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Friday Estimate

Good morning! It’s warming up a little bit just in time for the weekend (meaning I can actually go outside and feel my face). Let’s do some estimates.

This weekend I have a birthday/housewarming to attend, and the Super Bowl is on Sunday, and that’s always a reason to gather and eat dips and wings (I’m making wings). My spending estimate for the weekend is $150.

What are your estimates?

Also, here is a great wings recipe:


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ThatJenn (#916)

Good morrrrrrning! It is warming up here, too, and I am glad.

This weekend is a no-spend weekend! (Starting after work.) Tonight we will make enchiladas and have people over for our customary RPG. Tomorrow I will make mac & cheese and take it to a friend’s house for games in the evening, and perhaps do some geocaching during the day, as well sorting through paperwork with the dude.

Sunday, chillaxing, maybe more of the same daytime stuff, and a late dinner with my mother-in-law. If things don’t go well it might turn out that we have to buy something for that, but I hope not.

I’m getting to the end of my month of not being the one to suggest eating out. My very few exceptions have been when I didn’t have time to make myself lunch due to poor planning (and then I’ve just taken myself out). I think I might stick with it another month leading up to our honeymoon at the beginning of March. The effect on our finances has been lovely.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

@ThatJenn This is a such a smart plan, it makes you keep your spending in check, but you don’t have to turn down other people’s dining out plans right? So you aren’t just being a no-fun hermit.

ThatJenn (#916)

@RiffRandell That’s the idea! It’s extra-effective in my case because I come from a family that eats out like 4-6 nights/week and struggle a lot with that tendency, but my partner really doesn’t gravitate towards eating out, so it massively reduces how much we spend at restaurants without my having to set specific limits or give it up entirely.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@ThatJenn Yay for no-spend! I’d really love to be able to do that, actually, but I think it’s not going to happen since I made plans with my friends tomorrow night at a bar/restaurant/music venue. We don’t go out with friends hardly ever because we’re trying to pay off the student loan, but I haven’t seen them in forever.

ThatJenn (#916)

@andnowlights Friends are good, and I think being social (and the resulting mental health benefits) are worth investing in. Did you see what my last weekend was like?! Also, we’ve got some expensive times coming up. (Maybe we should have, like, saved some money before we committed to throwing a wedding I’m still kinda paying off and going on a honemoon, all right after my partner quit his job to go to school full time. Oh well!)

halloliebchen (#5,373)

Tonight I am going to a Chinese New Year party and making noodles and cabbage salad, I will estimate 20 € for ingredients and 5 € for beer. Tomorrow I will go grocery shopping at some point, so that’s another 20 €. The rest of the weekend I plan on staying in and going to the gym and sleeping bc this week has been brutal.

Total estimate: 45 €

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@halloliebchen This has been a week, hasn’t it? I hope the weekend is restorative for you!

halloliebchen (#5,373)

@LookUponMyWorks And how.

Allison (#4,509)

I need to buy and send a card or postcard to send a relative with scary health things happening. $2-4?

I might skip my workout tonight to do all the library/grocery store doing that I would do on Saturday except there’s supposed to be another 6 inches of snow and I Am Over It. Either way about $50-60 because all I want to do is drink and bake this weekend. And watch the USWNT beat Canada at soccer tonight. That will be a weekend highlight.

I feel like I should also put down another $40-50 in the inevitable online shopping I will do because I’m bored inside.

The above scary health news and crappy weather have me predicting this is going to be a most hermit-y weekend, so I feel like the real estimate I should be making is how much butter will be used as I bake.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@Allison All the butter? I feel like “all of it” is a safe estimate when it comes to butter.

Hope your relative has good news soon.

Allison (#4,509)

@LookUponMyWorks That sounds remarkably likely! Probably I’m picking up two pounds.

And yeah, I’m just crossing everything from 2000 miles away. blegh

andnowlights (#2,902)

@Allison LIBRARY BOOKS! I need to add that to my t-do list RIGHT NOW. Check in on Monday? Hold me accountable!

WalkinOnBy (#3,585)

@Allison Sorry to hear about scary health things. I feel you. You deserve all of the butter, and I, all of the scones. A postcard is really lovely.

