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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 51

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  Spent: $52.00

Total Saved: $80.00

FRIDAY

Friday 10.10.14

I love a Friday night relaxing at home, catching up with James, and spending some time with the dogs. The dogs get to socialize and burn some energy while I relax in the warm afternoon sun and hang with James.

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Dog Park                                                                                                 $0.00
  • Dinner at home                                                                                      $0.00
  • New Girl on Netflix                                                                                 $0.00

Total Spent on Friday      $0.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings:      $20.00 (on dinner out)

SATURDAY

Saturday 10.11.14

My day started out with a morning run, filling up with my shake, and packing to head to James’ brother’s house. We enjoyed a delicious pre-bar crawl lunch where we ordered a few tacos and some drinks on special. After I’ve woken up with terrible hangovers the past two Sunday’s, I vowed to myself that I was going to stay sober (mostly) throughout the day to avoid a 3rd-Sunday-in-a-row-hangover. Not only did I save myself from a hangover, but I saved myself at least $30 on drinks (and calories)!

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast: Shakeology                                                                           $3.23 $0.00
  • Birthday Lunch to kickoff our bar crawl                                              $20.00 (for James and I)
  • Bar Crawl                                                                                               $23.00

Total Spent on Saturday:      $43.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings:      $30.00

SUNDAY

Sunday 10.12.14

Sunday was spent catching up on housework, cooking, meal planning for the week, napping, and enjoying a couple hours of a Sex and the City  marathon.

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast at the apartment                                                                   $0.00 (from spending)
  • Lunch on the way home                                                                        $9.00
  • Homemade dinner                                                                                 $0.00

Total Spent on Sunday:      $9.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings:      $30.00 (on brunch and dinner at restaurants)

What did you do to save some of your envelope money while enjoying the adventures of the weekend?!

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 40

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

Total Amount Spent: $18.00

Total Amount Saved: $41.00-$46.00

The breakdown of how I did it can be found below:

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Weekend 6.30 Sunday

This weekend was the perfect mix between fun and relaxing…and all under $20.00!

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The Travel Debate: Which is better?

1. Flight vs. Drive:

  • Winner: It depends

Flight: Flying always seems more expensive. Sometimes you HAVE to fly due to length of stay and distance of destination, but sometimes, it may end up being less than the price of gas for your car for the same distance. For example, short flights (8 hours or less) tend to be less expensive than driving your car and buying gas along the way.

Drive: If you’re piling a group of friends or a family into a vehicle to drive to a vacation for a week, driving is typically cheaper. Plus, a road trip with fam or friends is a great way to make memories and catch up!

Road Trippin' with Kate!

Road Trippin’ with Kate!

2. Events/Activities vs. Window Shopping

  • Winner: Events/Activities – In my opinion, spending a little extra on events/activities while on a trip is well worth it. You’ll end up seeing and experiencing your travel destination. Plan ahead and decide how much you want to budget (aka “save up for”) toward activities/events. Events don’t always have to cost money! Go on a hike or walk through nature or a fancy part of town!
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I was able to experience Phoenix while visiting Brittany without spending any money on our incredible hikes!

3. Nice hotel vs. crappy hotel

  • Winner: Nice Hotel – If you spend a little bit extra on your hotel:
  1. You may be closer to city attractions (less taxi/transportation fees)
  2. Your hotel may offer breakfast (save $5.00-$15.00/day)
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A combination of LOTS of people and it’s prime location made this the perfect place to sleep while in Vegas.

4. Small Group vs. Big Group:

Winner: Lots – One would typically think that a trip would be cheapest when fewer people are traveling. In reality, the more people you have going on your trip, the less expensive it will be. The more people you can get to split hotel rooms, meals, and car gas the better.

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Splitting a hotel with several people makes it affordable and hilarious!

5. Don’t spend vs. spend!

  • Winner: Spend! – Wait, what?! I thought this was a budget blog? Like Brittany and I have said so many times, a budget doesn’t mean you NEVER SPEND MONEY. It means you save up (aka budget) the amount of money you want to spend while you’re ON your trip…not just travel expenses. Wherever you’re going,  make sure you bring some extra cash to fully experience and enjoy your trip!
Travel Skiing

Dishing out some cash to experience the breath-taking mountains in Alberta, Canada was well worth it!

I hope this helps you plan a trip this spring or summer without breaking your budget!

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