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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 58

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.

Sedona  band joe

FRIDAY

Because of Thanksgiving Friday was an atypical Friday, I was faced with extra temptation to spend money while cutting loose (feel free to define “cutting loose” however you choose—my definition includes sweatpants, a glass of wine, and dinner that I didn’t cook myself) not only after I got off work but all day long.  Although my purse strings were tested frequently, I was able to thoroughly enjoy quality time with family and friends while spending to survive (hello food!) and saving when I could (no souvenirs for me). Joe’s sister was in town, so we wanted to show her some of our favorite parts of Arizona while she was here.

Friday morning started with coffee and cinnamon rolls at home before we piled into our car, picked up a friend, and started our trek to Sedona.  We stopped for lunch at a cute diner on the way(despite my suggestion that I pack lunches for us—ah, sometimes the rest of the world does not agree with my spend-as-little-as-possible philosophy and I have to keep reminding myself that is normal and I need to be flexible).  Joe’s sister was ridiculously kind and insisted on buying our meal, so I paid zero dollars. What goes around comes around, and we will be paying her back in the future :) Sedona is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, and taking in the views is 100% free. Once the sun began to set we grabbed some coffee at a local shop (I paid for Joe and I) then walked around a main street checking out the souvenir shops. My friend and family made some purchases, but I refrained. I did have my eye out for any potential Christmas gifts, but because I wasn’t able to find an item that fit the bill, I passed on buying anything at all which saved me a nice chunk of change.

Our day trip turned into a night trip and we continued north up to Flagstaff to view the stars and planets through telescopes at the Lowell Observatory. We wanted to catch a presentation on constellations so we went to a local Target to kill time before the it started. I made a deal with myself that if I found any clothing items I liked for less than $5 I’d go ahead and buy them because I can find clothes at Target for less than $10 anytime. The sales weren’t anything to write home about (for myself and for potential gifts), and once again I kept my wallet closed during a shopping excursion.  We did have “dinner” (brace yourselves this is pretty gross) at the Target food court. Joe paid for me this time, and I’m pretty sure my $2.50 hot dog, the $2.50 bag of popcorn we shared, and the soda he gave me a few sips of were about the same price as our $10 coffee run earlier in the day.

sendona girls

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast/Coffee                                                                   $0.00
  • Lunch (my future sister in law rules)                                  $0.00
  • Hiking/Entertainment                                                          $0.00
  • Snack (coffee Joe & I)                                                            $10.00
  • Souvenir Shops/Entertainment                                           $0.00
  • Target                                                                                    $0.00
  • Dinner (sort of—Joe paid)                                                     $8.00 $0.00
  • Lowell Observatory                                                               $11.00

Total Friday Spending: $21.00

         Estimated Total Friday Savings: $100.00

SATURDAY

Saturday we all slept in and took our time waking up.  I uploaded the Saturday Morning Hustle and checked out posts on Financially Savvy Saturday while my future family brewed one fabulous pot of coffee and discussed sparring tactics. It was a really productive morning guys ;).  So after getting our caffeine fixes in and eating pumpkin pie for breakfast, we decided to meet up with a couple of good friends in downtown Phoenix for lunch and stroll through the Flea Market.  We managed to get a table at the famous Pizzeria Bianco and It. Was. Good. Gooooooooooood.  After pizza we browsed the Flea Market–which was very cute and filled with a good selection of jewelry, artwork, and delicious smelling candles. Although I didn’t buy anything yesterday while we were there, I collected a plethora of business cards, so I can follow up in the future when I know exactly what I want.  By the time we finished browsing the flea market booths and oohing and ahhing over one of the cutest, chubbiest faces on the planet (see below) we were all hungry again. Instead of stopping at a restaurant on the way back to our house we held strong and feasted on leftovers once we made it back to our abode.  The night was rounded out with more catching up and valuable face to face chat time since we don’t see each other often.

