I’m posting this a bit late because over the past weekend, we spend some time at my mom and stepdad’s house in our hometown. As summer is winding down and we are away on our honeymoon in just a couple of weeks for the better part of a month, we wanted to take the opportunity to spend some time with them.
It was a nice, short trip and I’m just now settling down and getting some work done. The (small) cost of this trip will show up on next week’s spending report.
Last week, we broke the seal on our spending and enjoyed ourselves a little more.
We have been very fortunate in that we haven’t had any unexpected or emergent expenses come up, so we’ve been able to save a significant amount of our take home pay over the past month or so. We feel a bit more freedom as a result, so we have loosened up the purse strings and enjoyed a date night out and some ice cream.
This included a fun date night with J, an awesome dinner with Cait, and a couple of other smaller food purchases.We don’t have much of an entertainment budget besides eating out, so I’m fine with this number.
Gas & Groceries
These are both fairly standard; we’ve been trying to eat what is in our cupboards recently, so our grocery bill has been a bit lower than we might expect it to be. This isn’t reflective of what J spent on groceries; we ended up going at different times throughout the week.
On Friday, I bought some munchies for the road at the dollar store so they are included in the figure.
The financial fortune continues!
We live in this amazing corner of the world that has so much to offer, including: blackberries!
This time of year is a forager’s dream. The blackberry bushes were all bearing fruit, and on Sunday, J and I took our bikes over to a local park which has a walkway lined with blackberry bushes and scored five pounds of sweet goodness.
This is a financial win because every morning, I have a smoothie with a fruit in it. Usually, we buy fruit from farmers markets and freeze it, or just buy frozen fruit if whatever I want isn’t in season. These bags of fruit usually cost upward of $6, and over the past week I have been able to use the blackberries in my smoothies. Score!
More Price Adjustments
I incurred another business expense and while this doesn’t have an effect on our personal finances, I still scored by getting three more price adjustments due to the store’s price match policy.
The adjustments were to the tune of $78.
Vouchers and Freebies
As part of the orientation at my new job, which didn’t happen until this week, I got a voucher for a free lunch at a local cafe and a free workout at a local facility. I love freebies so I will definitely take advantage.
I’ve also been scoring Swagbucks like crazy lately, thanks to a few people I’ve referred. Referrals are the best way to earn Swagbucks, so if you are wondering how to ramp it up and earn a lot more, get some of your friends, family members, or followers to sign up. You get more Swagbucks, they earn Swagbucks, everybody gets free stuff. Referral link here if you haven’t already signed up.
Let the wins continue!