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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 69   

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!

Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget: Issue 69 - Fun on a Budget Blog

FRIDAY

Last Friday I was lucky to be starting my spring break, but this Friday marked the beginning of the end for our household. We started our morning slowly together with some delicious eggs, green smoothies, and coffee. My husband had to see clients that afternoon, so we were able to squeeze in a quick round of tennis before duty called his name, and a nap called mine :) I also got a fair amount of work done on the blog and some browsing (but no purchasing) at a local thrift store. Knowing that we had plans for the remainder of the weekend, we decided to have a nice and quiet dinner in—a dinner that might not appear to be the most fabulous in the picture below but more than satisfied our mutual cravings for sauerkraut.

Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget: Issue 69 - Fun on a Budget Blog

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast                                                                   $0.00
  • Tennis                                                                        $0.00
  • Lunch (leftovers)                                                       $0.00
  • Thrifting                                                                    $0.00
  • Fun aka Nap                                                              $0.00
  • Dinner                                                                        $0.00

Total Friday Spending: $0.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $30.00

SATURDAY

I was lucky enough to naturally wake up early on Saturday morning and get in some quality blog work before my fun and therefore distracting roomie woke up to join me for coffee and breakfast. We watched a couple of episodes of House of Cards on Netflix before he left for work (do you see a pattern here—hint: I’m the lucky one), and I made the mistake of watching one episode of “Inside a Killer’s Mind”. BIG MISTAKE as I would find later on Saturday night.  Late that afternoon we met up with some friends for a round of disc golf—my first and majorly embarrassing round to be more specific. After the sun set and our game came to an end, we stopped at a Mexican restaurant where Joe and I opted not to share entrees so that we could live on leftovers the rest of the weekend. Newbie disc golf must be exhausting because I fell asleep sitting up in bed with all the lights in the room on within 10 minutes of arriving home. How am I going to go back to work on Monday?!?!?!

Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget: Issue 69 - Fun on a Budget BlogSaturday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast                                                                  $0.00
  • Entertainment/Netflix                                             $0.00
  • Lunch                                                                       $0.00
  • Disc Golf                                                                   $0.00
  • Dinner with Friends                                               $40.00

Total Saturday Spending: $40.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings: $20.00

SUNDAY

I woke up early again on Sunday, but rather than working, I used this time to do more important things–like watch Golden Girls reruns :) I did finally crawl off the couch to complete some work and do some yoga before settling back on it to catch up on March Madness. As us piggies had planned while dining out on Saturday, we ate leftovers for lunch on Sunday (I was actually able to stretch mine into lunch AND dinner because I am a delicate little lady). My Joe decided to attempt a home hair cut—not a buzz cut folks, a real hair cut—and enlisted me as his trusty assistant.  Then he fired me. Then he rehired me to even out the back. It was somewhat of an ordeal but overall entertaining and a learning experience. Better his hair than mine. Mwahahahahahaha! The rest of Sunday was very low key and used to catch up on cleaning, cooking, and work tasks before I re-enter the real world.

Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget: Issue 69 - Fun on a Budget BlogSunday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast                                                $0.00
  • Lunch                                                      $0.00
  • Yoga                                                        $0.00
  • Joe’s Haircut                                            $0.00
  • Dinner                                                     $0.00

Total Sunday Spending Stats: $0.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $35.00

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $40.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $85.00

It was nice to have a low cost and low key weekend after I had spent last weekend traveling. I especially needed the prep and rest time to get ready to head back to work. I love my job, but how many more days until summer?!?

How did you save money this past weekend? Does anyone have any tips on not sucking at disc golf?

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 67

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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FRIDAY

I spent way too much of my brain space thinking about kimchi on Friday afternoon, so following the end of the workweek, I decided to forego cooking dinner myself and went out for Korean with my better half. Even though part of me wanted a beer, I drank water instead—predicting that a post-dinner dessert stop being the culprit of my extra calories and spending. I’m glad I made that choice because we hit up a new neighborhood Fro-yo joint to satisfy that sweet tooth. I give both spots two thumbs up and appreciated the break from cooking and cleaning after a long work week :) Now that we share all of our money, we decided to dedicate a specific amount of cash each month to pay for our joint date-ish activities, so that’s how we paid for our full bellies on Friday.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for...froyo.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for…froyo.

