I didn't bother estimating because I knew I'd spend a ton, which I did. My weekend technically started on Thursday, when I got a manicure and pedicure ($40) and we drove down to Maryland for a friend's wedding ($8 in tolls). Friday my husband realized he'd forgotten to pack any pants for the weekend other than his wedding suit, so he went shopping ($60) and got lunch ($12) while I got room service ($17) and then got ready with the other bridesmaids. Post-wedding, we probably spent at least $6 in tips at the open bar. Saturday we got lunch at the hotel ($35) and then went into Baltimore for the day, where we managed to find 12-hour parking for $25. We went to the aquarium ($70), then to an Orioles game. We spent probably $35 on beer and $40 on food while we were there. Sunday we got breakfast ($35 for a pretty bad buffet) and checked out of the hotel ($470), drove from Maryland to Central PA for another friend's wedding reception ($5 in tolls, $47 for gas), whereupon we realized we hadn't bought a card or a gift and so hastily purchased both ($105). Afterwards we drove to a resort that had had a special on LivingSocial, where we got dinner ($14 after LivingSocial discounts) and then room service ($3 after with discounts). Monday, breakfast at the hotel was free with our room but it was yet another crappy buffet, so we checked out ($16 because discounts) and ate at a delicious little diner ($21). We topped off the gas tank while we were still in Central PA, the land of cheap gas ($25), and then stopped halfway home to go to the movies ($21 for tickets, popcorn, and a soda). Drove home ($4 tolls) and later ordered Indian food to cap off the vacation ($36). Total: $1150, but overall worth it.
@Liz Good luck with your exams!
@andnowlights Honestly, I'm just glad he didn't try making the hot sauce with the ghost peppers we're growing.
Friday: Got to come home early from work because the office was dead; made two batches of muffins (blueberry and chocolate chip-banana) for a goodbye breakfast for our next door neighbors, who are moving to New York. :( May or may not have eaten muffins for dinner, $0. Saturday: Woke up far too early for a Saturday to attend the aforementioned goodbye breakfast. In the afternoon, I got my eyebrows waxed ($8 with tip), then went to Sephora and bought makeup that I don't actually need but it's not like I won't use it eventually ($55). Then I went for a leg waxing ($85 + $16 tip), which was so thorough that I think she might have thrown in a bikini wax for free; we'll see if it was worth the cost if I actually don't have to shave my legs for 2-3 weeks. Then I went to Macy's, returned two pairs of shoes (-$99), and between sales and coupons got $190 worth of jewelry for $39. Then I had to take the bracelet to a jeweler's to have it shortened, because I have tiny little wrists and normal bracelets slip off ($25, but I didn't pay it yet so it doesn't count). Then I went and got full highlights done ($175 + $35 tip), and now I look exceedingly blonde, but not in a bad way. And then I get a text message from my husband. "Call me first before you come home." Oh god, I think. What happened? Apparently he had decided to try his hand at making hot sauce. He succeeded at making hot sauce! And also at pepper spraying the entire downstairs of our house, to the point where the UPS guy delivering a package got a face-full of capsaicin when my husband opened the door. So we spent $72 on pizza and beer (mostly beer) while we waited for the house to decontaminate. Sunday: Basically did not do anything; it was highly enjoyable. $0. Estimated total: $400 or under. Actual total: $386!!
@PicNic @LookUponMyWorks @andnowlights Thank you!!
This is going to be a really spendy weekend for me, because I am preparing for the even more spendy weekend that I'll have next week when I'm in a wedding. Tonight: $20 or so for takeout. Saturday: $85+tip for a full leg waxing, $12 for an eyebrow waxing, and $100 or $200 or whatever full highlights cost, I forget. I will also probably buy foundation that I don't really need just to make sure that I don't run out of it before the wedding. BUT at least I will finally be returning two pairs of shoes, -$90, which will probably be the same amount that I then spend on buying jewelry because basically nothing I own goes with the bridesmaid dress. Sunday: $0, I hope; possibly will spend the day prepping for the SECOND ROUND INTERVIEW that I have, assuming the interview is Monday and not Wednesday, because while the interview is definitely happening the date and time are currently yet to be determined. Total estimate: If I can stay under $400, I'll be happy.
@RiffRandell I like to think they'd be pretty mellow until you got them drunk, in which case all bets are off.
@RiffRandell I'm assuming you mean plasma donation people, but the mental image of you meeting with alien beings made of pure plasma is way more interesting.
@Stina I hope your cat reacts better to claw-trimming than mine - we have to full-on towel burrito her in order to do it, and she makes her displeasure known quite vehemently.
I need to try on my bridesmaids dress with three pairs of shoes I ordered to decide which ones I'm actually going to wear for the wedding, then try and find the packing slips/invoices so I can return the other ones them on Saturday.