Inspired by The Luxe Strategist and her Weekend Spending Diaries and Sherry from Save Spend Splurge with her Week of Money record, I thought I would share one of my weekend spending activities as a preface to the 5 great blogs from around the PF blogosphere that I will share. Since this seemed to spice up the PF Blog Round Up, I thought I would do it again!
Started off the morning waking up at 9:00 AM. This is my usual wake up time now, it’s nice to be able to sleep in, since I woke up at 1:30 AM, 4:30 AM, 5:30 AM, 6:30AM to feed baby GYM. I make some coffee (and by make, it means I pour a sachet of premixed coffee, creamer, and sugar into a cup and add water), have some cereal and yogurt. I go to pick up baby GYM’s passport as they must have not been able to ring me when the post-person (postman? postwoman? I am trying to be politically correct here) came to deliver the package.
I have some spaghetti and meatballs for lunch that I pre-made a day earlier.
I run some errands with baby GYM in the carrier. I go to Dollarama to buy 3 boxes of ziplock freezer bags, one package of floor wipes, and some aluminum loaf pans. Dollarama is a dollar store founded in Montreal (those Quebecois are very creative, they seem to come up with a lot of stuff that’s very popular across Canada) and I wish I bought shares when they first expanded to B.C. The share price was under $30 and now it is over $120. Sigh.
I then go to Whole Foods to use some of my gift card to buy more tea. The tea was $5.99 but I used a gift card so I will count it as zero spending. I would never shop in Whole Foods normally for groceries, because it is known to be called “Whole Paycheque”. I have gone there to buy their flower arrangements for my colleagues birthdays. I am amazed that there are so many people in Whole Foods! Perhaps people wanted to see the slashed prices now that Amazon has taken over.
For dinner, I make a beef noodle soup with the instant pot. Seriously if you don’t have the instant pot you are missing out. It is so much easier to cook stuff in the instant pot while you have a wailing baby in a Baby Bjorn glued to you. I was missing a few spices from the recipe, namely cumin but it tasted decent still. I think it was a bit too flavourful for my husband because he tends to like things without any flavour at all and I like to douse on the sauce, spices, and salt. It looks burnt but it’s not! Lol. Notice to chip in the bowl? I haven’t thrown this bowl away, I am frugal haha.
- Dollarama- $9.70 (Joint spending)
- Whole Foods- $0 (gift card)
My husband watches the baby while I go out for lunch with my mom and sisters. Instead of dinner we opted for lunch because my sister has a wedding to go to in the evening. They are notoriously known to be late (more on that in a later post). Reservations were at 12 and I sat there waiting for them for 30 minutes by myself at a busy restaurant while people are waiting to be seated. I order ahead of time and pay already ahead of time because I know what they usually order. I unfortunately wasn’t in the mood to talk given their tardiness.
Husband makes a nice miso black cod dinner for me. I added the ‘bed of arugula’ to make it fancy and add some colour. It tasted really good- maybe not with the arugula but at least it made it instagram pretty. If you are interested in the recipe, here it is. I’ve never been to Nobu but there was a Nobu at the BNP Paribas. Instead of splashing it out at Nobu when we were there, we had a $9 hotdog.
- Lunch- $62
I wake up at 8:20 this morning and baby GYM actually wakes up without crying. I look at him waiting for him to start wailing but instead he seems happy and is cooing. I take a bit more time having my breakfast instead of scarfing it down as fast as I can like I usually do. I have two slices of bread with Nutella, coffee, yogurt, and a banana.
For lunch we have leftover noodles. I go for a walk with my colleague from work, it was nice to catch up. In the afternoon, my best friends come by to visit, I haven’t seen them for almost two months.
I sell an Ikea table that has been sitting on my porch through the Letgo app and made $30. Score! I then proceed to go to Chapters/Indigo to buy this cute photo frame I saw in my friend’s house that has mini picture frames for 1 month, 2 months, 3 months etc. It cost $27 with taxes and was NOT on sale. Normally I try not to buy things that aren’t on sale (because it was on sale a few days earlier but I couldn’t make it out to buy it) but I guess I’m really not that frugal. I find that if I make some side money then I tend to spend that side money easily.
For dinner we have some beef stew that was made in the instant pot. Yes, I use the instant pot a LOT.
- Chapters- $27
PF BLOG round up:
- Marie from the Boomer and Echo team write about What You Need to Know Before Investing in Mutual Funds.
- Tawcan shares his super comprehensive August 2017 Dividend Income Update. Hopefully my dividend portfolio will grow that that size soon!
- Frugal Asian Finances shares to experiences of what happens when frugality goes wrong. I’m glad the black cod my husband cooked wasn’t expired!
- Kris from Chronicles of a Father with Cents shares his August expenses report. I am impressed with the $1000 a month rent!
- With the recent hurricanes and natural disasters in the United States as of late, Mr. Tako Escapes writes about how to prepare for When Disaster Strikes. A good reminder to pack those emergency kits.