We also spent about $15.00 on snacks for a special trip this week. I'd consider that more "eating out" than real groceries (prevented us from eating at gas stations & restaurants!) but... just throwing it out there.
2. Line dried two loads of laundry.
3. Checked out three books from the library. Hoping to do a "library haul"/book review video when I've finished reading them. Two down, one to go.
4. Made yogurt, Greek yogurt and cheese.
5. Harvested lettuce, cilantro and asparagus from the garden. Also planted some more lettuce, onions, summer squash and flower/herb seeds in the garden. I also started pre-soaking/sprouting my sweet corn seeds to plant later this week.
6. Collected cans on various walks.
7. Saved $$ on admission tickets and parking to Cedar Point. We were scheduled to go on a group trip last week, but I delayed purchasing tickets until the last minute. I knew I wouldn't be able to go on most of the rides, but figured there would at least be shows to watch and other things to do. Good thing I didn't buy any tickets! The night before, I went to the website and found out that almost NONE of the shows would be running the next day!
We decided to still go down with the group (Hubs had offered to drive), but skip out on Cedar Point and find something else to do in the area instead. On the way into the park, Hubs went through the "bus" entrance (we had a 16-passenger van, so weren't sure which lane to take) and since we had more than ten people, parking was free! That saved $20.00 right off the bat. We dropped everyone off, then took the 30 minute drive to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential library/museum and home. Admission was $12.00/person- MUCH less than the $52.00/person we would have spent to ride the roller coasters. We had already been to the home, but Hubs' mom was with us and it was her first time going.
After lunch, we realized that Hubs' bus parking receipt included a free park pass for the driver (you have to show your CDL at the gate, so it doesn't apply to just anyone driving a van). Hubs decided to use the ticket and ride some of the coasters, while I stayed in the van and finished my library book. Honestly, I preferred to stay in the van because it was unfortunately cold and rainy that day. :( The park kept closing down certain rides because of the weather, and lines were so long that our group averaged about one ride per hour. Hubs got two rides in, and then came back to the van soaking wet.
It was a long day, but we ended up spending less than $40.00 (museum/house & snacks) on a day that could have easily cost $150.00 had we chosen to buy park tickets and restaurant/park food.
So, note to all: if you are going to Cedar Point and taking more than 10 people, you can get FREE parking. If your driver (or someone else in your group) has a CDL, you can use the bus receipt to get that person a free ticket.
8. Decluttered my books. Inspired by one of my library books (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), I decided to clean out my book collection and ended up discarding over 75 books that I've accumulated over the past 10+ years. A few were worth some money, so I listed them on Amazon. The rest were not worth selling, so I will just donate them.
With the day trip and a full weekend, I only had time to upload one video on Youtube:
BeanTalk #2: Prioritize Consumer Spending
The BeanTalk series is my attempt to discuss personal finance using some mason jars and navy beans. This week I talked about what budget categories we have cut to the bare minimum, and which categories Hubs and I splurge on. These videos take a little longer because I'm not just showing people what I got at Kroger. Oftentimes I say something and then think, "Wait a minute, that's not what I'm really trying to say," so there is a LOT of editing that goes on after the fact. I'm thinking these videos might end up being once a month, rather than once a week!
How was your week? Do you find yourself more busy in the springtime like I do?