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Friday Estimate

Good morning! It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, so maybe some of you have already taken all of next week off (good decision)! Let’s do some estimations.

I have two friends who will be turning 30 so I’ll be celebrating with them at the establishment of their choice somewhere in the city. I’m also picking up some things for the celebration (I’m being vague because they may be reading this), and also plan on getting a haircut and doing a small grocery trip. My estimate for the weekend will be $175.

What are your estimations?

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PicNic (#3,760)

I need to keep it cheap this weekend. For the most part I’m going to try to kick butt at my holiday cleaning schedule so when I come back from Thanksgiving I have a mostly clean house and can go get my Christmas tree asap.

Saturday I have a sewing class and also need to pick up some materials to sew a bunch of potholders (first sewing commission! The idea of making something and someone giving me money for it is kind of blowing my mind). These should be free because I have a $25 gift card.

Saturday night I’m meeting a friend for food/drinks ($30), maybe a comedy show ($10), and then going to someone’s house party ($10).

Sunday I’ll likely be a touch hungover, clean for a while. maybe work on aforementioned potholders.

Total estimate: $50

Stina (#686)

@PicNic (first sewing commission!) Woot! Go you!

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@Stina I second that!

PicNic (#3,760)

@EvanDeSimone @stina thank you! It’s super exciting. I don’t imagine ever really making a profit off selling things that I sew but I just like making things and it would be great to break even/fund my hobby :)

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@PicNic Even if it isn’t strictly profitable it’s really gratifying to have someone say “You do this creative thing and I like it so much I will give you dollars for it”

erinep (#4,236)

@PicNic I am taking my first sewing class tomorrow and I am so excited! Pillow cover here I come!

PicNic (#3,760)

@erinep congratulations! It’s a really fun hobby and I love the idea of making things for myself. mending things rather than throwing old ones out etc which is how I got started. It can be an expensive hobby though. I hope you have so much fun in your class tomorrow!

andnowlights (#2,902)

@PicNic make sure you’re covering the materials in what you charge! I’ve made that mistake baking cookies on commission before. The fabric store would be even worse, ha ha, because then you see all the OTHER things you need to have. Been there!

erinep (#4,236)

@PicNic Thanks! I got a really nice machine as a gift from my parents a few years ago at Christmas, and I got a bunch of supplies from my grandma’s collection after she died so luckily I have a good base to start from. Congrats on selling something you’re making!

PicNic (#3,760)

@andnowlights I struggled with pricing a lot actually. The materials for this particular project aren’t very expensive (all together I think will run me ~15 for 4 potholders + stash use) and I’m charging $15/potholder. But someone else thought I should charge $20/potholder because I am doing a fair bit of piecing and hand sewing on the binding so it DOES take a couple hours.

In the end I figured it’s for a friend’s mother, I know her, it’s my first attempt at selling anything… $15/potholder. x4 = $60. But then we went out to dinner and she picked up the tab so now it’s like they’re free and I kind of maybe owe her $20? I have no idea how to do this.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@PicNic That is a lot of different pieces of information to include in your pricing! Have you looked on Etsy to see what people charge there? Maybe it wouldn’t work in this case but in general it might help!

I maintain that my fabric stash is like stamp or coin collecting. No one expects people who collect those to use their stashes, so I’m basically a fabric collector. ;P

annecara (#1,914)

Tonight: Stopping after work for a birthday card for my mom ($5), wine ($25?), some groceries ($30?), and makeup ($50).
Tomorrow: I was hoping to go see Catching Fire in the afternoon, but it doesn’t look like that’s happening, but $15 if it does. A birthday dinner for my mom in the evening (I’m budgeting up to $100, depending on if my parents actually allow me to pay for anything, which they probably won’t).
Sunday: $25 for the other half of the groceries I didn’t feel like buying on Friday, possibly $20 for pizza.

Total Estimate: $270. I doubt my actual total will be that high, but I want to be prepared in case it is.

halloliebchen (#5,373)

Tonight: Going to the gym after work, getting a bottle of wine for a dinner party ($15?) and then said dinner party.
Tomorrow: Cleaning the house for Thanksgiving, stopping at Ikea for thanksgiving stuff ($50+?) and then going on a bar crawl with friends ($30)
Sunday: I will most likely be hungover, so I will budget $15 for ordering pizza and diet coke.

Total estimate: $110, but my boyfriend might pay for everything at Ikea in which case my estimate will be more like $60

AmandaPanda (#4,869)

Friday : Dinner with my parents after work ($0? I think they will pay?) and then dessert at home (also $0) followed by a bubble bath and some well earned relaxing.

