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
Friday: Did not actually remember to set anything out for dinner, but remembered we had a box of mac&cheese in the pantry so we ate that instead of takeout. $0! Saturday: $145 for an early Mother's Day lunch with my mom at Longwood Gardens (three courses plus wine pairings, worth every penny, and now I have leftover steak for my next two lunches). Sunday: $80 on groceries - more than expected, but I also bought more stuff, so there you have it. Estimated total: $225 Actual total: $225