(Late) June 2018 Budget Check-In!

Hey everybody! It is finally here, but a bit late! It is time for the June 2018 Budget Check-In! June was a particularly very blessed month for me financial because some formula from Social Security made me have a bigger payout than what I usually get. They told me to enjoy it and so I did! Come and see how I spent my money in June 2018! ๐Ÿ˜€

Rent/Monthly Bills: $500.00

This is the minimum amount that I am required to pay. It all goes toward rent and householdย bills. ๐Ÿ™‚

Medication: $3.70

Medication payment for one of my meds! I think LOCMom took care of my other meds, so thank you, LOCMom! ๐Ÿ˜€

Groceries: $103.26

Well, groceries are a little higher this month. It’s mainly because of my sparkling water habit and from buying good quality almond milk. Those were my two highest categories on my grocery category this month. I don’t mind though since both things get drank quickly and nothing is wasted. ๐Ÿ™‚

Household Expenses: $219.25

This category is particularly large this month because I bought a lot of stuff I needed and I’m not going to lie… also wanted. ๐Ÿ™‚ Things like 4 exercise shorts, a duvet cover, a new night stand (found at a garage sale), Tums in bulk, and bulk size toothbrushes were on the need and want list. But mostly on the need list. June was kind to me and I am very thankful. โค

Misc. Items: $102.06

Lots of misc. stuff, some I even had to give away back to the thrift store because of our big move. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Just stuff I wanted now that I look it over again. But a lot of that stuff I do plan on enjoying again after our move. ๐Ÿ˜€

Entertainment: $44.07

Went over this category by 4 bucks, but I decided to spend a little more in this categor since I had some extra scratch in June. ๐Ÿ™‚ Everything was appreciated. โค

Eating Out: $65.01

Okay, I am WAAAAAY over budget in this category, but I could afford it last month at least. Spent around 18 bucks on a crappy pizza at a tourist trap restaurant in my town and I was so mad about the quality of food I got for around 20 bucks. Grrrrrr. The rest of the food I did buy I really liked though, but I am toning it down basically in July. ๐Ÿ™‚

Budgeted Items – $117.93

Yeeeeeees, I had a ball at Costco in June. Got to buy extra things I am always eating. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also bought some Father’s Day cards this month at Dollar Tree, but since things were so hectic in June and are a little more hectic in July now, I didn’t get the chance to send them all off. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Next year though for sure! ๐Ÿ˜€

Let see what the grand total is…

*drum roll*

Grand Total: $1155.28

WOW! I sometimes ask myself where all of my money goes and then I look at my budget and say, “Oh… THAT AND THAT AND THAT… > _>”. But hey, it was a windfall month for me and I enjoyed the extra money I was blessed with. ^ _^ Wish I always hadย that much money to spend each month. Things would be easier for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your budget in June 2018?

What did I do this Weekend? (July 14-15, 2018)

Hi, everybody! Wow, last week went by fast and things were busy. I meant to put a blog post up last week about my spending in June, but I plan on doing that this week! ^ _^ย LOCMom and I are still preparing for our big move and I am looking forward to it! Unfortunately, I did not save my receipts this weekend, so there will be no spending summary with today’s blog post. My bad. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I gotta’ be better about that…

Anyway, come and see what I did this weekend!

Saturday

On Saturday, Iย did a little Goodwill shopping while LOCMom visited with her friend at Barnes&Nobles. I bought a few things in there and even almost bought a pair of shoes for myself, but they were stained on the inside of them. Boooooooo. : ( They were also dirty on the soles, but that is something I could overlook since they seemed to be in decent shape. But alas, I left them there. : / It is so hard for me to find shoes for my feet in thrift stores because my feet are like, extra wide. That means I have to pay $876475759475 for a pair of shoes for my feet usually. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ But most recently, I got lucky at TJMAXX and managed to buy a pair of shoes that worked well for my feet! LOCMom bought me another pair that also worked for me as well, so thank you, LOCMom! ๐Ÿ˜€ I bought the shoes I found with one of my TJMAXX gift cards my LOCCousins and LOCFriendT got for me during my birthday party. So thank you to all of my LOCCousins and LOCFriendT! ^ _^

Here is a pic of my new shoes! ^ o^

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I’m just praying to the Shoe Diety that my shoes will last me a long time and won’t fall apart quickly on me when I wear them… T _T

