@TheDilettantista In my city (or at least, in one of the cities I've lived in, I actually can't remember which), you are required to double bag pet waste, so it might feel extravagant, but it's necessary.
@Michelle LeBlanc@twitter Yes, I use them for scooping cat litter into, and I never seem to have enough. Sometimes I ask for a bag at stores even though I have my reusable bag with me in my purse at all times. Give me your plastic bags please!
I spend about $100 a week for me and my cat. I'm including things like cat litter, non-prescription medication, shampoo, cleaning supplies and other household items. This is a lot compared to other people? I live in Halifax, and groceries are more expensive here than the other two cities I've lived in (Calgary and Vancouver). I don't buy meat, but I do buy a lot of dairy (cheese and yogurt, they really add up). I sometimes buy organic produce, although I can't always justify the cost. I also buy a few frozen meals a week, and treats like ice cream bars, which pushes up my costs. ETA: It's so interesting to see what people include in their estimates. I don't include alcohol (not that I buy a lot of it), because you can't get it at the grocery store here, but I see that a lot of people have included it.
Checking in late because yesterday was a holiday. I had my roller derby away game this weekend, and spent $100.89 on gas, hotel, meals and buying people drinks at the after party. I also bought: Groceries: $33.39 Cat toy (impulse buy): $5.57 Admission to The Great Gatsby + Snacks (instead of going out for coffee): $25.87 Laundry: $4 Total: $169.72. Under my estimate!
I'm playing another roller derby away game this weekend. I have budgeted $150 for gas money, hotel, meals and after-party drinks, but I'm hoping to actually only spend about $120 (I always budget for a worst-case scenario for sharing gas and hotel, in case we can't fill a car or a room, but it looks like it will all work out this time). I went grocery shopping yesterday, but I still need to grab a few things after work today: $30. It's a long weekend in Canada (monarchy!) so I will also probably end up spending a bit of money on Monday to go get a nice coffee or breakfast or something, especially if I can keep my travel costs down: $15 Total: $165 (Or up to $190 if someone drops out of the hotel room or carpool or both.) Edit: Oh right, and laundry +$4.
I heard the jury's still out on science.
@emmycantbemeeko Errgh, I hate trying to figure this shit out. If you're just going to buy me a drink immediately after I buy you one, what's the point? If you buy me a drink and I don't immediately buy you one, do you now secretly think I'm cheaping out?
I live alone in a one-bedroom and pay about 25% of my take-home pay in rent (which includes utilities). I live in Halifax, where rent is decent-- much cheaper than when I lived in Vancouver, although everything else is more expensive. Sometimes I think about moving back to Vancouver, and I would definitely need a better paying job if I wanted to keep living alone and maintain my current lifestyle.
I live alone with my cat and I love it. I'm introverted, so I need alone time, I don't like sticking to a cleaning schedule, I don't like having to work around anyone else's sleep schedule or have my sleep interrupted by anyone else, etc. etc. etc. It's a huge priority for me, over things like paying down my credit cards faster (I could probably have them paid off by now if I had a roommate, instead I've got another year to go), travel outside the country, having a nicer apartment (my kitchen is tiny and shitty), or a yoga membership. Having my own space is so important for my quality of life. But I am lucky that I can afford it: about 25% of my take-home pay goes to my rent, I am not planning on buying a house, getting married, or having kids, so I do not have to save for that, and I can walk to work so my transportation costs are really low. I know I would have trouble fitting in all my groceries, hobbies and outings on $350/month, so if I were in this spot I'd definitely have to reevaluate my priorities, but I think getting a roommate would be one of my last resorts.
Slightly more expensive weekend than I anticipated: Groceries: $84.28 (groceries included a $30 yeast infection treatment, what up humid season) Farmer's market (including wine and cheese for the cheese potluck): $43 Bus fare: $2.25 Laundry: $12.50 Dancing: $16 (I hate paying cover for more than one place in one night, but this time it was the right decision, and at least I didn't buy drinks while I was out because I had already had an entire bottle of wine plus some booze-soaked fruit at the cheese party) After-dancing pizza: $8 Burrito and a coke on Sunday: $15 (the leftover burrito made a second meal though) Comic book: $10.50 (impulse buy) Total: $191.53 (I estimated something like $139, I'm not gonna check.) Fun weekend! But I am going to have to curb my spending on eating out for the rest of the month, because I am getting close to the end of my budget for that.