Let's go Back Home - Frugal chicos journal

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Post by EdithKeeler » Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:45 am

I freakin’ LOVE Aldi. I have recently taken over more of the grocery shopping for my mom; my brother has been doing it, but my mom has been frustrated with some things he does. She asked me to shop for her last week and I warned her I was getting everything I could at Aldi. Well, I seriously stocked her up for about $56. She was thrilled.

My only complaint about my local Aldi is that their produce is not always the best. Sometimes really good, sometimes rough.

What I think I appreciate most about Aldi is the simplicity—100 cereals can be paralyzing (read “The Paradox of Choice”—great book), it’s small, the checkers are blazing fast, and you don’t have to navigate through a bunch of sections you only need occasionally (bird food, hardware, vitamins....). Huge Aldi fan here. (You could bring a flask of wine to Aldi.... pretty sure no one would care....)

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Post by bryan » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:59 pm

Frugalchicos wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:35 pm
try to guess how much I spent in buying half of the shop:

.... yes, all that
If you ever want to add photos to your journal, something like this would be a good use of it!

I've never been to Aldi's :( Seems like any time I move I run away from an eventual Aldi's opening shop.

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Post by Jason » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:09 pm

Frugalchicos wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:35 pm

Before you read the total price, try to guess how much I spent
ERE Price is Right!!!!

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Post by Frugalchicos » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:06 pm

@ EdithKeeler - Yep, simplicity, that's the key. Quick, easy, cheap and good product.

@ Bryan - Here we go some pics of the food I cooked over the weekend. :)

@Jason - You were the winner. ERE Price!! :lol:

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Chicken noodle soup I made with the extra meat and veggies

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Post by Jason » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:47 am

You and Frugalchica should film yourselves budgeting, creating a shopping list, shopping at Aldi’s, making the meal, serving the meal, eating the meal, using the leftovers to make another meal, eating the leftover meal and send it to Aldi’s to get them to sponsor a cooking show featuring their store.

We watch these shows like Ugly Delicious and all they do is make you hungry for the food they are making.

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Post by Frugalchicos » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:01 am

:lol: :lol: - Jason, you can’t imagine how many times we talked about it!!

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Post by Jason » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:08 am

I think at the end of it you should say something like:

“Aldi’s - We love it so much that we don’t care that they may have been Nazi Sympathizers”

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Post by bryan » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:59 pm

Lookin good!

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Post by Frugalchicos » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:20 pm

Time for monthly update. Not much to report, just the freakin stock market is too volatile, decided to save 20-25K in cash. It will take us a couple of months.

We also started the English Teacher certificate, so far so good. We will need to do some homework on the side with grammar teaching, etc..


MARCH INCOME – $10,213.45 ($20,213.45 with bonus)
Chico’s Salary – $4,163.45
Chica’s Salary – $5,225
Roommate Rent – $825
Bonus – $10,000

MARCH EXPENSES – $4,323.91 ($3,175.31 if subtracting principal payment)
Mortgage: $1,978.60 (note: $1,148.60 went to principal, counting that as a savings)
HOA: $247.83
Car Insurance: $65.49
Gas (Car): $106.16
Groceries: $404.47
Cellphones: $21.74 (note: Chica’s work pays her cellphone bill, this is just Chico’s phone plan with Lycamobile)
Internet: $56.30
Gas (House): $88.63
Electricity: $44.05
Chica’s Gym: $39.99
Chico’s Gym: $29.99
Misc./Entertainment: $665.66 (mostly just dinner out with each other and friends, coffee study dates and a last minute trip to San Antonio for Chica, etc.)
TEFL Course Fee: $574

This month, we saved 69% of our take home salary. Note: this doesn’t include any 401K contributions or retirement plans.

CURRENT ASSETS: $269,089.10 ($15,796.16 increase over last month)
Cash savings: $5,952.43
Investments: $110,033.92
Chico’s Retirement: $8,973.29
Chica’s 401K: $42,999.58
Home Equity: $101,129.88 (not counting appreciation)

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Post by Jason » Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:46 am

The Frugaljasonos had similar discussion about increasing cash reserves due to stock market volatility.

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Post by Frugalchicos » Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:20 pm

Jason wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:46 am
The Frugaljasonos had similar discussion about increasing cash reserves due to stock market volatility.
Yeah, it doesn't feel good when you put $1,000 and 2 minutes later you are down $2,000...

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