Today is a good day. This afternoon, I went with my partner, David, and a couple friends to see Thor: The Dark World. The theater we visit has a special on Mondays: If you go upstairs to the cafe, you can order a pizza, wings and four drinks for $35 and get four free movie tickets. Seeing as four movie tickets on their own cost roughly that much, it's a good value if you were planning on seeing a movie anyway. Also, the drinks are refillable (unlike the ones at the concession stand), so you squeeze out a bit of extra value that way too.
Part of the excitement about this movie-watching plan is that it's been in the works for a while. It was supposed to happen last week but was delayed (Veteran's Day means I didn't get paid on Monday, so no luxury spending for me!), and anticipation makes things more exciting. There's something to be said for the power of delayed gratification.
This also gave me an occasion to wear my new t-shirt, which doesn't sound very exciting, but it's big for me because I very rarely get new clothes, so I get excited over each and every piece. Actually, this is my first item of clothing purchased since my birthday in September, and the first non-thrift-store item I've gotten since last Christmas.
|It's the Master Sword made into a keyblade.|
Thanks, TeeFury, for being awesome.
Other frugal accomplishments of the week:
- I ordered a set of 20 free holiday cards from Wal-Greens. Relatives and in-laws will likely be delighted to get some photos of the two of us, as we don't tend to take many pictures of ourselves.
- I made a batch of homemade mustard. It turned out a little thin and vinegary (I didn't have the ratios quite right -- I'll work on perfecting it before Christmas!) but I used it as a Carolina-style barbecue sauce for some pulled pork sandwiches (using pork I'd cooked and frozen a few weeks ago) and it worked out just fine. I also made deviled eggs with the mustard and some homemade pickles.
- I inherited a whole stack of delightfully vintage 1970s-era cookbooks from my parents, who had been cleaning out my late grandmother's house. My love of old cookbooks is deep and maybe a little obsessive.
- I made some homemade cleaning solution of vinegar and lime peels. David was a little skeptical at first, but between it and a bit of baking soda, we got our rather grimy stovetop looking as sparkly white as it ever has
Now off to squeeze in a bit of work before I settle in for some reading and late-night closet organizing.