It all started out with the draino... the wash tub downstairs that our washing machine drains into had gotten clogged. I was refusing to buy draino and fighting with the darn thing for a week (I am not only frugal but very stubborn). When my husband insisted I wash his work shirts, the tub had completely stopped draining at this point and I spent over 30 minutes hauling buckets of really gross water upstairs while getting in a great workout of carrying buckets and climbing stairs I broke down and realized I'd better get to the store for draino. Yes, I am pathetic. I hate buying things like this, not only for the chemical aspect but $9 for something you dump down the drain. Gah!
It took a bit more work on my part but the tub is unclogged, running great now, AND I vastly enjoyed doing laundry Friday and Saturday. I really did. It felt like a privilege being able to just wash laundry and not have to worry about the tub possibly backing up into the washing machine drain pipe or hauling buckets of water up the stairs because it was getting really close to that point.
I picked up a few groceries on Thursday and a ton of groceries on Friday. As usual I was shocked to see that we needed dog food (a $27 expense). I thought we'd make it to February before needing more. I also bought a ton of dishwasher detergent and laundry soap on sale. I shouldn't neither either for months. I'm curious to see how long both bulk purchases will last.
I guess January has turned into stocking up month at our house. We have four to five months of toilet paper and probably as much dish soap and laundry detergent (fingers crossed). Those three expenses should bring next month's spending down but this month is shot. Not fretting, just accepting reality.
Yesterday and today go down as no spend days. Tomorrow darn well better be too. I'd like to squeak one more out with Tuesday but we already need cheese and butter so I'll purchase both either tomorrow or Tuesday and let the other day be a no spend. Gah, I hate reporting the average daily spending but it must be done, dun, dun, dun...
Average daily spending for 2016: $22.91
In other rather uneventful news today has been a splendid no spend day. The kiddo and I played in the snow again (snow forts and snowball fights). We spent a good deal of time on the living room floor playing with legos. We've read books. He played in the kitchen sink for a good long while. I made another batch of white chicken chili (so good!) And I have a fun activity planned for tonight if I can find the charger cord for the camcorder. I hope everyone else is having as delightful a Sunday as we are over here in our very chilly portion of The Mitten (that's a name us Michiganders call Michigan, The Mitten).