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Not exactly a zero spend day

January 28th, 2008 at 12:08 am

In the interest of logging my expenses, today on a quiet Sunday I spent:
$20 for the daughter to go to a banquet - ok, she very seldom spends money so she is well entitled. BUT, while I was waiting for her, I checked out a used book store and spent $17.08. I think they were good investments though - two tremendous cookbooks - one vegetarian and one quick and easy meals. Like most people, cookbooks I buy often languish, but I chose these carefully. They are very simple with big pictures and simple ingredient lists and directions. And since I was thinking we need to go to more of a "rice and beans" type diet, these look like just the ticket.

I also bought milk and and $.80 donut for the daughter, again a well deserved rare treat. But I think that's about it! Dinner was leftover veggie lasagna that I made on a whim last night and it turned out to be very tasty, although a tad too watery. I had to spend more for the mozzarella since on Saturday they were sold out of the sale stuff. But I bought a brick instead of the pre-shredded stuff my wife usually buys - man, I hope she only buys that on sale!!! One step at a time. We are making great progress with another takeout free weekend! Yay!

I also refinanced some short term CC debt left from Christmas at 13% to 2% for a year. Unfortunately I had to roll some expiring 0% into that. And I got started with Quickenonline to put the finances under the old X-rays. And now I am going to renew my AAA at about $130/year for my wife and me. And I should decide if I want to go for the Comcast Triple Play for a year to get rid of $40 in phone bills. But I don't want to risk losing my phone # when I have to switch back in a year, so if anyone has experience with that, please let me know. So I guess this has been a somewhat expensive day! Luckily just about all weekdays are zero spend for me. I always take lunch to work. I sliced some Italian bread that costs $.99 instead of using bread from the $3.50 load of packaged bread. I want to start baking on the weekends, both to save a little and to have a better product. Did you know they use High Fructose Corn Syrup in bread?!!

3 Responses to “Not exactly a zero spend day”

  1. Amanda Says:

    Yep, I have been trying to find bread without high fructose corn syrup in it ... and no luck yet.

    I am thinking this month's expense is going to be on a decent amount of yeast and a used bread machine, and I'm going to make my own.

  2. nance Says:

    Ralph, I think the brick mozzarella tastes better than the kind you buy shredded. I buy five pound bricks of it and cut it in 10 chunks, double wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in a freezer bag. Lots better, and cheaper, too.

    Amanda, you shouldn't have a hard time finding a bread machine. Try Goodwill. Just make sure everything is there. I've seen them without the bread pan, or without the little paddle that goes in the pan. I have purchased two new, in the box there too, for 15 to 25 dollars. The bread tastes so much better, homemade, and no preservatives!

  3. JanH Says:

    Corn syrup? I SO need to start reading labels....

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