Thursday, April 5, 2012

Budgeting a Weekend at Home

I've got my books on tape (okay, cds) packed up and ready to go.  My gas gauge is sitting on full, and my comfy driving sweats are packed.  I'm heading back home for Easter Weekend. 

Living in Toronto, my commute home was a manageable 3 hours.  Today, it'll be 7 1/2 hours if I don't hit too much traffic.  I anticipate having to stop once for gas and a quick snack (I've packed a salad and grapes to avoid needing to buy an entire meal on the road).

Anticipating that I'd be going home for Easter I'd set aside a few dollars since January for the occasion.  Here's what I'm going into the weekend with:
Gas - $120.00 (with gas between $1.30 - $1.40 between Ottawa and home I think this will cover me)
Entertainment - $30 - 1 coffee date, 1 dinner out.  Evenings will mostly be spent in catching up with friends/family.
Groceries - $10 - we have a specialty grocery store in town that makes the most amazing homemade dressing, so I'm bringing back a couple of bottles to Ottawa.

I'm looking forward to catching up with friends and family I haven't seen since Christmas, and likely won't see again until Thanksgiving.

What are your plans for Easter?


  1. Good for you, budgeting for a long weekend road trip! I think that's awesome.

    Easter is going to be pretty mellow, for us. Dad is at sea and Mom's fighting a cold, so I think we are just going to make some salads, order pizza and hang out.

    Drive safe!

  2. It's always nice having a nice slim budget as you go back and visit with family. They'll be sure to cook up some awesome meals. 7 1/2 hours is a pretty long drive though. Hopefully traffic isn't too bad. The cd book should really help with passing the time.

  3. Wow that's awesome that you were smart enough to budget for this, and keep the numbers low too! I think if I went home I would spend way too much money out with friends I haven't seen in a while! Great job! Have fun!