today: staying in. tomorrow: going for brunch at friends' and then potluck dinner for which i have already bought food. need to do some work, and also, rest/plan. parents are coming for easter, so i need to buy foodz. will probably buy some beer, maybe some groceries, bc I did my groceries in a rush. also my car appears to be dented from an unknown perpetrator, so I should probably fix that
laundry, 6, groceries, 60, necklace fixed? 10, thrifting, 20. So, total, 96.
first one in a while. spent: 77.59 on groceries and 25.47 on clothes. Total 103.06 Under my estimate (barely)! And I have clean carpets!
@Aline Hubble@facebook hahaha yes. I think I have a modest income (it is below the median for my region of the rust belt but I have no kids which people here... tend to) and I can do what I want. If I earned more I might stop shopping at Aldi, max out my Roth, and save for a downpayment. At the same time, questioner, you do you. It seems like things are working out.
@lizil I think writing it down makes it seem less scary, so kudos!
This is so refreshing. I live in an area with cheap houses but no desire to stay, or, frankly, enough for a down payment (although I am sure in a few years I could qualify for a super sketch mortgage...). And then I read this and I realize that the American dream is a dream that is sometimes best left unrealized. Thank you for sharing.
Today I went grocery shopping (80 or so) and hit the gym (free). I already did my laundry at a friends' place (free). Rest of my weekend involves shampooing my icky rental carpets (free, borrowed shampoo-er from a friend), cooking (probably 10 more on things I forgot to buy). Might treat myself to brunch and/or coffee (5-15). approx 105.
I earn so much more than I did last year, and because I have no debts (so so so thankful) I can donate. It might take me longer to save for a downpayment, but I live in a state where the legislature is hearing cases in an effort to abolish abortion, so, donating to that cause is important to me.
@fletchasketch then it sounds like the best option. I like my stuff too much also. don't give it all up!
so, I guess I will make an $8000 savings goal. I already have saved $2000 beyond the retirement funds since the fall. current savings acc balance 8741. Goal: to have that balance be 16 741. (Or, if I get a massive windfall, to put more of it to my roth... but whatever)