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!
16% of take-home pay for my share of a 2-bedroom (the percentage is slightly higher for my boyfriend- maybe 20%?). I'm down from 20% for my former studio. We're in Chicago but in the unfashionable part of a fancy neighborhood (read: fairly far north), which is on purpose so we can have more space and boyfriend can find easy parking.
Laying low before moving next weekend, so not too many plans. Dinner tonight with boyfriend: $0 (maybe his turn?) In which case, Sat breakfast: $40 Groceries: $50 Moving boxes, tape: $20? (shouldn't boxes just be free?) Present for my friend's birthday: $20 or so (something to share at party) Sun: $0! We'll likely cook once and eat at home once, but that'll be bf's turn. Movies, napping, curling into the fetal position: all free.
I forgot to estimate, BUT after spending an unholy amount of $$$ on taxes: Friday: $17 drinks out for a friend's birthday (dinner at home first; figure includes 50% tip for waitress because she rocked). Saturday: Spendy! $15 Sbux breakfast for two $14 to get me and bf into the record fair $80 on records (gulp!) $20 tickets to see the play my college is putting on $0 Thai food dinner (bf paid) Sunday: $6 coffee for car trip $0 huge Italian lunch for bf's sister's birthday $0 watched Netflix and ate leftover Thai food Total= $152. I should really stay home next weekend-- we're moving soon!
I am a teacher, and I see my students either M/W or Tu/Th, so I try hard not to repeat during the week. That said, I do have something of a uniform: either a solid pullover sweater in a dark color (charcoal or black, typically) or a cardigan over a black t-shirt, skinny pants in a variety of colors, and either Chucks or Toms boots. I mix up the tops further by alternating "teacher necklaces" and big earrings, making it seem like I'm not wearing the same four sweaters I wore last week (but I AM, ALL the time). It's not even about being a morning person, for me-- I just feel that the shape and the style both suit me. I feel good in these clothes, so I have been seeking them out specifically and trying to build a foundation of them.
I haven't done this in ages! Bad me. Fri: Spent the afternoon showing my mom and a friend around town; she paid for lunch, coffee, and tickets to the Sears Tower Skydeck; I spent $22 on lipstick for no reason. (reverse estimate?). Dinner is gross leftovers, so $22 + $4 coffee= 26. Sat: Will breakfast at home, lunch or dinner with bf but it's his turn ($0). Will catch up on TV shows on Amazon ($4) and hit the grocery store ($75 since I didn't go last week). Sun: Napping and laziness and brunch ($50); sloth and denial about work (free). Total= $155. Can I stick to this?