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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Making A Start On Christmas

Today I bought some special cards, the kind for specific family members, they were a little more expensive than usual $23.80 to be exact but as they are all I,m giving this year I had no problem paying the extra amount.

Browsing around the shops at this time of year is ohhh so tempting which is why I only carried $50 in my purse, I was actually looking for ideas for presents for my Grandchildren, but I came up empty handed, so I,ll be asking my Daughter for some ideas. So in keeping with my policy of no new clothes this year I went into our seconds shop and paid $18 for 4 items, I got 3 tops and 1 pair of cutoffs for work. I am a lot heavier than I was this time last year and so I very badly needed these items it was definitely a need and not a want.

Lastly I bought $10 of petrol for my little old girl, she had an almost empty tank, I have been neglecting her recently. I had a free voucher for coffee and my MIL treated me to a cake, so all up $51.80 spent.

I have mentioned on a few occasions that I am currently using my Son,s laptop and as it,s Apple I don,t have access to spreadsheets and so I have been writing down my daily spending amounts in a journal, it has worked OK for me, but while googling some other options for tracking money I found and now I can enter everything online, it does a running daily, weekly, and monthly amount as well as a pie chart to show you exactly in which category you are spending the most. I only started today and will try it for the month of December before making up my mind if it,s for me, but as I am on line every day I think it will work.


  1. Hi Maureen,

    I looked at Spending Diary, and it looks like a good program. I tend to keep track of spending in a notebook. Not always successful with this so I might have a go at Spending diary for December too!

    I don't know what to get my littlest grandson for Christmas either. The older ones ( they are in college or high school will be getting gift cards for gas) not very fun, but practical.

  2. Very cool! I will definately have to check it out!!!

    Good luck on the granddaughter gifts! I know it is pretty tough to buy for the kids! (I am having a tough time with DD this year!)

  3. I hope spending diary works for you Maureen; finding a system that works, to record spending, really helps with budgeting etc :-)

  4. Thanks for the website I will definitely look into it.

  5. I'll have to check out the website! Good for you for only "browsing". This month will fly by quickly....great job on sticking with your goals!


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