Probably won’t do much shopping this Black Friday. And I’m not alone…

Ah, Black Friday. I remember Kohl’s openingΒ after Thanksgiving at midnight during one year and LOCMom and I had a fun time shopping at it. I don’t remember doing anything more fun than this on the peak hours of Black Friday one year, but I remember it was very fun. : )

But times have changed. Now that most major department stores want their stores to be open during Thanksgiving, I have no interest in going during that time. I guess no good deals for me, but I don’t really need anything in the first place. And it looks like I am not alone. According to this Business Insider article, a lot of people will not be shopping this Black Friday, or should I say, Black Thursday now. Even Cyber Monday looks like it will be affected as well.

And for this, I am happy. Although I do think the reason why people are not going to be shopping this year all have to do with their shrinking paychecks, but as the article states, if I want a good deal on something, I will just wait until the store will have a sale randomly during year and buy an item discounted. No reason to wait until Black Friday/Black Thursday in order to do that.

Plus, I am one of those naughty consumers that doesn’t go to sales very much anyway. Retailers hate people who are into frugality like me. πŸ˜› And older generations seem to hate me because I am a millennial anyway that these retailers are trying to reach out to. It seems that the stores have forgotten about the Boomers and Generation X. But soon Generation Z (people aged between 5-20 or born after 1995, imo) will soon be marketed to by these stores and they are just beginning to reach out to them. I sometimes wonder what they will buy during the upcoming holidays since the older end of them is in college right now…

But anyway, the only way you’ll get me into a store these days is if I need something, have a coupon, or if the store is Goodwill. I’m one of those types that goes to Goodwill when I am bored and sometimes I come out with something, but recently I have come out with nothing. Boooooooo…Β And I also hate to see people working on Thanksgiving when they are suppose to be having dinner with their families. Greedy companies going to be awful to their workers, I guess. : ( This is one of the main reasons why I will not be shopping during Thanksgiving anyway and waiting until Friday. People should be home with their families eating turkey and stuffing, not working at a department store. So I am very thankful and will happily support companies that close during Thanksgiving instead of remaining open to rake in the dough.

So all in all, hopefully things will not be as filled with calamity during past Black Friday’s since people wil not be spending as much, but there will always be somebody out there looking for a good deal. : )

Will you be shopping during Black Friday this year?

What did I do/buy this weekend? (October 22, 2017)

Hello, everybody! It was kind ofΒ a quiet weekend for me… Not much to do… πŸ˜› But I will tell you guys about it anyway!

On Saturday, LOCMom wanted to get a Classic Monopoly board game box for her Monopoly game, so we went to our infamous Goodwill for one! And sure enough, after searching for like 5 seconds, I found a Classic Monopoly game in the board games section! LOCMomΒ only wanted the box, so everything worked out! As for me, I looked around Goodwill and found some blank greeting cards and a fun little vintage Garfield game! The blank greeting cards in theΒ end ended up being cards you can only write on one side with, so I put those in our donation bin to donate. Boo, that’s $1.19 I’ll never see again. : ( But the vintage Garfield game looks like a very fun game to play!

And since I have been dieting, I always designate every Saturday as my cheat day! πŸ˜€ So… For my cheat meal, I bought some Cool Haus ice cream that was mint chip flavored! Oh man, was it gooooooood. Also, checked the scale on Sunday after that 800 calorie ice cream pint meal and I didn’t even gain anything since I kept my calorie intake under 2000. πŸ™‚ Woot woot!

Also on Saturday, I put together my Halloween cards that give out every year to friends and family! Here’s an example of one!

card

Mind you, these cards took around 3 hours to put together in one day, so they are a labor of love. πŸ™‚ I really like making out holiday cards to people because it helps me to keep in contact with them! And some of my friends and family really like to receive cards, so I’m happy to send them off each holiday month. πŸ™‚ Next month, Thanksgiving cards!

