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Friday Estimate

Folks, it’s been quite a week, and it’s time to estimate our weekends.

To be honest, I haven’t given much thought about this weekend, which is unlike me because I like to plan ahead, and because my calendar says I’m going to be busy the entire time. There are several birthday parties happening (or not happening and being rescheduled depending on whether lower Manhattan regains power soon), I’m helping to clean up a park and playground on Saturday morning (also: shout outs to you Billfold readers whom I happened to meet at last night’s volunteer thing! We had a crazy whirlwind ride into the darkness downtown), and on Sunday, I’m going out to support a few friends who are running in the New York City Marathon, which has proven to be a very divisive topic as the city continues to recover from the hurricane, and may not end up happening. Even with all that going on, I’m going to attempt to spend less than $100 this weekend because the holidays are quickly approaching, and I’m going to have to shell out for a flight to be home for the holidays very soon (which I don’t want to think about).

What are your estimates?


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wearitcounts (#772)

ummm my new roommate is moving in this weekend (yay!) but i spent money being lazy about food all week due to being emotionally and physically drained from a bunch of transitions going on in my life right now (boo) so i’m gonna try to keep it classy this weekend. $60 for (real, healthy) groceries, $25 for wine/beer run, and a maybe-$40 for a thrift store trip with new roommate to fill in the gaps in our apartment/lives. $125 total.

wearitcounts (#772)

@wearitcounts except that i just bought tickets to see the lumineers in february because, the lumineers. so let’s add $38.55 to that. but i’m doing one of those rebate things so i’ll get $15 back in a couple weeks!

I’ve got a busy weekend planned. Tonight is dinner and a movie with a friend, so maybe $30 for that. Tomorrow I have to buy some mulch for my trees ($10) then I’m going to a football game (maybe $5 for hot chocolate, tickets are already paid for). Depending on when the game ends, hopefully going to another movie and bar ($2 for the movie, $15 for the bar)… Sunday I’ll hit the grocery store ($30), then hunker down and work on a paper, so hopefully my spending will be a little lighter then.

So all said I predict under $100.

aetataureate (#1,310)

What I need to do this weekend is clean everything in my life and do like ten thousand loads of laundry. I’d really like to spend under $100 all weekend.

wearitcounts (#772)

@aetataureate UH HUH i feel you on the ten thousand loads of laundry plus i just switched bedrooms which SOUNDS simple but is actually SO much work and basically all of my things are in a pile on the floor. so yeah, everything in my life, this weekend. let’s do it.

aetataureate (#1,310)

@wearitcounts Oh yeah. It sounds simple BUT “being emotionally and physically drained from a bunch of transitions going on in my life right now” is a thing you said up there that I yelled “ME TOO” at my computer about.

wearitcounts (#772)

@aetataureate i stand in solidarity and transition with you, friend.

ThatJenn (#916)

My financial situation just changed because I just bought a car! So I need to sell my old one, which requires getting some things fixed. I hope to get it to the dealer on Saturday to fix the automatic locks and get at least an estimate on the suspension work it needs (which I’ll likely do elsewhere)… then next week sometime I need to get the suspension work done one way or another. I anticipate:
-one meal out for $30, as all of this is on top of running my first 5k tomorrow morning (eep) and several social obligations
-something crazy like $350 to fix the automatic locks and maybe more if I do the suspension work there. Though if I do both I bet I won’t pay for it until sometime during the week when I pick it up.

I can’t think of anything else I’ll need to pay for. Maybe gas, but I really doubt it; I have half a tank in the van I’m selling and a full tank in my shiny new Corolla which I’ll drive most of the weekend. Maybe snacks to bring to my RPG on Saturday? I’ll offer since they live a bit out into the country and I like to try to bring them stuff from the grocery store when I can, since I’m heading out there anyway.

I am SO excited to get this van out of my life, with its constant need for costly repairs. The good news is I’ve replaced nearly everything in it over the last two years and much of it is still under warranty – a selling point. It’s also nice and fun to drive. I think/hope I’ll be able to sell it!

@ThatJenn Good luck on your 5k!! Congrats on the new car too – I have a 09 Corolla and I loooove it.

