Thursday, October 30, 2008

Day 29

Spent a fortune yesterday!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Day 28
No spending meant no errands yesterday and that is happy-making!

Grocery store, petstore and hardware store tonight, and the dog is at daycare, so dollars will be spent today.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Day 27
No spending yesterday. I might have to grocery today, but should be on plan.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Just the workweek to go...

Did a lot of cooking for the freezer this weekend, so some money was spent but everything was on plan.

I'm quite excited to realize that Fresh Step cat litter has a rewards program - Paw Points - that can save me some money on cat litter. I love saving money on cat litter.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Day 23

Went to the store for milk and garlic and spent $45. TP and halloween candy, but I feel like I overspent and was offplan.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Paid for the dog's day at school yesterday. That's on the plan!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Day 21

I bought a pair of martini glasses (not really necessary, but $6 and we have broken a few recently) and a stockpot, which was necessary and at a discount.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Day 21

I need a new stockpot.

Monday, October 20, 2008


I bought coworker and I lunch today.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Day Sixteen

Did fine yesterday.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Day 15

Good yesterday. Bought eggs and a day at school for the dog.

Coworker bought bagels and sandwiches today. I think it is cheating to partake, but I will anyway.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Day Fourteen
Bought apples (and made 12 quarts of applesauce!) gas and vodka. The only inaustere aspect was that I used credit for the gas and paid 20¢ extra per gallon. The apples were about half the price of the ones I bought Saturday. Live and learn.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Where were we?

No terrible transgressions. I was taken out to dinner Friday night and last night, by family. Saturday we went apple picking and had some snacks and bought doughnuts at the orchard, Sunday we picked up takeout sandwiches. Nothing outlandish nor particularly austere.

Back on the program today!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Day Nine

BF bought us new numbers for the front of the house. I didn't pick out the most expensive ones, if that means anything.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Day Eight

I earned five dollhairs for taking a praying mantis off of BF's car. Otherwise an unremarkable day.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Day Seven

Another quite austere day yesterday. I was saved at lunch by my coworker who generously chicken caesar salad with me. Today should be equally austere.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Day Six

Quite austere yesterday, thank you for asking. Canned soup for lunch, leftovers for dinner.

Today I've forgotten my lunch and I'm not sure that I'll be able to tolerate canned soup again, so I might make a trip to the grocery store for soup and possibly a small salad.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Day Five

Catlitter from Target, bought with coupons.

Day six should be free of any spending and I think we'll have leftovers for dinner.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Day Four

More spending - the mac and cheese supplies were expensive. I went with the store brand when I could. So goes it.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Day Three

Like I said yesterday, for someone following an austerity program, I certainly spend a lot of money...

Last night was a premeditated and allowable haircut (Tried a new place, loved it. Great cut and the stylist is a tad cheaper than my last person, so its a win-win.) and once-a-week allowable take-out dinner (pizza!)

Today there's a big neighborhood block party to which I'll bring mac and cheese so I'll be buying supplies for that as well as food for the pets today.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Day Two
Bought an onion and a chicken (Whole - I easily cut it up for parts with my kitchen shears in about two minutes, saved 50¢ per pound and I have the back and innards for broth. Buying parts is not a good value.) as well as adult beverages. All allowable purchases. It was interesting to walk through the store knowing I wasn't buying anything that wasn't on my list. I happened to walk down the softdrink aisle. I rarely buy soft drinks, but they certainly looked tempting.

For someone on an austerity program, I sure spend a lot of dough - hair cut tonight. I'm desperate, so it's an allowable exception. Not looking hideous is a requirement for me.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Day One

I paid my October dance class tuition, which was an allowable expense, and otherwise survived day one, so I'm pleased.

The man of the house's back is hurting and I think a heating pad would help him, so I'll be picking up one of those and a chicken to cook for dinner, I suspect.

My coworker wants to get breakfast, and even though an bagel, egg and cheese sounds fantastic it is not in the program, so I'm resisting.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

October Austerity

This month I endeavor to consume mindfully. My initial thought was to eliminate non-essential spending, but defining essential gets a little hairy. It isn't as though I want to torture myself - I still want to engage in my hobbies and eat food that I enjoy, have my evening cocktail (drinking probably qualifies as a hobby!) Just a little belt-tightening.

It'll be good for me, right?