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Busy Weekend = Random Spending

July 15th, 2013 at 07:52 pm

Well, Folk Art Market is over. Phew! It was great, though. On Saturday alone 7,000 people attended and the artists made $1.37 million. My 26 volunteers were amazing; I'm so proud!

I worked so hard. My legs were sore, and then I had to sub for a friend's exercise class today (even more sore!).

The downside was that the spending was erratic and not what we'd normally do on a weekend. I bought a few things at Folk Art Market (within my budget) on Friday night, but then spent another $20 on these gorgeous crane-shaped scissors from Uzbekistan for my knitting.

We knew we'd have at least some food/dining out expenses because I was at Market most of the day on Saturday and all day Sunday. All in all we spent probably $30 total on lunch, a big juice and a snow-cone.

Our tickets were free, and we took advantage of the free entertainment, taking F to do the kids' passport program (where kids go to the artists to get flag stickers from each country) and listening to the music.

And as a Chair of a volunteer group, I got to attend the big dinner last night (free dinner!) and both D and I got dinner on Friday night at Market.

Our weekend spending was balanced out by an unusually low grocery bill. We leave on vacation on Sunday, so I'm keeping the meals simple and cheap!! Here's the plan:
- socca (chickpea flour pancake with courgettes and basil from the garden)
- Mexican scrambled eggs and salad
- hot dogs at the pool with corn on the cob
- general tso's chicken and chinese cabbage
- homemade pizza (sauce and mozzarella are in the freezer)
- stuff (picnic style! mish-mash! whatever!) to take Music on the Hill

4 Responses to “Busy Weekend = Random Spending”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like the market was a lot of fun and I bet you didn't go overboard on your spending. It sounds like the free things like admission and some meals helped offset the buying.

    Before we go on vacation, it is usually clean out the fridge and eat what we have too.

  2. Buendia Says:

    You're right - I need to remember that it's ok to spend some money once in a while if you have it and it won't become debt! The pre-vacation fridge-eating is actually kind of fun (it's like a puzzle to work out what you can eat with what you have)!

  3. baselle Says:

    Hi, what's your socca recipe? I like it crispier than I seem to be able make them. Also - I can get either fine flour or coarse flour. Which should I use?

  4. Buendia Says:

    I use this recipe here: http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2012/09/zucchini-socca/
    It's crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside. I just used Bob's Red Mill garbanzo flour... it's pretty fine. I love socca! Easy, and inexpensive! (I calculated $4 to make it last night - and D and I brought leftovers for lunch; usually I'd make a small side salad, but we weren't that hungry last night).

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