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Yesterday's Spending

January 20th, 2018 at 05:25 am

Well, they shut down. For my son's sake, I hope it won't be too long. For my sake, I'm glad that SS checks will still be cut.

I had a lovely dinner with my friend K last night. I intended to be more frugal than I was, but you know how eating with a friend eggs you on. We had wine, salad, entree and dessert. But we were able to order half portions, so my total cost, with tip, was $34. Also $2 to park. Could have been worse.

K had news -- she is moving to Minnesota! I'm not totally surprised. Both her kids are there and now a granddaughter, too. I regret that we have not taken advantage of both of us living in Chicagoland very much. But she is on the south side and I am on the north, so it has not been very easy to get together.

Anyway, I will still see her for our girlfriend weekends, and I will for sure go visit her, too.

In other news, I did buy the airline ticket to Florida, as well as travel guard, for a total of $236. I will have to pay $25 to check a bag when I check in. And I will have to pay for ground transportation in Chicago, which is always expensive. But that will come out of next month's budget.

My morning run to Aldi cost $11 for almond milk, creamer, butter, cheese and tortillas.

Variables have jumped to 83%, but that's still great, considering that the airline ticket is part of it. I only have four days to go now.

Edit: funny story to add --

When I was leaving Aldi, I saw a man struggling with the carts. Ever helpful, I offered mine and put my hand out for his quarter. He gave me the quarter and then turned around and went to the parking lot! I called to him when I realized my mistake but he just waved his hand and left. I guess he thought I was a panhandler!

Later, when I was at the parking meter outside the restaurant, I found a quarter and a dime on the ground. So altogether I raked in .60 in found money yesterday!

3 Responses to “Yesterday's Spending”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Ha--there's a new source of income for you!

  2. Dido Says:

    Hah! I went to Aldi's a couple of weeks ago for the first time in ages. I put my quarter in and got a cart, but when it came time to return it, I couldn't shove it in enough to get the quarter back, so I just left it. A very nice gentleman ran after me with my quarter.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I don't like messing with the carts at Aldi's, so I just bring several reusable bags that I load as I go. But one of the few times I DID mess with a cart, I had someone who was returning their cart give it to me - and I handed them my quarter.

    I was at Aldi's last night and they were out of so many things! One of them being almond milk! The cashier told me they'd been super busy and that one of their produce trucks hadn't shown up.

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