What are you up to this holiday weekend? Myself, I have no kids so I won’t be doing the proverbial amusement park/city zoo/help me find a way to keep the kids entertained weekend. Unless you consider my parents who are in their 60’s and 70’s, as kids. At times, I wonder! The two of them together can provide as much entertainment as a four year old. How the tables have turned! I can quickly see how I’m the one with the patience now; helping them with meals to make sure they eat healthy and making sure they exercise.
For a single gal, my holiday weekends usually consist of a lounge chair, floppy hat, lots of books and some wine and/or wine coolers. Pretty simple and straightforward. I throw in a few 30K bike rides, great food and at least one outing with friends.
Depending on how many activities you plan, you can get in over your head with spending easily. It all adds up: the booze, celebratory BBQ’s, fireworks, shopping trips, theme parties – the list is endless of what you could spend money on. It’s up to you to put the brakes on and remember frugality.
Do you need to bring so much booze with you? Wouldn’t one bottle of wine do? On your liquor store run, find what’s on sale. The LCBO regularly has products on sale and I find it cheaper to get a 1.5L bottle of wine instead of the 750mL. For example, I purchased a Jackson Triggs Chardonnay 1.5L for $17.95 on sale, whereas the 750mL is $11.95. Regardless of what you buy or how much you spend, I’m sure your friends would appreciate you showing up with something rather than nothing.
For the potluck BBQ, consider bringing a homemade salad or pie, they don’t cost much to make. You can impress everyone with your culinary handiwork and skills. Better yet, try Canadian Budget Binders Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins. Strawberries are in season in Ontario now!
What’s on my menu this weekend? Frugality and savings. Seriously, I’ll be keeping it low key and having a staycation. I’ve bought the booze for the weekend, which cost me $39.85, the menu has been planned and there will be one outing to see extended family.
Here is the menu for the weekend so far:
Chipotle Burgers and Potato Salad
Spicy BBQ Chicken with Moroccan Quinoa Salad
Saffron Risotto with Scallops
Avoiding Budget Burnout
This holiday weekend, I am budgeting but I’m also splurging. I have some very nice, simple meals planned for family, some wine (cuz the weekend just wouldn’t do without it) and one day is reserved for the day trip to visit family.
Cutting yourself off from everything is just budget suicide. Everything in moderation. Otherwise, if too much is cut-off in life; you will end up going out and binge spending. That is human nature.
Look for my post on Monday highlighting the full recipes with photos! I’ll also show you a breakdown of what I spent on the weekend.