On Monday Check-in

This was a pretty cheap weekend. I may have set a record for drinking three evenings in a row and paying zero dollars for this privilege. (I did drink one beer at home that I'd paid for, but once it's in your fridge it's effectively free!) Friday: I left my phone charger at home, so over lunch I finally paid $31.71 for a new one to keep here. Skipped yoga and went to a friend's birthday, then briefly a bar where I just drank water (a first). $0! Saturday: $6.59 for a breakfast sandwich, $11.56 for a fancy beer on a terrible date, $7.25 at Shophouse to console myself. Then I spent a couple hours at a generous friend's house, eating her snacks, drinking her beer, and watching her On Demand. $0 again! Sunday: $11.70 for a breakfast sandwich and latte. I got free pizza and wine in exchange for brainstorming social media outreach ideas at my roommate's workplace. (Then I came home and passed out before 9, woke up two hours later, and didn't get back to sleep til nearly 4 am. -__-) Total: $68.81 vs. an estimate of $136-156. I bought neither presents nor groceries, cut the date short, and paid almost nothing for my other 3 social engagements.

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:47 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Man I almost forgot about this. Tonight: yoga class, ??? I might go out, in which case I'd spend $20 or so. I think I'm going to try and convince my roommate to trim my hair. I'm growing out my pixie a bit (see icon) and the mullet around the nape of my neck is getting ROUGH. I have a real cut scheduled for next Friday but I don't know if I can take it til then, particularly because of my Saturday plans ... Saturday: I have a Tinder date (!) in the afternoon. Not sure what we're doing or whether I'll be paying, but I'll round up to $20. Have loose plans to get drinks with friends later on. $25? Sunday: $11 for a latte and sandwich, $60 for Christmas presents. I might have to return/exchange some makeup at Sephora too, but I have to do some more rigorous testing of them beforehand, to see how much I like them. I bought my first ever lipliner but I have no idea what to do with it! I'll add an extra $20 for groceries et al, bringing my total to $136-156, depending on what I do tonight.

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm 0

On What Are You Wearing and What Did It Cost

@WhyHelloThere I remember where I bought almost all of clothes, which helps in estimating how much they cost. But unless it was remarkably cheap or remarkably expensive, I couldn't tell you how much any item that's older than a few months cost. At least not without searching through my gmail account ...

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

Friday: Went to a happy hour at one bar and a birthday party at another. The credit charges are still pending, so they haven't added tip, but I think the evening came out to $54 or so. Saturday: Trip to Chipotle was $7.50, online shopping was $55.61 from Sephora (I had a $20 off coupon!) and $175 from Aritzia (I have no self control!). Rereading The Magician in order to belatedly finish the series was free, then $40 at another bar. I kept track so that includes tip. Sunday: Read some magazines at a coffee shop; $10.90. Picked up some groceries for $22.39, made a big pot of chili while listening to Thursday's Serial, paid a friend back for $20 she'd lent me, went to a restorative yoga class which I'm pretty sure will convince me to spend $25 on a New Year's Eve intention setting workshop. BUT I haven't spent it yet so it doesn't count. I estimated $162, spent $385.40, and did not buy any Christmas gifts. (And then this morning impulse-paid for a $289 French class, because it's every Saturday at 11 am, and that is the perfect time to prevent me from lying in bed all day without being so early that getting out of the house then will make me want to die. Also self-improvement and life skills but whatever.) If you need me any evening this week I'll be in the corner crying into my chili.

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 11:26 am 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Susan Bones

@Lyesmith IIRC, JK Rowling has said that James's parents had him rather late in life, so I got the impression that they died of natural causes. Although if you do the math, James and Lily were in their early twenties when they married and had Harry, so perhaps it's equally likely that Voldemort killed them, as they were a rich/prominent family that was (presumably) on the opposite side in the war? I don't know. Does the lifespan of a wizard extend the childbearing years, in addition to old age? I mean, it doesn't seem like childhood is any longer than in the Muggle world. CURIOUS.

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 11:34 am 0

On Above The 'Fold: The Very First Billfold Live Event!

Aw, I kinda wish it weren't in the middle of the week! I honestly would trek up to New York for that.

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 11:27 am 0

On The Business of Yoga Studios

... This kind of horrifies me, as someone who is considering moving to New York, and as a big fan of yoga in general. Yoga is pretty essential to my mental/physical health, and I currently pay $59 a month here in DC. Admittedly the regular fee is $85, I've just managed to buy only holiday sale memberships and things like that. But $140! I mean, at this point in my life I could pay it - I would pretty much HAVE to in order to not go off the rails - but it's pretty depressing to me that something I've found so beneficial and welcoming is pricing out so many people. $140 a month would have been inconceivable for me two years ago, which is really when my I started taking it seriously.

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 11:24 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Tonight I'm going to a happy hour/meetup for The Toast; $25 for drinks and dinner, which I'll have to eat there because straight after I'm heading to another bar for a friend's birthday drinks. $20 more, because I will be a little too drunk to care that it's no longer happy hour. Saturday afternoon, if I'm not too hungover, I'll go to a yoga class and then grocery shopping; $30. Then I might go to Nerd Nite, which would be $10 for a ticket and probably $15 for drinks. Sunday I'm going to catch up on reading at a cafe; $12. Then maybe another yoga class, and I think I'm going to order a few Christmas presents. I'll guess $50 for that. Total: $162. On the plus side $134 of returned Asos purchases got credited to my account today, so I think even with all the gifts I have to buy, my spending is right on target for this month.

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 11:11 am 0

On Low-Cost Ways of Entertaining Aunt Flo

I am yet another hardcore fan of the Diva Cup. I think I switched in 2006, but I've had to use tampons a couple times over the years, and every single time I do I end up with a renewed appreciation for the cup. Tampons are so uncomfortable to me now.

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: November 2014 Check-in

September 2014: $3,314.90 October: $3,904.93 November: $4,654.96 I got a slight raise that kicked in last month, so that's been helpful. I still have to buy Christmas presents though, so my credit card next month is going to be rough ...

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm 0