Friday Estimate

Is it just me or did this week fly by? Let’s estimate our weekends.

Last night, after meeting one of our writers for a drink, I dropped off my rent check and picked up a copy of George Saunders’s Tenth of December, which basically had a love letter written about it in the Times, so I’m pretty much going to spend my Friday evening with this book. It’s also, of course, the Super Bowl this Sunday. I’m not much of a sports person, but I have friends who are, and we may or may not get together, but if we do a pizza will be ordered, and I will be making this. I’m going to try to keep it around $100 this weekend.

What are your estimates?


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PrettyNicola (#692)

I am single-digit balance in my bank account broke until next Friday, so my goal is to spend $0 this weekend. But I will probably squeeze a cup of coffee out of my bank account anyway.

pawnknee (#2,911)

Ok, I’m actually gonna attempt this! Tonight, birthday dinner with friends: $70. Unfortunately my friends have expensive taste.

This weekend I’m planning to go to a new yoga studio that’s only $5 a class. I’ll probably make a big batch of something so $30 on groceries. And maybe another meal out with a friend who’s helping me revamp my employable-ness so I can find a new job, $25.

Total estimate is $130.

Quinn A@twitter (#1,008)

Ugh, I just had a car accident this morning. It was minor – no one was hurt and there was minimal damage to both vehicles – but I got a $110 fine and my insurance payment is already nearly $500 a month. I’m pretty sure this means I don’t get to do anything that isn’t free for at least a year. :/

PrettyNicola (#692)

@Quinn A@twitter What kind of crazy car insurance is $500/month?! I pay $65, which is a good deal, but the disparity here is making me nervous.

Quinn A@twitter (#1,008)

@PrettyNicola Well, I’m a relatively new driver with a 2011 Toyota Matrix and a crappy driving history (an accident that resulted in my car being written off plus a pretty wicked speeding ticket that I got on another occasion). Also, I’m Canadian.

Worker Parasite (#2,292)

@Quinn A@twitter Ouch! Not sure where in Canada you are, but in BC, even with the government insurance monopoly, the bulk of that would be from your history, not the fact that you’re Canadian. I pay ~$600 a year for my wife’s car, and ~$900 a year for mine (though they’re both older, ’99 Toyota and an ’01 Jaguar, and we have clean driving records). My insurance actually went DOWN when I moved back to Canada from the US which surprised me.

Runawaytwin (#2,693)

I have to buy new gym shoes (i dont even own a pair of sneakers) so i can join a gym

150$ for hte shoes. (THe gym ill join next week)
20$ entry (i think)Manhattan vintage clothing show
??$ if i find one clothing at said show i “need”
00$ on sunday because I have to work and work will feed me
30$ on groceries
25$ on a food w friend after above show.

Maybe i should just skip the show and save some money?

cryptolect (#1,135)

@Runawaytwin I went to the show a year or two ago and found all the clothing to be waaaay overpriced. It’s pretty to look at, but you might have a more productive shopping experience just going to a vintage store.

Runawaytwin (#2,693)

@cryptolect I’m actually looking for antique clothing (not to wear) and heard they might have some. Did you by chance see any there? I know it will all be waaaaaaay overpriced. All vinatage/antique anything in manhattan is. Well for that matter- anything for sale here.

cryptolect (#1,135)

@Runawaytwin I don’t remember if I saw any antique clothing there… maybe? There is a vintage store in Jersey City called Another Man’s Treasure (they do show at the Vintage Fair), and I think if you make an appointment with them for after the show you might be able to get a better deal. I know they have some antique clothing that they stash away.

emmabee (#2,008)

I went really over my estimate for the last two weekends, so I’m trying to scale back this weekend. I’m hoping to finish refurbishing a dresser this weekend, and I’m hoping to keep paint + hardware under $40. Tonight I’m seeing a friend’s show and will try not to get drinks afterward ($10.) Tomorrow, a friend is having a birthday brunch, so I’ll probably pick up a food gift ($10-$15.) After that, we’re seeing a play, but I already bought tickets ($0.) My girlfriend’s wonderful parents might take us out to dinner ($0) before we get drinks with a friend, but we might end up just grabbing both dinner and drinks with the friend ($25-50.)

Sunday is the Super Bowl, and since my efforts to find a bar playing the Puppy Bowl led nowhere, we’ll probably invite a couple of friends over to drink beer from the fridge and watch Beyonce ($0.)

Total: $85-$115, and does anyone know of anywhere in NY playing the Puppy Bowl this weekend??

