Frugal Steps and Stumbles

Jen

FRUGAL STEPS AND STUMBLES (2)

Sorry this is posting later than usual, but the mister and I have spent an electronics free weekend in Chicago attending a Star Trek convention. Our 10th anniversary was in May, and this weekend was to celebrate. Yep, we are geeks!

Frugal Steps:

  1. My friend Val has an almost 10 year old daughter with a winter birthday, and has been passing her daughter’s clothes on to me for years, which works perfectly for my two winter-born daughters. I passed back 6 bags of girl clothes to her this week that she will pass on to her nieces and she passed on a boatload of clothes that will fit my 5 year old, will eventually fit our 2 year old, and then will be passed back for her nieces. Sharing is caring!
  2. We ate out for most of our meals this weekend (as planned), but brought our own snacks and water for use in our room. I didn’t want to pay $4 for a bottle of water. We had to pay about $12 in tolls and I was able to empty out my overly-full change purse to cover that.
  3. We ate at a nice Italian restaurant called Carlucci Saturday night and we told the waiter it was our belated anniversary trip. He brought us a free dessert with a candle on it and took our picture for us.
  4. My mom and my sister babysat our kids for the entire weekend. They did it for free (though we insisted on giving a little money to my mother for expenses).
  5. My mother sent the kids home with ham, turkey, fruit, popcorn, chocolate almond milk, bread, cream, and leftover waffles. I doubt I will be buying much from the store tomorrow.
  6. We used Tim Horton’s gift cards to get coffee and tea when we hit the road.
  7. We didn’t buy any souvenirs or extras at the Con. We did one photo op with William Shatner, which we planned in advance.
  8. I worked 3 days last week.

Frugal Stumbles

  1. The hotel had a Starbucks,and I discovered they have London Fog Tea Lattes,made with sweetened milky Earl Grey. As a coffee hater, I haven’t been to a Starbucks in years, but I loved these. This could be dangerous!
  2. We didn’t find out until we got to the hotel that they charge for parking. That was an extra $15 after our group discount.
  3. We indulged in room service Saturday morning. That was the most expensive bowl of oatmeal I have ever had.

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