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Friday Estimate

Is it Friday already? Let’s estimate our weekends.

I’m staying in tonight! And I’m looking forward to it. I’m not the sort of person who feels bad about staying in on a “date night” to catch up on TV shows, which is what I plan on doing. This weekend, I’m going to watch Lincoln, which I hear is not that great, but that may give me the low expectations I need to really enjoy the movie ($14). Afterward, I’m going to visit a friend, and then head over to a holiday party ($20 for drink contributions). Grocery shopping is on Sunday ($50). Total: $84, though it’s likely that I’ll go a little over budget.

What are your estimations?


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Quinn A@twitter (#1,008)

Hmm. Well, I was supposed to attend my work Christmas party, but I just don’t want to. I invited a friend over for a movie marathon, and if she decides she’s up for it I’ll probably spend <$20ish on snacks/drinks. Otherwise, this will probably be a $0 weekend, because next weekend is my girlfriend’s birthday and December is a month of insane spending.

ThatJenn (#916)

I am staying in and eating leftovers tonight (borscht & bread!). Tomorrow I am running my second 5k and will spend $3 on a bagel with eggs on it beforehand, then might go out for brunch/lunch with people afterwards if they’re going ($15). We might pick up something to share at a game night tomorrow night ($10), or we might just make some sunchoke chips to share, which would be a better use of resources. On Sunday we will go grocery shopping ($75) for lunch supplies and maybe some protein and stuff for the rest of the week… we have a CRAPton of sweet potatoes we need to use over the next week or so – any suggestions, anyone?

All told: $103. I really want to keep spending down this month as I really charged up my credit card getting my van ready to sell and it’s got $3,000 on it I need to pay off. :( Good news is I’ve done the most expensive parts of my Christmas shopping already!

@ThatJenn For sweet potatoes: Roast them and eat them like candy. Make sweet potato fries. Make & freeze sweet potato pie. Grate them and make sweet potato latkes. Poke a bunch of holes in a sweet potato, microwave & eat with butter and cinnamon. Can you tell I really love sweet potatoes.

Thuja (#2,542)

@ThatJenn Make sweet potato chorizo enchiladas. So tasty http://budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2011/02/chorizo-sweet-potato-enchiladas-908.html

ThatJenn (#916)

@Thuja @cuminafterall YESSS I knew this was the right place to ask for ideas. I love sweet potatoes too, and I actually have all the ingredients but the sauce for those enchiladas just sitting in my fridge. And I loved the sweet potato latkes I made a few weeks ago (…in bacon fat), and will totally be doing that again, maybe in a more appropriate frying oil. This is happening.

ThatJenn (#916)

@Thuja I made a version of the enchiladas you linked to above and have eaten them for three meals running, now. (I used seasoned ground turkey instead of chorizo because it was what I had on hand; I think it would have been better with the chorizo but it was still DELICIOUS.) A great big thank you for the recommendation from me and my partner! I will be using other recipes in this thread, too, as it only used one pound of my like 4-5 lbs of sweet potatoes I have.

ThatJenn (#916)

@Thuja I’ve now made this recipe I think five times. In a month. I am not tired of it, nor am I out of sweet potatoes. Thanks again.

msafiri (#2,202)

Working late tonight to finish a project so $0 today. Tomorrow I will buy a couple rounds of coffee to work from a cafe ($10) and then head into NYC for the night ($16). I’m supposed to bring beer to the party so that’s another $10, but I’ll also buy dinner so let’s add $15. Then I’m headed home Sunday ($16), but probably not after buying breakfast/brunch ($15). Throw in another $10 for my metrocard.

Total: $92 assuming I don’t get any Christmas shopping done.

I’m going to a holiday gathering tonight (free beer and hors d’ouevres, , cash bar for liquor, entrance fee a $15 gift). My friend’s boyfriend is DDing so I will probably make some bad decisions. $30?

Tomorrow I’m buying my mom a Keurig because I can get a really good deal at work ($99 – $20 rebate – $8 credit – 20% discount = less than $70 total), then I’m working 9 hours. Assume I’ll spend $5 on lunch.

Sunday I’m buying a Christmas tree and baking supplies, expecting to spend about $80 all told.

Weekend total: 185.

annecara (#1,914)

It should be a low-spending weekend. We might get our Christmas tree tomorrow? That’s kind of about it, unless there’s also a quick grocery trip. I’m going to say $50.

aetataureate (#1,310)

I saw LINCOLN this week and it was so good!!

Let’s see. $200?