Allison (#4,509)

@andnowlights I cheated and renewed the one that was due back tomorrow but I will absolutely check to see if you’ve done it on Monday!

andnowlights (#2,902)

@Allison I renewed the ones I hadn’t read yet/were able to be renewed, but some of them are books other people have put on hold so I can’t renew. FOILED! I WILL return them, though, because I do feel bad about making other people wait for them. Must must must.

ATF (#4,229)

Last weekend was too boring so this weekend we’re going to do all the things.

Tonight: run at the gym ($0) and then going out to this new bar that serves drinks with mini rubber duckies in them and you can play board games. I am assuming the drinks will be $13ish each and I’ll probably have two. So I’ll say $30 for tonight.

Tomorrow: Grocery store for foods for the Super Bowl party we’re apparently hosting. We’ll likely split the cost of what we buy but I still think it’ll be a spendy trip as we’re making chili, fancy tater tots, stuffed soft pretzels, and pizza nachos. I’ll estimate $50 for my part.

Then the Little Sister is coming over to watch a movie ($0) and I’ve promised her a trip to BOLOCO after for burritos ($15). Then I’m going to the Lithuanian Club in Dorchester for drinks and dumplings. That place is cheap so if it runs me more than $20, I’ll be shocked.

Sunday: Five mile road race to start the day and then there’s an after party. That should cost $0 as the race fee is paid and the party is included in the race fee. Then home to cook and have people over. Shouldn’t spend any money on that either.

So the total should be: $115. We shall see!

RiffRandell (#4,774)


ATF (#4,229)

@RiffRandell Right?!?! I am so into this. You have to use an old school view finder for the drink menu even. This place is either going to be epic (it’s quite new) or entirely too much.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@ATF What’s it called? I will be in the Bean this month and like the idea of rubber duckies in my alcohol.

ATF (#4,229)

@Caitlin with a C It’s called the Highball Lounge. http://www.highballboston.com/

Stina (#686)

It’s my busband’s 40th birthday! So our weekend spending is very dependent on which steakhouse he chooses to go to this weekend. Anywhere from $60 to$120-ish. Other than that we’ll be doing our taxes (yay. We usually owe a little.) And I’ll donate $260 at church.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@Stina Happy birfday to your husband! I’m curious – $260 seems like a very specific amount. Why that number?

andnowlights (#2,902)

@LookUponMyWorks @stina Tithing? Maybe?

Stina (#686)

@LookUponMyWorks Thanks! (Just realized I spelled it “busband”. Oh well.)
@LookUponMyWorks @andnowlights
$260 is a monthly budgeted amount. $200 for day to day costs and $60 to the homeless shelter/homeless prevention agency my church helps to run. Between that and other budgeted donations to different charities I eventually end up with a 10% tithing amount from my old salary (Got a raise last year, need to adjust.)My husband is agnostic so I don’t expect him to contribute to a church.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

This weekend is going to be a re-do of last weekend when I had planned to get a lot of things done only to have my furnace break down so that all I ended up doing was trying not to freeze to death. Tonight I’m doing my grocery shopping after work to avoid the mad cursh of Super Bowl shoppers on Saturday. I’m estimating $50-60. I have all my basics but I want to make a lot of something this weekend to cover lunches for next week. Might be lasagna, might be soup, i’m undecided.

On Saturday I’m going to breakfast at my favourite cafe which has reopened after their annual January hiatus $11.50ish, and I’m also picking up some of their homemade hot sauce $7. I’ll probably spend the rest of the day doing my taxes and watching NetFlix because everyone I know is out of town this weekend.

Sunday I’m going to a SuperBowl party so I will need to look up who’s in the superbowl this year and also make some guacamole. The costs of this are folded in with groceries and that really should be in for the weekend.

Total: $80ish

ThatJenn (#916)

@EvanDeSimone Even though I am also the kind of person who usually has to look up who’s in the superbowl, I kind of miss having friends who had superbowl parties, even kind of ironic ones.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@EvanDeSimone I know of a recipe for lasagna soup. Best of both worlds. Haven’t made it so I can’t vouch for the end result, but I can send it to you!

