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Monday Check-in

Good morning! We really should have more days off where we get together to cook big meals and spend time with one another, and step away from the daily grind. But it’s also kind of nice to be back. Let’s check in.

We didn’t do estimates, but I’m going to recount what I spent on Thanksgiving through the weekend: $38 on a salted caramel apple pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds (pictured, it was delicious, but so was the Funfetti cake); $31.84 on groceries/snacks for the weekend (I was also housesitting); $45 on takeout lunch and dinner; $5.24 on coffee.

Total: $120.08, which was much less than what I had in my mind, because I thought I would be tempted by online deals that appeared over the weekend, but there wasn’t really anything I wanted enough to actually click and buy (even if they were 40 percent off).

How were your Thanksgivings and weekends?


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Allison (#4,509)

I got all my Thanksgiving shopping done on Wednesday, and then didn’t spend any money again until yesterday when I dropped $116 at Target for flannel sheets (which I should have bought last month) and various sundries.

Oh wait, that’s totally, a lie, I got take out for $20 on Friday because even looking at my fridge seemed daunting. But I didn’t spend money on coatcheck or drinks at the concert I was at that night, because we got there too late. So..yay?

Mostly I capitalized on the doing nothing and raiding the ebooks at my library and watched my mom put up the Christmas tree thanks to facetime (it was very weird, but nice! the phone did fall over when she got an email/text that vibrated it off of the book I was propped up on)

Total: $136. But I might spend that much today if my brother gives me any gift ideas. Or dad.

Bonnie St. Clair (#2,949)

@Allison Aw, that’s cool that you got to be a part of Christmas tree decorating with your mom. Technology!

Allison (#4,509)

@Bonnie St. Clair It was awesome! I’m probably going to make her do that every year now.

amirite (#2,677)

Canadian here, so it was a regular weekend for me. But an expensive one, since I started in on my Christmas preparations. I spent $75 at a craft fair on christmas cards plus a present for my mom. I also found some underwear for me ($30). I started on my christmas baking ($35.50 for supplies, but I’ll need to do a separate trip next week) and even sent off my first batch of cookies ($14.20 for postage). And I bought some Christmas music ($12) to listen to while I was baking.

I also went out for coffee with two different people ($5 and $3.75), bought some bearings for my roller skate wheels ($40.25), went to the farmer’s market ($34.50), made a separate trip to the grocery store for regular groceries ($46.71), did laundry ($2), and was too tired to cook dinner sunday night, so I got a poutine ($8.75).

Very productive weekend! Total: $307.66

Stina (#686)

Wed+Thur: Community meal work, $22 on extra ice.Things went well. I was the Volunteer Coordinator and we served 133 people on Thanksgiving. One thing I like is that we set up the meal like a restaurant where we bring people their food. We don’t have that awkward buffet line where the servers are separated from the people attending like they are afraid of catching something. Plus we had designated “friendly people” who eat and talk with people who came alone if they are interested to make people feel more comfortable. Here’s the extra squishy moment (I had nothing to do with this, I was cleaning in the kitchen and was completely unaware of happenings). A man from a group home came after we had ended and about 8 servers stayed 2 hours later and ate with him so that he could have a nice Thanksgiving.
Fri: $0 cleaning my kitchen from the aftermath of cooking 3 Turkeys, catching up on laundry and housework. Some napping to recover.
Sat shopping for gifts and basics in honor of Small Business Saturday plus a late lunch $130 total.
Sun: Church and had to work after. $7 on take out to fuel me for working

Bonnie St. Clair (#2,949)

@Stina I love the designated “friendly people” idea! It sounds like a lot of thought went into the whole setup of the meal.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

Interesting weekend- on Thanksgiving I drove to NYC ($42.85 in tolls), had dinner with family friends of a friend (it was fine, but there was a whole lot of ‘I don’t think you can go with us’ ‘Are you serious? It’s Thanksgiving’ beforehand). Had a great reunion with friends and spent $14 on drinks.

Friday- $13 on a bad brunch sandwich, walked the entire length of Central Park, had a terribly stale pretzel and drink $7. $6 on the Subway. $14 drinks in Brooklyn. $1.60 late night bagel, which included free cold butter (ugggg) and free anger from the gas station owner over me using the men’s bathroom.

