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Old 01-15-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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do you put party supplies under?? Like for your kids' birthday parties. Is it the same as the gift fund? Household?

What about batteries? Household? Obviously the 9V for the smoke detectors go under household. But everything else too? We go through a lot of AAs with the kids' toys.

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Old 01-15-2013, 11:05 AM   #2
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I have a "baby and kids' stuff" category
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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I have a "baby and kids' stuff" category
Same here. I count speech therapy as its own category, childcare as its own category, and count disposable diapers as groceries just because I am buying them at the store and I'm too lazy to do the record keeping any other way. Anything else specifically for the boys - toys, clothes, books, swim lessons - is in the "kids" category so I'd probably put those things there. I don't know what your categories are, though. It may also make sense in an "entertainment" category.

I am starting to include any disposable household purchase, like batteries and aluminum foil and light bulbs and paper towels, in the grocery category. There is no way that I am going to keep track of whether the batteries are for the smoke detector or the kid's toys!

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All of the above would go in the "misc" category of my budget. However, i am a more "general" budgeter and don't ever get super specific. Batteries "might" go in to the "grocery" budget depending on how many i needed. If it was sub-$10 and i just grabbed a pack at WalMart i wouldn't bother to seperate it out. If i am buying a HUGE pack at sams that's $20, yeah, I'd put it as a "misc" expense.

But if there is a party i know i will be planning i typically set aside cash in an envelope for it before it happens. As for batteries - i buy two or three huge packs on black friday at home depot or lowes when they are fairly cheap (as cheap as they get really) and that lasts us the year.
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do you put party supplies under?? Like for your kids' birthday parties. Is it the same as the gift fund? Household?

What about batteries? Household? Obviously the 9V for the smoke detectors go under household. But everything else too? We go through a lot of AAs with the kids' toys.
Party supplies are in the gift fund
batteries are in toiletries as I buy cheap dollar packs at the dollar store where I get the toiletries but that's me
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can you buy rechargeable batteries? that saves us a ton
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