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Friday Estimate

Good morning! Beyonce’s new album came out after midnight earlier this morning, which means I instantly added $16 to my weekend spending. Let’s do our estimations.

I’ll be flying out for the holidays soon, so I don’t have plans to do much spending outside of one fancy/affordable evening out. A fancy/affordable evening consists of my friends and I putting on our formal attire and going to a jackets-required establishment for a single cocktail, and then going to another nice establishment to order appetizers at the bar. Combined with some small errands, my estimate for this weekend will be less than $50.

What are your estimates?

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kentuckienne (#4,294)

This weekend is jam-packed! I’m going to estimate $75.

Today, Friday, I have a holiday party. I planning to cook dinner at home for myself and bf, and his friend. BF is purchasing groceries. I think the holiday party will be free, so I’m expecting to spend nothing today. Let’s say $10 in case we go out for drinks after.

On Saturday, I’m having lunch with some friends. I’m planning on under $15. Then, I’m having people over to watch a college basketball games, but we are cooking dinner. Should be $0 since BF is getting groceries tonight. We are going to a concert after the game, and while I am hoping we won’t buy any drinks there, we’ll probably go out after. I’ll say $20 on drinks.

On Sunday, I’m hosting a small holiday party and should already have everything needed for it. I plan to drop some cookies off to a friend to say happy holidays, but nothing otherwise. I’m hoping it’s a $0 day.

I know it won’t be a $45 weekend, I just don’t know what I’m forgetting. My worst weekend spending is usually eating out, as I avoid the mall and other shopping, and this weekend, we’ve planned to eat at home as much as possible. Let’s say $75 total and not go way over like I did last weekend!

annecara (#1,914)

Between holidays and a work craziness, I haven’t had time to come check in a couple of weeks. Things are calming down now, but oh, how I’ve missed you all.

Tonight: $25ish for present-wrapping supplies.
Tomorrow: Bringing beer to my parents’ Christmas party; do not currently have beer, so will have to buy some. Aiming for under $30 (I live in PA and thus must buy by the case).
Sunday: I don’t know that I can think that far ahead right now. Maybe we’ll order pizza. Maybe I’ll buy Christmas presents. Maybe I’ll buy a dress (there’s one at Anthropologie that I’ve been eying, and it’s on sale right now…)!

Total: I’m going to try and keep it under $100, unless I buy a dress or presents, in which case, under $300.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@annecara TJMaxx and Marshalls had really cute wrapping paper a couple weeks ago!

I’m making a quick grocery run tonight, so $25, maybe? Tomorrow I may or may not go to a friend’s holiday party depending on how bad that storm looks (ahh, New England in winter) and Sunday is reserved for baking cookies and Christmas knitting, so let’s hope with some incidental coffee or whatever I can keep it under $50.

riotmute (#4,454)

This is going to be an expensive weekend because I have been so lazy lately. I need to get a big grocery haul ($75), drinks with friends ($25), buy some gloves ($17), do a ton of laundry ($15) and maybe make a trip to Vitamin Shoppe ($30) – $162, actually not as bad as I would have though. Gotta prep for later this month when I won’t leave my apartment

ATF (#4,229)

Depends on the snow storm that is slatted to hit Boston.

Tonight: Holiday dinner in the North End for one of the companies my boyfriend works for (he’s a freelance engineer). It should cost me nothing as I’m assuming the company will pay for everything.

Saturday: taking Little Sister to see Hunger Games movie and then probably to Chipotle for lunch. That’ll run me $40ish in total I would imagine. Then I’ll probably hang home for the rest of the day and make some cookies for a work cookie swap that I tried SO HARD to get out of but am still roped into. Ugh. Will probably need a quick grocery run, which I’ll estimate at $20

Sunday: WHO KNOWS. I should be running the Somerville Jingle Bell 5K. It is supposed to go on in all weather but a foot of snow might hamper that. As of this moment, I’m still planning on it happening. Then I will go to brunch ($30) and then we had planned to hit the Harpoon Brewery for a relaxing winter afternoon ($20).

So the weekend should run me about $100.

