@samburger I am wary of using cash because my Mint app just shows an un-categorized amount of cash withdrawals (unless I diligently log my cash purchases). That chunk of un-categorized $$ is worse, in my mind, than having an itemized credit card statement.
This month I've been trying to stick to a strict grocery budget and meal planning and I found that keeping a daily journal to write down expenditures and roll-over amounts to next week helps. Then again, I've always been mindful of spending due to a frugal upbringing so I've had that advantage from the start.
I'm on a mini vacation in Chicago right now and so far have been sticking to my vacation budget of $70/day or less. So far I've spent just less than $50/day and gone to some great free attractions like neighborhood walks, free museums, and the zoo. Friday, Saturday, Sunday: $70 x 3 = $210, mainly eating out
Glad you're okay. I always wait for cars to come to a complete stop at a red light or stop sign before I start crossing, for this exact fear. Sometimes the driver looks annoyed if it's a stop sign because I could've started walking already and they could've been speeding off a few seconds faster. But drivers rarely come to a complete stop! Better safe than sorry.
@samburger Last time I was at Ikea, I bought the cheapest couch, the $119 sofa bed, only because of anticipated cat scratches. I wish I could invest in nice furniture without fear!
@PicNic Feel better! Dental misery is the worst.
@LookUponMyWorks love that #billfoldlivejournal4life tag!
I had a general plan to not spend any money because of a weekend of family events (aka being fed) and wanting to use up all the stuff in my pantry. Friday: Tennis at a university court as a guest ($10, soooo cheap) and then eating up leftover homemade falafel burgers back at the apartment ($0). Saturday: Family get-together with lunch ($0, thanks grandma) and then quick work shift (+$45). Sunday: Homemade empanada attempt #1 with existing pantry and fridge ingredients ($0). Afterward, I saw how the other half lives via a family get-together at a yacht club for a birthday lunch buffet ($0). Back home, empanada attempt #2 that evolved into curried potato samosas ($0). Total: Spent only $10 and worked a few hours, so achieved my net no-spend goal.
I am going to try to NOT spend that much money this weekend, namely because I want to stick to my Mint budget. It's almost the end of the month and I'm so close! Friday: Tennis with my co-worker at a university court ($5? $10? much cheaper than any other city court) Saturday: Family get-together, don't expect to spend anything. Sunday: Family friend's 81st bday partayyy-gala, don't expect to spend anything. Will try to make following week's lunch from all the leftover stuff / pantry items in apartment ($0).