ThatJenn (#916)

@andnowlights I need that recipe, too, now.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@ThatJenn @AndNowLights Same here, let’s do it!

andnowlights (#2,902)

@EvanDeSimone @ThatJenn

Okay. This is the one that I would try (because Italian sausage makes everything better): http://thedeenbros.com/index.php/recipes/recipe_detail/bobbys_lighter_tastes_like_lasagna_soup/

But there’s also this one: http://www.shugarysweets.com/2013/03/lasagna-soup

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@andnowlights I’m game, i’ll let you know how it goes/tweet relentlessly about how badly I messed it up.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Running and then Hermitting tonight, but may stop for a pedicure. $0 or $30

Tomorrow: Union Market with a friend. Will buy something delish for lunch: $12

Tomorrow night: drag show! Not sure if there is a cover; let’s say $10. Drinks for me and a friend, $30.

Sunday: grocery shopping: $55 for food for week, and snacks and beer to take to a Super Bowl party.

Total: $107, without pedicure, $137 if I do get the pedicure.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@LookUponMyWorks Funnily enough, my weekends are usually super quiet and boring (ie me wandering around alone, spending money, or sitting at home reading). I was getting sick of it. Now, this weekend, I feel like I am doing all the things (three social engagements in one weekend! That is usually more than I have in a month). But all I want to do after this week is sit at home alone, reading. Life!

halloliebchen (#5,373)

@LookUponMyWorks I feel this. I am trying to muster up all my energy for tonight.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@LookUponMyWorks Ugh, this. We’re supposed to go to a bar (ugh) to see a band (that I like, but still ugh) with my friends (who I like, but ugh). I just want to sleep and hermit the whole weekend.

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@andnowlights @halloliebchan Right?! I bet once we’re doing our social stuff, we’ll enjoy it. Just psyching ourselves up to leave the house will be the hard part.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

Friday- as always this is the night of exercise. Run, ride, yoga.
Saturday- $30 on a riding lesson (which I am paying for right now), then drive up to a hockey game. Hopefully won’t need gas. Estimating $15 on food because it’ll be a late night and I will almost certainly get something at the rink.
Sunday- haven’t made any plans. I will likely spend a $2 or so at Dunkin. If the weather’s nice I will run outside, or maybe hike? I don’t care about football at all, so the Superbowl isn’t part of my plans. Estimating about $50.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@RiffRandell The super bowl is not on my radar at ALL and I so wish people would quit talking about it. I’m just crabbing, but I actively go out of my way to not hang out with football fans.

Also, you reminded me that I need to run. Or at least pretend to make an effort at running (read: walk).

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@RiffRandell You take lessons in MD, right? Mind me asking where? I’m in NE DC and don’t want to drive down to Horse Country, VA for lessons.

RiffRandell (#4,774)

@LookUponMyWorks She’s actually coming to me from a different direction that you, but try out Waredaca for lessons! @andnowlights I have tried to do workout videos in place of running due to the vortex…my muscles are sore I am actually looking forward to running for once!

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@RiffRandell You’re the second person to mention Waredaca. I was turned off by their website – really seems like a little kid’s schooling farm. But now I might just have to get over my assumptions!

boogers mcgee (#4,474)

@andnowlights Completely forgot that the Super Bowl was this weekend until I started reading everyone’s plans. And I live in New York and was planning on going to the Puppy Bowl exhibition they set up so there is really no excuse for this at all.

Tonight: gym, making dinner at home, watching I Hear Your Voice (Korean drama that’s got us hooked). $0.

Tomorrow: 3D matinee of Gravity, $29 for 2 (ouch, but I hear it’s worth it). Clif bars from Walgreens to eat in the theater, $5. Coffee at Chinatown afterward, $8.

Sunday: Free intro workout at a new gym near me, grocery shopping on the way home ($60). Not sure if we’re watching the Super Bowl, but we’ll probably make espresso black bean chili regardless.

