Category Archives: Budget

New Year’s Resolutions

Better late than never for my New Year’s Resolutions.  Here they are separated by Personal, Blogging, Financial, and Career categories.

 

Personal

Get fit and lose 25+ lbs. as well as eating healthy.

Create an office to blog and work as well as crafting area for my wife.

Play with my family more and less time on the laptop, desktop, and phone.

Read 3 to 4 books for fun and finish them.

Work on anger control and stop yelling as well as have more patience and less stress.

Start cooking 1 to 2 meals a week.

 

Financial

Keep an emergency fund through the whole year.

Get out of debt by $10,000+ by end of year.

 

Career and Financial

Read 3 books on Money and Time Management or work related and finish them.

 

Blogging

Starting writing and getting to 250 new articles by end of year. (Family, Fatherhood, and Children)

Post a Day 2012 / Post a Week 2012 (If they are having one this year?)

Start writing on Geeks.LockerGnome.com with helpful articles

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No Restaurants in November: Day 8 (Nov 8th)

Today is the eighth day of the No Restaurants in November challenge over at Enemy of Debt.

This week is getting worse. I had two more Pepsi’s today to get rid of the headache I had and the kitchen is still out-of-order. I hate spending money unless I have to. I drop down to 75% savings. That is a decrease in savings of 5% from the past weekend.

But the good news is that we are getting a fountain pop machine in our kitchen and the drinks are free. The kind of machine you see at a gas station. This will help me a lot in this challenge. That means I will not be buying my Pepsi anymore.

Another piece of good news is that the guys are not going out to lunch this Friday so I can save more money there as well. Theis week might end up being a good week after all. Time will tell.

Totals for the challenge to date:

Days: 8/30 (22 more to go)

Actual Spent in Nov.: $17.80

Est. would have normally spent by now: $69.69 (8 days)

Savings so far this month: $51.89 (75% savings so far)

How did I come up with the estimated spending?

I based it on drinking 2 pops a day with 3 pops on Friday at $1.50 each, $1.75 a day on snacks and 2 breakfasts a week at $2.66 each time. Also lunch on Friday’s of $8.71, Pop and food on weekends of $10.00, and lunch on Thursday’s averaging about $12.00.

No Restaurants in November: Day 7 (Nov 7th)

Today is the seventh day of the No Restaurants in November challenge over at Enemy of Debt.

It was a bad day at work. I had two Pepsi drinks because our kitchen at work was out-of-order. this is not a good start for this week since my savings percentage dropped 3% from yesterday. If I can save 90% or more than I would be extremely happy with myself on this challenge. I will be happy anytime I can save money and get out of debt.

Totals for the challenge to date:

Days: 7/30 (23 more to go)

Actual Spent in Nov.: $14.80

Est. would have normally spent by now: $64.94 (7 days)

Savings so far this month: $50.14 (77% savings so far)

How did I come up with the estimated spending?

I based it on drinking 2 pops a day with 3 pops on Friday at $1.50 each, $1.75 a day on snacks and 2 breakfasts a week at $2.66 each time. Also lunch on Friday’s of $8.71, Pop and food on weekends of $10.00, and lunch on Thursday’s averaging about $12.00.

How much do you spend on stuff that you really don’t need? How much of it are wants?

No Restaurants in November: Day 5 – 6 (Nov 5th – 6th) Weekend Update

Today is the first day of starting the No Restaurants in November challenge over at Enemy of Debt.

We did awesome tis weekend in the eating out category. I only spent $4.28 for Gatorade since I worked out in the yard on Saturday raking up leaves. My wife ate out on Sunday, but it was paid for by her mom. Eating out this month is good only if it is free or being paid for by someone else. Not trying to sound cheap, but we do a lot of things for our families and they pay us back by treating us out sometimes.

Totals for the challenge to date:

Days: 6/30 (24 more to go)

Actual Spent in Nov.: $11.80

Est. would have normally spent by now: $57.53 (6 days)

Savings so far this month: $45.73 (80% savings in first week)

How did I come up with the estimated spending?

I based it on drinking 2 pops a day with 3 pops on Friday at $1.50 each, $1.75 a day on snacks and 2 breakfasts a week at $2.66 each time. Also lunch on Friday’s of $8.71, Pop and food on weekends of $10.00, and lunch on Thursday’s averaging about $12.00.

If you think about it, that is a lot of money that I spend on a weekly basis without really realizing it.

How much do you spend on food a weekend like snacks, drinks, entertainment, dates, kids activities, etc..?

I bet you will be surprised on how much you spend on stuff a weekend.