Saturday : I’d like to go to Federal Doughnuts and eat some doughnuts ($10? Is that ridiculous? I do really like doughnuts) and see a house ($Angst but $0). Go to a movie in the afternoon ($22).

Sunday : Brunch at the in-laws ($0) and then some cooking and cleaning and laundry and things at home. I plan to make mac and cheese with some fancy cheeses and drink some wine. I might also round out my homebody cred by finishing a knitting project. Groceries maybe ($75)

Total : $125?

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@AmandaPanda Please tell me all about your favorite doughnuts and doughnut shops around DC. Can I take the above as an endorsement of Federal Doughnuts?

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@LookUponMyWorks This is not donuts, but oh god. One of my friends in the DC area brought over some cronuts from Safeway, and we will never be the same. Pop those suckers in the microwave for 15 seconds and then go to diabetes heaven.

Edit: I have not been to it, but I hear http://www.yelp.com/biz/astro-doughnuts-and-fried-chicken-washington is great. Also, Shake Shack has a concrete with some Astro goodness inside.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@LookUponMyWorks Wait wait wait. http://dcdonutcrawl.com/ is a thing, and it’s tomorrow. Kismet, or did you already know about this?

(Also, pretty sure Federal Doughnuts is in PA, not DC…)

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@Caitlin with a C Da-yum! I had no idea that was happening! If only I had a bike…it’d be cool to just run behind them outta breath, right?

Mmm donuts!

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@LookUponMyWorks You can still steal their donut list and go through it! It looks like Chocolate Crust -> GBD -> Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken -> District Doughnut. :)

Those pictures are ridiculous. I am heavily regretting skipping breakfast.

Also, you moved to DC pretty recently, right? Speaking of unhealthy breakfast foods, have you heard about the pop tarts at http://www.yelp.com/biz/teds-bulletin-washington yet?

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@Caitlin with a C Totally doing GDB after work tonight!

And no, I haven’t heard of those pop-tarts, but holy cow!

AmandaPanda (#4,869)

@LookUponMyWorks yep, it’s in Philadelphia not DC BUT that doesn’t mean there aren’t good doughnut/chicken places there. Based in my Baltimore and DC experience is wager that you might even have better places to buy these things than I do? I will report back after I eat all of the fried.

Donut crawl sounds awesome!!

Stina (#686)

Today: “Free” shopping. A local Target store donated a $40 gift card to our community Thanksgiving dinner so I am going to buy another Turkey, some regular and decaf coffee, 10 cans of whipped cream in a can and however much jugged water will run the card out (the tap water at the church tastes super funky). Target also has a $10 off purchases of food and beverages for $50 or more coupon so I’ll use that to add more water to the total.
I also picked out the Christmas list for a young girl and boy and out of my own money I will buy the Lego set he requested and the doll set she requested. With 2 online coupons for $5 off each I’ll spend about $90 on them.

Our cupboards are bare at home so at least $50 on groceries and $40 on a meal out but unsure right now what day both of those will happen.
My money: $180
Other people’s generously donated money $50

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

This is going to sound like a PARTY ALL THE TIME kind of weekend, but actually I am going to be doing work work and running and sleeping for 75% of my time.

Today: I *think* I am just going to be spending money on dinner with a friend after work, so we’ll say… $20 because tapas and sangria. Then I intend to go home, smooch my SSO, and nap forever (argh massive maintenance issues kept me from sleeping and also breathing yesterday).

Tomorrow: football! We’ll say $35 on beer and food because I have no self control. Then $10 on fancy coffee with a work contact. Then maybe $30-40 on “going out” with college friends, whatever that means.

Sunday: I want to see the Hunger Games and also Thor still. We’ll call that $28 just in case. I’ve got tickets to a concert at night, but friends want to get food/drinks beforehand… $25? Also need to do some pre-Thanksgiving present shopping for the fam. We’ll say $100.

Total, that’s $258. (As @annecara says above, “I doubt my actual total will be that high, but I want to be prepared in case it is.”) Hmm… Definitely justifying a costly stream of constant entertainment with “but I’m stressed” and “but I work too much” and “HOLIDAYS ARGH” and “but I’m saving money really well right now!”

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@Caitlin with a C I have not forgotten our sacred Thor/Hunger Games vow. Just FYI

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@EvanDeSimone We will have the most epic of movie talks on Monday.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

I’m hoping to lay low this weekend since next weekend is going to be a four day. In anticipation of both Thanksgiving-Eve drinking and possibly some black friday shopping (UGGGHHHH) I’m going to keep it in check this weekend.

