So after two weekend trips, first the Girl Scouts 2014 Coastal Pines Camporee and then our weekend trip to Maryland to say we are both fried and broke is a VAST understatement…

GS Camporee


This years theme for Camporee was Colors of the Rainbow – each troop was assigned a color (we were light Blue) and over the course of the weekend we did various activities that tied into that theme which resulted in an end of the Day Saturday Color Extravaganza leaving our troop looking like a rainbow of colors – see here

GS Camporee Group Shot


That’s me in the blue bandanna center in the back row

The girls and leaders had a BLAST! We were very tired by the end of the weekend, but it was well worth it!  Financially speaking though, the expense for everything we took with us came from monies we saved through the last couple of months, and then some minor food expenditures prior to leaving for Kirkwood.  I left my hubby and son with money for dinner Friday night, and on Friday morning my hubby and I went Grocery shopping for the weekend and said food for my trip in an effort to save money.  Upon our return the grocery trip came under budget and surprisingly I didn’t use as much gas as I thought I would getting back & forth! So yay!


The following weekend saw us traveling up I-95 North to Maryland to visit our family – all in all I was surprised at how well things went.  First, Bessie (our van) got us there and back on 3/4 tank of gas each way, then my Mom bought my gas Friday morning before we headed to Annapolis to visit my Grandparents (to the tune of $70.00 OUCH!) because she said it was her fault we were driving all over MD that day – ok Thanks saved me that money!

Normally we would have had a Rental car expense thrown in there, but Fate knew we’d rather have a vehicle of our own to take with us vs. renting one, so I think that’s the reason why Bessie came into our world!  I am thankful we had her with us, we had more than enough room for the four of us, Nixon, Sadie and all of our stuff!


So to breakdown the weekend:


  • $45.00 fill up on Gas before hitting the road
  • $30.00 on Food (rough estimate) and drinks once on the road – we picked up some Snacks at Target before leaving Thursday morning
  • $26.57 – PetsMart for a new leash for Sadie/Nixon to share and food for Sadie


  • $70.00 fill up on Gas before heading to Annapolis – Landover, MD – Gaithersburg (around G’Burg that evening) – Frederick on Saturday – Back to Gaithersburg Saturday night
  • $15.00 Dinner @ Ruby Tuesday’s for me, but that came out of a $50.00 cash Gift my Grandparent’s gave me


  • No expenditures out of pocket for us


  • $38.00 fill-up on Gas before heading home
  • We packed a picnic for lunch on the road with food from Mom & Dad’s place, saved me money there.
  • $16.32 – Dinner at Incredible’s once we got into town, picked it up and took the Pizza home with us vs. eating there, had Doggies with us

All in all we didn’t do too terribly in terms of money spent over the weekend…and when we got home we only spent $100.00 of our $200.00 grocery budget, so I am saving that money to add to this week’s Grocery budget! So YAY!!!

So here goes:

 $511.67 Remaining from W/E 03/30/14
 $332.46 Amt. Spent
 $179.21 Avail. Starting
 $6.41 Tommy’s
 $24.71 PetsMart
 $22.88 Wal-Mart
 $4.57 KTC
 $1.38 Amazon Dig. Svcs
 $60.00 Brigades Boys & Girls Club
 $26.57 PetsMart
 $28.69 Harris Teeter
 $6.50 Tommy’s
 $150.75 AT&T
 $457.72 Lara W/E 04/13/14 Salary, Pay Date 04/18
 $272.13 Jimmy W/E 04/13/14 Salary
 $179.21 Avail. Starting
 $729.85 Total Pay
 $909.06 Avail. For Bills
 $1.00 BP Airpark Reversal

I carried over some cleared bills from the previous week because it seems my spreadsheet is taking the place of a written checkbook and its working well for me, so thus the reason for the $60.00 Brigades Charge ($20.00/day x 3 Days over Spring Break) and the $150.75 AT&T Charge)

 $89.83 Gas for Trip
 $63.71 Food for Trip
 $7.99, 04/21 Auto-Draft
 $100.00 LAS Financial
 $112.00 Great Lakes, 04/17 Auto-Draft
 $19.99 Planet Fitness, 04/17 Auto-Draft
 $5.00 Ashley Asst. Care, 04/24
 $70.00  Brigades Boys & Girls Club
 $200.00  Groceries
 $50.00 Gas
 $20.00 Jimmy’s Money
 $85.00 LAS Financial
 $86.54  $86.54
8%  $6.92
 $6.92  $79.62

There are two LAS Financial Charges because the $100.00 is the payment from Week Ending 04.06.14 and the $85.00 is the payment for this week – the $100.00 one cleared AFTER we were paid.

Well that’s about it from me this week! Hope everyone has a great week!

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