I'm getting over a cold, so I'm going to try not to do much this weekend. Friday: Gym? Probably not, because "getting over a cold" is a really good excuse to stay home and drink hot toddies and watch Scandal instead. $0. Saturday: Farmer's market = $20? Also, I need picture frames and a tray (possibly just another picture frame!), so I may go thrift shopping and/or to the Brooklyn Flea. $40? Friend is having a birthday party at night, so $10 for a bottle of wine. Sunday: I'm going to try to do the thing where I cook a bunch of meals for the week, so $20 for miscellaneous groceries. If it's nice, I'll go for a long run. Total: $90, but I'll round up to $100.
@Nibbler I'd like to think so!
I just spent $12 on Chop't, but I'm not counting that, and I don't care. So: Friday: Going to the gym, then meeting gf after an event thing she has to go to for late dinner/drinks. $40? Saturday: There are basically no groceries in my home. I'm going to fix that by spending like $80 at the farmer's market and Trader Joe's. Sunday: Brunch with some friends ($20), followed by coffee and/or a bar to do work. Total: Under $175, I hope!
@forget it i quit We did it in our seventh grade Civics class--everyone had to draw a career and salary and choose a home/car/list of groceries. It was really easy, because we didn't have kids or even contributions to retirement or health insurance that I remember. (I was slightly marked down because we were supposed to buy clothes that we could wear to work, and I bought a $100 vampire dress from Hot Topic instead.) Needless to say, it was not particularly helpful. It was maybe the opposite, actually, since it was oversimplified to the point that I came away thinking that life on an $18,000 salary was going to be really fun and easy. That's my big concern about these kinds of simulations.
Jobs in my field do not exist without networking. I did get a mostly-unpaid (we got a daily transit and lunch stipend) internship just by applying to an online posting. When that internship was coming to a close, I found another job posting, but I asked a friend who worked at the company about it, and she forwarded my resume to the person who was actually doing the hiring (as opposed to HR.) It's possible I could have gotten the job by applying cold, but I'm sure knowing someone didn't hurt. My second job was not posted anywhere - I found out about it because the person hiring sent an email to some people, one of whom forwarded it to some other people, one of whom forwarded it to me. Number one job hunting tip = be privileged and also lucky.
@jmdj You can still deduct a boat mortgage if it's your primary residence. This is presumably to close a loophole in which people are claiming their fancy boats as "residences" when they're actually just used for recreation. That said, it does seem a little unfair that you can deduct interest for more than one mortgage, period, boat or non-boat.
I budgeted $200 and spent much less, mostly because I spent lots of the weekend working and because my girlfriend paid for lots of things (we keep a spreadsheet, and she was behind.) Thanks, work and also girlfriend! On Friday, I got a haircut ($75) and then went for drinks at a friend's house ($0 - girlfriend paid for cab, and so our other friend paid for liquorgifts to bring.) Saturday: Planned to go to the Container Store. Did not go to the Container Store, but I did go to the grocery store ($20), did some work, and went for a run ($0). Fancy dinner was $200 minus a $100 gift card, and girlfriend paid the balance ($0.) We skipped our friend's party because it was too far away and we were sleepy ($0.) Sunday: Worked all day with a brief interlude to go to the pet store ($27.) Total: $122
@Kthompson This is horrifying.
I would like to spend this weekend doing nothing, but since it's going to be a balmy 40 degrees, I'm going to be out and about doing errands. Tonight: Haircut ($60 + tip), followed by drinks at a friend's house ($15 for a bottle of wine to bring.) Tomorrow: I have been planning to go to the Container Store for three weeks. Saturday is the day that it will actually happen for realsies. $50? We have dinner reservations at a fancy place for which my bosses gave me a Christmas gift certificate (probably $0, thanks bosses! Maybe more if we get cocktails or dessert), followed by a friend's birthday party (another $15 bottle of wine.) Sunday: Sitting at home working, with a cup of coffee and/or a glass of bourbon, and not turning on the TV: $0. I'll also probably get groceries somewhere in there: $25. Total: I'm going to say $200 to be safe. Hopefully less.