Canadian here, so it was a regular weekend for me. But an expensive one, since I started in on my Christmas preparations. I spent $75 at a craft fair on christmas cards plus a present for my mom. I also found some underwear for me ($30). I started on my christmas baking ($35.50 for supplies, but I'll need to do a separate trip next week) and even sent off my first batch of cookies ($14.20 for postage). And I bought some Christmas music ($12) to listen to while I was baking. I also went out for coffee with two different people ($5 and $3.75), bought some bearings for my roller skate wheels ($40.25), went to the farmer's market ($34.50), made a separate trip to the grocery store for regular groceries ($46.71), did laundry ($2), and was too tired to cook dinner sunday night, so I got a poutine ($8.75). Very productive weekend! Total: $307.66
I estimated $70, and then completely forgot to use the grocery store gift card on which my conservative estimate hinged. :( It's okay though, that gift card will come in handy in a few weeks when I'm buying all my holiday baking ingredients. Groceries: $37.99 Breakfast sandwich: $7 Poutine: $9.50 Frozen yogurt: $0.40 (I had a $10 voucher) Laundry: $2 The new Arcade Fire album on iTunes: $12 A pair of sweatpants for winter lounging (secondhand): $3 Total $71.89.
Today is my last weekend before payday, and it's been an expensive month, so I'm reigning it in. I have $90 to get me to payday, I'd like to reserve $20 for next week, so I have $70 to spend this weekend. I have a $20 gift card to use at the grocery store and I only need a few items, so I'm going to estimate $20 more. I'm skipping my usual trip to the farmer's market because I only need apples, which I will buy elsewhere. And I don't know what I'm doing for fun yet, but that leaves me $50 for whatever fun I want to have, which is pretty damn good! Oh and I might go out for frozen yogurt after my (pre-paid) spin class, but I have a voucher that I bought via team buy, so that should only cost $1 or so.
I think I estimated about $95, because I wasn't planning on going out at all this weekend, so I just needed groceries and farmer's market stuff. What I should have realized is that if I am not going out, I have to budget more money for extra snacks. Farmer's market: $57.50 Groceries: $65.20 Frozen yogurt: $8.90 Laundry: $2 Total $133.60. Snacks!
I had a busy week this week and another busy week coming up, so I plan to do not very much at all this weekend, and it's going to be great. Groceries: $60 Farmer's market: $30 Laundry: $2 Coffee or something: $10 Total: $92
It was a long weekend here, so I'm checking in on Tuesday. I think I estimated about $125, and I ended up at $131.25 (much closer than most of my estimates). As predicted, almost all of that money was spent on food: snacks and more snacks for a couple of social events, plus hefty trips to the grocery store and farmer's market. I made a really delicious squash casserole though, with marinated goat cheese from the market in the topping. Yum.
@muush Nothing. But speaking as a bookworm-turned-derby-girl, it's been really surprising and rewarding to find something in myself that I never imagined I would. If you told me 5 years ago that I would get up early on a Sunday to do pushups and burpees and then practice a sport for 3 hours, that I would spend most of my time and money on it, that I would sit around a tv with a group of girls hollering at the screen about the outcome of a game, I would have laughed in your face. A lot of people in derby were similarly disinterested in sports before they stumbled upon this one, there's something about it that attracts those of us who wouldn't normally be interested in a team sport. It's not better than being a bookworm (most of us still are), but it a lot of bookworms have discovered another facet of themselves because of it.
I've been playing derby for just over 3 years, and it's the most expensive thing I do besides eat and pay rent. My league is small and we don't have a lot of neighbouring leagues, so we do a lot of travelling in order to compete, which really adds up. I definitely have to prioritize it over other things in my budget in order to be able to play, but luckily it takes up so much of my time that I don't have a whole lot chances to spend money on other things anyway. Right now I'm in need of new wristguards ($80 for the kind I want, I don't like to fuck around with my wrists), and a new helmet ($80). And I have my eye on some $200 plates, but that will have to wait until my credit cards are paid off (5 and a half months!).
@jquick For most leagues? It goes into the cost of putting on the bout. My league is lucky to break even with ticket sales. It's expensive to book a space that's big enough to lay down a track, and there are all kinds of other costs: first aid supplies, rope, tape, sound system rental, etc. On top of that is practice space rental, uniforms, travel expenses, equipment. In my league they don't charge per practice, but skaters pay monthly dues. We fundraise a lot, but a lot of it comes out of players' pockets.
@garli Yes, this is what I do too. For the most part it works, but occasionally I have to make a password for something and a clear code to associate with that account doesn't present itself to me. Those are the ones I forget, especially if I don't have to log into it regularly.