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Spend Nothing Saturday

June 3rd, 2006 at 04:48 pm

A nicely boring day at home. Did some cleaning and some yard work. Monkeys ran through the Sponge Bob sprinklers our neighbors gave us.

Tonight we are going to a graduation party for a friend that finished her MBA. Dinner and drinks provided. Love that. But we have close friends going out tonight for a birthday. I'd really rather do that but we don't have a babysitter or the extra cash.

Big Rich put $15 on the debit yesterday for beer. Knew that would happen.

Tomorrow we are going to the amusement park. This has been planned for a long time, before I decided to challenge myself. I don't see how we can get out of there for less than $150. I'm trying to decide how frugal I want to be. Pack a lunch? Eat before we go? It's all just crap and sooo expensive. But I guess it is all part of the experience. Not sure what we'll do. I'll run it by Big Rich and see what he thinks. I know the family we are going with will buy all sorts of crap and do games which makes it hard to tell our Monkey's we aren't spending money on those things.
I'm starting to realize how much pressure there is to spend all the time.

2 Responses to “Spend Nothing Saturday”

  1. Carolina Bound Says:

    I hear you! My worst problem is dealing with the pressure to spend -- not with temptation to spend. I live so differently than my friends and family, who all have more money than I do. It's hard.

    My advice is, sometimes you will spend more than you want to because of other people, but you will get better and better at holding your ground. And always remember all those little ways you can cut back that will help compensate.

  2. robex Says:

    I also know that feeling. Last year, my brother and I took our 5 kids to the big amusement park in our area. We spent $20 on each of the kids for all day ride passes. On the way there, we stopped at the grocery store, and each kid picked out a Lunchables pack for the day. We put it in the cooler with some frozen drink boxes, and told them they were each allowed to pick one food item at the park.

    They'd already been told if they wanted to play the carnival games, or buy something extra, it was coming out of their own pocket!

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