A light post today because I had a crazy busy stressful week!
Plus no need to cover Suze Orman’s interview on Paula Pant’s Afford Anything podcast, Mr. Money Mustache already covered it! You can check out his post What Everybody Is Getting Wrong About FIRE.
And what can I say about the market this week? Maybe it’s time to consider adding real estate to your portfolio?
So The Ultimate Girl’s Day Out? Probably NOT, but that was the pitch for the National Women’s show in Ottawa (quite) a few months ago! http://www.nationalwomenshow.com/ottawa-exhibit/ A more accurate slogan should be “How to waste your money
on junk food in two hours!”.
Don’t shot the messenger! It sounded like a good plan for my daughters and I, They are 22 and 20 and I take every opportunity I can to do fun stuff with them, if they will have me! It can get tough at that age. Anyway, one of them got free tickets for the show ($30 savings) so we decided to go.
We stayed for a couple of hours, had a lot of fun and
wasted spent $88!! Spend or waste? The jury is still out on that one. The money was spent on junk food healthy snacks we didn’t need at all! So much for me squeezing my grocery budget each month, just to turn around and spend it all on snacks, at a show! What did we buy?
JUNK FOOD HEALTHY SNACKS!
We tasted and bought : Le BIG Cheese, Le Quebecois (maple syrup flavored) and Bad Girl (Chicago mix) . It was almost all gone by the time we got back. Very tasty!
I mentioned before one of my daughters is Celiac, so whenever I find a good supplier, I like for her to try it. She is very picky! I bought two cakes from Pete’s . So far my other daughter and I have been
stuffing our face the only ones eating the cakes! Totally defeat the purpose to buy expensive gluten-free product!
We bought the butter tart and the pumpkin spice cake, and it was to die for!
We “found” another gluten-free bakery and tried one of their brownies, she used beets and mushrooms in the recipe, you can’t tell at all and it was really good. It is supposed to keep the cake moist, which can be a challenge for gluten-free baking. We bought a couple of goodies there!
We came across a booth where an entire family was promoting the chocolate business of one of their daughters. I am a sucker for that kind of thing (entrepreneur spirit and family values all in one) and the chocolate was really good (she gave me extra to taste) so we bought a few (really just a few, it was expensive!). Are you starting to see a pattern here?
No pic? Don’t judge…but maybe I was very hungry and the chocolates didn’t last long enough for me to take a picture…just maybe.
Cool drinks. All your veggies intake in one drink and it tasted pretty good plus it’s gluten-free. Had to buy one!
Still not sure if we bought them for the bottles or the actual Kombucha but I love the bottles! How could we resist? We also get a free refill with our purchase. All we have to do is bring the empty bottle to their stand to one of the many farmer’s market around town.
It tasted so much better than others I had before, but I am not a Kombucha “connoisseur”.
An Environment Friendly Wrap
Busy Bee Food Wrap
Beeswax sustainable food wrap! I know I should get out more often, it’s not new. Eco-friendly food wraps, handcrafted with cotton and beeswax. A reusable plastic wrap alternative. Keeps food fresh naturally and plastic free. Very environment-friendly and cool patterns. But to be honest, I haven’t used the one I bought yet.
While I am usually very careful with my money, I got all wrapped up in the moment and spent money I didn’t need to spend! It’s not whether I can afford it or not, a few snacks would have been fine but we bought more than a few. I need to remind myself: Everything should ALWAYS be in moderation!
So what did I learn this time? Well next year if we go back, we will:
Take a limited amount of cash!
+ Not bring my credit card, or my daughters’ credit card.
= Not waste
And I am sure we will have as much fun.
While we definitely spent too much for snacks, I am happy we supported local entrepreneurs. (By the way, I don’t have any affiliation with any of the above products)
Being with my daughters, I didn’t want to seem cheap, not even too frugal, but looking at all the snacks we bought, we definitely didn’t need to spend that much. We did have a great time and we learned our lesson if we go back next year!
There were all kind of other products and services offered (Spa, make-up booth, clothing, financial services, travel) and we did make a few other stops, but we focused on the food! (Like mother, like daughters!) And NO, it wasn’t included in my grocery budget, it was under “Other” in my Monthly Income Report. I consider it entertainment:)
What do you think? Did I get a little carried away with the snacks? Do you ever find yourself spending too much on food/snacks at events, or in general?