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Monday Money Review – Business Travel

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It is not Monday.  Well it is, just not the Monday that this Review should talk about.  I am a week late on reviews but I am clawing my way back…

So the first mention is that this is the first time I have ever stayed at a Disney Resort.  Specifically, Disney’s Coronado Springs.  It was…different than I expected.  Certainly HUGE.  The staff VERY accommodating.  The grounds pretty and green and lush. However, the room itself was just OK.  More like a Motel 6 than a resort experience with beautiful indoor rooms I was expecting.  Oh well.  Now I know.

But, how did the money go over the weekend?

Church  – $328

Church – $0

Groceries – $25

Groceries – $10

Fun Outing – $0

Fun Outing – $0

Hotel* – $390

Hotel* – $360

Parking* – $18

Parking* – $18

Taxi* – $40

Taxi* – $0

Snacks for travel – $5

Snacks for travel – $5

Restaurant Food* – $80

Restaurant Food* – $64

Hotel Spa Service – $125 + tip

Hotel Spa Service – $0

Total – $1,011

Total – $457

So it looks like I did a great job with my finances during this travel but the these results are really corrupted.

I just never donated online to the church and donated in person via check when I returned.

The biggest impacts to the weekend money were, in addition to the delayed church donation, changing my mind about getting a spa service, no taxi fare and a slightly lower hotel bill than expected.

I did have a little fun and went to Disney Springs (once known as Downtown Disney).  I walked around at the town created for shopping and eating, caught a movie and grabbed a yummy dinner there at the theater and, did a little shopping at Basin for Mirror Image.  But those expenses were on Monday so they don’t count.

One of the good things about staying in a Disney property is that complimentary transportation is provided to and from the airport and to all of the theme parks.  So no taxi fare this time.

So that is how I spent Weekend Money while traveling for business. The hotel expenses and parking will be reimbursed.

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Monday Money Review

Magnifying Glass - Results

Uhhh!  What a weekend. Glad THAT’S over.

Let’s see what the money had to say about the weekend. So, here we go:

Before

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $28
  • Gas = $0
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $20
  • Groceries = $35
  • Dollar Tree = $0
  • General household shopping = $10
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
  • Gifts = $25
  • Restaurant = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $35
  • Fun Outing = $10
  • Total = $143

After

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $28
    • Church (tithes/offering) = $0
  • Gas = $0
    • Gas = $0
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $20
    • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
  • Groceries = $35
    • Groceries = $55.11
  • Dollar Tree = $0
    • Dollar Tree = $13.89
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
    • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
    • Clothes Shopping = $6.35
  • Gifts = $25
    • Gifts = $0
  • Restaurant = $0
    • Restaurant = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
    • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $35
    • Prescriptions = $0
  • Fun Outing = $10
    • Fun Outing = $0
  • Total = $143
    • Total = $75.35

 

My weekend was sort of carried somewhere in a hand basket, to turn a phrase.

I went to Dollar Tree to get a few items on Saturday – which were not budgeted for.  And I went to Aldi as planned and came in WAY under budget but then busted that by getting some additional items from Shoppers and Giant. Those were special snack items and craft items for Mirror Image.I blew the clothing budget, too because even with the $10 off $10 coupon I received from JC Penney, Mirror Image suckered me into spending $6.35 on a slick pair of pants for her. (The local JC Penney is closing and they are practically giving the stuff away). The clothes shopping ban is still only applying to me, you see…

Then downhill we went.

Shortly after we arrived at church, Mirror Image grasped my arms with tears in her eyes and it was clear she was in distress. She shared that she was having horrible chest pains and off we went to Righttime (Urgent Care). I am happy to say she was feeling better later in the day after treatment and rest.

There was no Sunday spending – salon, pharmacy and fun outing were all nixed for the time being. So I was under budget for the weekend money but I am sure when I get the bill from Righttime, there will be a different accounting.

Monday will be GREAT in comparison, I am sure.

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Monday Money Review

Magnifying Glass - Results

What a lovely weekend! The kind to be treasured — just the right amount of relaxation and effort; healthy choices and indulgent snacks; togetherness and alone time.

