I have Fridays off. Don’t get too jealous – I have to work every Saturday.
After years of being off on Fridays, I’ve finally learned how to do extra during the week so that my Friday is actually a day when I can do what I want to do, rather than a day to do chores. A day off isn’t a day off if it involves getting gas, picking up the mail, getting groceries, going to the pharmacy, paying bills…
So now I go on adventures. Usually the day starts with waking up whenever I wake up. This often means around 10. I have to be up around 7 every day, and that is not normal for me. I make up for it by sleeping in when I can. But I don’t want to sleep in too much – then I’ve slept away my life.
My theme for the day was to only go to places I had a coupon or a gift certificate. I wanted to spend as little money as possible. I’ve had some of these saved up for over a year -and some I just got the day before.
This was outside of my car when I got out to go to lunch. I took it as a sign that this was going to be a fruitful adventure.
While eating lunch, I read some of the material from The Wander Society and learned a new word – Zouave. I looked it up and here’s a picture of one. He’s charming! And it is in sepia. I’m not sure what it is about sepia that I love so much these days.
Here’s the definition from the Dictionary website – “(formerly) a member of a body of French infantry composed of Algerian recruits noted for their dash, hardiness, and colourful uniforms. 2. a member of any body of soldiers wearing a similar uniform or otherwise modelled on the French Zouaves, esp a volunteer in such a unit of the Union Army in the American Civil War.”
I like writing down new words (well, new to me) in my journal and then writing the definition beside it. It is like collecting ephemera. I may or may not use the words later in my writing, much like with how I use ephemera in my collages. I don’t think I’ll have a call to use this word, but that picture may spark a story.
I had a $12 lunch at Panera and paid only $2. I used a gift card that I’d gotten for Christmas from a lady in my book club. The meal was tasty and healthy, although not very filling.
I went to Target in the next town over and perused the dollar bins near the front of the store. It actually took over an hour to find something I wanted and needed that was close to my budget for this trip. The ticket was $9 and I spent $4 because of the free gift card my husband gave me. I got some Halloween yarn to use in making a quipu, some gauze that was for Halloween decorating that I’m putting in a collage-painting (See the post “October art), and some pumpkin pie energy bars from Larabar. I was a little hungry at that point but didn’t want to be forced to eat fast food (translation, processed and greasy and mostly meat, as well as taking a while to get to and to get). Plus, the Larabars were on sale, and there was one more in the package than the Kind bars that cost more.
I spent the most at Yankee Candle, but saved the most too. The total was $61 and I paid $45. I got Napa Valley Sunshine (an old favorite that they are discontinuing. It smells like the convent I like to visit on silent retreat) and Maple Pancake – for my husband. I also got a car scent of Autumn in the Park. I had a $20 off coupon that came with the catalog I just got, and a $5 voucher for buying so much stuff in the past. I like to supplement the atmosphere of my house with smells. It helps my mood and helps me concentrate. My first book was finished using candle-scents to focus me. They had a deal where I could have gotten a $25 jar for $12 but I didn’t want to spend over fifty dollars here. I was a little bummed that the clerk took the $5 off after the tax was added.
The best deal was the last – it was a trip to Duncan Donuts (why not spell it Doughnut?) where I got a salty-caramel hot chocolate for free. A friend had given me a $5 gift card for them (paired with Baskin Robbins) for Easter – last year. I’d used part of it and kept it. I saved it and drank it cold at work the next morning.
I kept all the gift cards I used and will make them in to scrapers/markers for painting.
I keep a running total of gift cards that I have not yet used in my phone so I won’t forget to use them. They are like cash. I used to do the same with Groupon-type things too but I stopped buying them. The expiration dates came us too soon and there were too many exclusions and limitations. Too stressful.
All told, I got $84 worth of stuff for $51 = so I saved $33.
The weird/interesting/sad part is that I had to leave the house at all. I really like having time to myself, and right now my husband is unemployed. So he’s home all the time. I need a day to reset, to do what I want without anybody watching what I’m doing and asking me questions. I self-censor enough as it is, so I don’t need help with that.