Hidden Fees

It has been a very long while since I have made a post, wondering if I should just abandon the blog all together and keep on keeping on with the craziness that is surrounding my spirit.

HIDDEN FEES the subject at hand. This is the hot topic because my husband and I just celebrated our 1 year anniversary and we took a long weekend trip to Miami. A great place to have fun, drink, eat, relax, people watch…. and spend more money than ever intended AKA raped.

I searched and searched for the greatest hotel, price matching and comparing and reading fine print and reviews. I googled, and I price lined, and I checked my travel mags and zagat mags. Because, i was going to find the best value for my buck. I was going to stay on budget, I was going to have a frugal vacation…. Yeah right.

First, we arrive at our amazingly beautiful hotel. (Hotel Urbano) Well, as soon as I pull the car up to check in a very fast and courteous man greets my husband and I, quick to help with baggage and produces a valet tag and a quick, that will be $29.00 a day for valet parking, thank you and vroom vroom, off he goes… uh wha.. wait…

Speaking to the front desk clerk, we ask her about the fee and if we could park somewhere else, for that would have been an extra $100 dollars we were not prepared to spend on just parking.  well… you could park on the street.. but don’t park here, here, or there because they will tow you. Or you could try to find parking over here… but just make sure that you read the signs very carefully.

Yeah okay.

Every restaurant already adds a surcharge of 18% tip and you have to carefully read your ticket or you wont see it and then give them another 18% or so again. That really isn’t the bad thing, the thing is the service in Miami sucks. They serve you like it is an inconvenience for them to be doing their job, so I am paying 18% if I like it or not for crappy service. Which is fine, to some degree, when I’m on vacation just trying to have a good time, drunk and hung over, but there are times when it is just unacceptable.

taxi cab rides… there is the normal fare.. but then once you get to your destination there is an extra dollar surcharge.

Miami is the one the city that you really do not get what you pay for… you pay for whatever they want to give you…

Besides hidden fees and horrible service though Miami is a unique and entertaining experience. An experience you must have at least once in your life. Just be prepared to understand how their city operates and don’t expect much for hospitality and you will have an amazing time.. especially shopping.


complete neglect

I know I have completely neglected my blog. I am also, wondering should I scrap it all together and being fresh… But I think I do that a lot when I don’t want to deal with something. and neglecting my blog is not the root either. I’m neglecting my blog because I am neglecting my budget, my spending, my savings… should I go on? SO I need to do some soul searching. I found another great blogger that has been doing what I try and do and WOW!!! this really could be me if I just kept to my guns and stopped jumping off the wagon.



So here is to keeping on keeping on and putting a little more effort in everything I have going on now.




Found a great post today! It kind of hit me because I have been a little out of it myself, with not a lot of motivation to wake up in the morning much less crafts or being frugal!

I liked the part about just helping someone, it doesn’t have to be financial but just taking notice of someone else that could use a helping hand or a kind word!

This should be something practiced everyday!

Organized madness

I was trying to show someone my blog the other day and as I looked from the eyes of “the viewer” I couldn’t help but think (even more than I do) WTF, am I thinking! My thoughts and therefore my blog is all over the place! It is nothing more than… well in reality a snap shot of my mind on a daily basis… but where is the focus.  Needless to say, I am in the mind frame, at this moment anyway, to try and organize my thoughts better. I’m thinking I should maybe have 5 blogs or a million depending on my post for the day! Or maybe I just need to learn how to utilize my categories better or something! If anyone has figured this out please give me suggestions.

I’m pretty sure that my resume says that I am detailed and organized… dear god please don’t let whomever may read my resume ever see the way my mind really works.

Same Game, New Strategy

OK.. So, not that I have any followers but even if you read any of my posts it is not hard to see that I have been lazy in my attempts to be frugal.  I have been lazy in posting and what posts I have posted are lacking WOW and Frugal fabulousness.

I have had a bit of a wacky few weeks that have taken my energy away from such things and the real blog world. I am new to this whole blog thing so I am trying to make habit of recording my life with words and pictures, The words not as hard as remembering to take pictures of everything and I mean everything, like so many fabulous blogs I see.

So, I am aware of how mine lacks the “HOT DAMN!!!” factor. And, I’m trying…

I do have a memory card full of pictures the challenge now is to track down my cord so that I can get said pictures off the camera and into my blog!

I have completed my first wreath that I had to make and have after seeing so many at the store that although absolutely stunning and beautiful, I refused to spend that kind of money on something that doesn’t fly me to my next paradise destination.

I have almost completed decorating my living room. Well, I don’t know if anyone is ever finished decorating, but I’m getting my living room to finally flow.

I got Charlie neutered. ;( – which I posted before was a FRUGAL ALERT! $55.00

My living room will have its own post because it really was a FRUGAL ALERT TREASURE! I’m trying to work with what I have and that ain’t much.. but needless to say I’m making it work.

My husband is gone on business for the next month so my ability to budget and track what is going on should improve. This also, just gives me more free time to get things done and BLOG about it! I am trying to find the positive things of my honey being gone because day 3 and I’m already missing him.

I’m usually good for 14 days and then drastic measures to keep my sanity are needed. But my blog should really grow this month! I do have many things going on month to keep me on my toes and buzzing like a bee. Which is great because I will have much to blog about.

I am planning Emily’s Bridal shower and that takes place on the 6th of November so right around the corner. Trying to plan and decorate and buy gifts and then the 5k this weekend. Which kills a whole weekend so that makes time that much tighter, and then having to budget and still be frugal while having to spend extra to make sure that everything is wonderful for her special day, is another obstacle on my course. So, like I said much to blog AND learn this month!

I am excited!

Living my life with the gas light blinking at me…

Wow! I can’t believe that it is already Thursday and I haven’t made one post in almost a week. This has been some week.  Last week ended with Eli in hospital.. then I had the long weekend, a much needed loooong relaxing weekend. Then I have for some reason been unable to sleep the past few nights, so I’m running on E, but still too tired and no time too sleep! I hate when that happens.

I had a great weekend! Didn’t spend any money except, my loving husband gave me $100 bucks to go and buy myself some new clothes, which I did. I spent every penny and not one penny more or less. 🙂 But, besides that I was really good.

I also, have been keeping my workout schedule.. well, i really don’t have a schedule but I have been making sure that I workout at least three times a week. My legs are sore and I feel like I am gaining weight more than I am toning it all up… but I feel good. Maybe that is why I have so much energy and I am unable to sleep.. who knows!

**Today I had my FRUGAL MOMENT as I went to Target to get my son’s new script and was surprised when the tech told me that it was only $4! And, once again I snagged the free $10 gift card in the target flyer w/ new script. So I made $6 dollars! **

This weekend is the start of Football season, well actually tonight is the start of football season! SO EXCITED about that! I am a poor active Bears Fan! Which usually leads me to a disappointing Sunday, but still I watch and hope! So, that will give me something to do on Sunday’s which usually keeps me at my local sports pub “The Sports Page” or at the Helmsley a hotel resort on the beach a mile from my house where I can sit outside and watch football and take a dip if I get too hot or drown myself in Jack should the Bears be defeated.

So, now that the weekend is approaching again I am trying to get caught up on all my pictures and all the posts that I started and have not finished to post.

as alwaysDon’t Be Plastic. Be Green!”