Saturday- $2 at the MET, $10 on lunch, $7.25 on the Subway, $12 on snacks for the drive on Sunday, $8.25 on beer.

Sunday- Duct tape and plastic for sealing the window someone smashed in to steal my (hidden) GPS- $0. $9 on pizza to replace the stolen snacks (really guys, you stole my lunchbox too?) $28.55 and my soul to drive through post holiday traffic, on the turnpike looking at my destroyed window.

Estimate: $180, Spent: $171, Actual Cost: $171 +$300 for window + up to $500 deductible for the GPS, if it gets approved by USAA.

Stina (#686)

@RiffRandell Oh hon. That totally blows about the window.

Bonnie St. Clair (#2,949)

to replace the stolen snacks (really guys, you stole my lunchbox too?)

Ugh, seriously, sorry to hear about the theft and the smashed window.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

@Bonnie St. Clair and @Stine Thanks for the support. The window was bad (repaired today for $285) and the lunchbox was the icing on the cake.

amglory89 (#3,588)

@RiffRandell I feel like this is potentially a dumb question, but aren’t GPSs like 150$?

RiffRandell (#4,774)

@amglory89 I think I worded it oddly, the GPS+ Window+ GPS accessories + random other items in the car would all add up to just slightly less than $500 all told. $500 would buy a gold-plated GPS or something ridiculous.

Liz the Lemur (#3,125)

$20 for shared gas for the drive down. Bf picked up cider for the weekend, of which we still have 3 left. Lots of delicious food from my loving parents, lots of lazing around. Cleaned out my childhood bedroom and brought a lot of miscellaneous stuff back. I plan on doing all my Christmas shopping during this week so I don’t have to report it. Or maybe I’ll report it anyway – I do have a spreadsheet.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@lemur_niemer I am also strategically planning all of my Christmas ordering for midweek so I don’t have to confess it here. I’ll probably have to cop to paying some rush fees in a few weeks though since I am perpetually late in ordering gifts.

echolikebells (#3,272)

@EvanDeSimone I didn’t start my shopping until today, because I couldn’t stand to have to confess the amounts at check-in. A friend wants to go shopping next Sunday and I’m seriously considering asking her if we can go on a weeknight instead. It is bad enough to see the amount in my bank account and on Mint, but at check-in too? Ugh!

Marge (#4,715)

Hmm. Thanksgiving Day: $20 train ticket to see family.
Black Friday: I needed a hair dryer so I got the cheapest one I could at Rite Aid and paid for it half in change :$13
Saturday: nothing.
Sunday: $8 drop cloth at home depot, $15 on groceries.

To be fair, it’s one of those ‘poor til paycheck’ weeks for me. I am paid on a biweekly basis and have had to hold my rent money for the last week and a half. Counting down to Thursday!

highjump (#39)

Did I miss the monthly throw money at our problems check in?

andnowlights (#2,902)

@highjump Was wondering the same thing! I really wish January’s would roll around because we are starting to work on a student loan on January 1 and I want to mark my progress!

sherlock (#3,599)

I did very well, only $113 despite the long weekend.

Wednesday: Worked half a day and bought lunch, $9. Left early for my flight, spent $2 on a drink at the airport. Spent $39 on dinner and drinks with friends that evening.

Thursday: Most of the day was spent with family, but I did spend $8 on a ticket to Catching Fire. (I currently live in DC and couldn’t believe how cheap movie tickets are in my hometown!) $2 for parking.

Friday: Nothing! Stayed home setting up Christmas decorations, then went to dinner which my parents wouldn’t let me pay for.

Saturday: Flew home, $3 for a snack at the airport. Once home, I did a pretty big grocery trip, $50.

Sunday: Nothing! This day was glorious, I didn’t leave the house all day, and pretty much just relaxed and cooked a big pot of chili.

ATF (#4,229)

My Thanksgiving was both relaxing and super stressful. Stressful because we had to drive a long ways in the horrible storm on Tuesday/Wednesday and relaxing because the rest of the time we spent hanging out drinking in a lovely house on Lake Michigan.

But I spent very little over the long weekend. No online shopping and not much spent otherwise. Some money on snacks/food as we drove and some money on tolls but all and all, probably less than $50.