Total: $102.

daysgoby (#3,610)

@cuminafterall Omg I Hear Your Voice! Never thought I’d see that mentioned here.

gl (#5,458)

Oh gosh, I am actually seeing this post on a Friday instead of on a Monday and/or late Friday night after I have already spent all the dollars in the evening.

I have to do laundry and, in order to do laundry, I have to either buy more washing soda and baking soda so I can make more homemade detergent or I have to buy laundry detergent. Option one involves grating bars of soap. Option two involves lugging a heavy jug of plastic downstairs and upstairs while also lugging my laundry. Neither is appealing. Unfortunately both options also involve me going outside to the grocery store where I will probably also buy groceries like a responsible adult.

Laundry: prepaid card so $0 this weekend, but alllllll the money in the past. ($6 in the past.)

Groceries + some kind of laundry cleaning supplies: $45. There is nothing food-wise I really *need*, but I will probably buy mushrooms for spinach & artichoke pizza (that is decidedly NOT ‘meh’!) as well as some kind of ingredients for salsa and/or gauc to dress up some black bean burgers I made this past week and froze for future use. Also cheese. Always cheese. I might also buy ingredients for playing around with drink mixers with friends. This would involve lots of beets I think.

Total: $45

Allison (#4,509)

@gl beets as a drink mixer?

gl (#5,458)

@Allison Yeah, like a beet bloody mary. It’s an experiment!

Allison (#4,509)

@gl I’m not a bloody mary person but good luck!

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

Lunch with a friend today ($10). Hopefully a calm night in tonight with gym time, leftover pizza, and cuddles.

Tomorrow, we’re planning to have a chore day and hoping to have some friends over for movie time, BUT they may not be able to make it. If they come over, we’ll probably have a low-spend day. I’m guessing $20 because I always find ways to spend on low-spend days. If they aren’t coming over, we’re going ice skating and maybe out for beer ($40-50 for two?).

Sunday = THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR. That’s right, the Puppy Bowl! We’re sleeping in late and going over to a friend’s house for the game. I’ll probably make some food, but we probably will buy beer ($15) and chip in some cash or buy a bottle of wine for the host ($20?).

Total, that looks like $105 max.

andnowlights (#2,902)

We’ll probably need to eat out tonight because I just realized I forgot to take the salmon out of the freezer last night so it will still be frozen: $20 (probably Chipotle)

Tomorrow night we’re (probably) meeting up with friends to see a band play/eat dinner: $50

Most of Saturday and Sunday will be spent doing chores/cleaning because I have not done anything this week and have built a pretty sizable floordrobe, among other messes: $0

There’s a print I really want to order but I’m not sure if I’m going to or not. I LOVE this artist’s work and I actually ordered a print this week and emailed him to see if I could add a print to my order by Sunday: $40

I need to find out if Joann’s still has some fabric that I only bought a yard and a half of and I actually need like, 2.5 yards and I also need some interfacing: $20

Gas: $40

$170. Whoa. That seems like too high. Maybe I don’t do all that since we have fancy dinner reservations next Tuesday. We’ll see how it pans out.

@andnowlights I’ve been scoping out prints lately, do you mind sharing the artist/store?

andnowlights (#2,902)

@polka dots vs stripes not a bit! It’s http://www.danmccarthy.org/ He does screenprints and there’s usually something strange and unexpected in most of his work. It’s not my normal style but for some reason I’m completely in love with it!

@andnowlights Those are awesome! Why is the glow in the dark one sold out???? Noooo

WalkinOnBy (#3,585)

Good morning! This is a weirdo weekend where I am in post-trip frenzy but pre-trip limbo.

Bought a scone for breakfast $3. Most of the office is at a networking thing, so I am chilling alone.
Lunch: quasi prepared a lunch (i.e. mostly just jammed odds and ends into the lunchbox and I’ll figure it out when I get hungry).
Dinner at my cousin’s house.
Laundry and collapsing.
I need to buy a plane ticket to see my grandpa potentially one last time. I’ll fly on points and the taxes are $181.

Yoga, freelance work, a mountain of laundry.
Limited grocery run $15
Unpacking from my vacation, packing for the next trip.
A date? $25

Walk on the mountain with my girlfriends and coffee after $3
Call with my long-distance bestie
Clean the apartment (finally)
Super Bowl at the same cousin and celebrating my dad’s birthday.

