focused!

  6. Ima Saver Says:

    I think you are doing great!!

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