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Hey everyone, I’m back from DC/Virginia! I had an awesome time visiting my family and friends, which you probably noticed because I didn’t make a post on Saturday… I actually had less access to the internet than I thought! But don’t worry – I’ll be right back to posting my favorite links around the web this Saturday.
I wasn’t totally MIA from the personal finance world, though! I have a guest writer spot over at Young Finances, and my very first post went live last week titled ‘How to Survive Your First Job‘ – if you wouldn’t mind taking a look, tweeting it out, or posting a comment, I would appreciate it! 🙂
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As I mentioned in my goal-setting post, I wanted to spend less than $300 in DC on everything – including my cousin’s birthday gift, dinners and lunches out, and tourist activities.
Lucky for me, it was DC. DC!! Which is both expensive (in terms of housing and happy hours) but also delightfully cheap – in terms of tourist activities. I visited two Smithsonian’s while I was there (American History and Natural History), which were both free to enter and visit. Free! World class museums! Yeah, I can’t get over it 🙂
That said, I did, of course, buy some souvenirs. I had some requests from my Mom and B. B teaches American History, so getting souvenirs for his class was fun and totally worth it. I ended up spending $50 at the American History Smithsonian.
Food in DC is no joke – while you can go out and get cheaper food, I mostly did dinners out (to celebrate a birthday and to take my family out for a ‘thank you for letting me stay in your guest room for free’ meal), happy hours, and lunch.
I spent the most money on food out in DC – which is what I expected, since lodging for me was free and commuting was (relatively) cheap (taking the Metro). I spent $160 on food.
Total DC Expenses
With food, Metro expenses, souvenirs, and presents for my cousin, I spent a total of $296. Under my limit by $4! Woohoo!
Now typically I don’t spend that much out at all when I travel – I keep my food expenses very low by eating out where the locals eat and not doing so many ‘sit down’ meals. However, this was a fun treat to visit my family, and I did want to take them out to thank them for having me stay at their place for free. They even let me use their Metro card!
Also, fall leaves. I definitely went to DC to enjoy the fall leaves. I can’t get enough fall! We don’t have fall in Phoenix! 🙂
Back to our regular scheduled posts on Thursday and Saturday!