I am a cheap date. A few nights ago we went out for dinner, wine and a movie all for under $10. You’re probably wondering how I pulled that off. Well pay attention people because we only have a month of summer left so you need to jump on this opportunity while you can.
What we did?
We went to see the Big Short in Hudson River Park. If you live in or near New York City check this out because there are tons of free movies all summer long. All you need is a blanket, some food and drink and you’re good to go.
Photo Credit: Time Out NY
What we ate?
The night before the move I made taco pasta salad. The recipe is available here and it was recommended by a friend. Since I made it the night before I left out the avocado and cheese. It was perfect for a movie in the park. The pasta salad cost me about 5 bucks to make in total. I halved the recipe which gave me enough leftovers for a few lunches throughout the week so if you are only counting what we actually ate it would be about $2.50 however I still paid $5.00 for all the ingredients.
Photo Credit: The Girl Who Ate Everything
What we drank?
Wine of course. I stopped at Trader Joe’s over the weekend and found a $5.00 bottle of Contadino Pinot Grigio that hit the spot.
So let's do some math:
Movie in the Park : Free
Pasta Salad: $5.00
Bottle of Wine: $5.00
Grand Total: $10.00
Do you have any cheap date ideas to share?
I am slowly getting back to my active lifestyle which is always a difficult task in the dead of winter when it is too cold to workout outdoors and the gyms are packed with people trying to kick start their new years resolution. Today I am taking it back to San Francisco where we had an opportunity to take a day trip out to Muir Woods for some hiking. I not a big hiker or so I thought. Initially I thought it would be a fun walk in the woods. That walk turned out to be much more of a work out than I anticipated. Thank god for the jetted tub back in my hotel room. If you have never been to Muir Woods you must go. It is absolutely beautiful. These pictures do it no justice. I have been to a lot of cool places in my lifetime but I have to say Muir Woods definitely is up there on my list of faves. I am hoping to try this hiking thing again once the weather warms up. I am a fan of a cold but I am not a fan of getting lost in the woods in the cold so I will reserve my hiking adventures for warm sunny days.
Location: Muir Woods and Marin Headlands
What I Wore:
Jacket: Uniqlo. Similar here
Shirt: Unknown Similar here
Jeans: JBrand Available here
Shoes: Toms Available here ( I DO NOT recommend wearing these for hiking. I forgot my sneakers at home)
Scarf: Street Vendor Similar here
As I sit here (in my pjs) reflecting on this past year I have to say that I am ready for what 2015 has to offer. One of my biggest goals in 2015 is to simplify my life. I spent the majority of 2014 on the road traveling which meant that I lived out of my suitcase for probably 300 out of the 365 days last year. This taught me that I do not need much to survive. With one suitcase worth of clothes and a living space of less than 500 square feet I did fine and found that I was happier with less. I am hoping to recreate that with my home life. Less shopping, less wanting and more experience. That is what wealth is all about right? I also want to do better in documenting my life experiences. I am not saying that I am going to spend my entire life on social media but I want to bring back the 365 challenge by taking a picture a day that I can then look back on at the end of the year. I will be posting pics on Instagram so stay tuned. What are your goals for the New Year.