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Busy Weekend, and Spending

June 8th, 2015 at 06:45 am

I went garage-saling this weekend -- the first time this season! I spent $18, and my haul included a brand-new, large Crock-pot, a new box of embossed notecards, an autumn wreath, a potholder, two toys for the toybox, a silk scarf, a set of wall hooks for keys, and two gifts (a compact mirror and a plate stand). The notecards may also be a gift. Afterwards I spent $8 on lunch at a funky diner that I loved! Will go back again!

My grocery shopping was $28, and I bought: rice, whole wheat bread, sourdough bread, crackers, coffee, mashed potato flakes, salt, crescent rolls, allspice and body wash.

Possible meals this week:

Cheesy couscous w/veggies
Chicken pot pie (homemade)
Chicken noodle veggie soup
Spanish rice
Egg salad

I'll be eating out tomorrow night, so I expect this will be more than enough....

On Sunday I got my hair cut. I had a coupon, so it was $14 including tip. And I did two loads of laundry for $3. I gave a lady with a "need help" sign $3.

My retirement party on Friday was lovely. We ate outside at my boss' beautiful home. So much food! I took home a salad, which I feasted on all weekend. The group gave me a framed photograph of the College's chapel with notes of farewell written on the mat. I also have a nice group photograph of all the people retiring this year -- for once I took a pretty good picture!

In other news, the Frank Lloyd Wright tour that I was looking forward to was rescheduled to this Saturday. I can't go because I have promised to babysit, while my kids go to an out-of-town wedding. Oh well. The ticket was already bought, so I'll donate it to someone else who would like to go.

I've now spent 37% of my variables budget. I also sent $420 to Medicare, but that doesn't come out of variables. I was able to charge it to my new BOA card, so I'm already almost done earning the bonus! I am paid up to Medicare through September, and then they will start taking the payment out of my Social Security check. I will probably get another 3-month bill for the Medicare Advantage plan.

4 Responses to “Busy Weekend, and Spending”

  1. Allie Johnson Says:

    Those meals sound delicious and that spending isn't bad at all! I love garage sales, so many bargains.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    It sounds like you had a great retirement party, and a nice haul from the garage sale!

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Glad your party was so nice! Is it the Oak Park FLW tour? If they rescheduled, maybe they would refund your ticket? Did you hear they discovered a FLW house here in suburban Milwaukee? It's the first new confirmed one in years. Everyone is very excited!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    It is the Oak Park tour, but just the studio. I don't think I can get a refund once the ticket is bought, and it was my mistake -- I had plenty of notice, just had it wrong on my calendar. I'm going to give my ticket to a new member of the org -- goodwill and all that!

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