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@aetataureate “Lincoln” was awesome. The acting was fantastic and the costumes/hair/make-up was the cherry on top.

aetataureate (#1,310)

@LookUponMyWorks Oh, I see you’re confused — it was a documentary, so that is just actually Abraham Lincoln in it. I know, what a miracle!

Mike Dang (#2)

Ahhh! You guys raised my expectations!

aetataureate (#1,310)

@Mike Dang Full disclosure, I am a ridiculous Lincoln nut and collect Lincolniana. Does that make me more or less likely to love a movie about him? You be the judge.

readyornot (#816)

@Mike Dang At the risk of raising them even higher, I’m curious what the basis of the negative opinions were. The several people I know who have seen it really enjoyed it. Reviews aren’t everything, but it has 90% favorable on RottenTomatoes. I usually like what Andrew O’Hehir has to say, and he raved.

I’m going to see it tonight, so maybe I’m just looking to have my expectations lowered a bit, too. They’ve been high since I first heard of the casting and screenwriter!

orangezest (#317)

@readyornot I liked it but didn’t LOVE it — the first half felt really slow and talky to me (and I usually like slow and talky). But I saw it while in the grip of some serious jet lag. I want to rewatch it because it should be right up my alley for the Emma Personal Oscar.

Dinner in tonight ($0), unless we get bi bim bap ($20 for 2) to celebrate (or mourn, depending on what happens) as we watch the last episode of Boys Over Flowers.

Tomorrow we’re going to the PTA Christmas tree sale at our local elementary school. It’s our first year buying a tree, so I have no idea what a small (like 4′) tree + stand will cost. I will pay whatever they ask, for Kids and Holidays and Civic-Mindedness.

Sunday I’m going to my cousin’s baby shower. $0, since I already bought the gift and card. So my estimate is $?? depending on whether we feel like bi bim bap and how much the PTA charges for a Christmas tree.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@cuminafterall Bibimbap is the best! You should definitely get some.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Holy weekend spending, Batman!

I PAID OFF ONE OF MY STUDENT LOANS! The money should be coming out of my account this afternoon, so $3,280

I will be buying movie tickets for myself and possibly a friend to go see “Anna Kerinina”: $9/$18

Gas: $20

Xmas gifts for Dad: $45

Xmas gift for bro: $25

Pretty reasonable except for the loan payoff. That loan was my smallest but also had the worst interest rate so GOOD RIDDANCE! *does happy dance*

sparrow303 (#1,641)

@LookUponMyWorks Congratulations on the loan! That’s amazing. I hope to be in your position someday.

aetataureate (#1,310)

@LookUponMyWorks UM, amazing about the loan, nice job!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@sparrow303 You will be there someday! This was my smallest loan but it had the worst interest rate and I didn’t want to let them have any more of my monies! Snowball method FTW!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@aetataureate Thankssss!

sparrow303 (#1,641)

@LookUponMyWorks Thank you for the kind words! I try to pay double on my smaller loan, but it’s hard to feel excited when it takes so long to make an appreciable dent. Seeing other people succeed is good motivation, though. :D

@LookUponMyWorks Congratulations on paying off the loan!!

sparrow303 (#1,641)

Big party weekend for me, as school just got out (I’m a teacher, haha) and holiday parties are amassing.

Fri: This party is at my boyfriend’s work, so should be free for me, but I’ll get a haircut first ($15) and buy the fancy conditioner that makes my hair feel like a dream ($20), to use before other parties.

Sat: Planning to take my brother and sister-in-law out for brunch while they’re briefly in town ($50) and then do my nails ($free.99) before the first party, a dinner event, which will also be free.

We’re cabbing it to the second party (probably $10 after I split w/ bf) and I’ll bring a nice bottle of wine for my friends who are hosting ($20). We said we’d cab it home but I predict we get cheap and take the El ($0).

Sun will probably involve a hangover brunch ($40) before boyfriend goes home to see his family and I take to my bed to watch movies.

Total: $155 before any extraneous shopping/ Starbucks emergencies… yikes! It’s my first weekend off school, though, so I plan to enjoy myself righteously and total up the damage later.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@sparrow303 Hangover brunch, yum!

sparrow303 (#1,641)

@LookUponMyWorks The finest kind. The place by my house is a gross diner that does omelettes with a side of pancakes…. mmm!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@sparrow303 “Omelettes with a side of pancakes”

I want to go to there!

sparrow303 (#1,641)

@LookUponMyWorks Come to Chicago! The Golden Nugget Pancake House is our finest establishment, with several 24 hour locations (!)

ATF@twitter (#1,471)

I did ALL my Christmas shopping this past week so I’m desperate need of a thrifty weekend.