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Dinner  Date                                  $45.00
  • Frozen Yogurt                                    $6.00

Total Friday Spending: $51.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $5.00

SATURDAY

Saturday was an errand day and couch night—50% how I like it, no shame in my game! I woke up early to get back into my blogging routine (funnily enough a post about routines is coming your way soon) by posting a new Saturday Morning Hustle and making some upgrades to Fun on a Budget Blog’s appearance.  Slowly but surely sprucing it up here.  I had half a pot of coffee for breakfast and leftover bibimbap for lunch before heading across town to pick out my bridesmaid dress for Sam’s wedding (whoop whoop!) and complete some much anticipated shopping via gift cards at Crate and Barrel. I purchased only one half of the amount of towels on my wish list because I wanted to stay near my gift card total to limit out of pocket spending. While driving home from my shopping excursions,  I resisted a snack attack and kept my foot on the gas pedal as I drove past all restaurants serving french fries.  Once home, I satiated that salt craving with food from our pantry, cleaned up a bit around the house, ate the second half of the leftover bibimbap for dinner, and then settled on the couch with a cup of peppermint-lemon tea for a night of catching up with my DVR. It was heavenly.

As soon as I realized that I had chosen a bridesmaid jumpsuit--not a dress--I had to let Sam know it was what I'd be wearing at her wedding...haha! I kid, I kid.

As soon as I realized that I had chosen a bridesmaid jumpsuit–not a dress–I had to let Sam know it was what I’d be wearing at her wedding…haha! I kid, I kid.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast/Lunch (leftovers)                                                             $0.00
  • Bridesmaid dress (waiting to order online to save $50.00!)            $0.00
  • Crate and Barrel                                                                             $12.00
  • Snack Attack (AVOIDED!)                                                               $0.00
  • Dinner                                                                                              $0.00

Total Saturday Spending: $12.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings: $150.00

SUNDAY

Sunday was definitely dedicated to getting organized across multiple life areas. I started the day getting my written budget back on track, syncing that up with my mister’s written budget, and knocking out our first—and almost second—paid off debt’s as a married couple. No rest Just two weeks rest for the wicked in this house. After our finances were officially in order, I dedicated a few hours to blog work. I feel extremely far behind and have been enjoying getting back on the grind. I made a loose meal plan for the week, and we set out for Costco and Trader Joe’s to pick up the necessities (strictly sticking to the list and missing out on a few items we wanted). Cooking a bomb meal on Sunday to kick start the week has become one of my favorite rituals, so I made a batch of black bean burgers and an attempt at copying the Santorini Farro Salad I had a Cheesecake Factory last weekend. My salad wasn’t as good as theirs, but if I figure out what they are working with that I’m not, I’ll share the secret with all of you :) Post meal time, I rounded out my weekend by finishing up laundry and dishes. The fabulous life continues (please read sarcasm).

Cozy day in laundering some fresh towels and completing lots of paperwork.

Cozy day in laundering some fresh towels and completing lots of paperwork.

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast                      $0.00
  • Lunch                            $0.00
  • Costco                        $72.00
  • Trader Joe’s                $33.00
  • Dinner                           $0.00
  • Fun/Entertainment         $0.00

Total Sunday Spending: $95.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $50.00

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $158.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $205.00

This past weekend was a good opportunity to get back on the type of track that has helped me pay off so much debt over the last year and a half. Three years ago I would have spent at least $100 more at Crate and Barrel in order to get everything I wanted immediately, spent $50 extra to get my bridesmaid dress in store to avoid the “hassle” of taking another step to look it up online, and spent at least an additional $50.00 when grocery shopping to get everything I want all at once.

The willpower will prove it’s worth it once again when I use that unspent money to help put the kibosh on another loan payment later this week.

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 66

WSG IconEvery 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!

FRIDAY

Salsa chicken in the crockpot! Ready for me when I got home Friday night :-)

Salsa chicken in the crockpot! Ready for me when I got home Friday night :-)

I had another exceptionally exciting Friday night ending with an 8:30 bedtime. I enjoyed one drink at my typical Friday afternoon Happy Hour with co-workers, made salsa chicken in the crockpot, and watched the first half of Gone Girl.

