Friday, April 4, 2008

So, yesterday, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., I spent nearly my entire budget for this week. Whoops. However, the good thing is that I still have $24, and $7 in my "bonus", and I don't have any plans this weekend for spending.

What, did I spend all my money on exactly? Well, I will tell you!

K met me for lunch and we trodded off to Earl's for lunch. My absoluate favorite dish at Earl's is:

Penne Alfredo simmered with fresh cream, garlic and nutmeg and topped with grated grana padano parmesan **Add pan fried chicken or sauted shrimp $4.00

Yum yum! I do add the chicken for a bit of protein, and I also aske for a side of hot-sauce for some spice. The only downer is that it costs $16.50 (with the chicken). So, add an iced tea ($2.50) and tip, that meal ran me $23.00 - a bit high for lunch, but damn! It was a good meal!

After work I trodded over to the Alberta College of Art and Design's spring art show. I love these shows, they really have all sorts of things created by the art students: photography, clothes, glassware, painting, pottery, anything! I found a lovely scarf that was a light teal with a silk screened peacock feathers on it. I love it. I would've bought more than one if they hadn't been so damn expensive! The scarf costs me $85. Yeesh. Usually I wouldn't spend that much on a scarf, but I instantly fell in love with it, and given the hand-made aspect and the fact that I'm supporting just one guy, not a company, makes me feel better. That is usually my only complain with ACAD Show & Sale, that things seem to be so overpriced. I really don't know how to properly "price" art, but everything just seems so expensive.

After that, I wandered downtown for a bit, wasting time (I had an hour or so until I had to meet friends for dinner), where I found an adorable necklace for $25. I don't wear a lot of jewelry, but this just stuck with me, I'm even wearing it right now. I'll take a picture of it later, since I can't seem to find a picture of something similar online.

After that, I met up for a friend's birthday dinner at a bistro downtown, where I had a nice steak and caesar salad, which ran me $28. It was a ver nice meal, but very expensive again.

All in all, I spent $145.83! Yikes! It's overwhelming as I haven't shopped like this in a long time, but at the same time, it's awfully relieving to know that I had the money to spend. I had budgetted it, and know that I had to make sacrifices (such as no more eating out until Monday) to purchase what I wanted. I did have to shuffle the money around the coin purses, but so far I think this system is working for me! Yay!


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you did that and enjoyed yourself. I think it is going to be great for me as well.

We need to see and be in control of what we are spending if we are going to change the way we see money, right?

Fabulously Broke said...

You know, even if you had budgeted for it, it comes as a shock eh? :)

I know it does for me... lol


Canadian Saver said...

Sounds like you had a great time :-) I think you should show us a pic of the scarf !