Instead of doing my usual weekend recap, I figured I’d take a note from the Luxe Strategist and Refinery 29's Money Diaries and do my weekend recap combined with a money diary. I’ve been on a big personal finance kick lately and love reading about money habits. The deets of the weekend are below!
Alright y’all, I’m trying this format again for my weekend recap, because talking about my weekend is way more interesting when it comes to money. No photos for the weekend because my phone is currently in a bag of rice in an attempt to fix the water damage I did...
Friday night, I went against my desire to sit on the couch and melt into it, and went to the Board Room in Dupont circle with friends, where we played Catan for the night. This bar was super fun - definitely recommend if you’re in the area. You pay $2 to rent any board game, can bring in your own food, and there’s a bar right there. Overall it was a great vibe and I would definitely go back. My sweet boyfriend bought me my drink (a moscow mule). I paid for the uber there ($3.54), which ends up being cheaper and/or faster than the metro, especially on the weekend.
Saturday morning I was up bright and early to go to Pure Barre for the first time. My friend Megan is a Pure Barre teacher so I went to her class, using the first week free trial. I really enjoyed it and I wasn’t expecting to. Usually I enjoy either totally chill workouts like yoga or more intense ones like HIIT. I’d go again though, so it was a weekend win. In the afternoon I went and got a massage to get rid of the kinks in my back after flying across the Atlantic, which was worth every cent. It didn’t hurt that I can use my wellness subsidy at work toward it, so it was essentially half-off for me ($75, half is covered through work).
With late afternoon came happy hour with friends from work, which was our low-key way of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We went to District Commons, which was quiet since it was nowhere near the chaos of the bar crawls. That didn’t stop up from making the most of happy hour and spending a few hours there ($18.00 with tip, for three cocktails!). We ended up heading further into the city in a failed attempt to meet friends, which only resulted in us trekking to Citizen Burger for takeout burgers and sweet potato fries ($16.50). I was famished by then so I was fine ordering food but normally I try to avoid eating out (the drunchies got in the way). What was left of the night by the time I got home was spent food prepping to make my Sunday even just a bit easier.
Sunday I went to a yoga class at my gym, walked outside in the sunshine and facetimed multiple friends from home and college to catch up, and baked banana cake and pistachio bread. I took a break during the afternoon to get my nails done with a friend ($30 on giftcard, tipped in cash). My night was spent reading and unwinding to prep myself for the week. All in all I had an awesome weekend - it was the sweet spot mix of doing things and having me time.
Total spent: $105.54 ($75.54 on credit)
Dining out: $34.50
- Checking to see if the metro vs. uber was cheaper
- Remembering to use my gift card that I randomly found rather than using my credit card
- Using a first-time special deal at the massage studio to get a bigger discount
- Definitely could have spent less money while out Saturday night, but the drunchies won
- The massage and manicure weren't necessary, although SO worth it. So I guess that isn't a fail.