In the evening, I managed to declutter a few more items for our big move. It wasnโ€™t much, but some stuff had to be pared down a little more. Basically, I have all of the important stuff that I will be needing for our big move. : ) I may or may not donate a manga series that I have to a local library in one of the small towns in our new county we will be living in, but we shall see. : ) I donโ€™t really like giving manga series to thrift stores because Iโ€˜d rather libraries build up their manga shelves with my manga instead. ^ _^ That way, I will be able to share my manga series to the entire communities around our new area. I absolutely cannot wait to check out the Sacramento, CA library though and see their collection of manga books if they have any. I bet they are loaded with them! * O*

Speaking of manga, I also read a new manga last night that I had dropped for about a year because I didnโ€™t like the conclusion to the last one I read. You could tell I was mad, haha. ๐Ÿ˜› But I picked up the series again last night and I am happy that I did! I am pretty much near the ending of it, but I have about 7 more books to go until the end point. After reading this series, this manga collection will be heading off the nearest local library as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday and What I Have Been Up Too!

Honestly, I did not do a lot of Sunday besides volunteer at my volunteer job WHICH I LOVE AND WILL MISS SOOOOOOO MUCH. T _T I am basically trying to volunteer as much as I can so I can say goodbye to all of the residents that I know the best at my job. They are all sad to see me go, but are wishing me well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I may come back and visit with them sometime if I am ever in the area, but that is a big maybe. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Today, I helped out with Bingo and everyone usually has fun trying to win prizes during the game. I even have my own little Bingo game I pull out during my get-togethers or parties with friends and family and I use the same format as my volunteer jobโ€™s workplace when they play Bingo with everyone there. : )

It has been really hot lately with the temperatures being over 100 degrees (thatโ€™s, I think, 37+ degrees Celsius for my blog readers outside of the United States ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), so there has not been a lot of exercising going on with me. Booooooooo. : ( But Iโ€™m going to try and get out there tonight if the heat isnโ€™t too badโ€ฆ Weather permitting as wellโ€ฆ O _O;;;

I have also been trying a new technique to reduce cellulite which is ACTUALLY suppose to work! Itโ€™s called dry brushing. Itโ€™s where you take a wooden brush with soft-ish bristles, rub your body down with it either going toward your heart or in a circular motion, and itโ€™s suppose to reduce the look of cellulite along with other health benefits! One link I ran into on the net says you should do it twice a day, so I did. : ) Iโ€™m going to try this method out for a week and see how it goes. Wish me well!

And that is my weekend. : )

How was your weekend?

What did I do/buy this weekend? (July 7-8, 2018)

Hey everybody! I’m full from eating Costco chicken for lunch and feeling great! Woot woot! This weekend was really fun and I did enjoy it a lot! Come and see what I did! ๐Ÿ˜€

Saturday

Things around our house seem to be going well. The big move will be here before we know it and we want to be ready! So LOCMom and I have been packing stuff up and getting everything ready for the moving truck. ๐Ÿ˜€ Can’t wait!

But this Saturday, I went out shopping! First I went to TJMAXX and got myself a little mini chef’s knife. Maybe even too mini… After using it once, I am going to have to get used to how short it is… The reason why I bought it so small is because I plan on not doing any major cooking with. You know, just chopping up veggies, fruit, and your basic piece of meat. I am so not used to having my own fancy little knife, but with using my TJMAXX gift card to buy it around 5 dollars, it was worth trying it out to see if I liked the knife or not. ๐Ÿ™‚ In all honesty, I really do love my new knife, but I just have to get used to it first. ^ _^

A little later on, LOCMom went to meet her friend in the mall and I went shopping while she was visiting with her friend. I noticed that The Children’s Place was having a clearance sale and I thought that would be a perfect opportunity to buy cheap clothing items for my Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes (I pack them year round ๐Ÿ™‚ ). And wouldn’t you know it, I find perfect sized shirts for 5-8 year old girls for $0.99 each! I got the three that were left in the perfect size and grabbed one $1.99 shirt since all of the shirts in that store I found were a little too girly girl-ish and had a total preppy attitude about them which made me feel sort of awkward to read some of the sayings on the shirts… Unpopular kid me in school would have hated a lot of those shirts in that store you could say. ๐Ÿ˜›