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Happy Hour                                                                             $12.00
  • Dinner (sugar-free crockpot meal)                                         $0.00
  • Nightlife/Entertainment                                                          $0.00

Total Friday Spending: $12.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $30.00 (eating out)

SATURDAY

Plantains with coconut oil baked in the oven and served over plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon and some honey. YUM!

Plantains with coconut oil baked in the oven and served over plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon and some honey. YUM!

The weekend started with yoga and walk on the beach….ahhhh relaxing! The rest of the day was all about the to-do list. Between wedding, Beachbody, and life my to-do lists have gotten pretty long. Guest book – check, bridesmaid’s gifts – check, transportation – check, wedding invites – check. Phew! That feels good! Who knew that vacuuming for a few can transform your whole house?! I ran the vacuum around and picked up a few pieces of mail here and there and voila! Clean house! Grocery shopping, dinner on the grill, and finishing the movie comprised the rest of my day.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Yoga and walk on the beach                                           $2.00 (donation)
  • Coffee                                                                               $2.00
  • To-do list marathon                                                         $0.00
  • Weekend chores                                                              $0.00
  • Nightlife/Entertainment                                                  $0.00

Total Saturday Spending: $4.00

Estimated Total Saturday Saving: $40.00 (eating and drinking out)

SUNDAY

Finally a few hours by the pool :-)

Finally a few hours by the pool :-)

I didn’t get as much done as I wanted yesterday so I spend the morning working on Beachbody invites and participation, some more wedding stuff, and cleaning. I was able to head to the pool for a couple hours of sun which was much needed and super relaxing! A small meal prep (leaving for Brittany’s wedding on Thursdsay!), dinner, and TV watching ended my productive weekend J

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Meals                                                             $0.00
  • Sunday Stuff                                                  $0.00
  • Poolside relaxation                                        $0.00

Total Sunday Spending: $0.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $30.00 (meals out)

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $16.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $100.00

I’m always trying different fitness and nutrition challenges and this weekend was all about going sugar-free (including BBQ sauce, certain fruits, sweeteners, etc.). I actually made it through the entire weekend without eating sugar! YAY! Keeping myself busy was definitely a big part in my success. I had to prioritize my weekends this month and work on getting extra things done because I’ll be out of town next weekend celebrating Brittany’s wedding!!!!! How do you prioritize your weekends?!

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 63

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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FRIDAY

Day 6 and 7 pic assI had an exceptionally exciting Friday night ending with an 8:30 bedtime. I enjoyed one drink at my typical Friday afternoon Happy Hour with co-workers, grilled chicken and veggies on the grill with my fiance, and watched a couple episodes of lost (fighting my drooping eyelids the entire time) before heading to bed.

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Happy Hour                                                                             $6.00
  • Dinner (grill at home)                                                             $0.00
  • Continuing my obsession with LOST                                     $0.00

Total Friday Spending: $6.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $10.00

SATURDAY

WSG Saturday 1.23.15I enjoyed some more R & R, wedding planning, a few errands and a date night. I woke up late to a rainy morning and decided to enjoy some coffee and, of course, LOST while checking some items off my To Do list. I finally decided to pry my booty off the couch to finish my wedding registry at W & S and get my ring fixed. We had some leftovers but after spending most of the day at home (and on the couch), I was itching to get out for dinner. We decided to try a new pizza place and head home for some more LOST…exciting!

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Morning R & R                                                         $0.00
  • Wedding Registry                                                    $0.00
  • Dinner                                                                      $43.00 (for both of us)
  • Nightlife                                                                   $0.00

Total Saturday Spending: $43.00

Estimated Total Saturday Saving: $30.00

SUNDAY

WSG Sunday 1.23.15Meal Prep Sunday! Today is my catch-up-with-as-much-as-possible-before-the-week-starts day. AM dog walk and run, phone meeting with a new coach on my team, breakfast, meal prep, laundry, miscellaneous to do list items, and blogging took up most of my time on Sunday. Enjoyed a meal of leftovers from the previous week and guess what?! Some more LOST!

