@andnowlights A freezer/pantry clean-out is a great idea! I had no specific intention of doing that, though. My cupboard scrounging this weekend was 100% the result of me being lazy and the weather being terrible. I'm just really happy and lucky that I had a couple of delicious things on hand.
Friday, as expected, was a quiet night in with netflix and pasta, because that it what was left in the cupboard ($0). Saturday was also a frugal day, with coffee and a snack on the way to the work ($8.50) and then another quiet night in with netflix ($0) and crackers with antipasto, because that was also left in the cupboard ($0). Sunday breakfast was at a coffeeshop down the road ($14.00), and I went out for dinner with my parents ($35). Also $8 for laundry. Total: $65.50. I estimated $104 with groceries, so I'm pretty much on target.
It is -25C with a windchill warning in effect to -40C, so as long as that keeps up I will probably stay huddled in my apartment or my office most of the weekend, except for a derby scrimmage on Sunday. Tonight will probably involve laundry ($12), netflix ($0), and sleeping early. Saturday I will be at the office, which will probably involve a coffee break ($10 with a snack) and some kind of lunch, probably a breakfast burrito ($12). Sunday is more work and the the scrimmage ($0), and dinner with my family ($30?). There might also be a grocery run, if weather permits and supplies necessitate ($40). Total: $104.
I didn't post an estimate on friday because I was uncharacteristically busy, but there's how my weekend went: Friday: $12 on espresso. $5 to rent The Life Aquatic on itunes. Saturday: $5.50 for two fancy donuts. $13.50 for two tickets to the roller rink. $56 for breakfast dinner for two. Sunday: $60 for groceries. I went shopping outside the downtown core, and it's crazy how much cheaper everything is a few miles out. Now that I have a car2go membership I might start going to the further away but significantly cheaper stores for my food. Total: $152, which isn't half bad.
I've been involved in derby as a skater for about a year, and agree with the author: it can be expensive and sometimes when I look at the cost I wonder how I would do it if I wasn't employed in a relatively lucrative field. But it's an incredibly rewarding and transformative sport, and I am so glad I got involved.
It's a three day weekend here, and hopefully I will get at least two of those three days off work. Fingers crossed! Friday: I did something terrible to my back this week (was it hauling an espresso machine around my apartment? was it dancing too vigorously at karaoke?) so my plan for the evening is to lie down, possibly with painkillers. I will probably pick up dinner on the way home ($10, poutine most likely). Sunday my league is having a fundraiser and watching derby championships ($20). The rest of the weekend is highly dependent on how mobile I can be, but will almost certainly involve laundry ($12) and groceries ($50). Total: minimum of $92.
I estimated $66-69, and came in over. Friday, as predicted, I grabbed a donut on the way home ($3). Saturday I had coffee and a pastry for breakfast/lunch ($9), then went grocery shopping ($76, because i bought some whisky to go in my hot chocolates - we had our first real snowfall of the year on saturday, so it felt right). Cooked dinner for my girlfriend (included in grocery costs). Sunday I had coffee and a snack in the morning ($8), and the rest of the day was taken up by derby practice ($0) and dinner at my parents' house ($0). Total: $97. Over by a pretty wide margin, but still one of the cheaper weekends I have had lately.
This was an expensive week because I finally made some big purchases that I had been putting off - an espresso machine (which will pay for itself, right? right?) and a new winter coat (because my 15 year old 3-in-1 parka just isn't cutting it anymore), so I'm going to try to be relatively frugal this weekend. Friday: I have no reason to go out tonight, so I will stay in and probably watch netflix and read until I fall asleep ($0). Saturday: groceries ($50), coffee for breakfast ($10, because my espresso machine won't arrive until some time next week). Sunday: no plans besides skating ($0-3, depending on how I get to/from practice) and dinner at my parents' house ($0. I will bring some wine that I bought a couple months ago). Total: $60-63. But let's be real, I will probably get a coffee and donut on the walk home, so $66-69.
This afternoon and into the early evening there's a cocktail party literally right outside my office door, so I'll probably partake of the free beverages and food before heading home to watch Netflix and sleep ($0). I didn't bring lunch today, though, so probably $12 for that. Saturday: my league is building a garage as a fundraising project, so I'll probably pick up one of those starbucks coffee boxes ($13?) on the way over. It's an all day thing, so lunch ($12), and then probably grocery shopping on the walk home ($45) and laundry ($10). Sunday: derby practice in the afternoon, and no other plans. Fingers crossed I don't have to work. Probably go out for pre-practice brunch ($20). Total: $112. There's a slight chance I will also buy a winter coat, because it's turning quite wintry and my hooded sweatshirt is no longer cutting it.
I spent almost twice what I estimated, mostly because of extra expensive grocery shopping and an indulgent brunch. Friday: coffee ($4) to keep me awake long enough to do laundry ($12). Saturday: coffee and a croissant for breakfast ($9), gas for the drive to Edmonton for a bout ($45), a beer for me and a coffee for my driver at the after-party ($10), and another round of coffees on the drive back to keep us both awake ($10). Sunday: brunch ($45), hot chocolate ($4) and groceries ($55, razor blades are so expensive!). Total: $195.