Monday, November 24, 2008

Weekend Update & Prepping For My Big Sis' Visit

My weekend officially started on Friday since I played hookie from work, using my wisdom tooth extraction the day before as an excuse. I'm happy to report that the extraction process was not as gruesome and horrible as I anticipated since my wisdom tooth was fully erupted. My out of pocket expenses weren't that bad either ($29.40) and it will probably be reimbursed by my FSA plan .

My hookie day was also a relatively frugal day since I never left my apartment until evening. (I ended up having to work some at home. So much for playing hookie!) By evening, I was sick and tired of eating soft foods and I couldn't resist the siren call of solid junk food. My only expenditure on Friday was $6.55 at McDonald's for some tasty Chicken Selects and large fries.

[Speaking of McD's, did you know you can get back 1% in Upromise rewards at McDonald's? It will require you to buy an Arch card (i.e., McD's gift card) in $10 increments and register it. Whenever I go to McD's (which is not often, I promise!), I always buy my food with my Arch card and recharge it when it's depleted.]

Anyhow, Saturday morning started off well too. I took my newspapers and bottles to the recycling center and redeemed $7.14. Cha-ching!

I then stopped by the library. Since my sis and I will be driving to Vegas, I checked out 3 new audio books to listen to in the car. I was hoping to rent some DVDs but it was pretty much picked over and the selections were pretty cr&ppy. Cost: $0.00.

Financially speaking, things went a bit downhill from there.

Since there's probably not much to do on Thanksgiving, I rented 4 DVD's for $18.85. This is relatively cheap entertainment, but it's something I wouldn't have done if my sister wasn't visiting.

I also bought stuff at Trader Joe's I normally wouldn't: a bottle of Viognier, 6-pak yogurt, marcona almonds, sliced salami, prosciutto, organic avocados plus gorgonzola crackers in addition to my regular groceries. My total damage at TJ was $32.70. (My regular groceries only accounted for about $5.00.)

But there's a reason to my madness! I'm hoping that by drinking at home and munching on decent snack foods, we won't be eating/drinking out as much while she's here. :-D

All told, my damage this weekend wasn't good but it wasn't horrendous either. (I'm curious, how much do most people spend when entertaining a family member and/or a guest at home?)


Frugalchick said...

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Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-sounds like you are not doing too badly at all!

Miss M said...

I like the gorgonzola crackers but read the ingredients, there's no gorgonzola in them! It's crazy how they make that flavor without it. My dad is spending christmas with us and i'm sure to buy things I otherwise wouldn't, like splenda (he's diabetic) and other sugar free products.

MoneyMateKate said...

We don't sit down and do this formally, but we're all pretty good at not freeloading and yet not spending beyond our varying means. This past weekend, the only "mistake" any of us made involved my three sibs spending five hours drinking their, ahem, my brother's wallet off at an $11-per-cocktail bar.

FruGal said...

My sis and her boyfriend are coming to visit in dec and I too am wondering how much I'll spend. Probably heaps but I'm not that worried as she lives on the other side of the world and I only see her once a year. Worth it in my opinion!

jpkittie said...

Hope all is going well - just wanted to let you know that I tagged you today :) take a look at my blog for details!

your damage isn't horrible... much better then eating out & going out on a binge & spending much more then normal... keep up the great job

we are headed to one of SILs about 2 hours away. yippee, sense my excitement ;)

Saver Queen said...

Those snacks sound sooo tasty! But I must admit I find junk food so expensive. We do splurge on some nice cheeses pretty often but we've saved so much money by making our own cheap snacks from scratch, like salsa, hummus, popcorn, etc. Oh yes and I just discovered how to make your own crackers, courtesy of Alton Brown!

alice said...

love your blogs but that cat picture is breaking my heart!