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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.

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!

Weekend Survival Guide for Girl on a Budget - Fun on a Budget Blog

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 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 44

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 Estimated Savings: $175.00

Total Amount Spent: $168.00

Friday

Brunch

Food and Friends are two areas that get top priority when it comes to spending!

Saturday

Sunday

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 38

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 Estimated Savings: $153.00

Total Amount Spent: $34.00

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

We rode our bikes to a hiking area in the city, then I hung out with some little furry guys while he ran sprints up the mountain.

We rode our bikes to a hiking area in the city, then I hung out with some little furry guys while he ran sprints up the mountain.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! For more information about how to get your finances in your control checking out our Getting Started link in our menu at the top of this page.

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 36

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 Estimated Savings: $255.00

Total Amount Spent: $68.00

Friday

Free weekend activity that was fun and supportive of a friend!

Free weekend activity that was fun and supportive of a friend!

Saturday

 

Super cute set up at an adorable baby shower

Super cute set up at an adorable baby shower

baby gift

Sunday

* See more information about “household purchase” below

Making a few extra trips to various stores this weekend saved me a fair amount of money because I made returns on items I didn’t need to have.  *Joe and I decided (more like Joe had the idea and I agreed that it was very good one) to add a “household fund” to our cash withdrawal starting this month. I’ve been using the money I take out as “spending money” to buy things like cleaning supplies, toiletries, and replacing broken coffee pots,  and while it worked for nearly a year, it has recently been a huge stressor for both of us (mostly because it makes me mad and then I’m  no fun to be around, haha–hey isn’t admitting there’s a problem the first step in solving it). Maybe we are on a streak of bad luck, but we both agreed it’s better for each of us to contribute 10 bucks a month to a joint pot of money that is going to be used for boring household needs, so we can continue to enjoy life and don’t accidentally slide into overspending without regulation as we attempt to stay sane :)

I guess I know who wears the smarty pants in this relationship, but I’m glad he puts them to good use! Hope everyone had a good weekend!

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 32

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.

This hot air balloon ride was the highlight of my weekend.

Total Estimated Savings: $129.00

Total Amount Spent: $387.00

Check out the tables below to see how I did it

Friday.11

saturday.13

sunday.13

*We only had to pay $4.50 a piece for our Hockey tickets because some of our friends won a raffle and were generous enough to share the wealth. This is an example of taking advantage of cheap fun even if it wasn’t in your original plan :)

The birthday sign was a classic touch, haha :)

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Our friends won tickets at mid ice so we upgraded to the lower level and got 2 tickets for 10 bucks!!! There's Joe on the  jumbotron ;)

Our friends won tickets at mid ice so we upgraded to the lower level and got 2 tickets for 10 bucks!!! There’s Joe on the jumbotron ;)

I had a weekend that was much more fun that usual (sadly, there is usually more laundry and less adventure), and I hope everyone else had a fantastic weekend as well! A huge thanks to the crew at Rainbow Ryders for the awesome hot air balloon ride. It was an unforgettable birthday experience :)

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