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A great weekend and prepping for the trip

November 18th, 2013 at 10:05 am

I had a really great weekend with my BFF, despite the big storm that soaked us, despite setting off my car alarm and being unable to find my remote, despite losing (but eventually finding) her sweatshirt in the movie theater .... it was that kind of weekend, and yet we had fun.

We ate out twice, and I spent $29, which was not bad. We saw a movie, "The Book Thief" for the senior citizen price - $7.50. She is my Goodwill buddy, so we scouted out a new store in Northbrook. She had a 25% off coupon for her birthday, so we got some really good deals. I spent $11 on gifts, $5 on home entertainment (puzzles), $14 on clothes & jewelry and $10 on household items. Very pleased with all purchases and sated for a while.

Had a great time also at my grandson's birthday party. He got some nice gifts that weren't over the top -- books, games, etc. I gave him a spirograph set, a stuffed peregrine falcon (his new obsession) and a shirt and pants which I got ridiculously cheap!

My biggest spending came from preparing for my trip: $32 to reserve a taxi, $60 for flowers (I'll get some reimbursement from siblings for that), $20 for cat litter and cat food. I also spent $22 on groceries and household items, and sent $22 to the dentist. This morning I ordered ornaments for my grandchildren for $20. I always try to get ornaments featuring the costume they wore for Halloween -- they made it tough this year by dressing up as knights. But after a search, I did find some nutcracker knight ornaments that will do.

It will be a costly week in Florida. But I am trying. I will sleep most nights at my son's house. I'm sharing a rental car with my siblings. Eating out will probably be an expense, as I don't expect my son to feed all of us as well as offer a free hotel. We'll just see how it goes. It is important to me to honor my uncle, so I'm not going to stress about money.

I will pack tonight -- lightly. The taxi will pick me up at 4 AM. UGHHH! But once I'm at the airport I will begin to relax. I always do. It's the prep that drives me nuts.

7 Responses to “A great weekend and prepping for the trip”

  1. SicilyYoder Says:

    Prayers for safe travel. I thought about you when I saw tornadoes were in Chicago. We had some in Western Kentucky, but I live in the central part, not too far from Keenland Racetrack, about half an hour.

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    Safe travels. Smile

  3. marvholly Says:

    the Northbrook Goodwill store is NOT new. I have known about it for about 3 years. It is a pretty good store & I try to get there 1x/month.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Glad you had a nice weekend...have a safe trip!

  5. bluesfemme Says:

    Hope it all goes smoothly and you have time to sit around and unfold and replay memories. TBT is a great, unforgettable book- did not know they made it into a movie. Will look out for it - thanks.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Hope you have a safe trip!

  7. CB in the City Says:

    Marvholly, I meant new to me. It looked well-established!

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