Tuesday Check-In

Good morning! We’re back from our three-day weekend. Let’s check in.

After work on Friday, I put on a suit and met a friend for a drink and a bite at 21 Club, a jacket-required bar and restaurant that opened in 1930 ($45). We sat near the fireplace and had a dirty martini and bourbon old fashioned and had a nice, quiet conversation—highly recommended if you’re ever in the city and feel like getting dressed up and having a drink somewhere nice. I also got a haircut this weekend ($60 including tip), and dropped by the grocery store ($46.19). I spent most of my day off on Monday doing work. My estimate was $140, and I went a little over that at $151.19.

How were your last three days?

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LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

House-sitting at the apartment of doom meant that I wanted to go out as much as possible, which unfortunately translated to not one meal out but three. Plus grocery shopping, for total damages of $108.00

And that number doesn’t include gas and phone bill. Eek!

Cup of T (#2,533)

@LookUponMyWorks Are you house-sitting for money? To help out a friend? It seems like you’re not really into it… Just say no [to house-sitting]!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@Cup of T I am doing it for a friend. She has looked after my dog in the past so I felt like I couldn’t say no. Her apartment is depressing and dark and her two dogs and cat are terribly behaved (the chihuahua will maintain eye contact as she pops a squat on the rug and pees!).

Cup of T (#2,533)

@LookUponMyWorks Being a really good friend = priceless? That sounds like a less than stellar way to spend a weekend; hope you get to go home soon!

annecara (#1,914)

Friday night Valentine’s Day dinner: $155
Saturday night drinks and dinner: $30

Sunday I spent nothing; Monday I spent $21 (breakfast+groceries) but had to work, so that doesn’t count as part of the weekend for me. Total: $185 – significantly lower than my $250 estimate!

probs (#296)

Friday- $55, Amazon, 300 bags of Twinings and 100 razor blades. As you do. $33, desert-scented, “wildcrafted” soap and incense from Juniper Ridge.
Saturday- $16, my share of Washington’s Green Grocer box. $47, Target, kitchen things, cleaning supplies, and that sun-screeny moisturizer that you’re supposed to use or else Bloody Mary comes out of your mirror, or whatever.
Sunday- nada
Monday- worked from home, nada.

Total- $151. I predicted $200. Nice! I didn’t get any groceries, but I want to use up what I have on hand.

Renleigh (#2,110)

@probs I misread 300 bags of Twinings as 300 bags of Twizzlers and was in awe.

Blondsak (#2,299)

I predicted $45 for this weekend, all of which involved going out and doing fun things. However I came in under that, mostly because I was a boring person who stayed in and did homework all weekend instead.

Friday: $4.50 on cheap fast food dinner.

Saturday: $22 on wine for the week.

Sunday & Monday: Nothing!

Total: $26.50. You know, this under-$50-for-fun goal is not so hard when you have no time for a social life…

ATF@twitter (#1,471)

I did well. I had no solid plans, so I had estimated $125 based on what I thought could happen.

Friday – dinner (burgers) and a movie (Zero Dark Thirty) with the boyfriend and he paid for it all, so $0.

Saturday – took the little for her first ever manicure at a salon. She was so excited/nervous. Adorable. Total for the two of us was $36. Then Sat. night went out for pizza and beers with the boyfriend. I paid since he had treated Friday night ($56 total) but he got dessert (ice cream at the new JP Licks location in the Fens).

Sunday we didn’t do much as he did not feel well. I sprung for indian takeout for dinner ($39).

So total was $131 or just a bit above my $125 estimate.

Liz the Lemur (#3,125)

Friday – picked up some chain lube and a rear light for my bike because the old one died. $30. Studying in the evening costs $0.
Saturday – Babysitting – +$60
Sunday – went to my parents house to help them with a party they were throwing – $0. Plus I picked up all the dvds that I had left at home over Christmas by accident.
I need to have more weekends like this. Except not, because I didn’t really socialize.

Leila@twitter (#1,607)

Friday – got let go from my job at that lunch with my boss. Couldn’t eat it and brought it home with me and the rest of my office belongings.

Woke up Saturday with a stress cold, cancelled my haircut and am slowly trying to pick up the pieces (again).

