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Easing back in

March 6th, 2006 at 07:28 am

DMom's computer is set up and at her house. I'm finally feeling back to normal after being sick. The snow is gone. And I'm finally starting to feel caught up with paperwork and household stuff. So it's time to come back.

I knew I was going to be over budget for this 4-week Everyday Expenses cycle, but I just ran a report this morning that showed me how bad it is. So far I'm well over $600 with nearly a week to go. By the time I get gas one more time and go to Petsmart, it could reach $700.

I know it was because I was short on time, what with extra projects, being sick, and dealing with the snow. But things like this happen all the time, and I can't be running over budget every time they do. So I looked things over to see if I could figure it out.

The main thing I noticed was, if I get to Aldi's once or twice in a month, I'm within my budget. If I don't get there, and especially if I'm going to Stop and Shop instead, I'm way over budget. So the key seems to be MAKE TIME FOR ALDI's, no matter what else is going on in my life. And try to stay out of Stop and Shop.

1 Responses to “Easing back in”

  1. katwoman Says:

    You probably know this already.......coupon and stockpile so that you don't get caught always running to the stores on a regular basis. The beginning stage is hard, especially when you are working full time, but well worth the effort. Start slow and concentrate on accumulating 2-3 different items and build on that. It could be shampoo and toilet paper, and soda when they are on sale. Once you start it becomes a game and you'll always want to do even better! If you don't want to coupon you can still stockpile by buying from Aldi's or Sam's at reduced prices but at quantity. I've even found items on ebay that I am now stockpiling because they're so much cheaper than a sale + coupon at the stores! The idea of having to shop every week makes me crazy!

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