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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 Girl on a Budget

Issue 61

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!12.22.14 Weekend Logo Pic

FRIDAY

Begin our travels home for Christmas break! Our ultimate goal on Friday was to make it to James’ mom’s house which was about a 12-13 hours drive. We made a pitstop to pick up a third golden retriever on the way :-) Splitting meals, packing snacks, and bringing water bottles helped keep food costs low.

12.22.14 Snack WeekendFriday Spending Stats:

  • Coffee (lots of it)                                          $10.00 (for both of us)
  • Breakfast at Chik-fil-A                                 $5.00 (for both of us)
  • Snacks from home                                      $0.00
  • Lunch-split Subway sub                             $6.00
  • Dinner at James’ mom’s home                   $0.00

Total Friday Spending: $21.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $10.00

 SATURDAY

Insanity max:30, quality time with family, and a delicious dinner helped up recover from a long drive and prepare for another one :-) My future MIL spoiled us by taking us to an AMAZING restaurant with fresh food and interesting flavor combinations…yum!

12.22.14 5 Dogs WeekendSaturday Spending Stats:

$0.00 thanks to our amazing host (aka “mom”)

Total Saturday Spending: $0.00

SUNDAY

Another travel day to visit my family for Christmas. Even less spent on meals and carried our snacks with us. We even got lost and took a scenic detour through DC!

12.22.14 Sleeping Dog Weekend

The amazing standing dog! 11 hours in the car without laying down!

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Coffee                                                                       $10.00 (what can I say, we love coffee!)
  • Breakfast                                                                  $0.00
  • Snacks                                                                      $0.00
  • Dinner at home with my family                              $0.00 thanks to our hosts/parents

Total Sunday Spending: $10.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $10.00

Total Estimated Weekend Spending: $31.00

Total Estimated Weekend Savings: $20.00

Our coffee addiction (also known as “stay-awake-and-focus-on-driving-for-24-hours-total) contributed to most of our spending over our trip…I have to say…I’m totally OK with that :-) What do you just HAVE to splurge on when you travel?

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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

FRIDAY

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

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

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 54

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

Friday

Friday was Halloween, and luckily Joe and I were invited to a low key costume party with killer (pun intended) snacks.  I rocked the sugar skull look while Joe went as the hunter from Jumanji. Both of our costumes were pretty frugal when compared to what people pay to prep for Halloween these days. On Thursday I bought some fake flowers from JoAnn’s and duct taped/hotglued them to an old headband to create the hairpiece I wore.  Joe had leftover white and black face paint from a previous costume, and the red “paint” is actually lipstick that I stenciled onto my face. I was able to wear clothes that were already in my closet, so in all I only spent $20 on the costume (and that was Thursday, so technically not the “weekend” but I thought it was worth sharing). Joe already had the hat, suit, shirt, tie, socks, shoes, and facial hair 😉 for his costume before making any purchases. He did stop at the thrift store to get a $10 satchel (that doubled as a beverage carrier at the party) to enhance his look. The wonderful party hostesses supplied snacks, and I enjoyed one beer we brought from home while playing Cards Against Humanity—which means I spent ZERO dollars on Halloween. I don’t think I’ve ever pulled that off before, but my friends deserve more credit than I do. Muchas gracias mis amigas!

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Dinner                                                                      $0.00
  • Halloween Party                                                      $0.00
  • BYOB Drinks                                                            $0.00

Total Spent on Friday: $0.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings: $10.00

