If you think “frugal” and “adventurous” shouldn’t be in the same sentence, let alone associated with me, you clearly haven’t met “frugal me”! Believe it or not my friends, even though I can be spendy spendy when it comes to clothing, I am quite frugal in other areas of my life. Thank the gods for balance, otherwise I’d be even more broke than I am!
This weekend, it was sunny and above 10 degrees; that was cause for celebration. Woo hoo! Couldn’t help myself…the weather has been so damn peculiar lately. We had a spectacular weekend and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to finally get my bike out of the garage and go for a ride. It was just too beautiful, no shopping or clothing in the world was any kind of competition. Nice weather cures my boredom and is, therefore, much better for my budget.
Saturday started with me leaping out of bed (I rarely do this anymore), making a healthy, high protein breakfast, whipping on my cycling clothing and out the door I went. I was a bit nervous for the first little bit of my ride, as I haven’t clipped in/out of bike pedals in a while – falling over or hitting an object is not an option. I’ve fallen twice and it’s something I would not like to ever repeat again. Imagine if you will, being chained to a moving object, like your feet are planted in cement and you can’t move, then take that moving object and stop it, you balance precariously for a moment or two, then OH SHIT and down you go. Yep, not worth repeating. For this first official ride of the season, I decided to head to a fave spot I have in the ‘Hills, its positively tranquil and beautiful. Helps me think. So I got up the gumption to make it there and back and I made it through, finished back up at home an hour later. I felt fabulous! Not much drama for the rest of Saturday, I spent it doing chores, organizing, and reading.
Best thing: $0 MONEY SPENT!
Sunday turned out to be an action packed day with my grandmother’s 90th birthday party in what I call, “The land of the Biebs”, Stratford, Ontario. I vaguely remember saying something about a slightly dysfunctional 19 year old celebrity growing up in this town. I laughed when my dad asked me if there was a sign at the side of the road saying “You have entered Biebsville” as we came into Stratford. Told my dad I would never come back if they did put up a sign.
Anyways, enough about the Biebs and onto more fun and slightly civilized things. After rushing through my morning workout, showering, helping my mom wash her hair, putting my grandmother’s cake in the car without dropping it, we were on our way to Biebsville (sorry, couldn’t resist). When we arrived, almost everyone was there and what a full house!
Highlights of the afternoon:
- My grandmother making faces at the camera for everyone. I have yet to put the video up on YouTube, LOL! Don’t think I will.
- The musical BDay card I got my grandmother was sort of a hit until my cousins 2 year old decided to keep opening it and we listened to the meowing version of Happy Birthday about 126 times (I lost count after 11).
- My zany cousin getting excited because someone left a very old Viking sewing machine at the side of the road – she felt the need to go back and pick it up. I believe she has plans to sell it somehow.
- Skyping my cousin in Scotland (who I haven’t seen in ten years) and then singing Happy Birthday with him for our Grandmother
- Sitting around the table swapping worst financial misdemeanours committed against most members of our family (there’s quite a few)
- Financial misdemeanours turned into swapping stories of extreme frugality and the hoarders that we have in our family
Sunday’s Spend:$50 for Gas, of which I only used about $30
There’s one of my more frugal weekends and even though it wasn’t a holiday weekend in Canada like it was in the US, it sure as heck felt like it!