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January 16th, 2007 at 02:27 pm

I went upstate this weekend with my brother and two nephews. I had to come home early yesterday b/c of the weather. Upstate New York was getting the same ice storm that the south and mid west were. I got an early start towards heading back home yesterday b/c I wanted to get ahead of the storm. Even still the roads were still very icey and slippery. It was very slow going but I made it home with the boys safe and sound.

On the financial aspect of the trip it was very expensive for just two full days.
Gas 45.00
Tolls 25.00
Mc Donalds 13.00
Food Store 56.00
Dinner 2 nights 140.00
Movie tickets 28.00
Total--------------------
$307.00
Thank Goodness I don't do this all the time!
It was very nice spending time with them, so I guess the money was well spent.

Today will be a spend day as well. I have to go food shopping, pet supply shopping and home shopping. This week I will not be able to save my pay again. 100% will be going out to bills. These bills are my fixed expenses not CC or loans.

5 Responses to “Can't Seem to Save ...”

  1. threebeansalad Says:

    Just curious, what county do you start considering to be "upstate" NY? I grew up near Lake Ontario (what I consider updtate), but when I went to college I realized so many people consider anything north of Yonkers upstate :-) Not that it's not incorrect, it was just a different perspective!

  2. moneycents Says:

    I think that it is very subjective. My husband thinks that anything north of NYC is upstate. I on the other hand consider the Catskills (Greene County) upstate.

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    I find that it helps to think objectively and almost like a business owner when I think about these things. Your expenses may be fixed expenses, but not necessarily non-negotiable. For example, if you have a cell phone plan, is it necessarily the best plan you could get? Or, if you have cable tv, do you watch all the channels to which you subscribe?

    In addition, when I was a little kid, my parents were very frugal on car trips. We would take along a cooler with sodas, juices, water, etc. and some other food for us to drink and eat along the way. My dh and I also have a AAA membership which gets us a lot of discounts on things like hotel stays and airline tickets. Check to see if you have any discounts available to you through membership in an organization.

    Just my $.02. Hope this helps.

  4. kalikala1980 Says:

    I know what you mean by a "spending day". Seems like I'll go awhile without spending much and then it's like well I've got to go grocery shopping, get gas, get some personal items, etc.

  5. moneycents Says:

    Thanks for yur comments. Crazylilady,thanks for your tips.
    kalikala...That's exactly what I mean by a spending day. I haven't purchased anything thats just a want item for myself for a very long time. It's just the normal things in running a house and being a family and just living. It just adds up. Hopefully by the end of the month I will be able to get myself on track again.

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