Another valley, though we'll feel it next month as we put on VISA (to be paid off in full each month), was upgrading DD2's violin. She has been using a 3/4 for several years, but has increased her strength, and was ready to move up. Fortunately, they took a significant portion off in trade based on buying her 1/2, and 3/4 from them, so it was several hundred less than I expected to spend. The last full week of July was not thrifty for me as I had lunch meetings three of four days in the office, plus a girls night out.
With the valleys out of the way, we had quite a few peaks in our thrifty ways, or planning ahead ways, which helped ensure we did not need to dip into the savings account. I apologize at all the wedding talk, but I find wedding expenses, even as just a guest, in particular those for close family and out of town, can be significant budget busters.
- Hotel was prepaid back in March when we booked the room for our nieces wedding.We took advantage of the breakfast bar included.
- Having eaten a good breakfast with eggs, bacon,fruit, oatmeal, and yogurt, lunch was light. DH made a run to Walmart for another SD card for DD1 who was already at the venue doing video. He bought a massive deli sandwich for $6.00, which fed DH, his mom, DD2, and me-plenty to keep energy up before the wedding.
- Wedding gift was mostly paid for in March as well. I supplemented the Keurig coffee maker with a cute little breakfast basket that included two coffee mugs, a box of a 16 organic and recyclable coffee pods, baking mix, and my home made jam. I forgot to take a picture, but here is the basket I got off Amazon for $12.00. Ingredients probably totaled another $13, total of $25 for the whole basket. Take that Fortnum and Mason.
- DH's mom drove with us to the wedding. She insisted on taking us out for lunch when we got up north as thank you for driving her, plus driving her to the various wedding activities she was/wanted to be a part of. She insisted on the way home as well, but neither DD2 or I were very hungry. Most of our meal came back home, which, added to some leftover pizza already in the refrigerator, made a decent supper Sunday night.
- Found three bargain dresses, one for regular wear. Since the regular wear dress was deemed too old for me, and I didn't need two blue cocktail dresses, I returned two for a refund. I kept the most expensive of the three, but get this price, $23.00.
- I talked myself out of new shoes for the dress. The styles in the store were cute, but overall impractical with either a heel that was too high, or thick wedges. I wore my same black slim wedge sandals purchased two years ago for under $20 at the end of summer and they were lovely with the dress, plus comfortable as they were worn in.
- Spent virtually nothing at our community river days, other than a few shared food samples while watching the singing finales. DD2 spent some of her own money, but even she was frugal considering al the money sucks available through the carnival, food trucks, and vendors.
- DH and I had thrifty dates at our wine club night, a Sunday afternoon local vineyard to listen to jazz, and a couple cabin weekends.