Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 60

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!

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I made a quick stop at the grocery store on my way home from work on Friday to pick up some garlic bread and a bottle of wine (and nixed getting a cart so other items would not win the battle of temptation). After three (really fun) weekends of traveling and having friends/family in town I was ready for a quiet date night consisting of spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, wine and my handsome better half. That paired nicely with a Nebraska Volleyball win for a quiet, happy night in.

Husker Vollyebally

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Dinner (from grocery budget)                                    $15.00
  • Date                                                                              $0.00

Total Friday Spending: $15.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $25.00


Saturday morning I slept in, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I did this. I’m very glad it happened though :) After our slow wake up, my soon-to-be-betrothed and I went out for breakfast at a new (to us) restaurant with free wifi because it was our “wedding planning date”. With all the planning for the food, venue, cake, transportation, and music we kept pushing planning the ceremony to the side—hence the breakfast date. It was much easier to focus when we were out instead of at home; plus we didn’t have to clean up! We followed breakfast with a super exciting trip to Costco to get a couple of household items and used our “no cart rule” again in order to avoid unnecessary and unplanned spending. Later that day I attempted some wedding shopping at Nordstrom Rack—failed but succeeded in not purchasing all of the eye-catching holiday items—and completed some holiday shopping for a couple of parties I have this week. A good friend invited me to a downtown holiday festival but knowing I needed rest, I passed.  I stayed home and happily spent my night expanding my holiday movie repertoire by watching White Christmas for the first time while trying to catch up with the Christmas countdown by working on my Advent calendar. Officially 7 days behind.

Saturday Shopping

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Coffee/Breakfast                                                  $30.00
  • Costco  (from grocery fund)                                $15.00
  • Lunch                                                                   $0.00
  • Nordstrom Rack                                                  $0.00
  • Target   (from holiday fund)                               $20.00
  • Dinner                                                                  $0.00

Total Saturday Spending: $65.00

Estimated Total Saturday Saving: $50.00


I slept in AGAIN on Sunday. Who have I become? I’m still not hating it. My cute roommate made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, which we both thoroughly enjoyed before we snuggled on the couch and added one more movie to my holiday have-seens (The Nightmare Before Christmas). After the movie, I went to Dillard’s and conquered my weekend wedding errand. On my way home I picked up groceries for the week and came home to tackle meal prepping (that was me trying to be as amazing as Sam—time will tell) to help Joe and I survive what will be a paperwork-filled DOOZY of a workweek. I know we will be much happier to come home to easy meals, and it might even leave time for us supreme dorks to catch a weeknight showing of The Desolation of Smaug.

$25 of healthy staples Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast                                                                  $0.00
  • Dillard’s (from wedding fund)                                 $75.00
  • Trader Joe’s (from grocery fund)                             $55.00
  • Lunch/Dinner                                                           $0.00
  • Movie (neflix instead of theater)                             $0.00

Total Sunday Spending: $130.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $40.00

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $210.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $105.00

This was the first weekend in awhile where I actually spent more than my estimated savings, and most of that money went towards pretty boring stuff–laundry detergent, groceries, and wedding garb–but I did have 2 pretty fantastic breakfasts! The good news is that the “boring” spending was all paid for with pre-saved money, so it didn’t affect my funds for “fun”.

I do have to admit, that as holiday and traveling season gets closer and closer, it is much more difficult to keep my weekend spending in check–especially when I’m at Target. What tricks are you using to keep your weekend spending under control?

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