SATURDAY

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Saturday day might as well have been called “sports” day because sports dominated my life. I started with 2 giant cups of coffee as I caught up on blog work—posting Sam and I’s favorite links of the past week in the Saturday Morning Hustle and then linking up to Financially Savvy Saturdays and checking out some other entertaining and informative financial posts from the week. Joe coached his last soccer game of the season at 10:00 AM, so I chatted on the phone with my mom while watching the bittersweet game. After soccer, I ran a couple errands and then headed back home to catch the Husker football game on TV. I ate lunch at home and snuck in a circuit training workout during the game before hitting the shower and driving to Scottsdale where Joe and I met some friends for the Arizona Fall League All Star baseball game. We actually got to go to the game for free and got to treat our friends to the game too because one of Joe’s close pals had a bunch of company tickets that wouldn’t have been used otherwise.  Joe bought me a beer at the game, and I brought my own sunflower seeds instead of purchasing a snack there. Although I’ll admit, I had to avoid the hotdog stand entirely—it was tempting but unnecessary. We all went to a local sports bar after the game for dinner and drinks. Joe and I split a buffalo chicken wrap and fries, and each enjoyed one drink before loading up on water. Since he covered me at the game, I picked up the sports bar tab.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast/Coffee (at home)                                              $0.00
  • Soccer Game                                                                     $0.00
  • Lunch (at home)                                                                $0.00
  • Husker Football                                                                 $0.00
  • Workout (fitsugar.com)                                                     $0.00
  • Fall League All Star baseball game                                  $0.00
  • Dinner/Drinks post-game                                                $20.00

Total Saturday Spending: $20.00

Estimated Saturday Savings: $33.00

SUNDAY

Sunday

Sunday morning, I woke up to nice cool temps and decided to grab a cozy blanket and a hot cup of coffee before heading out to enjoy the weather on my patio.  It was pure bliss. By the time I had finished my first cup of the good stuff, Joe had woken up and was busy making breakfast in the kitchen. I am not a photography expert, thus my crappy iPhone shots, but I wish I could do the breakfast burrito he made justice. It was all about the underside of the tortilla—he explained the magical process to me at least twice but I was so enamored with the deliciousness going on in my mouth I couldn’t tell you what he said. It was that good. So good, I think I just dedicated half of my Sunday recap to profess my undying love for that burrito. Joe and I watched a couple episodes of Lost before I took a power nap and then hit the chores hard. I planned meals for the week, made a quick run to the grocery store, and then took advantage of the weather and got in some cardio outside. I also prepped smoothies for the week as my “healthy habit” portion of the November Health and Wealth Challenge I joined.  If you have read any of these posts before, you know I like to start my Monday feeling rejuvenated, and after a busy Friday and Saturday, I was more than happy to spend Sunday pulling our house together a bit and recharging my brain and body.

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Coffee/Breakfast                                                       $0.00
  • Entertainment/Rest (Netflix)                                    $0.00
  • Outdoor Cardio                                                         $0.00
  • Trader Joe’s (grocery fund)                                      $55.00
  • Lunch/Dinner                                                            $0.00

Total Sunday Spending: $55.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings: $28.00

Total Estimated Weekend SPENDING:             $75.00

Total Estimated Weekend SAVINGS:           $71.00

Not a lot of spending happening this weekend, but I cut it in half simply by paying attention to everything I put out. Now that it’s officially November, I feel like the weekends are about to get a little bit crazy. Do you have any strategies for saving money and having fun on the weekend–especially with the high travel times that are approaching?

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 50

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

Friday-paking lot

Friday afternoon I stayed late at work to complete some paperwork. Sometimes I like to do that because it reduces stress on the weekend and makes my Monday morning much better. Despite being a little tired after work, I whipped up a favorite (and easy) recipe from Budget Bytes, Teriyaki Noodle Bowls, instead of ordering pizza like my brain was begging me to. That’s where I saved my money on Friday. Then I spent the next few hours cheering on the KC Royals as they won their second straight playoff game :) VERY shortly after that, I fell asleep. My handsome better half and I had been battling a sinus infection/cold/cough medley of grossness and phlegm all week, so getting a lot of rest was high on my weekend priority list.  Once that game was over, I was out.

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Dinner (cooked instead of ordered out)                $0.00
  • KC Royals Playoff Game                                          $0.00

Total Spent on Friday:         $0.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings:       $20.00

SATURDAY

Saturday - monkey

Saturday - turtle

I woke up early Saturday morning to get my blog on—posting the Saturday Morning Hustle and checking out some interesting posts on the Financially Savvy Saturday Link Up.  Around 7:30 AM my friend, her perfect baby girl, and I headed to the Phoenix Zoo for the Zoowalk for Autism Research. We made a quick pit stop at QT to grab coffee and juice on our way there (much cheaper than Starbucks)  and following our power walk with the wild animals stopped at Pei Wei for lunch. We both ordered kids meals to save money on food that wouldn’t be eaten anyway. Truthfully, I didn’t even finish off my kid sized portion—that really puts portion size into perspective!

