Friendship is the number one thing I'm being grateful for this week!Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been doing well.

I know, these weekend posts have been the only thing I’ve been able to crank out lately. At least that’s consistent?

Being on “vacation” and juggling freelance work has been a bit more challenging than I thought.

As much as I tried to get ahead before I left, little things kept popping up here and there. I’ve been completely off any sort of routine as I bounce back and forth between hanging out with friends and my grandma’s house.

When I haven’t been hanging out with people, I’ve been working. I feel like a yo-yo!

But enough complaining. There’s always a bright side to things – that’s what the point of these posts are. So let’s take a look at them.

Hanging Out with Friends

I am so very grateful to have awesome friends. I think I mentioned this when we first booked our flights, but our one friend (who is basically the “leader” of our group – all friend circles have one, right?) made plans for almost every single day this week, in light of our visit.

So I’ve been able to see almost everyone I was close with in college (and after). It’s been a great time, and it honestly feels like we never left. Our friends have always been accepting, but it’s really nice to feel at home after almost a year of not seeing everyone.

Let’s see if I can recap…

On Saturday, after my last post, we hung out at our friend’s house and went to Applebees afterward. It was just like old times in college.

On Monday, we had a little “farewell” lunch because R was leaving, so we went to Friendly’s with two other friends as we don’t have any near us (not that I missed it…). We then came back to our friend’s house, played a few matches of Super Smash Brothers, and proceeded to take R to the airport.

On Tuesday, we went to trivia night at a local bar. R and I had gone once, right before we moved, and it was a lot of fun. It’s free, and you get an entire pizza for your team.

On Thursday we drove an hour away to get lunch at a supposedly amazing place. I got a chicken sandwich, and it didn’t disappoint. I also got a delicious coffee cake muffin. We came back to eat at our friend’s house, played more Super Smash Brothers, and then watched episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which seemed pretty funny.

My friend also had to deal with 4 of us girls craving chocolate, so we forced him to make brownies (well one of us helped). They ended up coming out like cake, but chocolate is chocolate, so we ate it.

After that, we played some Jackbox! This is an online game I was recently introduced to, and it’s a great way to include people whether or not they’re physically there. I believe it’s $25 and can be purchased on the PS4, Xbox One, or Steam.

Only one person needs to buy it. That person can then start games and people can join the games with a room code. The games are all party-friendly and really hilarious. If you like Cards Against Humanity, you’ll probably like these.

On Friday my friend hosted a potluck which was scrumptious. We had meatballs, sweet potatoes, pesto chicken and pasta, cheesey garlic bread, baked potato soup, empanadas, and brownies. I’m writing this after eating it all and fighting a food coma very badly.

After dinner, we decided to play Jackbox again. It’s fun as R can jump in on the fun. I’m looking forward to being able to “spend time” with our friends by playing games with them once I get back.

My plans for Saturday consisted of meeting some new people that I met via the other community I’ve been participating in. Due to the weather, our meet up actually turned into a sleep over, and needless to say, it was pretty fun!

Everyone was super nice and welcoming, and I’m very grateful for their kindness. Plus, we went to a diner in the morning, and I miss NY diners.

All in all, I’ve been grateful to have spent time with my friends again. I do have to say – it makes me sad we didn’t spend as much time with them when we did live here.

After R and I moved in together, around the time I started blogging, we were focused on saving as much money as possible. That meant cutting back on nights out with friends.

As you can see, our friends are fans of frugal activities, but they do go out to eat often. That’s not that hard to avoid, though. Lesson learned.

My financial priorities have changed a decent amount from last year, but I don’t necessarily think it’s for the worse as long as I’m still being mindful of how I spend.

Lastly, I’m actually grateful to be returning home (and grateful my grandma has put up with me for this long). Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed my stay (as you can tell), but there’s only so much time I can live without access to a car or my own bed. And I miss my cats!

Well, since I thought I published this and didn’t, I’ll add that I finally got home around 11pm. My flight was delayed three times and we were never given a reason why. (6:40 pushed to taking off at 9.)

However, instead of getting upset about it, I decided not to. Simple as that. It was something out of my control and not worth worrying over. Thankfully we finally got out (because getting a ride back would have been a nightmare), AND I got an entire row to myself. I like to think that’s a good sign. 

What are you being grateful for this week? When’s the last time you met up with friends?



  1. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank February 23, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    Congrats Erin on seeing your friends again, after year. I also met my friends this weekend. It was like there was no dull moment. We just talked endlessly, took pictures of us, and had a real blast. It was like I wouldn’t want it to end. And, I look forward to meeting them again!

    1. Erin M. February 23, 2015 at 9:07 PM

      Sounds like we both had a great time! There is definitely never a dull moment when it comes to hanging out with my friends. They won’t let it happen, haha.

  2. How To Save Money February 23, 2015 at 7:12 AM

    Life is simply just amazing. One moment, it delays your flight unknowingly, and the next, it gives you an empty row to yourself!

    1. Erin M. February 23, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      Yep, that’s pretty much how I chose to look at it, haha. It was a nice, relaxing flight.

  3. Done by Forty February 23, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Whoa, free pizza included with trivia night? That’s rad.

