Being Grateful: Eighteenth Edition

Hello everyone, hope your weekend is off to a fantastic start! First off, I have to say I’m grateful for a mostly snow-free week! (Gasp.) We got the tiniest dusting on Monday, but other than that, nothing fell from the sky. No rain, either. In fact, it’s supposed to be nice weather all the way through Wednesday! I am really hoping to get some walks in. Is it weird that I’ve been craving going walking? I guess this is how some people view running. I don’t know, lately I’ve just been instilled with an urge to be active. Not a bad thing!

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Being grateful this past week actually wasn’t difficult, even though it felt like the week dragged on.

  • Sunday: As usual, R and I spent part of the day at my grandma’s house. Last week, I mentioned how we put together a little storage unit piece in her bathroom. She had said she wanted to go back and get an over-the-toilet one when it goes on sale again. Well, it went on sale, and she had gift cards from her birthday, so I decided to go with her to get it. R left a little before that to attend a family birthday party, but he had forgotten to get cards beforehand, so he had to stop for those. What do you know, we ran into him at the store! The box ended up being pretty heavy, and even though my grandma and I were able to put it in the cart, it really helped that R was able to lift it into her trunk. I had no idea he was stopping at that particular store, but when I felt a tap on my shoulder, I figured it was him (or else that would have been weird). We plan on putting it together for her this weekend, as a surprise, since she will be away.
  • Monday: I am always grateful for the times we are able to sleep in, and we took advantage of that Monday morning! R and I spent the first half of the day being lazy, aka relaxing, and then went shopping. The cats needed food and litter, and the library happened to be on the way, so we dropped two books off in our travels. After the pet store, we went to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I had been on a quest to find organic frozen spinach, and I was grateful that Whole Foods had it. Why organic? Spinach is on the dirty dozen list (useful reference!). After shopping, we were both tired, and it ended up being way later than we had anticipated, so we made a trip to Olive Garden. Thankfully, we still had enough gift cards to cover it completely, so I didn’t feel guilty about starting off the month eating out.
  • Tuesday: I hate to admit it, but the dishes had started piling up. Or should I say, they were really just sitting there in a pile for a while. R and I had no motivation to clean them, but it was getting slightly ridiculous. We had planned on doing some spring cleaning on Monday, but never actually got around to it with the shopping, so R decided to go into cleaning-mode after work. I am so grateful to have a boyfriend that cares more about the state of our apartment than I do, haha! He cleaned the bathroom and did the dishes after, while I made dinner.
  • Wednesday: I was grateful for the soup that my grandma had given us. It’s just chicken soup with pasta, but my grandma’s is the best. Even my mom couldn’t make it as well. My grandma makes the broth from the chicken, not with the commercial broths, and I think that makes a big difference. So instead of having the omelette I kept eating for lunch last week, I got to change it up and have some warm soup. It helped with the bitter cold weather!
  • Thursday: Thursday was just a really good day, plain and simple. Things went well, I wasn’t tired for no reason, work was okay, I came home and made dinner right away so that it was ready when R came home, and then we went out to the store. Generally, I wait until he gets home to make dinner, but I had a quickish meal planned, so I just started making it once he told me he was leaving work. This way, I didn’t get lazy and elect not to make dinner.
  • Friday: Taking stock of the freezer and fridge, I realize we’ve been doing pretty well this week. Our fallback frozen meals haven’t really been consumed because we’ve had leftovers that R has taken to work, I’ve been taking things out in the morning to defrost and be ready at night, and I just find myself being glad that we seem to have another week’s worth of food in there. I really don’t want to go out to eat for another week since we just went.
  • Saturday: Well, technically it hasn’t happened yet (I try to publish these for Saturday), but one of our good friends asked to hang out with us, so we agreed. I haven’t seen our friends in a long time, generally because they’re out “yoloing” and we can’t afford it at this point. They’ve been going to bars, restaurants, and on trips and R and I would honestly rather save our money. I know this sounds horrible, and often it is kind of lonely, but our friends are all still living with their parents. Some of them are still attending college. We’re just kind of at different stages of our lives (with R and I also being the only couple in the group). That said, I am looking forward to a frugal time with a movie from Redbox. The original plan consisted of a movie (almost $30 for the two of us) and dinner (at least $20).

What plans do you have for the weekend? How does your fridge/freezer look right now? What are you being grateful for this week?



  1. Mrs. Southbound Savers March 8, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Can totally relate regarding the snow. Yesterday after work we immediately got in the car and went hiking, just because it was the first “warm” (>30f) day of the year. As for friends and having to go out and spending money… I get that. Luckily, most of our friends came to accept us as “those crazy frugal people” and most of the time we’re able to just hang out without spending too much. Great blog btw, found it yesterday and added it to our reader list!

