Spending

This post is about a book that was recommended to my wife called “Pick Another Check-out Lane, Honey(Affiliate Link)“.  The two authors cover their ingenious couponing method from soup to nuts.  My wife has just begun using this method and with the help of the Krazy Coupon Lady’s book and website, we’ve been saving lots of money at the grocery store. Chapter 1: “Save 50-90% at the grocery store“ How?  First, the couponing method laid out in the book instructs you to only use a coupon on a sale item to maximize savings.  You’d be surprised how much stuff you […]

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DD’s Monthly Expenses – January 2010

by Debt Destroyer on February 5, 2010

I must be getting old, because time is really flying by.  Hopefully that means spring will be here soon. Below is my family’s expenses for January: $840.39 – Mortgage $759.20 – health Insurance $507.48 – Groceries $450.00 – Preschool $382.55 – Electricity $305.88 – Contacts $168.36 – Clothing $134.07 – Household Misc $120.00 – Student Loan $111.22 – Dining Out $108.65 – Phone & Internet $85.00 – Tennis $65.00 – Donations $63.43 – Water, Sewer, & Garbage $61.91 – Bedding $42.94 – Gas $41.34 – Hair Care $40.00 – Pearl Jam $39.12 – Medical $34.08 – Gifts $30.53 – Yoga $23.50 […]

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DD’s Monthly Expenses – December 2009

by Debt Destroyer on January 10, 2010

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I have been having a difficult time getting back into rhythm after the holidays.  Hopefully I can get back on track soon.  Until then here is my family’s spending report for last month. $840.39 – Mortgage $759.20 – Health Insurance $637.27 – Christmas Presents $472.44 – Groceries $450.00 – Preschool $223.42 – Household Misc $211.99 – flip video camera $155.83 – Gas $152.66 – Dog $150.00 – Student Loan $148.35 – Boots $146.64 – Electricity $145.79 – Bed $103.65 – Phone & Internet $70.00 – Donations $66.78 – Clothes $65.20 – […]

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Black-Market Christmas – Zhu Zhu Pets

by Debt Destroyer on December 17, 2009

Now that Black Friday is well behind us, it’s time to get serious about finding that great gift. As luck would have it, my daughter wants one of the hottest toys for 2009. You guessed it, she wants Zhu Zhu Pets!!! For those of you who are lucky enough to not know what they are, watch this commercial: She first told me about Zhu Zhu Pets a couple of months ago, after she saw a commercial for them during Saturday morning cartoons (darn cartoons). She made me come and watch it with her so I knew what she was talking […]

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DD’s Monthly Expenses – November 2009

by Debt Destroyer on December 13, 2009

School has been kicking my butt lately.  I’ve never looked forward to Thanksgiving as much as I did this year, and then it flew by way too fast.  Hopefully I’ll be able to find some time to squeeze out some posts during finals week. As you long time readers know, I track my family’s expenses.  Below is the damage from November: $840.39 – Mortgage $759.20 – Health Insurance $600.32 – Dishwasher (Repair & Replace) $520.49 – Groceries $450.00 – Preschool $176.73 – Household Misc $155.00 – Student Loan $152.56 – Christmas Presents $148.19 – Electricity $141.73  – Beauty Products/Services $114.06 […]

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I’m going to blame the tardiness of this expense report due to my Halloween Hangover.  It’s either that or the time change.  It can’t be because I was too lazy to put this together can it? Nope, must be Daylight Savings Time. Here is the latest installment of my family’s monthly expenses. Below are the results from October: $840.39 – Mortgage $759.20 – Health Insurance $675.00 – Life Insurance $531.67 –  Groceries $450.00 – Preschool $166.51 – Halloween Party $160.00 – Student Loan $158.18 – Gas $120.35 – Electricity $113.50 – Donations $103.71 – Phone & Internet $89.00 – Books […]

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If you’ve been sniffin’ around here longer than a month then you already know that I track my family’s expenses.  Here is the tally for August: $840.39 – Mortgage $759.20 – Health Insurance $337.48 – Groceries $225.00 – Preschool Deposit #2 $182.47 – House Painting Supplies $165.06 – Garage Door Repair $135.00 – Student Loan $133.33 – Gasoline $117.88 – Electricity $113.66 – Dining Out $103.85 – Phone & Internet $96.06 – Beauty Products $74.89 – Medical $70.00 – Babysitting $56.00 – Water, Sewer, Garbage $55.00 – Fees $52.31 – Household Misc $43.25 – Kids’ care $26.68 – Lawn care […]

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DD’s Monthly Expenses – July 2009

by Debt Destroyer on August 4, 2009

Was your July as hectic as ours? My wife shot three weddings, I was in two tennis tournaments, and we had a big 4th of July weekend too. Uffda, no wonder we’re so tired. For any new readers just joining us, I track my family’s monthly expenses.   Below is the tally for July 2009: $840.39 – Mortgage $759.20 – Health Insurance $407.58 – Groceries $177.00 – Babysitting $166.71 – Gas $125.99 – Tennis $125.00 – Student Loan $121.53 – Electricity $107.67 – Dinning Out $86.80** – Daycare $69.66 – Internet & Phone $60.41 – Dog $58.62 – Water, Sewer, […]

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I finally used coupons – But did I save?

by Debt Destroyer on July 30, 2009

I’ve never really been a coupon guy.  I don’t know if this is because it seems like I never find coupons for the stuff I actually buy, or if I just don’t want to take the time to cut them out and organize them. Besides, I buy store brands to save money on my groceries so I never felt to the need to go through all the hassle that coupons entail. But when I saw this video on consumerist.com, I thought maybe I should give it a try. My two worlds (store brands & coupons) collided earlier this month when […]

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For some reason I love it when the mail is delivered. I can’t really explain it.  Maybe I’m hoping for a message from a secret admirer, the Victoria Secret catalog, or a random check.  Who knows? So imagine my disappointment when on the same day I got not one, but TWO notices that my monthly expenses would be going up.  I felt like Tom Cruise in “A Few Good Men” after Demi Moore told him she was coming with him to Cuba. The first one told us that our mortgage needed to be adjusted due to the escrow account being too […]

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