General chatter - Off-topic: what did you spend money on today? Diet and budget

07-31-2013, 09:27 PM
Hey, as I do a kitchen purge and make a grocery list from a meal plan, I realize I don't manage money any better than I manage calories! I think that must be related behaviour (impulsive, not planning, not deciding just defaulting)

So what did you spend money on today? I'm going to track my spending the same way I track calories- in the same day diary in fact!


$6.35 lunch

Most days there is bus fare, bills and perhaps shopping. There should be groceries tonight :)

Your turn!

07-31-2013, 09:52 PM
$25 on half a tank of gas

$67ish on groceries

almost everything purchased was planned or needed and remembered as I walked by, the only thing that was impulsive was a can of coconut water as I have been curious what it tasted like for AGES... it disappointed me. I know plenty of people who LOVE the stuff but it was so disgusting to me, i only managed a few sips before tossing it :s a $2 lesson lol

07-31-2013, 09:57 PM
These are approximates:

$8 on DS1s lo mein for lunch
$12 on DS2s steak platter for lunch, plus 3 drinks
$10 on DS2s passport photo
$0.25 on lemonade from a roadside kid with a stand (didn't drink it LOL)
$7 on Talbots tan capris at consignment store
$55 on groceries
$50 on gas

07-31-2013, 10:03 PM
$4 coffee this morning
$6 on a fast food lunch for little son as we were doing work stuff together
$16 at the store, misc things

and I was supposed to buy bear spray today to carry while jogging but I was too tired to make a trip to another store

07-31-2013, 10:26 PM
$1.05 for a Diet Coke
$16.00 for lunch (rainbow trout...OM NOM NOM)

08-01-2013, 12:12 AM
For us today was what we call in the personal finance blogging community a "no spend day."

I don't know if you all prefer manual tracking (I do for my nutrition stuff), but if not I always recommend for tracking spending and even budgeting. It syncs with your accounts so the only thing you have to enter manually is cash transactions. It's helped communication about money in my marriage a lot (not to mention being super easy)!

08-01-2013, 12:13 AM
Oh, coconut water seems dreadful every time I try it but so far that's been free sips for me!

Sorry for your $2

Alaskanlaughter- DON"T GET EATEN BY A BEAR!!!!

08-01-2013, 12:22 AM
44 bucks for a full tank of gas.

29 dollars for a bag of dry cat food and 4 cans of wet.

08-01-2013, 01:06 AM
$3.99 for a coral-colored sheath dress from Goodwill

08-01-2013, 01:42 AM
5.35 for a 6" Subway turkey sub
14.00 for drinks and snack with the girls after work
8.00 for milk and M&Ms (peanut butter oh so yummy but oh so bad for me :D

I had no idea I spent so much today! Funny how the little amounts add up so quickly!:?:

I agree - coconut water is AWFUL!

08-01-2013, 01:43 AM
$10 in gas
$29 for groceries
$15 for a LOCKER CHANDELIER, which is apparently a real thing, and something a new middle schooler must have, or it's the end of the world. Everyone, you are welcome, because I apparently prevented the ending of the world by making this purchase.

08-01-2013, 01:44 AM
$4 coffee this morning
$6 on a fast food lunch for little son as we were doing work stuff together
$16 at the store, misc things

and I was supposed to buy bear spray today to carry while jogging but I was too tired to make a trip to another store

They make bear spray? I'm pleasantly surprised a spray can protect us from bears. Does it spray fire?

08-01-2013, 01:46 AM
My spending today: $0

08-01-2013, 01:47 AM
I think this is a great idea - to track spending like tracking calories or points!

$29.92 on dry cleaning

$59 on drug store items

$9.60 on bagels and coffee

08-01-2013, 03:12 PM
32 and some change at target buying 3 boxes of the protein bars I eat for breakfast and 2 cases of water

08-01-2013, 05:02 PM
$30 on a zucchini noodle slicer online.

08-01-2013, 08:23 PM
$2.00 on salad at work in the cafeteria.

$1.36 on an oreo rice krispie bar 15 minutes later :/

08-01-2013, 09:23 PM
$2.10 for diet Cokes

$100 for dinner out for four. Ouch.

08-01-2013, 10:20 PM
$70ish on groceries
$25 on t-shirts for my twiblings


08-01-2013, 10:38 PM
Me too, Lecomtes! One day...

Today, $0!

ETA- 2.75 for a 16oz can of beer and 1 dollar for a bottle of water from the local softball park.

08-02-2013, 02:56 PM
Ugh the budget is making me insane. I have been listening to Dave Ramsey podcasts, and he has ruined my life... (in a good way, I guess :/)

Today we spent $72 on groceries.

