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BINGO and Debt

November 24th, 2017 at 05:21 am

Reviewed my envelopes and I have $346 left in all. Not sure what I started out with because a few dollars rolled over and I forgot to jot down how much. I know for the new budget period I withdrew $400. So I can say I've only really spent what carried over. A new period starts on the 30th. The goal is not to let this balance go under $300.

Every week I transfer the loose change to the change jar, this week it was $2.33. So I can say I'm doing pretty good.

I went to JC Penney's because they had men's holiday pajamas for $5. Every year I buy the fiancé a pair as a Christmas gift, I usually spend about $25.

Prior to heading to Penney's I visited the Ebates site because I wanted the 4% cash back, but then noticed the store was charging close to $4 to ship to the store and $9 to ship to the house. Since I was heading to my mom's and Penney's was on the way I stopped by. Picked up two pairs, one for next year. If we're not together I'd give them to my nephew as his gift. I'd budgeted about $100 for him for Christmas but so far has only spent a total of $22. We agreed to keep things at a minimum. I tried to get him to go with the no gifts, but since he's just starting on this process of saving and budgeting, I knew I had to give a little or I'd lose his interest. Compromise 🙄.

I do have one other item to purchase for him, either a watch or cologne and I'm done. I'm sure I can get a good deal on the watch for about $30 leaving me with about $50 to throw at CC2. The kids ( nephews) are getting magazine subscription for $15 each a total of $45 and my neice gets the free $25 MyPoints gift card. My other nephew who is older will get a $25 gift card and I still should have $25 left to throw at the CC2. Though I budgeted $150 total, this is 4x less than I normally spend, I'd like to stay under $125. Next year they'll be a sinking fund for the holidays.

All in all it was a pretty good day. I don't plan on leaving the house for the next two days, saving on gas ⛽️. I also picked up dinner for the next few days from my mom, so I'm good.

Now that I'm Dave Ramseying , lol, I've been on every money site, blog and Facebook group page there is. I saw this yesterday.

It's a BINGO card to save money, each week you pick a number and dump it into your savings. For me challenges are my motivation, so rather than throwing the funds at savings I'll be throwing it at my debt (CC2). There's even a zero to give you a free pass. So starting Monday, I'll be doing this. I realized that the money will be coming from my fun money.

9 Responses to “BINGO and Debt”

  1. Out of the Dark Says:

    Love this! I think I'll use it for my Loose Change Fund (Mortgage Pre-Payment). Along with my normal loose change deposits, I should be able to pound at that mortgage even harder! Thanks Amber!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    So, what ar you plans for that loose change?

  3. Amber Says:

    Hi Rob,
    The loose change I'll continue to put in the small jar I have, once filled I'll add to the snowball.

    Out of Dark, I'm glad you found the BINGO to be helpful. I'm looking forward to it.

  4. Beawealthywarrior Says:

    I like unique ways of saving money. I think I will play along with Bingo as well. @Amber and @Out of the Dark, what do you think abou cutting out the squares and putting them in a bag and pulling a number every week? That way it will be a surprise. I think my goal will be to save the funds for Christmas 2018 spending, When is everyone starting?

  5. Amber Says:

    Beawealthy Warrior, I like that. I'll cut out today. Thanks 😀

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  7. My English Castle Says:

    I need some saving fun too--count me in on the Bingo toward my big goal.

  8. Amber Says:

    Yay my English Castle, this should be really fun

  9. Out of the Dark Says:

    This is so fun! Let's see if we can settle on a start date (I propose 1/1/18) and post every Friday what amount we each deposit. Thoughts?

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