Then I finished off the night by playing Animal Crossing. Man, I love that game. If only paying off something like debt were as easy in real life as it is in Animal Crossing, haha. πŸ™‚

Money Spent on Saturday

  • Garfield Board Game – $4.19
  • Blank Greeting Cards Pack – $1.19
  • Cool Haus Ice Cream Pint – $5.49
  • Mushrooms – $1.26 (for 4)
  • Bananas – $0.85 (for 3)

Total Amount Spent:Β $12.98

On Sunday, I just stayed home all day. Stuck to my diet, exercised, did laundry… You know, that kind of stuff. πŸ™‚ Still have to finish off the day playing Animal Crossing at some point, haha. Good news for my Animal Crossing town! The third and final bridge is finally put in! Now, I will be able to maneuver across my town’s map pretty easily now. πŸ™‚

Money Spent on Sunday

Total Amount Spent: $0.00

So all in all, a very quiet weekend! Not much spending this weekend which is a good thing! Hope I can keep it up! πŸ˜€

Sorry about the lack of pictures. Quiet weekends along with boring weekends means not a lot of pictures. I’ll try to take more pictures next weekend! πŸ™‚

How was your weekend?

My Thrifting Secrets! Right from the horse’s mouth!

So as you well know, as a frugal person, I absolutely adore thrifting! A-DORE IT! It saves you money and plus you can find treasures for pretty sweet prices!

However, I do have a method to my madness. πŸ™‚ And I will be sharing with you, my readers, that! Well actually, they are a series of rules I stand by when thrifting and I hope that if you follow these rules, they will help you out scoring great dealsat your local Goodwill, or thrift store also! I usually shop Goodwill, but these rules can apply to any thrift store.

Let’s begin!

Rule #1: Always come into a thrift store with an item in mind or with an open mind!

I always frequent my local Goodwill with an item in mind at first because if you don’t, thrifting can get spendy if you let it. I always like to go to thrift stores to find items that you need for a lot less than retail. For example, I needed a stapler and at Goodwill, I found a Made in USA stapler that worked beautifully when I loaded it up with staples at home! Or I found some paper trays I needed for holding some of my paper stuff for under two bucks and they were just as adequate as new ones, though a little banged up. But the point is they don’t have to be perfect if they work for me in the long run! If you don’t mind gently used items to make your home more homey, or if you get lucky, gently used items that are still in their package and got tags on them, thrift store items are for you!

Or you can always come into a thrift store with an open mind! We thrifters call this “hunting for treasure”. πŸ˜‰ We like to call our hauls, or items, we find at the thrift store “treasure”. Because it basically is! We hunt for things that we might love in a thrift store and when we find it, we have OFFICIALLYΒ found treasure! Fun times all around!

Rule #2: Go on your smartphone and check the internet to see if you are getting a good deal on an item

Now, this is the reason why thrift stores like Goodwill mark stuff up. It’s because of those resellers/pickers that put their cheap finds on the internet for a decent used price to profit off of it. Now, I do not mind people doing this depending on where you got your item from a specific thrift store. Like, for example, if I listed an item I purchased for almost nothing from a local animal charity on the internet for more than what they were asking for, I would feel a little guilty about that. It just depends on the thrift store you purchase your item from. But if you got the item from some corporate thrift store like Goodwill and re-listed it for higher online, then go for it! No guilt there because they make a bunch of money anyway. πŸ˜‰ However, I do not resell items I find at thrift stores for cheap because I leave that to the actual resellers/pickers. They can have all the fun, haha. πŸ˜‰

But another reason as to why you check for prices on your smart phone at the thrift store is that the thrift store might be charging for it too much or charging the item for a retail price. This is what we treasure hunters want to avoid when shopping at our local thrift stores: retail priced items. It’s no fun shopping for items that are already marked up as “regular price” because it takes the fun out of our treasure hunting. And who wants that? That’s why if you are not sure about an item that’s marked kind of high, go on Amazon or Ebay on your smartphone and price check that item! Thrift stores hate it, but you gotta’ know if something is a good deal when you may happen to see it!

And for the extra feeling of feeling as high as a kite after thrift store shopping, after bringing your treasure into your home, look up your treasure online to see how much everything is new. I guarantee you’ll feel REALLY good after you find out all of the good deals you’ve gotten at the thrift store then! πŸ™‚

Rule #3: When buying clothes, always inspect them for rips and stains! And wash them as soon as you get home!

Thrift stores offer cheap bargains, but they also have these cheap bargains in clothing as well! Why pay retail when you may find a t-shirt at a thrift store for cheap with maybe with the tag still on it? πŸ˜‰ Oh man, is the tag-still-on-it feeling the best feeling ever! The smaller thrift stores may not have a lot to offer clothing size wise, but popular thrift stores like Goodwill will have a lot of clothing to choose from! At my local Goodwill, clothing is sorted by size and by color. It makes for easy shopping and finding your correct size of clothing.