Bonnie St. Clair (#2,949)

Thursday: drove to my cousin’s for Thanksgiving with my extended family; spent $25 for gas before heading back home

- $10 to see Dallas Buyers Club with my gf – I really liked it, but I also understand some of the criticisms that I’ve heard/read about it
- went to a friend’s birthday celebration – $24 for dinner, $20 for laser tag (haven’t played it in years! I was terrible), $15 for parking (boo)

- $33 on an old cast iron waffle pan on eBay because the Black Friday deals on cheap waffle makers were tempting me but I’m overly paranoid about nonstick treatments on cheaply made appliances (jury’s still out on whether the cast iron pan will actually work or if I just spent $33 for unevenly cooked, stuck waffle chunks)
- $9 on dinner
- $149 for online shopping at the Limited and $71 at Express

Sunday: $17 on groceries

Total: $373 – but I also did some petsitting for 2 families over the holiday break, which came out to $135 extra, so my total deducting that was $238.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@Bonnie St. Clair Where did you go for dinner? Worth it?

echolikebells (#3,272)

Thursday: Didn’t spend anything– spent the whole day with family, and the evening watching movies with my mom.

Friday: $50 at Old Navy/Gap for some new jeans, a blouse, and some smaller items for stockings for my mom and sisters. Put $15 in my mom’s gas tank. $8 run for coffee and donuts.

Saturday: $42 on a haircut that made me cry when I got in the car. The stylist has been cutting my hair for 8 years now, but she blanked out in the first few cuts and took my hair (that I’d been growing out for 8 months) from “a-line bob” to “soccer mom pixie”. I am a wimp and didn’t want to hurt her feelings (what?) so I paid, left, and cried the whole way home. I never got people who cried over hair, but I totally do now. Then I spent right around $22,000 on a new car, price increased by a couple of luxuries that I’m really not sure I would’ve gotten if I hadn’t just spent 30 minutes crying while looking in a mirror. $2 at a drive-thru for the largest pop they’d sell me on my way out of my hometown.

Sunday: $45 for a small Christmas tree and all the lights/ornaments/etc., some stocking stuffers, a new phone charger, and an air freshener for my car because the new-car plasticky smell actually gives me a little bit of a headache. $9 at Half-Price Books.

Total: $171 + a car that I’ll be paying a lot of money for over the next 6 years.

Allison (#4,509)

@echolikebells crying over bad haircuts is just a thing that happens sometimes.

OllyOlly (#669)

@echolikebells Last haircut I got I basically only told her “just don’t angle the cut so I have these long pieces in the front.” And then she gave me a super exaggerated angled cut! I was so embarrassed that I was starting to cry so I just mumbled and left. Then I cried in the car. I feel you.

echolikebells (#3,272)

@OllyOlly It’s hard! It has been two days and I still find myself just touching the back of my head where there used to be hair and feeling shocked. Stylists that only listen to keywords without listening to whether or not you were using those words as an example of what you DON’T want suck. :(

ceereelyo (#3,552)

Thursday – annual 8K my husband and sister in law and her boyfriend ran. After the gun I walked to the sbux for my first holiday-ish drink (I never go to sbux)- $2.00. Turkey, family, and gossip for the rest of the evening.

Friday – enjoyed my black friday by restocking our groceries – NO ONE at Trader Joe’s! ok, but no one I mean there were two other people there with me at 8am. But still. Groceries at TJ’s and WF were $100. There is a marshalls/homegoods near the whole foods I shop at, so it was early enough and I went in. They were fully stocked and I did a fair amount of xmas shopping and was able to to cross off many people – $120 (for 2 preteens, 3 little kids, 2 cousins and an aunt!). They were also giving away their huge reusable shopping bags.
-After morning shopping, had parents and brother over for lunch. Then went out again! gah. Went to another homegoods, and spend 17.00 on a little addon for SIL and bf. Then to mall where I failed at finishing xmas shopping but got a much needed pair of work pants from Loft – $40.

Saturday – baked and baked and made mashed potatoes for my Friendsgivingmas that evening. Spent 10.00 on an iced tea and a pack of cigarettes. Fun and merriment (and more food) that evening, cigarettes were necessary.

