I’ve been lightly researching the cost o…

I’ve been lightly researching the cost of a trip to Mexico. I didn’t bother to look for deals since I know I’m not going in 2011. I’ll be in school at that time. But maybe, just maybe I could go in March of 2012. If not definitely in 2013. All of this stuff takes time and money…but I want to go to Mexico very badly.

I can’t believe how many Americans are so terrified of Mexico. “You went to Mexico? On vacation??! Why would anyone go there? You wanted to get killed?” This came from a guy who lives in DC. You want to compare the crime rate of DC to Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico? LOL. Please. I live in a worse area than where I want to visit.

Anyhow, I’m guessing the return trip flight will cost anywhere from $1300-$1700 from the little research I’ve done. (ouch!) I’m only spending 3 nights there. I’ve fallen in love with Hotel Cazomalli but I’m willing to go cheaper if I must. That will cost about $53 a night. Add taxes to it I’ll say $200 for the hotel. Next, I need a passport. That’s another $200…I think. I haven’t checked recently. No, people without money don’t have passports for no reason. Haha. I will probably get my passport a year before I plan on going.

Not including taxi prices etc. That is a little over $2000. I’m hoping to get it down to at least $1500. I don’t know how. Even looking this stuff up is overwhelming! And then some people say no need to make reservations in advance etc. etc. SCREAM. I will definitely read more updated books about this. I love the internet for research but all the info is too much and then the opinions….
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In other exciting news, I went thrifting last week and found some amazing deals. I went to get some sweaters for winter but I only ended up with two. It was very odd but someone seemed to dump a bunch of green sweaters there. I ended up buying one but ugh, I dunno. Maybe I will stick to blazers.
I did get:

a new with tags H&M skirt
a purple & black sleeveless Liz Claiborne dress
a denim Liz Claiborne “sport” dress
1 green velvet skirt suit (looks brand new. I have no idea why it was knocked down several times – lucky me!)
2 pairs of jeans (one Levi, the other ??)
1 blouse
2 sweaters
1 sleeveless gray ankle length dress

All for a grand total of $34!!! All of the summer/fall clothes are dry cleaned or washed and ready to wear. 🙂 I’m so glad I’m no longer buying new clothes. I’m back to thrifting… maybe 2-3 times a year? I definitely don’t need to spend money on new clothes.

I’m also proud to have not brought any books from the thrift store. NO MORE NEW OR USED BOOKS unless they are reference books. In fact, I have to gather books to drop off to donate to the library next Saturday. They are having a book/cd/dvd/video drive. If I wanted to spend $2.50+ on mailing books to people, I would have posted the books on paperbackswap.com. All of the books are in good to great condition. But the thought of having to mail all of those books….um, I’d rather just donate them. I will probably post about 5 books on the site. These are “wanted” books so I know I’m going to have to ship them within 2 weeks.

nyc for 30th?

I’ve been to New York before but it has been so long ago and we did nothing there. The main issue is my feet. I think my parents should have taken me to a foot specialist like they did with my sister. I walk “funny” according to people and my feet/ankles ache after about 1-2 miles of walking. It gets so bad that I can barely walk. The last time this happened was about 3 years ago when I decided to do touristy things in DC. Never again! 😉 I still walk these days but since I live in a place where a car is needed, I don’t have to walk too much.

However, I still want to go to The City for my 30th birthday. Besides my feet, my other issue is spending money. I only want to spend $100 on stuff. Stuff = clothes & food.

I’ve pretty much had an internet free weekend but now I’m obsessed with finding out where I must go in NYC. Everyone knows I love thrift stores so that is my main clothes shopping interest. I thought I would share what I’ve found so far.

Linkage:

The Best Consignment Stores in New York City by Kate Scheyer: I would like to visit one of these stores but unless I want to spend $100 on ONE piece, this is window shop only. Need something more affordable.


NYC Thrift Shops
I think there are winners on this list. I just need to find the one closest to my main area/hotel. I was not planning on going to Brooklyn…

The Housing Works Thrift Shops This site is continuously updated. I will be checking this site every few weeks…benefits charity.

How do I find a deal in a New York City thrift store?

One great thing about New York is that it is packed full of wealthy people with very little space, making for a steady stream of donated goods. Unfortunately, this also means that some of these items (used or not) can cost you a pretty penny. Adding to this dilemma is the fact that in NY thrift stores, unlike many shops in more rural areas, the sellers know what they’ve got on their hands. Goods are often displayed in a fairly organized way, and it is more difficult to find a valuable piece for dirt cheap. Don’t let this keep you from sniffing out a bargain, though — with dozens of shops spread across the city, you can certainly find your steal.

I have a feeling I will do a lot of window shopping. A lot of sites mention Michael’s but it seems like I would be lucky to find a blouse there for $100.

I’d love to go to Brooklyn but I’ve never been on a subway before & that gives me anxiety but if I’m up there for more than a couple days, I have to go to Brooklyn.

Next? maybe places to visit and maybe a decent restaurant but I already have a cheap place to eat in mind.