Regarding Goodwill, before the clothes make it to the floor, they are inspected for rips and stains. Goodwill is very good about this and makes sure most of the stuff that is put out to sell is nice looking and not dowdy. Well, there are some ugly clothes in there, but it will usually look impeccable, haha. πŸ˜‰ But sometimes some clothes with stains or rips slip through the cracks, so that is why you have to be extra careful when buying clothes at thrift stores like Goodwill. ALWAYS inspect the clothes for stains or rips before purchasing because once these clothes are purchased, there are usually no refunds on them like regular department stores. All you can do is donate them back if you do not like them, so be sure the clothing is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT fit wise or stain/rip free wise before buying it. I know the clothing is cheap, but also don’t go buying a shirt that is too small just because you think it’s cute because then you wouldn’t be being frugal then. πŸ˜‰ No one wants to be a spendypants! πŸ˜›

And after you get home with your new clothes, WASH THEM! You never know where these clothes have been or who wore them last, so be sure to clean them thoroughly. Follow the washing instructions on the clothes always if you want your newish clothing to last forever and you should be good to go!

Rule #4: Speaking of inspecting stuff, inspect physical items for damage as well

And let’s not forget about inspecting physical items before buying them. ALWAYS inspect physical items to see if they are broken! Goodwill is famous for having broken items on their store shelves because so many people handle them when they are out on the sales floor. I will use Otter Box cases as an example. I usually run into used Otter Box cases at Goodwill and they are always broken. I mean, the case is intact, but do you know what is always missing or broken on them? The plastic screen! All new Otter Box cases come with a plastic screen attached to the screen part of the case and if it is ever broken off or damaged, that is when you know not to buy it. So it always helps as well to know what an item looks like new before purchasing something at a thrift store.

Also, if you plan on purchasing an electronic device, ask one of the thrift store’s employees if you can test it out first before purchasing it. You don’t want to shell out 20 bucks for an item that is broken as soon as you try it out at home, so never be afraid to ask about these kinds of items! πŸ™‚

And as for hats, bed sheets, and blankets go, I have read in the past that some people acquire bed bugs or lice from them! :C However it is rare, but it happens to some people and that rare occurence could happen to you if you are not careful. : ( So if you are interested in buying one of these items or two, REALLY inspect them for that kind of stuff. Even ask the store about their policy and rules about these things to see if they truly inspect these items well or not before hitting the sales floor. Nobody wants a lice or bed bug infestation in their house or in their hair! : (

Rule #5: Don’t buy that expensive bag in the case. It could be a fake!

Now, I know us ladies love having expensive hand bags. Well, at least, I like the ones under 100 bucks, haha. πŸ˜‰ But instead of buying new, a great way to get a wonderful designer bag is through a thrift store! But BUYER BEWARE. Some of those pricier bags behind the counters of thrift stores and Goodwills could be masking as clever fakes the staff at thrift stores can’t seem to pick out from the real designer bags. Unknowingly because of this, they will mark up the fakes anyway to a re-sellable used priceΒ (Ebay style pricing, ahhhh!Β O _O;;; ) and sell them to the unknowing public.

So when eying a spendypants bag behind a counter of a thrift store, go to your smartphone and look up in a search engine to see if the brand of bag that you are wanting has many fakes in circulation. I think fake bags are always tacky to wear, but if you do not mind the bag possibly being a fake, then go for it. But I always prefer spending money on a REAL used handbag instead of a fake because I find it just makes one feel better about the purchase. But since the bag is at a thrift store anyway, it wouldn’t matter in the long run if it was real or fake because the profit from it would benefit the thrift store. But if you don’t like bags falling apart on you, buy the real deal! Real bags tend to be built to last than their fake counterparts. Plus you can say you own a real ‘X bag’ here and make all of your friends jealous because of the great deal you got on it at the thrift store! πŸ˜‰

This rule also includes other designer items as well like sunglasses, wallets, shoes, and whatever other designer things famous designer brands design. Better safe than sorry! πŸ™‚

Rule #6: Don’t buy board games for retail price! Go to the thrift store for them instead!

At my local Goodwill, they have mainstream board games coming out the nose! Why pay retail for these games (up to like, 10-20 bucks a pop retail price), when you can get them from a thrift store for under 5 bucks? Or at least, that is what I find they are charging for these board games at my local Goodwill. πŸ™‚ People are always getting rid of board games, so it’s never a bad deal to find them used at thrift store for next to nothing!

