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The New Plan

Remember how I did NoSpend November last year? Well this year I decided to try it in December. There are a couple of reasons for this shift. First of all I had a vacation planned already for November so I didn't want to skimp on it since vacations for me are so rare. The other reason is that while last November was difficult (primarily because of football season) it wasn't as big a stretch to pull off. Christmas is a big spending time and I found that instead of really saving on holiday spending, it could have been differed. So is it really no spend? Tough call.


So this time I figured I would get back into the blogging habit by No Change November showing you what happens in a typical month for me. I will do my best to be realistic about it and not restrict my spending out of shame since you're watching! The only noted difference is that I am not allowing Christmas presents to get stockpiled a head of time. A benefit of this activity is for me to see how well I can track my spending. In this age of digital payments I rarely look at bank accounts or credit card statements. Lets see how it goes!


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Day 19: Pink Lady

Today was a little all over the place. We got a late start but shuffled down the road to an apple farm. We saw an ad for it at the B&B. Little did we know that it is one of maybe, oh, 50 apple farms? Good grief. Picking was over for the season but after talking to the lady we ended up with 4 gallons of cider (the new staple at the house) a half bushel of what they considered to be crappy apples ($4!!!) (to use for canning) and two half pecks of two other kinds of apples. She gave me a big discount since I bought a whole case of cider all in all it came to just about $45. What a deal. We took a different route back past Chimney Rock and through Bat Cave (not THE Bat Cave). Very windy roads that looked like small intestines on the GPS path.

Back in Asheville Anna was craving a BLT so we went around trying to find one. We found one place with a BLT with avocado, another with tempeh, and finally we got to a brew pub that didn't have it on the menu but was willing to make one. Unfortunately they didn't do a great job, though their fries were good. My sandwich came with jalapeno cornbread funnel cake or some such thing. An interesting modification. That afternoon we both had appointments for massages and a pedicure for Anna. It was about time for those so we walked over and had what neither of us consider to be money well spent. Perhaps it's hard to compete with a bed that is constantly putting cricks in various parts of your body though, but still... boo. I had to pick up Anna with the car since she couldn't walk in shoes until her nails dried. Once she was ready to roll we went out for dinner at Salsas. This was a place that Ryan recommended and it was quite a hidden treasure. It looked like a dive with seating not unlike a very crowded 5 Guys. It had huge entrees and higher prices than expected. I really liked it, but it was a little too much for Anna. When Anna asked about dessert they just recommended to go somewhere else. So around the corner we went to the Chocolate Lounge. Neat concept. Lots of upstairs seating (though not well heated) and tons of desserts both chocolated and not. Between the two of us we had a macaroon brownie, lavender creme brule, an apple pie trifle, and a shortbread cookie. A tasty end to the night. Apples and the massage made this a very expensive day.


Acquired: apples, cider, lunch at LAB, massage, dinner at Salsas, dessert at the Chocolate Lounge
Consumed: $195.97, gas, lunch at LAB, dinner at Salsas, dessert at the Chocolate Lounge

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