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Friday Estimation

Happy Friday! Let’s do our weekend estimations.

Tonight, I’m going to a dinner party hosted by my newlywed friends, whom I haven’t seen since they left on their honeymoon to Paris last month. I’m in charge of dessert, and will likely pick something up from the Momofuku Milk Bar, or someplace similar ($20). Tomorrow evening, I have a double birthday celebration to attend at a bar in Brooklyn ($50). Now that we’re in full holiday mode, there’s some sort of celebration occurring every weekend until the New Year. Sunday is grocery shopping/farmer’s market day ($60). Total: $130.

What are your estimations?


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LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Wow, look at that cake!

Tonight I’m either going to a bluegrass show or a contra-dance, $10

Dry cleaning: $8

Drug store run (hand cream, rubbing alcohol, fun times!): $9

Phone bill: $87.16

Total: $114.16

But I’ll also be returning a pair of pants I bought, so I’ll be getting $22.

I’m going to try to be virtuous otherwise; hoping to pay off one of my student loans next month!

aetataureate (#1,310)

@LookUponMyWorks Love your handle, also definitely go to the contra dance, duh.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)



The concert is close enough to the dance hall that I could perhaps do both, but it’d be double the expenditure. I’m leaning towards the dance – I need the exercise! And there will be a live band there…

I’m throwing a (surprise!) birthday party for my boyfriend and paying for the food of attendees (being an adult sucks). That will be around $150 not to mention any subsequent drinks that I will buy the boyfriend. I hope to stay around $200 this weekend. Cross your fingers because it’s going to be rough!

CubeRootOfPi (#1,098)

Out-of-town friend is coming: $7 for coffee & small snack

Eyebrow threading: $12 (includes tip)
Shoes (running shoes and dress sneakers): $160 total.
Take-out: $12

aetataureate (#1,310)

@CubeRootOfPi hahahaha, “dress sneakers.” Do tell.

CubeRootOfPi (#1,098)

@aetataureate ?

aetataureate (#1,310)

@CubeRootOfPi Uh, I was hoping you’d explain what a “dress sneaker” is, because that’s an oxymoron.

CubeRootOfPi (#1,098)

@aetataureate A sneaker not used for athletic activities, e.g. Converse

lizard (#2,615)

@CubeRootOfPi get some cute wedge sneakers! very comfy still but more “dressy”

sparrow303 (#1,641)

@lizard Alternately, get Converse and wear them forever. High-tops will jam with any outfit if you work it.

mczz (#569)

Oh My God, that cake. WOW. I had no idea Momofuku made such things and I’m about to book a trip to NYC. But alas, this weekend first:

Tomorrow my friends are having a bring your favorite cocktail party, so I gotta pick up supplies (Diet Coke, Captain Morgan, Grenadine… classy all the way), probably about $25. Sunday I’m gonna shoot for some self pampering – breakfast out and eyebrow waxing, $20.

So I’ll call it $50, just to be safe!

PrettyNicola (#692)

@mczz I think I once just bought coke and cherry schnaps. THAT felt mad classy.

PrettyNicola (#692)

Thanks for keeping us accountable Mike! I like to comment even though I don’t think anyone reads anyone else’s entries. I do, a little bit, but not that much!
Lunch @ Olive Garden, because what is the use of working part-time if you don’t get to get sad drunk at lunch–$20
Holiday shopping–$50
Dinner @ Stubbies, because why not just drink all day–$30
More online holiday shopping–$$$$$
Lots of spending this weekend.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)


I admire your Friday, lady who lunches! Unfortunately (fortunately?) there is no where near my workplace that serves adult bevvies. I could use one, after this week!

Tatiana (#194)

@PrettyNicola I read the comments to see how frugal/spendy I’m being in comparison. It’s neat to see what other people spend. Enjoy that Olive Garden! And don’t be sad. There are free breadsticks to be had!

honey cowl (#1,510)

@PrettyNicola I read all of everyone else’s comments and rarely comment myself (because intimate details of my bank account on the internet is not really my jam). But I am crazy nosy!

wearitcounts (#772)

my car is still doing bad things, so i’m probably going to spend too many dollars this weekend on that. :(

other than that, i really need to catch up on some work and rest, so i’m trying to only spend like $20 on fun things and $60 on grocery things. so $80 plus whatever awful car stuff i have to deal with. sigh.

aetataureate (#1,310)

This weekend is going to be weird because I’m renting out a bowling alley for a large party tonight. So that costs a lot but people will give me some money toward it. I’m hoping to almost break even, who can say?

