FCF Weekend Wrap-Up: Free tix to a musical, concert (back stage with the bands!), dinner with lots of freebies & tons of other fun, cheap, free things

It feels like Monday to me, but happy Tuesday nonetheless!
(Thanks, by the way, for your sweet comments and concern yesterday! Baby Priya is doing better, just sick and miserable.)
Other than having to go to the hospital at 4am on Sunday I had the most amazing weekend! It was one of the funnest, cheapest, and free-est weekends I’ve had in a long time. Here’s what I did…
Thursday:
Started a consulting session with a FCF reader, Shelese. It’s exciting to see how much money her family is saving already! (Want me to help you save too? Check out some details HERE.)
Friday:
My hubby and I went on a hot date! My birthday was on the 8th, but Friday was my real birthday celebration. When my hubby asked what I wanted for my birthday this year I said 
1) to eat out a lot using my freebies list (to avoid cooking), 
2) to have people over for a dessert party
3) to go to a play (I’m a theater nerd)

The first two were easy, but the tickets to the play we wanted to see were a little pricey ($28 each). But in true form, my husband ended up WINNING tickets! He wins everything. Remember how I wanted an ipad for my birthday last year so he won me one? I need to start writing down everything he wins, we could write a book someday…
He simply puts his mind to something, looks for opportunities to enter contests with the prize he wants, and DOES IT. It’s that simple! You’d be surprised at how many people DON’T enter contests because they 
A) don’t want to put in the work, or 
B) figure they won’t win. Trust me, if you try hard enough, you’ll win eventually.
Anyway, we went to dinner at our favorite sushi place that always has 1/2 off rolls (making them around $3 each! Yes Please!) then went to the US Premier of Zorro at the Hale Center Theater here in Salt Lake. We had amazing seats. Honestly, it was one of the best musicals I’ve been to in a long long long time. It was so fun and so well done!
 There was sword fighting,
 Lots of dancing,
 And some Da-Rah-Ma!
It was hilarious and exciting. Loved it. 

We traded babysitting with friends so we didn’t spend a dime on sitters. Otherwise we would’ve had to pay for 6 hours of babysitting. OUCH. Always try to trade when you can!
Saturday:
We cleaned out the garage. Boring, but feels oh-so-good.
Saturday evening I had a fun girl’s night out with my bestie from College, Bree (you’ll see her in most of the pics HERE). She recently broke off her engagement so we decided to go wild for a night! (In a good, clean, fun type of a way, haha!).
We started off the night eating dinner with our friend Nikki at Buca Di Beppo’s. 

I’m on their email list so I got a $10 off $20 coupon in the mail.
Boo ya.
I also signed up for their birthday freebies from THIS list and got a free dessert coupon.
Bingo.
But then…I also checked my emails on my phone real fast at the restaurant and found ANOTHER coupon! It was for a free chicken canoli because it was St Patty’s day. 
Are you kidding??
Technically they are only supposed to let us use one coupon per table per visit, but I asked…and guess what? He let us use them all.
Behold the power of asking, people. 
Remember the “A” (be assertive) in my F.A.C.T’s? Learn it. Live by it. Love it.
We ate the Canoli as an appetizer then split two dishes. I wish I had taken a picture of the pasta dishes, they were the biggest portions I have ever seen in my life. Not even kidding.
Here’s what our receipt looked like:
The $11.95 “good will” was because we worked some magic. It was Nikki’s birthday too, so we asked the waiter if we could get TWO birthday sundaes. He brought us out this instead:
a $12 GINORMO dessert!
What do we learn here? A) ask ask ask ask ask ask ask. B) make friends with your waiter!
Ok seriously, look at the size of this dessert!!! It has 6 scoops of ice cream…I’m just sayin’….
My friend Bree also made friends flirted with the bartender and we got free soft drinks out of it. She also was given a free shot…which was a bit awkward because we don’t drink….
Very kind of him though.
Anywho…
After dinner Nikki headed home and Bree and I headed to a concert. 
P.S…Do you recognize this dress? Yup, this is one of the ones I got for $1.99! (See HERE)
Three bands played, “The After Party” (unfortunately we missed most of their performance because the line outside was so long)
and “Boyce Avenue.”

Seriously, they all sounded amazing. Best live music I’ve heard in a long, long time. I hate to say it, but they all sound much better live than recorded.
 (My little brother is a musician so I’m a live music snob!)

We hung out after the concert and struck up conversations with random people. Turned out to be members of The After Party! (oops…didn’t even recognize them…)

We had such fun talking with them, they brought us out to the tour busses to show us around and introduce us to the bands.
Bree with John Vesely from Secondhand Serenade
We ended up hanging out with them all for a while, then we headed out and went dancing for a bit before heading home.
Yes, I’m a mom of two.
Yes, I feel too old to go to concerts and go dancing sometimes…
but YES…
a girl’s night out is SO HEALTHY once in a while!
(Especially when your bestie is cute and single.)
Oh, and just for the record,
!YES!
My husband is amazing to let me galavant all over the city with my wild and fun friend. Isn’t he the cutest?
Sunday
I had a childhood friend over for dinner last minute. I didn’t have time to go to the store and wanted something yummy, but needed it to be from things that I had on-hand.
I made my crockpot salsa chicken. I added kidney beans (didn’t have any black beans) and corn to the crockpot for more heartiness. I made a whole line of toppings in bowls on our island (lettuce, red onion, diced tomato, cilantro, avocado, refried beans, cheese, salsa, etc…) and we had tostadas, spanish rice, and black bean soup (puree black beans, salsa, and chicken stock. EASY!). It was delish…and I didn’t have to buy a thing. LOVE.
Unfortunately dinner was interrupted and cut short by Priya’s 104 degree temp, but it was fun while it lasted. 
WHEEW!
That was my fun/cheap/free weekend! How was yours?

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