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!
I manage to go for a short run today, can’t remember how long it has been. I only manage about 4km as I had 30 minutes and my dog was with me (who doesn’t tend to like running alongside me, he would rather be eating). I’ll aim for 5km in 30 minutes next time. The weather has been great for most of September. The view was beautiful- I posted a picture of Vancouver on my Instagram if you’re interested.
I go do a bit of grocery shopping and get a PO Box for the blog. I signed up for Mailchimp and apparently I need a address (preferably a PO Box) to send out emails according to International anti-spam laws. Well, that’s what Mail Chimp said anyway! In my last blog I never bothered to get a PO Box but I think I’m going to go all out this time! It’s not that expensive and it makes me feel a bit more legit. I don’t want to get in trouble, I like to follow the rules. I decide to get the one year PO Box rental since half a year is only about $40 less.
For groceries, I got some ribs for $6, some ground beef, some sirloin tip steaks, and two sirloin tip steaks that were pre-marinated and 30% off because they were only good for one more day. I have no shame buying things that are almost going bad haha. Usually I make it right away or I shove it in the freezer where time magically stops for a few more weeks. It tasted delicious by the way and we had it that night! I also get some grapes, cabbage, and kale. Just a note in case you’re thinking that’s all we eat for the week- this is by no means our weekly spending for groceries (if it was I think we would be emaciated by now).
- Groceries- $30.56 (Joint spending)
- PO Box rental- $190
Saturday was a blur because our baby did NOT want to sleep the night before. He woke up at 2AM and then pretty much was gassy with his feed and wailed when we put him down until 4AM. He then slept for one hour and then woke up at 5AM and this time my husband took him out and pretty much stayed awake with him until 7:30 AM when I woke up and fed him again.
We have some kale with grilled chicken breast for lunch.
Our friends came to visit in the afternoon and of course he was in the best mood, cooing and smiling and he was pretty much great the whole day.
- $0- No spend day
I go out for 2.5 hours with my girlfriends for brunch while Mr. GYM looks after baby GYM so I can get some ‘me’ time. I love ‘me’ time. I also love spending time with baby GYM, but I realize I definitely need to fit in some time for myself whether it’s just to go for a run or spend time with girlfriends for a bit.
Of course, I order eggs benedict (I really can’t help but order anything else when I have brunch) and I order some coffee. I sometimes feel guilty ordering coffee (because it’s $3.50 and you never know if refills are free) but I go ahead anyway because I’m not going out as much to eat as I did before. The eggs Benedict had pesto in the hollandaise sauce and it was over focaccia bread. Normally I only like having it over an english muffin but it tasted pretty decent over focaccia bread but it wasn’t amazing.
I apologize if the photo is blurry because I took it as fast as possible and I didn’t want to look like an idiot taking pictures of my food since I don’t usually take pictures of my food (only for you guys I will!!).
Another friend comes to visit us and the baby in the afternoon and they bring mini-cupcakes. I think I ate about six cupcakes in the span of 15 minutes, they are bite size and so pretty!
In the evening we go over to my mother in law’s home for dinner and we list some of her stuff to sell on Letgo as she’s trying to get rid of extra stuff in her home.
- Brunch- $19
Readers, do you buy discounted groceries when they are going to go bad soon? Do you have PO Box for your blog or should I have just ignored the warning from Mailchimp?
fantastic pf blogs to read this weekend:
Financial Samurai shows us What Age Do Most People Retire in America. I’m surprised that less than 1% of Americans retire by the age of 50.
Lily from the Frugal Gene has acquired a new thrifting addiction, all from her ‘gateway drug’ of the beautiful $15 Prada shoes she scored.
Marie from Boomer and Echo reminds us of the Importance of Power of Attorney for health care decision-making.
Mrs. Picky Pincher shares her Frugal Weekend and the baking she did despite being sick! She used a tele doctor service and didn’t have to drag herself to the clinic for a refill of her inhaler! Hope she feels better soon!
Mommy Finance shares the signs and symptoms that you’re burnt out from work without realizing it. I think I was burnt out from work. Being on maternity leave, I don’t really miss work. Which brings me even more desire to achieve financial independence!