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Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Coffee/Breakfast                                                     $0.00
  • Lunch (Pizzeria Bianco)                                         $30.00
  • Flea Market (admission)                                         $5.00
  • Flea Market (purchases)                                         $0.00
  • Dinner/Dessert                                                        $0.00

Total Saturday Spending: $35.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings: $30.00

SUNDAY

So…….Sunday. There is not much to write about because I really only did four things total (and that includes eating leftovers). Sadly, we bid Joe’s sister farewell, and he took her to the airport early in the morning. I then stayed in bed and read until 9:00 AM before getting up to clean a bit around the house and make us a pot of coffee. The rest of the day was spent marathon stitching to try to make some major ground on my Advent Calendar before December flies by without me basking in my first grown up craft project glory. I spent a fair amount of time nailing down some upcoming gift purchases and writing for the blog. Joe and I rounded out the night by watching the Chiefs/Broncos game on the couch. Did I say I did four things? In truth that might have been an exaggeration, but a day of nothing was a MAJOR necessity for me. I needed a little recharge session before heading back to work this week.

Advent Calendar

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Coffee/Breakfast                                                        $0.00
  • Lunch                                                                         $0.00
  • Advent Calendar/Entertainment                              $0.00
  • Dinner                                                                        $0.00
  • NFL (Chiefs)                                                                $0.00

Total Sunday Spending: $0.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $0.00

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $56.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $130.00

It was nice to be able to have Joe’s sister in town to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and an extended weekend together since we all live so far from the rest of our family members. The entire weekend went by waaaay too fast, and I’m not sure that I’m ready to get back to the grind.

How are you getting back to a routine and keeping it up as we get closer to Christmas? Are you making  changes to your weekend budget?

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 56

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

Joe did buy my burger and fries, but at least I am a cheap date! photo credit: www.freddysusa.com

Joe did buy my burger and fries, but at least I am a cheap date! photo credit: www.freddysusa.com

The last two weekends, Joe and I have gone out to dinner on Friday night, and it has been a nice way to relax (I’m especially enjoying the no clean up) after the work week. We are thinking of making it a tradition because we can do it in a way that doesn’t cost much money…um, yes we went on a date to Freddy’s (and I’m pretty sure a most of the local high school students were on their dates there as well), but it tasted delicious and the company was good. Last weekend I paid (with a gift certificate) and this weekend, Joe picked up the tab, so I ate for free! We came home where I squeezed in a quick 10 minute relaxing yoga session, and then we rounded out the night by watching Dumb and Dumber on the couch before heading to bed.  A simple, relaxing, and cost free night :)

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Workout (free yoga app video)                                       $0.00
  • Dinner (Joe’s treat) @ Freddy’s                                       $0.00
  • Nightly Entertainment                                                    $0.00

Total Spent on Friday: $0.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $5.00

SATURDAY

Saturday-2

Saturday was one of those days that I felt like I did a ton, and then when I looked back on it, I realized I didn’t do much—which is fine with me! It felt nice after a week of go, go, go! I woke up early to finish the Saturday Morning Hustle and catch up on all of my favorite blogs/articles from the past week. I spent a little quality time with my handsome sir before he headed out for the day and then went for a run OUTSIDE. Desert, I love you in November. I really do. I made the mistake of staying home to watch the Husker football game (can I even call it a game—it was more of a tragedy) instead of going to a free concert with friends. Fail. Although it did probably save me some money because even though the concert was free, I would have spent money on drinks and/or food just because I was out of the house. We are fully stocked with food right now, so I happily ate lunch and dinner at home. The highlight of my Saturday evening was reaching a milestone in my Advent Calendar craft project while watching college football.  At this point in my life—that is my idea of a good time.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner                                                          $0.00
  • Run (outside)                                                                           $0.00
  • Husker Tragedy & other College Football Games                  $0.00
  • Crafting                                                                                    $0.00

Total Saturday Spending: $0.00

Total Saturday Savings: $15.00

SUNDAY

Sunday-2

The wind was howling when I woke up Sunday morning, and I wimped out on my run, opting instead for a 10 minute cardio barre workout coupled with a 15 minute arm burner. Each time I do barre, it feels like I find muscles I never knew existed until that very moment, and it burrrrrrns. Yowza.

