Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Weekend Warrior

I have a problem with weekends.

No, wait.

I don't personally have a problem with the weekends themselves - they are, after all, two days off in a row from anything resembling productivity. What I really have is a problem not spending money on the weekends.

During the week, I just don't spend money. Last week, in fact, I didn't even withdraw my allowance until Friday morning. And, when I did make the withdrawal? 100 clams felt like A LOT of money to a girl who'd not spent a penny in 6 days.


Then all of a sudden it was Friday evening and there was stuff to buy. for Mr. P. in partial payment for installing my brakes. And wine, you know, because it's me. And coffee - the excellent Coda Coffee I buy directly from the roaster because I can.

70 bucks flew out of my wallet and I'd not even begun to have "fun" yet.


Although, in fairness, I did take the coffee money out of the grocery budget because both Lex and I drink it thus it's a household expense. Still...that's quite a bit of cash Crap.

I'm proud of myself though. I reached Monday morning with $25 of last week's allowance intact - enough to purchase a new fan for my bedroom which has been ordered (because do you want to know what you cannot find at any store in February? That's right. A fan). And, once again, I find myself with a wad of unspent cash in my Prada knockoff wallet after having withdrawn this week's allowance.

And yet, part of me dreads the weekend. Because $20 here and $20 there really adds up fast. Pretty soon, it'll be Monday again and I'm feeling broke before it's even arrived.

So I'm attempting to come up with ideas to:

A) continue to be social for $10 a pop or less,
B) not sound like I'm constantly whining to all my friends about not having any money,
C) encourage other people who are also attempting to be frugal not to overspend, and
D) I don't even know what.

Here are some of the things I've come up with:

1) A Frugal Wine Tasting Party - everyone brings a bottle of wine that cost $10 or less and yet, is still ranked 90 or above by at least one nationally recognized wine authority.

2) Recession potluck parties with a traveling bar - the Ducks & Puppies tried this once. We all got together, brought a dish, brought a bottle and a mixer, and proceeded to have a great time! Except...I would have spent about half as much if I'd just gone out to dinner. The problem, I discovered, is that buying a bottle of liquor for each party is too expensive and doesn't (or shouldn't) get all drunked up in one night. Thus, the traveling bar idea. Each person contributes a bottle and whatever is left over gets stored and taken to the next recession potluck party.

3) Card/game nights. I love cards...and games of all kinds.

4) Photo walks. Not a penny has to be spent walking around outdoors. Except it's February. And we're in the throes of subzero temperatures again. But Sunday? Hello, bi-polar Colorado weather! 60° and sunshine.

5) A build-our-own lasagna/pizza party. Each person brings one or two ingredients and then we have "fun" putting it all together...and then eating it.

6) Movie nights. I have a whirly pop and it's portable. Best. Popcorn. Ever.

So those are some of the ideas I've come up with. Of course, they all take planning and they all require houses which are likely not mine as I don't really have the space to entertain more than 6 - although I've hosted up to 14...just not comfortably.

What would you all recommend? I want to know.


  1. Well, if you're clubbing, get there before cover starts and just drink soda. This really only works if you love dancing or are happy to sit around and talk with friends all night.

    Lately, I've been skipping nightlife in favor of getting up earlier on weekends to do something outdoors all day, like hiking or taking a day trip to a town I've never been to. Then when you get home in the evening, all you want to do is sleep.

    We had a surrealist game night once--great fun, totally cheap. And I love your idea about frugal wine tasting party.

  2. Get people to volunteer to handle A Category (Entree, Veg, Salad, Sodas and Disposables, Dessert, Cheese/Sausage appetizer) and bring their own boozes (the pricey part). Your idea of a mobile Box o' Booze is fine for that. Meeting in public spaces like parks when it's warmer. We have lotsa resources, we just forget them for the same ol same ol...

  3. Ooh! Ooh! Show and tell night! We did this - have people bring up to a half-dozen Things and explain why that Thing is important to them. Great way for everyone to get heard (one person at a time), and to get to know unexpected facets of people...

  4. @Kate: Tell me more about this surrealist night. That sounds fun!

    @Gavin: Show & Tell! I love show & tell!!!