Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 20

Every Monday we provide you with our past weekend’s agenda to show you how you can continue to do what you love on the weekend while using your common cents.

Total Estimated Savings: $24.00

Total Amount Spent: $246.62

Last weekend I splurged on a mini getaway. The breakdown of how I did it without putting a major dent in my cash flow can be found below:

From Friday night on, we alternated who bought the meals. Dinner-me, Breakfast-you, Lunch-me...traveling with someone who is willing to compromise makes the entire trip much more enjoyable. Plus you feel like you are getting a treat every once in awhile!

From Friday night on, we alternated who bought the meals. Dinner-me, Breakfast-you, Lunch-me…traveling with someone who is willing to compromise makes the entire trip much more enjoyable. Plus you feel like you are getting a treat every once in awhile!

Driving through these amazing canyons actually made the road trip as enjoyable as the destination.

Driving through these amazing canyons actually made the road trip as enjoyable as the destination. We are unashamed tourists. We pulled over to really soak it all in. 

Saturday

Sunrise Ski Resort was only a four hour drive for us, and it was a great place for a quick weekend ski trip!

Sunrise Ski Resort was only a four hour drive for us, and it was a great place for a quick weekend ski trip!

Sunday

Johnny and Dee's Picnic Basket in Pine Lake, AZ served the biggest pancakes I've ever seen. He only ordered 2 pancakes--the full "stack" is three pancakes and will only cost you $4.95. This was a hilarious prank, and regardless of that the food was also DELICIOUS!

Johnny and Dee’s Picnic Basket in Pine Lake, AZ served the biggest pancakes I’ve ever seen. He only ordered 2 pancakes–the full “stack” is three pancakes and will only cost you $4.95. This was a hilarious prank, and regardless of that the food was also DELICIOUS!

This weekend is a good example of a “splurge” weekend. I didn’t succeed in saving very much money—and if I’m being honest here, the only reason I saved any money is because I drank water from a cup at my meals, and I’m so out of shape that my exhausted body literally slept through dinner on Saturday night. I even wasted $55.00 because I didn’t plan well and look for my gloves and face gear before Friday afternoon as we were getting ready to leave. The good part of this is that I hardly spent any money I had saved for my trip to San Francisco and $100.00 of my allotment still sitting in my bank account. I also had $34.00 in cash that had been rolled over from last pay period’s “spending envelope” which means that I had a total of $134.00 extra to put towards this ski trip. With $112.62 left over, that means that I spent $12.62 more than my typical allotted spending amount for this two week pay period ($100). Not too shabby! I know that I’ve done more damage to my bank account in the past for lesser experiences!

During this upcoming week I will have to continue to compensate for my splurge weekend on the slopes and the shenanigans I’ll get into next weekend while visiting friends and family in Kansas City. The household decision for us is to reduce the 2 week grocery budget from $100 to $15. How can that be done, you ask? I have four little words for you:

Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

Every. Single.Day.

Okay, that was seven words, but you get the idea. Eating a boring monotonous lunch (and creative dinners) isn’t much of a price to pay when it affords you the money to ski, eat the best (and biggest) breakfast of your life, have a hilarious weekend with someone you love, spend time with the people you miss most, and leave your lonely couch to finally experience the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead—while wearing your new red gloves 😉

I hope everyone had an awesome weekend and was able to prepare themselves for the holiday madness that is about to ensue!

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