But before buying used board games, ALWAYS inspect them to see if all of the pieces are there! Consult the internet for how many items or pieces are needed to play a particular board game so you will know what to look for in the game box before buying it. You will thank yourself later!

And when you get home, you will be as high as a kite when you realized you got a newish board game for next to nothing and it is STILL just as fun to play used as it is brand new! Money saved! πŸ™‚

Rule #7:Β The addiction is real!Β 

And once you get hooked on thrift stores, or a thrift store you really like, you tend to get addicted to it! Thrifting can be a great way to save money on gently used stuff and it also can be a curse on your wallet! If you go too many times a month because you are bored or just want something to do without having a specific item to buy in mind, you may have the chance to overspend in a thrift store… O _O Trust me, it has happened to me plenty of times. Still happens, haha. I can be such a spendypants at thrift stores particularly at my local Goodwill.

So whenever this happens, be mindful about what you buy. Only buy an item if you are going to use it! Or in a minimalist fashion, when you buy a new item, follow the “one in, one out” rule.Β For example, today I went to Goodwill and bought some pretty blue glass cups. I plan on using these cups to replace my other thrifted cups that have slight damage to them on some of the glasses. That is an example of the “one in, one out” rule. πŸ™‚ Works every time! πŸ™‚

So all in all, be mindful! Always use what you buy and never hoard anything just because it is “pretty” or “cool looking”. Treasure that you find at thrift stores should always be considered treasure and lovingly used in the long run. It should never be hoarded away in a box in your home somewhere never seeing the light of day, in my personal opinion. Unless you happen to pack it away in storage for a holiday or special occasion and it is lovingly used each year, then in this instance, this does not count. πŸ˜‰

And… I do believe that is all I can think of for the rules I go by when thrifting!

Abide by these rules and you too shall reap the benefits of buying gently used things for almost nothing and always loving what you buy at thrift stores because it is all treasure after all! It is also a great way to save money and never have to pay full price for ANYTHING! That’s right, ANYTHING! Well, maybe not anything, but you get what IΒ mean. πŸ™‚

What are the rules you shop by when thrifting?

 

What did I do/buy this weekend? (October 15, 2017)

This weekend was wonderful! I was really busy even last week, but everything got done, haha. πŸ˜€

On Saturday, I don’t remember going to any stores because I can’t remember, but LOCMom and I did feed the birds that day! Boy, those birds just can’t get enough food! By the time we left, someone was already handing them out their favorite junk food, bread. Which is not good for birds, btw. But I think that is why the birds love bread. It just tastes good!

Then I think we went home afterward and just relaxed the rest of the day. πŸ™‚ I finished up the frozen enchiladas since I am dieting again. Gonna’ lose that weight! Well, at least try. I don’t think walking to lose weight is enough anymore though. I guess I just don’t walk long enough or something. Or it’s what I am eating. I don’t even know anymore. I’m just focused on not gaining! : (

Money Spent on Saturday

Total Amount Spent: $0.00

On Sunday, this is when I was shopping the most! We went to Costco first and I ate breakfast there, as in, had free samples until I was content. πŸ™‚ Didn’t buy anything because I didn’t need anything at the moment and didn’t want to shell out the money for anything since everything is pricey in bulk.

Then, we went to the Frugalpants Grocery Store! I bought things for my diet including ground turkey. I have never had it before, but it’s a great diet food, I hear! Then after we left the Frugalpants Grocery Store, I fed the pigeons outside the store. They are always hanging around waiting for food, so I always feed them while I am there. πŸ™‚ Someday I will get a picture for you guys so you can see in their natural habitat, haha. πŸ™‚

But the first stores I went to was Dollar Tree and The Cancer Society; aka The Spendypants Thrift Store. Had to get some thread to fix a Goodwill sweater I bought at Goodwill recently! The buttons were kind of shaky, and shaky buttons means they might pop off soon, so I had to re-enforce the buttons with matching thread! Turned out great!

purple sweater

I just had to save this great looking sweater from the dump! I got this sweater at Goodwill this week for, I think, $5.99, and I checked out the brand on the internet and it was from Macy’s! A new piece of clothing from this brand retails for around $40.00, so not a bad deal I got it for, I must say! πŸ˜€