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Meals                                                             $0.00
  • Sunday Stuff                                                  $0.00

Total Sunday Spending: $0.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $30.00

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $49.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $70.00

I enjoyed some much needed R & R after visitors, two weeks of holiday travel chaos, more visitors, an out of town wedding, and a crazy couple of weeks at work…phew! What positive changes have you been making to keep your budget on track on the weekends?!

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 62

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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FRIDAY

Friday kick started what was to become a marathon of wedding-related errands that lasted all weekend long. I am making a conscious effort to do other things and talk about other things (how miserable would I be to be around if I couldn’t do this), but when your wedding is less than 4 weeks away, you have to spend a lot of time just getting it done. Okay, now you have all been forewarned, so if you think wedding talk is at total snooze-fest or some form of cruel torture, you better get your eyes and brain cells out of here. Pronto.

Oh! Some of you stayed—I’m impressed :) So here we go: Friday I ran to the tailor for the hopefully final fitting for my wedding dress, and because it fit perfectly, I got to take it home with me too! All of this was prepaid, so technically on that particular Friday it cost me zero dollars. By the time I finished at the tailor’s, I was hungry for a snack, so dress in tow I went home where I had a quick bite and then squeezed in my workout for the day. It should also be noted that in the height of my snack attack, I also skipped a happy hour–hunger pains of being on a budget, I tell you what. I am planning on spray tanning for the wedding, and a test run on the first day of my 3 day weekend seemed like the best option for me (to avoid displaying any orange or streaky failures at work come Monday), so I showered and exfoliated, ate some leftovers for dinner, and headed to the closest tanning salon to engage in the operation spray tan research and decided that pending results would determine if I wanted to buy a second for the big day.  By the time I was finished getting my spray on, my fiancé was home and we spent some cozy couch time together before heading to bed to get some much-needed rest.

I took this picture early Saturday morning (pre-makeup and pre-shower), so I think it is safe to say that the spray tan will not be taking place the night before! Not my best look, but too funny not to share ;)

I took this picture early Saturday morning (pre-makeup and pre-shower), so I think it is safe to say that the spray tan will not be taking place the night before! Not my best look, but too funny not to share ;)

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Wedding Gown Tailoring (prepaid from savings fund)           $0.00
  • Snack Attack (drove myself home to eliminate)                       $0.00
  • Workout (21 day fix DVD at home)                                            $0.00
  • Dinner (leftovers)                                                                       $0.00
  • Spray tan (paid for with savings fund)                                    $45.00

Total Friday Spending: $45.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $20.00

SATURDAY

Saturday was basically my day to get all of my different to-do lists in life (work, wedding, home, food, blog) together and create a cohesive master list, so that I could get my brain working as one unit rather than 854 million different pieces. I started bright and early sending off emails and final payments, creating very well-organized and detailed lists, and doing some research for minor décor details. Once my handsome partner in crime woke up, we went to our recently discovered breakfast restaurant of choice to squeeze in some quality time before business took over. I LOVE BRUNCH!! After our bellies were full of bacon, he went to his part time gig, and I came home to work on the blog. I followed that up with some errands at JoAnn’s and Dollar Tree (big spender, you know me). I finished the night with a trial run of a DIY garland that I’m creating for an upcoming party. That doesn’t sound like much activity for Saturday, but somehow it took up my entire day.

Future DIY link to come, but I don’t want to negate any “wow” factor (hardy-har-har) by spoiling the surprise for any blog readers that are doubling as wedding guests in a few weeks ;)

Future DIY link to come, but I don’t want to negate any “wow” factor (hardy-har-har) by spoiling the surprise for any blog readers that are doubling as wedding guests in a few weeks ;)

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Brunch                                                                                              $30.00
  • Lunch (home cooked)                                                                       $0.00
  • Joann’s (weekly spending money)                                                    $30.00
  • Dollar tree (paid for with savings fund)                                          $10.00
  • Dinner (home cooked)                                                                      $0.00
  • Nightly Entertainment/Weekend Activity  (trial run garland)        $0.00

Total Saturday Spending: $70.00

Estimated Total Saturday Saving: $40.00

SUNDAY

On Sunday I woke up and did some relaxing yoga followed by 10 minutes of ab work (double time to make up for Saturday’s lack of working out). Then my fiancé woke up with the revelation that he wanted a new wedding band. Yay! (So much sarcasm). That set in motion a day completely dedicated to me making him complete all wedding tasks directly related to him:

His wedding band – Check!

