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Weekend Spending

June 22, 2009

Confession:  I do weekend spending reports mostly because I don’t feel like coming up with a well written post on something thoughtful.  I have some post ideas, but I can’t seem to formulate them into all out posts.

So, here is what I spent this weekend.  Things listed “for two” went on the joint card, so I’ll cover half.  The joint card is going really well, except it isn’t a Visa and we’ve had a couple restaurants refuse it. 

Thai Dinner$24 (for two). Since we last went, they started charging $2 for rice (used to be free), but portion sizes seemed larger.  We went to kill time and wait out traffic after I picked T up at the airport Friday.

Grocery:  $20 (for two). This wasn’t a real grocery run, just snacks, wine, and ingredients for a desert I’ll make.  Someday.  I did a full grocery shop earlier in the week at TJ’s.

Gas:  $41. It’s up to $3.07/gal!

Farmers Market:  $6.  Just got some avocados and a cucumber.  For this smoothie, guacamole, and something sort of similar to this couscous salad (good for lunches).

REI:  $45.  We split a hiking book for our 2-night trip over the 4th of July.  It also has several other good summer hikes (meaning, enough elevation that it’ll be cooler).  I got a new bra for hiking — my sports bra always felt sweaty and uncomfy.  After trying on several, I got this one, which probably wouldn’t work for anyone with a lot to support.  I’m not even sure whether I can use it for running.   But it felt perfect, totally lightweight, breathable, and super comfortable, almost like not wearing anything (except without the issues that come with actually not wearing anything).  I felt ridiculous paying $30 for such little fabric, but I it’ll serve me well.  I could use a new quality t-shirt for hiking, but technical clothing is ridiculously expensive.   I’ve been procrastinating in hopes of a sale.

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We stayed in most of the weekend, skipping a graduation type party that we probably should have at least stopped by.  I’ll blame T‘s jetlag, even though that probably isn’t true.  We watched Netflix for entertainment, and woke up really really early Sunday morning to get in a six mile hike to prep for next weekend.

I loved the hike (Sandstone Peak loop — one of the best hikes in the area if you ask me) .  We did it in February as well, and it is a far better “winter” hike than summer (which is why we woke up so early).  However, it seriously wiped me out for the day.  I even had a 2nd cup of coffee in the afternoon and was still able to crash early.  We’ve been plotting our first multi-day (I think 4 days?) later this summer in Sequioa/Kings Canyon (sooooooo excited!!!), so the more hiking we do, the better.

I think we are also ready to book our reception!  We met with their coordinator and took another look at the area.  I estimate the total cost for food + alcohol to be less than $4500, though it really depends on how many people come.  It could be significantly cheaper if fewer people come or if people don’t drink much (hahaha, not likely).  They require 50% “deposit” but also said you can get your full deposit back if you cancel within a week.  Given that, there seems to be little reason to put it off.

We also stopped by a jeweler by happenstance (on our way to investigate JCrew’s sale, which was a failure), and found that they can custom make a wedding band to fit together with my ring for about half the price of the designer band that fits my ring.  It is too soon to start the process, but it helps me keep my budget more accurate.  They also threw in some much needed ring cleaner as a gift.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2009 12:46 pm

    I like having easy post ideas too, cause life is too busy to write great, original material every day. Where in sequioa are you planning to go? We went several years ago and loved it, I almost booked a site for this year but decided we should save money instead. Hope you have a great time!

  2. June 22, 2009 12:58 pm

    @Miss M – hoping do to the Rae Lakes Loop. Really popular. The photos I’ve seen are just stunning!

  3. June 22, 2009 3:11 pm

    I always always want to buy Patagonia stuff, but it’s so expensive. I’ve just been hiking with sports bras too, but maybe I’ll take a look at their stuff and invest in a better bra. We don’t have REI here in Canada, but maybe when I go down to Seattle later this summer I’ll check out their selection.

    Last summer I bought a few Arc’teryx technical t-shirts. They’re fabulous – totally worth the money. I wear them for everything – hiking, rock climbing, and running. 🙂

  4. SP permalink*
    June 22, 2009 3:25 pm

    I think a quality sports bra would be fine — but my main one was a cheap-o Target one that worked for running (because I take it off after 30 minutes or so), but felt sticky/wet all for summer hiking. As far as sports bras go, this wasn’t super pricey (compared to the others at REI). I’ll have to see how it performs when I actually use it hiking!

    But yeah, most of their stuff is expensive… I’ve had my eye on a $60 Icebreaker t-shirt! I’ll check out Arc’teryx as well!

  5. elcheapofinance permalink
    June 22, 2009 10:19 pm

    Don’t beat yourself up SP, this post was definitely well thought out and written. Especially the attention to detail re: sports bras which is a rare find from my daily blog reads 😀 Seriously though, the wedding/spending/hiking/day-to-day stuff is great. Not all posts have to be whoppers.

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