Last week I spent four days in Seattle with John, which was fun, of course. But meals out and rental cars and bits of shopping all add up. It was good to get back home where money doesn’t leak away quite as fast.
- I bought some spring flowers and planted them in containers that I already had for some spring color on the table. Also found just the right color in a scrap of fabric for a bit of a table runner. I love doing different things on the table from month to month.
- This week I found several types of produce for reasonable prices, including pears, sweet peppers, and apples.
- Looking through my pantry, I’m realizing I need to serve pickles and applesauce more often, since we still have lots of both.
- I found the boys shirts that they like, on clearance, again at Fred Meyers.
- I returned a couple boxes of markers that turned out to be dry, brand-new.
- I remembered to print a 10-pg tutorial for a kid in ‘draft’ quality to use less ink.
- I combined a bunch of errands Tuesday evening to save on gas.
- I went and did a consumer survey-thing at Hewlett Packard (critiquing their website in a guided way) which earned me $100 for 2 hours of work. Not bad. And actually kind of fun.
- When the Keurig broke, we resisted the urge to buy a new one (refills are spendy, and so is a new Keurig) and instead just brought the old coffee maker back inside from where it had been sitting in the garage. I figure every week we resist the urge to buy a new one, we’re probably saving $8 or so in refills alone.
- My hipster son finally managed to find glasses he LIKED at the Walmart optical center for quite a reasonable cost.
- I’m going thrifting this afternoon with a 20% off coupon. Sweet.
- We got home from Seattle at around 1AM Sunday morning, but still wanted to have our kids over for dinner. Since I was pretty tired, we went for takeout pizza instead of something homemade.
- I bought a new blouse (on clearance) that I probably didn’t really need. Clothes are my Achilles heel.
- I brought our four youngest girls to see The Drop Box (which was excellent) and also splurged on a quick meal of Ethiopian food before the movie. Lots of fun, but it made for a spendy week in the entertainment budget.
- And finally, a bit of gratuitous grandbaby darlingness.