Last year, we went out to brunch and it came out to about $350 for 4 adults, 1 child and our toddler was free. This year we decided to host easter brunch at home for about 30 people and we spent about $200, most of it was for an 18lb ribeye roast that I turned into prime rib. It was yummy. There was enough for everyone. We also had ham and a bunch of other items plus my sis made a beautiful fruit platter and a coconut tapioca dessert. I made an apple tart. yummy!
Archive for April, 2006
Back to our new place, I have been searching for drapes for some time and I finally found some last weekend that would look great in our family/nook/kitchen area. They were too much, it was going to cost $45/panel. I needed 11 panels plus the rods.
DH had mentioned the use of paper blinds for the meantime until we decide what to do. I did a little research and found them for about $5 each. I bought enough to cover all the windows in the house. DH likes them a lot and wouldn't mind having them around for a longer period of time. I spent about $200 for the paper shades instead of spending about $450 + tax for drapes and another 200 or so for rods. i'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't fall down.
We decided to return a vacuum cleaner to Costco this past weekend. Wohoo, I got $500 back and then turned around to buy items for the house - A cheaper vacuum, stocking up the pantry and a bunch of other stuff we were meaning to pick up. I ended up paying $24 on top of my refund. I felt bad for spending the money but happy that I returned one item and came back with 30 items.
My friend offered to share her big bag of greens and suggested that I pick up some fixings at the cafe. We headed over to the company cafe to pick up some fixings for a salad. I got in line to pay and placed my container on the scale when the cashier asked me if I wanted to guess my total price after tax. She explained that my salad would be free if I guess the salad price after tax within 5 cents. I guessed $1.85 and the total was $1.83. There it is, my free lunch. My friend had some items in the refrigerator for sandwiches and some soup. I had half a sandwich and a small bowl of soup.
So far, I haven't spent any money this morning. I saved $2 b/c my co-worker let me have some of her milk, instead of buying an 16 oz jug of milk I saved $2. I'll have to grab some milk from home.
Lunch will be more of a challenge.
I've decided that I should get $50 a week to spend as I choose, whether it be food, drink or fun. I'm going to take out $50 on Sunday and hope it lasts until the following Saturday.
My sister sent me the link for Prosper. I was intrigued. I thought that I'd give it a try being a lender. I took out half the money out of our ING Account, which wasn't that much to begin with, and placed in a prosper account. Once the money was transferred, I started browsing the loans. I placed a bid and 7 days later I won, I did that a few times and I've lended out all the money that I put in. I received my first payment 2 weeks ago and it feels good to know that I helped someone out and that my $$ is growing a little bit faster than in my savings account.
I found my way here by way of the Personal Finance Advice Page. My sister posted the link on her blog and I began clicking away.
I think it'll be cool to chronicle our journey to financial freedom.
We recently paid of 3 credit card accounts through a credit counseling agency. Wohoo! It felt good. We have 3 more accounts to pay off through them and hopefully we can clear that out in the next three months.
We've just bought our first house and the spending has been out of control, which I prepared for by saving. We're going to be looking at our budget and going to do our best to stick to it.