One of my favorite ways to unwind has always been to kick back with a glass of wine and a new issue of New York magazine, which I've subscribed to for years.
In my bachelorette days, I used to do this on the patio of my condo at two 'o clock in the afternoon on a Saturday.
Now, I do this at 9 p.m. on a weekday in my mommy cave.
Because, you know, kids.
Anyway, New York magazine used to run this feature called Economy of One, which detailed how the magazine thought a particular celebrity or socialite would spend a set amount of cash...and then, at the end of the piece, said person would reveal how they actually spent the money.
So, in this new series, I'm sharing what I've spent with you.
Here's how I spent $50 in cash one morning after I dropped my son off at preschool:
1. A BIG LOTS RUN: $12.30
If left to my own devices, I could very well drain every one of The Hubs' and my bank accounts in Big Lots. Big Lots is my Target. So this was the first place I stopped after dropping off The Boy because I needed a second one of these thing-a-ma-jiggies -- you know, those plastic sheets you put your dirty shoes on ($10.60), I forget what they are called:
I also bought a pack of Dora the Explorer fruit snacks, also known as bribery for my son ($1.70). At the grocery store we shop at, these suckers cost twice as much:
2. MY NEXT STOP WAS TIM HORTON'S FOR COFFEE: $1.70
I usually stop and get coffee before I drop my son off, but today, I did it afterward so that I could savor it during my third stop...
3. A MUCH-NEEDED PEDICURE AND AN-EQUALLY NEEDED EYEBROW WAXING: $36
In an effort to "keep it 100%" I must make the following confession: The last time I had a professional pedicure...well, lets just say it's been too long. So as I got my hooves buffed and polished with my favorite toe color, My Boyfriend Scales The Walls by Opi ($28), I sipped my coffee and read a book. Okay, I'm lying about the book. I stayed on Facebook the entire time. (Hanging my head in shame.):
And because I was rocking a look not unlike Sasquatch that day, my esthetician Julie, who is, simply, awesome, waxed my eyebrows ($8). (Sidebar: For years, I had my eyebrows threaded -- an Indian technique of hair removal in which facial and body hair is removed with a string. But Julie is closer to my home and works wonders with wax, so I've made the switch.) Now, mind you, if my brows still look a bit sparse, it's because I still hadn't filled them in with gel yet. But, trust, even without being filled in, they are a thousand times better than they were pre-waxing:
So there you have it.
That's how I blew fifty bucks.
All before lunchtime.
I'll be back soon with another receipt rundown.
Thank you very much for reading. Now, c'mon and join me on Facebook. :-)