According to Mint, I've averaged about $250 a month for the past six months, which is around what I thought. I mostly buy just for me, but my roommate and I share the stables- milk, eggs, bread, flour, etc. I spend about $50/week with an additional $50 over the course of the month on fun stuff (like fancy cheese) and restocking staples (like flour or oils or vinegars).
I estimated under $50, because I was going to be with my parents all weekend, and I was right! A sandwich and chips from Pret for the train down, $9, and wine for the train, $6.50 for two mini bottles (if you're taking Amtrak out of Penn Station, there's a wine store on the Amtrak side right next to all tracks usually used by Amtrak, and they sell mini bottles of decent wine for super super cheap and it's awesome). $8 for a drink at a bar near Union Station with my brother that night. $5 on snacks for the bus ride back. $16 on delivery Thai food for dinner, since my bus was super late and I was so not grocery shopping. Total: $44!
I'm headed down to DC after work today, because a family friend who now lives in South Africa is in town with her baby boy who I get to meet this weekend! She's having a belated hometown baby naming thing on Sunday. So: $10-20 on food & drink for the train today, which overlaps with dinner time. Exact amount depends on whether or not I want to buy train wine (aka, $3 single serving wine at the Amtrak liquor store). I probably won't spend much other money at all, because I'll be with my family. A little more money on snacks for the bus ride back to NYC on Sunday, groceries on Sunday night, I bet I can keep the total around $50?
@@fo I'm just starting this job, which has a higher salary than the job I had when I signed this lease- and I'm in a managed building, so close wasn't good enough for them, because they could easily get someone who would either have the income requirement or provide a guarantor. Also important to note: my parents don't mind being my guarantor, because I pay my rent and I pay it on time. I guess if I ever proved to be fiscally irresponsible, they would refuse to be guarantors anymore? But that's not a problem, thank goodness.
@stuffisthings I totally don't manage the income requirements for my apartment- especially because I signed on a two bedroom and THEN I found the roommate to split it with me. But even for my share alone, I don't make the requirements. My parents had to sign on as guarantors on my lease, and that might be necessary for a very long time, at least if I'm going to keep living in NYC, where the typical income requirement is an annual salary 35 or 40 times the monthly rent. My rent is about 40% of what my take-home will be when I start my new job tomorrow.
I got a job offer this week, so I'm probably going to spend a decent amount this weekend- because I CAN! I'm gonna go shopping, buy something new for my first day of work. My roommate and I are going to see Iron Man 3 this weekend. I don't really know what else I'm going to do, but I'll try to keep it under $200.
My brother will be in town tomorrow and Sunday. That is going to translate to spending SO MUCH MORE than I should. I don't even want to set a number.
@rorow Theater geek here to help! Rush for shows like Once or Kinky Boots will be rough- both are doing well, so there will probably be people who camp out a couple hours early for the rush tickets. If you do some Google-ing, you can probably get an idea of how early people show up. Weekends are harder than weekdays, obviously. I'd give BroadwayBox.com a try- that's beyond my price range usually, but when the parents are buying we use that site a lot, and have gotten decent mezzanine seats for $75-80 for popular shows. I would highly highly recommend going with the option of just not caring what show you see, and trying to get tickets to whatever. If you are willing to not be picky, you can totally get cheap tickets to something, and it's theater and theater is pretty much always wonderful, in my opinion.
Cheap Broadway tickets! Mike, this is what you need: http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/82428-Broadway-Rush-Lottery-and-Standing-Room-Only-Policies Playbill updates this list all the time. It's great. I'm also a TDF member- $25 for the year gets me discounted tickets to all kinds of things, generally $45 or less.
Okay, I said in my estimate that I was going to count the $20 I had already spent on dinner. Also on Friday: $24 for a new bottle of allergy meds, because the economy size bottle from last year was expiring, and $36 on groceries. Saturday: $24 on a baseball ticket, and because my friend paid me back for her ticket in part by paying for food and drink at the ballpark, nothing more! And the Nationals won on Saturday, so I'm glad we went Saturday instead of Friday or Sunday. Ugh. $16 on delivery for dinner that night. Sunday: $30 on brunch & drinks at a new restaurant/bar in my neighborhood while watching the baseball game. I made friends with the manager and got my third drink for free, which was sweet, and clearly I'll be going there again. $11 on more groceries, purchased while slightly drunk and sad after losing the baseball game. Estimate: $130. Actual: $161. Not terrible, but not good. But I forgot about the need for allergy meds in my estimate, which is what threw me off more than anything.