Ellie (#62)

There are some things I need at CVS and I have a 20% off coupon, so I’m probably going to spend about $35-40 tonight. I need to pay a ~$10 library fine and I’m going to a $10 show tonight. Tomorrow I hope to buy a Christmas tree ($25) and a handful of other groceries ($30) and then stay in cleaning, decorating and working on graduate school applications all Sunday. If I have a chance to get out and it’s not too snowy, I might also go to the jeweler’s to pick up a pair of replacement earrings ($30) and pick up a book I am buying my dad for Christmas ($15). So my total estimate is $115-125, or $160 if I get to those other two errands.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@Ellie Sigh, library fines. I ADORE the library and like giving them money, but I feel like an idiot paying late fines.

Ellie (#62)

@andnowlights Me too – I am a very regular and avid library user and I am usually excellent about returning, renewing, calling to get a special renewal, not getting charged fines etc. but this past month has been so crazy with work and grad school applications that I’ve kind of slipped off.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@Ellie I renewed a book too many times and couldn’t renew it anymore, so that’s half my fines. The other half is because my husbands fancy pants school library didn’t have 2 of the books he needed (and didn’t want to buy). I only drive once a week and keep forgetting to return them, but it’s for sure on my to-do list this weekend.

fivetoolmike (#5,164)

Hosting our Christmas party tomorrow night! I’m in charge of the punch and some other supplies, on which I expect to spend $75. On Sunday I’ll be doing our grocery shopping for next week ($60), but hopefully not spending any more money. Taking advantage of the closing sale at Dominick’s in Chicago, so hopefully will be able to get groceries at a discount.

I’m going to guess my total will be closer to $150, though, due to unforeseen additional expenses.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Company holiday party tonight, drinks ticket already bought but will tip the bartender: $5

Driving tomorrow to hang out with a friend for the weekend: $35 for gas

we’re going to see “The Hobbit”: $10

Will probably eat out at least once: $20

We’ll go Christmas shopping: $100

May do grocery store run when I’m back in town Sunday night: $20

Total: $190 yikes

sherlock (#3,599)

@LookUponMyWorks You have to buy drink tickets for your company holiday party? Boo, that is not cool!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@sherlock Agreed! It was $11 for an open bar so a pretty good deal for this city, but yeah… I think an open bar is a great idea if I wasn’t going to be drinking around people that I’ll have to look in the eye Monday morning and remember all the things I said while “trying to get my money’s worth!” from the open bar…

Stina (#686)

Tonight: $35 for Dinner and $3,200 for our property taxes (we just got the bill). Yup I pay all sorts of taxes right away instead of letting the interest build, because I am like that. Probably a random $10 or so on groceries because the closest credit union outlet is inside a grocery store.
Saturday: The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug! on either IMAX or ultrascreen Um…maybe $30? How much are movie tickets these days? (says the Netflix user). $22 on a buffet afterwards.
Sunday: Groceries but don’t need much, just a few staples. Maybe $30 and then putting up the tree. We bought some shatterproof ornaments so fingers crossed on them surviving vs. our “Everything is a toy” cats.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@Stina Out tickets here (Nashville) are like, $13/a person now. I get discount tickets from work, but was SHOCKED to discover that if I hadn’t had them, it would have cost $26 for my husband and I to see… Star Trek? I think that’s the last movie we saw in theaters.

Stina (#686)

@andnowlights Star Trek is the last one we saw as well.

We are doing a matinee but unsure yet as to whether we’ll be doing 3D. Sooo many complications.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

I predict…

$10 for lunch with friends today, $10 for necessary supplies for baking absurd amounts of cookies for parties this weekend/coming week. $20 on stamps for Christmas cards (I still have no idea how much getting the amount of stamps I need will cost).

Tomorrow: not sure I have any plans that cost money. Maybe $50 on more Christmas presents?

Sunday: hanging out with friends from out of town. Don’t know what we’re doing. $50?

That’s $140.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@Caitlin with a C Get forever stamps!

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@LookUponMyWorks Done and done! I went to the stamp store in the Postal Museum and picked up some really cool merchant marine stamps (http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/pr11_092.htm) and Harry Potter stamps (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2013/12/11/stamp-enthusiasts-share-mixed-but-passionate-views-on-future-of-stamps/ — I had no idea there was a “controversy”).

echolikebells (#3,272)

$30 on drinks and transportation for this evening, because we’re going karaoke-ing. Wearing an ugly holiday sweater gets us no cover, so that is going to happen. Saturday I’m sleeping as much as possible and hopefully spending no money, but I might end up at the movies. That’ll cost $11. Figure $6 for hangover-fixing breakfast that morning. Sunday, I’m sleeping in, making chili, and wrapping presents, so hopefully nothing that day. $20 for random expenses.