But otherwise, no clothes shopping or anything, so I’d like to keep my own non-party spending around $50 for groceries, etc. Including a stop at the local coffee shop where my handsome barista crush works.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)


Bowlling! So fun. I’m trying to arrange a bowling date with my crush…

aetataureate (#1,310)

@LookUponMyWorks Oh my gosh, please do. Crushes and bowling, life’s two most fun things, together at last!

selenana (#673)

@aetataureate Let us know how that works out! Planning a big party where you have to lay out a lot of cash can be so stressful, especially if people don’t pay you back.

sparrow303 (#1,641)

Trying to behave because I’ve spent a ton of money lately, so:

$30 brunch tomorrow (my turn to buy for me and the bf)
$30 take-out/coffee/beers/misc

… That might be it? We’ll see. This feels like a “stay in and watch Netflix” kind of weekend, so I’ll be happy if I can keep it under $100.

theotherginger (#1,304)

I’m flying home today, so, taxi to the airport, 239 pesos, breakfast out with a friend, 55 pesos, lunch in airport, 50-100 pesos, food on plane or in Atlanta airport, 20 us dollars, return home in taxi 55 dollars. And that’s only today. Re-stocking groceries and toiletries at home approx 250, 70 for van rental to take some stuff out of storage, and potential eating out, 100.

Cup of T (#2,533)

@theotherginger Travel=ruinous. I feel your pain.

Maladydee (#909)

Tonight, I am having my friends over to my apartment for the first time since I moved in, so I am guessing $30 for drinks (I like to keep my cupboard stocked when I am hosting) and maaaaaybe $15 if we order food and split it.
Tomorrow, going to a work-friend’s birthday party, so I will bring a $10-$15 bottle of wine (aaah, all my money is being spent on booze!), and then sunday will be my recovery day, although I will most likely spend $30-$40 on groceries.
So, assuming nothing comes up that I haven’t thought of, (and doesn’t it always?) I will be spending around $100, maybe a bit less.

megsy (#1,565)

It’s my birthday this weekend, so…..
movies tonight: $0.50 to upgrade popcorn from a regular to a large (friend is buying the ticket/snack combo but I will upgrade)
breakfast tomorrow: FREE
supplies for my shift: $3.50 for a box of crackers, $2.99 for ice. Will be reimbursed later.
coffee on Sunday with a friend: $4 max
bottle of wine (maybe) for dinner at my cousin’s: $15 or free from my stash
TOTAL: $23. Realistically, I am not that good at controlling myself so let’s bump that up to $50 for my weekend.

Also, I tracked every penny spent in November and it is FRIGHTENING.

wearitcounts (#772)

@megsy happy birthday!

honey cowl (#1,510)

@megsy Me too! It is my birthday TODAY!

wearitcounts (#772)

@Lauren happy birthday to you too!

Annifest Destiny (#2,700)

@megsy I also tracked all of my spending for November and I am really glad it is over. December is a clean start! Happy birthday!

Cup of T (#2,533)

oh dear god I am going to spend ALL THE MONIES this weekend and I don’t even care. I’m taking a flight on Saturday: cab to the airport (it’s crazy early and I have a huge suitcase and I’m lazy leave me alone)= around 30 euro, then I will surely go crazy at duty free (perfume + cologne for bf + magazine+ whiskeyyyy = I don’t even want to know), and then I will be back in my (adopted) home where I will want to eat everything I’ve missed for the last couple of months and buy my boyfriend treats and go drinking with friends and on and on and on.
Total estimate: flat broke and not even sorry about it (stay tuned for Monday guilt)

amirite (#2,677)

-Taking my cat to the vet tonight, which will hopefully only (“only”) be $80 but might be more if she needs medicine of some kind.
-Farmer’s market tomorrow morning for apples, potatoes, brussels sprouts and breakfast: $30
-Craft fair where I will resist temptation left and right and only buy a few christmas cards and 2 small gifts: $40-$50
-Birthday party tomorrow night that I don’t want to go to but feel obligated to go to: hopefully only $7 for one drink and then I’m out while I can still catch a bus home instead of a taxi
-coffee and cookie on Sunday: $7

ifwecantaloupe (#2,654)

Coffee/sugar binging to fuel me through frantic end of semester paper writing: $10
Application fees for grad schools (I’ve vowed to get 3 apps done this weekend): $170
Going out for a drink/snack with a friend to procrastinate: $15
Small grocery run: $30
So that’s $225 right there, and I might try and get some Christmas shopping done so who knows. This weekend is THE WORST!!!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)


