Even though it is a three day weekend, I really need to keep my spending to a minimum. Tonight: Hopefully nothing. Hang out with the BF at home, possibly try to see Iron Man again with a gift card? 0 dollars. Tomorrow: Hiking with a friend. $5 for some snacks maybe? Sunday: Lunch, Day drinking and hanging out with the BF. $30? Monday: Rah, I have no idea but $10 for derby practice. Probably I will also spend some money on groceries even though I said I wouldn't buy anymore until June... I'm trying to keep it to basics and keep it under $10 (just a few veggies). Total: $55 (laughs)
Gas: $35.15 Groceries: $46.63 Powerball: $2 Homeless Man: $2 Total: $85.78 I estimated $95, but I didn't end up going out, so I came in under budget, but not by much. Groceries were higher than expected because I hosted brunch with a couple of friends (well, that's my story, but the truth is probably that I never made a grocery list so I ended up going to the store four times in two days). We also tried to see Iron Man, but it was also sold out.
Gas: $35 Groceries: $30? Going out somewhere: $30? I have no plans to go out, but a lot of desire to do so. Possibly hiking with a friend or going to the movies with the BF, or miscellaneous coffee and beer by myself. I've probably not budgeted enough in this category, but I am waiting for my rent check to clear before I spend all the money.
@TheDilettantista and @saritasara RE: the shower, there are days when I work up a sweat and I don't shower because I am gross like that. Usually it is a Saturday or Sunday and no one is going to smell me afterward except maybe my boyfriend and he loves me too much to care. Also he does the same thing so maybe we just tolerate each other's grossness? I love Frugal February! I hope that the Billfold follows up with you at the end of the month to see how it went!
Hanging out at home tonight & might go skating later = Free. Possibly will pick up some beer on the way home as we are all out. No big plans tomorrow, but am thinking about picking up some cards and we might end up going to a movie/eat dinner/etc = $20-40ish Grocery shopping on Sunday = $40, but no other plans at this point. Trying to keep it under $100 this weekend.
There's a festival called December Nights in Balboa Park tonight, so my boyfriend and I are going to that. I'm hoping it'll only run me $20 or less. Saturday: hanging out with my aunt and uncle decorating their house, then going to a Christmas party. Under $20ish for some kind of food/drink contribution to the party. Sunday: another party so another $20ish on food/drink, grocery shopping $40 (possibly more if you include the food/drink supplies for both parties. Say another $50-100 depending on how serious I get about Christmas shopping (not likely). Total: $100 (or possibly twice that).
Friday $0. Saturday grocery shopping $13, Target trip $10, lunch with myself $13. Sunday more grocery shopping $22.40, tea with a friend $4, toiletries $6. Total: $74.40. Under budget, but also I did not buy any of the Christmas gifts I was planning to get and I went over my grocery budget. I had a great time by myself on Saturday, but it was a meh weekend of spending overall.
No plans tonight. Read and watch t.v. Seriously considering running to the store and trying to make that cake... Saturday, coffee and a sandwich out. $15 (only if the weather is nice enough to sit outside). Also planning to get some Christmas ornaments & maybe a wreath. $90. I'm having a really hard time justifying this purchase when I'll throw the wreath away at the end of the month and put the ornaments in a box for the next 11 months, but I'll be sad if there's no Christmas in our apartment. Sunday, no plans yet and trying to keep it that way. Grocery shopping, $40. Probably will do some Christmas gift buying online, but trying to keep it under $100 this week. I'm debating whether it makes more sense to try to get everything in one fell swoop and then not have to think about it anymore or to space my purchases out over the month so I don't have to spend as much all at once. Total: $245 maybe.
@megsy I also tracked all of my spending for November and I am really glad it is over. December is a clean start! Happy birthday!
Friday night dinner: $20. Saturday I spent $37 on music and some good pens for writing birthday letters to a couple of friends and my sister: a very worthwhile purchase. Less worthwhile was the $26 I overspent getting food supplies for my derby team's bout and $3 on a pretzel at the game. I ended up taking some of the leftovers home, so I guess it works out. I also did my own grocery shopping: $28, so under budget there. Sunday I went to lunch with a new friend ($10) and it was excellent and to the farmer's market to get some Christmas gifts for my mom and aunt ($82- a little more than I expected). I didn't end up getting my notary stamp until today when I paid $27 for the stamp and $10 to park for five minutes. Hate paying for parking. Total: $240