Well, I had some time to spend browsing a few stores this week. If you look around and see what’s on sale or clearance you can often make out better than using coupons. I have found this to be true even with the more expensive grocery store in our area.
Score: Halloween décor and candy 75% off. The true bargain is the candy. There was quite a bit including the large bags with the fun size chocolate bars. Yeah, were stocked for a while. 🙂 Fall colored, Farmhouse Pumpkin and Apple scented candles also 75% off. All sizes including the large circular candles in the glass holders. I was pretty excited!
I will probably look at few other stores to see what they have left. It’s always good to have a few items on hand for Birthdays. Staying within or under budget and spending cash only!
We have started to do an allocated spending plan in addition to our monthly budget. It was a little confusing and kind of stressful at first, but we figured it out. We love all the Dave Ramsey stuff, so we printed the forms off his website. Doing the allocated spending plan may be even more beneficial than just doing the budget. Of course, if you are doing the budget that’s great! It takes a lot of time and work to budget your money and track your spending. Yay you!
With the allocated spending plan forms you have to look at the money you have for the week and allocate a number of dollars to each budget category for that week or the categories you need to cover that week. We were -100.00. Uh oh! We went back and made some adjustments. It worked out and now the key will be staying to the plan all week.
Over the weekend we went to a local Flea Market. I’m normally not to big on Flea Market’s and really don’t find too much. This weekend there was a woman selling new health and beauty items like toothpaste, shampoo and razors. I’m pretty sure she’s extreme couponing and selling at the Flea Market. Fine by me!
We stocked up on a few items that were selling for $1.00 to $2.00 each. I admire her entrepreneurial spirit! We will definitely be going back.
When you start to examine your spending and take a closer look at the way you spend time, it can be really easy to focus on what your doing wrong. It’s natural, we are so hard on ourselves. Let’s try and turn the table and find out what’s going on in our lives that is thrifty, healthy and fun!
We do a lot of puzzles
Walk the dog everyday
Go for long hikes most weekends the weather is nice.
Take lots of pictures
Both enjoy cooking and trying new recipes
Check out local attractions that do not charge admission
So, I’m hitting a Milestone Birthday this week. It’s funny everyone is like oh you have to do something, of course those somethings cost tons of money!
I have seen the Facebook posts and heard the stories of things that people have done. They have included: cruises, buying expensive jewelry, and lavish parties. That’s great if that’s what you want. I’m not saying don’t do that if you can afford it and that’s what you want. I’m happy for you!
At this point, staying on track is important to us. We are staying overnight for a few nights, which is long overdue. We did have hotel points to use, they have been around along time. All we have to pay for is the parking. Since it’s my birthday, I have decided to check out one of the Beer Garden places in Philadelphia. The prices are super reasonable and they look pretty cool.