ThatJenn (#916)

@polka dots vs stripes I had a ’97 Corolla until five years ago and have always regretted trading it in (my then-fiance, now-ex-husband told me I had to, so I did because that’s who I was then). So now I have an ’11 Corolla in the same color as my old one. :) Great cars!

sockhopbop (#764)

I have a weird weekend full of mandatory exercise (article-related), so $30-40 on zumba, Bikram, and contra dancing classes. $30 on groceries, $10 on drinks, $5 to rent Safety Not Guaranteed, probably another $30 on gas. I’m hoping to stay under $120?

themegnapkin (#444)

@sockhopbop I <3 Safety Not Guaranteed, such a good movie!

sockhopbop (#764)

@themegnapkin Aaah I can’t wait to see it and think about how to be more like Aubrey Plaza at all times.

honey cowl (#1,510)

@sockhopbop Oh my god is it your first time at Bikram? Prepare to die. It’s the worst.

sockhopbop (#764)

@Lauren Oh man I believe it. Why do people want to be so hot on purpose?

honey cowl (#1,510)

@sockhopbop I have no idea. I bought a Groupon and went once. NEVER AGAIN. I run marathons, and 90 minutes of 100-degree yoga was so. much. harder. than running for almost 4 hours. NEVER NEVER EVER AGAIN

But have fun!!!!

Weasley (#1,419)

My bike pump has mysteriously gone missing so I need to buy a new one. I also should buy a headlight for my bike. None of the roads on my route have street lamps and it is soooo dark. I also need to buy another bungie cord to stabilize my bike basket. I’m going to say $100 in bike related expenses this weekend.

This weekend I will be grocery shopping, trying not to get too too sick, going to a dinner party, and convincing myself that no, I don’t need to buy new clothes for my Thanksgiving trip to Miami.

Estimate: $90 on groceries, $20 on CVS supplies. (Aaaand maybe $30 on a new swimsuit. We’ll see.)

Megano! (#124)

I am covering an event this weekend, and will have to buy lunch, but I’m hoping only to spend like $20 on that.

Tatiana (#194)

Oh dear — I still live in California and only have to travel from SF to Ontario, but I ALWAYS buy my Christmas plane tickets in October. I’ve spent way to much in the past. Good luck to you, sir!

My weekend estimate: $10 for food before Dia de los Muertos tonight, $20 for farmer’s market and miscellaneous on Saturday, and hopefully $0 on Sunday, for a grand total of $30! We’ll see what happens.

And my thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone in the East Coast. Such a scary time.

I’m taking out $140 and have $15 in my purse, so I’m allowing myself to spend no more than $155 on

But really I’m hoping to spend no more than $120, but I am embarrassingly bad at guesstimating prices, so I wanted a little wiggle room.

And then later I’ll be making a sizable (for me) Red Cross donation, since the vast majority of my friends/family live in the mid-Atlantic and I can’t do anything else to help.

ThatJenn (#916)

@polka dots vs stripes You know, I think I might want to switch to cash for weekends, like this. I think it’d help. (Except for big things like car repairs, of course, though it might be fun to hand over a stack of 20s for something like that. Kind of like how it was fun to get my financing in before I bought my car this week so I got to just write a check for the full amount and pretend for hand a second that I just had that kind of cash lying around in my checking account.)

@ThatJenn ha! Well turns out I didn’t get a chance to go to the ATM before I start shopping soo I’m already at $132. $50 of that is a last minute dinner with my boyfriend – he left for 4 days today and so rarely asks to go out to dinner anymore, I couldn’t say no. So I guess with my planned purchases, I’m still well under budget.

Of course the next few weeks I have a friend visiting/going home for Thanksgiving/etc, so I’m not sure how well it’ll work but…maybe in December I’ll start? (I feel like I’m talking about exercising haha)

(also my no-charge October went wonderfully until I had to charge jeans for me and said boyfriend….on October 30th. I paid $200 on my card yesterday though so technically I paid it off right away??)

ThatJenn (#916)

@polka dots vs stripes My no-charge October was going well until I needed $1,000 in repairs to my old car and bought a new one! But I came close and the main point is that it made me reflect on how much I spent relative to what I earned. I think maybe I’ll do the same thing again in either January or February.

I’m working on money AND weight loss AND exercising and really they all require the same kinds of thought. :) I also track them all in the same obsessive detail… I love data.

ThatJenn (#916)

@polka dots vs stripes My no-charge October was going well until I needed $1,000 in repairs to my old car and bought a new one! But I came close and the main point is that it made me reflect on how much I spent relative to what I earned. I think maybe I’ll do the same thing again in either January or February.

