I did a fair amount of consuming this weekend, starting with Valentines Day shopping and ending with the completion of my "splurchase" trip to Target, the second trip to target I took in 18 hours.
I decided on buying some jewelry for Amy for Valentines Day, and I headed to the Rosedale Mall after going to the gym to shop for it. I started in Macys, where I found a necklace. It was a good deal, or at least heavily discounted. After finding the necklace I decided to walk around the mall to the many jewelry stores and see if I could find anything cheaper, nicer, or preferably both. It was funny to see all of the men walking around Rosedale like zombies, desperately trying to find something for their girl at the last minute. The jewelry stores were plastered with banners for the Valentines Day sales, and it seemed every piece was tagged with XX percent off the price. I know most of this jewelry is just marked up like 300 percent, and the sales are just bringing it back down to a somewhat reasonable price. I went to three jewelers but the stuff there didn't seem as nice as what I had found at Macys. I stopped in the food court, and a quick free sample from the Japanese place led me to order a Teriyaki chicken plate with rice and veggies for $5.85. The sample was really good, cooked on a grill by a somewhat authentic looking Asian man in a chef outfit (how authentic can it be if hes working in a food court??). noticed the sign that said double the meat for 99 cents, and I did this because I was really hungry. The meal was good, and left me full and satisfied. I went back to Macy's equipped with my little business card with the quote for the necklace the lady had given me on it. I presented the card to the new attendant (my lady was on break) and bought the jewelry -- pink sapphire, diamonds, and white gold for $xxx.xx (I know you might read this ;-) It was my biggest gift for a girl ever, but I felt good about it and thought it was a good deal, and she deserved it. I picked her up around 9, and we went to dinner at Chianti Grill. The dinner for two was like $35.00, and wasn't any better than what you'ld get at Olive Garden. We went back to my place and exchanged gifts, I received some really nice ones as well, and it was my best V-Day ever. Say what you will about consumerism and this fake greeting-card-company-induced holiday, but it is always nice to exchange gifts with someone you care about and have a memorable night together.
Friday I just did homework all day, making a small lunch and eating the left over italian for dinner. To get out of the house later that night, I went to the gas station and got a bag of Chex MIx and a little bad of Gummi Bears for about $3.00. My friends called me, they were at the bar, but I decided just to stay in because I had to work at 7 in the morning and I have given up on bars (a story for a whole 'nother blog....). A relatively cheap day.
So I spent no money working from 7 to 3, and ate a free breakfast and lunch at Chambers (Raisin Bran for breakfast, cheeseburgers for lunch). I made a decent amount of tips working, and it felt good to fill the wallet back up after my Thursday purchases. After work, I relaxed at home and then went with Amy to Target where I bought
2 frozen dinners for $4.00
1 Starbucks travel mug for $21.99
1 Axe shower gel for $3.50
and 1 loofa for $.99
for a total of $30.49
The travel mug was seemed insanely expensive, and I could have bought a smaller one for half the price, but I figured if you are going to be traveling with a beverage, it better be pretty damn big because who knows how long your trip is. Or something. Feeling stupid about buying the mug, we then went to Buffalo Wild Wings with another friend and ordered
50 wings for $30 some dollars. I paid my and Amy's portion, which was around $20.
The wings were good, and the NBA All Star Slam Dunk Contest was on the TVs at BWWs. I love the slam dunk contest, and it is probably the only part of the NBA season that I actually enjoy. It seems that these overpaid spoiled young athletes find a great pleasure in concocting creative and explosive dunks, and I enjoyed watching it very much. Maybe instead of a 48 minute basketball game, it should just be one long dunk contest. I think this would be great.
Today I started spending early when Idid a load of laundry at my place for nice quarters ($2.25) After this, my parents called and I headed home to Lakeville to hang out with them for a while and do the rest of my laundry. Before getting to my house, I stopped at the Lakeville Super Target to complete my splurge activity. After reading the articles, especially the supermarket one, it was interesting to go in that place with a slightly different perspective. I spent $2.65 on my splurchase, and headed home. That will be all of my purchasing for the day. After this, I am heading back up to St. Paul where I am meeting my parents again, who are picking up my cousin from the airport, at Cafe Latte for dinner. I think this one will be on them, so I am out of the red for the time being.
The grand four day total was $99.24 plus $xxx.xx, which will remain unnumbered so avoid disclosing this top secret information. =)