The husband and I went to a Neko Case show on Friday. Drinks and such were surprisingly reasonable! $2 for a bottle of water, $2 for popcorn, $5 for my husband's beer, and $6 for a generous amount of wine in a plastic cup. Oh, drat, and $5 for parking. $20 total. The tickets had been a birthday present. Great show, as always. On Saturday I bought some new music on Amazon. $7 total for two albums, but I had a gift card, so $0 cost to me. On Sunday, I bought a round-trip plane ticket to New Orleans. About $230 total. I'm going to audition for Jeopardy! in mid-August. If going on the show wasn't such a bucket list thing for me, then I'd feel silly about the amount of $$ I'm going to spend on this audition (plane fare, hotel, food, haircut and color, etc.). I'm going to space out the money over several weeks so that it's less painful. Total: $250.
@Kat Funkhouser@facebook I'm fangirling your blog name! *starts humming Sondheim*
Friday: My mom-in-law was in town, and she insisted on buying us dinner (pizza). We did not refuse! Total: $0 Saturday: Impulse-purchased a book for Kindle that I saw in one of Amazon's Bargain Books e-mails. I'd heard good things about the book and would have probably paid full price for it. Total: $1.99. Sunday: Satisfied my own Pinkberry craving / bought husband a snack: $10.69 Trader Joe's run: $34.60 Renewed Care.com membership to find new nanny, since current one just took a full-time job with Wells Fargo. Boo: $35.00 Weekend Total: $82.28
Yes. My perspective is that my buying a hard copy of an author's book from a bookstore is akin to my sending a little note to the author's publisher -- "Please keep giving this author book deals and make sure his / her existing books stay in print!" I try to save most of my book dollars for books by living authors versus dead ones, and particularly for debut novels and those all-important sophomore novels. I try to save my Kindle purchases and used book purchases for classics, out-of-print books, and authors like, say, Jon Krakauer who already have plenty of name recognition and publisher support. I'm not 100% with this plan (I love the library! And used book sales!), but I try to throw my financial support toward as many new authors as I can.
I'll have to wait for a hospital bill to see the final tally. Blah. Friday: New clothes for upcoming business trip: $90 (Yay for 40% off everything sale at The Limited! Also, the saleslady tried to push some impulse buys on me -- I told her I was going to Puerto Rico for work, and she filled my dressing room with floral dresses and long swishy skirts. I resisted and bought the businessy stuff, as planned.) 10 PM emergency room trip for my 8-month-old: ??? Maybe $300 after insurance? He is doing fine now. Long story short -- maybe he can try eating avocado again when he's 40. Saturday: Parking at the art museum: $6 Admission for 2 adults and one baby: $0. We have an annual pass we put to good use! Late lunch / early dinner: $22 Sunday: Chocolate croissant and cup of coffee during my writing group meeting: $5. I'd been sitting there with my friends for almost 2 hours before I realized I hadn't bought anything yet! Subtotal: $123.00 before the hospital bill
I... can't stop thinking about eggs on a roll. If I lived in New York, I'd be in trouble. What's prevalent around here (Atlanta)? Chik-Fil-A. It's not cheap, but I do have several co-workers who eat it for breakfast AND lunch nearly every day. Of course, the fried-chicken-on-a-biscuit and the southern style chicken sandwich have been co-opted by McDonald's. I think we can still claim grits as a distinctly prevalent southern thing, though. One of my favorite restaurants serves pimiento cheese grits at brunch. Mmm.
I've inadvertently solved this problem by being friends mainly with people who a.) were already married when I met them, or b.) are oh-so-single (some who are loving it, some who are not). As a result, I'm 32 and have attended 6 weddings in my entire life. I've unashamedly LOVED the weddings I went to, though. Maybe I'd love weddings less if I had to go to more of them. As it is, I get a little jealous of my friends and acquaintances who block out May - July as "wedding season."
Friday - Nada. Went home and relaxed and watched The Descendants from Netflix, which was a big reality check in the fields of a.) how long my husband can cry, and b.) needing to get wills made, stat! (We contacted a lawyer friend of ours right after I put the DVD back in the envelope.) Saturday - Ordered 2 new cloth diapers for my 8-month-old. Total around $32. Sunday - Went to library and found out I did not owe any fines. Hurrah! Got 6 books and 3 audiobooks in celebration. I love the library. After that, husband, kiddo, and I went out for an early dinner, and I spent $28. After 7 years of marriage, my husband and I still have separate accounts. It works well for us. I know generally what he's spending without keeping track of every penny. I can estimate he spent about $90 - $100 this weekend (beer, lunch at work, some tools to install a stereo, and breakfast-for-dinner out on Saturday).