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Good, Bad, and Ugly weekly update 2/4

February 4th, 2011 at 03:41 pm

The good:

Yesterday, I saved $52 at the grocery store using coupons. I got about a dozen items for free. It felt really good. I can see how the hunt for the discount can become addictive. My "stockpile", which will one day allow me to buy only on sale, is slowly growing. This doesn't even include all the toothpaste:

In other good news, my tax forms are finally arriving. I have input most of them into our tax program, and it appears we will be getting a huge refund, which will go directly into the house fund. Yay!

And, I finally shopped for a new cell phone. After several calls and hours wasted on the phone with customer service (who would have thought changing plans with the same carrier would be so hard?) I have a new plan. It will save us a minimum of $300 a year.

The bad AND the ugly, all rolled into one:

I have spent WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY too much money these past couple of weeks. We had to stock up on some big ticket item we were out of, such as tea (I buy bulk, yes I drink that much), and cat food.

Our 15-year old cat is on a very special diet for his health issues. No getting around it.

My sister and I are also taking my mom on vacation to Las Vegas in April. It is one of her Christmas gifts. It's on her bucket list, plus my late dad's sister lives there. Have to do it. I put all three airfares on my CC (sister said will pay back, but will likely wait until her tax refund arrives. Ugh. ) So, that's $992 on the card.

I also paid the deposit for the first night in the hotel -- $123.

Plus, hubby and I took a one night, 2-day minication while the in-laws were here, just to have some adult time. So, we had one night at a hotel, plus ski lift tickets, and food. Not expensive, but still. Money out.

And here is the UGLY UGLY.

Go ahead. Yell at me. I deserve it. I had frugality fatigue something awful. I work so hard, and every penny always goes to some goal or some responsible means.

CeeJay will appreciate this: I look terrible. I used to be pretty. Now, I am a hot mess, so to speak. None of my clothes fit (thanks kids)... my hair is crazy, my wardrobe is nil because I sold my clothes to consignment. Even if you lose the weight, your body will not be shaped the same after babies. No getting around it.

So, I have zip to wear. I wear the same pair of jeans just about every day.

So yes. I was bad. I took myself shopping. Everything was on sale, but it still wasn't cheap and it was still money I shouldn't be spending. I'm not going into debt or anything, but I haven't exactly been putting anything in savings lately, either.

I bought two pairs of boots at DSW. I love love love them and will keep them for years. Unfortunately, I am now out $100.

I also bought a Saints T-shirt (they are my team!), and two pairs of jeans on sale at Old Navy for $20. Too good to pass up.

I bought some undies at Victoria Secret. I had a $25 gift card, but still spent $11 out of pocket.

And today, I bought myself an awesomely cute purse off the clearance rack at Target, as well as some more undies. That set me back about $35.

Okay, it's not exactly a shopping spree at Saks Fifth Avenue, but it might as well be for me.

I am also planning to hit up the Sally Beauty Supply this weekend to get some supplies for my hair and nails. I'm way overdue.

19 Responses to “Good, Bad, and Ugly weekly update 2/4”

  1. laura Says:

    Good for you!!

    I have a secret: I like *nice* things, as in nice sweaters at Von Maur (which is like a Macy's). This season I have purchased two sweaters (one was $108 down to $53, the other was $87 down to $35) which I wear a lot and get tons of compliments on (in my Kohls and Target clothes I never get compliments). My mom got me a wonderful pachmina (is that the word) as a gift and also my parents got me a Coach purse I was watching. I LOVE ALL OF THEM, and have decided that when it is time to spend on myself, I will spend money for things that I like and I will wear.

    It sounds like you scored some good deals and are well worth it!!

  2. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I can completely understand about the clothes. You deserve to spend a little on yourself once in a while.

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    You are a devil's advocate, guys!

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I just came back from shopping on myself. A bra. Three pairs of panties. Running shoes. Almost $100! It adds up fast. But like you, I don't shop for myself too often.

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    Sounds like it's going around. Is shopping contagious?

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Well, it sounds like for the most part you actually needed the clothes...and the boots are an investment that will last several years, so that's not so bad, especially since you didn't go into debt.

  7. mamas debt time out Says:

    Wow, I've always tried cutting and doing the coupon shopping, but it never seems to work... My average bill seems to be betweem $80-150 each week (and that's at the cheapest super market too).Any good sites that may tell me how to do this better? How do you do it?