But the main project I was busy with this weekend was organizing my personal documents into individual folders for easy access in the future! It was a lot of work and I had to go to Dollar Tree to buy the tabs to separate everything in them, but it finally got done! Behold!

organized

Yup! All personal files filed away and safe! I do use file boxes for some personal documents, but I don’t use them for bulk things like banks statements. I may in the future, but I find binders are easier for storing that kind of stuff. πŸ™‚ By the way, all of these binders are from Goodwill! Three were 50 cents each on 50% off day and one of them LOCMom bought a long time ago at Goodwill! Hooray for saving items from the dump and recycling things! πŸ˜€

And after all of that organizing, I am currently relaxing! Yes, lazy Sundays are lazy. πŸ™‚

Let’s see what I bought today!

Money Spent on Sunday

The Spendypants Thrift Store:

  • Spool of Thread Baggy – $3.00
  • Halloween Napkins (a donation for where I volunteer at πŸ™‚ ) – $1.00

Dollar Tree:

  • Binder Dividers (I’m exchanging two of them since they weren’t needed.) – $8.00
  • Halloween Greeting Card (Needed one more!) – $0.50
  • Halloween Tape (for decorating on Halloween night πŸ˜€ ) – $1.00

The Frugalpants Grocery Store:

  • Mature Portobello Mushroom – $1.48
  • Romain Lettice – $3.98
  • Guittard Chocolate Chips (on sale today, woot woot! πŸ˜€ ) – $2.48
  • Mini Tomatoes – $1.48
  • Whole Wheat Bread – $3.48
  • Ground Turkey – $3.48
  • Blue Cheese Dressing (for romaine lettuce) –Β $3.48
  • Whole Milk – $3.50
  • Small Melon – $2.98
  • Bird Seed (from bulk bins) – $1.96

Total Amount Spent: $41.80

And wouldnt you know it, the small melon was rotten. : ( Note to self: If it’s not melon season, don’t buy anymore. And yes, most of the good food I had to pay out the nose for. But at least it was all under $5.00? : ( Oh well. That’s what I get for eating healthy and wanting to feel decent after a meal that is not processed garbage.

And that’s my weekend! Just homeΒ relaxingΒ now, haha. No more shopping for me today. Going to take it easy. πŸ™‚

How was your weekend?

 

 

What did I do/buy this Three Day Weekend? (October 10, 2017)

I am SO SORRY for the late weekend update everybody! : ( I was so busy yesterday that updating everybody about my weekend completely skipped my mind! But better late than never, right? πŸ˜‰

Let’s get started! πŸ˜€

This weekend was basically Goodwill weekend! Meaning, I went to Goodwill A LOT! So many treasures, too many to count! πŸ˜€ I guess I’m an awful minimalist, but I assure that most of it was necessary to buy! I will start with my first Goodwill haul!Goodwill haul 1

Most of this stuff was for Operation Christmas Child boxes. πŸ™‚ The erasers were especially a good score! These erasers, well for a box of them, would run $10-$20 for these excellent erasers in bulk which I got at Goodwill for $2.19. $2.19 for a box of erasers that actually erase! Score! I also bought blank Thank You cards and blank cards. I need more cards like I need a hole in the head, haha. But I love having a choice of cards and blank cards to choose from when writing them.

So this was the only store that stuck out for my weekend spending. It’s always fun to go to Goodwill to see what you can find!

And basically after this store, I just relaxed at home on Saturday. I think I went to See’s Candy and got a free sample which was a BlueberryΒ Truffle, but I can’t remember which day that was this three day weekend. Oh well. πŸ™‚

Money Spent On Saturday:

  • Goodwill Haul – $8.02

Total Amount Spent: $8.02

On Sunday, I went to Dollar Tree to get Halloween cards and Operation Christmas Child Supplies with my monthly budgeted 5 buckaroos. I managed to find some stuff, but I decided to tack one more dollar to my OCC budgeted money for a 2-pack of washclothes! Worth it, I say! As for the Halloween cards, I send these cards out all decorated in stickers and washi tape with festive Halloween stamps so they all look holiday ready! It’s a lot of work making them, but I hope everybody who receives a card enjoys it. πŸ™‚

And then, I guess I went home and relaxed for the rest of the day as well! I guess I don’t get out much except while I am shopping, haha. πŸ™‚

Money Spent on Sunday:

  • Halloween Cards – $9.00 (each card was $0.50 each πŸ™‚ )
  • OCC Gifts – $6.00

Total Amount Spent: $15.00

Hooray! It was Monday and because it was Monday on Indigenous People’s Day Columbus Day , Goodwill was having a 50% off sale almost everything in the store! Woooooooohoo! Since I wanted to go early and got up early that morning anyway, LOCMom drove me to Goodwill and waited for me in the car while I shopped. There was a lot of treasure in the kitchen section at Goodwill, but I managed to find something for LOCAunt that we were admiring back on Apple Hill in El Dorado County. I will showΒ it to you in second, but first, my Goodwill haul!

goodwill haul 2

Can you believe I only paidΒ $4.50 for all of this? I still can’t! All of this stuff is for OCC boxes! It was all gently used, meaning not used very much if at all, therefore, it is all perfect for OCC boxes! You may be wondering now, “Where does Ms. Living on Cents keep all of this stuff since she is a minimalist?” Well, I’m happy you asked! In my room, I have a OCC shoebox packing area where I put my shoeboxes and the stuff for them until collection day that is in November. πŸ™‚ We are getting ever so closer to November, so I will be bringing my shoeboxes to the nearest collection place soon which is usually at a church! So I can’t wait for that day to come!

But while I was in Goodwill that morning, I happened to spot something that was absolutely wonderful! LOCAunt and LOCMom were looking at this object at Apple Hill in El Dorado County. But seeing how they were so much money, they thought they were wonderful, but didn’t want to pay the asking price. However, I found the SAME object they were looking atΒ at Goodwill that morning, except the item was made in Washington by artisans (I looked up the company πŸ™‚ ). So I called LOCAunt and sent her a picture of it and when she saw it, she sad, “BUY IT!” And so the object came home with me. And here it is!

nacho bowl

Can you believe a bowl from this particular company that made it wants $52.00 for it on there website and I picked it up for $4.10? $4.10! It was originally $8.19, but it was half off day at Goodwill, so I got for half that! SCORE! πŸ˜€ LOCAunt is going to come and visit soon, so it is just waiting at our house for her to come and pick it up. πŸ™‚ If you look closely, you can even see the artisan’s finger markings on the top right corner of it which I thought was pretty cool. πŸ™‚

Then after Goodwill, I went to Michaels to get threeΒ pencil sharpeners for my OCC boxes which were $1.19 each. I also picked up some acrylic paint to fix the chipped paint on my turtle bookend. I have to buy more paint for it to do an amateur restoration on it so it will look nice, so I will be going back to Michaels to pick some acrylic paint up for it. πŸ™‚ So happy the smaller tubes of acrylic paint are not that expensive! πŸ™‚ With a coupon, they are even cheaper! πŸ˜€

And after Michaels, we went home! We were relaxing at home, but LOCCousins were coming to town for one dayΒ and LOCMom and I went to have dinner with them at Round Table Pizza with LOCAuntV. It was pretty fun eating pizza again and visiting with everybody! I also wanted to play a crane game there and win a bear, but the machine wouldn’t accept my dollars or quarters. > _< Meh! Apparently the machine thought I was going to clean it out of merchandise because I used to be a crane game master back in the day. Well, when I was little , haha. πŸ˜› So I didn’t play any games. Boooooo. 😦

But oh well. Mmmmm, pizza!

pizza

Well, I only had one piece of this pizza. Didn’t like some of the topping on it, so I had to pick them off, haha. πŸ™‚ I had a small cheese pizza. πŸ™‚

After we left Round Table Pizza and LOCCousins and LOCAuntV went on their way, I decided to stop by Goodwill AGAIN because I actually needed to buy something for a project I worked on on Monday! But I got few other things as well! Check out my SECOND Β haul on 50% off day!

goodwill haul 3

I got a paper tray for our printer paper and lined paper! It wasn’t the PERFECT paper tray, but for $0.50, what a bargain! I also bought a stapler for upstairs that was Made in the USA and good quality shelf lining to replace my crappy Dollar Tree shelf lining. Blech. :C

But the stars of the night were the binders! The project I am working on is organizing my paperwork I get in the mail that I have to save for records. Like Medicare stuff, bank balances and all of that. I plan to tackle that project in the coming week! Look, I already got my Social Security Letters all organized! πŸ™‚

SSI letters

The clear white binder I wish I didn’t have to buy because I like all of my binders to look the same, but for $0.60, I can always replace it later with another binder I find at Goodwill. πŸ™‚ I will be on the lookout!

