On Monday Check-in

@moreadventurous @andnowlights I've furnished most of my apartment from one brilliant antique shop. This weekend's purchases were two kitchen/dining room chairs and a floor lamp, all mid-century, all cheaper than ikea. My apartment is starting to resemble a Mad Men set.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

Friday, as planned, I went home and fell asleep while watching netflix ($0). Saturday: massage (~$20 after health insurance, plus $20 for tip); brunch ($13), a trip to the library ($0), and drinks/derby-spectating with an out of town friend, which turned out to be really expensive ($90). Sunday: brunch at home ($0), regrettable sushi lunch ($35), antique furniture acquisitions ($180), groceries ($50), and wine to go with dinner at home ($20). Total: $428, on an estimate of "maximum $300ish". This week should be pretty frugal, to make up for the extravagance of my Saturday night out.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 11:27 am 0

On Friday Estimate

This has been another very trying week at work, but I think I may have a short reprieve this weekend. Still, I'd like to keep costs down because I may be making a lot less money in the near future. Friday: potentially after-work drinks with a friend from film school ($20), but also potentially going straight home and watching netflix/sleeping ($0). Saturday: massage ($15ish after health benefits), then breakfast at a nearby french bistro - they do amazing things with baguettes and omelettes ($13). Going to watch some roller derby ($10, plus $10 for a couple of drinks). Sunday: tabula rasa... probably a trip to the antique store if I'm not working, to see if the kitchen chairs I spotted a couple weeks ago are still there ($200ish). Groceries ($30). That's probably all. Total: $78 to $300ish. Top of that range gets me some much needed furniture.

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

This is an easy one: Saturday night poutine ($9), Sunday night sandwich ($4). Total: $13, on an estimate (IIRC) of $24. I had some burritos and lattes, too, but I haven submitted those as expenses because I spent 22 hours at the office between Saturday and Sunday.

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 11:49 am 0

On Friday Estimate

I'm a day late with my estimate, because yesterday morning was unusually hectic. It's been a long week, and I'll be pulling some long hours over the weekend, so I won't have much time to go out spending, which is good because July was an expensive month, and last weekend was pretty pricey too (movies, dinners, antique furniture shopping). So my goal/estimate is to keep my spending under $100. Saturday: at work; lunch and a coffee ($0-14, depending on whether I expense it); then a late dinner at home ($0 if I make salad, $10 if I buy poutine). Sunday: see Saturday. And at some point I need to do a load or two of laundry: $3-6. Total: anything from $3 to $54.

Posted on August 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@erinep Haha, yes, it's a recurring theme! I live right around the corner from a poutine shop, so when I'm exhausted and there's nothing left in the cupboards at home, that's my default.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:32 am 0

On Friday Estimate

I'm trying to have a frugal weekend because I'm on vacation next week (Las Vegas! Rollercon!) which will involve all kinds of expenses. Friday: I'm dead tired from doing sports late at night every day this week and getting up early today, so I will probably go to bed early ($0), probably poutine for dinner ($8) and doing a few loads of laundry ($3-6). Oh, and milk ($3) so I can have a latte on Saturday morning. Saturday: Bout day! I'll budget $15 for food truck dinner and a beer at the after party. I also need to have some t-shirts heat-pressed for Rollercon, ($10 per shirt x 5 shirts, $50). Sunday: some kind of birthday gift for my dad ($50). Total: ~ $130.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 9:10 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Successful road trip to Regina! Friday night: stayed in, watched Netflix, did laundry ($3) and ate poutine ($8). Saturday: breakfast on the road ($5), snacks and supplies ($15), lunch in Regina ($20), and several beers at the after party ($13.50, because the bartenders forgot to put a couple on my tab, and then told me not to question it). Sunday: free breakfast at the hotel because we weren't able to check in until 1 a.m., on account of the BC Lions being in town and checking out super late. Grocery shopping on the road: $27. Plus my share of gas and hotel ($100), totals: $191.50, only $5 over my estimate.

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:23 am 0

On Friday Estimate

I haven't estimated in a while, but I need to get back into the habit and keeping track of my expenses better. This weekend I have a derby road trip to exotic Regina, Saskatchewan. Friday: I might (very unlikely but possibly) go out for a drink with a couple team mates, but otherwise a quiet night in with laundry ($6), Netflix ($0), and an early bed time. Road trip (Saturday to Sunday): $70ish for my share of gas and hotel; $20 for snacks, coffees, and lunch on the road, and another $20 for dinner. Probably $10 for drinks at the afterparty. And $20 for brunch on the way back home. I should also get groceries for the week ahead, probably on Sunday night ($40). Total: $186.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 11:28 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@samburger It is filled with actual animals! Mostly from various rescue organizations and shelters. Last year there was a three-legged chihuahua wearing a green polo shirt. And a lot of other animals (I got to pet a Mexican hairless dog, which was like petting a living leather couch), but that chihuahua was the best. I am not getting an actual animal, though, as my rental agreement does not allow it.

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm 0