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Oh yeah. That.

May 30th, 2013 at 05:54 am

So I was complaining in my last entry that saving $300/month seemed easier before. Then it hit me this morning: I now pay the full amount towards the student loan and the ex sends me his portion with a check. I don't dare count on this happening (although it has happened for about six months now), so I essentially have an extra $240 coming out of my budget every month on paper. When I get his check, it all will go into savings. But, again, I don't count on it the way I count on my paycheck.

Oh yeah. That. So now I'll jiggle with the numbers again, taking that into account. Maybe the budget won't seem quite so tight then.

Also, Petunia100 had a great idea of rolling over whatever I don't spend in a category into the next month's budget. I'm showing how much of a long time lurker I am--there used to be someone on here years ago who was trying to do a budget based on minimum wage and in her spreadsheets, she would roll over her amounts to the next month. I was always inspired by her posts because she seemed to take such pleasure in simple things like drinking hot tea and footie PJs.

Yesterday I took myself out to Subway for dinner between work and class. $8. Wow. That was even with a leftover gift card that I've been meaning to use up for months now. Subway has gotten expensive. Then after class, I ran to WalMart and spent $18 on top of the $25 gift card I had. I got most everything on my list and used about $3.25 in coupons.

What did I buy? (kinda boring, I know)
2 - Weight Watchers Ice cream (coupon)
3 - gallons of water (track, truck, home water)
1/2 gallon of milk
bag of yellow popcorn
chocolate chips
fun size hershey's bars (pack of 10 for lunches)
homemade mac & cheese meal
2 boxes granola bars (track food) (coupon)
3 boxes of lean cuisine egg rolls (work lunches on class days) (coupon)
pound of butter
2 jars spaghetti sauce (coupon)
jar of strawberry jam
loaf of bread

So now I hope to not spend anything for the next two days. There are slim pickin's for fruit/veggies for lunch, but I'll survive. I have a list already started for Saturday shopping. Since I have a hair appointment that day, I'm going to be out and about anyway.

3 Responses to “Oh yeah. That.”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Rolling over unspent money is a great idea. And if you don't spend it in a certain period you could then siphon it off to savings.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    It seems like most restaurants are expensive. I guess with the cost of food going up, they have to raise prices. Our school went to a local place for the end of the year luncheon and retirement. For a small tortilla, a few chips, and water: $11.14. And tip. I only went to be a part of the gathering. I felt robbed food wise, but oh, well. Considering I have eaten out twice this year for school lunch, this one and went down to the Greek church for a $5 gyro which was much better and far more satisfying, I think I did well.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    lrjohnson if I remember correctly was the blogger attempting to live on minimum wage. Smile I miss her posts...

    Rolling over amounts in categories is a great way to build up a buffer. That way when you have an "unusual" month of spending in one category, it doesn't trip you up overall. (Is there anything such as a month with OUT "unusual" spending?) Smile

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