Jun 03

Weekly Spending – 5/26/13 – 6/01/13

It’s that time of the week once again…let’s see how I did! My weekly spending for this week consists of the following:

Sunday 5/26:
Propane – $6
Camping Stove Hose – $20

Monday 5/27:
None

Tuesday 5/28:
None

Wednesday 5/29:
None

Thursday 5/30:
Gas – $20

Friday 5/31:
Lunch – $10

Saturday 6/01:
None

Total Week Spending: $62

This week did not include any car problems, which is always a good thing after the week I had last week. I also did not make any major purchases and tried to keep my spending to a minimum. I made another purpose for my camping trip that is coming up, buying some propane for the camping stove for $6.

When I went to test the stove, I realized that the shut off valve wasn’t really working. I tried some WD40, but that didn’t solve the problem. The hose and stove functioned fine other than that, but I figured it might be leaking propane while using it – or I’d forget to unscrew the little tank and the next day would be out of propane. I decided the best idea was to just buy the new hose, which cost $20. If you are going camping, it’s always important to check your gear before you leave!

I also filled up my gas tank on Thursday, which once again ran me $20. On Friday we went out for a co-workers birthday. I picked a relatively cheap item on the menu for $10, and just got water to go with it. I’d rather just bring lunch everyday, but it doesn’t really bother me if this only happens once or twice a month. At least I could save my leftovers until today and didn’t have to get anything ready on Sunday night.

 Photo Credits for this post: freeimageslive / baronsboy

May 29

Weekly Spending – 5/19/13 – 5/25/13

It’s that time of the week once again…let’s see how I did! My weekly spending for this week consists of the following:

Sunday 5/19:
None

Monday 5/20:
Charcoal Chimney Starter – $12 – $5 Amazon GC = $7

Tuesday 5/21:
None

Wednesday 5/22:
Gas – $20

Thursday 5/23:
Car Repairs – $300

Friday 5/24:
None

Saturday 5/25:
None

Total Week Spending: $327

This week was everything going really well with my extra spending for the week looking to come in under $50, until the check engine light decided to come on in my car on Wednesday. My car had trouble accelerating at times, and it took a few times on the gas pedal around 20-30MPH where I would have to let off the gas pedal and try again. It would work perfectly fine for stretches on the way home, but then this would happen again and I knew I had trouble.

I took it to Autozone immediately and had them do the check engine diagnostics so that they could get a reading on the error code. It said that I had either a faulty camshaft position sensor or a crankshaft position sensor. They said it would be OK to drive in the short term, but obviously I shouldn’t bring it on the highway or do any long distance driving. I obviously did not plan on doing any of that and drove it straight home.

I did some research with my Dad to see if we would be able to do this ourselves, and it did seem relatively simple but they were both in awkward positions and unfortunately we didn’t know exactly which one was malfunctioning. We decided it was best to just take it to a mechanic. Of course having great luck – the mechanic replaced the camshaft sensor and the car still had problem, it turned out that both of the sensors had gone faulty!

This was some pretty bad luck, but I guess it could have been much worse. This is the first major problem I have had with my car, and I’m around 62,000 miles (bought used at around ~28,000) so I can’t complain. The total cost ended up being just shy of $300, putting a big dent into my monthly spending. I can’t wait until I am able to move out, hopefully to a location much closer to work enabling me to commute with bike and drastically cut down on the car usage.

I also purchased a smaller version of a charcoal chimney starter off of Amazon for my camping trip next month. We already have the larger one, but this one is portable and should pay for itself by eliminating the need to buy lighter fluid. I had also filled up my tank for $20 on Wednesday morning. I’m definitely hoping next week goes much smoother, no major purchases are in the plans.

Photo Credits for this post: Pixabay

May 21

Weekly Spending – 5/12/13 – 5/18/13

It’s that time of the week once again…let’s see how I did! My weekly spending for this week consists of the following:

Sunday 5/12:
Mother’s Day Dinner – $15

Monday 5/13:
None

Tuesday 5/14:
None

Wednesday 5/15:
None

Thursday 5/16:
Gas – $17

Friday 5/17:
Train Tickets – $30

Saturday 5/18:
Parking – $10

Total Week Spending: $72

My total spending for this week ended up at $72 , under last week’s total of $88 which is always a good trend. I split the bill for going out for dinner with my Dad for our Mother’s Day celebration, we ended up using one of the gift certificates that I had touched on a previous post which is what kept the cost down.

Spent $17 on gas to fill my tank on Thursday, and then $30 on train tickets to visit my girlfriend as well as the return trip. I also chipped in for $10 in parking as we went to the concert that I had bought tickets for last month. I’m aiming to keep my total ‘extra’ spending for this month under $350, so let’s see if I can meet that goal. With basically two full weeks left in the month, we’ll see how it goes.

Photo Credits for this post: Pixabay

May 13

Weekly Spending – 5/05/13 – 5/11/13

It’s that time of the week once again…let’s see how I did! My weekly spending for this week consists of the following:

Sunday 5/05:
Mother’s Day Gift – $12
Oil – $6

Monday 5/06:
Gas – $20

Tuesday 5/07:
None

Wednesday 5/08:
None

Thursday 5/09:
Haircut – $20
Fundraiser – $10

Friday 5/10:
Gas – $20

Saturday 5/11:
None

Total Week Spending: $88

My total spending for this week ended up at $88 which is pretty good. Not as good as I did last week, but I doubt that’s going to happen most weeks! And it’s problem not going to be nearly that low as the summer months approach.

I bought a charm for my Mom that she had been wanting to put on this bracelet she had, I also chipped in on going out to eat on Mother’s Day (but that will be on next weeks spending).

I spent around $40 in gas, I didn’t fill up the week before so this carried over to this week. I also visited my grandma so that was extra mileage compared to usual.

I got a haircut for $20, which I know adds up over the course of the year. I plan on learning how to cut my own hair and saving that money once I move out. Unfortunately my barber’s son has been fighting cancer, and it had been in remission but it came back. I bought two of the 50/50 raffle tickets to support him because I’ve been getting my hair cut at pretty much the same place for 10+ years. I always see an opportunity to help someone out as money well spent, you never know when you might need that help yourself.

Photo Credits for this post: Pixabay

May 05

Weekly Spending – 4/28/13 – 5/04/13

Today I’ll be continuing my weekly spending posts as a summary to keep tracking of my extra spending. My weekly spending for this week consists of the following:

Sunday 4/28:
None

Monday 4/29:
Gas – $10

Tuesday 4/30:
None

Wednesday 5/01:
None

Thursday 5/02:
Lunch – $11

Friday 5/03:
None

Saturday 5/04:
None

Total Week Spending: $21

First of all – can’t believe that it is May already…looking forward to the warmer weather finally arriving! Gas spending for this week consisted of $10 on Monday – not bad at all. It seems that gas prices are slowly creeping back up for the summer though. I also spent $11 on Thursday for dinner. Normally I wouldn’t really go out for lunch during the week but my boss suggested we should go to lunch as a team, and I always think this is a good opportunity for networking and building relationships. At least I didn’t have to make lunch on Thursday night for Friday! $21 for the entire week is really good I think, but this is definitely at the low end of the scale for me. We’ll see if I can keep it up throughout the month.

Photo Credits for this post: Veezzle