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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 68

Every Monday Wednesday 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 68 - Fun on a Budget Blog does a Beachy Bachelorette Weekend!

FRIDAY

Friday afternoon marked the beginning of my spring break (perks of working in the school system), and I spent most of my day in the car headed to San Diego for a weekend bachelorette party.  Some of the girls that had arrived earlier in the day made a grocery trip to stock the house with snacks, drinks, and appetizers to keep us hydrated and full between our meals and adventures.  Knowing this, I packed some fruit, almonds, beef jerky, and coconut water to tide over my tummy while driving and chipped in for the weekend’s supplies when I arrived at the house just before I started enjoying them. Friday was our night in to shower the bride-to-be with gifts as we all got to know each other, so as far as limiting my spending goes, it was a success—much cheaper than hitting bars or a restaurant.

Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget: Issue 68 - Fun on a Budget Blog does a Beachy Bachelorette Weekend!

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Car Snacks                                                                 $0.00
  • Dinner/Late night snacks                                        $10.00
  • Nightlife (stayed in and opened gifts)                     $0.00

Total Friday Spending: $10.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $20.00

SATURDAY

We had planned on heading out for brunch on Saturday morning, but in typical vacation fashion we got a late start and didn’t have time to squeeze it in before our 12:00 lunch reservation. Our amazing trip organizer made a reservation at Ballast Point brewery—which had the most reasonable beer prices I have EVER seen in my life, EVER—where we ate lunch and tasted some seriously delicious brews before finding our favorites. Following lunch we toured the brewery (free!), and because we were enjoying ourselves so much, we decided to stick around for a couple of hours before heading back to the beach house. While I did skip purchasing any Ballast Point gear from their souvenir shop, I did get a big ol’ can of their Thai Chili White Wahoo for my husband.  Once we got home we ate some snacks then thought we’d check out the neighborhood for some dinner spots. Being the old broads that we are, we struck out and were unimpressed with the “scene”, so we opted to order some pizza as we were on our way home.  I fell asleep as we were waiting for the WORST PIZZA DELIVERY EVER—no shame.

Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget: Issue 68 - Fun on a Budget Blog does a Beachy Bachelorette Weekend!

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Brunch                                                                    0.00
  • Lunch (drinks included)                                      $37.00
  • Brewery Tour                                                         $0.00
  • Drinks                                                                     $7.00
  • Beer for my Beloved                                              $9.00
  • Souvenirs                                                               $0.00
  • Dinner                                                                    $5.00

Total Saturday Spending: $61.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings: $65.00

SUNDAY

Sunday morning we did make it to brunch—at which I ordered a bombtastic egg sandwich and saved half to tide me over during mealtimes later that day.  I also forgot to grab my sunglasses on my way out of the house that morning and browsed some shops to see if I could find a cheap pair that could tide me over for the next couple of hours but passed. They were all cheaper than their price tags, and you all know my feelings on wasting money. Squinty brunch, here I come! A few of us spent the rest of the morning catching some rays on the beach before making our way to Stone Brewery for a lunch/dinner combo and more beer (seeing a pattern here?). I was able to order one of the cheapest entrees on the menu—yeah I said it—because of the leftover brunch I strategically saved earlier in the day. We had a little time to enjoy the scenery and peruse the gift shop (you know I walked away empty handed) before heading back to the beach for a sunset bonfire to round out the weekend.  I couldn’t ask for a better send off than smores :)

Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget: Issue 68 - Fun on a Budget Blog does a Beachy Bachelorette Weekend!

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Brunch:                                                                        $19.00
  • Sunglasses Shopping                                                  $0.00
  • Lunch:                                                                           $0.00
  • Beach/Afternoon Fun                                                   $0.00
  • Early Dinner/Brewery                                                 $31.00
  • Souvenirs                                                                       $0.00
  • Bonfire                                                                         $10.00

Total Sunday Spending: $60.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $25.00

*Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $131.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings:  $110.00

I was a little late on getting this Weekend Survival Guide out, but hey—a bachelorette party and 5.5 hours of solo driving will do that to you. Being as it is humpday, this can serve as a wonderful reminder that “next” weekend is only a few days away :) I was able to pay for nearly my entire trip’s expenses without spending much above my regular allotted cash amounts by consciously not spending my designated “spending money” from my previous two pay periods. It took a little planning ahead before I left and some reorganization once I got back (because I used my debit card when splitting group meals), but to me it is worth saving that $110.00—especially when I’ve got some gift giving expenses in my near future (woohoo to exciting life events!)