Tonight is the 80s themed First Friday at the ICA. Tickets were free because my boyfriend in a member. I’ll probably have two drinks and some food, so I’ll estimate $40.

Tomorrow is the older of the two Little Sisters Boston Children’s Choir performance. Tickets have already been bought but we’ll probably do an early dinner after. I’ll estimate $50 for that.

Sunday I spend no money. I have coffee and eggs already in the fridge for breakfast and veggies and pork roast in the freezer for dinner.

So I’ll say $100 for the weekend.

ATF@twitter (#1,471)

@ATF@twitter $160 then. Damn you, Friday Bargain Bin on the Hairpin. Damn. you. *shakes fist*

wearitcounts (#772)

@ATF@twitter I KNOW RIGHT i had to close tab before i bought EVERYTHING.

…it was the sequined dress, wasn’t it?

eagerber (#1,958)

Hoping for a low-key weekend. Still deciding about going out tonight, and if it happens, I’ll be bringing wine over to a friend’s house ($15). However, I think I’d be equally happy staying in and reading tonight. It’s cold again.

Saturday: Plans to work the afternoon at my second job. Hope to also get the rest of my Christmas shopping done, and holiday cards out in the mail. Gifts…$??

Sunday: Running the Jingle all the Way 8k in downtown DC. Then plans for coffee with a friend, probably more gift buying/wrapping.

So, unfortunately, I’m not sure what kind of spending will happen this weekend. Hoping for not a lot.

I guess I’m curious–how do other people budget and plan for holiday shopping?

Catface (#1,106)

@eagerber This is a good question that might yield a fruitful post in itself (Mike?) — as for me, my great, low-stress, budget-beating system is to shop all year. When I see something that would be a good gift for someone I know, I buy it and stow it in a plastic bin that is reserved only for this purpose. Towards the end of the year I open it up and do an inventory so that I know whom I still have to shop for, and I am always surprised (a) how little shopping/spending remains to be done and (b) what nice gifts I’ve managed to find, absent the must-buy-now-or-else pressure of the holiday season. I mean not to brag but only to share, since this has worked so well for me and also to the benefit of my giftees. Try it next year, see if you don’t agree. Happy holidays!

maebyfunke (#292)

This was a really expensive week for me, so I’m hoping to spend less than $100 this weekend. I’m going to a birthday dinner tomorrow night which will run me about $45 (give or take $15 for possible cab fare)… I don’t expect to spend any money tonight, and I sincerely am hoping to keep it under $20 on Sunday, but I will be visiting friends and am not sure exactly what we’re doing, so that is just a rough estimate. Here’s hoping.

lhorntx (#2,302)

Friday: estimating $120 for groceries that will last me for the next 2 weeks (I have this coupon for spend $50 at Target and get a $10 gift card..figured I’d grocery shop there but it feels weird going to Target to shop for food…see it more as a home/clothing store but hey, I get a gift card*shrugs*)

Saturday: catch up on freelance writing and watch tons of Grey’s Anatomy (I never got into this show when it first started, but now I’m watching it on Netflix and LOVE it)

Sunday: $20 for brunch in downtown Austin with friends
$30 to fill up my gas tank

I’ll say $170 for the weekend

@lhorntx What season are you on?? I LOVED that show for the longest time but by season 4 it was getting outrageous and I stopped watching. I still own seasons 1-3 and break it out once in awhile….

honey cowl (#1,510)

@lhorntx Grey’s is THE BEST!!!!! I am a huge rabid fan and I can talk about it for hours. Actually. As if these people were real life. I have seen each episode MORE THAN TWICE, every single one for 8 (and a half!) seasons. SO GOOD.

As for you @polka dots vs stripes, clearly you are deluded, because everyone who says “oh it got weird season 4…” just DOES NOT HAVE THE FAITH. Srsly. Watch it all.

@Lauren Since watching Revenge and Gossip Girl my threshold for outrageousness has gotten lower (or higher? I’m not sure how that metaphor works in this case) so I’ve been tempted to watch the rest of it. Maybe during the winter hiatus….

amirite (#2,677)

Grocery shopping tonight after work. I need to get all my holiday baking ingredients, including several pounds of butter, so I’m gonna say $75.
Farmer’s market tomorrow for produce and breakfast: $30.
Going out dancing twice this weekend, but not going to drink anything: $10.
I probably won’t finish all my baking in time to get everything to the post office this weekend, so I’m going to put this expense in brackets, because it’s coming: [Postage: $75]

Will probably skip my coffee/cookie outing because of all the baking. So $115/[$190] for the weekend. And then most of my Christmas stuff will be out of the way.

lizil (#2,780)

