March Budget $524.44 = Actual $526.92 and $26.12 in coupons/freebies
April Budget $550 less prior month overage $2.48 so budget $547.52 = Actual April $501.11
May Budget will be $550 plus underage from April of $48.89 so budget will be $598.89 although I have no intention of spending that much. Certain times of the year are more expensive than others like when my Stepsons come to visit and that will be happening this summer so I need room in the budget to feed them. My stepdaughter is visiting next weekend but she doesn't eat much so we don't have to factor in any extra for her except veggies as she is mostly vegetarian.
|Spain: Nice cheap beer in Malaga - but we went with Spanish beers. This was .65 Euro so about $1 CAD|
Christmas 2016 Points, freebies
$50 Amazon GC from Swagbucks (click here to join, a referral link)
$60 from Shoppers Drug Mart Points
$30 PC Plus Points
$20 from a food product class action lawsuit (applied for this 1.5 years ago)
$6.65 Dishwasher rebate (online form so no postage required)
I am pretty happy with this total but hope to have it around $300 by November when it will all be used/cashed in to buy gifts and groceries for Christmas. Every freebie I can save towards this goal is one less hard earned dollar I need to save towards gifts, a win in my books.
|Spain: Beautiful apartment building doorway in Cordoba|
My New Addiction
Yes, I am now addicted to my local 24 hour Facebook bidding site. It has over 3000 members which is huge considering the population of Comox/Courtenay (two towns but essentially one as there is no land between them, one stops the other starts)is around 70,000. I mostly sell items there and since January have raised $142 from items that were either great items that didn't sell in our last garage sale or items saved for our next one. Based on the huge effort it takes to have an actual garage sale I will be selling all items this way from here on out. I have only bought 3 items there but all were deeply discounted and totalled less than $20.
My favorite sale was an adjustable shower curtain rod that the previous owner had left behind. We installed a permanent shower rod as hubby sometimes hangs suits on it to get wrinkles out rather than drycleaning so it needed to be sturdier. I listed it in our last garage sale for $1 and it didn't sell and for some reason it wasn't taken to charity like a lot of other items that didn't sell. I ended up getting $8 on the auction site - there were 3 bidders after it! I couldn't believe it but people in my Valley certainly do know how to stretch their dollars and the second hand movement thrives here.
The $142 went straight into my weekends away fund which is being spent in June on our weekend to Ucuelet/Tofino for hubby's birthday. So nice to get away and not have to come out of our wages. We put any money from sold items and bottle returns into that fund and haven't used it for 2 years in order to make this expensive weekend work. My regular travel fund is completely separate. Although we just got home from Spain I am already saving for our next adventure (to be determined). I usually save between $200-$500 a month for travel - it is the one thing in our lives we spend a bit of money on and fortunately had oversaved for Spain so there is already over $1000 in it, hurray!