I’m on a super strict budget and went $50 over last month(fortunately I wrote in a little bit of wiggle room so it all ended up ok). But it’s a new month, so I’m going to start estimating!

$30 groceries
$20 1/2 tank of gas
$17.50 bus card
$15 cheap lunch with old co-workers

We’re supposed to be getting snow and my boyfriend is out of town, so I’m planning on snuggling up with my cat all weekend and eating the delicious black beans & rice & salsa I’ll make tonight.

ThatJenn (#916)

It’s just you. This week WILL NOT END and it is SO DUMB.

This morning my tax refund got deposited! I immediately allocated it for completely paying off both my credit cards, which I’d luckily paid down to a manageable level already. I feel WAY better about life now, and am committed to not letting that make me spend money – I was so very frugal last month and I want to be this month, too, for the purposes of savings.

I’m not going to count the bills I paid this morning because they’re not really “weekend spending.”

Tonight I am playing games with friends and eating leftovers, and I packed my own lunch today even though I didn’t feel like it. $0!

Tomorrow my partner and I will go to a state park about an hour away to see the spectacular azaleas they always have there (they’re blooming something fierce down here), which is effectively free because I have a full tank of gas and a park pass. We’ll come back and have late lunch/early dinner at the local restaurant we’ve been craving for about $30. That evening he’s going out with friends and I’m staying in and baking (free!).

On Sunday I have lunch out with a friend ($18) but then my partner and I are staying home the rest of the day and making pizza. Once the Superbowl starts we’ll brave the supermarket and I predict we’ll spend no more than $50, since we really just need staples… unless we decide we need more beer, in which case more like $65.

So I’m predicting $113 for the weekend. I am honestly OK with that much restaurant spending or more for more time with friends, which is probably silly given my current money freak-outs but I don’t care. I’m really needing the social contact right now. Winter is hard.

aetataureate (#1,310)

@ThatJenn “This week WILL NOT END and it is SO DUMB.”


But also, rad about your credit cards! Great job!

sparrow303 (#1,641)


Congrats on your cards, though!!

ATF@twitter (#1,471)

@ThatJenn FOR SERIOUS. I thought Tuesday was Wednesday allllll day and that made the week SO much longer.

chic noir (#713)

@ThatJenn congrats on your cards dear.

Stina (#686)

This will be a big spending weekend. We are going on a scuba vacation starting next weekend (1st ever. lifelong dream. we don’t do this on a regular basis.)
Prescription scuba mask: $200 I hate contacts and this counts as my Christmas present from my husband.
Two fancy bug sprays for us and our gear: $20, because 3rd world mosquitoes don’t screw around.
Random gear for our vacation we haven’t thought of yet: at least $40
Husband’s birthday dinner: $50
Gas: $40
Super bowl food supplies: $20
Church/charitable donations: $200 (though stuff for us is still winning $ wise)
Cat supplies $8
$538? Zoinks. This plus our as yet-to-be charged vacation expenses is a little scary.

LizF (#1,399)

I moved last weekend (just two blocks from my old apartment) which was hellishly expensive and I’m still recovering. This weekend I have a few things planned but also need to get my life in order so I might order some takeout too.

Tonight $7(probably) to get out to the ‘burbs to see a movie. $11 for the movie, probably another $10 on dinner.

Tomorrow $10 donation to go to a craft beer and chocolate event.

Probably $30 on groceries if I make it to the store.

Sunday: I am not a sports person but I might try to find the Puppy Bowl streaming online (is that a thing? We aren’t getting cable at my new house and while I’ve been cable-less before I’ve never tried to watch something live on the internet)
I predict probably $10 in takeout because our kitchen isn’t fit to cook in yet and I’ll be cleaning it tomorrow morning and Sunday.

And I’ll throw in another $50-100 in moving incidentals that are bound to come up like curtains or a spare set of keys.

Moving is expensive. I do not recommend.

E$ (#1,636)

@LizF Moving is the worst. Where does the money go!?

eagerber (#1,958)

George Saunders is amazing! Let us know what you think of the read.

I’m still battling the flu of the century, and luckily some plans fell through, so I don’t have to back out of them like a lame-ball.

Honestly, I just want to get better. I might file my taxes this weekend. I might watch House of Cards. I might work on my thesis.

I might leave my apartment at some point to make a tiny grocery run ($40).

I might just sleep all weekend.

whoaisme (#3,158)

Sort of anticipating a big spending weekend, as I’m headed to Chicago to eat/drink/shop/be merry with friends. Anticipating spending at least $200.

