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.
Because of Thanksgiving Friday was an atypical Friday, I was faced with extra temptation to spend money while cutting loose (feel free to define “cutting loose” however you choose—my definition includes sweatpants, a glass of wine, and dinner that I didn’t cook myself) not only after I got off work but all day long. Although my purse strings were tested frequently, I was able to thoroughly enjoy quality time with family and friends while spending to survive (hello food!) and saving when I could (no souvenirs for me). Joe’s sister was in town, so we wanted to show her some of our favorite parts of Arizona while she was here.
Friday morning started with coffee and cinnamon rolls at home before we piled into our car, picked up a friend, and started our trek to Sedona. We stopped for lunch at a cute diner on the way(despite my suggestion that I pack lunches for us—ah, sometimes the rest of the world does not agree with my spend-as-little-as-possible philosophy and I have to keep reminding myself that is normal and I need to be flexible). Joe’s sister was ridiculously kind and insisted on buying our meal, so I paid zero dollars. What goes around comes around, and we will be paying her back in the future Sedona is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, and taking in the views is 100% free. Once the sun began to set we grabbed some coffee at a local shop (I paid for Joe and I) then walked around a main street checking out the souvenir shops. My friend and family made some purchases, but I refrained. I did have my eye out for any potential Christmas gifts, but because I wasn’t able to find an item that fit the bill, I passed on buying anything at all which saved me a nice chunk of change.
Our day trip turned into a night trip and we continued north up to Flagstaff to view the stars and planets through telescopes at the Lowell Observatory. We wanted to catch a presentation on constellations so we went to a local Target to kill time before the it started. I made a deal with myself that if I found any clothing items I liked for less than $5 I’d go ahead and buy them because I can find clothes at Target for less than $10 anytime. The sales weren’t anything to write home about (for myself and for potential gifts), and once again I kept my wallet closed during a shopping excursion. We did have “dinner” (brace yourselves this is pretty gross) at the Target food court. Joe paid for me this time, and I’m pretty sure my $2.50 hot dog, the $2.50 bag of popcorn we shared, and the soda he gave me a few sips of were about the same price as our $10 coffee run earlier in the day.
Friday Spending Stats:
- Breakfast/Coffee $0.00
- Lunch (my future sister in law rules) $0.00
- Hiking/Entertainment $0.00
- Snack (coffee Joe & I) $10.00
- Souvenir Shops/Entertainment $0.00
- Target $0.00
- Dinner (sort of—Joe paid) $8.00 $0.00
- Lowell Observatory $11.00
Total Friday Spending: $21.00
Estimated Total Friday Savings: $100.00
Saturday we all slept in and took our time waking up. I uploaded the Saturday Morning Hustle and checked out posts on Financially Savvy Saturday while my future family brewed one fabulous pot of coffee and discussed sparring tactics. It was a really productive morning guys ;). So after getting our caffeine fixes in and eating pumpkin pie for breakfast, we decided to meet up with a couple of good friends in downtown Phoenix for lunch and stroll through the Flea Market. We managed to get a table at the famous Pizzeria Bianco and It. Was. Good. Gooooooooooood. After pizza we browsed the Flea Market–which was very cute and filled with a good selection of jewelry, artwork, and delicious smelling candles. Although I didn’t buy anything yesterday while we were there, I collected a plethora of business cards, so I can follow up in the future when I know exactly what I want. By the time we finished browsing the flea market booths and oohing and ahhing over one of the cutest, chubbiest faces on the planet (see below) we were all hungry again. Instead of stopping at a restaurant on the way back to our house we held strong and feasted on leftovers once we made it back to our abode. The night was rounded out with more catching up and valuable face to face chat time since we don’t see each other often.
Saturday Spending Stats:
- Coffee/Breakfast $0.00
- Lunch (Pizzeria Bianco) $30.00
- Flea Market (admission) $5.00
- Flea Market (purchases) $0.00
- Dinner/Dessert $0.00
Total Saturday Spending: $35.00
Estimated Total Saturday Savings: $30.00
So…….Sunday. There is not much to write about because I really only did four things total (and that includes eating leftovers). Sadly, we bid Joe’s sister farewell, and he took her to the airport early in the morning. I then stayed in bed and read until 9:00 AM before getting up to clean a bit around the house and make us a pot of coffee. The rest of the day was spent marathon stitching to try to make some major ground on my Advent Calendar before December flies by without me basking in my first grown up craft project glory. I spent a fair amount of time nailing down some upcoming gift purchases and writing for the blog. Joe and I rounded out the night by watching the Chiefs/Broncos game on the couch. Did I say I did four things? In truth that might have been an exaggeration, but a day of nothing was a MAJOR necessity for me. I needed a little recharge session before heading back to work this week.
Sunday Spending Stats:
- Coffee/Breakfast $0.00
- Lunch $0.00
- Advent Calendar/Entertainment $0.00
- Dinner $0.00
- NFL (Chiefs) $0.00
Total Sunday Spending: $0.00
Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $0.00
Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $56.00
Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $130.00
It was nice to be able to have Joe’s sister in town to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and an extended weekend together since we all live so far from the rest of our family members. The entire weekend went by waaaay too fast, and I’m not sure that I’m ready to get back to the grind.
How are you getting back to a routine and keeping it up as we get closer to Christmas? Are you making changes to your weekend budget?