Total: $227 with this damned flight.

Allison (#4,509)

@WalkinOnBy taxes are $181? Are you flying internationally?

jennknee (#3,899)

today i’m going to buy lunch. i have successfully brought my lunch 4x this week! and i only bought coffee once (one for me and my boss). i consider this a good week spending wise! going to go out saturday night though, so it should be pricy.

- lunch: estimated $10
- dinners: $20
- bar on saturday + cab ride home: $75
- groceries: $45
= $150? yikes

emmabee (#2,008)

I would like to spend this weekend doing nothing, but since it’s going to be a balmy 40 degrees, I’m going to be out and about doing errands.

Tonight: Haircut ($60 + tip), followed by drinks at a friend’s house ($15 for a bottle of wine to bring.)
Tomorrow: I have been planning to go to the Container Store for three weeks. Saturday is the day that it will actually happen for realsies. $50? We have dinner reservations at a fancy place for which my bosses gave me a Christmas gift certificate (probably $0, thanks bosses! Maybe more if we get cocktails or dessert), followed by a friend’s birthday party (another $15 bottle of wine.)
Sunday: Sitting at home working, with a cup of coffee and/or a glass of bourbon, and not turning on the TV: $0. I’ll also probably get groceries somewhere in there: $25.

Total: I’m going to say $200 to be safe. Hopefully less.

CubeRootOfPi (#1,098)

Hopefully just:
(1) $15 – snacks for Super Bowl day.
(2) $10 – renting The Hollow Crown, to be watched on Super Bowl day.
(3) $12 – (maybe) takeout.

There is a possibility of needing to order meds for my fish.

AitchBee (#3,001)

@CubeRootOfPi I’m really tickled by the Shakespeare/football juxtaposition. That sounds awesome.

CubeRootOfPi (#1,098)

@CubeRootOfPi Update: $80 instead of $10 for The Hollow Crown. Guess who miscalculated the costs of Netflix v. Amazon Prime (I had been thinking about ditching Netflix for Prime b/c of costs, but miscalculated that Prime would be pricier) and will therefore be getting Amazon Prime?

Not sure what to estimate, but I am selling a piece of furniture tonight, so that should more than offset my weekend expenditures. Goodbye, hutch given to me by my grandmother that never really went with any of my stuff and was a pain to move, but was nice that she gave it to me!

kentuckienne (#4,294)

Going out of town for the weekend to a convention. Really unsure of what my spending will be…

Friday: Lunch out, BF is driving so I think I’ll buy his. Let’s say $20 there. Then, reception at a bar tonight, so I’ll say $30 on drinks. We may go shopping this afternoon, and I’m going to allow myself up to $50.

Saturday: Breakfast and lunch are covered by convention, but we’ll probably do dinner and drinks out. I’m going to say $40 for my contribution. Otherwise, I’ll be at a convention and unable to spend money.

Sunday: I’m having lunch with my parents and doing homework. I assume They’ll pay for my lunch, but I’ll budget $15 just in case.

So…$155. It could also be a super low spend weekend. Really depends on how it shakes out I guess!

BATS! (#2,770)

Another weekend of (mostly) working.

I will work late tonight, and probably pick something up on the way home for dinner ($10), then watch Deadwood with my girlfriend and then fall asleep. This has become my default Friday night. Can you tell I’m turning 30 in 3 weeks?

Saturday: mostly work, but also my derby league is having a rare saturday practice and then the AGM in the evening. I will try to attend both things, but might have to skip the practice. The AGM is a potluck, so I’m bringing pitas and various greek dips ($25 from farmers’ market, plus probaby $10 for driving to/from farmer’s market in a car20go), and I’m paying entrance for myself and the lady ($20).

Sunday: back to work! Anything I spend on Sunday I will expense. Except laundry ($8) and groceries for the week ($30).

Total: $103.

calamity (#2,577)

Tonight: Helping a friend move, in exchange for beer and pizza. $0, presumably.

