Weekend Money – Business Travel Edition

Cartoon Airplane

Money falling

I am on my way to a conference and trade show in Orlando. I leave Saturday and return Wednesday so the weekend money will definitely be impacted.  First by making sure Mirror Image, Thrifty Pooch and the Thrifty Cottage are all taken care of. And second, by purchasing items or services I wouldn’t ordinarily purchase on account of being out-of-town.

How to spend the Weekend Money:

Church (I will donate electronically through the website since I will be out-of-town) – $328

Groceries – $25

Fun Outing – $0

Hotel* – $390

Parking* – $18

Taxi* – $40

Snacks for travel – $5

Restaurant Food* – $80

Hotel Spa Service – $125 + tip

Total – $1,011

* Travel expenses for which I will be reimbursed.  In order to accumulate travel miles and points, I will pay on my Barclay’s Arrival card.

Certainly my most expensive weekend in a long time.  If ever.

These are just Friday, Saturday and Sunday expenses.

I haven’t completely decided but I might indulge in a spa service.  Likely a massage.  It is a little pricey – like most things in Orlando.  I do have a feeling however that I will need the service since the booth we will be constructing for the conference is HEAVY.

Mirror Image will have a lot of fun this weekend that will cost me nothing extra.  While I am gone, she will go to Ripley’s Believe it or Not on Saturday and RockinJump on Sunday.  It will be nice to finally have those two adventures used up.  Plus, if she is kept busy, she won’t weep because she misses me so much.  Yeah, right…

As for my fun, being in a lovely hotel without having to get up early each morning and walk the dog is fun enough. But the cherry on top will be watching the Walking Dead (if it is available on my hotel cable), doing my taxes and taking a dip in the hot tub. All of these are free.

For now, I need to stop writing about spending money but actually go spend it and then pack.

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Weekend Money #5

 

Best Friends as Cupcakes
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“My BEST friend’s parents’ are going out of town for a wedding. Can she stay with us while they are gone?”  I know what that means…

That means the weekend is here and it is time to plan the money!

I am going to pre-spend here on this post, then reconcile on Monday.  I plan for this to be another avenue of accountability and budgeting.  So here we go:

  • 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

 Church (tithes & offering) – Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. Prov. 3:9–10

Groceries – My grocery budget is usually stressful so to see this as $0 is fun although not completely accurate.  With the giggly girl sleepover starting Friday after school, I had to get the food earlier in the week. So, while groceries are not part of the Weekend Money this time, they are definitely counted in the grocery budget. Counted to the tune of about $41 in fact.

Gas – Hooray for continued low gas prices!

Dollar Tree – Dollar Tree is running an online Easter Basket Contest for the Value Seekers Club. I may have the girls make one or two to submit for consideration.  Or maybe we will make fun vision boards.  The $10 will go towards supplies at the Dollar Tree to keep the giggly girls too busy to harass the dog.

Restaurant – Nope.  Absolutely not.  We went to McCormick & Schmick’s Wednesday to take advantage of the Shrimp & Shuck for Buck promo.  $42 and a very wet walk to the car later, we are done with restaurants this week.  (The oysters were delish!)

Prescriptions – I need to pick them up but who am I kidding at this point?

Fun – In honor of our overnight guest and Mirror Images awesome interim Progress Report, we will go hang out at RockinJump. I picked up a Groupon a couple months back so admission for 2 is covered. The $25 is for climbing socks and potential incidentals.

I have to say, I am looking forward to the weekend!

I will be back on Monday to tally up my successes (or fails).

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day – The Thrifty Way!

Pooh Piglet Valentine

Valentine’s Day has come and gone.  Here is how the Thrifty Image household spent our Valentine’s Day:

Happy Valentine’s Day to me! I started the day by walking the 70 pound German Shepherd in the 5 degree weather at 6:30am. Crazy cold weather makes me walk faster which is just fine with the Thrifty Pooch.

Half hour later, Thrifty Pooch is eating breakfast while I take a shower to warm up and get ready for Church.  Mirror Image is still sleeping so I sneak her Valentine’s present into her room.

Mirror Image is slooow to rise but is groggily thankful for the Valentine’s Day socks and the massive box of Sugar Babies I got her. She wanted to have some of the Valentine’d Day cake she had made the night before for breakfast. I scratched that idea.

Off to church we go!

After Church, we ventured back to the Dollar Tree.  This is my 3rd visit since Friday.  Since it is tax-free weekend in Maryland, I decide to buy the organization baskets sooner for the sun room project rather than later.

Once home, I made Mirror Image several vegetarian dishes to counteract the MASSIVE amount of Valentine’s cake and candy she ate at Sunday School.  We enjoyed Parmesan Roasted Broccoli and Corn Avocado Salad.  She also had green peas and a green salad.

Mirror Image handed me a homemade card and later, we enjoyed the The Princess Bride 2 and some yummy oven baked ribs I made for Mirror Image because she LOVES them and they are unbelievably AWESOME. Oh, and she ate MORE cake.

Then a walk around the block for the Thrifty Pooch and me and we returned to a warm inviting home where we wound down for the night — with the adult of the house enjoying the Walking Dead premiere.

It doesn’t take a lot of money to celebrate and enjoy Valentine’s Day. For me, it means being with the people I love, sharing the food I love and showing love.

How did you spend (or save) Valentine’s Day?

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Things I Miss

Good-bye sad face waving

Not necessarily a personal financial post but still…

I miss JD Roth providing the majority of content and “feel” for Get Rich Slowly.  It is awesome that he has transitioned on his own terms. And no doubt the writers over there have A LOT of great info (I especially love Honey Smith’s blog voice) I just miss his personal connection, life stories and stuff

I miss Gail Vox Oxlade’s television shows – Till Debt Do Us Part, Princess, etc.

I miss watching TLC’s Extreme Couponers

I miss coupons that don’t expire or make you get two items instead of one to get the discount.

I miss getting free cell phone and cable services (I use to work for cable and mobile phone companies)

I miss cheap Chinese food (Can somebody pinpoint for me the year when Chinese food prices got expensive??  I missed it.  Like one year the last meal I had was$6 for a dinner entrée and now it is $12 to get out the door with shrimp lo mein!)

I miss bus transfers that were free

I miss penny candy that cost a penny

Oh look, turned out to be a post about personal finance after all.

Sort of…

Enjoy what you have  today because it can be gone tomorrow!

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