This'll be a painful one; steeling myself: Friday: $28 at a fancy wine bar, $11.50 for a movie ticket, $20 for popcorn and a bottle of wine to share in the theater. (Spending the last 30 minutes in dire pain from how much I needed to go to the bathroom, yet stubbornly refusing to budge because I was drunk and sure it was about to end: probably several years of my life ...) Saturday: Slept in, made an omelette, went to yoga, painted my nails, then went out. A highly productive day. $20 on drinks, $27 for my share of various cab rides and 3 am diner fare. Sunday: $7 at Chipotle, came home and watched Netflix, then paid $17 for a cab ride to the unhelpfully located concert venue. Total = $130, which is only $5 over my estimate, but all of it was on drinks and cabs - none of the cafe-working or grocery-shopping I had budgeted for. Ugh.
@Tatiana oh I will - I've seen them twice before! They're great.
Tonight: $20 for seeing a movie with friends, and possibly getting drinks after. Saturday: probably a little grocery shopping ($25), parking at a cafe to get some work done ($10), then going out with friends on H Street ($35). Sunday: not sure what I'll do during the day, but I'm going to a concert that evening to see JD Samson and MEN! Already bought the tickets, so just $15 for drinks while there. That totals $105 but I'm going to add extra $20 for the inevitable brunch or takeout decision = $125
My weekend started on the 27th, so I'll count from there. - $180 for tickets to visit my mother in Florida after the holidays - $10 for a taxi downtown because it was rainy and cold - $0 for several days of lazing around my father's house with a gazillion family members, eating and drinking copiously - $13 for a taxi uptown because I was running late - $20 for dinner with friends - $25 for brunch the next day - $60 for some essentials (razor, shampoo), non-essentials (nail polish, chocolate), and sorta-essentials (two cardigans for work) at Target $308, but considering that covers five days and a round-trip plane ticket, I won't complain.
I had a really good weekend! Plus I didn't carry any cash, which makes tracking my spending easier. Let's see. Friday: $1 because the Krispy Kreme right across the street from my new yoga studio beckoned me with its Hot Now sign; $10 for various nail supplies at CVS; $10 for drinks with friends later that night. Saturday: $8 for a breakfast sandwich and a muffin; $24 for dry cleaning; $0 for a prepaid yoga class; $18 out drinking with a date and a tagalong friend (where my freshly dry cleaned jacket somehow got gross dirt all over its collar!!! UGH). Sunday: $11 at Cava, then made last minute dinner-and-Catching Fire plans with a friend. $12 for pho, $1 for an impulse donut right by the theater, $12 for the movie ticket (it was GREAT, by the way!!!), $12 for my share of the popcorn plus cab ride home because it was just too cold. Total: $119. I estimated $155 but that included $80 on a pricey dinner that didn't happen. The pho + movie was an unexpected expense, but both were well worth it.
@WayDownSouth Are house ownership and children the only goals you have in life? Some of us want to make a positive contribution in the world. Obviously nonprofits vary drastically - some are badly managed, some are great (just like "regular" jobs!). Personally I think mine falls into the latter category. Many of my colleagues have both homes and children, and what's more, they also get to spend far more quality time in their home and/or with said children than they would in the private sector. Because here, after your 35 hour-week is done (yup, we work 35-hour weeks) you're off the clock. We also get 20 days paid vacation on top of 12 federal holidays. All this AND we're working towards a common cause that we genuinely feel good about supporting. Having the free time - and mental energy - for a great personal life & hobbies is worth far more to me than money, and while I have neither a home nor a child, I want neither right now. I make enough money to live a pretty great life on my own, and rather like having the time to enjoy my youth, health, and copious vacation days.
I feel like I always start these estimates with "this is hard, because I don't have many concrete plans." I should just ... get used to rarely having any concrete plans, probably. That said, this weekend is unusually unplanned, even for me. Tonight: Yoga class (REALLY GOING this time), then going out with friends at a cheap bar in the neighborhood: $20 Saturday: Picking up dry cleaning (~$25), CVS/Target run ($15, so long as the nail polish aisles don't reel me in) yoga that afternoon if I'm not too sore/lazy, then ??? Hopefully hanging out with a boy, to whom I owe a nice dinner, but texting is a terrible medium so I'm unsure. Um ... I'll pretend that's what's happening because I want it to, so $80. Sunday: ?? Not going to go grocery shopping since I'm going to my dad's for Thanksgiving. (Judging from what I have in my fridge right now, I'll be subsisting on omelettes and sandwiches for the next six days.) $15 for something fun/tasty? Total: $155
Friday: Dinner and drinks in Dupont - met a bunch of new people, but paid $46 for that privilege. Saturday: $20 at the farmer's market, $5 for a latte in the afternoon, then I went to a cash-only bar so God only knows. The guy I was with bought some of the beers (and Jumbo Slice on the way home, thanks guy!) but I'll guess ... $15, plus the $7 cover? Sunday: $17 for brunch, $11 for Cava a mere 4 hours later (I am ALWAYS hungry these days, I think my body is trying to plump me up for winter?). Then I dumped $27 worth of coins into a Coinstar machine, redeemed it for an Amazon gift card, and promptly spent that + an additional $20 on reading material for my Hairpin book club, and Settlers of Catan. I was not looking forward to adding all this up, but apparently I only went $1 over my $120 estimate?? I did fail to go to a single one of the THREE yoga classes I was planning on, mostly because I just ... forgot, and found myself mat-less and far away 10 minutes before it started. Oops.
My two best friends went through a breakup and a break in their respective relationships recently, so there is a lot of drinking, wingwomaning, and general distraction on my agenda this weekend. Today: Yoga class after work, then heading to a happy hour downtown with said friends. Probably going out afterwards and I'll need to eat at some point too ... I'll guess $25, because I don't really want to drink that much. Saturday: Yoga in the afternoon, then hanging out with my friend's dog in the park. Going out again that night with a slightly bigger group, hopefully including a boy I want to see again ... I'll have fed myself already but will be drinking more, so I'll estimate $30. Sunday: $20 for hangover brunch, maybe another $25 for groceries, then MORE yoga that evening (restorative this time, AKA stretchy naptime for the hungover). Adding $20 for sundry errands brings me to $120.
I have multiple 1 things today: - make an eye doctor appointment because I'm on my last pair of contacts! (this is my primary 1 thing) - make an ob/gyn appointment to get an IUD so I can prevent babies for years and years! (this is my extra credit 1 thing, I may give myself an extension and do it over the weekend)