Saturday: High of 50 oh god please don’t let this be a cosmic joke. I would so love to be able to go outside and not want to die. I just subscribed to the New Yorker and got that issue yesterday, so I think I’ll read it at a cafe in the morning: $10. Prepaid yoga and $30 of groceries in the afternoon, then $20 to go out that night in the luscious 40something lows.

Sunday: Hopefully work work working all day (I signed up for an online coding course, then got dumped on day 3 and haven’t had the energy to look at it since but I WILL PREVAIL). $10 for a latte and a snack, there, then $25 for dinner out with a few of my fellow bored-by-football friends.

Adding $15 for sundry expenses brings it up to: $110

@calamity I started subscribing to the New Yorker maybe 18 months ago and I love it. Eye roll inducing sometimes, but love it anyway.

annecara (#1,914)

It’s my brother-in-law’s wedding this weekend, so like $220 for the hotel room, $50 for gas, $50 for beer that he’s making us buy for the reception and will probably never reimburse us for, $20 in drinks at the rehearsal dinner (cash bar; MIL is a teetotaler and doesn’t want to pay for alcohol, which is fine), $50 for breakfast Saturday and Sunday, probably another $50-100 for expenses I haven’t thought of yet, and $InfiniteFrustration about how my BIL can’t plan for shit and refuses to spend extra money (which he can afford) even when it would make everyone’s lives a lot easier and stop everyone from having to rush around last minute.

Total estimate: I’m gonna round up and count myself lucky if I come in under $500.

Alright I’m back for 2014! January was full of unusual expenses and trips, so I decided all my new year resolutions, priorities, spending plans, etc, would start in February. What can I say, sometimes life gets ahead of the calendar.

Anyway, for fun this weekend I plan on spending no more than $100. Tonight is Professional Bull Riding (have to pay friend for ticket $25 – coming out of that $100) and then Saturday we’re heading to San Jose for the Sharks-Blackhawks game (Amtrak ticket already paid, $40 roundtrip, game ticket paid, don’t remember, hotel via airline miles). I took out $100 in cash so when it’s gone, it’s gone. I hope to not spend it all.

I have to run an errand at the pharmacy tonight (hopefully no more than $30) and get gas ($25?) and my transit pass ($35, but I consider that part of my regular bills). We’ll do a quick shopping trip when we get home tomorrow afternoon probably (shopping during the super bowl: the best!), $50.

$155 personal money, $50 household money. Happy new year!

andnowlights (#2,902)

@polka dots vs stripes Oh my gosh, I love the PBR series! In Nashville, the tickets were running INSANELY priced and I just wasn’t willing to spend it. I grew up going to the rodeos out west during the summer and they’re just my favorite things ever!

@andnowlights Oh gosh I can’t imagine how much they’d be somewhere like Nashville or the Plains states…I live in a mid-major city that has a lot of rural area around it so there’s the audience + the venue, but not SOO much demand that prices are high. I have very tentative plans to visit a friend in Reno while the state fair/rodeo (?) is there in June and I hope it happens!

lemonadefish (#3,296)

I’ve spent thousands and thousands of dollars this week on the house (new flooring for the bedrooms, plus lead paint removal for the bedroom windows – such a fun way to spend all the money. :/ )

But I won’t stop there!
Groceries for the week, and for a small cookout tonight – $150? will include meat and beer, so more than usual.
If we get lucky, we’ll buy a stone remnant to top the new cabinet we’ve built – could be anywhere from $100-350; probably wouldn’t pay that much unless we find something really spectacular.

Saturday: stay in and watch movies and nap i think. possibly order some handles for said cabinet, maybe $40-60?

Sunday: No idea. Maybe hipster lunch for $25?

total $250-585?

PicNic (#3,760)

Last weekend was pretty spendy so I’m going to try and reign it in this weekend. Mostly by hiding in my apartment.

Tonight after work I’m going to happy hour with a friend I haven’t seen in a while. probably $25. Then meeting up with a different friend to check out a comedy show someone we know is in, potentially $0 because I’m a student there, but also maybe $14 is they’re running low on tickets. Then drinks with that friend, and I owe her, so $20.

