As I mentioned in my 2016 goals post, today’s post is the first installment in a weekly series that walks you through a week of my spending. Think of it as the Grub Street Diet for money. I’m excited to let you all in on a bit more of my life and spending habits.
By the way, the series title is still a work in progress. Any better ideas are much appreciated!
Enough years of buying over-priced tickets to New Year’s Eve parties taught me this holiday can be a bit overrated. So B and I escaped to a family beach house in Delaware for a few days over New Year’s. Thursday night was spent over dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, and Friday was mostly spent relaxing (plus a bit of recovering 🙂).
We did venture out in the afternoon to check out the outlets. I normally hate outlets because I think I get better deals just shopping the sales in real stores, but I found out about a Lululemon outlet!! Turns out the excitement was unnecessary – it was just as disappointing as every other outlet. It was just a store with lots of few months old inventory, all at the normal sales prices (is it weird that I have the Lululemon pricing structures memorized?), and there was nothing I really needed anyways.
We stopped off at Nicola Pizza on the way home for a Nic-O-Boli – a must do in the area! I spent $10 including tip. Dinner was cooked at the house using groceries we had bought earlier in the week (so I won’t count their cost here).
Total Spend: $10
Though I’m incredibly excited about moving to Boston this fall, I’m also seriously dreading the cold! DC winters are bad enough! So I took advantage of the post-holiday online sales to buy a pair of Boston ready Cole Haan boots – waterproof and shearling lined, yet still cute for everyday wear. I had spent $173 on them (I know, but I’m about quality over quantity) but when I looked them up for this post I noticed they’re marked down to $150 on Amazon! Luckily my credit card does price matching for me, so this post just saved me $23 🙂.
We headed home Saturday to celebrate my Grandma’s birthday at dinner with my family. I stopped off at CVS on the way to grab the one Grandma birthday card that was not meant to come from a 5 year old– $5.
Spend: $178 $155
Sunday was super low key. I went to a family brunch, then spent the rest of the day at home and ate leftovers for dinner.
My day started with Spin class, followed by work. For dinner I defrosted a carrot and sweet potato soup I’d made a few weeks ago and frozen.
To my delight, a new Pure Barre studio near my office just joined ClassPass. I LTB-ed my booty off after work, then popped into the grocery store next door to pick up some food staples (gotta love suburban shopping centers).
(Grocery spend reflects my share of the bill; B and I split our food costs. Side note: I have a great Excel spreadsheet for any other cohabiting couples looking to track/split costs – email me for a copy).
After a few nights of frozen Trader Joe’s meals, I was ready to cook. Enter Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Chicken. It is indeed perfect – moist on the inside with a beautiful, crisp skin.
I headed back to the grocery to grab ingredients, plus groceries I’d forgotten on Wednesday, for a bill of $50.82.
This is one of my new favorite recipes. It’s delicious and quite cheap – for under $14 I made a chicken that netted about 6 servings. And you don’t need any fancy cook-ware for this recipe either. If you don’t have a roasting pan (I don’t) you just lay the chicken on a bed of vegetables. The veggies lift it up so air can get underneath, like a roasting rack would, plus this method has the added benefit of a built in side-dish.
And that’s a wrap on my week! All in, I spent $246 this week – a little higher than normal given my one-off shoe purchase. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!