Total estimate: $67, so we’ll round up to $70. That would be absolutely AMAZING if it ended up being true!

sariberry (#4,420)

So many festivities this month! Let’s see…

Today I’ll buy a white elephant gift (gift card at Crumbs) for a party tomorrow night – $10
Lunch – $5
I think that’s it for today – we have a meal tonight that we already paid for – so that’s that.

No plans in the daytime except reading, which I’m very excited about! (I’m reading “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri – highly recommended. You know a book is good when I want to read it more than watch TV, a rarity these days.)
In the evening we are going to my friend’s party. We’ll bring wine that we already have. We’ll take the subway there but might cab it back, which when split in half would be about $15 each, I think.

Morning: grocery shopping, maybe $50?
Afternoon: Wedding! My friend is getting married. My husband’s family loaned us their car, but we should put some gas in it – $10 each?
We already bought the present.

But as always I need to factor in the impulse to buy things online. I honestly can’t anticipate any need that might arise over the weekend, but you never know. Another $20?

= $110 and no more. I can do it!

andnowlights (#2,902)

@sariberry I have The Lowland on my “to read” list. It seems like a fascinating story!

AitchBee (#3,001)

Tonight: Resisting buying beer & pizza for $$ and diet reasons (ughhhh): $0

Tomorrow: Free museum! + lunch with a buddy: $15

Sunday: Hike (weather permitting [ughhh]) + giving in to temptation and ordering in probably: $25

Total: $40. I’m really trying to keep spending to a minimum this week and next to hit my savings goal by the end of the year.

andnowlights (#2,902)

I am so very lost and confused regarding time today. Last night I was all “there was no weekend estimate today!” even though it was only Thursday but felt like Friday because I’m taking a personal day and it’s messing me up.

Running shoes: $100
Some kind of stretch/running pants to dress like an almost slob for work next week because my students are gone: $30
Joann’s: $50
Used bookstore: $40 if I find anything
BN: $7 for a magazine that I need to pick up for my dad’s Christmas present
Drop off dry cleaning: $0 til I pick it up
Return library books: $3 fine
Lunch somewhere: $20
Drinking bourbon: $0 because my boss decided to play Boozy Clause this year. He wins.
Total $250

Half of the things on this list were things I was supposed to do last weekend and totally didn’t because of my (epic) Christmas party. Worth it.

Stina (#686)

@andnowlights Hey personal days and epic Christmas parties are important in life. The sacrifices are worth it.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@andnowlights I like the sound of your boss! I had to buy some bourbon for various holiday recipes, and I prefer to cook like Julia Child: a little for the pan, a lot for me!

andnowlights (#2,902)

@Stina Oh the Christmas party was TOTALLY worth it. I had the best time and so did my students. We’re an awesome little work family.

@LookUponMyWorks I ADORE my boss. Completely love him and we work really well together. Ha ha, I prefer just a lot for me when it comes to bourbon. I am a KY girl at heart (born there, lived there til age 4 and back again for 6 years for college/post college) so me and bourbon make sense together. ;P

BATS! (#2,770)

Santa came early and brought me 90 hours of document review to finish before January, so I’ll be at work this weekend. Derby practice is cancelled this Sunday, so at least I won’t be missing anything important.

Friday: poutine for dinner ($8) or the package of sapporo ichiban that is one of two things left in my cupboard ($0), depending on how I feel when I clock out. Then Netflix ($0), laundry ($10), and an early bed time.
Saturday: lunch at work ($12, which I will try to expense), then home for a dinner of pasta (the other thing left in my cupboard, $0).
Sunday: lunch at work ($12, which I will try to expense), then dinner with my parents ($0). Probably also a trip to the grocery store to refill my sad, barren cupboards ($40).

Total: $50 – $82, depending on meal choices and whether my expenses are approved.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

Back from Texas Forever with some per diem in my pocket- but I still have gifts to buy!

Today I work a short day and will grocery shop ($40) after, then ride! And gets tons of unpacking/clean up/ sleeping done.