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*The cost of staying at the beach house was paid for months in advance and not included in my weekend spending totals. Eight people had their own bed in a house that was within walking distance to the beach for just $150 (check in Friday and checkout Monday) for the entire weekend. That’s what we call Fun on a Budget 😉

You can find this week’s Weekend Survival Guide linked up at Alex and Cassie’s Thrifty Thursday and Living Well, Spending Less.

Saturday Morning Hustle: Links we Loved this Week

Saturday Morning Hustle - Fun on a Budget Blog

1. Time facts and comparisons that will blow your mind. (www.higherperspective.com)

2. Five healthy steps to overcoming a major setback. (www.blog.freepeople.com)

3. Somebody out there actually decided to test those strategies on perfectly pacing the ripening of bananas and has photo documentation of her results. (www.thekitchn.com)

4. Surprisingly some of these wine hacks were new news to me.(www.brit.co)

5. Tom Hanks can do no wrong. He makes starring in a Carly Rae Jepsen music video adorable. Impressive. (www.mashable.com)

That’s all we have for link love this week. Don’t forget to enjoy this last weekend of “winter”, and check in on Monday to see if Brittany can pull of a bachelorette weekend in San Diego on a budget. Roadtrip!!

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Saturday Morning Hustle: Links we Loved this Week

Saturday Morning Hustle: Links we Loved this Week - Fun on a Budget Blog

1. Study finds that millennials prefer store brand items over others..but why? (www.mediapost.com)

2.  Ten natural hacks for removing common stains. (www.brit.co)

3. Exploring the everyday routines of great minds. (www.infowetrust.com)

4.  Can you guess the most popular street names in each state? (www.washingtonpost.com)

5. How to be the person your coworkers are psyched to work with. (www.stylecaster.com)

I can’t believe we are already into the second week of March! Time is flying, and this weekend marks one of my least favorite weekends of the year because many of my nearest and dearest “spring forward” and leave me two to three hours behind them–Arizona problems. :) Anyway…we hope you enjoyed our favorite links as much as we did, and as always we love to see those that were at top of your list this week too. Please share them in the comments!

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Saturday Morning Hustle: Links we Love this Week

Saturday Morning Hustle: Links we Loved this Week - Fun on a Budget Blog

1.  Your go to guide for the foods you should and should not be eating when you are sick…for every kind of sickness. (www.time.com)

2.  Ten traits that trump “likeability”. (www.huffingtonpost.com)

3.  Seven surprising ways to score on Etsy. (www.theeverygirl.com)

4.  You know you wouldn’t mind having a few tricks that help you avoid small talk. (www.joannagoddard.blogspot.com)

5. Every wondered what it was like to share a name with Lord Voldemort? Get it straight from these Tom Riddles’ mouths. (www.newsweek.com)

I know that we have been sporadic with our posts since the new year, but things are looking busy soon and we are VERY excited about it. With wedding planning behind Brittany and a blossoming new business for Sam, we have tons of new ideas and info to share with anyone who stuck around through the lull and was patient enough to wait for us to get our act together! We love you guys :)

As always we love to see the links that were at top of your list this week too, so please share below!

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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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Fun on a Budget’s Most Popular Posts of 2014

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As the year comes to a close, we thought it would be fun to share Fun on a Budget’s most popular posts of 2014.  The results are varied, which might mean we haven’t found our niche OR it might mean that our audience is just as varied as the top 10 most-viewed posts :) One thing is for sure—we won’t stop writing about beating the student loan system, rewarding and forgiving ourselves over financial triumphs and failures, planning and attending weddings, our own personal debt stories (for all you nosy people who like seeing those numbers–who doesn’t, right?), saving money on food expenses, and finding ways (and the money) to take enjoyable vacations.