    Our place does $5 pitchers and $5 for a pound of wings…but nothing beats free. :)

    1. Erin M. February 23, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      Yep! I think it’s common courtesy to at least order drinks, since it’s at a bar, but since everyone else had ordered drinks I just kind of piggy backed off of it. Besides, more than half our table had ordered something else to eat, so there was actually some pizza left. I’m horrible at trivia, but I would go every time just for the pizza. =)

  4. Tonya@Budget and the Beach February 23, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Glad you had a good time with your friends! I remember Friendly’s!! We used to go there all the time when I was in high school but I thought they went out of business. Their ice cream…so good! Sorry to hear your flight was delayed but glad you made it back safe and sound. Yes, sometimes things are just out of your control and it’s best to make peace with that.

    1. Erin M. February 23, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      Haha, they’re definitely not out of business, at least not on the east coast! There’s one around an hour away, but it’s not worth the trip. Their ice cream is still sold in our stores, though.

      Thanks! I just kept thinking it’s still better than driving/being stuck in traffic.

  5. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply February 23, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Glad that you’re having a good time. It’s always good to catch up with friends. Even though we didn’t move, it’s still hard to catch up with friends. Life gets busy I guess…it’s hard for everyone to find time to meet up.

    1. Erin M. February 23, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      That’s true, and I think it’s a mindset we were all guilty of falling into back when we lived there. My friends are good about planning a few major events throughout the year, so it was easy to think, “Oh, we’ll just see each other then!” Now I’m realizing it’s best to make the most of the time you do have with people.

  6. Ms. Mintly @ MintlyBlog February 23, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Sounds like you had an awesome time with friends – but I understand the struggle with working on projects and also balancing social times. It’s great that you have a group you still hang out with! I have a group of friends from high school, but it’s really hard to get back there at the same time as everyone else to all hang out simultaneously. Glad you had fun – and in a pretty frugal way!

    1. Erin M. February 23, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      It can be really difficult to get everyone together – that was a problem we ran into when half of us had graduated, half of us were in grad school, and then the other half were still in undergrad. As it was there were a few friends I only got to see one night, but it’s better than none!

  7. Shannon @ Financially Blonde February 23, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    I just had lunch yesterday with my oldest friend and I haven’t seen her in a while and every time we get together I am reminded of why I love her so much. New friends are awesome, but it’s nice to have old friends who have been with you through all sorts of ups and downs in your life. Glad that you had a great trip home despite the frigid temps!

    1. Erin M. February 23, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      Aw, that sounds great Shannon! There’s just something about seeing old friends and catching up. I’m usually always cold, but somehow I managed to stay warm even though it was around 23 degrees most days! I’m glad to be back in warmer temperatures, though.

  8. Jenna February 23, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip! I’m glad you had safe travels with all the crazy weather we’ve had up north lately.

    1. Erin M. February 23, 2015 at 8:51 PM

      Thanks Jenna! I had to laugh that my flight was delayed even though the weather was finally okay.

  9. Chonce February 24, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Sounds like a really fun time with your friends! I really get annoyed when flights get delayed because I have this habit of always having a tight schedule and that was a long delay for you but I’m impressed at how you brushed it off and handled it so well. It definitely beats freaking out and getting all upset over something you can’t control.

    1. Erin M. February 27, 2015 at 1:24 PM

      I have to admit, I was lucky I didn’t really have anywhere I had to be. I imagine anyone that had to go back to work the following day was pretty darn tired. It’s never fun to stress out about flights!

      There was a guy pacing back and forth the entire time on a phone, cursing and being a jerk, and that reminded me that attitude is useless. =)

  10. kay ~ February 24, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    I had a really weird week. I’m probably going to blog about it, as soon as I figure it out. Told ya. Weird! Anyhoo, it sounds like you guys had a blast! I’m so happy for you. I love how your grandma takes such great care of you and your friends are still there for you. :)

    1. Erin M. February 27, 2015 at 1:16 PM

      Thanks Kay! Yep, my grandma pretty much took on the role as second-mom when my parents moved and I was still up there. She’s the glue that holds our family together.

  11. Kali @ XY Planning Network February 26, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Nothing like no longer living in the same place as friends to make you appreciate them a million times more. My best friends moved from ATL to DC a couple years ago, and it made me realize how much I took for granted the fact that they were so close for so long and we didn’t hang out nearly as often as we should because we were all always busy. Now we hang out every time we get a chance to travel up to see them or when they come home for a visit. I’m so glad you were able to take a trip and visit with them and glad you all had fun! :)

    1. Erin M. February 27, 2015 at 1:15 PM

      Thanks Kali – you articulated that perfectly! It really is awful how we take the presence of friends for granted. I’m at least pretty sure none of my friends plan on moving out of NY, so it’s nice to be able to see everyone when we visit.

  12. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer February 27, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Sounds like SUCH a fun time, Erin!!! We’ve been crazy busy here too, so I hear you about juggling everything. We can only do our best, though, and you are definitely doing that. :-)

    1. Erin M. February 27, 2015 at 11:59 AM

      Thanks Laurie, I’m sure you all are, too! Hope you can get some rest soon, though.


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