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Spendy October, misc frugality

November 9th, 2015 at 07:11 pm

October was a whirlwind (and very spendy!) month! I just got around to totaling all the categories. After all the damage, I had $225 left over to throw at my goals, so $200 went to the student loan and $25 to the Roth. These totals don't include work expenses that I will be reimbursed for eventually- airline and hotel costs for a business trip. Unusual spending for Oct included finally biting the bullet and getting new work shoes (the old ones fell apart) for $53. I splurged a little because I spend a LOT of time on my feet, and have noticed a comfort difference. Also bought a bunch of extra food to make appetizers for a friend's party, gave a few birthday gifts, ate out much more than usual during my trip, and had to pay a parking ticket because I didn't notice my street parking sticker had expired a few days before - eighty dollars, ouch! The quarterly parking permit renewal itself is budgeted for.

It was a great month, but I also feel the urge to buckle down and refocus on my goals in November.

Frugal things recently:

- Have been planning to get some art for my walls since I moved in, but family gifted me a few pictures from the attic nobody was using anymore. They'll look great in the space, and I already have wall-hanging hooks.

- Have been bringing all my food and almost all of my caffeine to work lately instead of buying something there

- Been wanting to send a particular book to 2 friends and was planning to buy it on Amazon for them, but got two copies of it for free at a yard sale this weekend!

- have been leaving the heat off and using extra layers and blankets at home

- Snagged a few extra hours of work helping on a special project at work. Not sure how much I'll net after taxes, but probably around $100

3 Responses to “Spendy October, misc frugality ”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Which books did you snag for free at the sale?

    And leaving the heat off makes you one strong lady! I may need to try that during the day when I'm home, but my husband wouldn't go for it while he's home. He's very sensitive to the cold.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's fun receiving art for free! Especially if it fits your style.

  3. pjmama Says:

    I feel like spending money on good work shoes is more of an investment than anything. It makes such a difference! And your body will thank you for it later Smile

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