We didn’t spend any money last weekend. It wasn’t something we tried to do, and we didn’t even realize it until Monday. Several years ago, when we were both working for a big company, we would often spend $200 in an average weekend. We worked very long hours during the week, so the weekend was our time to enjoy ourselves, and we would usually accomplish that by going out to dinner, going to a movie, going to the mall, going on a weekend getaway… pretty normal things to do.
Fast forward a few years, and our frugal selves are much more conscious about money (I always was, but I think my frugal side went into temporary hibernation when J and I were dating). Doing things that don’t require money had become second nature to us – so much that we literally went all weekend without spending money, and we didn’t have to think about it at all.
So what did we do? We slept in – our guilty pleasure. We cooked and ate great meals (there’s always a good supply of groceries in our house). We walked the dog. J rode his unicycle – he’s currently teaching himself to ride backwards, which took up a good chunk of Sunday afternoon. I went to the gym (membership is free because I have a part-time job working for the city). We cleaned the house. We watched two movies that we had checked out of the library. I went for a run. I talked on the phone with friends and family using our unlimited minutes Vonage phone. I did some scrapbooking. We had a fantastic weekend and both felt ready for the workweek by Monday morning. I’m sure there were other things we did that I’ve forgotten, but we didn’t spend a dime. Proof that frugality truly does become a habit after a while.