The irony of a work hiatus has never escaped me; you’re not making money, but you have all the time in the world to spend it! Great combination, no? Add that to the higher cost of living in this city, and I’m all set for success!
That being said, I will brush my shoulders and reveal that I’m a budget shopper. I don’t make huge purchases. I think about everything twice (90% of the time), and our grocery bills are never above $80-90 for the week. I save well, and spend infrequently.
Then I’m thrown into a brief period of free-time, and my bank account
works up a sweat!
Case in point, examples of my recent spending:
In Lindsay’s words, you only missed this deal if you live on an entirely different planet. In which case, look! But too late, it was yesterday.
This was a “$10 for $20 at Whole Foods” – so, you can snatch 2.5 extra things! As if I needed a reason to spend money at Whole Foods, I jumped all over this along with everyone else in the social media world.
Look into that bottom left corner, and you’ll see my idea of a DIY project. I browsed Pier 1 Imports the other day (stimulation overload) and these ‘coasters’ were on clearance ($2.50 each). Our kitchen happens to be painted a light blue color, and since I don’t have the patience to paint over that, I decided to bring in my own design. Once I figure out what kind of sticky substance will hold these to a wall, they’ll be a black-splash of sorts (Ashley, you’re a pro at that! Any tips?).
Nothing in this picture is new, but its an example of a repeat purchase – outings! D and I joined a college-bud of mine to watch the game on Saturday. There are a few designated “Penn State Bars” in DC; Rhino Bar, in Georgetown, takes the cake. It’s small, so it gets crowded quickly, but they play the Blue Band Music, offer a flip-cup game at halftime, and have a Yuengling drink special ($).
Saturday night, after football disappointment, we browsed the shops of Georgetown and Dupont. It may have saved us from spending more on food and drink, but it did not stop the spending altogether. We stopped in H&M, Anthropology, Zara, book stores, the GAP, etc. Again, I don’t splurge, but I do know a sale or two when I see them!
The flower-belt pictured above is my favorite grab of the night (I only bought two other things); it was only $11 at Zara, it’s a deep purple and I could wear it with so many things! Done. The hat on the right was a purchase in Durango with my Mom a few weeks ago – I couldn’t resist.
I can never bring myself to buy clothes at Anthropology (even though I’d love to), but their household items are often just as unique and fun. For example, I saw this spoon rest, and clearly had to have it. See the note above on bringing my own design into this light blue kitchen; spoon rest, I’m naming you my accomplice!
Add to all of the above: metro card & travel fees, frozen yogurt (right across the street – ah!), extra fruits and veggies at the organic market (also across the street) and the always appealing Iced coffee.
What do you buy in a spending “spree”? What was your latest splurge?
Out of all things pictured, the most expensive was my hat, coming in a at a whopping $22.00. We’ll assign “Splurge” to that, for now.
Other things I will splurge on: kitchen or running equipment, groceries (if there’s a recipe I have to make) and/or traveling!