Let’s see if the money tells the same store. So, here we go:

Before

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $328
  • Gas = $25
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
  • Groceries = $5
  • Dollar Tree = $0
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
  • Gifts = $0
  • Restaurant = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $35
  • Fun Outing = $10
  • Total = $403

After

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $328
    • Church (tithes/offering) = $328
  • Gas = $25
    • Gas = $24.10
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
    • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
  • Groceries = $5
    • Groceries = $5.77
  • Dollar Tree = $0
    • Dollar Tree = $19.11
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
    • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
    • Clothes Shopping = $0
  • Gifts = $0
    • Gifts = $0
  • Restaurant = $0
    • Restaurant = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
    • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $35
    • Prescriptions = $0
  • Fun Outing = $10
    • Fun Outing = $8.80
  • Total = $88
    • Total = $385.78

Although gas prices went up .15 per gallon over last week, it was still a reasonable purchase with less than $25 out of pocket.

I went back to Aldi Friday after work to pick up some avocados and other vegetables in order to have a successful meat free weekend.

There is a new Dollar Tree somewhat in my area!  It changed over from a Deals to a DT and I was able to not only pick up desired snacks and cleaning supplies, but I was also able to use some coupons!

Mirror Image had a soda during intermission at the orchestra,our fun outing on Friday. It cost $2.00.  This combined with the $6.80 round trip train tickets brought out cultural outing in under $10!

The rest of our weekend consisted of laundry and dog hair management (yuck), exercising Thrifty Pooch, fun with homemade clay, homemade Spinach pizza, a murder mystery movie from the library and Walking Dead after Mirror Image went off to sleep.

I came in under budget because I neglected to pick up some prescriptions and I utterly failed at the Dollar Tree but came in under budget overall. Bye-bye weekend money!

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Monday Money Review

Magnifying Glass - Results

This weekend had its highs and lows.  Nothing went quite as planned.  Mirror Image’s friend left homesick for her family LATE Friday night so there was no actual sleepover. Since there was no sleepover, we decided to make this a mostly errand running and crafting weekend.  This had an impact the Weekend Money.

But, I will justify the spending later in the post, here’s is where we work out if this past weekend matched the expected weekend money. So here we go:

Before

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $28
  • Gas = $25
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
  • Groceries = $0
  • Dollar Tree = $10
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
  • Gifts = $0
  • Restaurant = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $0
  • Fun Outing = $25
  • Total = $88

After

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $28
    • Church (tithes/offering) = $28
  • Gas = $25
    • Gas = $22.73
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
    • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
  • Groceries = $0
    • Groceries = $41.66
  • Dollar Tree = $10
    • Dollar Tree = $7.92
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
    • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
    • Clothes Shopping = $0
  • Gifts = $0
    • Gifts = $0
  • Restaurant = $0
    • Restaurant = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
    • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $0
    • Prescriptions = $0
  • Michael’s = $0
    • Michael’s = $4.23
  • JC Penney = $0
    • JC Penney = $3.17
  • Fun Outing = $25
    • Fun Outing = $0
  • Total = $88
    • Total = $107.71

Sam's Club Membership Gas Price

I was excited about this gasoline outing.  I have been a member of Sam’s Club for some months now but still hadn’t remembered to take advantage of club gas prices.  Fortunately, I saw the sign while driving on a different errand for only $1.52/gal.  I knew this was .14 less than at the Exxon closest to my home so I filled up.  The only downside is that when I saw my transaction on Mint, it registered as shopping, instead of fuel.  That means I won’t be seeing the 5% back on my Chase Freedom this time around.  Still, membership clearly has its privileges. Funny thing, I was so mesmerized by the price, that Sam’s Club and Walmart’s relationship to each other didn’t even register in my mind at the time. So the question becomes, do I keep my Walmart shopping ban strictly with Walmart or stretch to it’s other entities as well?  Dunno yet.

Ahhh, groceries. So with the unexpected free time this weekend, there was no reason to not visit the grocery store.  Especially once Mirror Image showed me this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCAQMRAZVuY . What an awesome project for a Saturday.  Aldi doesn’t sell a huge selection of Jello and gelatins so we also had to shop at Shopper Food Warehouse.  While there, I also picked up some Cadbury eggs and Yokisoba noodles.  I had awesome coupons for both. While at Aldi I also picked up a big Chuck Roast for Sunday dinner.  For March, my family is eating vegetarian meals only. This was our meat celebration meal before the meatless challenge begins.

