Dan's on holiday, and that can be dangerous for the budget!
We went to Sale to see Jon Ronson on Thursday evening, a belated birthday present from Dan. I was very excited when we arrived as we were on the second row. It was a low spend evening. We did go to a bar beforehand for a drink and had to pay for parking, but we didn't buy anything when we arrived at the venue - even though we were very tempted by sweets, drinks and all manner of other things. Dan had also used some of the credit we got from the purchase of the Chromecast to pay for Jon Ronson's new book, so we weren't too tempted by the book signing table either.
Yesterday was our big day out in Coventry. We had budgeted in advance for the cost of petrol, entry to the cathedral and the tour, we gave ourselves a budget of £20 for everything else. I made some sausage rolls and dhal pasties on Friday and Dan made up the rest of the picnic on Saturday morning so we weren't tempted to buy lunch out and about or to spend anything (other than a penny) at the services. Parking in the city centre was only £1 for the whole day which was brilliant. We did buy another coffee and shared a cake in The Herbert and we had another drink before we came home, but we were well under budget.
I have nothing but positive things to say, for £3 (plus entry fee) the tour was amazing. It took over 2 hours and taught us so much about the city in general and the cathedral in particular (we did the art and architecture tour, more general tours are available). The value for money is second to none. We also Gift Aided our entry fee so we can visit as many times as we like for a year at no extra cost. We sat outside to eat our lunch then went back in to take some photographs. I think we were in and around for nearly 4 hours including the tour. Thankfully we still had plenty of time to see other parts of the city. We did as much as we could before we were worn out and headed home.
So yes, it was an expensive day out - it's a long drive, but it was so worth it, and it means today we want to do nothing but flop around at home. Well, I say that but Dan is chopping things up in the garden, the green bin was emptied last week so the gardening world is our oyster.
In other not-spending news, we're eating from the freezer all week this week so I get a week off cooking and there's nothing to buy. Win win.