What’s a single girl to do that doesn’t cost money on the weekend? I could quite easily spend my weekend on patios and at bars drinking and sipping my money away on Cosmos; but where would that get me? Further into the poorhouse, excessively drunk and ….possibly in a lot of trouble, as I am known to be a professional troublemaker.
The frugal weekend
Saturday COST $0
I spent the first rain free sunshiny day of the weekend out cycling and in Starbucks. I haven’t been out cycling in at least a month because of all the rainy, tumultuous weather we’ve been having in the GTA. Needless to say, even though I’ve been running indoors, I was a bit out of shape. I made it through my 20K loop in about an hour, which isn’t very bad. I thought that my legs weren’t going to carry me up the last 40% incline that I needed to get back into my town. Amazingly, I did it and cheered when I got to the top. Strong mental fortitude and positive self-talk = Getting up a very steep hill. It took every ounce of energy I had and by the time I reached the top my heart was pounding out of my chest. I pushed myself a bit too much because I felt like I wanted to puke when I got home. Ah, the sacrifices for health and body! Luckily, I didn’t puke. I hopped straight into the shower and within 20 minutes was off to Starbucks for a session of writing and improving my resume. I’m working towards a promotion at work and thought my resume and LinkedIn profile could use some tweaking.
My main motivation for the resume changeup came after watching Ramit Sethi’s Dream Job workshop. I’ve decided to endeavor into a few experiments when it comes to my career:
- Change up my resume from the “traditional” everyone has it resume.
- Define my purpose statement, three key career successes/advantages to offer in interviews and improve my interview approach.
- Make my dream job.
Saturday had an interesting and surprising end – I had an old friend reconnect with me. She was actually my maid of honor at my wedding and after the divorce, it was a bit awkward as to whether we should stay in contact. Bit of history – her husband is my ex-husbands best friend and we didn’t want to cause any strife between the guys. They’ve been BFF’s since grade school, complete with secret handshake. I spent the evening at Movies in the Park in Acton, care of Party Cinemas, reconnecting with her. I had a laughter packed night watching Madagascar 3 with a great friend and surrounded by families. It was only the second time attending and all it costs is a donation of food for the local food bank. How great is that?! I also walked to the park to save on gas and get some exercise in! Takes about 20-30 min as I’m on the opposite side of my small town.
Sunday COST $24.35
$7.40 for a Booster Juice
$15.00 for a new Yoga Mat
This was my official writing morning. Even though I slept in, I was still able to get two good hours of writing in. Then my innate sense of wanderlust kicked in. I received an invite to sign up for the GTA Granfondo and decided to scope out the 80K course by car. Let me say, there is no way in hell I can do the 80K course with only a month to prepare. The first half is easy but the last half looks to be gruelling – I may consider the 50K instead. In addition, it costs $169 to register, which is not in my budget. Regardless, I had a nice drive around the Niagara Escarpment, windows down, music blaring. I passed many cyclists, who were no doubt trying to do practice runs of the course in the 30-degree weather. On the way back, I stopped at Booster Juice to pick up a Mind over Macha. I have never tried this one before and it was….how should I put it? An interesting flavour. After sitting in the car so long, I was just happy to get out and have something cool and healthy to eat/drink. For anyone that’s tried Booster Juice, it’s a yummy meal in a shake.
On my way again, I had a passing thought about the replacement Yoga mat I need. My cat has destroyed mine; possibly thinking it’s a scratching post leaning against the wall in my room. Once she finished decimating it, Maggie decided it would be super fab to eat the little foam pieces. I stopped into Winners on the way home in the off chance they may have some low cost or clearance yoga mats. I found a nice Nike mat that normally retails for $35 but it was missing the carrying strap. No worries, that’s not a big deal. I grabbed it and another one I was looking at and headed to the cash with a mission to get a discount. I politely asked the cashier if there was anything they could do. A quick call to the duty manager and I had my mat marked down from $19.99 to $15. Nice!
Overall, a low cost weekend and I had the strength to avoid buying anything else while I was in Winners. I am mastering using my sales negotiation techniques while out shopping.
When’s the last time you negotiated a sweet deal at a retail store? What did you buy? Please share in the comments.
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