Groomsmen gifts purchased – Check! Check! Check!

Groomsmen attire finalized and purchased – Check!

We also accomplished getting my band dropped off at the jeweler’s to be cleaned and re-sized and made a run to the grocery store to get us set for a week of eating tasty, healthy meals and snacks. Somewhere in the middle of all this, I got hangry, and we stopped at the mall food court to split a Greek gyro salad for lunch. After nearly 6 hours of running all over the place to get our gifts and last minute orders organized and finalized, we were ready for some comfort food and vegging out. Once we were home, I threw some baked potatoes in the oven and premade Copy Cat CPK Tortilla Soup on the stove to heat up for dinner while we watched Castaway on Netflix. Am I the only person who has never seen this movie? I now regret not watching it sooner. :)

Just enjoying ourselves while getting things done! Take note of my tan (2 days post spray)—much better than Friday, right?

Just enjoying ourselves while getting things done! Take note of my tan (2 days post spray)—much better than Friday, right?

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast                                                            $0.00
  • Workout (21 day fix DVD)                                   $0.00
  • Wedding Errands (from wedding fund)           *TOP SECRET
  • Lunch (for two)                                                   $7.00
  • Grocery Store (grocery fund)                            $40.00
  • Dinner/Movie                                                     $0.00

Total Sunday Spending (non-wedding gift related): $47.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $25.00

*Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $162.00

*Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $85.00

I am fortunate enough to be celebrating MLK day from home and am taking advantage of this beautiful weather by heading out for an afternoon hike. Happy Monday Y’all!

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*The numbers I’m sharing with you this weekend are less accurate than they have ever been, but unfortunately the majority of our spending was related to some surprise gift items we purchased for our wedding party and guests. To share that information would just be plain tacky, and I can’t. All money used for those items was saved ahead of time though, which is exactly what a Girl on a Budget would do!

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Weekend Survival Guide for Girl on a Budget

Issue 61

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!12.22.14 Weekend Logo Pic

FRIDAY

Begin our travels home for Christmas break! Our ultimate goal on Friday was to make it to James’ mom’s house which was about a 12-13 hours drive. We made a pitstop to pick up a third golden retriever on the way :-) Splitting meals, packing snacks, and bringing water bottles helped keep food costs low.

12.22.14 Snack WeekendFriday Spending Stats:

  • Coffee (lots of it)                                          $10.00 (for both of us)
  • Breakfast at Chik-fil-A                                 $5.00 (for both of us)
  • Snacks from home                                      $0.00
  • Lunch-split Subway sub                             $6.00
  • Dinner at James’ mom’s home                   $0.00

Total Friday Spending: $21.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $10.00

 SATURDAY

Insanity max:30, quality time with family, and a delicious dinner helped up recover from a long drive and prepare for another one :-) My future MIL spoiled us by taking us to an AMAZING restaurant with fresh food and interesting flavor combinations…yum!

12.22.14 5 Dogs WeekendSaturday Spending Stats:

$0.00 thanks to our amazing host (aka “mom”)

Total Saturday Spending: $0.00

SUNDAY

Another travel day to visit my family for Christmas. Even less spent on meals and carried our snacks with us. We even got lost and took a scenic detour through DC!

12.22.14 Sleeping Dog Weekend

The amazing standing dog! 11 hours in the car without laying down!

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Coffee                                                                       $10.00 (what can I say, we love coffee!)
  • Breakfast                                                                  $0.00
  • Snacks                                                                      $0.00
  • Dinner at home with my family                              $0.00 thanks to our hosts/parents

Total Sunday Spending: $10.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $10.00

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $31.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $20.00

Our coffee addiction (also known as “stay-awake-and-focus-on-driving-for-24-hours-total) contributed to most of our spending over our trip…I have to say…I’m totally OK with that :-) What do you just HAVE to splurge on when you travel?