Total: $0 and a stress cold. Depressing much?

annecara (#1,914)

@Leila@twitter Oh no! I’m so sorry. :(

probs (#296)

@Leila@twitter that sucks. Sorry you were let go.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@Leila@twitter Oh man, that really sucks. Hugs!

eagerber (#1,958)

@Leila@twitter I’m so sorry to hear this. I hope you feel better soon!

chic noir (#713)

@Leila@twitter I hope you find something soon.

Leila@twitter (#1,607)

Thanks you guys. You are all really sweet. I’ll be ok, I’ve been offered some freelance work from various people, I have savings until unemployment kicks in and I now have the time to think a bit about how my next position should play out.

Next weekend will be better! X

andnowlights (#2,902)

I guessed around $100 for a meal out and gas to get home from my grandmothers memorial service. Clocked in at a whopping $17.11 for breakfast for two days (since it wasn’t included in the hotel afterall). Dad paid for all the other meals, or we ate a friends house, and he also filled up our tank for the drive home.

Glad we went WAY under, since we’re still slightly over budget in the eating out/misc category. Might need to skip the flea market next weekend to make up for it, which would bum me out cause it’s only once a month!

probs (#296)

@andnowlights condolences for your grandmother. As for the flea, you could maybe set a budget and only go if you save X by then.

Leila@twitter (#1,607)

@andnowlights sorry to hear about your grandma. I hope you’re doing okay.

KingCash (#2,095)

Friday: Went out for dinner with my boyfriend at Bayou ($33 — I covered the tip for us both because he’d been buying me drinks all night) — maybe the best Cajun food I’ve had so far in DC.

Saturday: Got a bagel for brunch with my boyfriend at Booeymongers ($3). Finally caved and bought Pride & Prejudice on Amazon ($10). Biked over to Bethesda and bought a new LSAT practice book at Barnes and Noble ($32).

Sunday: Monthly Netflix fee ($8). Got lunch at District Taco ($10) and did a little grocery shopping ($12).

Monday: Got a toasted marshmallow shake at Good Stuff Eatery ($4) and a slice of white pizza and a soda at We, the Pizza ($7). I also ordered a pair of black leather boots on 6pm, which I think will be useful ($55).

Total: $174. Not bad, considering how many discretionary purchases there were.

probs (#296)

@KingCash ah, Good Stuff and We the Pizza are tasty. That milkshakebis so good.

KingCash (#2,095)

@probs YES! It always blows my mind how much it actually tastes like marshmallows.

AitchBee (#3,001)

Friday: $0! Had a friend over for Netflix and bourbon at no incremental cost; she brought cookies

Saturday: Wandered over to the farmers’ market but was overwhelmed/baffled by lack of coffee: ended up getting Starbucks and Chipotle because I am an embarrassment ($12.00). Ordered a dress for a friend’s wedding in June ($80.00) AND put $100 toward the cost of attending said wedding; had friends over after dinner ($17.00 for host-y beer).

Sunday: No hot water at my apartment! Stayed at my mom’s, so, naturally: $0.00

Monday: Lazy lunch, $11.00; groceries for the week, $12.00

Total: $232, which, woof. I’m counting the dress as an investment, though, as an increasing number of friends hover on the cusp of matrimony.

eagerber (#1,958)

I wasn’t sure what to predict for this weekend. I wound up spending $66 on groceries, then $27 at the Black Cat on drinks & two coatchecks (my boyfriend paid for the tickets). I also spent $11 on beer for a friend’s casual surprise birthday party and $17 on new sandals & earrings from an outlet mall. I can’t wait for Spring! I also had to refill my gas (been on E for a while), so that was $54.

TOTAL: $175, which seems like a lot, but my car won’t need a refill for a while. Also, I babysat twice and made $110, so I guess it seems like I only spent $65, $54 of which was gas. Not bad.

kate@twitter (#2,935)

Aside from a Trader Joe’s trip ($38) I spent nothing, until I went out one night and spent almost $60. It was fun, but then I started thinking of all of the things I could’ve done with that $60. For example I’ve been pining for a facial at $50 for 5 months. I’ve been dying to buy a handbag (I don’t have one) for $159, and I could’ve applied that $60 to it.