08-02-2013, 10:13 PM
$1.05 on a diet Coke
$6ish for a Subway sandwich
$8ish for a 6-pack of beer (it's been that kind of day)

08-06-2013, 01:31 AM
Almost 40 dollars on food and groceries. Bummer

08-06-2013, 09:20 PM
I like this thread. I find that I spend way too much on things I don't need, especially junk food. I'm in college so I need to be saving money for tuition and an upcoming trip to Vermont. Maybe this will keep me accountable by shaming me into saving money, lol.


Pistachio muffins x 2 = $2.38
Olive snacks x 2 = $2
Coke = $1.50
White chocolate covered pecans = $5.99
Hot dogs (???) = $0.99

Total: $12.86. Ugh. I didn't need a single one of those things.

08-07-2013, 06:05 PM
I have been listening to Dave Ramsey podcasts, and he has ruined my life... (in a good way, I guess :/)

This made me actually laugh out loud at my desk. My co-workers already think I'm an odd duck so I'm sure that didn't help, haha.

I love this thread! Of course, I'm a cheapskate at heart. Most days I don't spend anything. One night I went over my boyfriend's lunch budget with him. It's his money, but we share expenses and it was making me crazy how he was spending it. We intend to get married one day, so yes, I butted in ;).

Anyway, he was spending $70 a week on eating out!!! Once he saw that he cut it down to once a week. My point being, this is a great thread, lol.

(I must be feeling chatty today)

$161 on 3 school books (that's a racket isn't it!?!)
$30 (est) on misc at the store tonight

08-07-2013, 08:40 PM
Oops, I fell behind.

Lessee, Saturday is grocery and other shopping day. I spent $120 at one grocery store and $40 at another. I also spent $80ish at Lowes for bird food and some thing-a-ma-jigs my husband needed. Don't even ask me what they were. ;)

Sunday, spent nada.

Monday, spent $1.35 on my Bucket o' Diet Coke. (The price went up!)

Tuesday spent $1.35 on BoDC, $6 on stupid tax (I bought lottery tickets) and $50 on fuel for my car.

Today, spent $1.35 on BoDC and $35ish on take home dinner from Famous Dave's.

08-08-2013, 07:14 PM
$1.35 on BoDC.

$2.50 for a slice of pizza

$.85 for a bag of popcorn

I forgot to pack my lunch today.:^:

08-11-2013, 01:07 AM
$36 on a textbook rental.

08-11-2013, 04:34 PM
Friday 8/9: $1.35 for BoDC, $137 on walking shoes, $9 on a chicken shawarma combo for lunch

Yesterday: $8 on breakfast out, $7 for a shirt, $235 on groceries, $45 for dinner out

Today: $70 to fill up two gas cans and my husband's truck

08-11-2013, 05:06 PM
yesterday I spent $133 at Costco for family groceries and $85 at walmart for family will last us the better part of two weeks

paid $20 in online school lunch money (school starts in just over a week eek!)

school clothes shopping....going to be about $100 each for clothes, jammies, socks, shoes etc....and I spent about $20 yesterday on food to host a family bbq with relatives in town

today I will take out about $30 in cash that my mom gave me to take the kids to see a movie this afternoon....and if I pick my rhubarb I might spend $15 to get the rest of the ingredients for rhubarb strawberry cake

*sigh* ive had a busy weekend!

08-11-2013, 11:21 PM
Oooh I like this thread!

I spent .99 on NYC Lipstick and ~$49 on groceries. Woo!

Mori M
08-12-2013, 12:11 AM
$5.00 on McDonalds. BOOOO.

08-13-2013, 12:52 AM
And here we go:

1. $22 at Wal-mart for non-slip shoes and a bottle of ketchup for a sauce I'm going to make soon.

2. $10 at Zoe's Kitchen for dinner, a chicken pita and a cup of fruit

3. $9 at Autozone for a replacement headlight bulb

4. $5 at Bi-lo for a couple groceries

5. $6 at World-Market for Italian roast coffee

6. $13 at Target for makeup and facial cleanser.

Totals out to...$65. Blah. I didn't really want to spend that much today, but getting my headlight replaced took way longer than necessary so I had to buy dinner instead of cooking at home cause I was too hungry/didn't have time to come home to cook. :(

08-13-2013, 10:02 AM

$1.35 for BoDC
$3.50 for sloppy joes sammich for lunch
$0.85 for bag of popcorn

$350.00 down payment on a new car *big grin*

$12.00 for gyros for dinner

08-14-2013, 11:44 PM

~$3 and some change for a burger
~$2.95 for a big pack of gum
~$17 for gas


$114.95 for school textbooks

08-15-2013, 09:01 AM

$1.35 BoDC
$15.00 lunch
$37.00 dinner

$71.00 brow wax and hair cut

08-15-2013, 11:06 PM

$6.92 for dinner at Panera! a yummy turkey sandwich and an apple and Acai Berry tea. :D

08-15-2013, 11:20 PM
~$9 for deli turkey and yogurt for snacks/lunches at work

$0.80 for peanuts from work vending machine