BUT! The great news is that I received my tax return today and put all of it towards paying off all my credit card debt. It wasn’t a huge amount of debt, but I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and now I can focus on saving!

sparrow303 (#1,641)

@whoaisme Yay Chicago! Bundle up, it’s a mite chilly here. But have fun!

joyballz (#2,000)

@whoaisme an early welcome to Chicago!! I hope you have a great time!

aetataureate (#1,310)

@whoaisme Chicago is the greatest, true fact. Please dress yourself in all the clothes you own because it’s just . . . comically freezing here today.

whoaisme (#3,158)

@sparrow303 @joyballz @aetataureate thanks everyone!! I need to run back home to grab extra scarves/hats/gloves, thank you for the heads up!

terrific (#1,532)

@whoaisme How are people getting their tax returns already!? I thought the IRS wasn’t even processing returns until yesterday? !!!

(Also have fun in Chicago best city ever!!)

@terrific seriously! I read that and I was so jealous – I JUST got my W2 on Saturday!!

kate@twitter (#2,935)

I’m going to say $120, but hopefully that’s an overestimation.

sparrow303 (#1,641)

Tonight I will either stay in and work on grading/ housecleaning and eat weird fridge food ($0) OR possibly meet up with bf and get takeout ($30, my turn).

Saturday afternoon I am having lunch with a friend, which I will pay for since I’ve owed her money forever ($40). Saturday night will meet up with the bf and maybe cook at home? ($0)

On Sunday, we’ll maybe get brunch ($0, his turn) before taking snacks over to a friend’s house for the Super Bowl (I am THE BIGGEST football fan and bf not so much… luckily there will be other folks there for him to talk to, and he is very patient). Snacks will run maybe $30? (counting beer and bf’s favorite spinach dip… I am not above bribery). I’ll pick those up today along with some groceries ($50 total?). Since it is miserable in Chicago and my friends live in a dodgy ‘hood, chances are good we cab it home ($10).

Total=$100-$130. Ugh, everything fun is expensive! (Also we should probably eat out less).

E$ (#1,636)

$10 – picking up a book tonight for book club
$20 – drinks with a friend on Saturday night
$5 – coffee with another friend on Sunday
$50 – real splurge of the weekend: buying an anniversary gift for my boyfriend. Actually, I’ll probably get this done today.
Total: $75

probs (#296)

My girlfriend will be out of town, so I should just be cooking and chilling. Definitely would like to draw some, some practice stuff, do a comic, maybe bust out the gouache. Sunday morning helping people move. Need to buy groceries for cooking veggies and stuff. Hoping for a cheap weekend, especially since I spent more on food during the week than I normally do due to work stuff. Also, I got a promotion and now get paid once a month instead of twice, so I need to budget more conscientiously and not think the money I have in my bank account is going to have the cavalry arrive on the 15th.

POTENTIAL COMPOUNDING FACTOR: a friend of mine has been playfully moping that we never go on dates anymore, so I may wind up going out and drink too much with him. I’m not going to propose anything to save money, but if he asks, I’ll probably do it.

probs (#296)

@probs estimate is under a hundo hopefully, but up to $135. Have I ever mentioned that commenting here from my phone is a special hell? (case in point, the original version of this comment posted three times, and not as a reply, see below)

honey cowl (#1,510)

@probs I agree! Billfold iphone commenting is reserved only for when I feel REALLY REALLY STRONGLY about something.

RachelG8489 (#1,297)

My mom called yesterday and said “you should come visit us this weekend! I’ll buy your bus tickets!” So I’m on a bus to DC right now and anticipate spending maybe $20 this weekend, if that. Lunch at the Delaware rest stop today? And I’m not sure what else, if anything, since my bus back is Monday and therefore not weekend.

aetataureate (#1,310)

Three deleteds in a row! Oh my gosh.

ATF@twitter (#1,471)

Gah. My whole thing just got deleted. I just wanted to fix a typ0 but clicked on the wrong thing. There should be a “are you sure you want to do this!” warning for dumbasses like myself.

joyballz (#2,000)

Tonight I am staying in and eating leftovers since I work tomorrow. After work I’ll be getting lunch at Mana ($10) because I have been craving it forever. Then I’m doing an Urban Quest scavenger hunt with my friends that I think I owe $10 for. The “prize” is a reservation at a restaurant ($25). Then I’m planning to spend about $30 on super bowl snacks and beverages.

