Weekly Woot & Grumble: Birthday, Beer, BBQ!
It only seems right that today’s woot be in honor of my very own Mr. Frugalwoods’ birthday! He turned 31 earlier this week and I was reminded of how thankful I am that he was born. He is my soulmate, my partner in every sense, and a hilarious guy to boot. I’m also tremendously grateful that he wanted to celebrate 31 in typical frugal weirdo fashion. His birthday cost us a grand total of: $65.57 ($37.25 for his bday gift of beer + $28.32 for our BBQ dinner).
The first element of his birthday revelry was a sojourn to the Craft Beer Cellar where Mr. FW browsed to his heart’s content. If you’re in the Boston area, it’s an amazing local bottle shop in Belmont. He had geeked-out beer conversations with several other dudes and we were there for so long that we got to enjoy three different free tastings!
Mr. FW selected the limited-edition Sierra Nevada Beer Camp for his birthday specialty beer and we stocked up on Founder’s All Day IPA, Stone’s Go To IPA, and Two Roads’ Worker’s Comp Saison (that was my pick) for general sippin’ purposes over the next few months.
We then trekked over to Blue Ribbon BBQ (again, Boston peeps, this is an incredibly tasty, local joint in Arlington & Newton). To save on dining-in costs, we got take-out: East Carolina, vinegar-based BBQ platters with collards, baked beans, potato salad, cornbread, and mac-n-cheese sides. Let me tell you, we ate that for no less than THREE meals. It was divine. Mr. FW’s people (as they say in the South) hail from–and still live in–Eastern North Carolina so I’ve been indoctrinated in the virtues of vinegar-based ‘cue. We won’t eat any other kind.
I offered to bake a cake, but Mr. FW preferred to spend all his calories and funds on beer–can’t really blame the guy. And to be honest, if I had baked a cake, I would’ve eaten 75% of it by myself. Not gonna lie, I have portion control issues with baked goods. Safest not to have them in the house!*
This birthday is just another example of how we enjoy life, live well, and do what we want frugally. Also, since we very rarely eat out, it was a real treat for us to get take-out. We’re easily impressed and entertained, not jaded by endless spending and lifestyle inflation.
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating that being on the same page financially benefits every aspect of our lives and our marriage. We don’t have tension or arguments over how much to spend and I didn’t feel any pressure to seek out the “perfect” expensive gift for my husband. I knew that I could ask him what he wanted for his birthday and he’d respond honestly–in this case, craft beer & BBQ. Though come to think of it, I’m actually pretty sure we did the exact same thing for his birthday last year… hmmm, creatures of habit much? I love this man!
*Mr. FW made scrumptious blueberry scones from scratch for a little gathering of friends we had on Saturday. They were delicious and I ate, I think, 6 of them in total. I’m bad news around baked goods.
I’m currently binge eating carrots and peanut butter because I can’t think of a single thing to grumble about, which in and of itself is a WOOT!
Ideas bandied about for this week’s grumble:
- Inflating grocery store prices. Costco raised the price of bulk quinoa (by $2!), limes, and frozen pizza! Boo. We decided to skip buying the quinoa to see if perhaps the price returns to normal next month.
- The fact that we haven’t been able to hike as much this summer as we would like. We’d be happiest if we hiked every single day. So, it’s a good thing we’re planning on buying a homestead in the woods.
- The way that Frugal Hound drinks water from her bowl. It’s essentially a cascade of water. More water gets on our wood floor than in her mouth. She sticks her looooonnng snout deep in the water and sort of thrashes about. I hope she’s not permanently dehydrated. Oh and then she walks away leaving a trail of water (again, ON the wood floor).
Clearly none of these merit a fully-fledged grumble. I leave you with an image of the current tableau of Frugalwoods life: me and Mr. FW sitting at our farm wood dining room table ($75 on Craigslist), surrounded by seltzer (no one is surprised about that), carrots, and peanut butter. Frugal Hound is grunting in her sleep in the other room and there’s a beautiful autumnally-tinged breeze coming through our open doors and windows. Basically, we’re loving the frugal life. Have a great weekend, friends!
How do you celebrate birthdays?
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