I am the worst at sticking to my estimates, but here's what I know: $40- Will probably eat out with bf at least once $30- Brunch tomorrow with friends in town for P4k $90- Grocery trip (eating at home a lot and going through a lot of fresh produce lately!) Should maybe also get a haircut and may drop $20 at the record store if they get the disc in that I'm hoping for. Let's call it under $200 total.
My weekend started on Wednesday, with the bf getting off work early and taking off Friday as well (I'm a teacher, so I'm already off work for the summer). So, Weds pm: Groceries ($110 because I was out of town last week and had no food left to speak of, +$6 coffee for 2 because necessary). Target ($75), ostensibly on my prescription but really also on the awesomest shorts ever and a skull shirt. Dinner at home ($0). Thursday: $20 at the liquor store for beer to take to a friend's cookout. Lunch there ($0) Movie marathon ($0) Coffee + cake pops on the way home ($8). Friday: Walk for gelato ($4) that turned into Used LPs from our local record store ($50 but I got some SICK records you guys). Played records and laid on the floor ($0), cereal for dinner. Saturday: Lunch at my fave fish place (bf's turn; ceviche sample and weird fight/discussion FREE with purchase) TV marathon/stewing/making up ($0) Homemade meatloaf for dinner ($0) + movies ($0) + reconciliation (priceless) (hard to remain mad at someone who made you meatloaf) Sunday: Brunch with bf's dad ($0, his treat) + tea (bf's turn) Movies/video games/reading/naps ($0) Total= $273 for five days; not bad at all!
@joyballz I grew up in Michigan, so I expect this kind of hockey fandom-- it's very fun to see so many passionate Hawks fans nowadays!
After a spendy week, tried to rein it in a bit. $112= $92 groceries at WF + $20 cash back for just in case $6= post-grocery coffee for bf and me $20= Amazon charge to finally buy the Mats "Let It Be" and send their best-of album to my best friend Spent the rest of the weekend eating leftovers, grilling out with neighbors (hence the grocery bill) and watching the hockey game at home (go Hawks!), playing our new video game (hello spendy week), taking walks ($free.99). Total= $118-- not bad in my book!
I spend about $75 a week for myself (including personal care items). Boyfriend typically spends more like $125 for his (we shop together but buy our own groceries or split shared items between the two bills). We do shop at Whole Foods, though, and we live in the city, so there's 9% tax on everything. We don't eat a lot of meat, but I am lactose intolerant, so I spend more on dairy substitutes when the mood strikes me (e.g. frozen Daiya pizza). We both eat breakfast and make our coffee at home, and we pack lunches for work every day. We eat in probably 5 nights a week, and we both like to cook. Still, this is a lot of money!
Friday: Afternoon in being lazy ($0) Wine for dinner ($24) (bf paid for us and his friends) Saturday: Brunch cancelled; bf sprung for coffee Art sale ($0, as projected-- not willpower but nothing I liked) Taco lunch ($30 w/ tip) Housewarming cancelled Friend's party skipped (we are sleepy people and can't make the bar after 10pm) Video games and early to bed ($free.99) Sunday: Groceries ($70) Coffee run ($6) Bf made chilaquiles ($0 and SO good) Netflix/napping/reading/oven pizzas/Game of Thrones ($0) Total= $130, under my estimate- WOO!
I need to keep it real because I Spent All the Money this week (hello RIOT FEST no regrets)-- anyway. Friday: Taking it easy this afternoon; eating leftovers and making coffee; maybe a walk later or a use of my old gym membership before it expires. Possible mini grocery stop ($20). Then date night! My turn to pay ($40) Saturday: We are supposed to have brunch with friends ($0- his turn), hit an art sale ($0 WILLPOWER), visit a friend's housewarming party ($0? I want to bring a present but she's on a restrictive diet sometimes, so kind of lost), and a friend's going away party ($20 drinks + $20 cab, as I doubt bf will join me here). Sunday: Groceries ($50) and netflix. Total= $150? That's not terrible. For me.
@rorow Target! Lots of cheap options there. Also the Gap Outlet-- if you have those around-- sell awesome yoga pants for about $20/pair.
My one thing this week was actually 2 things related to moving: 1) Call and update the addresses for my many magazine subscriptions; 2) cancel my old gym membership. I was putting 'em off because they both sounded SO complicated. Turns out half the magazines already had the new address (thanks post office!) and the gym cancelation took like 2 minutes on the phone. Feeling much better!