Estimated: $75

Sallymander (#3,159)

Doing this for the first time! Let’s see…

The only plans I have are for dinner and a movie in DC Sunday. The movie is going to be $10.50 (…for a matinee??? Only in DC!) and I’m going to try to keep dinner to around $15 after tip. Weekend parking at the metro station will be free, and the train fare will be $3.50 each way. Subtotal: $32.50

I’m also going to get groceries ($50), and most likely gas ($40) (IIRC I’m under a quarter tank, which is when I usually get a little reminder flag in my mind to fill up if I see a good price). Subtotal: $90

I think I will also go out to browse some thrift shops to see if I find any cheapo furniture. I just moved long-distance recently, and have almost zero furniture (but I’m working on it!). I live in a walk-up so I’ll be looking for smaller things that I can fit in my car and carry myself: end tables, chairs, etc. Budget: $50

Total estimate: $112.50, with an extra $50 budgeted for a good furniture find

terrific (#1,532)

I’m gonna do great this weekend! I swear!

Tonight, I’m having dinner with the boyfriend ($15, unless he pays, which I’m gonna try to keep him from doing) and then nothing. Sleep.

Tomorrow, I was invited to a birthday party, but my boyfriend and I are taking a day apart so he can get stuff done around his house without me hovering over his shoulders, so if he isn’t coming and I don’t really know anyone else there… I probably won’t go. So I’ll budget $15 for a bottle of wine, and $50 for groceries. [Alternative: I decide to go out with other friends, budgeting $30. But I need to save!]

Sunday: Super Bowl party! I’ll make some kind of dip or something with the groceries I got Saturday, and will bring some beer ($12).

Total: $92 omg can I do it!?!?

Stina (#686)

@terrific Is the birthday party for sort of a warm and awesome person? I know this may sound weird, but as a shy person I actually have had some success being solo and social at parties thrown by social butterfly type people (Because at the very least you have”So how do you know so-and-so?”). They tend to attract people who are more open to talking to new people. Whereas parties thrown by perhaps nice but not as outgoing people you may get more tribalism at parties. But do what feels comfortable.

@Stina Agreed, parties can be fun if they have the right people! If the host/ess has given any thought to the guest list, they hopefully invited people they thought would get along or would have things in common with even if they don’t all know each other. But if it’s the kind of party where they invited literally every single person they’ve ever met, there’s more of a risk that it’ll suck and be full of random weirdos.

Chel (#2,960)

I’m not counting my first of the month bills because that would make the total very sad to me. I need to get gas ($50ish), groceries ($30), and dog food ($30). Every weekend for the last three weeks I’ve had to get something different for the animals. They used to be on a pattern where I got everything at once, why are we running out at different times? Subtotal: $110

Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday, we are going bowling ($8 all you can bowl – $16 total since I will pay for my dad) then out to his favorite German restaurant. I also need to pick up a gift ($25ish), my mom got him a new grill, so I will get some accessories. I will be getting either his dinner or my grandma’s and my mom will get the other, the last time we went there it was about $75 for two. Subtotal: $120-$125

Sunday I am renting a steam cleaner ($50) and cleaning the carpets. My parents bought a new adjustable mattress and are giving me their old one since it is only two years old. I am going to haul my old mattress out and clean all the carpets before it is delivered. It is a king size and once it’s in place it’s not moving.

I was planning on buying a new mattress later this month so this will save me about $500; mine is more than ten years old and with the broken springs and lumps, I think it would qualify as a torture device. I will have to get new bedding since it is a different size, but my mom is giving me their old fitted sheets and I can use my existing top sheets and blankets until I get something else. It won’t look pretty, but it will work. I also need to get a twin sized set of rails ($40). My dad measured for me and it looks like the two piece box spring will fit on two twin frames. My current frame for a full size will adjust down, so I only need one new one. Subtotal: $90 (I’m not subtracting out the savings for not buying a new mattress since that would have been later this month after I get my tax refund and I’ll use it to pay off a credit card instead.)

Total: $350 to give some wiggle room.

notpollyanna (#2,841)

Mike Dang! I got my “paid off debt” card! Thank you!