I picked up a 16oz bottle of Sprite, some cleaning supplies and garbage bags from the Dollar Tree.

There was unexpected shopping – I wanted to give the girls a paraffin wax hand spa treatment so I picked some up at Michaels with a 20% off coupon I had.  I also had a $10 off $10 coupon from JC Penney.  I tried to stay at the $10 purchase to make it a FREE item, but ultimately had to come out of pocket at the $3.17 for a new bath rug.  It was TOTALLY worth it considering the sorry state of my current bath rug.  Interesting fact, while at the JCP, I learned this location is closing on April 8th.  I have to admit to not shopping there regularly.  In fact, I only go when there is a $10 or $10 coupon floating around.  But, I will stop by in the next couple of weeks as they slash prices on inventory.  If the prices are low enough, I may start back-to-school shopping for Mirror Image and just hide them until August.

We decided to not go to RockinJump but rather, to have fun at home with our crafty projects, DVDs rented from the library and the Thrifty Pooch.

I failed at the Weekend Money plan overall but still didn’t spend on clothes and restaurants.  I will have to console myself with the small wins this time.

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Monday Money Review

McDonalds M&M McFlurry

MMMMMMMM….Monday

It was a beautiful weekend with highs in the ‘50s.  I was inspired and therefore very, very busy!!  Later this week, look for some photos of organizing madness in the Thrifty Image household.

But that is the future; here’s is where we work out if this past weekend matched the expected weekend money. So here we go:

Before

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $328
  • Gas = $20
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
  • Groceries = $45
  • Dollar Tree = $10
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
  • Gifts = $0
  • Restaurant = $0
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $35
  • Fun Outing = $0
  • Total = $438

After

  • Church (tithes/offering) = $328
    • Church (tithes/offering) = $328
  • Gas = $20
    • Gas = $22
  • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
    • Personal Care (haircut, mani/pedi, etc.) = $0
  • Groceries = $45
    • Groceries = $76
  • Dollar Tree = $10
    • Dollar Tree = $0
  • IKEA – $0
    • IKEA = $0
  • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
    • Vehicle Service/Repair = $0
  • Clothes Shopping = $0
    • Clothes Shopping = $31
  • Gifts = $0
    • Gifts = $0
  • Restaurant = $0
    • Restaurant = $3.80
  • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
    • Zips Dry Cleaning = $0
  • Prescriptions = $35
    • Prescriptions = $0
  • Fun Outing = $0
    • Fun Outing = $0
  • Total = $460.80

Gas was a little higher than planned as I filled up on Sunday rather than earlier in the weekend.

OMG groceries! I left my shopping list on the refrigerator door and that was a major fail.  Also, the price of avocados went back up and I treated us to a package of jumbo shrimp so I could make Mirror Image’s favorite breakfast – shrimp and grits. I basically just got a lot more than I planned and more that what I should have.

No Dollar Tree this weekend. I have most of the supplies I need for room reorganization right now and let’s face it – I had practically moved in to the DT over the last couple of weeks.

I hadn’t planned to go shopping but, Mirror Image made a case for new combat boots as she is embracing the hipster wardrobe style. So we went to the Salvation Army nearest our area.  We had barely walked in the store when she spotted a pair. Who goes to a Thrift Store and leaves with exactly what they came for? We purchased those as well as a short jacket for her. While it was kind of fun being around STUFF, I didn’t feel at all compelled to break my personal clothes shopping ban.

The restaurant category was in effect again this weekend. For fun, I suggested dessert for lunch after church on Sunday and Mirror Image got a McFlurry with M&Ms. She doesn’t read this blog so I can honestly share that this was solely for my benefit.  I needed the extra time for the lunch I had planned to prepare and eating a dessert would keep her from reminding me how hungry she was, over and over again, until it was ready.  FYI – I made Rhee’s b-b-q chicken for lunch and it was delish.

Weekend money fail.

So I went over budget largely due to a whopping grocery extravaganza and an unexpected shopping trip for the kid.

Better luck next weekend!

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