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It’s Been a Very Expensive Week

Some weeks I just seem to spend more money than others and this week was certainly pricey. I decided to visit my acupuncturist on Tuesday after a year and a half hiatus. Thankfully my pain is tolerable on most days and my overall health is the best it’s been in the last three years, but I decided to make an appointment anyway.

After my initial medical diagnosis a few years back my acupuncturist helped release muscle tightness and alleviated an inordinate of stress and anxiety for me. Honestly, I would have taken a lot of medications if I had not come in contact with her. Of course, since it’s been so long since my last treatment I had a super long visit with her this week that cost $135. I also kept my appointment with my massage therapist which cost an additional $45.

I was also a bit discombobulated and out of sorts and managed to forget to pack a full lunch twice this week. On Monday I wanted to walk outside the office and a coworker agreed to head out with me. I spent nearly $9 for a sandwich, but the food was scrumptious and the conversation was a delight so I’m glad we went out together.

Mid-week I forgot my lunch again and purchased a salad from the cafeteria. The food was absolutely awful and I wish I could have that $7 back to spend on anything other than that salad. I need to make a rule: either bring my lunch or eat outside the office. The cafeteria food is just too awful!

Last night I went out with friends for dinner. We ordered Japanese at one of my favorite restaurants in DC. It was definitely worth the cost and the company was stellar. We went out for drinks afterward and stayed out so late that we got hungry again and made a 2 o’clock run to McDonald’s.

Of course as luck would have it my husband came home tonight with a hankering for Chinese food, so we picked up carry out from a local restaurant in the area. I was actually happy about this decision, because the taste of sushi from the night before left me craving more.

I typically average one meal out per week, so eating out five times in the past seven days seems like quite a lot to me. My husband who has been really good about eating lunch at home also ate out with coworkers a bunch this week.

All in all it’s been an expensive week, but other than that $7 salad, every penny has been worth it. I feel great, I’ve eaten some really tasty grub and visited with some of my favorite people.

Muttersome

Wednesday 22nd of July 2009

Long time reader, first time commenter. I completely sympathize on your expensive week. I have been trying to cut back on my spending and some weeks I do very well, and others it seems like I'm out every night. Win some, lose some. I used to feel bad about it, and now I shrug and move on--dwelling on it doesn't seem to help me. In fact, I think it leads to more damage because the more I think about it, the more "well I ate out four times last week, so tonight won't be that much more" starts to enter my mind!

marci

Tuesday 21st of July 2009

Acupuncture sounds very interesting to try. I don't have very much pain currently but if I ever do, that's one thing I might try.

And I have the same problem usually with lunches at work. If I don't bring anything from home, then I spend about 5-7 bucks per day on lunch. This week though, I've been really good at bringing something to work instead of eating out.

One Frugal Girl

Sunday 19th of July 2009

I swear by acupuncture. I don't know if it works for everyone and for everything, my acupuncturist has been able to help me with some things but not others, but it's definitely worth a try. The key is to prepare yourself mentally for the visit, if you have doubts that it will work then it won't. Approach your visit with an open mind.

hustler

Sunday 19th of July 2009

I've been considering acupucture for my back pain. And I'm with you on the lunches. Every week I say I am just going to buy a case of colas to bring to work. I probably single handedly support the vending machine company with my purchases of over priced diet dr. pepper!!