Saturday I will ride, run (if it isn’t snowing too hard) and cook for a Christmas party. Then go to said party. Should be $0, I was really busy and went out a lot in Texas- time to relax.

Sunday I need to shop for my “adopted” child for an office gift donation. So $30 on iCarly themed gifts (which I will buy lord-knows-where). Maybe $3 on Coffee, $20 on some stocking stuffers? Going to estimate $93, but this will be hugely affected by what I get for gifts.

Stina (#686)

@RiffRandell “So $30 on iCarly themed gifts” [childless person] I know I shouldn’t be surprised by this yet here I am. Surprised.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

@Stina I actually have so little concept of what one gets a child that likes iCarly that this part of my estimate is a total crapshoot. I have only a vague understanding of what iCarly even is.

Beaks (#3,488)

@RiffRandell I feel like Walmart is where I would look for iCarly gifts. Yes, evil overlords and all, but the chances of them having iCarly themed things is +/- 100%

Allison (#4,509)

Tonight I am taking my roommate and my bestie out for tapas and sangria as a Christmas present. Gonna get gussied up for each other and it’ll rule. I said I’d cover $100-125 of the bill. If we go over, well the food will have been damn good and/or we had a lot of sangria. I can’t wait.

Tomorrow I have to hit the library, my college bookstore (note to self: check hours) and Home Depot so I can pick stuff up for me, my brother and some stuff to deal with the fact that my dad made concerned noises when I mentioned how cold it is in my condo/how there’s frozen condensation on the inside frame of the sliding glass door. $0, $50-60, and maybe like $30? (with future expenses of way more if I end up replacing them ahaha).

Then if I’m not totally wiped might go out to hang with a friend and her boyfriend. I have no idea how much this will be or if it will happen at all. $50?

Sunday: no money spending. None. Unless it’s christmas presents. But crap, ok, $20 for the grocery store maybe. Hoping I keep it below $250. Definitely not more than $300.

Stina (#686)

@Allison “Tonight I am taking my roommate and my bestie out for tapas and sangria as a Christmas present.” Note to self: Try to become Allison’s friend.

Allison (#4,509)

@Stina this is also a gift to me! because I want to go and I want to go with them so heyyy present!

Stina (#686)

@Allison I like your thinking.

Tatiana (#194)

Very much looking forward to this weekend, here’s what I have planned, and plan to spend:

Friday: Target run during lunch to pick up few things I need (~$15), buy lunch ($10). Tonight I’m playing Settlers of Catan for the first time at a friend’s. I’ll be bringing a bottle of wine I already have. ($0)

Saturday: Stay home, work on my friend’s blog design and not leave until dinner. We’re having our SF Family (my close group of friends) holiday dinner at Buca di Beppo, which I have been craving for MONTHS and am really excited about. (probably $60?) After, another friend is hosting a party at a bar, so $15 for a fancy cocktail.

Sunday: I have nothing planned! I really need to clean my apartment and go through everything and get rid of/donate stuff. So that will happen.

Total estimate: $100

Have a great weekend, everyone!

lemonadefish (#3,296)

already went to Target (cat food, who knows what else) – $38
Going to Lowe’s for a shelf and a set of pliers for my brother-in-law – $30
Herman Miller warehouse sale – $0-$600, who knows???
Two holiday parties tonight – $0
Craft market tomorrow, need 2 friend presents – $40??
Groceries – $50?
trying to resist placing a fabric order; will probably fail -$70 currently

total: $160-830+

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

I was in meetings all day but better late than never right?

I am estimating no dollars this weekend because the snow has ruined everything.

Total: $0 and all the sadness.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@EvanDeSimone What a jerk, that snow. I’m sorry to hear that everything is ruined.

AmandaPanda (#4,869)

This weekend will be quite sociable. But maybe not so pricey?

Friday: Work holiday party ($0) but drinks after ($22)

Saturday: Wandering around the city looking at Christmas lights etc. ($0) but buying lunch ($10) and generally keeping warm (this could mean bourbon, coffee, doughnuts, or any number of other things $10?) then dinner out with friends I don’t see enough ($30)

Sunday: Grocery shopping ($75) and buying all the dumb stuff (cans of this and that, paper towels, tissues, salt, flour…you know, things that are usually just around?) and maybe some baking / tree decorating ($0, but maybe some lights? new balls? heh. $15?)

Total: about $200

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