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 56

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

FRIDAY

Joe did buy my burger and fries, but at least I am a cheap date! photo credit: www.freddysusa.com

Joe did buy my burger and fries, but at least I am a cheap date! photo credit: www.freddysusa.com

The last two weekends, Joe and I have gone out to dinner on Friday night, and it has been a nice way to relax (I’m especially enjoying the no clean up) after the work week. We are thinking of making it a tradition because we can do it in a way that doesn’t cost much money…um, yes we went on a date to Freddy’s (and I’m pretty sure a most of the local high school students were on their dates there as well), but it tasted delicious and the company was good. Last weekend I paid (with a gift certificate) and this weekend, Joe picked up the tab, so I ate for free! We came home where I squeezed in a quick 10 minute relaxing yoga session, and then we rounded out the night by watching Dumb and Dumber on the couch before heading to bed.  A simple, relaxing, and cost free night :)

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Workout (free yoga app video)                                       $0.00
  • Dinner (Joe’s treat) @ Freddy’s                                       $0.00
  • Nightly Entertainment                                                    $0.00

Total Spent on Friday: $0.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $5.00

SATURDAY

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Saturday was one of those days that I felt like I did a ton, and then when I looked back on it, I realized I didn’t do much—which is fine with me! It felt nice after a week of go, go, go! I woke up early to finish the Saturday Morning Hustle and catch up on all of my favorite blogs/articles from the past week. I spent a little quality time with my handsome sir before he headed out for the day and then went for a run OUTSIDE. Desert, I love you in November. I really do. I made the mistake of staying home to watch the Husker football game (can I even call it a game—it was more of a tragedy) instead of going to a free concert with friends. Fail. Although it did probably save me some money because even though the concert was free, I would have spent money on drinks and/or food just because I was out of the house. We are fully stocked with food right now, so I happily ate lunch and dinner at home. The highlight of my Saturday evening was reaching a milestone in my Advent Calendar craft project while watching college football.  At this point in my life—that is my idea of a good time.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner                                                          $0.00
  • Run (outside)                                                                           $0.00
  • Husker Tragedy & other College Football Games                  $0.00
  • Crafting                                                                                    $0.00

Total Saturday Spending: $0.00

Total Saturday Savings: $15.00

SUNDAY

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The wind was howling when I woke up Sunday morning, and I wimped out on my run, opting instead for a 10 minute cardio barre workout coupled with a 15 minute arm burner. Each time I do barre, it feels like I find muscles I never knew existed until that very moment, and it burrrrrrns. Yowza.

Joe was my Sunday brunch hero, and he made us cheddar jalapeño waffles to enjoy with our coffee. We rounded out the morning by cozying up on the couch and watched a Netflix showing of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (WARNING: TearJerker Alert! You will need tissues if you watch this movie).

After the Chiefs beat the Seahawks, we went on (another) hunt looking for the perfect (and perfectly priced) suits or tuxedos for the groomsmen in our wedding. Why is dressing the wedding party so difficult? I think it’s just hard to ask people to spend money wearing something they had no say in choosing for one stinking day. If anyone has any tips on dressing the groomsmen for less PLEASE, PLEASE pretty please share them with me! We struck out in making a final decision, but while looking for some delicious sale candles at Kohls, I found the wreath that is pictured above for $10. It was originally priced at $50.00! All was not lost, and now the wreath is playing a part in helping me slowly up my mantle game. I am definitely planning on adding more, but I admit it’s happening at the pace of a snail. Check in with me next Christmas—I’m sure it will look glorious by then.  😉

In addition to breakfast/brunch, I made a late and light lunch (chicken salad) and dinner (one pot lemon orzo shrimp) with ingredients we already had a home. Both were tasty and cost no extra money. Done and done.

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner                                            $0.00
  • Workout                                                                      $0.00
  • Home Décor                                                              $10.00

Total Sunday Spending: $10.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $40.00

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $10.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $60.00

I was really, really happy that I could fill my time with cooking, sewing, and watching football for entertainment this weekend because next weekend I am going to be in Florida with my long-lost Samantha!!! Ayyiiyiyiyiyiyiyiyiy! It’ll be nice to have as much spending money as possible for my trip.

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