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Tracking spending

March 8th, 2015 at 01:12 am

I'm paying close attention to every penny spent this month. I finally got round to using the A4 notebook that dh bought for us years ago. There's more space than in the other notebook that I was using. In this notebook I've added an envelope to put our receipts in. It should help to keep me on track.

I am really hoping to spend less than 100 on food shopping this pay. I'm not sure how realistic this but our cupboards are pretty stocked, except for missing a few items such as tinned chopped tomatoes which I use a lot. I did just spend 21.83 at the butchers on Saturday but I am going to freeze some of the meat.

Last night we all had leftovers for dinner - except for J, that is. Also, SG has been fussy lately and only really eating spaghetti, ignoring potatoes. Last night she had noodles and loved it. I will need to buy more of them in. Tomorrow we will need to buy some items for the cupboards, but I've made sure to write a list of what I need for the meals that I'm making this week.

SG's birthday is in over a week and I haven't got her present in yet. I did see a dolls house online for 26.67 so I will have to order it. My cousin keeps texting asking what we're doing for SG's birthday. I've told her twice already we're having it a home but she keeps asking. She has booked a party for her almost three year old next month. I am really surprised about this because she is expecting #4 and I would have thought splurging on parties would have been the last thing on her mind, especially since she has gotten rid of a lot of her baby stuff. I offered her the moses basket that she had given us but she didn't want it.

So, here's total spending so far:

Shopping:
6/3: Asda 4.37
7/3: Butchers 21.83

Baby:
6/3: Asda 8.49

9 Responses to “Tracking spending”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Good luck staying at your goal! Did you see that series on saving money on shopping?
    I thought it was pretty interesting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05204d2

    The money people spend on kids' parties amazes me--especially when they're so little! Nobody remembers their own parties until they're 5 or 6. Those parties are for adults.

  2. scottish girl Says:

    Thanks! Yes I did watch this, I thought it was interesting too.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I agree. Spending a lot on baby's birthday parties is silly spending. Showing off for others is the real purpose, I guess.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I always had our girls parties at home when they were little. Usually just extended family. Great job tracking your money!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    The first birthday party I have any real memories of is my 9th - at Chuck E Cheese's. Smile I think that's the only birthday party I had that wasn't at home.

    You are doing so great Sarah!

  6. scottish girl Says:

    Thanks everyone! We've have had all of her parties at home so far - all two of them - so I don't know why my cousin expects me to do any different this year.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    We've done a couple extravagant parties, but they have been well spaced out by simple parties at home. I think once in a while is fine, but not every year. My daughter still remembers going to the horse arena for her pony party. It was also a petting zoo. We went half and half with her best friend who was one day older. Our share was $50. It was so much fun for the kids. We also did a tube time party for our son (giant bawl crawls and slide tubes). The kids had a blast. We got 2 hours of play time, a food room, 2 pizzas, a cake, and enough drinks for everyone for $100. The food alone would have cost us $60. Not too bad.

  8. Kiki Says:

    We never had parties out growing up - it was always family usually at my grandmothers home. My grandmother, cousin and I are all with a few days of each other in July so we celebrated them together often. I miss those birthdays.

    My cousin has followed her parents birthday tradition: one year it is friends and family and kind of a big party (with all home made things) and one year small and with family.

  9. My English Castle Says:

    Indeed the parties with my cousins when we were kids were so wonderful. I'm not sure the adults loved them as much as we did, but I remember it all fondly--even the jello salad!

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