  8. mamas debt time out Says:

    Also, I saw one of your goals was to get life insurance. Selectquote is one of the best and ING has a good one too that is A+ rated. I learned this stuff from Suze Orman. She has a great book that you can download from the library as a book or audio that has a section on this. "The Road to Wealth." it is called.

  9. ThriftoRama Says:

    I just use It's free. It tells you what is on sale at your local stores and tells you where to find the coupon to go with it.

    I don't get everything for that cheap! I went today and used $13 worth on $33, and I was happy with that.

  10. whitestripe Says:

    I don't think anyone is going to give you a hard time here about spending money on clothing, we all know your situation and probably feel (I know I do) that you deserve it. And I know its annoying to hear someone say that to you (I have a friend who says that all the time 'you deserve it, buy it' excuse me, do you know my financial position? lol) But in this case, it's not like you went and bought frivolous items because you wanted them, it was more of a need than anything. Good for you. Smile

  11. ThriftoRama Says:

    Well, you could say they were frivolous. And ill-timed considering the other bills we have to pay. But, at least we have funds to cover it all.

  12. MonkeyMama Says:

    I've read your posts lately and thought you should prioritize yourself a little higher, a little more. To me, sounds like you gave yourself some priority, and so I think it's great! Big Grin
    As far as the clothes/kids thing, I have been pretty stubborn about buying clothes over the years. I am one of those people who wears clothes forever, and initially looked at buying new clothes as a waste of money. Particularly right after having kids when weight is more temporary. But, over the years I have gotten better about allowing myself clothes that fit better.

    I've also adjusted my shopping habits to my body. The size of my butt literally depends on the day, but my torso is about the same size it has always been. SO, I buy a wide variety of shirts (Sales, etc.), but maybe only own a couple of pairs of pants fit me well, any given day. I know if I gain or lose 10 pounds, all my shirts will still fit, so I just shop more efficiently. Pants are hard for me to find, and who notices those any way?

  13. ThriftoRama Says:

    Interesting, Monkey Mama. You are probably right. But it's hard to do something frivolous for yourself when we're in a recession and you have so many big goals!

    As for your bottom (Wink ), I think that is why I have been buying shoes lately-- those will fit, no matter what size happens above.

    I'm on a clothes frenzy because I spent years buying a few really beautiful pieces that I loved and looked great, but all that work was lost once I got preggo.

    I'm mad I have to start over. But, it's probably good, too. I'm now in a different age demographic and life than I was before, so new clothes that suit this life personally and professionally would probably be a good move.

    I never thought I'd say this, but I checked out two fashion books from the library, to help me plan out my new wardrobe strategy-- How to Be a Budget Fashionista, and One Hundred Pieces by Nina Garcia. I thought it would at least get me thinking.

    Although, I think I am covered for shoes now...

  14. Looking Forward Says:

    Re: "Now, I am a hot mess, so to speak. None of my clothes fit (thanks kids)... my hair is crazy, my wardrobe is nil..." LMAO!!! Big Grin I so TOTALLY feel the same way! Good for you to get some new clothing items. I'd say you did good shopping sale stuff and all. I am bad about spending/shopping for clothes for myself. Especially when I keep telling myself I am not buying anything nice until I'm much closer to my usual size. Although I don't own a lot of shoes, I agree that at least my feet don't have those "bloated" days. lol!

  15. Looking Forward Says:

    p.s. You also need some nice things to wear to Vegas for your girl's trip Wink It sounds like that will be a lot of fun!

  16. crazyliblady Says:

    Try Nutsonline dot com for bulk teas. They have excellent organic teas at very good prices.

  17. crazyliblady Says:

    I saved about $26.00 at the store on Saturday using coupons and store sales. It felt great, because I bought enough food for nearly 2 weeks with the exception of needing a little more meat and produce.

  18. J-Money Says:

    The key in this situation is that shoes & clothing are real needs...not only for our kids (who are the usual suspects when it comes to needing new clothes/shoes) but for ourselves too! Sounds like you just need to build 'clothing' into your budget and put in $10-$20 a pay period/month (or whatever) so that way you have the money set aside and you don't have to feel bad or anxious about needing to clothe & shoe yourself. good luck Smile

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