The “fort on a $ 50 price range”

The holiday season is here and for many of us it means spending more money than usual. From buying gifts for loved ones to hosting and attending Christmas parties, the cost of the season can add up. With all of the money drained from our accounts this month, I wanted to challenge myself to a day in Pittsburgh under $ 50. This includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as some fun activities and activities! Follow us to see how I managed to have the best day in town on a budget!

The morning

I started my day with a cup of coffee and chocolate at my favorite Pittsburgh cafe in the Strip District, La Prima. It was a Sunday so I got free parking on the strip which was a great way to start my day and saved me a few dollars. My delicious latte and pastries came out on top $ 9 including the top.

Photo by La Prima Coffee, Carly Luitgaarden

I took my coffee and snack and wandered the Strip District for a while. The streets were decorated for Christmas, which added to the magic! There are plenty of local shops where you can find unique Christmas gifts for your friends, family, and pets. Some of my favorite stores on the Strip are Haute, Haute, Haute, Roxanne’s Dried Flowers, and In The Kitchen. Buying gifts from local stores is a great way to support small businesses while finding the perfect gift for the special someone in your life. After sauntering the streets of the Strip for a while, I went down to Wholey’s for sushi. I went with a California roll that was $ 5.95.


After lunch, headed to Market Square to see the Holiday Market on Market Square and the Rink on PPG Place. It was a fascinating experience to go through the market and see so many different sellers selling their treasures. I took my two dogs for this little adventure and they enjoyed meeting people and smelling all the food! My favorite part of the market was seeing all the hustle and bustle of the bustling people shopping for unique Christmas gifts. I stumbled upon several wonderful finds and had the pleasure of enjoying a choir singing Christmas carols. Some of my favorite stalls in the market were Pittsburgh Pottery, Keystone Steel Co., and Love Pittsburgh. At the market I bought a couple of sheets of Pittsburgh stickers and a postcard. My sum on the holiday market came up $ 7.49.


For dinner, I made my way to Lawrenceville to find a fun place to eat. Although I had planned to try a new restaurant for the evening, I am a creature of habit and have settled on one of my favorite eateries, Condado. I ordered the fries and dip trio with queso, guacamole and salsa. I ate my chips thinking about what to order. I ended up on two tacos: The Heater and Braised & Confused. Both tacos were delicious! My sum for dinner came up $ 26.40 including the top.

My sum for the day came to $ 48.84. I was just under budget for the day! Although I still had a few dollars left to find dessert, I was way too full of all the food I was consuming. I had a wonderful day enjoying Christmas in Pittsburgh. The decorations all over town made every corner fun and exciting. I felt like I was getting every penny of my $ 50 budget and memories that will last a lifetime.

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