I spent $500 this morning...

United States
August 1, 2008 1:08pm CST
I have very little to show for it, and I didn't pay a single bill! My husband got his bonus check today, plus his regular paycheck. Already, before bills, I've spent $500. I put $50 into gas for my van, which only got me a half tank. I bought flea medicine for my cats from 1-800-petmeds. I spent about $220 on groceries, bought our smokes for the week, and I bought our tickets and ride books for the State Fair coming up in a few weeks, and that cost me $106. It's amazing how fast it goes. His bonus check was about $900, and already I've spent more than half of it. We've still got our weekly bills to pay, and the rest of this is supposed to buy our back to school clothes and supplies, and get us through 2 days of the fair (last year we spent about $400 on 2 days at the fair). Money just doesn't go as far as it used to.
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
1 Aug 08
Yes, money goes fast nowadays. I just came back from the store and had to spend $200 on groceries and the last of the required school supplies, and that's after coupons. My cart wasn't even full! It's crazy. I already told hubby that we have to cut back. I quietly switched to many generic foods. He is so set on brand names! But he hasn't said anything yet about things tasting different although I saw him raise an eyebrow here and there, when he saw the containers. One can only stretch a dollar so far. There is not much we can do. We can only count our blessings that hubby still has a job. Just yesterday it was announced tha yet another plant in town is closing. And yes, the state fair is expensive. We only were there once. It was fun but the food, parking, etc was badly overpriced. For the five of us, it's just not something we can splurge on;)
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• United States
1 Aug 08
The fair is a must for us. We've gone every year except for the year my twins were born. There are 7 of us total, although the baby won't cost us a dime because he doesn't even eat yet, and the toddler will be cheap as well, because he doesn't eat much. I bought the presale ride tickets, and when they're gone, they're gone, we aren't buying anymore. Usually what kills us is the games. We just love to play the games, and end up spending a fortune on them.
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@lilybug (21147)
• United States
1 Aug 08
I have not spent any money yet today. I did make $25 this morning though. I sold 2 orders of toffee on eBay today at 7 am. No, money does not go nearly as far as it used to.
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• United States
1 Aug 08
Friday is always the day we spend the most money. We get our bills paid, do the grocery shopping, gas up the cars. Basically we get paid on Friday, and are broke by Saturday, lol.
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@sunshine4 (8708)
• United States
1 Aug 08
Isn't is sick how fast the money goes? I ran to the store last night just to pick up some things for this weekend because we are going camping. I ended up spending $185 and I bought practically nothing!
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• United States
1 Aug 08
Yep, it really feels like I have nothing to show for the $500 I spent today. I have food in the house, but it won't last all week, that's about the only thing I can show for it.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I have to pay my bills and groceries before doing anything else. Then, we decide if we have extra money for eating out and doing other things. Since gas has gotten so high, we've done less of anything we ordinarily do. But, gas seems to be coming down in our area. One of the 4 service stations where we buy gas has premium for 3.99, less than it's been in a year! It has gas $3.79, 3.89, and 3.99. Our gas station has the regular at $3.79, but I think the other two might be a cent or more higher, but not for sure, since I didn't look up at it today. But my husband is an annuitant of that company, so he gets a good percentage off on the gas by buying with a card and paying monthly. Buying school supplies and school clothes should be fairly cheap right now. I bought lots for my daughter's two younger sons, ages 12 1/2 and 14 1/2 last week. I went shopping with one of them and we found bargains like I've never seen! I think we got 11 shirts, 5 pairs of nice shorts (2 of them were $35 originally for $11.99), 15 pairs of socks and all their school supplies for about $150. I was shocked. But it was a good shock!! If you have a Target, be sure to shop there. That's where we got lots of the good name brand shirts cheap! Penney's has some good sales, too.
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• United States
2 Aug 08
I don't even really spend that much on my kids. I get all their supplies at Walmart, and get a new outfit or two, along with socks, underwear and shoes, all at Walmart. Then through out the year I buy them outfits every week or 2 at a second hand store. My kids are still little, and they are rough on their clothes. I see no point in buying them a lot of high priced, brand new clothes when they will only destroy and stain them.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
2 Aug 08
We shop at WalMart, too. Nothing wrong with that at all! I bought their supplies at WalMart, too. Her kids are all teenagers (one almost - 12 1/2) and in JR High and High school. They wear their clothes lots and they are near enough the same size that they can wear almost everything each other has except for shoes. And, the kids worked for Papa this summer and bought their own shoes. Don't blame you for going second-hand shopping. Some of the stores around here that are Thrift have almost new clothes and some are new! I know lots of grown people who shop those stores for their bargains. My kids never got hand me downs because they were the bigger ones in the bunch. But my husband's younger sister's youngest daughter got all my daughter's clothes until my daughter got much larger than she got as a child. That really helped them out.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Thanks, Kats, for the BR.
@bamakelly (5193)
• United States
1 Aug 08
Doesn't it just get you about spending money. It goes faster than you can blink an eye. I get frustrated when I come into a little cash and next thing half of it is gone. You don't even remember what you bought! Not to mention putting gas in your vehicle. It never ends. You feel like you are getting nickeled and dimed every where you go. And 400.00 on two days at the fair. Unbelievable. No, money just doesn't go far anymore. You work hard and then it goes.
• United States
1 Aug 08
$400 on the fair in 2 days is actually getting by cheap... well for us anyways. We always want to try all the foods and drinks and play lots of games. And we're such impulse shoppers, we want to buy everything we see.
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@dee751 (14)
• Indonesia
2 Aug 08
Yeahhh money isn't as valuable as before. In my country everything has raise 30 - 50% from the price before. And it is sadly to tell, my parent has two people working for them, and these people prefer to fasting everyday just to get money instead of lunch.
