My wife and I are wrapping up our trip in Boston today. Tomorrow we are on the road back to San Francisco. We had reservations to go to CBS Scene (I hear it’s similar to ESPN Zone), but the 6-8 inches of snow has put those plans on ice (excuse the pun).
Yesterday, we used up the last of our Circuit City gift card to get a complete Guitar Hero set (guitar, drums, microphone, etc.) I had to think a couple of times about it because we hadn’t planned on spending the nearly $200 that it costs. Even after the gift card, it was an $150 unplanned expense. We have the money, so it’s not a big deal, but I still like to research such purchases more. I only know that many, many, others seem to like it and it could be good entertainment if we have guests over. There are three Tool songs – so that will be great fun. We just have to figure out how to transport it back to San Francisco.
We went to a casino on Thursday. I know it’s not typically a smart use of money. I am a very conservative craps player and never lose much over the time I’m there. My wife and I gambled for 5 hours. She made $15 and I lost $15. I can’t complain about that.
We are pretty happy about the cost of this trip to Boston. We used frequent flier miles that my wife got from her work travel. We rented a car for around $30 a day using military discounts. We stayed at Hansom Air Force Base for $38 a night – it’s as good as places I’ve paid more than $100 a night for. It comes with a fridge and microwave, so breakfast was Lean Pockets from the commissary for about $1.25 a package (two breakfasts per package). So not including entertainment and gas to visit people, we spent about $500 for the two of us for the trip. I hope this doesn’t come across as boasting, but I hope to illustrate how it’s possible to take advantage of opportunities our situation. You may have similar situations.
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