I have a friend coming into town, so this is likely going to be more than usual! Tonight: -a friend's book launch (free drinks!): $0, or $5 if there's a tip jar for the bartenders -additional drinks - $20 -dance party - $30 Tomorrow: -a friend is hosting an afternoon picnic, so I'll probably make something - $10 for groceries -after that, probably more drinking, possibly at the Brooklyn Lit Crawl? - $30 Sunday: -almost definitely brunch. $40 -seeing this awesome thing at the MoMA where you walk into a room and it's raining but it's not raining on you! ($0 - I get in free because of my job) -I'll probably send my friend off with another friend at some point and go to a cafe because I need to get work done - $10 Trying to keep the whole weekend under $150. We'll see.
I filed my taxes last weekend and ended up having to pay around $400, which I was not expecting. Also I just quit my job for a new one that pays less. So other than a desperately needed haircut ($75), I'm hoping to keep spending low. Under $100 if possible.
Mom is in town visiting, so she will probably pay for dinners and things, which is nice of her. She is staying in my living room, though, so we spent $140 getting our apartment professionally cleaned, which pretty much evens out. I'm making dinner/doing taxes with a friend on Monday, so that will probably be $30 for groceries. So $170, including the cleaning which was technically Wednesday.
Estimated $125 or so and ended up with $55 on groceries, $20 on gifts of wine for parties, $15 on ticket to vegan bake-off. But also $25 late fee (womp womp) for just totally forgetting I took automatic payments off my credit card. So $115 -- under budget, but could have been better.
Bob McDonnell is the worst. He is seriously just the worst. I can't even contribute meaningfully to this discussion.
BLIZZARD. So all of my plans are cancelled. I may try to make it to the grocery store for a few things, but girlfriend and I will probably just order Chinese food and watch Homeland instead ($25.) Some friends are having a party tomorrow, so I'll try to make it to that with a bottle of wine ($15.) I may try to make reservations somewhere fancy on Sunday, if the weather is better, to celebrate a new job ($75.) So it could be anywhere from $25 to $125, but probably on the cheaper side.
I estimated $85-$115 and ended up at $90 -- $15 at the grocery store, $23 for drinks and bar snacks, $32 for dinner, and $20 at Home Depot, though they didn't have everything I needed there so I'll probably end up spending another $20-$30 elsewhere this week.
Yes to everything Velveeta Chz said - Logan, you did the right thing. Also, I think the question "is it ok for a homeless man to steal coffee" is separate from the question "is Logan ethically obligated to tell a manager that a homeless man is stealing coffee." And I think the answer to the second question is a lot clearer than the answer to the first question. There's a higher ethical threshold for bystander action -- like maybe "if I don't intervene, it's likely that someone will be hurt."
I went really over my estimate for the last two weekends, so I'm trying to scale back this weekend. I'm hoping to finish refurbishing a dresser this weekend, and I'm hoping to keep paint + hardware under $40. Tonight I'm seeing a friend's show and will try not to get drinks afterward ($10.) Tomorrow, a friend is having a birthday brunch, so I'll probably pick up a food gift ($10-$15.) After that, we're seeing a play, but I already bought tickets ($0.) My girlfriend's wonderful parents might take us out to dinner ($0) before we get drinks with a friend, but we might end up just grabbing both dinner and drinks with the friend ($25-50.) Sunday is the Super Bowl, and since my efforts to find a bar playing the Puppy Bowl led nowhere, we'll probably invite a couple of friends over to drink beer from the fridge and watch Beyonce ($0.) Total: $85-$115, and does anyone know of anywhere in NY playing the Puppy Bowl this weekend??
I estimated $100ish and ended up...more than that. I skipped one party, and another was cancelled due to illness, so instead I spent $88 on drinks (for three.) $27 for groceries. $20 at RiteAid for miscellaneous toiletries. $33 cab to brunch, because I was half an hour late and all the trains were broken. $18 brunch. $25 at Home Depot for things needed to refurbish a dresser (primer, rollers, sandpaper, etc.) So a total of slightly over $200. Oops.