Tonight I’m getting sushi and seeing Catching Fire with a friend. Maybe $30 in total? I’m extremely dubious about these movies but people keep pressuring me to be into them so I’m going with it. Tomorrow I’m getting my hair cleaned up. I don’t really need a cut just a clean-up trim before I face my family next week, probably around $15. The rest of the weekend I’m planning to hide out, read, and continue eating frozen left-overs from the mysterious deep dark of my freezer. I’ll probably need a few minor groceries to get me through to mid week ($20)

Total: $65

Also for those keeping track, i did not yet do my one thing. I have purchased a new curtain rod but the installation process looked a little daunting so I cast it aside in a fit of pique.

amglory89 (#3,588)

@EvanDeSimone Are the leftovers still just mystery soup? TELL US MORE.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@amglory89 No! I found some Stuffed Shells in the back and they were super weird!

amglory89 (#3,588)

@EvanDeSimone Super weird good or super weird bad?

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@amglory89 Super weird indeterminate. They had a nice texture but I think that might just have been advanced freezer burn.

amglory89 (#3,588)

@EvanDeSimone mmmmmk I retract my desire for a dinner invite.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@amglory89 I mean there’s also mystery soup and…lasagna? maybe?

amglory89 (#3,588)

@EvanDeSimone on my way…

kentuckienne (#4,294)

Friday: getting lunch with friends ($5), running errands after work, which will include: picking up a prepaid Christmas gift ($0), getting a picture framed for bf ($0, he’ll pay me back), and then grocery shopping ($35). I’m going to get dinner for bf ($25? I have a $30 gift card) and then hopefully see the new Hunger Games. I think he’ll pay.

Saturday: Picking up a dozen donuts for a community service project ($5? will probably be reimbursed). That night we are going to a Friendsgiving dinner, but it should be free since I’ll pick up my contribution during Friday’s grocery trip. I will probably cook at home during the day to avoid eating out before the feast.

Sunday: Another Friendsgiving on Sunday evening. Already have all materials for my contribution, so should be a low spending or free day. There’s a chance I’ll go to the mall and try to do some Christmas shopping. Let’s say $50 just in case.


Allison (#4,509)

Taking off work a couple hours early today so I can get my place in order for the delivery of a dining set tomorrow, and also get to baking for my best friend’s birthday. Probably like $20 for ingredients I don’t yet have?

Saturday: Get the table and chairs! Build the chairs??? bake a cake. Get cash because the bar we’re going to is cash only $60? Don’t drop the cake on the way to said bar. I should also budget for at least a cab ride home because Logan Square is not convenient to get to. $20?

Sunday: probably I’ll order food at some point. $20 Finish assembling things? watch more Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries.

So $120ish and none of my Thanksgiving shopping is in there. That’ll be a turkey, potatoes and wine. Maybe flour.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

@Allison a couple days ago I needed something to watch on Netflix and Miss Fishcher’s Murder Mysteries came up as a suggestion. I thought “hmm, someone mentioned that on the Billfold, I should try it”. SO GOOD.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@RiffRandell @Allison I am obsessed with Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries! I thought i was alone!

Allison (#4,509)

@RiffRandell @EvanDeSimone I’m so glad that Billfold TV/Movie club is a thing now! And the show is so fun and great. I love it.

endofherleash (#201)

i made a bad decision last night and (semi)impulse bought the $300 winter coat i’ve been coveting. i needed to buy it in the near future because it is getting COLD in boston, my old one is destroyed, and i work outside all day every day. i probably should have waited until the end of the month when all my bills are paid, so this weekend (and the rest of the month) will be necessities only:
$35 for gas this morning
$30 for a prescription this afternoon
and that is all.

oh and $5ish to ship a package because i forgot to bring my friend’s gift to our belated birthday gift swap dinner. embarrassing.

PicNic (#3,760)

@endofherleash this is exactly what I’m struggling with (kind of!). It’s really IS freezing in Boston. My coat that I’ve been eyeing was $219 and is currently on sale for $139 and I really need it BUT I also am going to the dentist on Monday which will be $350 which will be almost all my money. But I want the coat before it sells out or is no longer on sale. But I’ve already rescheduled the dentist twice. But I don’t get paid until the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Money is hard. Winter is hard.

planforamiracle (#4,034)

@endofherleash I think buying it was a good decision. When it’s cold you need a warm coat. You need a coat that you like, so that you will wear it and feel good about wearing it. Also you work outside = you cannot make money without wearing a coat.
And yeah, as PicNic alluded to, you don’t wanna wait until it’s gone.

endofherleash (#201)

@planforamiracle @PicNic thank you for validating my purchase! i’ve felt so anxious and regretful since i walked out of the store last night, but had a chance to wear it today for a walk around the reservoir with my favorite pup and loved it so much. it’s perfect in every way.

fivetoolmike (#5,164)

My partner’s sister and brother-in-law are coming into town tonight, and they like to treat us (they’re in their 40s, we’re in our 20s, so we’ll be doing the same for their kids in 15 years), so I’m expecting a free dinner tonight and maybe another meal out this weekend. I paid our car insurance this week, so my boyfriend is going to pay for any going out and groceries this weekend. I already bought some beer for the weekend, so I’m hoping to spend NO MONEY. Does it still count if basically just pre-spent all my weekend money?


EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@fivetoolmike I love free meals from my “real adult” relatives. I’m starting to wonder if I should start reciprocating though.

amglory89 (#3,588)

@fivetoolmike I vote that it does. Pre-spending is my favourite way around Friday Estimates. Followed by “I was too lazy to actually do groceries/fill up my tank/all other responsible spending this weekend so I’ll do it on Monday (Bonus: Don’t have to put it in my check-in! WIN!)”

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@amglory89 I am SO guilty of this! I need a Wednesday Confessions thread so that I stop hiding all my purchases in the middle of the week.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@EvanDeSimone Haha amen. Friday estimate/Monday check-in externalities!

amglory89 (#3,588)

@EvanDeSimone I was thinking about this on the bus yesterday. I spent SO much money yesterday prepping a care package/christmas present for my friend studying in Ireland. “At least I don’t have to admit to @MikeDang how much I spent….” I’m all for the Wednesday Confessions!

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@amglory89 @ Caitlin with a C If that actually happened I’d be doomed. All my excesses revealed

Allison (#4,509)

@EvanDeSimone I do all my online shopping Monday-Thursday so I don’t have to admit it here.

ATF (#4,229)

@EvanDeSimone I said a while ago that we should have a Monday check in thread where we estimate the expenses we plan to spend during the week. I think I need that more than Friday check ins. :/

fivetoolmike (#5,164)

@amglory89 To be fair, I usually include my Monday spending in my weekend estimates because I work Tuesday-Saturday. I also definitely dropped $50 on drinks last night with a friend from high school that I’m glad I didn’t have to admit here (oops). I used to think of as free meals as money I didn’t spend that I could blow elsewhere…now that I’m planning a wedding I’ve learned to stop thinking of it as income.

fivetoolmike (#5,164)

@EvanDeSimone I really really want to reciprocate, but I just make so much less than anyone in my family and my partner got laid off in June (2nd interview yesterday, fingers crossed), that any time I make a move to pay for something it’s pretty much laughed off. I’m really really fortunate.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@ATF Agreed, I need more accountability.

Julie (#5,374)

I’m not going grocery shopping this weekend since I’ll only be in town Monday and Tuesday next week (I have enough food in the house to get me through the weekend and early next week), so my estimate will be low. I’m also trying to watch my spending to prepare for holiday expenses next month.

Tonight: Ice skating, which is $5. (I own my own skates, so I don’t have to pay the extra $3 to rent them.)

Saturday: Friendsgiving, and we’re splitting the cost three ways. I’m not sure how much my share will be, but I’ll say $30.

Sunday: I’m planning on going to a literary festival, which has free admission.

Total estimate: $35

amglory89 (#3,588)

@JulieC What is this friendsgiving concept everyone is referring to?!!?!? Bring it to Canada, please.

planforamiracle (#4,034)

@amglory89 Friendsgiving = Thanksgiving dinner with your friends. I’m Canadian and do this with my friends on the holiday Monday (after family Thanksgiving on Sunday.) It is the greatest, do it! Even though Canadian thanksgiving it over you could do American Friendsgiving :)

Julie (#5,374)

@amglory89 Friendsgiving is a lot of fun; this is the second year I’ve done it. I highly recommend it! Since we’ll be out of town with our families on Thanksgiving Day, we wanted to get together over the weekend to do Thanksgiving dinner together. It helps that one of us (not me, haha) is a really great cook.

amglory89 (#3,588)

Tonight I’m going out with a friend? Date? I’m not sure. Time will tell. He will likely pay. I will offer and then he will look at me like this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever said, as per our usual ritual.

The rest of the weekend will likely be spent on campus trying to get through this essay. 2X3$ for parking. Snacks and coffee and treats, oh my! 20$. I may also try to get to the gym, which is prepaid monthly (but November was free!)