    1. E.M. March 9, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Oh I know, as long as it’s above 40 it’s nice enough for me! We definitely plan on walking around today and tomorrow.

      Our friends are generally understanding. Since most of them have graduated now (most of us were staggered by a year) and reached age 21, they’ve been enjoying bars far more often than they were when I was still in college. Bars just really aren’t our scene, but we’re going to try and make an effort to hang out when nothing pricey is involved.

      Thank you for stopping by, looking forward to having you around!

  2. Traci March 8, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    My fridge is empty minus some vegetables and hummus…I’m needing a trip to the grocery store. Today I am especially thankful that I am so busy, because even when I get overwhelmed with my schedule and deadlines I realize that I love everything that I do.

    1. E.M. March 9, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      It’s so great when we can do something we love, and that is an amazing thing to be grateful for. I hope your grocery shopping went well, and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Ashley March 8, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    OMG “yoloing” is officially my new favorite word! I’ve never thought to turn it into a verb :)

    so far our weekend has included hanging out at a coffee shop to do some work, running errands, and going out (“yoloing” i suppose, haha i’m never going to stop saying that) with friends tonight!

    hope you have an awesome rest of your weekend!!!! :)

    1. E.M. March 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Haha, I tend to do that with words. I hope you had fun!

  4. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction March 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    homemade chicken soup is the best. I never knew you could make chicken soup with boxed stock because my Mom always boiled the chicken bones. I make it, but it’s not quite as tasty as when my Mom makes it, sadly.

    I’m thankful to be home. I was gone 4 days for business travel, so it’s nice to have a break and just hang out with D, and the cats.

    1. E.M. March 9, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I hate when you try and re-make recipes and they don’t come out as well! I would like to make soup by boiling the bones as well, it’s super healthy for you. My grandma kind of skips that step as she takes the chicken out when it’s really tender, and shreds it into the pot, throwing the bones away.

      Aw, I hope you got to enjoy a lot of time with them this weekend!

  5. DC @ Young Adult Money March 8, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Well it’s Saturday at 6pm and I spent most of the day taking wallpaper off a wall. I think I have it down now though so tomorrow I should be able to finish the second half of it fairly *quickly* (quick in wallpaper terms).

    Hope you have a good rest of your weekend!

    1. E.M. March 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      I hope it goes smoothly! Wallpaper is such a pain, I don’t know why people ever thought it was a good idea.

  6. MakintheBacon March 8, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    I am super jealous of your snow-free week. It has been a cruel, long winter over where I am. Only the last couple of days was the temperature on the plus side!!

    I am grateful for having a dishwasher in my home. I don’t know how I ever managed to survive without one!

    1. E.M. March 9, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      The temperatures were still pretty low, but I am sure you guys have had it worse! But I’m jealous of your dishwasher =) I can’t wait to have an apartment with one.

  7. Amanda @ Passionately Simple Life March 9, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    We keep on making unexpected trips to the grocery store, for this and that that we forgot the last time. I always hate when we do this because our grocery budget gets out of control, but we haven’t planned a meal in weeks…

    I’m so thankful to have had a day off with the bf this week. It was the best thing and really got me in a good mood for the second half of my work week.

    1. E.M. March 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      I hear you on that. With all these new recipes that I’m trying to make, I haven’t been accounting for all the new ingredients. It would be wise to make a meal plan based upon those recipes, but alas…

      Aw, that’s great! I love that my boyfriend and I are able to spend weekends together. It’s extra fun when you can both take a day off at the same time.

  8. Dear Debt March 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    I’m grateful for the arrival of Spring, coming so so soon! I am ready. I am also grateful for work, and my health. Things are pretty good. Hope you have a nice week!

    1. E.M. March 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Yes, Spring needs to come faster! I hope you have a great week, too!

  9. Ryan @ Impersonal Finance March 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    I can totally relate to people “Yoloing” when you’re sitting back paying off debt and building wealth. It can be lonely and frustrating sometimes, and there were very brief flashes where I wished (and sometimes still do) that I could go back to being irresponsible with money. But honestly, as someone who has paid off a shit ton of debt and definitely had to sacrifice to do so, I can say without reservation that it was worth it. Once you get there, you’ll realize the view from the top was worth the climb.

    1. E.M. March 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      I don’t doubt that! I am just glad R and I at least have each other, otherwise the journey would probably be ten times more lonely. Part of me is jealous that they can save more due to living with their parents, but independence is nice, too.


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