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A weekend of spending

March 31st, 2014 at 05:46 pm

I used to love going shopping, but now I hate it. I hate having to spend money on something I need. It's crazy, I know, but somehow in my financial growth journey I eradicated pleasure from the shopping experience.

This weekend I bit the bullet and went shopping for shoes and sheets, both of which I needed. Since Kohl's was promoting a sale, I went there. I bought a set of Croft & Barrow 550-ct sheets for half price, and two pairs of Naturalizers for 30% off. Then got another 15% off for using my Kohl's card, plus $20 in Kohl's cash. Altogether I spent $139, and saved $112, not counting the Kohl's cash. Now, I know the retail price is inflated, but I still felt I did pretty well. I'm pleased with the shoes -- I have a hard time finding comfortable shoes for work. These are soft loafers, and I got the same style in black and in brown. Just have to make sure I don't put on one of each some dark morning!

I also bought pet supplies at PetSmart and Target, spending $37 -- but I hope the supplies will take us through April. I had a $3 coupon for PetSmart. I spent $32 on groceries, sticking to ten items. I got a haircut for $17, including tip. And I ate out twice -- once at McDonalds because I was out and about and hungry, and once at a new restaurant where I met up with a colleague to transfer some supplies for an event. She suggested lunch, and I agreed because these social opportunities don't come along too often. So eating out cost $15. Add to that $3 for laundry, and that's my weekend!

I did get to spend some time with the grandsons, and had dinner with the family (and was sent home with leftovers) so it wasn't all spending!

Today I drove to work, since I woke up too late to catch the train. But I am driving, anyway, through the month of April, for two reasons: to take it easier on my knee, and to gauge how the cost compares to the price of a train pass, now that I have to pay $30 more. The first challenge is figuring out free parking for a month. A parking pass is $100 annually. There is no monthly option. There is a free lot, but it is 4-5 blocks away. There is street parking, but only for six hours at a time. Tomorrow I am going to look into the possibility of a temporary pass, citing health reasons. I don't know how that will go, but I'll try.

I received the set of Bialetti saute pans. Oh, I love them! I made French toast on Saturday morning and they browned up like a dream on the ceramic lining.

I did not receive the Shark hand vac, although UPS confirmed delivery. I called BB&B this morning and they will send another and put a trace on the lost package. I hope it was not stolen, as packages are left in a vestibule that is open all the time. (But it is set way back from the street, so I doubt that a thief would just wander in....) Perhaps a neighbor took it by mistake. If it turns up, I can return to the store. The only down side for me is having to wait longer for the vacuum. And of course, wondering whether this one will be okay. I've never had a package problem before....

4 Responses to “A weekend of spending”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I love French Toast, just have never really tried making it myself. Someday I will. Smile
    I hope your experiment with driving in April works out to be less expensive! Smile


    Your 30+ years old and don't know how to make French Toast??????????? Do you know how to make a P B & J and/or Grilled Cheese? Good. Lord.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Honestly, Laura, I just don't know HOW you can show your face here. Smile

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    LOL Smile CB

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