26$? I will be surprised if I pull this off.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@amglory89 Tell us more about this free gym month? The cost of the gym is my main excuse for making no effort to get fit. (Please don’t rob me of this…why am I even asking???)

amglory89 (#3,588)

@EvanDeSimone Your excuse remains valid. I will not rob you of it. My gym is 50$ a month, plus I pay 250$ a year to have the right to access the gym at school which I do not use because it is filled with undergrad boys who think they are the shit (they are not).
I got a free month at the gym because one of my best friends works there and her husband is a trainer there and basically she just asked the membership guy to charge me for 11 months instead of 12 AND got me a 5$/month discount. She also did all the talking and paper work for me (which was my reason for not joining – I hate dealing with that stuff). If she hadn’t, my 1 thing thursday would forevermore been “Sign up for the gym”.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@amglory89 Once I signed up for a one month trial membership but then the registration bro lumbered off without showing me where anything was so I just kind of gave up and never went back.

amglory89 (#3,588)

@EvanDeSimone As soon as you said lumbered I pictured this guy as a lumberjack.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@amglory89 He was of Paul Bunyon stature so that works.

amglory89 (#3,588)

@EvanDeSimone Was he wearing plaid?

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@amglory89 He was a giant. I think he was probably wearing a lion pelt or something.

PrettyNicola (#692)

I am going to TWO Origami Owl parties, and I want to support my friends and independent women who unfortunately work for pyramid schemes, so I will probably spend about $150 on necklaces, and then Old Navy is having a sweater sale, and I need some sweaters for my NEW JOB that starts after Thanksgiving. “Need”. $200?

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@PrettyNicola Congrats about the new job!

Also, LOFT has been having insane sweater sales lately. Maybe check there, too?

PrettyNicola (#692)

@LookUponMyWorks What is up with LOFT’s prices? Their sale prices used to be way more affordable.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@PrettyNicola My local LOFT has been running 40% off of sale prices, which does make it pretty manageable. YMMV, of course.

PrettyNicola (#692)

@LookUponMyWorks I guess I just miss the glory days of paying $45 for a full price sweater, and less if it was on sale, instead of crossing my fingers that the sweater I wanted was still available while waiting for it to be discounted to $45 from $90. Their prices have gone way up in the past 4 years.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@PrettyNicola You are a better person than I am. I cannot and will not attend those or Pampered Chef or Avon or 1821 (or something) parties. I don’t buy stuff I don’t want/need and I do not want any of that! I don’t! And like you said, pyramid scheme.

ATF (#4,229)

Busy weekend filled with various forms of ‘givings’ on tap but hopefully a somewhat cheap one.

Tonight: post-work run (free if cold) and then dinner. Not sure what we’ll do. Probably pizza (free if one from freezer, $20 if takeout). And then we’re going to Boozegiving at a friend of a friend’s house. I think my boyfriend has already bought our beer contribution for that. But if not, an additional six pack might need to be purchased ($10).

Saturday: a friend has organized a 5K in the memory of her friend and said friend’s brother who died ten years ago in a murder/suicide due to mental illness. Entry long since paid for, will possibly get a coffe/breakfast sandwich before/after ($10). But I’m super proud of how well she’s done organizing/pulling off this race. All money raised is going to NAMI and so far she’s raised over $6000! If anyone wants to donate/learn more, here’s the link:


Saturday night: joint bday celebration for my brother and my sister’s wife at Sweet Cheeks. Mmmm…biscuits. Possibly a free app or two because my SIL knows the owner quite well. I will likely spend $75ish on dinner I would imagine. Possibly more. I don’t actually know. I’ll have a drink or two and chip in for the birthday celebrants. I’ll also have to cover the Little Sisters.

Sunday: have to cook because we’re going to Friendsgiving that afternoon. Boyfriend is making mashed potato balls and I’m making dulce de leche brownies.

So probably at least $100 but I’d like to keep it under $150 if possible.

Liz the Lemur (#3,125)

Tonight: Dinner and a play with the bf, then drinks with friends. Bf will probably pick up dinner since it’s at the restaurant he works and and he gets a 20% discount, which means I get the play tickets: $30. $10 in drinks maybe?

Tomorrow: No plans! Maybe Catching Fire? I really have no idea.

Sunday: Probably grocery shopping, but much less than usual since I will be going home for Thanksgiving on Wednesday. $30.

Total: $70. But I really need to get my mom a birthday gift, and who knows what Saturday will be. Also maybe Christmas shopping? I’m going to shoot for under $120.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Picking up prescription after work: no idea, but I’ll be using my FSA to pay for it.

Probably Redbox tonight and then retreat to my cave: 30 cents (I have a promo code for a dollar off! Yay!)

Need to buy a nice bottle of wine for Thanksgiving dinner I’ve been invited to: $20

I feel like a meal out (or doughnuts!) is in my near future: $10

Have decided to treat myself to gel manicure: $30

Might buy a new bed for the dog: $50?

