Today: My weekend starts at 2pm because the office is closing early! No plans, but I owe my mom some money, so, $40. Tomorrow: Hopefully it will rain and spare me from participating in the 8am block cleanup that is scheduled (if it doesn't, then $0 + the cost of lost sleep). Then in the evening we're going to my in-laws' and also the Limerick outlets, where I am sure I will spend more than I actually intend to ($75 + the cost of that shiny thing that I must have). Sunday: At least one meal out, but probably two ($75?). Monday: Probably breakfast out, and also we'll last-minute buy something to take to the Memorial Day picnic ($40 + the emotional toll of a day spent trying to make smalltalk with at least 30 different in-laws who will probably passive-aggressive all over the place about how they never see us). Total: $230 + whatever + Xanax.
Ooh. It really varies - we don't have a car, so there's a lot of, "What do we need for dinner?" or "What can I carry with me on the bus on the way home from work?" If I had to guess, I'd say it averages out to about $50 a week for two adults.
@ThatJenn I'm so sorry for your loss.
Friday: $30 on a sweater to wear to the cookout because it was colder than expected and I didn't have time after work to go home and change. $17 on plates/cups/forks/napkins for the cookout, 90% of which went unused and are now in my kitchen, where they will continue to be unused. (Side note: This is not the first time I have underdressed for the weather and decided to buy a sweater rather than spend several hours shivering. Do other people do this, or is it just me?) Saturday: Did not go to the Phillies game with friends, because my friend who was supposed to buy the tickets did not, in fact, buy the tickets. Upon finding this out, I promptly spent $60 on rage-filled impulse shopping. And then we all went out to dinner, where we spent another $60. Sunday: Didn't buy groceries; did have an impromptu dinner out ($35). Total: $202. (Had estimated $150. Clearly the overage is the fault of the paper plates/cups and not at all the fault of my impulse-shopping.)
A good friend from college is in town this weekend, so slightly more expensive than it otherwise would have been. Tonight: Cookout in the park! $0 although I will probably offer to contribute money towards the cost of the food. Tomorrow: Phillies game! However much the tickets will cost (at least $20 each for me and my husband), and I'll guess a combined $60 for food (and beer). Sunday: $30-50 for groceries. Total: $150, but I wouldn't be surprised if it goes over.
My mortgage payment is about 32% of my husband's and my combined take-home income (it would be 75% if for some reason I'd bought the house on my own, ack). Our mortgage has our property taxes rolled in, though, so there's a higher monthly payment but no extra giant check to write every year.
Friday: $23 on wine (estimated: $30). Saturday: $168 on dinner (estimated: $100, but we ended up tipping extra because we lingered at our table for a pretty long time after we finished eating), $16 for a cab (estimated: $20). Sunday: $43 on groceries (estimated: $30-50), $0 on takeout (estimated $15-20). Total: $250, up from my $220 estimate. It was a really good dinner, though.
@amirite CHEESE POTLUCK! I may need to steal this idea.
@eagerber Are the tickets refundable?
Tonight: Stopping at the wine store on my way home ($30? I need to buy sherry and I forget how much that costs). Tomorrow: It was our anniversary this week; my husband and I are going to dinner ($100) and the ballet (tickets purchased months ago). Maybe an additional $20 if we take a cab home. Sunday: We don't have plans, which means probably $15-20 for takeout and $30-50 for groceries. Estimated Total: $220