I’m still recovering from what was most certainly an awesome weekend! Not only was it really fun, I also managed to spend only a teensy bit of money…huzzah! :)
For starters, Friday night my fella and I ventured off to the Midlands Tech Harbison Theatre to catch Chapin Community Theatre’s production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Tickets for this show cost $15 a pop for non-students, but since I’m a theatre reviewer for Jasper Magazine, we got to see the show for free, in exchange for my review. Sweet! $30 saved!
My ensemble for the evening was also pretty flippin’ inexpensive.
The dress is by Phillip Lim, but was given to me because it had a split seam. I just sewed that sucker up, and now I have a dress that probably sells for about $400 retail. I made the obi belt I’m wearing from a pair of men’s trousers I bought for 50 cents at a thrift store. The sweet patent leather clutch I’m carrying only cost $1 (thrifted), and those gorgeous wedges were bought new online for $13, including free shipping.
So, that was a fun & thrifty date night, but what about the rest of my weekend?
At 6am Saturday morning, I met up with a few friends at the Colonial Life Arena for the Color Me Rad 5k. The entry fee for the run was $40 (which seems like a lot for a 5k…jus’ sayin’!), but you could volunteer your services as a color bomber, and still participate in the event for free! Some of the profits for this event benefitted the Happy Wheels charity, so I was happy to do my part! :)
Little did we know we’d be shuttled to our post for the event in a Ryder Van. “I know it seems creepy,” one of the event organizers said completely non-reassuringly. Seriously? Toting people around in a MOVING TRUCK? While this would be the perfect ruse for a human trafficking organization, we all hopped in like the foolish suckers we are. :/
Death Truck aside, the early scary morning was well worth it!
As the 6,000 runners raced by, we had the special joy of pelting them with handfuls of color!!! :D
My Saturday was only getting started, folks! I rushed home to shower, then met up with friends at the SC Pride Parade and Festival. The festival itself is a free event, but as usual, drinks (alcoholic or non) are expensive. Not to worry! I came prepared!
Some festivals don’t allow you to bring in any outside beverages (and will even search your bag), so check on this before you try to BYOB. :)
While I saved tons on drinkage, I still ended up with a $3 slice of leathery pizza. Whatever…hunger calls!
After having fun at the festival, we headed off to watch the USC Game. I had a couple of beers and an inexpensive appetizer, so my tab was less than $15…not too bad.
From Monday-Saturday, admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. But on Sundays, admission is free (thanks to Blue Cross Blue Sheild)! So, we saved $25 while getting our culture on! :)
I also wore another cheapo outfit. :)
So, this was a super-fun and super-cheap weekend! What made it such a thrifty success? :)
- I bartered my writing skills & expertise!
- I saved $$$ on clothes by making, mending, & thrifting!
- I volunteered for an event, instead of paying a hefty fee!
- I went to a free event, and planned ahead to BYOB!
- I took advantage of a “free day” at the museum!
Hopefully, I’ll be able to be just as thrifty next weekend! :)