On the upside I randomly sold an item I’d listed on Etsy 3 months ago, though. So, +$40.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

I did well this weekend but I also benefited from low expectations. As anticipated a group of us took a friend out on Saturday to take his mind off some tough times he’s been going through. I grossly overestimated the need to buy drinks for others so my Friday estimate was a little excessive. ($125.00) Still a lot more than I spend in a normal weekend but less than I had budgeted so that’s great.

On Sunday I was tricked into a breakfast meeting with the editor of a website that I occasionally write for. The meeting was over an hour away so I probably burned some money on gas. However she bought us breakfast and unexpectedly paid me for some unpaid work I had done over the summer. (To be clear I had no expectation of payment, she wasn’t delinquent at all.) Being flush with cash I did spring for lunch and coffee with a college friend who teaches in the area. ($33.50) I spent the rest of the day on a cleaning spree in my apartment and then ventured out at 11pm to buy a bath mat like normal people often do. ($12.35)

Total for the weekend: $170.85

But I still need to buy groceries or learn to forage for berries.

pawnknee (#2,911)

It was an extravagant weekend. $37 for alcohol for the party, instead of $20. Not one, not two, but three meals out with friends eventhough I only estimated one ($64 total). And drinks after one of the meals ($19). I still have yet to buy groceries so $0 for that. Food has always been my biggest problem with money, but the guilt afterwards does nothing to stop me beforehand.

kellyography (#250)

I got taken out on a really nice date on Saturday so I didn’t pay for anything except MTA fare to get there. Sunday, I think I slept most of the day and then wandered out in the 17 degree weather to find drain cleaner (and half-off valentine’s candy) which came to about $12.

On another note, it was really hard to be at work yesterday and not have the Billfold to keep me company.

ThatJenn (#916)

@kellyography Yes, thank goodness the Billfold is back. You don’t realize how much you rely on it to get through the day until it’s not there.

Chel (#2,960)

I estimated $75 for the weekend and spent about $85.

Friday night I stopped at the bookstore on my way home and bought two books off the remainders table for $11.

Saturday I got my groceries ($35) and picked up a couple things for my grandma, it turned out my aunt had done most of her shopping and just forgot a few things. I did spend $28 on Girl Scout cookies outside the grocery store, I knew I would but didn’t know they would be there this weekend.

I also met my mom and sister at Costco. I was a bit overwhelmed by everything and spent $10 on a pound and a half of blueberries and two packs of Laughing Cow cheese. It actually comes in a four pack, but my sister and I split it. I have never had so many berries at one time.

I stayed in on Sunday and Monday, reading and getting some chores done. I also took the dogs for a couple of long walks, which we all enjoyed. In all, a nice weekend.

amirite (#2,677)

My weekend was slightly different than expected, but I think I mostly stayed on track? Let’s find out.

I skipped my after-work beer on Friday and instead went straight to my friend’s place, where we ordered Thai takeout. ($24, my share). I overdid it on the snacks and booze buying for movie night ($39, I guessed $30), but that’s okay because I have leftovers.

I only spent $20.50 at the Farmer’s market (I guessed $25), but I guess I made up for that by buying an unscheduled giant cookie ($3.60) on my way home.

And laundry was the estimated $4.

Total $91.10. I guessed $68, so if I hadn’t got the Thai takeout I would be right on track. No regrets though, because I am eating the last of the leftovers for lunch today, and I used $20 that my mom gave me for my birthday that I’d been saving for a special occasion to spend.

lizil (#2,780)

I cannot for the life of me remember what I did on Friday. It appears I didn’t spend any money, though, so that’s good.

Saturday: $5.35 at Starbucks for one of those outrageous juices. I was super thirsty after a walk and that was the only thing that sounded good. $66.25 at Levi’s on the best jeans I’ve ever had (originally $88 but they were having a sale. $46.46 at f*cking Teavana because I lost a bet to my sister (never doing that again), $2.43 at another Starbucks for a slice of banana bread to cure my hanger. Went for pizza and beer with the guy I’ve been seeing, but he paid, thankfully.