Joe was my Sunday brunch hero, and he made us cheddar jalapeño waffles to enjoy with our coffee. We rounded out the morning by cozying up on the couch and watched a Netflix showing of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (WARNING: TearJerker Alert! You will need tissues if you watch this movie).

After the Chiefs beat the Seahawks, we went on (another) hunt looking for the perfect (and perfectly priced) suits or tuxedos for the groomsmen in our wedding. Why is dressing the wedding party so difficult? I think it’s just hard to ask people to spend money wearing something they had no say in choosing for one stinking day. If anyone has any tips on dressing the groomsmen for less PLEASE, PLEASE pretty please share them with me! We struck out in making a final decision, but while looking for some delicious sale candles at Kohls, I found the wreath that is pictured above for $10. It was originally priced at $50.00! All was not lost, and now the wreath is playing a part in helping me slowly up my mantle game. I am definitely planning on adding more, but I admit it’s happening at the pace of a snail. Check in with me next Christmas—I’m sure it will look glorious by then.  😉

In addition to breakfast/brunch, I made a late and light lunch (chicken salad) and dinner (one pot lemon orzo shrimp) with ingredients we already had a home. Both were tasty and cost no extra money. Done and done.

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner                                            $0.00
  • Workout                                                                      $0.00
  • Home Décor                                                              $10.00

Total Sunday Spending: $10.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $40.00

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $10.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $60.00

I was really, really happy that I could fill my time with cooking, sewing, and watching football for entertainment this weekend because next weekend I am going to be in Florida with my long-lost Samantha!!! Ayyiiyiyiyiyiyiyiyiy! It’ll be nice to have as much spending money as possible for my trip.

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 52

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

photo credit: www.geekyrant.com

photo credit: www.geekyrant.com

First thing Friday morning I had a department meeting, and I decided to stop at a Starbucks that was on my way to the office to treat myself for a B-U-S-Y workweek. I had a gift card with about $4.00 remaining on the balance, so I bought myself a Grande cup of the day and then passed the card with its remaining balance back to the woman in line behind me—the extreme budgeter starts the day with a charitable money moment—score! After a meeting that ran long, I was off work early at noon and decided to hit the grocery store to prep for hosting one of my dearest pals over the weekend. Because she was flying across the country to visit me, I wanted to make sure we had plenty of snacks and meal choices available. I bought items that I thought would be great weekend options as well as quick lunch options in case Joe and I were a little behind/exhausted come Monday (hummus, Luna Bars, etc.) and didn’t buy long-term items we needed (like quinoa).   After heading home from the grocery store, I made lunch at home and then spent all of Friday afternoon cleaning before heading to the airport to get my friend, Sarah. Her and I battled traffic before meeting up with Joe to judge his tux options for the wedding, and because he is a gentleman, he bought us a happy hour drink pre-modeling session.  Sarah and I had a fair amount of catching up to do, so we did that over wine that Joe and I already had the house instead of staying at a bar (post happy hour hours) and spending more money.

Friday Spending Stats:

  •  Starbucks                                                           $0.00
  • Groceries                                                           $35.00
  • Lunch on shortened work day                           $0.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment                                         $0.00
  • Feeding  my Guest                                              $0.00
  • Wine/Girl Talk                                                      $0.00

Total Spent on Friday:    $35.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $58.00

SATURDAY

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Saturday started with blueberry waffles, bacon, fresh fruit, and coffee pulled together by yours truly and hers truly :) After devouring brunch at home, I introduced Sarah to a little piece of heaven otherwise known as Nordstrom Last Chance—where you can literally score designer jeans for $10.00 I bought an oversized sweater ($10), impeccable Michael Kors wedges ($15), and new pajamas ($8) for a grand total just under $35.00! The insanity of Last Chance’s jam-packed aisles and our long shopping excursion left us feeling famished, so we found a Saturday happy hour nearby and split two HH options to eat a wider variety while spending less. I also skipped alcohol altogether at this point because I felt dehydrated and knew I’d be driving again soon anyway. We had an awkward amount of time to kill between our delicious HH and kickoff for the Nebraska game, so I took Sarah to one of my favorite places in Phoenix—North Mountain—and we tried to walk off some of the calories. After that we went to a Husker bar in Scottsdale, and even though we split a buffalo chicken wrap and I had two beers, I didn’t end up paying for anything because Sarah snuck the tab while I was in the bathroom!

