Monday, November 19, 2012

The Cost of Family Weekend

As I whined earlier this month, my family was pushing me so far over my budget and I didn't know how to say no or bring the reins back in.  I joke that the opera tickets are the "gift that keeps on giving".  My mom basically found a way to extend my birthday out over the next six months and force me to spend several weekends with her.  To some of you that might sound like a wonderful time of bonding and what not, but to the rest of us... yeah, that's a lot of mom time.  Did I mention that she occasionally likes to sing along with the opera.  I love her, but she's a handful.

Here is what I estimated for spending versus what I actually spent.  If you read through all the comments of the previous post you will see how I eventually reached the $345 estimate.

Dinner:  $30....................................$3 (Sig. O paid for most of my share)
Opera:  Free (Birthday).....................$0 
Opera Tix for Friend: $30................$0 (My parents treated her too!)
Evening Entertainment: $20............$5 (Ice Cream Sunday from Mickey's Diner)
Hotel:  Free (I live in the City).............$0
Brunch: $30 ....................................$0 (Slept through this, oops!)
Football Tix: $195 ...........................$195 
Football Snacks: $20........................$20 (Split snacks with my siblings and Sig. O)
Misc. parking: $20 ...........................$0 (Managed to take advantage of my parents hotel parking and hotel shuttle)
Weekend Est. = $345        Weekend Actual = $223

The weekend still cost me an arm and a leg, but I was thankful for the loopholes that saved me $100!  It helped that the weather was beautiful and we were able to spend part of the evening just strolling around downtown St. Paul.  After the opera we were able to walk to Mickey's Diner and end the night with shakes and sundaes.  

Sunday was the football game and that was the major expense for the weekend.  The tickets were $85 each and I ended up spending $195 because I also paid for Sig. O and part of my little sister's ticket (I owed her for my mom's bday gift).  While it was a really fun experience and a great time with my family, it will probably also be my first and last football game.  For me, especially at this point in my life, it's just not an experience I value enough to justify that kind of spending.    

Now, just to get better at saying no, and working within my budget. 

Thankful that every day is a new day and a chance to start again.

Here's to keeping at it!

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