Sunday: Lounged around all day with said guy then realized around 9 pm that we were hungry, so $11.60 on subs for both of us.

Monday: I had to work yesterday. I spent $14.08 at Safeway on snacks for a meeting but will be getting reimbursed. After work I had to make a Target run ($37.23)and then picked up a six-pack ($8.63)

A spendy weekend, to be sure, totaling $177.95. I can never do that again. Too poor!

ThatJenn (#916)

@lizil What kind of bet involves a major purchase at Teavana? Did you have to buy her something? (It’s funnier if you had to buy a crapton of tea for yourself as a result of the bet.)

lizil (#2,780)

@ThatJenn I bet her a few weeks ago that the guy I’m seeing wasn’t going to call for a second date and he did, so I owe her tea. She’s a poor college student and, while I knew Teavana was expensive, I didn’t know it was THAT expensive. I just wanted to get her some nice tea and I was basically robbed. Never again!

ThatJenn (#916)

My weekend went basically as predicted: stayed home Friday night hanging out friend friends playing Pathfinder, on Saturday evening I went grocery shopping ($54 instead of the $50 I estimated – I impulse-bought some delicious hard cider that was on sale), and on Sunday we went to brunch with my sister-in-law and her boyfriend she’s moving to Orlando to be with in a few weeks. The unexpected part is that the boyfriend bought us brunch! So that was unexpectedly free for me, and very nice of him… we’ll get theirs next time. :) (We approve of him, btw, and not just because he bought us a meal. He seems really good for her, which is awesome.) I also kind of saved future money over the weekend because a friend basically begged me to let her make a wedding cake for free for when I get married next year (um… of course? But please let me buy the supplies?).

My total for the weekend was $54 instead of the $90 I estimated. Awesome. I also spent $0 on entertainment this weekend, other than expended gas, which is something I aspire to. I read library books and watched Netflix and played XBox games I already own and looked at open houses (I can’t recommend this enough for people who like window shopping but are prone to impulse buys; you can’t impulse-buy a house, at least not most of us).

Of course, since then I bought gas ($35) and registered for the 10k I’m running in March ($28) on Monday, but it was no longer the weekend for me so I’m not counting either. :)

Tatiana (#194)

So, my weekend estimate was $67, and I ended up spending $101 (which still ain’t bad… for me!). Here’s how it went down:

Friday: $10 for quarters to do laundry. I made dinner at home, vegged out, caught up on TV, and did all of my laundry.

Saturday: Went to Stow Lake for a birthday ($20 for a gift which I have yet to purchase, so $0), then in the evening I headed over to Oakland (put $10 on my Bart card), and ordered pizza delivery ($20 including tip).

Sunday: Another low key day. Did some design work at home and caught up on TV. Discovered a new show – House of Fab with Kimora Lee Simmons and ended up spending $22 on a new bag (half off!) from the Just Fab website.

Monday: Worked at our annual meeting, then went to Whole Foods ($36) and Eazy Breezy for some froyo ($7 <– I got way too much, but whatever, it’s a holiday!).

thenotestaken (#542)

Friday: ended up meeting a friend who was in town for drinks: $16
Saturday: As far as I can remember, it was almost a free day! A friend came by for some bananagrams, and I brought beer I already had to a friend’s pizza party, then to a loft party. I guess something like $8 on transit?
Sunday: groceries for $20, then to a friend’s house for brewing, then to a cafe for $3, then got taken out to dinner by friend’s parents which was nice.
Total: $47, nicely under my estimate of $65. But I did spend a lot of money on groceries on Thursday so that helped.

I estimated $50 but went way over.

Friday – $15 on groceries at Whole Foods (fruit, granola bars, and the fancy organic chocolate milk)
Saturday – $3 on laundry, but that was it.
Sunday – I did my taxes but I think counting my refunds is cheating? I won’t get those for a few weeks or whatever.
Monday – $13 on lunch out with a friend (I grossly overtipped), $43 on more groceries (chili supplies, frozen vegetables), and $6 at the bookstore for the latest issue of Bust.

Total: $80. Ouch. At least I have a lot of chili in my fridge and freezer.

