First of all, my apologies for slacking on the blog…sometimes, life gets in the way. I promise to be better about it in the future!
I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend…Happy Birthday ‘Murica! I decided that this year, we wouldn’t spend our holiday weekend saying, “What do you want to do?” “I dunno…what do you want to do?” This year, I had a plan. The poor fella…when I handed him the list of scheduled events proclaiming all events were $8 or less, he thought I had signed us up for some crazy tour (I should write copy for an ad agency or something!) Once I explained my grand master plan, he was on board.
Being frugal and spending wisely takes planning…much like a successful Whole30 (er…not so hot on that front; that’s a post for another day) and I really planned this weekend!
Friday, we got a couple of breakfast sandwiches from the grocery store and hit the road. We headed up the coast to one of my favorite gourmet food shops. I knew by getting there early and avoiding the crowds, we could get our fill of free samples! It was fun for both of us. I got to check out what things the fella likes (horseradish cream sauce and some kind of red relish) and I can be on the look out for those items when I visit the outlet store that’s in my parents’ town.
Further North my little red car headed to check out the closest Whole Foods market. I’d never been to one and I love, love grocery stores, so I was super excited about this. Unfortunately, it was kind of a let down. It wasn’t as magical as I was expecting. I’ll take a Wegman’s any day over WF. So, change in the game plan…we traveled another 30 miles North to the Casino!! Not exactly frugal, but I won about $40 and the fella lost about $40, so we pretty much broke even and we had a great time.
Next up, lunch at a super cheap restaurant down the road. It was a place that my parents took me when I was a kid and I was *thrilled* that it is still around. We stuck to our $8/person plan and our lunch bill was a little over $14. They still have a killer grilled cheese!
On the way back home, we stopped at Cabela’s for the fella and talked about all the things we would have bought if we had hit it big at the casino. It’s fun to dream :-) Friday night was spent grilling with the neighbors. Cheap, because we had most of the stuff.
Saturday’s list was a trip to the Farmer’s Market, followed by a round of mini-golf that I got on Groupon for about half price. This was my first experience with Groupon, and I have to say, I’m impressed. I’ll be stalking their site going forward! A little wrinkle in the Saturday plan was that the fella had a few too many with the neighbor the night before, so…I was on my own for the Farmer’s Market, but it’s not really his bag anyway. And as it turned out, it wasn’t very frugal…but I am happy with the food I purchased and especially excited about the scapes…I’ve never used them and am looking forward to it!
The fella was out of bed and showered by the time I got home from the market, so off we went to use the discounted mini golf Groupon. We got there right in time as it was a little drizzly when we left and completely packed. Score one for us!
We had some quiet time on Saturday afternoon and prepared our food for the neighborhood BBQ that night. Fireworks are legal in our city, and the guy next door had hit up the local fireworks store and brought home a ton. The food & company were great…and we had a fabulous, private fireworks display!
Sunday’s agenda started out with “a lazy breakfast of bacon and eggs.” The farmer’s market eggs were DELISH…we might be having breakfast for dinner this week!
The fabulous & frugal event for today was to go to a matinee. I cashed out my Ibotta earnings and put $15 in my PayPal, which I transferred to my bank account, which paid for our tickets to Ted 2 this afternoon. It was decent…pretty much what we expected.
Neither of us are looking forward to going back to work tomorrow…ugh. But we did have a fun, fabulous and frugal 4th!