Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Change Jar

Hobie and I have been saving all of our spare change in a jar for about a year now, and this past weekend we took it to the bank to cash it in. We had already decided months ago that we were going to spend this money frivolously, and now we had just about $124 to blow. And what is Hobie's and my favorite guilty pleasure? Eating out!

So we went to Starbucks and Einstein Bros. for breakfast (very suburban!), and had a delicious dinner at The Melting Pot Saturday night. Here’s a helpful hint for those wanting to stretch your frivolous, blow-it-all-in-a-weekend money: Go to The Melting Pot late at night and ask for the Good Night Delight Special. We got all four courses (cheese, salad, entrée, and chocolate) plus a bottle of wine for $59 plus tax and tip, saving over $22.

We were going to save the remainder for a sushi dinner, but I had been having a hankering for Chili’s and I found out that yesterday they were donating 100% of their profits to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, so we went there instead. We’ll have sushi some other time.

And in wedding plans news…

We are now going to have a mini-honeymoon at Walt Disney World. My parents joined the Disney Vacation Club this year and have offered some of their “points” for us to stay a few nights at the resort and have a little fun and relaxation before we get back to the daily grind. This is now very affordable for us, as we will only have to pay for meals, gas and whatever activities we decide to do. Maybe by then we’ll have enough saved up in our change jar to have a fancy dinner somewhere in Disney.

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