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Seeing friends this week

Tomorrow I’m going out for lunch with a friend. She’s moving from Vancouver to Alberta. It’s sad – I really like her, and it was so fabulous when she finally moved to Vancouver from my hometown. But, BF> and I will be out in Alberta in January, so we’ll see each other then. I’m not sure where we’ll be going for lunch, but I’m going to budget about $15.

Then Wednesday evening, I’m going for a dinner and a movie with a few girls from my old job. I think I still have a free movie coupon (score!), but I’m going to have to find it first. I’m budgeting $15 for dinner.

I’m already over my monthly food budget, but since I’m not contributing to my Travel Fund as of right now, I have more money to play with for September. Starting in October, I’m going to re-start contributing to the Travel Fund. Whether I use it for travel, or for a down payment, or for whatever, I still need to keep up with my savings plan.

I want a new cell phone!

I have a great cell phone plan with Rogers Wireless, and I love the reception I get, and the customer service they provide. There are a lot of Rogers haterz out there, but I’m not one of them.

That being said, I’m always one for saving a buck or two, so I checked out Cell Plan Expert. It’s this awesome FREE website that saves you the hassle of researching and finding the plan that’s best for you, out of all the providers in the country. It’s pretty cool. It estimates the total monthly cost for each plan (including all those stupid fees) so you know exactly how much it will cost per month.

Well when I plugged in my numbers, the very best plan to suit my needs is still over $40, which is about $3-4 more than my monthly bills are right now. So I guess I’m on the best plan possible for me right now.

I bought my current phone just over 2 years ago, and now I’m itching to get a new one. Plus my current one doesn’t always work very well b/c it got damaged in the car crash. I don’t want to sign a 3-year contract, so I think I’ll either buy one at full price (not likely) or peruse Craigslist and eBay for used Rogers phones. I could also wait until a friend upgrades their phone, and then scoop their old phone for free or for very minimal cost. :)

Flights booked

So BF and I just booked our flights to Calgary. I checked WestJet and they were having a pretty good seat sale and we couldn’t pass it up. It came to $295.40 after taxes and fees for each of us. Way cheaper than the $400-450 I had expected to pay so I’m pleased. :)

The cheapest hockey tickets we’ve found for the game we want to go is $100 each before taxes/fees. And that’s for the super high nosebleeds. Not pleased. We have a while to go, so hopefully these are just pre-season over-inflated prices. Although it’s probably going to be the most coveted game of the year (Flames vs. Penguins), and Calgary fans are crazy, so who knows!

My friend told me that she has a $63 WestJet credit, and just gave it to me b/c she can’t use it before it expires! FOR FREE! Wow!!! We transferred the credit over to my name, and that brings our cost down to $263.90 round trip each. Sweeet!

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