After the zoo, I went home and took a catnap before setting out with the intent to stop at the grocery store, but I was distracted by this little piece of heaven called Target and ended up buying (off brand) Post-Its and (on sale) Thank You cards instead of milk and coffee. Oops. Then after Target, I HAD to stop at Hobby Lobby to scope out some wreaths I’ve been eyeing for our ugly front door.  It kind of felt like I was the moose in the “If you Give a Moose a Muffin” book because once I veered off the original plan and chose Target over Trader Joe’s, other stores started calling my name too, and I kept the impulsive store hopping streak going.  The somewhat embarrassing truth is truth is that my décor game is so underdeveloped, I couldn’t confidently choose a freaking wreath!!  I become overwhelmed with all of the options (why are there so many options!?!?) and left Hobby Lobby empty handed. I was in a rush to come home and watch Nebraska take on Michigan State anyway. Watching sporting events at home started as a strategy I forced myself to use to save money, but now I’m noticing that I actually prefer watching games like this. It’s much more comfortable. I can wear my yoga pants with no shame and don’t feel obligated to buy drinks or food like I do when I’m at a bar.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Breakfast/Coffee                                                                                      $2.50
  • Zoowalk for Autism Research (prepaid & no snacks at zoo)                 $0.00
  • Lunch                                                                                                         $7.50
  • Target                                                                                                      $10.00
  • Hobby Lobby                                                                                            $0.00
  • Nebraska Football Game                                                                         $0.00

 Total Spent on Saturday:      $20.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings:      $52.00

SUNDAY

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SUnday - Calendar

On Sunday I woke up to the nice surprise of blueberry pancakes and eggs :) We’ve been so busy lately that it’s been awhile since we’ve enjoyed brunch at home.  It was delicious and very sweet. I am joining some girlfriends in a “craft night” starting this week.  Our first project is an Advent Calendar, so I had to purchase my pattern from Sugar House Shop on Etsy. Lucky for my wallet, I had won an Etsy gift card by entering a contest over at Helene in Between a couple of weeks ago and was able to get my pattern for free (Thanks Helene!). Now, about the whole sewing thing…hopefully I fare better in the calendar department than I did with the wreaths, haha. Every domesticated goddess had to start somewhere, right?

Later that morning, Joe and I tag teamed the grocery store (holding off on some purchases until we hit Costco in order to save money) before heading to a matinee showing of Gone Girl. We are really relaxed with who pays on our “dates,” so we just went Dutch with the Mister buying the tickets and myself buying the snacks.  The cost was within 75 cents of being equal. In addition to hitting the theater during the day, we save money by bringing a “loyalty cup” to get $1.50 refills on soda instead of paying full price each time. That extra large cup is plenty big enough for us to share—just like all the other snacks we get at the movies. After the movie we returned home to watch the KC Royals sweep the Angels, and I can’t think of a better way to finish off a weekend than that!!!

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Brunch                                                 $0.00
  • Advent Calendar                                 $0.00
  • Grocery Store                                      $52.00
  • Gone Girl @ Movie Theater                $13.00
  • KC Royals Game                                  $0.00

                                                             Total Spent on Sunday:             $65.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings:             $62.00

Total Estimated Weekend SPENDING:             $85.00

Total Estimated Weekend SAVINGS:           $134.00

This past weekend I was able to ditch my nasty cold (almost completely), finally nosh on some blueberry pancakes at home, and cheer for all my favorite fall teams on the tube–which is like finding a pot of gold when you live in AZ and your teams are all located in the Midwest–all while spending less than $100 and saving more than $130 :)

What did you do this weekend to have Fun on a Budget?