At the end of the day, I also ordered Halloween Stamps from USPS and sheet protectors from Amazon to start my binder project with! I can’t wait until the sheet protectors come so I can continue my project! πŸ™‚

Money Spent on Monday:

  • Goodwill Hauls – $4.50, $8.55
  • Michaels – $6.35

Total Amount Spent:Β $19.40

Okay… So this weekend was a Spendypants weekend. But all was pretty much needed! I can’t help it, I just love Goodwill. πŸ™‚ But I will try not to go there every day, haha. πŸ˜›

How was your two day/three day weekend?

 

September 2017 Budget Check-In!

Hiya’ folks! It’s time for my monthly budget check-in! This is a blog series of where I review my entire budget after each month! Let’s get started!

Well everybody, this is my first budget post going over my September 2017 budget, so I hope all goes well! πŸ™‚ We’re going to break down each category in my budget starting with the first category: Bills!

Bills: $500.00

This amount of money goes toward water, gas, electricity, internet, cellphone, and other mandatory bill-like stuff. Not a very fun category, but it must be paid. Bills before play, I always say!

Activities: $63.00

Now usually, this category is only $30.00 a month because of my recreational activity fee of $30.00 a month. Hey, I gotta’ have some fun and this is the only expense I pay for that fun. However, last month I paid for two college courses at my local community college to take in the future. The first one was musical lecture about The Beatles (which was 3 bucks) and the next one will be a more intricate class about publishing your own book. Since I am currently working on a novel and it will be complete in the future, I want to invest in a class that would help me get it to print. Or if worse comes to worse, I’ll just self publish. But putting money in areas you love that will help you never hurts at all! In fact, I recommend it! πŸ™‚

Medication: $0.00

Hooray! I met my deductible! πŸ˜€ No money for medication last month, but it may be different this month. I’ll just have to wait and see. πŸ™‚

Groceries: $190.83

Ouch. I normally budget $200.00 for this category alone, but since things got pricey last month with groceries is the reason this category is unusually high. Normally it’s under $190.00. I guess paying out the nose for brussels sprouts didn’t help this category this month. Booooooo… So I shall buy cheaper vegetables next month! Like broccoli! πŸ™‚

Misc. Items: $79.66

Hmm… Not bad for this month. In fact, it’s pretty good! The bulk of this spending was at the dollar store, thrift stores, and on Operation Christmas Child supplies for shoeboxes which I wish I had more money for. Oh well. : ( Mostly, everything was under 5 bucks which is a good thing. πŸ™‚ The only extra big expense was a clearance Igloo lunch box that was quite big and rectangular for only $10.00. But it was worth it, I say! They usually ring up for $20.00 or more! That’s why I had to hop on that deal! πŸ™‚

Entertainment: $31.81

Phew! Met this budget with a little over a hair! I normally only put $30.00 for entertainment each month, but I was a teensy bit over budget, which is fine in this case. πŸ™‚ Entertainment category items are usually manga (Japanese comics) and music from iTunes. But that music from iTunes adds up if you are not careful, so I only usually buy five songs from iTunes every other month so things don’t get too crazy, haha. πŸ™‚

Eating Out: $21.21

Hmm… A little high for last month. Anything over $10.00 in this category is high to me, haha. I try not to eat out a lot because it is expensive to do so and in all honesty, a waste of money usually because you could buy your own food and make more food for less than what you pay for it at a restaurant… A lot of Costco food on this list though! But I just can’t hep it… I love Costco food too much and it is so cheap! πŸ˜‰

Unneccessary Expense: $1.00

Not bad! Usually it’s higher! This is a special category that does not count toward the end total of my budget, but just tells me the things I bought that were unnecessary or in other words, stupid. Keeps me accountable each month. πŸ™‚

And the grand total is… *drum roll please* …

Grand Total: $886.51

And in my favorite color, hot pink, as well!

Every month, I try to be as frugal as I can be and try to improve for next month all of the time. I think food is what gets me since I always buy fresh foods instead of processed crap. I willΒ try to be more mindful of my food budget this month though as we go into October. πŸ™‚

How was your September budget wise?

What did I do/buy this weekend? (October 1, 2017)

Hello, everybody! Today was a relaxing, yet fun weekend! Se what I did and bought this weekend!