We hope all the newbie readers enjoy what has been going on here at Fun on a Budget over the past year just as much as everyone else. As chosen by the readers themselves, here are the most popular posts of 2014.

10. What are You Packing in that Lunchbox?

5 lunches that taste good, keep you full, are easy to pack, and save you money. These examples can be altered in a variety of ways to create many different lunch options. Packing lunch and taking it to work does not mean you have to eat the same thing every day.

Over multiple years, your lunch-packing habit could help you save enough money to contribute a significant amount of cash into a savings account for a home, car, or college without making any other income or lifestyle changes.  So if packing your lunch and carrying it to work every day is so awesome, why isn’t everyone doing it?

9. Mythbusters: How to Make Your Debt Payments Count

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Paying extra on your student loans can make a big difference, especially if you allocate those payments the right way and make them count.

8. Healthy Staples for Less than $25 a Week

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Through trial and error I have learned that there are THREE cardinal rules when it comes to consistently keeping healthy meals on the table without upping your grocery spending.  I am SO happy to share these rules because they also debunk one of the biggest myths out there regarding healthy eating (which also happens to be one of my biggest pet peeves). The next time you hear someone say, “I want to eat healthy, but it’s just too expensive,” you can flick them on the forehead, and then refer them to this website because they are wrong.

7. Six Fun Ways to Reward Yourself for Reaching Financial Goals

Mental breaks come in all shapes and sizes. My favorites come on yoga mats, with lots of pages, and in wine bottles.

Victories are a little bit better when they are followed by a party. Here are 6 fun ways to reward yourself for reaching financial goals without falling off the savvy-spending bandwagon.

6. How to Turn a Long Weekend into a 3 Day Cross Country Vacay on a Reasonable Budget

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Traveling can seem impossible when you’re on a budget and working to meet long term financial goals, but it can be done and done well :) Here is how I left the freezing temperatures and snow covered ground of the Midwest to spend my holiday weekend basking in the desert sun for just $330.00.

5. My Life on a Budget: A Year in Review

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So, here we are one year later, and it just wouldn’t be right not to reflect on how being on a budget has impacted our lives, right? I must say that I originally assumed I would post about how my budget has impacted my debt only, but once I started taking a deeper look at all that has happened (or not happened) and changed over this past year, I realized that the debt numbers are only half of it :)

The link above and the picture link will take you to Brittany’s Year in Review, but if you want to see how being on a budget impacted Sam’s life too you can find that post HERE.

4. 15 Creative and Cheap Halloween Costumes

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Everybody wants a costume that makes the other ghouls and goblins cheer when they enter the room, but nobody wants to spend a fortune to get that recognition. Lucky for you, I’ve dug through the archives of the most creative and low income years of my life and am ready to share 15 creative and cheap Halloween costumes that will help you avoid being a party pooper at your next boo bash.

3. How to Deal when Debt Tests your Patience

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Paying off debt takes a lot of determination and in some cases a LOT of patience as well, but we are all human here and let’s be real–sometimes that patience wears thin. The question is, can it wear so thin that you decide to take your entire paycheck immediately after it’s deposited into your account and combine that with a “little” from your emergency savings in order to reach your goal? That doesn’t sound like the best idea, buuuut I did it anyway. ;)

2. Wedding Budget 101: A step-by-step guide to Wedding Budgets for the Financially Unprepared Bride to Be

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Here is how a completely financially unprepared Bride-to-Be can create a personalized budget and payment plan suitable for a paid in full, aisle-walking day of I Do’s.

1. 25 Reasons being in Debt Sucks

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Hi, my name is Brittany, and I am in debt...and it sucks. There are days in my life when I take a look at myself or my home and think, “Are you f@#!ing kidding me?” Because it’s hard to stay positive and pumped up about doing what’s best (and usually the most difficult) all the time, I present to you the current movie that has been on repeat in my brain for the past couple of weeks: 25 Reasons Being in Debt Sucks...hard.

As we wave goodbye to 2014 and embark on a new year we both wish you all the best and as always thank you for stopping by our little blog. If you are ever feeling nostalgic for your favorite financial mumbo jumbo, you can find all of these posts waiting for you on our Pinterest page and filed in our archives 😉

Happy Holidays!!

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