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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 50

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

Friday-paking lot

Friday afternoon I stayed late at work to complete some paperwork. Sometimes I like to do that because it reduces stress on the weekend and makes my Monday morning much better. Despite being a little tired after work, I whipped up a favorite (and easy) recipe from Budget Bytes, Teriyaki Noodle Bowls, instead of ordering pizza like my brain was begging me to. That’s where I saved my money on Friday. Then I spent the next few hours cheering on the KC Royals as they won their second straight playoff game :) VERY shortly after that, I fell asleep. My handsome better half and I had been battling a sinus infection/cold/cough medley of grossness and phlegm all week, so getting a lot of rest was high on my weekend priority list.  Once that game was over, I was out.

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Dinner (cooked instead of ordered out)                $0.00
  • KC Royals Playoff Game                                          $0.00

Total Spent on Friday:         $0.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings:       $20.00

SATURDAY

Saturday - monkey

Saturday - turtle

I woke up early Saturday morning to get my blog on—posting the Saturday Morning Hustle and checking out some interesting posts on the Financially Savvy Saturday Link Up.  Around 7:30 AM my friend, her perfect baby girl, and I headed to the Phoenix Zoo for the Zoowalk for Autism Research. We made a quick pit stop at QT to grab coffee and juice on our way there (much cheaper than Starbucks)  and following our power walk with the wild animals stopped at Pei Wei for lunch. We both ordered kids meals to save money on food that wouldn’t be eaten anyway. Truthfully, I didn’t even finish off my kid sized portion—that really puts portion size into perspective!

After the zoo, I went home and took a catnap before setting out with the intent to stop at the grocery store, but I was distracted by this little piece of heaven called Target and ended up buying (off brand) Post-Its and (on sale) Thank You cards instead of milk and coffee. Oops. Then after Target, I HAD to stop at Hobby Lobby to scope out some wreaths I’ve been eyeing for our ugly front door.  It kind of felt like I was the moose in the “If you Give a Moose a Muffin” book because once I veered off the original plan and chose Target over Trader Joe’s, other stores started calling my name too, and I kept the impulsive store hopping streak going.  The somewhat embarrassing truth is truth is that my décor game is so underdeveloped, I couldn’t confidently choose a freaking wreath!!  I become overwhelmed with all of the options (why are there so many options!?!?) and left Hobby Lobby empty handed. I was in a rush to come home and watch Nebraska take on Michigan State anyway. Watching sporting events at home started as a strategy I forced myself to use to save money, but now I’m noticing that I actually prefer watching games like this. It’s much more comfortable. I can wear my yoga pants with no shame and don’t feel obligated to buy drinks or food like I do when I’m at a bar.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast/Coffee                                                                                      $2.50
  • Zoowalk for Autism Research (prepaid & no snacks at zoo)                 $0.00
  • Lunch                                                                                                         $7.50
  • Target                                                                                                      $10.00
  • Hobby Lobby                                                                                            $0.00
  • Nebraska Football Game                                                                         $0.00

 Total Spent on Saturday:      $20.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings:      $52.00

SUNDAY

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SUnday - Calendar

On Sunday I woke up to the nice surprise of blueberry pancakes and eggs :) We’ve been so busy lately that it’s been awhile since we’ve enjoyed brunch at home.  It was delicious and very sweet. I am joining some girlfriends in a “craft night” starting this week.  Our first project is an Advent Calendar, so I had to purchase my pattern from Sugar House Shop on Etsy. Lucky for my wallet, I had won an Etsy gift card by entering a contest over at Helene in Between a couple of weeks ago and was able to get my pattern for free (Thanks Helene!). Now, about the whole sewing thing…hopefully I fare better in the calendar department than I did with the wreaths, haha. Every domesticated goddess had to start somewhere, right?

Later that morning, Joe and I tag teamed the grocery store (holding off on some purchases until we hit Costco in order to save money) before heading to a matinee showing of Gone Girl. We are really relaxed with who pays on our “dates,” so we just went Dutch with the Mister buying the tickets and myself buying the snacks.  The cost was within 75 cents of being equal. In addition to hitting the theater during the day, we save money by bringing a “loyalty cup” to get $1.50 refills on soda instead of paying full price each time. That extra large cup is plenty big enough for us to share—just like all the other snacks we get at the movies. After the movie we returned home to watch the KC Royals sweep the Angels, and I can’t think of a better way to finish off a weekend than that!!!