Sunday – hung out with husband, who had been working all weekend. Looked but didn’t buy tv stands, but picked up some household items – $22.00. Watched afternoon football at the only princeton “dive” bar, where they had 50 cent wings and 2.50 miller lights – $12. Went home and ate more cookies, wrapped presents, and cleaned. Then made cheeseless pizza instead of going out to buy fancy thin crust cheeseless pizza.

Not crazy zand got a lot of xmas shopping done. Will have to wait until next paycheck to finish – $323.

aetataureate (#1,310)

$11.45 at Walgreens for razors, $47.44 at Target for Monopoly, batteries, and a few groceries, $10.00 on Candy Crush, about $10 on some groceries yesterday, and about $20 on sushi. So a little over $100 total — plus I worked Saturday and Sunday so will make back about $130.

lemonadefish (#3,296)

I don’t even know what at Target – $30?
Later ordered a dress and a stocking stuffer from Target – $26
Ordered 8 bras on Black Friday sale (some of which I hope will fit, the rest will go back) – $207
Mediocre Sunday brunch (should have driven across town to the good one) – $36

$299. *sigh*

garli (#4,150)

I hosted thanksgiving but bought all the food last weekend so 0$ there, and I’ve basically been living off the left overs since then.

I did spend about 400 bucks on various black friday deals. All were things I had my eye on for a while and was waiting to see if the sales were good enough to jump on them. Some boring stuff like 40% off Banana Republic so my husband could stock up on work pants, and some were fun like the 20% off any one thing at Williams Sonoma.

kentuckienne (#4,294)

Before adding it up, I thought I had spent a lot more this weekend than I did. Cyber Monday sales are screaming at me, so I’m sure I’ll spend more today.

Friday: stayed on my parents comfy, warm couch and shopped online. I spent $67 buying outfits for 2 kids from a family my friends and I ‘adopted’ for Christmas. I also bought a bridesmaid dress for $84. No holiday sales, but it’s for a wedding next year and I needed it.

Saturday: Much needed haircut ($27) and $11 at Macy’s on a gift for bf ($21.19, but with a $10 rebate). I also bought 2 pair of Nike running capris that I love for $6.50. Because they’re normally around $70 each, I feel this was my great deal of the year.

Sunday: I went out with friends on Saturday and ended up spending $6 on late night snacks despite doing nothing but eating for the 72 hours before. I also bought a $2 diet coke at McDonald’s on my way home from the parents’ house.

$203.50, not awful considering the bigger ticket items that are now off my to-do list. Plus, I would have paid way more to spend all that time at home with my parents, eating yummy food, and not working for 4 days in a row.

calamity (#2,577)

My weekend started on the 27th, so I’ll count from there.

- $180 for tickets to visit my mother in Florida after the holidays
- $10 for a taxi downtown because it was rainy and cold
- $0 for several days of lazing around my father’s house with a gazillion family members, eating and drinking copiously
- $13 for a taxi uptown because I was running late
- $20 for dinner with friends
- $25 for brunch the next day
- $60 for some essentials (razor, shampoo), non-essentials (nail polish, chocolate), and sorta-essentials (two cardigans for work) at Target

$308, but considering that covers five days and a round-trip plane ticket, I won’t complain.

CL (#3,590)

$220 for a Pendleton blanket (discovering 5 seconds after opening that my devil cat has a horrific, destructive form of OCD known as “wool sucking”: priceless!)

That’s pretty much it. A little bit of takeout. $10 on used books.

amglory89 (#3,588)

Canadian so I had a regular weekend and yet I still spent too much / don’t want to think about it.

Im going to blame the lack of estimate for this.

AmandaPanda (#4,869)

Oh the weekend was fun and long!

Wednesday: $120 for dinner with bf and mom. We went to a new (to me) Italian place and everything was buttery and delicious.

Thanksgiving: $0 dinner with family (ingredients pre-bought) and quality time after.

Friday: $0 Lolling around the house watching nova, doing laundry, being a bum.

Saturday: Whoo! $500 on a rug from west elm. I also painted the bathroom ($0 but unpleasant).

Sunday: $150 at ikea for a medicine cabinet, lamp, and…a cinnamon bun? $50 groceries

Next weekend I’ll finish up the trim in the bathroom and hang up the light fixture. Hopefully this week will not be too spendy.

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