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Friday & Saturday Spending

January 7th, 2018 at 07:35 am

Our daughter has returned to college. She flies out of a town an hour and a half north of us. The flight was at 7am on Saturday. So we decided to get a hotel and stay over the night before. We had points, so the hotel was free! It was good to go a little early on Friday because our area had had snow earlier in the week and temperatures had not warmed above freezing, so we had some concerns on the roads.

I had budgeted dinner out on Friday night. We went to Noodles & Company and spent $43.84. I also decided since the included hotel breakfast would not be available at the early hour we left the hotel we should pick up bagels from Panera. We spent $10.20. I did NOT budget for this. I didn't think about breakfast when I was doing the budget. And on Saturday morning upon leaving the airport at 7am we stopped by Starbucks and spent $7.76 on three hot beverages. So we are now over budget in our restaurant category by almost $6.

My daughter had a new debit card arrive on Friday (after we left for the airport) so we decided to get that in the mail to her she she will have it as soon as possible. I picked up three snacks to include in the package. Spent $3.89 on those plus $7.50 for priority mail. I had budgeted $10 for this expense, but went a little over once again.

On Saturday afternoon I ran to the store for four ingredients we needed for dinner. I spent $13.80 on food, including a Diet Coke for DH. This all came from the grocery budget.

After dinner, my husband wanted to go to Best Buy to use his $20 gift card for a camera case. Case was $19.99 plus tax. We spent 1.39 out of pocket.

We also stopped by Target nearby to pick up a sympathy card, a candy bar for our daughter, and a six pack of 20oz Diet Cokes. No money out of pocket because I had a gift card.

Today we will be grocery shopping. The budget says we have $134. I will be checking the fridge, freezer, and pantry before I make my meal list. I want to use up all the things we can. I do have a little bit of a problem because my husband and I are also watching our diet, so specific foods are important. However, some snacks are eliminated, so that is likely a plus. I'll let you know how it works out. I think I will also check the grocery ad for the local store and see if anything we are buying is cheaper there than the commissary.

Have you been working on eating all the things?

5 Responses to “Friday & Saturday Spending”

  1. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    What points did you use for a hotel? I'm trying to figure out how to use our points.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds like you are doing well being mindful about your $$

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    LAL, we used Marriott reward points for a stay at a Fairfield Inn. Kind of a no brainer on where to use them, although I do think you can redeem for gift cards.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Good job on using points and gift cards.

    Right now I'm working on using up things from our freezer. I pulled out a loaf of bread I baked last fall and froze. It will be part of our meal tonight -- Italian wedding soup and bread.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    I need to do a better job of eating/using up the food I already have. There is a jar of onion/garlic spread I bought from Trader Joe's in December...of 2016. I guess I need to throw it out.

    I also made a big pot of tomato/vegetable soup last week that tasted....awful. I think it was old frozen spinach that just gave it a bitter taste. I made myself eat 2 bowls of it for workday lunches, but the remaining 2 or so bowls i want to throw out, much as I hate to do that.

    I still have a cup or so of chocolate chips taken from my mother's kitchen after she passed in 2015. They look ok; should I keep them?

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