@echolikebells Thanks for this!!
Guys, I am psyched that I brought my lunch to work every day this week! I usually end up buying or skipping because I couldn't plan ahead in time, but I did it! Okay onward: $20 on takeout/wine with friends tonight. $50 in groceries plus $5-6 on coffee shop snacks while studying tomorrow. $20 on drinks at a birthday party tomorrow night. Not sure what's going on Sunday, but I'll say $20 on miscellany because that's what happens when I don't have plans. $125 or less!
22% of my gross (pre-tax, pre-insurance, pre-deductions) goes to rent. It's closer to 40% of my take-home. I have a roommate.
@chic noir In the DC/Northern VA area, infant daycare is usually in the $1200+ range, according to friends of mine who are considering babies right now. I literally cannot afford to live here and have a kid.
BLEW IT. Skipped lunch Friday, made dinner with my lone remaining tortilla and tablespoon of cheese at home that night, felt v. frugal and Dang-worthy. Then went to Target Saturday AM ($40), Trader Joe's in the PM for much-needed groceries ($120 omg), beers after my bf got dinner that night ($12), threw in for breakfast/coffee the next day ($10), overtipped on a tea at a community event that night ($5). Sweet Jesus.
Having spent 3 of my last 4 weekends out of town, the travel expenses are running over into regular expenses like weekday lunches because I haven't been able to do my usual Saturday shop/cook-ahead in ages. So this weekend's major expense will be grocery shopping (hopefully less than $60 including a bottle of wine for a housewarming present) but I'll throw in another $15-20 for coffee, bubbles for my friends' kids, and other miscellany that seems inevitable when you're walking around the city in the springtime.
Good Lord, this weekend was out of control. Groceries ($50), family birthdays ($50), car insurance ($498 ackkk), and covering dinner for my boyfriend while he's broke ($35). Unreal.
This is relevant as I sit here sucking down a red eye and praying for the sweet release of sleep. I am entirely owl. I get a burst of energy around 8pm and would go to bed at 3am every day if I could. I wake up without an alarm around 7:30 because I have to do it every day for work, but on weekends I read in bed and fall back to sleep and it's fantastic and FUCK YOU helpful people who recommend I leap out of bed as soon as I wake up.
I made my final student loan payment (woooo!) back in December, and have been waiting for some kind of letter or something from either the Dpt of Ed or my servicer to confirm that, like, I am done. But I haven't gotten anything other than the usual notice from the servicer that one particular loan is paid off. I feel like I got some kind of notice when I paid off my undergrad loans, but maybe I'm crazy? In any case, freedom is sweet.