January 1 found us going to an antique show and antique shops out of state. As part of our new plan I kept all receipts and entered them into a visual budget app when we return home.
Breakfast was free as we used gift cards earned from soon to expire Marriott rewards points. We ate at Cracker Barrel. We left a five dollar cash tip of the $19 bill. It was New Year's Day after all.
Some say that doing this trip was not a frugal activity, however we saw it as using our Christmas money on things we enjoy. First stop was an antique shop that held an oversized real estate map book that we were both fascinated with several months ago. It was still there and it was $50 cheaper than when we first saw it. I also found many discounted vintage Christmas items that will be used as part of my gift making project for 2017.
We were adventuring for eight hours between the two stops. Decided it was time to eat dinner. Headed back into Connecticut, where we stopped at the Vernon diner. If ever in the area we recommend going to the diner. Prices were low, and servings were huge. We both brought half of our sandwich and fries home. I had the best chicken sandwich I've ever eaten that I did not prepare.
January 2 this was the day we took down all the Christmas decorations. The only thing left is the greenery outside, which we've decided I will leave as it makes the front porch looks so pretty. I also took this as a chance to weed out storage bins of holiday items. I trashed a few things, put other things in a sell next year bin, and found some missing items.
I also sorted everything like with like this year. I labeled the bins. Should make decorating much easier next year. All in all I say I got my exercise as you can see by my fit bit information.
I had oatmeal for breakfast and DH had nothing. Lunch was our leftovers from the diner the day before.Dinner plans were changed as the turkey was still not defrosted. I ate leftovers from New Year's Eve and the fellows had frozen pot pie's.
January 2 was a no travel no spend a day.
How are you doing so far?