I’m working on money AND weight loss AND exercising and really they all require the same kinds of thought. :) I also track them all in the same obsessive detail… I love data.

honey cowl (#1,510)

Since I kept it to $60 last weekend, I’m going to try for that this weekend! Plus I have some stuff I bought that I need to return, so if I manage to get my shit together, I will have made money (kind of) this weekend.

joyballz (#2,000)

Tonight I’ll be doing laundry ($10) and eating leftovers and getting rid of more clothes/things. I also have some work to do that won’t get finished today.

Tomorrow I have an eye appointment and I’ll be buying glasses. I’ve never used this insurance, but I think it’s going to come to $60. Friends are coming over at night to play board games.

Sunday I’m going to try and get out of the house and do some work at a coffee shop so I’ll probably spend $10 on good coffee and a delcious croissant.

Total: $80

I’ve stopped drinking for the month of November so I’m interested to see how this affects my weekend spending.

ATF@twitter (#1,471)

No idea.

Original plans – dinner with the boyfriend tonight, lunch date with the Little Sister to celebrate our 4yr anniversary tomorrow followed by the boyfriend and I going to Martha’s Vineyard for the night, Sunday spent doing whatever there is to do in MV on a random November weekend during the slow season.

New plans – my dad got diagnosed with cancer yesterday so tonight is dinner with my siblings at my sister’s house to deal and figure out how to help from 2700 miles away. I’ll be spending $25-$30 on cupcakes because we’re Italian. So any sort of news is greeted with entirely too much food, booze, and talking. I can’t think beyond tonight.

zamboni (#2,096)

@ATF@twitter Wow, that’s awful news. It sounds like “too much food, booze, and talking” is in this case an excellent approach to take. All the best to you and your family.

@ATF@twitter oh man I’m so sorry. I feel you on the food thing – I think I can solve all of life’s problems with cooking/eating/baking. I hope you and your sister can find comfort together.

Blondsak (#2,299)

Costly weekend, but it can’t be avoided.

Technically I am spending nothing tonight, but I bought wine for the weekend yesterday for $20, so I’m going to include that as part of the expenses.

Tomorrow – Major spending day. First, taking my cat to the vet for an eye infection. I guesstimate at least $100 ($40 for appointment, $20 for other unrelated medication for her I am picking up while there, and $??? for whatever meds they give her now). I REALLY hope it’s not more than that, because… I also have to (finally) visit a tailor to get a dress fixed. I have been putting it off for weeks, but we’re getting down to the two week mark now, so… $100 or so for that I would guess.

Sunday – $3.00 for laundry, which reminds me: $7.00-ish for detergent too, and maybe another $20 for other groceries.

Total: $250

Morals: don’t own cat (even REALLY cute adorable ones), and don’t buy dresses online (even REALLY cute adorable ones).

calamity (#2,577)

I moved into a new place on Tuesday, and I’m hoping that the piles of boxes in my living room waiting to be unpacked will distract me from more pricey pursuits, but we’ll see how that goes.

Friday: I’m going out and aiming to spend around $30 total on cabs, covers, and drinks. I don’t plan on bar-hopping, so this should be pretty doable. I have two bottles of wine to help out with the saving-money-on-drinks aspect. However, beyond alcohol I have almost NO groceries, so …

Saturday: buying all of the food. $60 or so, probably. That night I’m going to a house party, and since I am shameless I’m regifting some mediocre beer from a get-together I hosted several months ago but can’t bring myself to drink, so that’s free. (In my defense, these hosts are young and pretty recent college graduates, so they’re used to cheap beer.)

Sunday: will likely be spent 1) unpacking, 2) making a list of all the furniture I’ll need to buy when I get my deposit from my old place back, and 3) doing tons of laundry for FREE because my new house has a washer/dryer!!

Adding $10 so it’s a nice even number and also at some point I’ll probably realize that I need more light bulbs or a weird kind of screwdriver or (most likely, let’s be real) some Chipotle RIGHT THIS INSTANT. So, total: $100.

selenana (#673)

@calamity Regifting is awesome. Don’t apologize. Especially regifting alcohol. That’s much better than, say, the ugly Christmas sweater that Aunt Mabel gave you that the new recipient won’t like either.

selenana (#673)

Friday: dinner and a movie, 3000 yen.
Saturday: post office 800 yen, mini road trip to Nasu to see a show. My friend is on tour here from Texas, and I get to see him rarely. 3000 yen tix plus probably like 5000ish in gas and tolls.
Sunday: picking up my new foster dog at the airport. 4000 yen train fare.
Plus probably a few thousand more on food and drink. Kind of high this weekend. Let’s try to keep it under 20,000 yen/around $240.

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