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Brunch                                                 $0.00
  • Advent Calendar                                 $0.00
  • Grocery Store                                      $52.00
  • Gone Girl @ Movie Theater                $13.00
  • KC Royals Game                                  $0.00

                                                             Total Spent on Sunday:             $65.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings:             $62.00

Total Estimated Weekend SPENDING:             $85.00

Total Estimated Weekend SAVINGS:           $134.00

This past weekend I was able to ditch my nasty cold (almost completely), finally nosh on some blueberry pancakes at home, and cheer for all my favorite fall teams on the tube–which is like finding a pot of gold when you live in AZ and your teams are all located in the Midwest–all while spending less than $100 and saving more than $130 :)

What did you do this weekend to have Fun on a Budget?

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 47

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

Barstools.imageFriday, I went on a grocery run immediately after work to get some essentials that would last us through the weekend. I have learned that 4:00 PM on Friday is the golden time for me to go grocery shopping because everybody else thinks it’s a horrible idea. For dinner later that night my fiancé and I enjoyed leftover pizza from our favorite local pizza joint and a couple of beers while we fulfilled our current addiction of binge watching LOST on Netflix—currently halfway through season 3 so no spoilers, please!!! The night was capped with a walk down the street to snatch up a couple of barstools from a neighborhood home that had left them at the end of their driveway for bulk item pick up. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Maybe I should add “after some serious TLC in the form of sanding and staining or painting” to the end of that proverb to make it a little more accurate.

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Grocery store                                                               $24.00
  • Leftover Pizza & Beer for dinner + Netflix                    $0.00
  • “New” Barstools                                                             $0.00

Total Spent on Friday:   $24.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings:   $80.00

SATURDAY

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photo credit: www.smittenkitchen.com

Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to upload the Saturday Morning Hustle and inhale some oatmeal before heading to volunteer as a “direction giver” (a title I just made up to describe my job of making sure 5th and 6th graders turn at the right spot when they reach an intersection during their race) at a junior high cross country meet. I easily worked in some lunges and running intervals during lulls in the race—so BAM! My workout was completed before 9 AM and for FREE! I spent most of Saturday afternoon prepping and cooking a super unhealthy salad (bacon’s a vegetable, right?), and super delicious dessert to take to a friend’s for dinner that night. After getting home around 10:30 PM, I was too tired to watch the football game I had DVR’d during dinner, so I hit the hay and stayed away from all social media.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Cross Country Meet & Interval Workout                   $0.00
  • Dinner at our Friend’s                                                $0.00
  • Husker Football (DVR’d  because of dinner)             $0.00

Total Spent on Saturday:      $0.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings:      $45.00

SUNDAY

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smashburger.imageOn Sunday I woke up earlier than my better half and started watching the football game I’d recorded the night before—I’m sure he appreciated that by the time he crawled out of bed and joined me he only had to watch one quarter, but I’ll just keep pretending he loves watching. I cooked up a brunch of (too many cups) coffee and some cheesy scrambled eggs to eat as I watched from the comfort of my own couch.  Following a quick catnap and some boring wedding to-do’s, I went to watch the most handsome man on the planet’s weekly soccer game. While there, I worked on my tan and did some MAJOR catch-up chatting with my lovely Samantha. There is not much I love more than multitasking! By the time the game was over, my stomach was growling, so we hit up SmashBurger on our way home. As you can tell by the photo above, I was not messing around. You can go out to eat while on a budget without feeling guilty or like a failure—it’s usually pretty simple to find little ways to cut unnecessary costs. The sun really took it out of me, so after getting home, I finished up some blog work and hit the hay–bidding farewell to my three favorite days of the week.

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Husker Football (DVR’d game on my couch)               $0.00
  • Cheesy Breakfast Scramble                                        $0.00
  • Afternoon Entertainment (soccer game)                    $0.00
  • Dinner at SmashBurger                                               $8.00

Total Spent on Sunday:      $8.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings:   $27.00

Total Estimated Weekend SPENDING:  $32.00

Total Estimated Weekend SAVINGS:  $152.00

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and survived the first day back on the grind :) If you want to make the dessert I made on Saturday you can find the recipe at Smitten Kitchen–I would highly recommend it!!

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