The rest of the weekend I’m not leaving my house. I have been weirdly weepy all day today (not sad, just emotional?) which usually happens when I’m overwhelmed/worn out so I think Saturday/Sunday I’m just going to putter around the house and do small nice things for myself (facial, manicure, hair mask, magazines, movies). I recently got some new quilting books with an amazon gift card from Christmas so I’ll probably look through those for inspiration.

Sunday I may go to a friends for her Superbowl party, in which case I will bring booze but I already have plenty in the house, so, $0 either way.

safe estimate, $60.

Happy Friday everyone!

Julie (#5,374)

I’m trying to spend as little as possible this weekend since I just paid rent. I’m also feeling like spending a weekend indoors both because I was out all last weekend and we’re supposed to get a lot of snow in Chicago tonight through Saturday. Because of the snow, I’m making a Trader Joe’s run after work so I don’t have to go out this weekend. My estimate for that is $30.

I’m not interested in football (hockey fan here), so I don’t have any Super Bowl plans. I’ll probably still watch the halftime show, but I’m doing that at home. If I need to get out of the house on Sunday, I’ll walk over to Starbucks ($0; I still have a gift card from Christmas).

Total estimate: $30

Markovaa (#1,509)

Going out to dinner on Saturday and picking up beer for the Superbowl–I’m giving myself $60 to spend.

moreadventurous (#4,956)

I’m going home for the weekend! Free food! I do need to buy gas, so $35 for that.

I’m coming back Sunday in time for the Super Bowl. I don’t have a party to go to, so I’m meeting up with some friends at a yet-undetermined bar. I’d guess $30 on drinks and snacks?

Estimate: $65 but the gas will last like two weeks, even driving to and from San Antonio.

AmandaPanda (#4,869)

This weekend I hope is…restorative? I’ve been grumpy all week (for no good reason) and I’m looking forward to sleeping it off and/or drowning my grumps in coffe/cheese.

Friday: Might go out with some friends for a drink after work ($20, if we go) or home to have leftover lasagna and leftover wine and some quality time in my PJs with HBO Go.

Saturday: Painting some nightstands (purchased *months* ago). I’ve been putting this off and it would be nice to have it done (and have a nightstand) – $0 except I’ll probably want a margarita or some delivery after so $20 again.

Sunday: Out to see a house or two, coffee ($5) and maybe some lunch.

Lessons learned: $50. $50. Not going to shop online for things I don’t need. Not going to shop online for things I don’t need. Not going to shop online for things I don’t need.

andnowlights (#2,902)

@AmandaPanda Restorative is a great goal word for this weekend. love that.

boogers mcgee (#4,474)

There is no such thing as a low-spend weekend for me, it seems, so I’m just going to try to keep this somewhat under control.

Today: Already picked up a freakishly expensive prescription; $45. This is a result of my own vanity so I guess I can’t complain. Bought some snacky foods for the office at the grocery store; $14. For dinner I’m meeting up with some friends at S’Mac (yesssss!); my cousin bought a Groupon which should pretty much cover dinner, but I might buy her a drink if she wants one; $5. Meeting up with a dude after that, he owes me for having to cover dinner from last time we hung out when he was short on cash (damn you, cash-only restaurants!) so hopefully that won’t amount to more than $10 at the most.

Saturday: Need to replenish my coffee supply, but think I’m pretty ok with groceries other than that; $10 to include an unnecessary impulse purchase. Coffee shop for a bit of GRE studying; $10. Going to Brooklyn Boulders with friends that afternoon, and just bought the Amazon Local deal today so that was $20. I’ll probably stop by Four & Twenty Blackbirds for pie on the walk back because, obviously, pie is the best; $10(?? I think it’ll be less but I cannot remember how much a slice costs). That night I’m going out with another dude up in Greenpoint, I’ll estimate about $30 for drinks because who knows what might happen.

Sunday: I really hope this day I can relax. Nothing is planned, so I’ll probably just go back to the coffee shop and study; $15 for food and coffee so they don’t get mad at me taking up valuable weekend space. Might get dinner with a friend that night or something, so that’ll probably be around $35.