Pro-tip: when completing those grad school applications, make sure you get the name of the university correct. I’ve been reviewing some this week and it’s just so damn sad when an otherwise decent applicant butchers the university name…

ifwecantaloupe (#2,654)

@LookUponMyWorks GOOD CALL. This has definitely been added to my list of grad school application neuroses (of which there are many). I process job applications at work and I had one this week where the person worked for their state government… but misspelled the state as “Delawhere” at least five or six times throughout their resume. Whoops…

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)


Delawhere! Bless.

annecara (#1,914)

Tonight: Bottle of wine, $20? Probably less than that, tbh.
Tomorrow: Movie and dinner with friends, $13ish for the ticket, $20-25 for dinner. Maybe more than that if we also go for drinks.
Sunday: Bagels and cream cheese, $10? Depending on how many bagels I buy and how much the cream cheese is. Maybe also a Starbucks visit, $5.

TOTAL: Not to exceed $75, unless there is drinking, in which case…$95?

ThatJenn (#916)

Tomorrow, I will pay my mortgage, car payment, and phone bill, all of which will total $963.09. I’m not sure if I count that as “weekend spending” though.

I plan to order pizza for myself and friends tonight ($30). I also plan to go to my CSA farm’s open house on Saturday, where I will buy some of their amazing preserves and pickles, probably around $20 worth (carrot and daikon relish, anyone?). I will go to a coffeeshop to have my business meeting on Sunday and probably spend around $6 on tea and/or baked goods. There’s a very slight chance I might need to get gas ($30 in my new car rather than the $70 for my old van I sold two weeks ago!!!!). I’ll also budget $10 for some kind of ridiculous thing my partner and I feel like we need over the weekend (there’s always something, usually a milkshake).

So that’s $66, or $96 if I need to buy gas. It’s good that it’s under $100 since I have a plan not to charge anything until my next paycheck, 12/14.

@ThatJenn Your mortgage, car paymetn, AND phone bill are less than $1,000? Wow.

ThatJenn (#916)

@stuffisthings Yeahhh, my privilege is showing. Low principal on my house, shared phone plans, absurdly low interest rates and the fact that my mortgage payment doesn’t include my insurance/taxes all contribute.

@ThatJenn I was assuming it was just the “privilege” of living in an inexpensive area, but still! Lucky you!

ThatJenn (#916)

@stuffisthings That’s about 90% of the privilege helping here. I do pay less for phone because I’m still on my mom’s plan (yup). Living somewhere cheap sucks for all the reasons that make it cheap to live there (low wages, poor job market, probably some lack of cultural stuff too), but really rocks in other ways. Doing so with no kids means the sucky schools don’t matter and you can travel to funner places, too.

Blondsak (#2,299)

My parents have offered to buy me a new winter coat for Christmas, so tonight I am going to try some on (FREE). My boyfriend and I have plans to stop and try a new pizza place by the shopping center while we’re there ($10).

Tomorrow I am going in to work for a few hours, and will probably buy my lunch ($8). And on Sunday I plan on doing laundry ($3.50) and grocery shopping ($40 food and $20 cash-back = $60). I also still have $20 in cash-back left over from last weekend, so will probably spend that on something fun!

Total: $81.50.

Tatiana (#194)

My budget is super tight over the next week since I’ve been throwing any extra cash I have to paying down my credit card, so this weekend will (hopefully) be a frugal one. Tonight I plan on going straight home after work and finishing two freelance projects and getting some crocheting in. Saturday I’m heading to Oakland to visit the mister, so round trip Bart fare + misc should be around $20. Sunday I’m going to the Charles Dickens Christmas Fair in SF, and we bought our tickets in advance, so my goal is to spend no more than $40 on Victorian souvenirs/food.

RVA_TXN (#1,461)

-Dinner with my sons (CiCi’s- gotta love cheap pizza) $25
- Taking my best friend to Sephora for her bday $50
- Going away dinner for a friend $30 – $50 (don’t plan on buying any drinks – will pitch in to help pay her bill)

Total ~$125 or $325 if I buy my oldest son’s xmas gifts this weekend. Can’t wait for January so I can be frugal again. Too many parties and dinners out. I’ve already declined 1 invitation for next week. I feel bad, but this is just a tough month.

$60 groceries
$40 gas (going to procrastinate on this as long as I can, not in the mood to pump gas while it’s pouring out…)
misc Christmas presents?

We’ll say $150 total.

ATF@twitter (#1,471)

Tonight: SIL bday. I made the cake and I just grabbed her gift. I’ve already bought everything outside of a card, so that came to $22 for groceries and $35 for the present. So with card, that’s $60 spent.

