Over 3K!November 30th, 2007 at 04:05 am
Old Total: $2995.86
+ $25.00 babysitting
New Total: $3020.86
I made $25 babysitting tonight.. and I crossed the $3000 mark!
Archive for November, 2007
Over 3K!November 30th, 2007 at 04:05 am
Old Total: $2995.86
Big Lots, Baby!November 28th, 2007 at 03:15 am
Did you knowBig Lots is a great place for baby clothes? A friend of mine is due to have her first boy and mentioned she needs simple Onesies and other easily washed clothes for her upcoming arrival.
Big lots has a great selection of Carterís and other name-brand baby clothes for a fraction of retail price. Once I get these items packed up in a one of the cute Dollar Tree gift bags youíll never know the gift cost less than $18.
I know my friend loved Robeez for her daughter, so how could I resist these Robeez imposters for $4?
In total, there are:
2 long sleeved, footie Sleepers
2 Long sleeved, footie coveralls (similar to Sleepers)
2 Long Sleeved Gowns (or as I like call them: baby sacks)
Almost at 3KNovember 26th, 2007 at 06:48 pm
Old Total: $2965.86
Thifty Idea: Place Card HoldersNovember 21st, 2007 at 03:51 am
I'm hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year. My menu is set, but I haven't had as much time to plan the place setting and table decorations as I'd like. I did have a moment of inspiration this evening while I was eating dinner this evening I glanced up to the shelf and saw a bunch of wine corks:
A Few Minutes Surfed is a Few Dollars SavedNovember 20th, 2007 at 04:52 pm
I've probably saved $100 over the course of the year with online coupons for local retail establishments and service providers like dry cleaning and auto repair.
Frugal Food!November 19th, 2007 at 01:47 am
Turkey gyros are one of my favorite frugal meals. When I was working as a personal chef, it was also one of the favorite meals of my client, too. Unbeknownst to them, it was a simple recipe they could easily have made themselves!
How I increased my net worth by 12K when I make only 21KNovember 17th, 2007 at 04:15 pm
November 11 was my 1-year anniversary of writing a blog at Savings Advice. The date snuck up on me, so I decided to take a peak back in Quicken to see how my financial state had changed since joining this community.
In sum, I feel happier and more empowered. Prior to joining Savings Advice I felt nervous anytime I saw an article in the newspaper about money and personal finance. Now, I know where I stand. I have more work to do before I can achieve some of my financial dreams like buying a house, but I do know I can have a rich life without a lot of money. This gives me freedom and confidence
House-sittingNovember 14th, 2007 at 06:17 pm
Old Total: $2665.86
Aldi, revistedNovember 12th, 2007 at 01:22 am
Is it bad that I was actually a little happy when Mr. Bean called to say his train would be arriving 30 minutes late because it meant I would have more time to peruse the aisles at Aldi?
When all was said and done, I spent $90.20 for 64 itemsóby far my largest grocery bill in a long time. I stocked up on things to make sure there was enough food to have thoughtful, tasty meals while Mr. Bean is here for the next 2 weeks. I still cook when Iím alone, but sometimes the meals lack inspiration. I also stocked up items for the Thanksgiving weíre hosting in a few weeks.
Because I bought so much, Iím not going to go through each item and its price, but I noticed that compared with my Spring trip, many items have increased in price. I bought 8 items identical to what I purchased in Spring 2007, 4 of which were increased in price:
Whipped Topping: $0.75 each, SAME PRICE
Ground Turkey (85% lean): $0.79 / lb, INCREASED PRICE, $0.89 / lb
Low Fat Cottage Cheese: $1.79 / 24 oz, INCREASED PRICE, $2.49 / 24 oz
Fresh Flat Leaf Spinach: $1.39 / 9 oz, SAME PRICE
Canola Cooking Spray: $1.29 / can : INCREASED PRICE $1.39 / can
Tomato Paste: $0.33 / 6 oz: SAME PRICE
Golden Raisins:$1.99 / 15 oz: SAME PRICE
Coffee: $4.49 / 39 oz: INCREASED PRICE, 4.69 / 39 oz can
There were a number of items I thought the price was quite good. These included:
Chicken Broth: $0.39 / 14.5 oz can (I stocked up!)
Paper Towels: $0.59 / 57 sq. foot roll
Pineapple chunks in 100% juice: $0.69 / 20 oz
Cheddar Cheese, Chunk: $1.79 / 8 oz
Green Peppers, fresh: $1.69 / 3 count
Grape Tomatoes: $1.69 / pint
100% Whole Wheat bread: $1.69 / 20 oz. loaf
Numerous Aldi Brand cereals, like Honey Bunches of Oats: $1.69 / 16oz
Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese: 2.69 / 12 oz
Shredded Mozzarella: 3.49 / 16 oz.
Pecan Halves: 2.69 / 6 oz [1.5 cups]
Tonight we had a great meal, and I couldnít help but do a rough calculation in my head of its cost. Sum total it couldnít have cost more than $10 and will feed our hearty appetites at least 4 times (2 x 4= 8 servings). We had a pre-marinated Teriyaki Pork Roast, (purchased and frozen back in May on sale for $4.44 during triple coupon days, so I only paid $1.44), roasted Ginger Sweet Potatoes and a Spinach Salad (Spinach and grape tomatoes from Aldi with carrots and peppers from the Farmersí Market). Even without close proximity to an Aldi, eating well can be cheapÖ but I did have fun today!
I just noticed today is my 1-year Blogaversary. I've learned so much in the past year! Time flies where you're saving money!
Challenge money and an Aldi tripNovember 11th, 2007 at 03:06 pm
Old Total: $2615.86
Finally.. something for the Challenge!November 8th, 2007 at 04:29 pm
Old Total: $2550.86
GratitudeNovember 6th, 2007 at 12:45 am
I have been offered my first choice post-doc Fellowship! I broke from my normal frugal mindset had am having a thank you floral arrangement delivered to my thesis adviser's office tomorrow. Of course, I've already sent her a thoughtful letter expressing my gratitude. I'm sure she will appreciate the arrangement, but I imagine the letter probably holds more meaning. Regardless, I felt like a gift was in order.