A WEEKEND IN PHILLY (A MONEY DIARY)

July 3, 2017

 

Occupation: Account Manager

Industry: Experiential Marketing/Sports Marketing

Age: 27

 

About Me: I grew up in Buffalo, NY for most of my life minus a stint for college, after college I made the move to Philadelphia for graduate school and work. This city is where I found my love for travel and exploration, I was always up to explore not only the city of Philly but also hop on a train, plane or bus to check out other cities in the US and abroad. I am now back in Buffalo, but I travel as much as I can and I am always down for a new adventure. Below I shared what a typical weekend looks like for me in Philly!

 

 

DAY 1:

 

8:30AM - Wake up and head out to my favorite coffee shop Good Karma Cafe, this was also my go to study coffee joint as they offer a $3 unlimited coffee in house, aka great for those long study sessions! On the weekends though, if I was heading out to run errands I would just grab and iced coffee and be on my way! $3

 

9:00AM - I make it to Reading Terminal market to grab my groceries for the week, this is a great place to grab produce at a great price, especially in the summertime with all the fresh berries and corn. I leave with 2 big bags of groceries and make the walk back to my apartment to drop them off. $20

 

10:45AM - One of my friends ask if I want to meet up for brunch, of course I do, as brunch is my favorite meal of the day! Philly has so many great places to check out for brunch, especially bottomless mimosas! Today we head to Hawthornes as it is close to both of our apartments! Other places I would check out though are Sabrina’s Cafe, Green Eggs Cafe, and Honey’s Sit and Eat. $14

 

 

1:00PM - I am full from brunch, and ready to get outside and enjoy the weather, so I hop on my bike to head up to the Fairmount area to bike along the Schuylkill River. Philly is such a biker city with so many bike lanes around! They also have a bike share program that you can rent a bike for a few minutes or a whole day, this is definitely a cheap and fun way to get around the city! $0

 

4:30PM - I head home to get ready for a night out with friends! 

 

6:30PM - I meet my friends at the Independence Beer Garden a 12 minute walk from my apartment. They offer food, beer and mixed drinks and plenty of seating from long tables, to fire pits and Adirondack chairs. There is also a plethora of games that you can play with your friends or strangers (and make some new friends) there is ping pong, cornhole, Jenga and shuffleboard to name a few. As per usual, we end up spending a few hours here as the night goes on, which means a few drinks are added to my bill. $40

 

 

12:00AM - I finally head home and split an Uber with a friend. $4

 

DAILY TOTAL: $81

 

 

DAY 2:

 

9:00AM - Wake up and eat breakfast at home. $0

 

10:00AM - Head to my gym at 12th Street gym to sweat out all of the calories and alcohol I consumed last night. $0 (as I paid my yearly membership upfront)

 

11:15AM - Head home and shower to get ready for the day.

 

12:30AM - Make a quick power smoothie at home using a mix of frozen fruit and fresh spinach I bought at the market yesterday. $0

 

1:30PM - I pack up a water bottle and a few snacks and head to Rittenhouse Square Park to meet up with a friend to lay on a blanket and read but as always we end up talking and people watching for a couple of hours. $0

 

 

4:00PM - We decide to head to Tria Washington West for a glass of wine and split an app. $11

 

6:30PM - I hop on my bike and bike over to Fairmount to meet up with friends for our weekly kickball league game, where we split some beer, this week it is someone else’s turn to buy! $0

 

9:00PM - I bike home and get ready for the week with some lunch prep for the start of the week.

 

10:30PM - In bed and ready to take on the work week!

 

DAILY TOTAL: $11

 

 

 

WEEKEND IN PHILADELPHIA: $92

( Note, usually during the week I try not spend money on lunches or going out as much and leave my splurges to the weekend. This also includes my produce run for the week which I made that purchase on a Saturday.)

 

 

 

 

Other places you need to check out while in Philly:

  • Opa - Fancy in the front, garden in the back. Opa is a gem of a place in Philly located in the hub on Center city, don’t let your first impression of this place sway you though if you are looking for an easy hangout to enjoy some time in the city.

  • Cambridge - Craft Beer haven, this place is a favorite of mine and my friends to gather over some great craft beer, it is a little more off the path of mainstream Philly which makes it a unique find, so if you find yourself over on South Street, I suggest you give this a try.

  • Good Dog - Don’t leave there without trying their mac n' cheese!

  • Graffiti Bar - The entrance is a little strange as you walk down a narrow alley, but the fish bowls at the end are worth it.

 

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