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Spending Spree

July 27th, 2005 at 02:14 pm

This past weekend was a bit expensive. I went to the fabulous overprice shopping center (Oakbrook for all the Chicagoans.) When there's an outdoor mall in Chicago, you know something's up. But I actually didn't find anything other than a very reasonable priced ($10) shirt. My mom found Naturalizer shoes for $15 (going out of business, not chic enough) and a nice purse (Sears). I even had two coupons for free keychains at Bloomingdale's (hehe not going to shop there. But if anyone wants a 15% off coupon for furniture let me know.) We were pretty cheap there. I really should have had my mom come visit me and go to Marshall's. I found 2 shirts ($13 & $15), a pair of socks ($3), a small purse ($5), and a backpack ($14). Ahhh I love off name brands and discount stores. I think it came out to $57 with taxes.

Hmmm Saturday was ok. We went to visit some relatives and stopped at the mall for a last minute birthday gift. well I ended up seeing a few shirts I liked and a pair of shoes. Well JCPenney had a nice spend $50 get $10 off coupon that we could use over and over. So we saved $10 on the gift. $10 on my clothes. $10 on his shoes. $10 on his shirts (the last two were purchased separately). Thank you coupon in the Friday paper. Aktion033

That could be my $20 to $5000 challenge. Use my newspaper subscription to make money (stay in my pocket).
I'll have to think about that. I did just save about $80 a week ago. So I guess that's about $120.

BBQ Time

July 18th, 2005 at 03:15 pm

Saturday, we had a BBQ at my BF house for about 20 people. It was super hot, as usual, but it went over really well. There were 30 burger, 15 beer brats, sauerkraut, a 3 ft. sub, 2 bags of salads,6 lbs. meatballs, 2 trays of spanakopita (spinach puffs), 1 tray of cheese puffs, 4 bags of chips and a tray of cheese and crackers. Plus plenty of liquids. Obviously we had way too much food. Before we started eating he was thinking of buying pizza too! He's got the Greek ingrained - Must feed everyone 5 times. It was so good though. I think his grocery bill was about $200. But the leftovers will definately feed us both this entire week.

My spending has been going well. It stinks. It seems like every month I will actually be saving more money than usual and then something big comes up. Just like this month, I spent just over $550 for my house insurance and car insurance. Last month, $400, I bought a museum membership and went to school. May, I made a large donation. Next month, $1400 property taxes. I'm so hoping September will be a cheap month. Cross my fingers.