Tonight I’m doing my first ever First Friday in my city, so I have no idea what that will cost. Ideally nothing, but we’ll see. Maybe a show afterward ($8-10) plus a beer (~$5). Tomorrow is waffle food truck day, plus coffee/tea, so ~$9. Then going to a craft fair to get my sister’s Christmas present… I would like to keep it around $30, but craft fairs are dangerous, so who knows. I’ve got a coffee date Sunday, which could run me anywhere from $0-5, depending on if he pays. So many unknowns this weekend that I’m just going to try to keep it under $100.

wearitcounts (#772)

after spending over $400 replacing the starter in my car last weekend, i awoke this morning to discover the issue at hand was back and also worse. so i have to go back tomorrow morning and i have no idea what it will cost but i know it will probably make me cry. :(

i’m also going out and buying gift cards for underprivileged families for the holidays, but i’m just volunteering my time because the collection of money already happened last week in my office.

other than that, i’m having friends over tomorrow night for hanukkah jewtivities. i have to go find a menorah and some candles and we’re going to cook food fried in oil and say bruchot. maybe $50 for supplies? hopefully others will bring some booze.

i don’t know how much my car will cost so i’m going to be stingy about groceries this week and try to keep it under $50 and another $20 for a run to the liquor store at some point for wine, etc. hopefully not more than $120 total for the weekend (car problems not included).

Pumpkin (#2,153)


The car thing sounds sickenly familiar. Jusr in case you’re driving an Olds Alero I’ll tell you now there is no fixing it, it’s a security issue and GM is GM. Cut your losses. Seriously. Having flashbacks over here.

wearitcounts (#772)

@Pumpkin argh nooo. it’s a 2006 saturn ion coupe, so, yeah, GM. only on very cold mornings it decides it doesn’t want to start — no chugging, no clicking, just nothing happens when i turn the key. after the day warms up a bit, it’s fine. it’s really bizarre and completely inconvenient.

Pumpkin (#2,153)

@wearitcounts That sounds like what happened to my Alero. :( I got the starter replaced, something in the transmission done, and a few other things totaling up to $3k before I cut my losses and sold it for parts. Something in the cold weather locks something in the electrical system up and doesn’t let the car start (it was explained to me, but I am not a car person and I barely drive.)

I’m not trying to be a downer, but I wanted to give you the heads up before you replace everything only to discover it’s an electrical problem.

wearitcounts (#772)

@Pumpkin alskdalksdnvlaksdbn;aklsdvnALSKNBVLKDBNALK. no, i know you’re trying to help and that is SUPER appreciated. honestly, that sounds exactly like what’s happening. because the battery is fine, just nothing will happen at all if i turn the key. wow, there’s really no way to get in there and stop that from happening? ugh. not cool GM. i might not bother going back at this point. blaaaaaarg.

Keck (#2,466)

DIY weekend. My partner and I are hoping to save $1000 on a drywall project by spending about $100 on materials and doing the work ourselves…we have never drywalled anything before. I’m also spending about $50 on fabrics to make 3 Christmas gifts. Plus another $25 for the usual weekend lunches/drinks. So $175 total, but $825 saved.

This weekend a bunch of my boyfriend’s law school friends are back in town, so while we don’t have plans yet I’m sure we’ll inevitably go out to eat ($25). There also might be wine tasting involved ($50? Let’s hope not.).

Gas – $30
Groceries – $60-80. We’ll split the difference and say $70.

If my mom ever sends me her mocha chocolate chip cookie recipe, I’ll need to buy ingredients for that ($15?) but otherwise I’ll be baking with other stuff I have on hand.

High end: $190, Low End: $125.

thenotestaken (#542)

I don’t really have plans yet tonight but hopefully will be getting a couple drinks with friends, so I’ll say $20. Tomorrow I’m having a big Hanukkah party so I’m gonna need food supplies! I’ll say $50, which can hopefully include booze. Sunday will probably be spent cleaning up after the party and maybe making food so I have leftovers for the week. I’ll say another $20.
$90 for the weekend which is more expensive than usual for me, but hopefully the party will go well! Latkes and kugel and pickles, mmm.

faustbanana (#2,376)

Might be going to an art show tonight (but would rather stay home – I not only don’t feel bad about staying in on Fridays, I think Friday is THE day to stay in!) – if I go, $30 for donation and drinks.
$50 on groceries?
$20 on brunch Saturday
$40 on lunch/dinner/drinks/thrift shopping with an out of town friend on Sunday

Estimate: $150 max. Hopefully only $120 if I get to stay in tonight and be pensive like Ol’ Abe up there.