Pick up a few things from grocery store for next week’s lunches and dinners (I’m working through Wednesday): $15

Total: $125

andnowlights (#2,902)

@LookUponMyWorks Oh donuts. I want donuts so bad it’s not even funny, but only from this ONE place in Lexington, KY so I have to wait another week.

Redbox. I always forget Redbox exists when I want to watch a movie that’s out on DVD. I usually try to borrow it from someone and then when that doesn’t work, don’t bother watching it at all.

It’s a weird in-between weekend for us– last weekend was super-spendy due to an emergency trip to Connecticut (and, let’s be honest, a not-so-emergency trip to the Herald Square Uniqlo before we caught the train home), and next weekend we’ll be in sunny Miami without a care in the world.

Tonight: going to the gym, priming the bathroom, scaring up some kind of dinner with whatever odds and ends are in the fridge, then reading in bed with some warm apple cider. Yum. Also $0.

Tomorrow: a run outdoors while it’s warm enough to do that still, grocery shopping ($40 or less, hopefully), trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond ($0, since we’re redeeming store credit).

Sunday: cleaning house! I want to get rid of a bunch of stuff before the holidays. Then buying a quart of paint at the hardware store ($30 because I like the really fancy paint). Then going to a Thanksgiving dinner/charity fundraiser at my husband’s work. He works on a college campus, and the students make everything in the dorm kitchens! It’s very impressive. $25 for a donation to this year’s charity, Life Pieces to Masterpieces.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

Friday; going to the trashy thrift shop to retrieve some of my ugly costume jewelry they temporarily lost. It is out of the way and I have been genuinely busy/avoiding this for a week. I’ve been driving a ton recently, so $30 on gas to fill up. Then home to ride, cook in advance for a fundraiser and relax!

Saturday: SLEEP, ride, run, finish my cooking and try to get a hair cut. I have a 1/2 off coupon to the Haircuttery- so this can’t be more than $20, even with a tip. I hope this is accurate!I have a free beverage coupon for Dunkin, so $0 there.

Then I drive up to a hockey game. $0 and strong possibility to do my hair and makeup in the bathroom with Mennonite girls fixing their bonnets. Oh Central PA, what a place you are. Hopefully $0 on booze later, I will be bringing some with me.

Sunday: About $5 on a quick breakfast, then bringing my per-prepared food to the fundraiser. Free eating, then on a journey across Maryland to pick up saddles to try. Maybe $2 on coffee? I’m going to say $60 all told.

WalkinOnBy (#3,585)

Good morning! Weekend!
Workyworking. Dinner with the family. Hang with friends.
Somewhere in there I also need to fit in some freelance work and a visit to my mom’s. Seems unlikely.

Get up early and help my mom host her family for lunch. Lots of cooking, and hopefully there will be leftovers to take home. Return shoes & buy boots – additional $40? Eyebrows $4. Cheap Indian dinner with friends $8. Friend’s 30th birthday! $20 for drinks.

Supplement leftovers with groceries $20. Hang with a boy $20 (plans unknown). Laundry, freelancing, etc. Cleaning! Return a birthday present to a very expensive store where I can afford nothing (except the eggs benedict are the best in town).

Total: $112

ceereelyo (#3,552)

Today is work birthday-day so everyone has brought in treats. I am hoping to fill up so when I go out to see my friend and her adorable son I won’t eat an entire pizza at this place we are going to. Dinner – $20

Tomorrow is a long over due lunch with my big Sis from college – $25. We are also going to walk around downtown Princeton after lunch and I want to see if I can get a gift or two at this cute paper store – $25. The rest of the day I’ll be baking, then bringing over baked goods to a friend’s house where hubs and I will be watching the Pacquiao and Rios fight – $10 for a six pack for the husband.

Sunday – I want to take a free Barre method class at the new fancy Athleta store they opened near by, and also leave the store without buying anything. I need to clean, study, and bake more for my husband’s holiday meeting that’ll be that evening as well as some prep for Thanksgiving. I need to buy some candy melts for the pecan pie truffles I’m making – $10.

est: $90

CubeRootOfPi (#1,098)

I’m hoping to keep it at groceries only ($40), but am looking at a Breville toaster oven ($120). Am going out of town to visit a friend in a few weeks, so need to keep expenses low.

Someone please talk me out of that toaster oven/recommend a cheaper one.