My estimate is $30. I might go grocery shopping and $30 is about the most I can carry. I’ve got to go out the suburbs this weekend, too, but I already have a 10-ride train pass with plenty on it. I may go shopping in the suburbs for hard to carry things if someone volunteers to drive me back home to the city, which happens sometimes. If so, I’ve got a hankering for some more mason jars, but they are out of season, so I probably won’t end up buying them.

ifwecantaloupe (#2,654)

Tonight I need to buy subway tokens, so $30 there since I like to buy about two weeks worth at a time. I’m going to some First Friday gallery shows tonight (free!) but we’ll probably get some drinks ($20) either before or after. I’m staying over at a friend’s house tonight for a sleepover and Downton Abbey marathon so I’ll probably end up spending some money on coffee/miscellany in the morning ($10). We’re heading to the farmer’s market on Saturday and I really want to stock up on the cheap-yet-amazing spices, but I’m going to try and keep it around $5. Not sure about Saturday night – I’ve been invited to dinner, but I’ll probably try and put at least $15 towards either food or drinks. And I need to go grocery shopping, so I’ll go with an (overly optimistic) $40. Grand total estimate: $120… we’ll see!

been creeping around for a while, but really need to get my weekends/budget/debt under control, so here goes.
groceries: $45 (already spent $22) (plus i live a minute away from TJ’s, snack heaven/budget hell)
fun stuff: try to limit it to $40
misc: $15
shooting for $100 (or under!) this weekend!

Worker Parasite (#2,292)

$0 hopefully (not counting rent), though there was some advance spending to prepare for this weekend. Working a side job Friday night (might have to pay $2 for parking if I can’t find street parking). Saturday I have a blood test that I’ll probably faint during, so maybe $2 for a Coke afterwards? Then, if I’m not too woozy, fix a few car things (parts cost me about $200 but I bought those over the past month), have a friend over for homemade pizza and Skittle vodka (all already purchased), and then spend Sunday nursing a hangover. So I’m setting a goal of under $5 this weekend.

thenotestaken (#542)

It’s hard to estimate when I have no plans because I know I’ll throw myself around finding things to do. But I’ll say $40 for groceries, and maybe another $20 for miscellaneous entertainment?? I really have no clue what I’m doing this weekend. But I’ll try and keep it under $60 or $70.

Tatiana (#194)

This is going to be a pretty spendy weekend, although it doesn’t have to be, I’m preparing myself for the “worst” just in case.

Tonight – Oakland Art Murmur (aka First Fridays). BART fare ($7), drinks and food (possibly treating my cousin)($40).

Saturday – Brunch with friends who are in town ($20), coffee/blog date with a friend ($10), shopping at Daiso & Crossroads ($60), Yacht Rock Sketchfest Party thing ($40 – buying drinks for my roommate and I since she bought my ticket)

Sunday – Superbowl in Oakland at a bar – ($7 BART fare)($20 beer & food)

So overall somewhere around $200.

lizil (#2,780)

paid rent today ($585)…not sure what I’m doing for dinner tonight. Tomorrow my only plans consist of a Meet Up dinner (~$15) and Sunday my roommate and I were talking about laser tag (I have no idea how much that costs). Ideally I’d like to keep it around ~$50 because paying rent always makes me extra poor.

Tonight I’m going out in the city for a girls’ night with people who all make more money than me, I think, so I am going to try very hard not to spend too much money. I’m just going to bring $40 or so in cash and not use any cards (I tend to not pay attention to how much I spend if I don’t have the bills in hand).
Saturday I don’t think I have any plans, maybe I’ll just take some beer ($8 for a six-pack) over to my friends’ house to play games. I also need to make cupcakes for a Superbowl party on Sunday, which I think will be under $10 for supplies.

So overall hopefully under $60! Not bad.

Liz the Lemur (#3,125)

Bringing booze to a party tonight – $10 (it’s byob, so I don’t feel the need to impress anyone but myself.)
Saturday: No plans so far. Probably watching a movie with friends or something indoors. It was -17 with a windchill today. Gross.
Sunday: Brunch – hopefully $15? And I still need to use up the groceries from last week, so I shouldn’t need to go shopping. (I do this silly thing where I won’t let myself go shopping again until I eat my vegetables. Sometimes it works… other times it definitely doesn’t.) So $35 total? It’ll probs end up being more like $50, knowing me.

chic noir (#713)

Oh God don’t roast me for this guys but here goes:

20 on transit card

20 for groceries

10 bucks for a meal on the go.

10 for random stuff

100 for a Lauren by Ralph Lauren sweater in Bloomies or Macy’s.

120 for foreign fashion magazines(russh,Frankie & material girl etc)

500 bucks in Bergoff Goodman for shoes from the sales rack and cosmetics.

Total 780 I think I will spend far less than this.

chic noir (#713)

@chic noir I forgot to add that I have major gift cards from Christmas and Discover so I won’t be spending 680 in cold hard cash.

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