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• China
2 Aug 08
It's really goes fast the money ,i have spent 80uyan today ,just used in ring . when i find how much i have spend ,i just know oh, i have spend so much , but in our days we have to buy so many things ,it's really need a lot of money'' so we just have to earn more
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@ajayrekha (491)
• India
2 Aug 08
yes, things are getting so expensive now a days that its very difficult to keep money with you. The rising prices of commodities will force you to spend it all to make a good living. Its a global problem and I think not going to get control in coming years. We have to live with it. We can cope with it by changing our life style a bit by not spending money on unnecessary things e.g we have a big family and I see we buy 2 newspapers one in local language and one in english though we need only one. So if we are able to cut these type of expenses, might be we are able to save some money.
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
2 Aug 08
What fair are you going to? Looks like it's very costly, I hope it's worth it! I think the items you spent money on are necessary, so there' no way to avoid not spending money on it. Except for the fair tickets, which I am very curious to know more about. Anyway, it's a good thing that you know you've overspent. That way, you'll be more careful with the money that you have right now.
• United States
2 Aug 08
The NY State fair is a huge deal, people come from miles around and it gets millions of visitors each year. The money I spent was on tickets and ride books, buying them early is a cheaper way to go. Here is a link to the site... http://www.nysfair.org/fair/
• United States
2 Aug 08
You said it! That phrase is the top one of mine in my house! (money doesnt go as far as it used to!)I dont understand it either, when I get my check it seems like the majority of it is gone in less then an hour. My husband always asks mne how much cash on hand do we have at the end of the day and when I tell him he looks at me like I'm crazy. Well, I do about 90% of the shopping in my house so therefore I keep track of the bills, money, etc. And he doesnt seem to understand how fast it really does go! It irritates me sometimes when I tell him how much money we have and he gives me an amazed expression. Well, one day I said he could manage it for the week. He was happy and told me several times that I should wait and see how good he'd make the money last. Well, we ran out of money 3 days into the week! After that he stopped with the amazed look(for about a month or so)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Lol, Mine is the same way. I have to give him an itemized list so he can see exactly where the money went, not because he doesn't trust me, he just doesn't understand how it can go so fast, but it does add up.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
4 Aug 08
I got paid on Friday. After filling my car up with gas, paying the bills and buying two hundred dollars of food that is going to have to feed a family of five for the whole month I have nothing left. I do not even have enough to buy another tank of gas if I need it latter in the month. I had almost two thousand dollars and now I have nothing. And still have twenty six days of the month to go.
• Philippines
2 Aug 08
Yes indeed!Money these days simply pass our hands.Sometimes, we just borrowed it then we go and pay off debts hardly buying groceries then...Lo! and behold! It's gone like magic.Haha!
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
2 Aug 08
It does go fast thats for sure. But, at least you have it to spend - and got alot of what I would call "extra" things too! Its a good thing I don't smoke because there is no way I could afford it or would pay that money just to burn it. And the fair? LOL I haven't been in 4 years - no spare money for that either. Hell I haven't even gone to the movies in 4 years time either. Also glad I don't have school age kids anymore because they would be wearing garage sale clothes or things from the thrift stores. I did manage to spend $130 on groceries the other day and was rather suprised. But since I've decided to eat better I had alot more produce and even a gallon of milk! whooohoo big spender me. LOL
• Philippines
2 Aug 08
Yeah, with the fast-paced increase of the goods nowadays, we all have the tendency to find for other sources of income. At least, I have found these sites. I have turned my hobby of browsing into a money-generating deed.
@KrauseHome (36340)
• United States
2 Aug 08
How well I know that $$ does not go as far as it used too. It seems like even trying to get out of town gets more and more expensive as well. I know my paycheck I just got besides paying a couple of bills is going for our little get away to Portland. So when I get back I will be wishing it was Payday again. Maybe someday we will see a reprieve for some of this, but when?
@neelygal (1022)
• Bahamas
2 Aug 08
You are so right about money not going far as it use too.My husband and I got up early this morning and went grocery shopping.We spent close to $300 and didnt buy a single piece of meat yet ok.I am oing to purchase the meats from work where I get a really good discount on everything.It is crazy the cost of food these days.This economy really sucks now.Gas is up to $6.23 where I live now and it keeps rising everyday it seems.I dont know how we are going to make it soon.
@tep91005 (375)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I know exactly what you mean. Somehow money has turned into something we need along with possessions and things. I almost want to go off the radar and just live simplistically but i don't think i can. Which makes me even sicker to think I've become so accustomed to certain things. There are times I just want to sell everything and start over again brand new and not have all of those wants, NOT NEEDS. I'm slowly trying to ween myself off "things" and find other hobbies to keep me satisfied. But I say to you hang in there. Lets all hope the economy gets better.
• Philippines
2 Aug 08
Good day.. This is not just happening there but I think currency through out the globe don't go as far as it used to. I mean our money today can only buy half it's usually worth during the last decade. Resources such as gas, oil, steel among others are pre - measure as compared to people, maybe that's what causing this global trend. Well, I supposed the only thing that we can do is tightened our belts and stretched our money as far as we can.
@gemini_rose (16193)
2 Aug 08
No it does not go far does it? Yet it always looks such a lot when we first get it! It is quite depressing really, all that work to get money and yet nothing to show for it when it is spent. Half the time there is not even enough left for any fun!
• United States
2 Aug 08
No money doesn't go as far as it used to. And then with the price of gas having gone up every thing else has gone up also. The groceries are twice as expensive and I thank God everyday that I don't have any kids in school. I had one boy and he is a full grown man now with three kids of his own. The thing about it is when the minimum wage goes up the cost of living goes up also. To me it is a vicious circle. Sometimes I look around and wonder how people that have kids make it.