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Sometimes you just have to say no

A friend invited me to a wine tasting plus a 3-course dinner for $25 (at some restaurant downtown). It sounds like fun, but since I had to buy those new ski boots ($430), I can’t afford to be spending money on things like that this month. So I told her the truth – that it’s not in my budget this month – but suggested we get together soon to do something a little more low key. :)

Vancouver is too big!

BF and I were supposed to go skiing tonight, but he forgot our passes at his house … so I doubt we’ll be going. I suggested snowshoeing, but I think secretly he wants a day off from physical activity. So if that’s the case, then I’ll either go home and do absolutely nothing (which would be nice). Or call my friend and see if she wants to go to the gym. But it’s such a gorgeous day, it’d be a shame to waste it inside or at the stuffy rec centre gym!

Also I’ve been forgetting that it costs money for BF to be driving us around everywhere – picking me up from work, driving us to the ski hill, rock climbing, his house, my house, the grocery store, etc. Vancouver is a huge city (one of the reasons why I hate it), and it takes forever to get anywhere. I think that I need to contribute gas money on a monthly basis. I used to buy him gas on an infrequent basis, but lately it’s just slipped my mind. I’ll talk to him about it and we’ll figure something out.

Weekend Spending

So this month I budgeted $90 for Personal Care. I wanted to buy a new face cream, eye cream and face wash. The brand I buy is not cheap. But it’s worth it for me … and it’s still a lot cheaper than those designer brands out there.

Luckily London Drugs had a sale on this weekend: 25% off Avène products, plus a $30 press powder for free with the purchase of $29 or more worth of their products. Normally I wouldn’t get sucked into the free giveaway, but I was just lamenting about how I needed a new press powder soon.

So I bought face cleanser, face cream, eye cream, and got a free press powder ($125.50 worth of Avène products) for only $71.62!

I also bought deodorant ($3.49, on sale from $4.29), and some feminine products ($2.99 x 2 = $5.98, on sale from $4.99 x 2 = $9.98).

All in all, I spent $85.09/$90 of my Personal Care budget for the month and I got everything that I needed, so I’m really pleased. I didn’t think I’d be able to get all those things for under $90. :)

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