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Frugal Date Night & Upcoming Uber Frugal Month

December 14th, 2016 at 07:00 am

Tonight is our rescheduled date night to go see the Christmas lights drive through display. The cost is $12/car (it jumps to $25 on the weekend!). I'll never understand why people go then because we drive by it pretty much every day. There's maybe 2-3 cars on the route during the week, but on the weekend, it's stopped traffic. Seems much less enjoyable to me. We're aiming to go around 7:30 to hopefully avoid the frugal families who take their kids during the week (I'm thinking they'd go right around 5/6 to be able to make it home for dinner/bedtimes).

We are also going to finish up our Christmas shopping. At this point, we have one gift card to buy, 2 credit card gift cards to redeem, a bedrest pillow thing, a gift for DH's goddaughter, and something for his dad. We also have a $100 gift card to Target that I'm hoping to use for most, if not all, the gifts. Can you buy a gift card with a gift card?

We're also planning on buying a bag of white cheddar popcorn while at Target. For some reason, I feel like the lights show calls for popcorn and hot cocoa. We're making the cocoa at home, but the popcorn would be cold if we did that, so buying white cheddar popcorn seems like a good compromise. It's certainly better than the $5 small bag they offer at the refreshments stand there.

Next month, I'm doing the Frugalwoods' Uber Frugal Month with a few cheats. One being DH's birthday, and the other being eating out. We got a Firehouse gift card from one of Amazon's deals, and Papa John's has a deal where you get a free large pizza with a $25 gift card purchase. I plan to get that as well with this month's budget. So next month, we'll have 3 opportunities to eat out, but none will come out of next month's money since they've all been bought this month.

Are you doing any sort of January challenge to reset after the holidays?

5 Responses to “Frugal Date Night & Upcoming Uber Frugal Month”

  1. househopeful Says:

    I would think that some people would go on weekends because it doesn't always work into their schedules during the week (work, kids activities, school) and because they want to share the experience with their kids friends or extended family and getting together on the weekends is easier. If you are going with your spouse plus 2 kids, plus grandoparents, that's $25 for the car, but just a little over $4 per person. It would still be a frugal-ish expense in that way.

  2. househopeful Says:

    I should add - that I probably would still go on the week night myself! hahaha

  3. debt-free by thir-ty Says:

    househopeful, that's a great point. I don't have kids right now, and I certainly couldn't imagine having more than 5 people in one vehicle comfortably, so that's probably why I couldn't envision it. It just seems like it would be so frustrating to have to wait in that line or feel like you have to keep moving rather than being able to take it in at your own pace.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Hope you enjoy the lights!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    The light show sounds like fun!

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