RachelG8489 (#1,297)

I’ve been out three nights in a row this week, so I’m being lazy and staying in for most of the weekend. I need to spend money on baking supplies and packing supplies: I’m sending something like 8 or 10 boxes of cookies to friends and family for Christmahannukwanzikah. So: more butter, more flour, more sugar, more eggs. Molasses, chocolate, cocoa, lemons and limes, powdered sugar, peanut butter, sprinkles and other cookie decorations. I’m expecting to spend at least $30 on cookie supplies, and probably another $25-30 on packing supplies (boxes, tissue paper, cards, etc). I will spend much of Saturday and Sunday baking.

And I might have a brunch date on Sunday? Obviously, I will plan on paying for myself because it would be a first date, so maybe another $25 there since I will probably drink with brunch. I think I can keep this weekend in the $100 or less range.

RVA_TXN (#1,461)


$15 Birthday dinner for my best friend and we are going out dancing afterwards. I am only getting dinner, no drinks! I’m off drinking until the holidays. I’ve never been a big drinker and I’m just not in the mood. I bought her gifts last week.

~$50 Gas

+ $150 Returning a suit
~$20 – grocery shopping @ TJ and WF to make my bf a Greek pizza on the grill Sunday. (also going to check out the TJ dumpster- supposedly it is great for dumpster diving. I’ve never been dumpster diving before but it’s on my to-do list. Always in search of a new life-story)
~$30 – Tacky ornament or snowglobe to mark our first xmas together. We’ll probably buy xmas sweaters too so we can take cheesy photos!

Total: ~$115 but a credit of $150 so I will net $35 bucks! Yay! Have a lovely and amazing weekend everyone!

kellyography (#250)

I have to work tonight, and then have to leave the city early because the stupid PATH trains aren’t running past 10, still. Tomorrow I need to go get fixins for puppy chow (about $10 maybe?) and then I have band practice ($5 there and back, $10 for the studio). I desperately need to do laundry and send out a ton of resumes so I don’t really want to do much this weekend.

Pumpkin (#2,153)

$70 groceries, $25 on gas, $20 on lunch with a friend. Hopefully that’s it. $115.

Vesna@twitter (#2,738)

This weekend is, uh, my Weekend Of Me. I’m going to get my hair cut and coloured tomorrow at a school/training salon so it should cost me less than $100 (which is a steal, frankly). Then I’m going to the healing waters spa in my city to do the water circuit, get a body sctub, facial-like thing, etc. That’s going to cost me $240. Monday is a rare day off for me (hence Weekend of Me) so I will stay inside and play video games. Free!

But still, it will be an expensive weekend. Especially if I go see my friend and we go get Thai food. $10? $15?

calamity (#2,577)

I’m going to a cafe to work and drink with a friend tonight. Probably $25 (I’ll be grabbing dinner there too) but I don’t feel too bad because I’ve had free breakfast AND lunch for the past 3 days (thanks fancy work conferences!!!) and I am one of those horrible people who never ever packs a lunch, so I’m just you know, making up for the money I saved.

Saturday I’ll probably go grocery shopping ($30? I have a ton of canned veggies, just need stuff to eat them with), and I also need to get some drawers at Target ($30 more). I’m probably going out later that night, so let’s guess … another $30 for that, why not.

Sunday I have tentative brunch plans: $15. That adds up to … $130. I mayyyy trek out to Ikea on Sunday to pick up a wardrobe, which would be another $100, but I’ll probably save that for next weekend after I get paid, and/or after all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday stuff I’m returning goes through.

selenana (#673)

Staying in Friday, so 0.
Saturday I’m going to a basketball game, but my friend’s husband is on the team so I’ll get in for free. Dinner after at a fancy hotel, maybe $25. Staying with friends at fancy hotel, $45 my share. Train fare for the day, 1000 yen.
Sunday I have an all-day workshop, but will probably need sustenance. 1500 yen for foodstuffs and another 500 yen train fare.
I’ll probably buy some gifts too so another 3-4000 yen.
Something like $150.

Annifest Destiny (#2,700)

There’s a festival called December Nights in Balboa Park tonight, so my boyfriend and I are going to that. I’m hoping it’ll only run me $20 or less.
Saturday: hanging out with my aunt and uncle decorating their house, then going to a Christmas party. Under $20ish for some kind of food/drink contribution to the party.
Sunday: another party so another $20ish on food/drink, grocery shopping $40 (possibly more if you include the food/drink supplies for both parties. Say another $50-100 depending on how serious I get about Christmas shopping (not likely).
Total: $100 (or possibly twice that).

Maladydee (#909)

I am sick and staying home this weekend, so probably $50 for groceries, if that.

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