On Saturday, I bought a used game taht was Animal Crossing for my 2DS!

animalcrossing

So, when I got home, I got the game all set up and one of my only regret when starting my game is that I didn’t get the ocean front property with a trail next to it leading to the beach, darn it. 😦 I was thinking beforehand, “Oh, I’ll just walk to it!” But NOPE, I wish I had the convenience now. 😦 Oh well… πŸ™‚ Made some outfits as well and currently waiting for my house to go up! Since the game syncs to the exact time of day it is in real life, I have to wait a full day for some things to happen in the game. Meh. 😦 So once you are out of things to do in the game, you have to wait another day. I just hate the waiting part. 😦

Besides that, the game is fun and I’m happy I bought it! I have another game I want to purchase as well, but since I was borrowing LOCMom’s money for the Animal Crossing game purchase, I had to wait on the second game. But soooooon, it will be mine! πŸ™‚

Also on Saturday, LOCMom and I went to Alpaca Days at an alpaca farm! I love going to this event because you can be around cute alpacas. πŸ™‚ I even got to hug one! πŸ˜€

alpaca

Unlike most of them, this one did not mind being touched by a human. So I took full advantage of the moment! πŸ™‚ And yes, I have cute key chains on my purse. πŸ˜‰ I love them a lot. πŸ™‚

Then I went to the Spendypants Grocery Store, or Holiday, and got a watermelon and a pint of ice cream since I was craving some! Maaaaaan, was that ever good!

icecream

Ate it all in one night, haha. πŸ™‚

Money Spent on Saturday:

  • Animal Crossing Game – $20.37
  • Pint of Ice Cream – $5.49
  • Watermelon – $4.99

Total Amount Spent: $30.85

Now you must be wondering, “Now Ms. Living On Cents, why was the pint of ice cream so expensive?” Well, it was because it was one of those special brands of ice cream that have locally sourced ingredients in them. So I guess that is why it was so expensive? But still, it was gooooooood. Money well spent, if you ask me. πŸ™‚

On Sunday, I got up and played my Animal Crossing game again! It was pretty fun until I ran out of stuff to do, haha. πŸ™‚ Gotta’ wait until the next day!

Then during the afternoon, LOCMom and I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s and at the Frugalpants Grocery Store, or Winco. While I was there, I decided to get some Halloween candy to hand out to Trick-or-Treaters that come to our door on Halloween! All I forgot was a plastic bowl though…

halloween

This candy was out of the bulk bins, so I saved of few bucks on it instead of buying the spendypants bags of candy! That’s two pounds of candy right there! πŸ˜€ And if that is not enough, I will also buy Butterfingers to hand out! Out of the Frugalpants Grocery Store bulk bins, of course. πŸ˜‰ So… I will not eat this candy before Halloween… I will not eat this candy before Halloween… I will not eat this candy before Halloween… But of course, I tested a piece to see if it was poisoned, or in other words, off-tasting, but it was fine!

And by popular demand, I will put everything down I bought at the grocery store on my list since y’all are curious. πŸ™‚

Money Spent on Sunday:

  • Jumbo Eggs – $1.99
  • Bird Seed (from bulk bins) – $2.49
  • Reese’s Candy (from bulk bins) – $4.10
  • Snickers Candy (from bulk bins)- $3.72
  • Bananas (3) – $0.53
  • Milk – $3.49
  • GUM Tooth Picks – $2.56

Total Amount Spent: $18.88

Can you believe in the Halloween candy section, they were asking for bags of candy that were a little over a pound for the price of $5.48 a bag? At least by going to the bulk section, I saved a dollar or two! Hooray for saving money! πŸ˜€ And I know I could buy birdseed in bulk from a feed store or Walmart, but the pigeons in the Frugalpants Grocery Store parking lot like the birdseed I get them in the FrugalpantsΒ Grocery Store. πŸ™‚ The ducks also like this particular seed because it floats on the water so it’s easier for them to eat. I was meaning to buy this exact seed from the feed store this month, but we shall see. πŸ™‚

Also, today is October 1st and this was the day ABLE accounts were suppose to be available to all of California. But unfortunately, after calling a number Social Security gave to me about ABLE accounts, I found out the availability of them were pushed back to this winter or early 2018. 😦 Makes me so sad… 😦 I’ll be sure to update everybody when I finally get an ABLE account though.

All and all, it was a good weekend even though I was a bit spendy though. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what next weekend brings! πŸ˜€

How was your weekend?