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BF’s family is in town, so we haven’t had a chance to go grocery shopping yet this week. Which means I’ll have to buy my lunch today. I really wanted to get a pumpkin spiced latte on my way to work, but knew that I couldn’t justify getting a Starbucks coffee AND buy my lunch all in the same day. Boo! :(

For the coming long weekend, we’re going hiking somewhere. Even though it’s pouring rain right now, it’s supposed to clear up for the weekend. BF wants to get up to some remote areas, but I don’t want to have super long 12 hour hiking days. So we’ll see. The weekend should cost us gas and groceries. We’ll probably pick up a few dehydrated meals from MEC. They’re $5-8 each at MEC, but it’s worth it to save space/weight … so if we’re going to keep on buying them, I think I’m going to try to find them online in bulk, or at least cheaper if I can.

This week I’m also going to try to fit in 2 trips to the gym.

Less than a month until our trip to Hawaii!!! :)

Review: WildPlay Element Parks

Cost: $40 + tax
Time: approx. 2.5 hours
Website descriptionMonkido tree courses are elevated obstacle courses set in a beautiful forest and securely suspended in the trees at 10 to 60 feet off the ground! Elements include a Tarzan Swing, zip lines, scramble nets and swinging logs. (picture is also from the website)

This was my first time in about 10 years doing an obstacle course, so I was really excited/nervous. I’m a bit scared of heights, so I thought this would be a really good thing for me to do. (That’s also why I like climbing mountains so much!)

Anyway, we knew WildPlay would get crazy busy during the weekend, especially on a nice day, so we reserved a spot right when they opened at 9am. We also got there 30 min. early so that we could fill out our waivers, etc. And we’re both REALLY glad we got there early because we were the only ones on the course for about half of our time there, and it was really cool and peaceful.

Before you’re allowed in the course, someone there goes through a 15 min. introductory/safety lesson, where you learn how to get in your harness, hook up your carabiners to the safety lines and zip line device. You’re always attached to a safety line, so even if you fall during the course, you won’t plunge to your death, obviously. :)

There are 4 different stages to the obstacle course, each stage getting progressively harder. Our guide said only about 80% of people attempt the last stage because it’s quite a bit harder than the 3rd stage. Also, there was a really wide variety of obstacles, so you were never bored. The first two levels were fun, and not hard. But the last two levels were actually kind of hard to do physically. My arms are sore today as a result! I was impressed at the difficulty level and was glad that it was challenging. There was also a good number of zip lines.

Also, there are guides on the ground to watch you and make sure you’re not doing anything stupid. But to also help if you’re stuck in a certain place on the course. They were also good for encouragement during the hardest stage.

We both agreed that it was DEFINITELY worth the $40+ admission, and that we were looking forward to trying out their other locations as well in the future.

Spending Recap: August 23-29, 2010

Monday 23rd
$14.21 farm market
$14.64 butcher
$16.59 bakery

Tuesday 24th
$10.32 ice cream (whoops!)

Wednesday 25th
No Spend Day!

Thursday 26th
$36.17 gas
$16.29 groceries
$11.51 nail polish stuff for friend’s wedding

Friday 27th
$13.75 ferry
$18.37 dinner for BF and I
$5.41 snacks for ferry

Saturday 28th
+$182.94 pay cheque from old PT job
$48.07 groceries
$52.80 hair cut
$11.24 coffee & pastry for sister and I
$12 bubble tea for cousin and I

Sunday 29th
+$50 sister owed me money
$44.79 WildPlay ropes course
$3.98 Starbucks
$17.65 lunch
$13.75 ferry
$41.65 gas

TOTAL: $170.25

Weekends home are always a budget buster. There are always way too many people to see who want to do fun things because I’m rarely ever home. So I really try to limit the amount of pricey things I do when I’m home.

This weekend home was especially spendy because my sister and I wanted to do our annual sister’s road trip, and of course that ropes course that I did. Review of that coming soon!

So my HUGE saving grace was that I got a random pay cheque for $182.94 in the mail at my parents house from my old PT job. I *think* it’s all of my unpaid vacation time that I had accrued. That itself pretty much paid for my entire trip home, which is awesome. And my sister gave me $50 that she owed me from a while ago.

Because of my found money, I ended the week pretty much on par with my regular spending habits. I could have cut out a lot of dining out, but BF and I were trying a new grocery shopping method and clearly it didn’t work. We’re trying to do one big shop of $120-140 every 2 weeks, and a smaller shop during the in-between week (small shop was on Monday 23rd). Next time we will know to buy more food during the in-between week, because we pretty much ran out of food by Thursday.

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