ATF (#4,229)

@CubeRootOfPi DO IT: re: Breville toaster. I got my boyfriend one for his birthday in August and I love the shit out of it. It works SO WELL.

planforamiracle (#4,034)

this weekend! pretty excited cuz I think my plans are a good balance of fun friend times and introvert times.
tonight: warehouse sale from my fave local lingerie company = potentially $50-100 if I find something nice.
Saturday: coffee & a treat with a pal = $5, dance party at night with a group of ladies, ticket +a drink or two = $25
Sunday: seeing the new Hunger Games movie! = $12? I forget how much movies cost at non-rep cinemas :)
maybe groceries and a pad thai treat at some point = $40

total = $82-$182 depending on lingerie purchasing

andnowlights (#2,902)

@planforamiracle Finding that ratio of people time and alone time is so hard! I’m a 60/40 split between extrovert/introvert and some weeks I can’t seem to get the right balance. Then I’m a cranky mess and can’t figure out if I need more interaction with people or less.

planforamiracle (#4,034)

@andnowlights right!? then I am less fun to be around and I feel bad about myself. the magic ratio can be so tricky..

echolikebells (#3,272)

I have to get a few repairs done on my car, and I have NO idea how much it is going to cost. I’m estimating about $250, hopefully. (I say hopefully because I do know that I have about a $600 repair coming up in the near future.) I’ll be housebound, and I’m hoping to convince my friends to do a stay-in weekend. I’m exhausted!

Super expensive weekend, very little money spent on fun. My guess is $300– $250 for the car, $50 on miscellaneous activities.

erinep (#4,236)

Over lunch I am going to go pick up a birthday gift for my brother ($15) and something to eat ($8). Boyfriend wants to get takeout tonight, which I agreed to if it’s the only meal we eat out this weekend (maybe minus a super cheap slice from the Costco food counter tomorrow) so $12 my share.
Tomorrow I am taking a sewing class! Paid for a few weeks ago but I need to get a few materials for it – $20? Then hitting up Trader Joe’s for a few things since it’s across the street $20 and then Costco because I am out of coffee and they had some nice looking long underwear last time we were there. I’m sure we’ll find something else to get too. $40 my share? and a Target stop for paper towels and who knows what else. Shoot we need dog food too. $13.
about $130? next week should be pretty cheap since I’ll be at my parent’s for most of the week.

andnowlights (#2,902)

I don’t even care anymore for November.

There will be much Christmas shopping this weekend because I want it done done done, but that doesn’t come out of the regular budget. Still: $100.

Oh, I am going to pick up a vase tonight at Z Gallerie because I am in love with it and my husband likes it too, and it’s on sale because it’s got some scratches on the inside (who looks on the inside of an opaque vase? No one). $55.

Let’s say $200 for the whole weekend, just for fun.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@andnowlights November will be over so soon! Just hang on!

aetataureate (#1,310)

I’m hosting a big party at a bowling alley tonight ($225.00) and still need to buy some supplies and stuff for that ($50.00). Oh god, I’m going to spend over $300.00 this weekend.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@aetataureate But hey, bowling party! That’s the best kind of party!

aetataureate (#1,310)

@andnowlights Oh yeah, I’m totally stoked! I want everyone to come and have so much fun and eat so much food. Just, gulp, it’s a lot of money for me. I saved up for it.

Aunt Scar (#5,377)

Tonight I am staying home, doing laundry, and making a Thanksgiving shopping list.

Saturday I am going out to the French Grocery for coffee and beignets ($15), and then hitting Nordstrom Rack. Cardholders who spend $200 before noon get 10x points, and I need bras, shoes, and work clothes. Then I go home, and mail a present ($15) and go to the grocery store for myself and Thanksgiving shopping ($150). I am also going to try to buy the cat his insulin ($175) and go see the documentary on the Muscle Shoals music scene ($15). I may go and have pasties too. ($20) So yeah, $650. The clothes money I saved from last paycheck.

amirite (#2,677)

Today is my last weekend before payday, and it’s been an expensive month, so I’m reigning it in. I have $90 to get me to payday, I’d like to reserve $20 for next week, so I have $70 to spend this weekend. I have a $20 gift card to use at the grocery store and I only need a few items, so I’m going to estimate $20 more. I’m skipping my usual trip to the farmer’s market because I only need apples, which I will buy elsewhere. And I don’t know what I’m doing for fun yet, but that leaves me $50 for whatever fun I want to have, which is pretty damn good!

Oh and I might go out for frozen yogurt after my (pre-paid) spin class, but I have a voucher that I bought via team buy, so that should only cost $1 or so.

umlauts (#977)

Spendy spendy spend weekend-

Paying for my weekend-long tai chi seminar: $175
(the upside is, with this I get 4 months unlimited classes- hurray)

It is the WFMU record fair, which is the only time a year I buy vinyl records anymore, BUT because of the tai chi thing I feel like I should spend less this year…so: $100
(I might go over this, if I find some records I NEED TO HAVE FOREVER)

Misc days:
Probably some food: $20
And probably a beer or so: $8.00


Liz (#504)

Hopefully I do better than last week! I’m working on it.