This totals out to $204. Much better than the last two weekends, I think, but history is starting to show that I am no good at estimates.

BillfoldMonkey (#1,754)

Either not that much money or a lot of money for me: I have brunch plans and need a few groceries, so 40-ish for that. But LLBean is running a 20%off sale on winter sports stuff and I’ve had my eye on a pair of x-country skis so maybe an extra $300 if I pull the trigger? (I probably won’t pull the trigger.)

sariberry (#4,420)

Haven’t done one of these in a few weeks… time to get back on the wagon.

So far today I haven’t spent anything because I brought my lunch to work. After work I’m going to pick up some coffee beans, but I have a Yelp voucher for them, so they’ll also be free. Then I’m going home to make dinner, already have the ingredients for that. So Friday, $0, whee!

Saturday – we are thinking of adopting a dog and someone is coming for a home visit. That evening we’re going to the Lower East Side for a friend’s birthday. I guess we’ll buy him a drink and something for ourselves. I’m going to budget $20 for that.

Sunday – if I’ve got some momentum from the home visit, I might head over to the dog adoption fair happening in Brooklyn. But husband can’t come with, since he works on Sunday mornings, so it will just be window shopping for me. That afternoon I plan to pick up some groceries – maybe $50 – and then a friend is coming over in the evening for a not-Super Bowl (or should I say Superb Owl?) party. We’ll eat dinner and watch a Netflix movie.

Plus I’ll throw in an extra $20 for random things I want to buy on the Internet or in real life.

Total = $90

sharongracepjs (#5,107)

Somehow I am poor AGAIN. So this will be a boring estimate. Goddam NYC rent (and btw if anyone needs to feel the soul-searing rage, read this http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/realestate/a-student-apartment-near-union-square.html?_r=0)

Friday: my coworker just went out to smoke and I asked him to pick up a Diet Coke for me so that’s $2. (I feel good about this because I usually let myself buy deli breakfast on Fridays but I did not get it today! Yay for money and waistline.) No plans tonight but I may get a bottle of wine on the way home – $8?
Saturday: Friend and I are going to get rush tickets for Waiting for Godot and/or something else. But he’s paying because he feels sorry for me. I really don’t know how much money I’ll spend tomorrow because I don’t know what, where, and when we’ll end up seeing a show. Maybe $25 for lunch or something?
Sunday: going to yoga for the first time ever. $5. Maybe a small grocery run but I might try to squeak through on the food I have due to aforementioned poordom.
So that’s something in the neighborhood of $50 for the weekend, if I exercise amazing self-control. Maniacal laughter.

alexbaca (#865)

I worked from home today and ate leftover soup. I will need to eat before I go out, and I don’t think I have anything at home (~$15, somewhere). Friends’ show tonight and I think he guestlisted me, but otherwise it’ll be like $10.

I will eat at home tomorrow during the day unless presented with the opportunity to go out. A friend visiting town is staying with me, but we both have work to do. We are going to make dinner, but he’s buying ingredients. We have another friend’s going-away party, and I’ve got a birthday party. I will maybe spend a lot of money on beers, or maybe not, depending on how much I want to drink ($40?).

Sunday I will buy a bunch of snaxxx and eat them on my friend’s couch while watching the Super Bowl and working, probably ($25). So $80 total?

readyornot (#816)

tonight we’re either watching Dallas Buyers Club (screener, $0), or Her (at the theater, $26)

tomorrow we’re getting a chair that was a holiday gift delivered, then I have to pick up a bunch of things at the tailor ($100), go to the salon ($160), and go to the grocery store ($100). in the evening a friend is having a birthday party at a karaoke bar ($80).

sunday is cleaning and catch up on work day before the super bowl. we’re bringing the guacamole ($15).

TOTAL: $500

samburger (#5,489)

Friday – Already spent $20 on takeout, $85 on grocery-focused Target run

Saturday – Wife’s birthday! Birthday brunch ($30?) and then going to an art show outside in the bitter bitter winter ($0 admission but probably $10 on hot drinks) and I am sure we will make an excuse to eat out again ($30)

Sunday – I haven’t though this far ahead but I know both cars need gas ($100).

Total: $275

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