Tomorrow in the morning I’m going to Christmas at Fenway but I doubt I’ll actually buy anything. It’s more for my boyfriend to buy tickets for next season. So I’ll estimate $6 on a coffee and bagel but that’s it.

Then tomorrow night we’re going to a restaurant opening in the South End. Absolutely no idea how much that will cost for various reasons. I’ll estimate $50.

Sunday I’m having the Little Sister over to decorate my tree. North End tree prices for a wee tiny tree means that’ll be $25, easy. And we might make a gingerbread house. Plus I’ll have to feed her at some point, though that will just be pizza. I’ll estimate $60 for the day.

So $170 at the moment. Could easily be more or less.

AlliNYC (#1,725)

Ugh. Considering I already spent $70 on myself today (I needed a non-stick pan, Burberry Brit as a present to myself, eyeliner and Advent calendar candy)… I am going to try to keep things cheap this weekend.

Friday – Space Jam movie night with my friends: $8 for an ok bottle of wine to share
Saturday – maaaaaybe I will see a movie before noon (half-priced tickets!): $6?
Sunday – book club!: $15ish for brunch at Mexicue

Plus I figure in about another $20 for miscellaneous expenses such as emergency Chinese-food runs. So, goal – no more than $50 on top of the $70 I just spent.

AlliNYC (#1,725)

@AlliNYC Oh and I forgot I need to return a couple dresses to Marshall’s, but also want to pick up some winter running/exercise clothes. Hopefully I’ll break even there.

wearitcounts (#772)

@AlliNYC burberry brit! best.

readyornot (#816)

This weekend:
Tonight my grad school is sponsoring a happy hour – free booze! And afterward my husband and I will eat leftovers and watch a netflick.

Tomorrow! We are buying a Christmas tree. I love them so much. Guessing $50.

Presents for my niece at the Scandinavian wood toy store on the east side of town – $75.

Bottle of wine for friend’s birthday party: $15.
Going to see Lincoln beforehand? $28.

Sunday grocery store run $80 (for 2 people) including book club snacks.

Total $248.

kellyography (#250)

I have to go to the dentist in like 20 minutes, but I don’t think there’s a copay. However, I might need some stuff done, which means an indeterminate amount of money to make my gums not be weird. ($150?)

Tonight I’m going to a karaoke party ($10) that is also a masquerade ($5 for mask) and have to stay the night in Brooklyn because stupid PATH trains are still not running past 10pm ($5).

Tomorrow is the Not Yo Mama’s Craft Fair in JC and I’m limiting myself to $50 but I can’t say that’s a real figure in case I see a TARDIS necklace again or something great for presents.

Sunday is maybe a movie ($6) and I need to get a new backup pair of glasses ($120) and jeans that actually fit (budgeting $60).


hellonheels (#1,407)

The weather in the Bay area over the next three days is supposed to be horrible so I stocked up on groceries and adult beverages yesterday. I’m hoping to get away with spending less than $20 the rest of the weekend, especially since next weekend I will be staying back in NYC for a couple of days after a business trip and thus spending ALL the money.

thenotestaken (#542)

Tonight: $10 for a concert, plus I’ll say $20 for dinner and drinks.
Saturday: $7 for a concert, plus I’m having friends over for dinner so I’ll say $20 for groceries since they’re vegan and veggies are cheap!
No plans for Sunday.
Gonna say $70 total to allow for extra groceries and maybe a cafe visit.

selenana (#673)

Friday, no plans.
Saturday, shopping with a friend and lunch, maybe 2000 yen? Then Skyfall and snax, another 2000 yen.
Sunday I’m taking a big test which I already paid for, but train fare and snacks will be around 1500. Book club meeting after at a café, 2000 yen. Let’s say 8000 yen, or around $100.

Annifest Destiny (#2,700)

No plans tonight. Read and watch t.v. Seriously considering running to the store and trying to make that cake…
Saturday, coffee and a sandwich out. $15 (only if the weather is nice enough to sit outside). Also planning to get some Christmas ornaments & maybe a wreath. $90. I’m having a really hard time justifying this purchase when I’ll throw the wreath away at the end of the month and put the ornaments in a box for the next 11 months, but I’ll be sad if there’s no Christmas in our apartment.
Sunday, no plans yet and trying to keep it that way. Grocery shopping, $40. Probably will do some Christmas gift buying online, but trying to keep it under $100 this week. I’m debating whether it makes more sense to try to get everything in one fell swoop and then not have to think about it anymore or to space my purchases out over the month so I don’t have to spend as much all at once.
Total: $245 maybe.

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