Weekend: November 6-Nov 8, 2009

Weekend: November 6-Nov 8, 2009

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Every weekend, I will detail my activities and expenses to provide an example of how to implement a frugal mindset while still having a fun and active life.

It is amazing how much money you can save just by planning! And how much things cost when you don’t. Hrmph.

Friday

I had family stay over Friday night to Saturday. In the evening, I took them to the Skylark Diner and ordered a very yummy Southwest Chicken Salad ($13 inc. tip). After dinner, we went to open mic night at Red Tower III. I didn’t order anything and there was not a cover.

Friday Total Cost: $13

Saturday

I took my guests to Menlo Park Mall because it had stores that weren’t in their area. I splurged on some Lush products for myself ($29) and bought a sweater at Zara ($26).

It’s unfortunate, because while I enjoyed spending time with them, it was not my idea to take them to the mall. If they weren’t over, I would not have spent that $50.

Now, to make matters even worse, I was invited to Atlantic City late Saturday night! I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity but it made me wish I hadn’t spent $50 at the mall earlier.

We get to Atlantic City (my friend drove, but I paid tolls with EZ Pass) and in a disastrously brilliant/idiotic move, I left my debit card at home! I did not do this on purpose! Thankfully my friends were awesome and covered me for the night. What I owe my friends, and would have paid in AC was $10 for a late-night meal, $22 for cover to MurMur, and $5 for breakfast.

I’m embarassed to say that my AC trip was last-minute so I didn’t get any discounts or deals. Really, it wasn’t a frugal tip at all. However, I didn’t gamble anything!

Saturday Total Cost: $92

Sunday

I spent Sunday being productive around the house since I didn’t have time earlier in the weekend. I didn’t leave the house and just made dinner at home.

Sunday Total Cost: $0

Total Weekend Cost: $105 (ugh!)

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One Reply to “Weekend: November 6-Nov 8, 2009”

  1. Planning ahead definitely helps to keep costs down.
    Like planning in general, every minute you spend doing so pays off in dividends.

    There is a plateau to the payoff, but each person will see that differently.

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