Lending a helping hand.
On Sunday, JD & I helped thousands of runners in Chicago complete their 26.2 mile race. My gym asked for volunteers to help pass out water and cheer on the runners. It’s a far cry that I’ll ever complete a marathon, but I think it’s awesome that people spend so much time training and dedicating themselves to accomplish something only .5% of Americans have done (true fact!).
Just around the corner from my apartment the racers whizzed by. I even saw some of my closest friends! I’ll be honest, when I first signed us up to volunteer I thought it would just be a nice gesture–but seeing the runner’s faces light up and smile when I was cheering them on, or hearing the sincere ‘thank you’ as they took a water I felt like I truly helped them along and it was an amazing feeling (and the least I could do). We saw record-breaking runners, blind runners–it was so inspiring! It felt great to meet new people, spend some quality time with JD, and help out for a fun and memorable day. All that…and it cost $0.
Look for ways to volunteer in your community! There’s no better way to meet likeminded people in such a frugal and uplifting setting 🙂
To continue our amazing week, we did a bit of splurging and for $20 each we went to a CMU Alumni event at Goose Island Brewing Co. We were given a tour of the brewery, and a beer and food tasting. It was delish (and so fun seeing old friends from college, and making new ones!)
Last night was my date night treat. For $40 I took JD to Paddy Long’s for a beer and bacon tasting (holy beer tastings!). I found a deal on AmazonLocal to get it on the cheap. AmazonLocal is a daily deals website that is part of the Amazon family. Every day, they send new deals to use in your city and online. (The rest of my boyfriend fund went to a $10 gift card to Starbucks I surprised JD with for a ‘Just Because’).
So! What a week!! This is why I LOVE Chicago—a plain ol’ week in the middle of October and it was JAM PACKED with fun frugal festivities!