Stina (#686)

As of late I’ve felt kind of like a 90s rap video with the dollar amounts. Believe me it’s not the norm. Mostly due to travel.

Saturday/Sunday – Tips for staff – Don’t want to say how much. Just came back from travel to a lovely, locally-owned place in a third world country. Learned about how even more drastically they’ve been affected by the US recession so our money worries seemed very small in comparison. Let’s just say 20s were given out very freely.

Monday-Paying off cat sitter $437- No regular sitter would take our special needs cat so we had to go with a spendy vet based boarding service. Had mixed feelings about care given, will try different service that was full up this year when we travel next.
In sum – Lots, but felt alot better spending in the first instance than the second.

terrific (#1,532)

I spent more than I predicted, but less than my “more realistic” Chicago trip budget, so that’s exciting!

Friday, I bought a CTA three-day pass ($20), my boyfriend bought us beers and I covered miscellaneous grocery items ($12).
Saturday, I paid for our tickets to the MSI ($36), and for a smoothie at the museum ’cause I was DYING of thirst ($4). Boyfriend paid for dinner, I paid for drinks and second dinner ($29).
Sunday, I bought a coffee at Millenium Park ($3), dinner at delicious vegetarian restaurant ($55, worth every penny), cover at the Green Mill ($7), drinks ($25), and late-night Mexican food and margaritas ($30).
Monday, I paid for my half of lunch ($23) and for a drink to share at the airport before heading back to NYC ($11).

Total: $255.

joyballz (#2,000)

@terrific please tell me you went to green zebra! or handlebar? I’m so curious because I can’t think of veggie restaurants that are near Green Mill.

I’m glad you had a fun weekend here!

terrific (#1,532)

@joyballz Chicago Diner!

joyballz (#2,000)

@terrific oo that’s right down the street from me! I love it. They (surprisingly?) have the best chai in the city.

AlliNYC (#1,725)

So, I estimated $265…
$23.93 on wine
$44.64 took my brother and his lady friend out to dinner on Saturday
$31.57 took my friend who’s leaving NYC out to brunch on Sunday
$14ish got stoned with friends on Sunday night and split Chinese food with one of them

Well under budget at $114.14… until…

$354.89 (!) went to Ikea on Monday and got a dresser and a kitchen cart

So, $474.03. Ouchie. Good thing I’d been saving up for the dresser for a while. But no more spending! Eating lots of leftovers this week!

I spent about $120 on groceries for the party, but ended up so hungover on Saturday that another party or leaving the house were completely impossible. Then I spent $5 for parking on Sunday. $125 in total, a good time had by all, only about $10 over my prediction.

chic noir (#713)

Oh boy did I overspend:

75 clearance blue flats at Jcrew
25 kinky liqueur and a miniature bottle of vodka
30 supermarket run
18.25 movie and a popcorn
10 Walgreens run for newspapers and lotion.
3 soda for Little Casears

Total spent 161 my initial budget was 78.

I swear it was those Jcrew flats that really did me in. * slaps hand*

selenana (#673)

Friday is so far awayyy in the past.
Um. So stayed in on Friday – usually so tired that I’m not up for anything. $0.
Saturday, had coffee/breakfast with a friend at a funny kissaten. The soy latte was pretty gross, I sent it back. I don’t usually do that but it was really yuck. Total was 1050yen. Grabbed some groceries at the corner store but didn’t end up going out, just made “French veggie chahan,” so 400 yen for spinach, onions, and garlic.
Sunday, had a fancy brunch with friends (2500) followed by drinks that extended into evening (1000 for two) and was treated a round by a random stranger in the bar who was retiring and probably had his eye on my friend. Train fare for the day 1000.
5950 yen, or around $64, a few dollars over my estimate.

joyballz (#2,000)

I was pretty much spot on with my budget. I spent $40 on beer and pizza for my friend’s birthday. I wasn’t feeling too well so I left early. Which was a blessing for my wallet. Saturday and Sunday were spent at my parents’ house celebrating my mom’s birthday. I did a puzzle and read and relaxed and ate good food and good cake and it was fantastic.

Total: $75 though I haven’t paid my sister the $35 for the gift yet, but I’m counting it in this weekend.

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