Long weekend! Yay! Also, I am going to a wedding. Friday: Work, work, work. Pick up my brother's car. Cousin's henna party (pre-wedding party). Saturday: Gym, laundry There is a food fair this weekend called "Nourris ta créativité" and I'll head over with a friend for lunch. $10 Work Volunteering Evening plans unknown, but they'll probably involve lots of out of town family and drinking $50 Sunday: Sort out my portfolio and send to a potential client Gas: my half of about $40 Wedding! Monday: Was invited to brunch, but will probably head into the office. We're too busy and too small to take the day off... Will probably buy lunch $15 (expensive neighbourhood) Total: $95 for mostly entertainment costs...
Overspent on the estimate due to some key forgetfulness. Friday: $0 as stated Definitely enjoyed seeing my brother again, and even got to do an at-home mani, which is already chipping. Saturday: Gym! Renewed my membership for the year! $55 for the month. Laundry Work Costco run for volunteering $60 Volunteered Hunger got ahead of me, ate late lunch/early dinner with volunteer friends $10 Chilled with a friend at home. Sunday: $0 Laundry Worked Saw my boy, ate in Estimated: $125, with $100 being refundable Total: $125, with $60 being refunded. Spot on, in theory.
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In terms of finances, my mom has taught me: 1. To enjoy my money within reason. Why the hell am I working if not to make life a bit sweeter. 2. How to grocery shop like a pro (Mike Dang, she'll give you a run for your money any day of the week) 3. The value of things, how to figure out if something more expensive is actually better quality 4. Fuck brand names. If you're just paying for the name, it's not worth it. Even though there can be good brands out there. Unsurprisingly, neither of us are particularly brand-loyal.
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@anachronistique Your mom sounds like a lot of fun!
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@readyornot aww moms! My first serious boyfriend and I broke up Mother's Day weekend like 8 years ago. It was also around the time of her birthday, and some excellent friends of hers gave her a cake chock full of rum. After I broke up with that guy, she sat me down and made me tea, and we ate boozy cake and hung out together.
Got a busy weekend, and I like it. Here's what it looks like: Friday: $0 Working. Ate lunch with the work gang. The food was delicious. Going to try on 85 dresses with my mom for so many weddings coming up. Will not buy any of them (waiting on my trip to NYC in a couple weeks). My brother is home from his business trip! Going to dinner with him and dad. Heading home and helping my mom dye her hair. Saturday: Costco $100 or less Yoga Laundry Volunteering Working Making sure all menu items for Mother's day brunch are in order $10 Sunday: Mother's day brunch. All recipes taken from the very excellent www.thugkitchen.com. Mom picked them out herself, and I wish I could show you how excellent it is to see/hear her read the recipes out loud. Seeing my other mother for Mother's Day dinner. Will bring wine and laugh at how I was such a shitty teenager. $15 Total: $125. $100 of that is refundable, as Costco supplies are for volunteering. At this rate, I can definitely pay that credit card bill!
Fabulous sunny weekend. I estimated $22, but blew it and here is why: Friday: Dinner with the family $0 Beers on a terasse covered by my dude (many thanks) $0 Saturday: Instead of getting my nails done with my mom next weekend for Mothers' Day, we decided to go on Saturday morning. My nails are already chipping, I am unimpressed, but mom is happy, and I budgeted for this. $80 including tips. Went clothes shopping with my cousin because good-quality things were on sale for 70% off, and I have been complaining about my work clothes since February. I also bought a gift in advance for a friend's birthday. $107 On the plus side, my Saturday plans were cancelled. $0 Sunday: Family lunch! So much chocolate cake, and housecleaning. And laundry. I run on PST (Persian Standard Time), so I was late to a lunch at my own apartment (!). Guests brought lots of food too! $0 Rescheduled date :) and $0 Total: whoa mama. $187. But the nails were budgeted for :)
@Brian Ulicky@twitter Huh, good to know next time I'm in town. I'll pack my opera-length gloves :P
This is pretty fascinating. I've never been to the opera - maybe something to do with the stereotype of having to be really rich to attend persists. But I had no idea what went on behind the scenes. Thanks for this!
@ATF@twitter bring warm things and dress in layers is all I gotta say. I don't know where you are, but a warm sleeping bag, a windbreaker/raincoat, extra socks, a warm sweater and sweatpants, flip flops and possibly rain boots are your friends. And bug spray! Have fun!