I’m happy to report that this week was an economical week filled with some small adventures and opportunities for me to step out of my comfort zone.
Monday: The California Science Center
My boyfriend and I decided to take a vacation day from work to give ourselves a little more free time. After cooking a very buttery batch of waffles, we decided to go down to USC to the California Science Center. While most exhibits cater toward educating children, we still found the center to be enlightening. I honestly learned more about ecosystems during my day at the Science Center than in my 16 years of school. What was most impressive was the space shuttle Endeavor. I was in awe with the fact that I was so close to a vehicle that has been to space and back many times.
Other highlights of the trip: seeing actual space suits, learning about ants in the desert (who thought ants could be interesting?), and studying schools of fish in the aquarium. Going to the Science Center reminded me of how much fun it is to go on a field trip, even as an adult.
The admission to the science center was free, but they do accept donations.
Thursday: Meet-Up With My Happiness Team
As I mentioned in my last post. I am taking the Science of Happiness edX course through UC Berkeley. In order to better connect to the material and with others taking the class, I joined a Happiness Team. We had our first meet-up on Thursday and it was a really wonderful experience. I’m always a little nervous meeting up with people I don’t know, but I find that once I step out of my comfort zone I can really start making good connections with others.
Since we were going to be talking about happiness, I decided to bake some happy cookies. Unfortunately most of the M&Ms fell off en route to the meet-up, but the thought was still there. One of the members of the team said that the cookies were one of her happy things of the day and her comment was one of my happy things.
Saturday: Library Day!
Since one of my goals for my future is do work in real estate, I’ve been listening to the Bigger Pockets podcast every day on my way to and from work. I’m trying to learn as much as I can about real estate investing.
Every episode they ask their guests what is their favorite real estate investing or business book and almost every guest in the episodes I’ve listened to so far has mentioned Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
I broke away from my Mission: Read All the Books! to pick up this book as well as a couple of other business books from the library. I tore through Rich Dad Poor Dad in one day and have learned a lot about how to make money work for me, rather than me work for it. It was very inspirational and now I just have to fight the fear to start putting these practices to use.
Sunday: Grocery Day!
I have to just put a quick comment in here about our grocery shopping today. We were able to walk out with a weeks worth of groceries for only $50.36. New high score!
How was your week in cheap? Were you able to find some fun yet frugal things to do? Tell me in the comments!