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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 66

WSG IconEvery 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

Salsa chicken in the crockpot! Ready for me when I got home Friday night :-)

Salsa chicken in the crockpot! Ready for me when I got home Friday night :-)

I had another exceptionally exciting Friday night ending with an 8:30 bedtime. I enjoyed one drink at my typical Friday afternoon Happy Hour with co-workers, made salsa chicken in the crockpot, and watched the first half of Gone Girl.

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Happy Hour                                                                             $12.00
  • Dinner (sugar-free crockpot meal)                                         $0.00
  • Nightlife/Entertainment                                                          $0.00

Total Friday Spending: $12.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $30.00 (eating out)

SATURDAY

Plantains with coconut oil baked in the oven and served over plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon and some honey. YUM!

Plantains with coconut oil baked in the oven and served over plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon and some honey. YUM!

The weekend started with yoga and walk on the beach….ahhhh relaxing! The rest of the day was all about the to-do list. Between wedding, Beachbody, and life my to-do lists have gotten pretty long. Guest book – check, bridesmaid’s gifts – check, transportation – check, wedding invites – check. Phew! That feels good! Who knew that vacuuming for a few can transform your whole house?! I ran the vacuum around and picked up a few pieces of mail here and there and voila! Clean house! Grocery shopping, dinner on the grill, and finishing the movie comprised the rest of my day.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Yoga and walk on the beach                                           $2.00 (donation)
  • Coffee                                                                               $2.00
  • To-do list marathon                                                         $0.00
  • Weekend chores                                                              $0.00
  • Nightlife/Entertainment                                                  $0.00

Total Saturday Spending: $4.00

Estimated Total Saturday Saving: $40.00 (eating and drinking out)

SUNDAY

Finally a few hours by the pool :-)

Finally a few hours by the pool :-)

I didn’t get as much done as I wanted yesterday so I spend the morning working on Beachbody invites and participation, some more wedding stuff, and cleaning. I was able to head to the pool for a couple hours of sun which was much needed and super relaxing! A small meal prep (leaving for Brittany’s wedding on Thursdsay!), dinner, and TV watching ended my productive weekend J

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Meals                                                             $0.00
  • Sunday Stuff                                                  $0.00
  • Poolside relaxation                                        $0.00

Total Sunday Spending: $0.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $30.00 (meals out)

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $16.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $100.00

I’m always trying different fitness and nutrition challenges and this weekend was all about going sugar-free (including BBQ sauce, certain fruits, sweeteners, etc.). I actually made it through the entire weekend without eating sugar! YAY! Keeping myself busy was definitely a big part in my success. I had to prioritize my weekends this month and work on getting extra things done because I’ll be out of town next weekend celebrating Brittany’s wedding!!!!! How do you prioritize your weekends?!

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 48

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

Weekend 9.21 FridayAfter a long week at work, all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and binge watch Season 3 of New Girl on Netflix. I heated up some leftovers and enjoyed a night with James and 6 episodes of my favorite TV show. It would have been easy to order in some food or head to happy hour, but I wanted to save up my spending money for tomorrow.

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Leftovers for dinner + Netflix                        $0.00

Total Spent on Friday:   $0.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings:   $15.00 (happy hour or ordering in)

SATURDAY

Weekend 9.21 SaturdaySaturday started out early with a drive to Tampa to help my future bro-in-law move to a new apartment. I took a few hours in the afternoon to lay by his apartment pool before heading out to a local bar for some drinks. Nights out can add up quickly after a few drinks and a late night meal, so I decided to get one drink (since I was tired anyways) and split a meal with James.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Lunch: bought a couple pizzas for the boys                             $0.00
  • Drinks at the bar                                                                         $10.00
  • Late night dinner after drinks                                                    $10.00

Total Spent on Saturday:      $20.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $30.00

SUNDAY

Weekend 9.21 SundaySunday was spent driving back home and catching up on boring weekend stuff around the house. I was determined to get some of our save-the-dates done, too!

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Boring Weekend Cleaning                            $0.00
  • Dunkin Donuts Run                                       $6.00
  • Leftovers for Dinner                                      $0.00

Total Spent on Sunday:      $6.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings:   $0.00

Total Estimated Weekend SPENDING:  $26.00

Total Estimated Weekend SAVINGS:  $45.00

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Sam

Saturday Morning Hustle: Links we Loved this Week

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1. Supposedly this cactus rock art is a craft project for the children, but rules were made to be broken, right? (www.craftberrybush.com)

2. When chilly fall nights actually start arriving, Netflix’s new fall lineup will be here to save the day. (www.stylecaster.com)

3. Maybe I’m a little bit out of touch (I mean I do write a blog about being on a budget), but I can’t believe these numbers represent the least expensive places to get married in the United States. (www.blog.theknot.com)

4. A person’s name is likely correlated with his success across multiple areas of life. How does yours measure up? (www.businessinsider.com)

5. The best time to buy your airline ticket for the holidays is… (www.apartmenttherapy.com)

What links were at the top of your list this week? We’d love to hear about them :)

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