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Frugality fail.

It’s been a while since I posted because after my last post about trying not to spend money, I had a pretty large fail. No cable means no cable box in the living room, which means no clock in there. I decided to look for a wall clock. 5 stores later, I was frustrated at not being able to find a clock I liked enough that I wanted it hanging on my wall where I would look at it all the time.

I said to myself, “Self, maybe you should just buy a watch.  Then you’ll know the time no matter what room you’re in!”  Instead of being sensible about it and going to Target to look for a watch, I went to Zales and ended up with this…

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It has a mother-of-pearl face and diamonds for the numbers.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.  It’s a really beautiful watch.  I know it was impulsive and unnecessary but I can’t bring myself to regret it.  I reallly love it.  I’ve been wanting a nice watch for a while now and this one was 40% off.  Sailor Boy said since he’s not going to be here for xmas, that it would be my gift from him.  What a swell guy!

I totally need an “Unfrugal Shit” category.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I got the Cox bill  yesterday and it was $91.  A very refreshing change after it being $181 for so long.  I totally did a happy dance and kissed the bill.  Seriously

There ya go.  Frugal shit.

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Cable free!

On Monday (after I got done crying like a baby), I called and canceled the cable which will save $90 a month. I unhooked the boxes and took them back. We had regular cable until Friday but now we are tv free. We don’t have the converter things and I don’t plan on getting them. I also canceled the Netflix which saves another $20 a month. So far it hasn’t really bothered me.

There’s plenty of free entertainment out there. The library is an excellent source for that (books and DVD’s). If I feel there’s a show I have to watch, I can most likely find it online and the theater at the base is free. Tonight they’re showing Julie & Julia, which Buddy T and I are going to check out. They’re also showing 500 Days of Summer, but I’m not really interested in that.

Not spending money is harder than I thought. Earlier I went to pay off my Sears card. That’s what we put the plane tickets on and I’m done with having a balance on a credit card so I wanted to pay it off ASAP. While I was there, I almost picked up some bamboo cooking utensils. Not because I needed them, but because I thought they’d look much nicer than the 12 year old plastic ones I have. Which they would, but I’m trying to limit myself to buying things we actually need. The plastic ones are old and ugly but still perfectly serviceable.

Another new development is that Mr. Furious is moving out in 2 weeks. Which will probably cut the grocery bill by about 40%. He’s a really big guy and he eats like a really big guy. Although maybe not because I’m thinking of joining a CSA.

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Grocery shopping #2.

I ran to Ralphs today becuause they had a really good sale going on and I had coupons to pair up with it.

Capri Sun-  .99¢ each
OM Bologna- .99¢ each
Nestle water- $3 – $1 cpn = $2
Juicy Juice- $1.99 – $1 cpn = .99¢
Hot Pocket- $1.49 – $1 cpn = .49¢
Nestle chips- $2.49 – $1 cpn = $1.49
Pop-Tarts- $1.98 – $1 cpn = .98¢
lettuce- .77¢

Total $17 (I just round up and put the change in a jar)

That leaves me with $103 for the case lot sale tomorrow.

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Grocery shopping.

I need to get back on track with my budgeting and money saving attempts. Especially now that Sailor Boy is leaving in a few days. I went grocery shopping today. I didn’t buy a whole lot since we still had plenty left from me going shopping right before we had to go to NM (and if spending $750 on plane tix isn’t a budgetary setback, I don’t know what is).

Sailor Boy has decided he wants Thanksgiving dinner before he goes. So tomorrow, we’re going to have turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, marshmallow yams, cranberry sauce and rolls. I found a pumpkin pie in the deli section, so at least I don’t have to actually bake a damn pie. This is going to suck because it’s still too warm to have the oven on for hours.

On to the shopping. I spent $127 + $3 for the tip. That leaves me with $120. Which I’m probably going to completely blow on Thursday. I totally forgot that the commissary was having a case lot sale. If I can avoid buying goodies and just stick to buying things like paper goods and household products, I should be fine.

As for what I bought today, the best deals were b1g1 on the cat treats (which Her Majesty’s cat loves), the Lipton tea was free (saved $3.99), the Ponds wipes were $1.49 after coupons and the cheese ended up being $0.86 per package (the commissary had a buy 6 get $5 off coupon on the shelf). I shouldn’t have to buy cheese for quite a while.

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I went shopping today. Didn’t do as good as I did last time, but I still did pretty good. I didn’t take pictures either because today was pretty busy and I just didn’t have the time to set it all out and do that. Lots of running around, paying bills, trying to get Sailor Boy’s uniforms and stuff for deployment, etc… So on groceries, I spent $177. After a $3 tip for the bagger, I have $70 for the next 2 weeks. I did take a picture of the receipt again (well, half of it as the other half didn’t come out so great).

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Sailor Boy and I also get an “allowance”. After the bills are paid, and all that jazz, we each get a certain amount of money to last us for 2 weeks that we can spend on whatever we want. I get $75. Normally it lasts me most of the 2 weeks. I don’t usually want a whole bunch of stuff. This time, it’s only payday and I’m down to $10. Season 4 of Supernatural came out today. It’s my favorite show and I’ve watched every season 3 times.

I also bought myself a cute Sigg bottle. I’ve been wanting one for a while and I think this will save money in the long run. I drink a lot of bottled water because the water here tastes funky. I recently started using a Pur pitcher. I think between that and the Sigg, I’ll be able to kick the bottled water habit.

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So Sailor Boy didn’t get paid on Friday. Turns out that PSD Afloat charged his leave wrong and in the process of correcting it, actually cut off his pay. Fun, huh? We have NO clue when it will be fixed. The last time they did something like this, it took 2 months to get it fixed. So now we have to be VERRRRY careful with our money until they get it taken care of.

I went grocery shopping today. I stuck pretty closely to my list this time and ended up spending $116.39. Well, I wrote it for $10 over so I could tip the bagger and grab some dinner with Tiff on the way home so I actually spent $126.39. I didn’t feel like putting everything out for a picture so I just took pics of the receipts. Click to enlarge if you actually want to see them.

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Grocery shopping fail.

I am an idiot. This morning I got up to go grocery shopping. I didn’t eat before I left. When I got there, they were cooking steaks in the demonstration kitchen. Steaks that smelled so good, I was about to start gnawing on my arm.

I ended up spending 222.31, which leaves me 27.69 for the next two weeks. It should be fine though because Sailor Boy leaves on the 10th and won’t be back until the 21st. I don’t cook much when he’s gone (hence all the convenience food). I did buy a lot of junk. 😦 Bleh. Bad me.

Although I must point out that the tp, paper towels, cat litter, razors and toothbrush heads alone cost $50.  Just sayin’.

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