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Brunch                                                         $0.00
  • Shopping                                                    $35.00
  • Happy Hour                                               $20.00
  • Killing Time at North Mountain                 $0.00
  • Dinner/Drinks during Husker Game         $0.00

Total Spent on Saturday: $55.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings: $49.00

SUNDAY

Sunday-hike

Thanks to Joe, we all got a repeat of delicious brunch on Sunday—egg sandwiches and the best hash browns I’ve had in a long time! After chowing down, Sarah and I drove across town so she could conquer Camelback Mountain. Luckily the weather has been cooling down a bit, so we were able to lounge around before leaving.  Because she is a beautiful Midwestern baby, I had to share the amazingness that is In-N-Out Burger with her before she left, so her and I tackled some burgers and shakes post hike.  Post shower and packing I drove Sarah back to the airport for her departure (I swear the weekend felt like it was 5 minutes long!) and then chatted up my mom on my drive home. Even though it always feels amazing to have friends in town, I am always pretty tired after it’s all said and done. I tucked myself into bed early with my current reading addiction–Tangled: Tales of Malstria, Book 2.

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Brunch                                             $0.00
  • Hiking/Entertainment                     $0.00
  • Late Lunch/Dinner                        $13.00

Total Spent on Sunday:                 $13.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings:                 $20.00

Total Estimated Weekend SPENDING:             $103.00

Total Estimated Weekend SAVINGS:           $127.00

I’m always a big fan of taking advantage of good weather and the great outdoors to save on spending while still having fun on the weekend. What are your favorite, low cost ways to have fun on the weekend?

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 49

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

Fri-cookies

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…and again and again and again. The best time to hit the grocery store or Costco is at 4:00 PM on Friday, so even though some work colleagues were meeting for happy hour on Friday afternoon, I decided to hit Costco before considering joining them. While at Costco I snagged most of the food I wanted but forced myself to pass on bacon, a bulk package of post its, and a bottle of wine. By the time I finished shopping, my work cohorts were dispersing, so I headed home to unload my loot and hit the couch with a brew from the fridge just in time to watch Sporting KC lose in the final minutes of their match. Following the loss (which is becoming all too common in my humble and loyal fan opinion), I was prepared to muster up some energy to cook dinner for mi amor and myself, but he decided to join his coworkers at a happy hour that had a free munchies buffet—which gave me a little more time for R&R. I opted to stay home, and instead of making dinner I rolled some frozen cookie dough into balls, lined them up on a cookie sheet, and had dessert instead!

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Costco                                                        $75.00
  • Happy Hour                                                 $0.00
  • Dinner and Sweet Tooth Soothing             $0.00

Total Spent on Friday:                  $75.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings:                  $55.00

SATURDAY

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Sat-baseball

Saturday morning I woke up with a sore throat (yay!) and powered through my morning with a green smoothie and some coffee. I was planning on heading to some soccer games, but they were cancelled because this monsoon season has been off the chain! The wind gusts were so intense the airport was even shut down for a bit. Anyway, back to me J I made the most of my morning at home catching up on blog stuff, budgeting, and laundry. Then for lunch, I made both Joe and I the infamous “Sarahwich”—a delicious sandwich (invented by the bestest roommate, friend, and late night chef—dubbed Sarah, obviously) that consists of fillings of your choice and is characterized by a crispy grilled finish highlighted with garlic, parmesan, rosemary, and thyme.  He ate his before mine was off the griddle. No joke.

