@EmilyAnomaly I am cautiously optimistic about the pulley system! If it works, great. If not, it will be an adventure. Other than the narrowness of certain doorways, I love the new place. It has everything I wanted: gas stove, slanty ceilings, creaky old hardwood floors, and a balcony from which to observe the thoroughfare. I hope your new place is great too!
I moved this weekend, and I'm living on my own for the first time in 7 years, so I had to buy a lot of housewares and it was expensive. But also kind of triumphant, because the last time I lived alone it took me months to get around to buying pots and pans, and I don't think I ever had more than one or two pieces of cutlery. Now I am an adult, and so I outfitted my kitchen with all the necessaries in one go. Friday: moving! My girlfriend helped me move and bought poutine; I bought whisky and a bottle of wine ($50). I also bought a blue plastic bin for moving/storage ($13). Saturday: oh god so much money was spent at Superstore, Home Outfitters, and Ikea. I don't have the receipts with me, but the total was around $650. Plus a few hours of car2go (around $50). And $6 for meatballs at ikea. My new couch and chair were delivered, but the delivery guys could not get the couch into the stairwell (it's narrow and the angles are difficult). I felt bad so I tipped them the only cash I had (a $100 bill), which in retrospect was way too much considering: (i) they left cardboard all over my yard; (ii) they knocked my mailbox off the wall and didn't put it back up; and (iii) I'm pretty sure they could have gotten my couch in. I'm going to have them try again next weekend and if they can't get it in the door, my girlfriend (a former arborist) is certain she can rig up a pulley to get the couch onto the front balcony and in through the balcony door, which doesn't have the angle issues plaguing the stairwell entrance. There was also grocery shopping ($60). Sunday: brunch ($50), then off to work for the rest of the day. Total: $979. Estimate: $436. Moving is the worst.
@EmilyAnomaly Best of luck to you too! I have sourced kitchen things from goodwill in the past, and might try that again this weekend. I have also been having great luck with antique shops, which can be surprisingly inexpensive for things like casserole dishes and cutlery.
I'm moving tonight! Yay! Friday: I have no dishes, but my new place is one block over from my favourite poutine shop ($10). Saturday: I have a couch being delivered some time tomorrow morning ($20 for the delivery guys, because if they can figure out a way to get a couch up the narrow staircase, they'll have earned it). Then I need to go shopping for all of the things (the sum total of my kitchen possessions is a toaster, an espresso machine, a frying pan, 3 mugs, and glasses for whisky, wine, and martinis. So, probably $400 to get the other things I need). Sunday: Working. I will expense lunch and make soup for dinner. Probably a fancy coffee in there somewhere ($6). Total: $436. Possibly more, all depends on how gung-ho I get about shopping for housewares.
As predicted, my weekend consisted of work, birthday dinner, and work. Friday: I ended up taking my girlfriend out for dinner, because I was two beers in and getting hungry by the time she was done homework and ready to meet. A truly delicious dinner for two with wine and cappucinnos: $90 including tip. Saturday: I must have had some kind of breakfast, but I can't remember what it was. Let's say it cost about $9 though. My family took me out for dinner. I did not eat lunch, to the best of my recollection. Sunday: At the office. I had a breakfast burrito and coffee ($13, which I will try to expense), then another coffee ($4.50), and then I bought groceries ($20) and did laundry for the first time in weeks ($8. I didn't do *all* the laundry because I didn't have enough loonies). There were also a couple of cab rides in there, but I am going to expense those. Total: $135.50 to $144.50, depending on what the accountants say about my expenses. My estimate was $80.
It's my birthday! So here's my plan for the weekend. Friday: get a drink and maybe a bite to eat with my girlfriend ($10-$20). Then sleep. Saturday: go to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., then off to dinner with the family. I will expense lunch because I am not happy about working tomorrow. Sunday: go to work again. I will expense lunch, because I am not happy about working on Sunday. Somewhere in there I will have to do laundry (for the first time in weeks - $12), buy some groceries maybe ($30), and probably drink some coffee. Total: $52 to $62. Let's add $20 for good measure and say $80.
My weekend was expensive, but less so than expected because furniture shopping was not as successful as I had anticipated. Friday: train fare ($3), rollerskating date ($17), followed by dinner ($70). Saturday: t-shirt for bout ($15), bout entry fee ($10), groceries ($10 - really just cake, gatorade, and a can of soup), and starbucks for breakfast at work ($8). Sunday: an amazing kitchen table ($95), 8 wine glasses and 6 martini glasses ($115), dinner ($60). Monday: brunch ($25), socks and underwear in lieu of doing laundry ($35). Total: $453. Less than I expected, but that's primarily because someone else bought the credenza and shelves I was eyeing. Also I had too many dinners out and no time for laundry.
Long weekend! And possibly a pricey one. Friday: taking my girlfriend roller skating for Valentine's Day ($15), followed by poutine ($10), and watching Deadwood ($0). Romantic. Saturday: I am on the fence about going to a neighbouring town for a roller derby invitational. If I go, it's $10, plus I'll pitch in $20 for gas for whoever drives me up. If I don't, there's a four hour roller derby practice in town ($6 for roundtrip bus/train tickets). Sunday: typical Sunday, plus antique shopping (probably in the range of $1000, because I am outfitting my whole apartment with furniture and dishes, except for a couch and bed, which I have already). Also groceries ($40), and maybe brunch ($20). Monday: brunch with the girlfriend ($30), then probably going to the office for the afternoon, which will involve coffee at some point ($5). Total: $1125 - $1150. Let's just round that up to an even $1200.
Regarding not having the cash on hand to pay the exercise price, sometimes you can do what is called a "cashless exercise". In effect, if your options are "in the money" (ie: the strike price is lower than the current value of the stock you have the option of purchasing), depending on the option plan you're working with, you may be able to trade in your options to the issuer for the difference between the current value and the strike price. In other words, if you have the option to buy 1 common share for $1, and common shares are trading at $2 per, in a cashless exercise you'd hand over your option in exchange for a buck. That way you don't need to have any cash on hand to get the advantage of your stock option -- assuming your intention was to exercise the option and immediately sell the stock. So instead of having to put up a dollar, and get $2 worth of stock back for a net benefit of $1, you skip the buy/sell, and just get $1 for extinguishing the option. Obviously this won't always be available, but it's kind of a good thing to know. Signed, Someone who does not have options and likely never will, but occasionally helps people who made better career choices exercise their options.
@bowtiesarecool I threw away a lot of pennies once when I was about to move across the country. On my last day before I moved I wandered all over the city, dropping pennies on the ground like breadcrumbs. I have done the same with low value foreign currencies (like whatever the smallest denomination of ringgits is), also before a cross-country move. There's something really satisfying about throwing change into a gravel alleyway. I took all my other change (dimes and up) with me, though.