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Busy Memorial Day Weekend (and Personal Finance Links)

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I had a pretty busy, but pretty great Memorial Day weekend... and it left me with a lot of material to write about. I only hope to find the time this week to do it all justice. Without going into very specific details, I thought I'd go through the weekend and give an overview. I don't expect many will care about my weekend itself, but it might provide some with a couple of frugal ideas.

  • Friday Night - Celtics Win - The weekend started off on a good note with the Celtics advancing to the finals. With the game on cable television
  • Saturday Day - Yard Sale - We had a successful yard sale, clearing 1/3rd of our inventory and converting it into $90 in cash. One of the keys to the successful sale was good signage... including using a white glass marker on our very strategically placed cars to direct people to our home. During the yard sale we were able to do very light cleaning of the garage and setting up an American flag on our home (an obvious, but appropriate move considering the weekend).
  • Saturday Night - Hosting a Party - I didn't think it would be a good idea to go from the yard sale to hosting people at our house to root for the Red Sox. We asked people to bring something (a bit of a pot-luck thing), but supplied a party lasagna and a couple bottles of wine. It was relatively cheap and the Red Sox pulled out a 1-0 win.
  • Sunday Day - I took our dog to the dog park (always a fun time) and then my wife and I went shopping and for lunch at on a restaurant on the water. We did spend a little bit of money, but the lunch served as two meals for us.
  • Sunday Night - Drive-in - We got a tip from someone at our yard sale that there was a drive-in about a half hour south from where we live. Expect more details on this later in the week. Here's a teaser: it was a great value.
  • Monday Day - The day started off with more dog park. My wife prepared some corned beef and cabbage. Most people were probably having hamburgers and hot dogs. We recently joined a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group. They send us some organic fruit and vegetables from local farms every two weeks. The shipment we got this week had cabbage in it. I expect to write more on the CSA in a future post.
  • Monday Afternoon - Kayaking - We live near a pretty sizable lagoon (extremely similar to this one). I think we got it for a $100. We haven't gotten our value out of it yet, but hopefully we'll be out on the water a lot this summer. In related news, I don't expect to be able to lift my arms tomorrow.
  • Monday Evening - Dinner - We relax and wind down. I learn that I don't hate turnips, parsnips, and cabbage nearly as much as I thought I did.

I don't think we ended up spending $75 all weekend. Combine that with the fact that my websites earned between $200-$300 (without me checking in on them) and the weekend was that much sweeter.

Posted on May 31, 2010.

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3 Responses to “Busy Memorial Day Weekend (and Personal Finance Links)”

  1. jim says:

    Sounds like a packed and positive cash flow holiday weekend! :)

  2. Jon Anderson says:

    Drive Ins are an amazing deal! At ours you get 2 shows for the price of one at a regular theater. It has two screens, one of which is usually playing kids movies, so you can have the kids face one way in the back of a truck or in lawn chairs while you stay in the cab. You can obviously bring your own food, but their concession prices are dirt cheap too.

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