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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 59

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.12.8 Cover


My ideal Friday evening consists of happy hour, dinner at home, and a night on the couch with James…and that’s EXACTLY what happened! One drink at the bar kept the tab down, an easy pre-planned breakfast-for-dinner made it easy to stay away from the restaurants, and after a long week that couch was calling my name!

12.8 FridayFriday Spending Stats:

  • Scrambled eggs & coffee at home                                       $0.00
  • Packed a lunch to eat at work                                              $0.00
  • One drink at HH                                                                    $7.00
  • Dinner at home                                                                     $0.00
  • Nightlife/Entertainment                                                       $0.00

Total Friday Spending: $7.00

         Estimated Total Friday Savings: $47.00


Saturday morning run, Shakeology for breakfast, coffee, and going through my budget (every week I update my budget to stay on track) kept me busy Saturday morning. Decorating for Christmas was on my mind so I stopped at the one and only Family Dollar to look for some cute but inexpensive options. They had so many cute things! I could have bought 15 different $5-$10 decorations, but I stuck with just ONE that I needed. I enjoyed a couple hours at the pool to spruce up my tan before diving into decorating. The rest of the evening consisted of decorating the courtyard, dinner at home (leftovers), putt putt (brought our own wine in a thermos), ice cream, and a movie at home on netflix. Another wild night for us 😉

12.8 GolfSaturday Spending Stats:

  • Shakeology & Coffee                                                      $0.00
  • Family Dollar                                                                  $4.00
  • Pool Time                                                                        $0.00
  • Decorating                                                                      $0.00
  • Dinner at Home                                                              $0.00
  • Putt Putt                                                                          $22 (for both of us)
  • Ice Cream                                                                        $7.00 (for both of us)
  • Movie at home                                                                $0.00 (Netflix)

Total Saturday Spending: $33.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings: $55.00


Sunday was full of “weekend stuff” – cleaning, laundry, meal plan & prep. Meal planning is really important to me because it helps me stick to my grocery shopping budget and nutrition plan by preparing all meals throughout the week ahead of time. This makes a big difference when you’re driving home hungry from work and want to stop at Chipotle or just go out to eat. Saves money and calories! I kept a running tab of everything that I was putting in my cart to make sure I stuck to my grocery budget…even had to put a few things back!

12.8 SaturdaySunday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast/Coffee                                                                                 $0.00
  • Meal Plan & Prep for Week                                                                $0.00
  • Grocery Shopping                                                                              $75 (grocery money)
  • Boring Weekend Stuff (cleaning, laundry, more decorating)           $0.00
  • Dinner at home                                                                                  $0.00

Total Sunday Spending: $0.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $25.00

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $40.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $127.00

It was nice to spend a relaxing weekend at home getting things done around the house, decorating, and catching up on Beachbody posts and challengers. It feels good to start the week with a  whole list of “to dos” behind you :-)

Christmas is only a few weeks away! Has your weekend spending been impacted by the pending holiday spending?!

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 46

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: $57.00

Total Amount Spent: $75.00

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I feel like I should have started this post with a  warning like “Reader Beware: Very Boring Weekend Recap Ahead” because it may rank up there in the top 5 most boring weekends of my life. Unfortunately, I was not feeling top notch on Saturday (I suppose it was bound to happen given that I am surrounded by children all day at work…and lately it seems like I’ve been surrounded by more sniffling noses as well), so that day was a bust. Sunday was spent catching up on chores and prepping for a busy work week. I know I’ll be happy with myself and realize it was worth it once Wednesday rolls around…It will be worth it…It will be worth it…

Hope everyone else had a weekend that was far more exciting than mine! Did you save some money and manage to have a good time? We want to hear about how you did it!!

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