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Spending and Making Do

May 9th, 2013 at 01:30 am

I'm really trying with this low spend experiment, and part of that means I have to do things a little differently. I went to make pancakes last night and realized I didn't have enough baking powder. Thanks to the internet, I found out that I could replace 1 tsp of baking powder with 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp of cream of tarter. The pancakes turned out great!

I'm also running low on fabric softener sheets for the dryer. For now, I'm just tearing them in half, or even thirds if I have a small load. This will stretch my stash. I may even run out of laundry detergent before this experiment ends next week. I may make my own, which I have done in the past. I'll decide when I get to that point.

Today I bought gas for my van ($56.94), postage for my mother in law's package ($3.26), and ($0.69) for a seasoning packet that I needed for dinner this week. I forgot to pick it up when I was at the store earlier this week. I also used a credit at Menard's to purchase paint for my front door, loose leaf paper, and a bag of chips! I am not including the Menard's spending, since it is not out of current cash. Luckily, all of these errands were one trip.

I also wrote a check for my youngest daughter's yearbook, which was $20. It is due Friday, otherwise, I would delay that payment.

_$97.46 Old Balance
_$80.89 New Purchases
$178.35 Total Spent

Considering my spending limit until May 15th is $450, I feel we are doing pretty well. Not even half way through the half the cash, but there will be more spending. I'm guessing we will spend at least $400 by the end of next week.

6 Responses to “Spending and Making Do”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    It's a good cleansing experiment, I think, to try this every once in a while. We have "eat the freezer" weeks a bit too often. Good luck!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    You should feel successful. Good job so far.

  3. PNW Mom Says:

    Way to get creative on the baking powder problem!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    If you run out of dryer sheets, you can add one-half cup of vinegar to your final rinse.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    @CB, thanks I'll try that if needed. Smile

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds like you're doing well at being creative with not spending.

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