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 47

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

Barstools.imageFriday, I went on a grocery run immediately after work to get some essentials that would last us through the weekend. I have learned that 4:00 PM on Friday is the golden time for me to go grocery shopping because everybody else thinks it’s a horrible idea. For dinner later that night my fiancé and I enjoyed leftover pizza from our favorite local pizza joint and a couple of beers while we fulfilled our current addiction of binge watching LOST on Netflix—currently halfway through season 3 so no spoilers, please!!! The night was capped with a walk down the street to snatch up a couple of barstools from a neighborhood home that had left them at the end of their driveway for bulk item pick up. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Maybe I should add “after some serious TLC in the form of sanding and staining or painting” to the end of that proverb to make it a little more accurate.

Friday Spending Stats:

  • Grocery store                                                               $24.00
  • Leftover Pizza & Beer for dinner + Netflix                    $0.00
  • “New” Barstools                                                             $0.00

Total Spent on Friday:   $24.00

Estimated Total Friday Savings:   $80.00

SATURDAY

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Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to upload the Saturday Morning Hustle and inhale some oatmeal before heading to volunteer as a “direction giver” (a title I just made up to describe my job of making sure 5th and 6th graders turn at the right spot when they reach an intersection during their race) at a junior high cross country meet. I easily worked in some lunges and running intervals during lulls in the race—so BAM! My workout was completed before 9 AM and for FREE! I spent most of Saturday afternoon prepping and cooking a super unhealthy salad (bacon’s a vegetable, right?), and super delicious dessert to take to a friend’s for dinner that night. After getting home around 10:30 PM, I was too tired to watch the football game I had DVR’d during dinner, so I hit the hay and stayed away from all social media.

Saturday Spending Stats:

  • Cross Country Meet & Interval Workout                   $0.00
  • Dinner at our Friend’s                                                $0.00
  • Husker Football (DVR’d  because of dinner)             $0.00

Total Spent on Saturday:      $0.00

Estimated Total Saturday Savings:      $45.00

SUNDAY

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smashburger.imageOn Sunday I woke up earlier than my better half and started watching the football game I’d recorded the night before—I’m sure he appreciated that by the time he crawled out of bed and joined me he only had to watch one quarter, but I’ll just keep pretending he loves watching. I cooked up a brunch of (too many cups) coffee and some cheesy scrambled eggs to eat as I watched from the comfort of my own couch.  Following a quick catnap and some boring wedding to-do’s, I went to watch the most handsome man on the planet’s weekly soccer game. While there, I worked on my tan and did some MAJOR catch-up chatting with my lovely Samantha. There is not much I love more than multitasking! By the time the game was over, my stomach was growling, so we hit up SmashBurger on our way home. As you can tell by the photo above, I was not messing around. You can go out to eat while on a budget without feeling guilty or like a failure—it’s usually pretty simple to find little ways to cut unnecessary costs. The sun really took it out of me, so after getting home, I finished up some blog work and hit the hay–bidding farewell to my three favorite days of the week.

Sunday Spending Stats:

  • Husker Football (DVR’d game on my couch)               $0.00
  • Cheesy Breakfast Scramble                                        $0.00
  • Afternoon Entertainment (soccer game)                    $0.00
  • Dinner at SmashBurger                                               $8.00

Total Spent on Sunday:      $8.00

Estimated Total Sunday Savings:   $27.00

Total Estimated Weekend SPENDING:  $32.00

Total Estimated Weekend SAVINGS:  $152.00

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and survived the first day back on the grind :) If you want to make the dessert I made on Saturday you can find the recipe at Smitten Kitchen–I would highly recommend it!!

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Weekend Survival Guide for the Girl on a Budget

Issue 43

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: $162.00

Total Amount Spent: $145.00

Friday

 

Not only did I save money by tanning instead of paddle boarding, I was able to capture such a beautiful moment on film ;)

Not only did I save money by tanning instead of paddle boarding, I was able to capture such a beautiful moment on film ;)

Saturday

 

If my feet only knew how hard they were about to be werrrrkd

If my feet only knew how hard they were about to be werrrrkd

jack and joe

Sunday

Too cute not to share--an amazing couple who created one of the best weddings I've ever been to!!

Too cute not to share ♥ Let’s be honest here–no “budget” could have stopped me from attending such a fun and adorable wedding!! So much love and happiness all around this weekend that cutting the cost paled in comparison to everything else :)

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