Saturday afternoon I squeezed in a workout at home while catching up on the Season Premiere of Scandal (Team Jake!). Late in the afternoon, a couple of friends that had gotten free tickets to the Diamondbacks game through work decided last minute that they didn’t want to go, so they gave their tickets to me and Joe. Even though I had to pay for parking (it was only $10), we were able to enjoy the game from the upper deck without having to purchase tickets! Once we were in, I got us each a hot dog, and my handsome bought my beer. Following the game we went out to a local bar to meet some friends for darts, and while there Joe and I split a chicken finger basket and he bought me one more little girl beer. I’m not a fan of being sick for extended periods of time, so I kept the alcohol to a minimum and did my best to stay well hydrated.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Lunch                                                                               $0.00
  • Workout                                                                           $0.00
  • Diamondbacks – Tickets                                                 $0.00
  • Diamondbacks – Parking and Food                              $21.00
  • Drinks and Darts with Friends                                       $3.00

Total Spent on Saturday:              $24.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings:              $43.00

SUNDAY

Sun-Shopping

Sunday started with a couple of quick errands shortly after waking up. First I stopped by Wal-Mart to get the crate and body wash pictured above. I’m hoping that by the end of next weekend my crate will look like the DIY Rustic Rolling Crate (minus the roll) that Liz Marie (Liz Marie Blog) created and shared a couple of weeks ago! I also left the Equate body wash in there because I wanted to share that I sacrificed by snobby body wash needs by purchasing this “off brand” instead a recommendation I’d dreamed about read about on another blogger’s site. Body wash is just not what I’m treating myself with these days. Plus, Joe and I can share this one. After Wal-Mart, I made a short grocery trip to stock up on weekly essentials and skipped out on a few items I wanted (oatmeal, honey crisp apples, granola bars).

Then I headed home and spent an embarrassingly long time on the couch watching Netflix and following the advice of YouTube videos that instructed me on techniques to reduce my sinus pressure…Very exciting stuff folks. I rounded out the night making a double batch (one for Sunday’s dinner and one to freeze for later) of this Creamy Tomato Lasagna Florentine from Pinch of Yum (highly recommended), snuggling on the couch, and then cozying up in bed with my newest page turner—well technically a page swiper because it’s on my kindle app—The Taking (Tales of Malstria Book 1). I can’t put it down! It’s available on Amazon and it’s only $6.00 :)

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast/Coffee                                                 $0.00
  • Wal-Mart                                                           $16.00
  • Grocery Run                                                      $20.00
  • The Taking (Tales of Malstria Book 1)                $6.00

 

Total Spent on Sunday:           $42.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings:           $30.00

Total Estimated Weekend SPENDING:         $141.00

Total Estimated Weekend SAVINGS:         $128.00

My weekend was the perfect combination of rest and recreation. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a nice balance like that, so you can bet I soaked it up! I hope everyone enjoyed the first weekend of fall–how did you save and still have a good time?

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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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Saturday 9-8

Sunday 9-8

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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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 30

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: $40.00

Total Amount Spent: $16.00

Check out the tables below to find out how I did it:

Friday

*I actually spent $0.00 dollars at the Mexican restaurant for lunch/dinner because our friend from out of town wanted to pick up the tab. It was his way of saying thank you for giving him a room in our home and providing a few dinners/breakfasts throughout the week during his stay.  The “Estimated Savings” portion here is based on the money Joe and I saved by sharing an appetizer sampler instead of each getting our own entrée.

*I actually spent $0.00 dollars at the Mexican restaurant for lunch/dinner because our friend from out of town wanted to pick up the tab. It was his way of saying thank you for giving him a room in our home and providing a few dinners/breakfasts throughout the week during his stay. The “Estimated Savings” portion here is based on the money Joe and I saved by sharing an appetizer sampler instead of each getting our own entrée.

About halfway up Black Mountain

Pat and JoeSunday

This picture does a great job of capturing how doing things on a budget requires patience--our plant family is growing slowly and so are the attractiveness of their homes.

This picture does a great job of capturing how doing things on a budget requires patience–our plant family is growing slowly and the plan is to slowly increase the beauty of their containers.

Patio Babies

My weekend’s vibe was definitely “play hard, crash hard,” but as boring as Sunday was—I must admit it was very cost efficient 😉 Plus, my body and brain clearly needed a little break from real life.  Happy Monday y’all, hope it’s been a good one!

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