Today: $10? for half-off pierogies and beer at a happy hour with some friends. Probably another $10 later on at some other dive bar nearby. Oh! And I spent $3 on laundry, but I’m proud of myself for that.

Saturday: $5 for coffee and snacks probably, then I’m not sure. Possibly around $15 for a concert cover and a beer? Not sure yet, but I heard something about bluegrass / Brazilian music and I was like, “Sure, I’m in!”

Sunday: $50 for groceries, possibly $10 for beer if we have a potluck this night, which often happens.

So around $103 if I’m lucky. I get paid next Friday, so I just might make it under my savings goal, if I’m lucky. Of course, Thanksgiving will happen before then, so… who knows!

planforamiracle (#4,034)

@Liz oh boy. half-off pirogues and beer!? may I ask where?? :D

calamity (#2,577)

I feel like I always start these estimates with “this is hard, because I don’t have many concrete plans.” I should just … get used to rarely having any concrete plans, probably. That said, this weekend is unusually unplanned, even for me.

Tonight: Yoga class (REALLY GOING this time), then going out with friends at a cheap bar in the neighborhood: $20

Saturday: Picking up dry cleaning (~$25), CVS/Target run ($15, so long as the nail polish aisles don’t reel me in) yoga that afternoon if I’m not too sore/lazy, then ??? Hopefully hanging out with a boy, to whom I owe a nice dinner, but texting is a terrible medium so I’m unsure. Um … I’ll pretend that’s what’s happening because I want it to, so $80.

Sunday: ?? Not going to go grocery shopping since I’m going to my dad’s for Thanksgiving. (Judging from what I have in my fridge right now, I’ll be subsisting on omelettes and sandwiches for the next six days.) $15 for something fun/tasty?

Total: $155

andnowlights (#2,902)

@calamity Agreed on the “no concrete plans” thing. My week is already so concrete that by the time the weekend comes around, I want to live on whim and mostly laziness. Plus the weekend seems to sneak up on me so all of a sudden it’s the weekend and I don’t have any plans!

eatmoredumplings (#3,808)

Going to meet friends for drinks at a really fancy place tonight, but the drinks are pretty expensive, so I estimate almost $30 if my partner and I each have one, and $40-50 if we split or order a second cheaper one. (The place was a friend’s choice, and it really is ridiculous, but…it’s also really beautiful and atmospheric, so special treat, I guess?)

And then we’re hosting a dinner party with people from my church Sunday, and have to get a few regular groceries for the week, so I’d like to say we’ll spend $50 but honestly even a cheap grocery week for us is $65.

So $80 if we’re careful, but realistically, probably more like $105.

lemonadefish (#3,296)

Remaining groceries for Thanksgiving: $70
Supplies for pre-Thanksgiving insulating of the attic: $50? $100? more than I’d like no doubt
Maybe a quick meal out: $20
Possibly another new bra; it only took about four days to outgrow this one. These are not pregnancy expenses people talk about!: $50-75
Cleaning house in preparation for Thanksgiving hordes: free!

Total $200-350

Tatiana (#194)

This weekend will be pretty low key.

Friday: It turns out we were asked not to go in to work today due to a sewage issue in our building, so I worked from home and also did my grocery shopping! ($62) Tonight I’m going to see Kate Nash at the Fillmore (ticket already purchased) and will eat dinner at my apartment beforehand ($0).

Saturday: I’d like to hit up the farmer’s market in the morning for produce & snacks. (~$20) Then friends are coming over for a movie marathon. We’ll probably order takeout. (~$20)

Sunday: Hanging with a friend in the late morning to crochet (~$10 for snacks). Aside from that working on freelance projects (~$10 for coffee).

Total Estimation: $122

pinches (#3,520)

FRIDAY: After a hectic week of work, I’ve decided to take a meditative yoga class in my part of Queens (-$0, prepaid Groupon).
SATURDAY: I was going to brunch tomorrow Queens with a HS friend, but upon discovering the lack of vegan/vegetarian options in local restaurants, I’ve decided to just have a homemade brunch at home (-$10 for extra ingredients). I might buy more groceries for the week (-$50). I also really need to pay an entrance fee for a December run (-$30). Then will work at night at 2nd job (+$50 to 70?).
SUNDAY: I kinda want to go shopping in the afternoon (-$100) prior to getting to a short night shift at second job (+$65).
TOTAL: Perhaps I’ll spend $190 but will earn $115 to $135 in side cash.

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