Then after buying a few shirts, I went over to a place called Auntie Anne’s and got myself a pretzel with some cheese dip. I have been wanting to try this pretzel chain for a while now and on Saturday, I got my chance to. ๐Ÿ™‚ The verdict? The pretzels were good, but a little too hard for my liking. Boooooooooo… :C But hey, if I ever want to try another kind of pretzel they make, I did a survey on my receipt that gave me a coupon for a FREE PRETZEL with the purchase of another pretzel! ๐Ÿ˜€ Gonna’ be using that coupon. I can feel it since I want to try the place again one more time. ๐Ÿ™‚

After getting home from the mall, on Amazon, I ordered a party game since I had a little extra money this month. The game was called Pin the Horn on the Unicorn! I thought this would be a fun game at my future parties and birthday parties I would be holding in the future, so I bought it for 8 bucks. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is the game on Amazon if anyone is interested in getting their own! ๐Ÿ˜€ Now, since the game is a paper game with paper parts to it, my plan after getting the game is going to be to laminate everything. That way, I can play this game throughout the years to come and it won’t ever fall apart on me! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yup, I am too smart, haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

And, rejoice! I actually saved my receipts from this weekend so I will be able to post my spending for everyone to see! Woot woot!

Money Spent on Saturday

  • Kid’s Shirts (4 shirts) – $6.38
  • Mini Chef’s Knife (purchased with giftcard) – $5.35
  • Pretzel Meal – $4.59
  • Unicorn Party Game – $7.97

Total Amount Spent: $16.32

Sunday

Sunday was particularly fun day because today I got to go to… Goodwill! Man, did I have a fun time in there and came out with a lot of treasure!

Check out my haul!

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HAUL! HAUL! HAUL! ^ o^

Okay, some of these items were wants, but a lot of it I needed. ๐Ÿ™‚ The only items above that I found to be something that I could have done without was the pack of paper and the scissors. I was so excited to find that pack of paper in the thrift store because I thought it was regular printer paper. But to my surprise and for me regrettably not reading the fine print on the pack of paper, the pack of paper was 3-hole punch white printer paper instead of regular white printer paper. UGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH. That’s three dollars I will never see again. So now this paper is going to go to the place I volunteer at so they can hopefully use it in their office areas. And then the green scissors. Silly me thinking they were shredding scissors for credit cards or something, but instead, they were herb cutting scissors! Herb cutting scissors! What were they doing in the office section? ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Oh well. I find that I don’t come across herb cuttings scissors quite in thrift stores too often and LOCMom wants to hold onto them, so that is what we’re going to do with them. ๐Ÿ™‚ So yup! That is my Goodwill haul for today! I try not to go to Goodwill too often though because it is so easy to spend too much in there, so I am probably not going to be going back to Goodwill for a while, haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

And a little while later, LOCMom and I went to Costco! While there, I tried out one of Costco’s new food items at their snack bar, the Acai Bowl!

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Mmmmm, good stuff! ๐Ÿ˜€

I know I am dieting, but this wasn’t very many calories, so I decided to try it. Maaaaaan, was it ever good! I’m sure it was full of sugar, but I would definitely get this item again! I’m still sad they discontinued the polish dog at their food court, but when we finally get settled in at our new home, I will be buying the polish dogs and hotdog buns they use for hotdogs at the food court at Costco and make my own polish dogs at home for cheat meals! YUMMY!

After everything, I went home and relaxed. ๐Ÿ™‚

Money Spent on Sunday

  • Thank You Cards (replacing old Thank You cards with these) – $3.19
  • 3-Holed Printer Paper – $3.19
  • Black Small Garbage Bin (will be using for dirty wash cloths in my bathroom) – $2.19
  • Shoe Box (for Operation Christmas Child Items) – $1.19
  • Small Party Favor Boxes – $2.19
  • Brown Flower Blank Cards – $0.69
  • Pyrex Glassware (successfully rescued and will be using in the near future! ๐Ÿ˜€ ) – $3.29
  • Glass Dotted Cup (prettier drinking glass for LOCKitty Amelia) – $1.19
  • White Binder (for paper records) – $0.69
  • Black Filing Tower (for consolidating my folders and space) – $3.19
  • Acai Bowl (Yummy! ๐Ÿ˜€ ) – $5.35

Total Amount Spent$28.63

So yes! A very fun weekend indeed! I think going to Goodwill is alwaysย fun for me, so that is what really makes my day when I go to it. Or any other thrift store, yard sale, Estate sale, church sale, storage locker sale, etc. Love looking through stuff! O uO

How was your weekend?