Oh man, I spent SO MUCH MONEY this weekend. Friday I accidentally went to more bars than I had planned and spent around $50. Saturday I drove myself nuts getting food and stuff together for the goodbye party I threw myself at a park yesterday. I somehow spent almost $200 on food and drinks alone, plus about $45 on Zipcars. On Sunday, though, I just got to the park super early (10 a.m.) to save a shady spot, and we stayed there all day long and I didn't end up spending any money at all! Total was $285 - which, actually, is only $30 over my estimate.
@Beezus Checking in with myself on Saturday afternoon! God I love that the Billfold gives a platform for this. It's so helpful. I accidentally spent $50 on drinks and food last night, but we did not run the 5K or hit the beer garden/taco trucks. I am about to hit the grocery store for the picnic stuff for tomorrow and I am estimating $60 for all of it. I did not rent a car because it was going to be much more expensive than I thought ($100!) but instead got a zipcar for tonight ($33) and we'll get a car2go tomorrow morning (less than $10).
I don't know, I really like the point about cable. It's kind of been surprising to me to learn that cable is considered such a necessity among certain types of people. Whenever I tell my friends or coworkers that I don't have it, they look at me like I'm Amish or something. (NOT EVEN BASIC? is what they ask a lot. I don't really know what that means but, no, not even basic.) It just seems like such an indulgence to me - again, that's just ME, PESONALLY, if it makes you happy, hooray for you! But it's just not necessary for me. Sometimes I get very very jealous of people who get to watch things like Girls or GoT as they air, but then I think to myself "Ohhh so you want to spend hundreds of dollars on TEEVEE a month, so you can watch your darling precious TEEVEE shows? Shut up, me." And then I find something to stream on Netflix. In conclusion, why isn't there an option to pay a monthly subscription fee for HBO Go.
It's Friday estimate time, yay! Tonight I'm going to grab dinner at a great foodtruck-turned-diner in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. I may get a drink or two, also, because Friday. Still, even with all that and tip, it should be less than $25. Maybe we will hit a bar after that, too, on our walk home, so I'll say ... under $40 total for the night. Saturday it's going to be a lot of reining in the boyfriend who seems determined to spend All The Money. We might be running a Cinco de Mayo-themed 5K near my house (entry fee: $40) and stick around afterward to enjoy the beer garden and taco trucks ($20). Then, I'm throwing a goodbye pic-a-nic type thing at a park the next day, so I've likely got to spend the rest of Saturday getting food and such together ($75?? Total guess, though). Oh, and we're going to see a women's soccer game later that night, which is unfortunately in Tukwila and none of the three of us are going actually have cars so this likely means a Zipcar and UGH this is going to be an expensive weekend, isn't it. Maybe we'll just rent a car instead, since we'll need it the next day, too ($50). On Sunday I am throwing said goodbye party picnic - we're leaving Seattle for NYC in less than two weeks, eek! I think by Sunday I will have spent all I need to getting everything together, so ($0). Let's say we go to dinner or something with friends afterward, though, so $30. So I'm estimating $255 for the weekend. Yikes. But I do tend to WAY overestimate on these so we'll see.
@Mae It was actually really helpful for me! I'm moving from Seattle to NYC very very soon, and it was nice to get an idea of how the neighborhoods I know and love here compare to the neighborhoods in NYC!
I went to CSU Sacramento, which was so INSANELY cheap at the time - this was about 10 years ago, but when I was a student, I paid about $1500 per semester. $1500! My parents paid -- in full, no loans -- the first three years but slowly transitioned the responsibility over to me, and I paid the last year easily out of money saved from summer jobs. I went to high school in Sacramento, and there going to Sacramento State was what almost everyone did -- it was inexpensive, close by and it's a good, practical school. (By "practical," I mean that it gave me some direct training that led immediately to a good job. Same deal for all of my friends. (This was, however, in 2007, before the economy really went to hell.)) But after graduation I moved out of the area, and spent the next 5 and half years embarrassed of Sac State - someone would ask me where I went to school, and I'd just mumble the name, make a self-deprecating joke and change the subject quickly. I wished for years that I'd gone to an "important" school. I still do sometimes. But it's funny that this was posted today, because it's really only been in the last few weeks that I've decided to be proud of my decision to go there. I NEVER needed to take out a loan and neither did my parents, and it led me to great internships and the job I still have now, which I got directly out of college. So, um, go Hornets, is I guess how I will end this accidentally very long comment.
Cheaper weekend than expected, but only because I had to resked my cat's vet appointment to next Saturday. Friday, I spent the afternoon having tea and snacks with my aunt and grandma, who had driven up from Portland for a too-short visit, just for the afternoon ($0). Later that night, I met up with a good friend for a couple of beers ($15) and then we went back to my apartment, intending to just make a quick stop and then head out to meet more friends at another bar. Instead, we turned on that damn Icona Pop song (“I Love It”) and listened to it again and again and again and then started dancing and then accidentally had a two-person dance party, which my boyfriend joined when he got home a little later. IT WAS SO FUN and made me feel like I was about 23. Also, free! Saturday, I did a lot of house-cleaning stuff, then got my biannual haircut ($105 with tip :/ -- but, quite seriously, I tend to get my hair cut twice a year so I’m OK spending lots on it since I make it laaaaast) and got my nails did ($0 – gift card!). Then I met up with some friends at a great dive bar where I got a giant thing of great beer for only $7 – should’ve been a cheap night, but I stupidly took cabs there and back, which added an extra $50. UGH, ME, TAKE THE DAMN BUS, YOU ARE NOT A MILLIONAIRE. Oh and boyfriend did a mini grocery run so I owe him $8 for that. Sunday I went hiking with friends, which took up most of the day. At home I made homemade cheez-its on the recommendation of one of the girls on the hike – pretty good, but I’d add salt just before baking next time. For dinner boyfriend insisted on Thai takeout (and paid!) so $0 spent Sunday. So that’s $185 in all. Weekends are expensive :/ p.s. Tried to embed link to cheez-its recipe but it didn't work? But here tis if you are curious. You probably have everything in your fridge/pantry: http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Cheez-Its/
The only thing I know how to do after a week this week is spend time with family and friends, and so that is what I plan to do. This afternoon, I'm logging off from work early to hang out with my aunt and grandma, who are up for just the afternoon from Portland. It will be a few short, sweet hours of tea and cheese and crackers and card games and catching up. ($0) Tonight, I'm catching up with a dear friend, and we're getting pedicures and then a drink. ($40 for the pedicure, $15 for the drinks.) Tomorrow, I have to take my cat to the vet (could be pricey, estimating under $300) and then I'm getting a haircut later ($80). (Side note: Mike Dang, you maybe get 5 or 6x more haircuts per year than me!) That evening, meeting up with another friend I haven't seen in a long time, hope to keep that around $20. Sunday is hiking with friends and grocery shopping ($60) and may have my brother and his girlfriend over for dinner, as we've been doing the past several Sundays. Pricey weekend with the vet and the haircut. Estimating $515. Yikes.
There's always money in the Granana stand. :) I loved this and I am BLOWN AWAY at your ability to not dip into it. Wow.