I wish I had posted this yesterday instead of today because things were going really well until then.
Here's the day by day breakdown.
-0- Well, not exactly true, but I only bought groceries and groceries don't count. Plus, I did really well at sticking to my list and using coupons.
-0- It's easy to not spend money at church and at home. (smile)
-0- Snow day! Stayed home all day in our pjs! (Bliss)
$1.85 Mailed a package to a friend in Arkansas. (Steph, I'm mailing yours in February b/c it's going to cost more than $1.85.)
-0- I was going to meet Jamie for coffee at Starbucks (still have a gift card balance!) but we ended up having coffee at her house instead.
See? I'm doing so good. $1.85
(Isn't there some verse about pride going before a fall?)(grin)
$25 John and I met our pastor for lunch--our treat--at Qdoba. We're trying to get connected at our new church and we've been trying to get together with him for awhile. It worked out we could all meet on this day and lunch was the best option. He's a great guy. He answered all of our questions, got to know us a little more, and I left feeling very encouraged and excited about this leg of our faith journey.
$5 for Bunco. We play for money, and we each throw $5 into the pot. I tied for most wins last night and we decided to split the prize so I walked away with my original $5 plus $5 more. Nice.
I was feeling all smug at one point yesterday thinking that I was doing really well with my spending.
In the middle of Bunco I realized that I forgot all about two big things. John took the kids out for dinner...and to the movies last night. I didn't ask him for a total, but it was probably at least $40. Granted I needed them out of the house for a few hours, but I didn't think about the extra expense.
So...not as great a week as I'd hoped...but still not too bad. This challenge is proving to be challenging indeed!