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My Birthday: How I Treated Myself on a Budget

April 15, 2014

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My Birthday_ Treating Myself on My Birthday

Happy Birthday to me! Happy birthday to me!

Sunday was my birthday and all I wanted to do was have a weekend off from work of all kinds. While I didn’t fully succeed in that, farm work never really stops, I did treat myself by taking the weekend off from my part-time job. I also didn’t make or look at my to-do list all weekend! My only goal was spending time with my family, my pets, and doing some relaxing 🙂

I took off a little early from work on Friday and went home, played with the dogs and spent some time outside doing yard work. While this may not sound like a relaxing weekend “break” to you, it was for me. I only wish I had time to do household projects more often. I actually really enjoy working outside.

Then, Friday evening I took a nice, long, hot bubble bath, did some reading for fun and went to bed early. I already had plenty of bubble bath under my bathroom sink, so this activity only really “cost” me the hot water. I am thinking about making these relaxing baths more of a regular occurrence, like maybe monthly?

Saturday I had a quilt class already lined up. It was free since I had completed my block from the time before. After that, I went out to the farm and got some sun and helped with a tree planting project.

Saturday evening, my family and I went to supper at a steak house and my parents paid. Thank goodness for great parents! After that we had birthday cake at my house, made by my mom.

Sunday was spent relaxing at my parents house playing family games.

I’d say my frugal birthday weekend was a success overall. I am even being treated to a birthday pedicure next week! (My parent’s got me a gift certificate.)

How do you celebrate birthdays in your family? How have you attempted to make them more frugal?

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Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

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11 responses to “My Birthday: How I Treated Myself on a Budget

  1. Hi Shoe!

    First, it was an email which strikes me. I would get in contact via phone with a live person to hear the news. I mean, you just never know now a days. If they are ceasing operations, what I would do is concentrate on paying off that debt. You just never know what can happen with the company, and what a kicking it would be if you needed to have to find the rest of the balance or even have to dip into your emergency savings fund.

    Cheers,
    Jen

    1. Jen,

      Great suggestions. The first I did was panic… In case you couldn’t tell that for yourself. LOL! I agree, getting someone on the phone is a great first step, then based on what I find out, I can go from there! Thanks for taking time to weigh in. 🙂

  2. Funny, I had the opposite reaction about the debt, like maybe it would be forgiven (or given up on!). I know nothing about this, so please don’t take my advice. Have you ever tried to negotiate paying only a portion of the amount owing, to be forgiven for the rest? This is what happens a lot in extreme debt situations. Hayley @ Disease called Debt has experience with this.

    1. I’m really not sure what’s going on with it… I need to call, just haven’t had time yet. I haven’t tried to negotiate for lower amounts and having the rest forgiven because most of my balances are under $1k so I’m not sure they’d go for it. Additionally, I don’t have a lump sum sitting around that I could pay all at once either… But I did try to negotiate for a lower interest rate on one my cards last year or so, maybe I should call them all again.

    1. Thanks Debt Debs! It was a relaxing weekend, but I’m paying for it now since I didn’t do my usual household chores, I’ve had more to do in the evenings this week… Oh well! I know I won’t take every weekend off that like all the time, so it was worth it!

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