August was a rather strange month, thrift-wise. I did not save tons of money. I did go on a road trip which I planned for and it cost me half of what I expected to spend. One reason for that is that my companion is a night owl and she suggested we “drive on through” instead of stopping at a motel. Since I have known her for 45 years and I know her body clock to be accurate, I had no trouble agreeing with that.
We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express©, and did not have a special deal there, but they do serve breakfast, so other than gas, we spent very little. The occasion was the wedding of a friend, and there’s always food at weddings. Gas was reasonable, and her car got good mileage.
However, my point is, we've reached the age where you just have to do some things! My companion was my best high school friend, and we have kept in touch over the years and have had many experiences from which to draw. I was always the early riser and she was the night owl. We knew what to expect. It was “easy” travelling with her. And, as we've discussed with other high school era friends, we need to do it again. Soon. Our idea is to find appropriate classmates and just spend a night (maybe two) at each stop and basically just spend gas and have a blast!!!! It sounds like an excellent plan for next summer.
As far as spending and saving this month; I ended up with a balance of $2.09. I win again. I did purchase some items for which the Piper will come to call in September, but they are necessities, quality items, and were on sale x 3. (I combined a coupon with a discount, and got another coupon for next time)
I didn't find any great ideas, but I did spend money on a Christmas gift, so I am ahead on that.
I guess my word for this month is DO SOMETHING AND HAVE A BLAST! Time is too short!