On Open Thread
Can we talk about graduation gifts? Because I am at a loss as to what to get someone and I want it to be awesome. A former coworker of mine who I still remain friends with just graduated with a BS in biotech from BU. And I'm so super proud of her because it was not easy - she did it mostly at night. First at a community college and then at BU. It took *EIGHT* years of taking a class or two every semester and most summers. And best of all, she did it with employer funding - most larger biotechs will pay you to take a class or two per semester if you want. So she's graduating debt free. I just have no idea what to get her as a gift.
This weather is throwing everything off. One bbq I was supposed to go to tomorrow has already been canceled. I know there will be a sox game at some point, a 5K on Sunday, and the new Fast and the Furious movie with the little sister (which, ugh, but she wants to go soooo bad). I'll estimate $150 for the weekend and we can all be surprised on Tuesday over what I wound up doing.
Predicted $200 or so, came in under that. Friday plans wound up being slacker night in with thai takeout and a movie. Boyfriend paid for the take out, so I spent $0. Saturday's rock climbing lesson for the little sister didn't happen because she had strep. So we slept in and got cheap brunch. I paid the tip ($7) and the boyfriend got the rest of it. Saturday afternoon's bar crawl was a huge success (close to $1500 raised for the One Fund). I spent $20 on a donation to the fund, $36 on dinner for myself and my boyfriend, and then roughly $20 on drinks during the day. So I spent $85ish on Saturday. Sunday was the five mile race. I was SUPER PLEASED with my 45:22 finish time. I always feel like such a slow poke when I run but I'll take 9ish minute miles any day. Post-race booze and food was paid for with the race entry fee, so $0 spent Sunday morning. Then Sunday afternoon we went to the second bombing related fundraiser. This was for a specific person. I spent $20 on the entry fee and $10 on a raffle ticket. The entry fee came with 3 free drinks and passed apps, so I spent an additional $5 on drink tips. Sunday night we watched some Netflix and my boyfriend sprung for some additional takeout. So I spent $35 on Sunday. So overall, I spent $85 on Saturday and $35 on Sunday for a total of $120.
This weekend is going to be spendy but filled with awesome and the One Fund. Tonight is all up in the air. The only thing I know for sure is that there will be a post work run. But then there might be dinner out with my boyfriend (groupon for a romantic table side flambe for two at the Wine Cellar is expiring, so we need to use it). Or we might go see Gatsby. Or we might go to Drink with my friend and her friend from out of town and have fancy cocktails. So I could spend anywhere from $0 tonight (groupon already paid for) to $20ish for the movie to $30-$40ish at Drink. We'll split the difference and say $35 for tonight. Then Saturday! Taking the Little Sister rock climbing (already paid) and out to lunch at Tasty Burger ($20). Then I'll drop her off at home and hit the Back to Boylston pub crawl. My friend's company is doing 100% matching donations, so she's hoping to raise $500 for the One Fund. The two friends I watched the marathon with will be with me and we plan to finally get a drink at the Charlesmark Hotel bar. That is where we were, just 100 feet away, when bomb 1 went off. We had just entered and were on our way from the bathroom to the bar to get a drink when it went off. So we missed being where the bomb went off by just a few minutes. So I owe that place my money for the whole saving my life and limbs thing. I figure to spend $60ish on the crawl for drinks and dinner at some point plus I will donate to the One Fund Collection. So we'll say $100-$120 on Saturday. And then Sunday is the Harpoon Brewery 5 mile race. I may be a tad hungover for it but as my friend so eloquently put it, if we can't run a race sponsored by a brewery hungover, we're not the people she thought we were. Race fee already paid for. Then after that is the Lower Leg fundraiser at the Lower Depths to benefit Karen Rand, survivor and victim of the Marathon bombings, who lost her best friend (Krystle Campbell) and her left leg. $20 suggested donation at the door, although I may give more. We'll say $40 for that. Basically I pulled $200 out of the ATM the morning and I'm hoping it covers the weekend. We'll find out on Monday.
@stuffisthings I think it would depend. I've lived in my current apartment for the past 6yrs. When I moved in, I made $57,000 a year and paid $1375 in rent. And the only thing they looked at when I filled out the application was how much I made per year. At my yearly salary, it only came to about 29% of my pre-tax income. But I think my bi-weekly take home pay was not too much over $1450 or so. So rent wound up being a significant portion of my take home pay.
Starting in the summer, 31.6% of my take home pay will go towards rent (currently 34.8% does but I will be moving and my rent is goind down slightly). I will be extremely grateful for that. There have been years were close to 50% went towards rent. And that is just unsustainable in the long run on a normal salary with student loans to pay. I was always so stressed and so broke during those years.
I did well this weekend. Had hoped to keep it under $100 and did just that. Friday I wound up spending $0 because the ticket to the game was already paid for and then my boyfriend paid for everything else (two beers and some kettle corn) owing to the fact that I sprung for his beer Thursday night. Saturday I did indeed go for a run ($0) and then took the Little Sister bowling. Zipcar was $0 due to monthly membership and bowing for the two of us was $28. Dinner after came to $32 plus a $9 tip (I got the tip for the whole bill, another friend was with us). So I spent $69 on Saturday. Sunday I made pancakes at home (new recipe and it was horrid but the chocolate chips helped) for $0. Then spent $18.50 at the bakery for some cookies for my nonna and my boyfriend's mother. Then visiting her was $0 and visiting my boyfriend's mom was $0. So $88 for the weekend. Hooray!
And the first thing I thought when reading this was "dead beaks, all of them!". So now you all have to suffer as well.
Tonight: Red Sox game. Tickets already paid for, will probably spend about $20 there on a beer and some food. Tomorrow: sleeping in (desperately needed and free), running (free), pancakes for a late brunch (free), and then taking the little sister bowling and for pizza. That'll require a zipcar ($0 with my monthly membership), two rounds of bowling ($18 I think), and then Bertucci's ($25). So I'll say $45 for Saturday. Sunday is Mother's Day but my mom lives across the country. I'll either go with the boyfriend to his parents or hang home. Undecided at the moment. I'll also pop in and see my Nonna and likely bring her cookies ($20). So hopefully the weekend comes in at under $100. We'll see.
Camping is at least a fairly cheap activity. I spent $17 at CVS Friday after work getting a few things (mostly junk food) and then we hit the road. Got there super late (nearly 10:30) for a variety of reasons. Put up the tent in the freezing cold dark and tried to make a fire. But it never got very big or very warm. Saturday was sunny and windy. We hung campside for a few hours, then ran a few errands. Spent $7 on a grate for cooking food over the fire, $10 on booze, and $10 on a lunch out. Then an additional $10 on more fire wood. So Saturday I spent $37. Sunday was packing up and heading home. Got a lunch of french fries ($4) and a milkshake ($6) and ate it on a boat deck along the Esplanade. Sunday night I ate some pasta at home. So $10 spent Sunday. So all said and done, $64 spent, less than the $100 estimated. Cheapest weekend I've had in a long while.