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A Spending Weekend

September 9th, 2013 at 09:11 am

I did a lot of spending this weekend, and not on big stuff. It just all added up.

On Saturday morning I went garage saling with my DIL. I don't have the breakdown with me, but I spent $37. $20 of that was for a carved walnut panel that had been rescued from the Oak Park library building that was torn down in the 'sixties. It is carved in a repeating leaf pattern and looks very Frank Lloyd Wright! (No, I don't kid myself that it's his design -- just very much in the same school). I'm going to find a place to hang it on the wall.

The rest of my finds were bottles, toys, books, a cake stand, a wooden Santa, a game for my son ... too much to remember.

In the afternoon I went to the new Trader Joe's. I found it -- okay. It was a little small for my taste. I like lots of choice, I guess. But I did find my 10 items, and they were only $31.

Sourdough bread
Wine
Almond Milk
Tomato Paste
Spreadable Margarine
Crackers
Cereal Bars
Butter
Ground Beef
Country White Bread

Two breads and two spreads! I like my sourdough for toast and most sandwiches, but I like white bread for grilled cheese. I just keep it in the freezer for that use only. And I like butter for baking and cooking and melting over popcorn, but I like the spreadable stuff for -- spreading. Smile

On Sunday I went to Home Depot, mainly to buy new flowers for the planters on my landing. The Martha Washington geraniums were shot. I bought six planters of mums for $20. I also bought some hardware and a watering can for $11.

On to PetSmart, where I bought an aquarium bucket for $11, and while I was there I picked up some kitty litter. $10.

Then to Target. I was intending only to buy a new bathroom towel. And I found the perfect one for $11. But I was distracted by a clearance display of school and art supplies. I decided to take care of my grandson's birthday, which is later this month, so I filled a $1 gift bag with pencils, notepads, sketch books, markers, crayons, dry erase board, you name it! When all was said and done, I'd spent $44 without even realizing it. I also bought a $20 Ninjago figure with accessories (which he'll probably like better than the art stuff, but the art stuff will last longer). I also picked up three cards for a total of $7, and toilet paper for $7.

So it was a bit spendy. Maybe next weekend I'll barricade myself inside!

I also went out for lunch with my kids and my nephew's family, and I owe my son $11 for that. It was a great old-fashioned Southern-type diner. I got a seafood cakes, eggs, home fries, and grits, and took home enough for a meal the next day.

The rest of the weekend's eating was centered around the free produce I had -- I made a tomato casserole and cucumber sandwiches which served for several meals.

Last night I cooked the ground beef and peppers for a skillet dish that I will assemble tonight. I still have plenty of leftovers in the freezer for lunches, and I'll be getting free breakfast and lunch tomorrow at a work retreat, so I'm doing great on food.

2 Responses to “A Spending Weekend”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    FYI, TJ's has great naan and pita breads as well.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Target is the home of so much temptation. I've been better lately, but sometimes they have such an array of stuff that is hard to resist. Have you tried the TJ three-layer hummus? Not that is really hard to resist. Your library panel sounds gorgeous@

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