@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.
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.
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.
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.
@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.
Time to start estimating again. The last few weekends have been spendy (still setting up my new apartment), but that should slow down a bit this weekend. Friday: the Calgary Expo (basically the Northern version of Comic Con; two tickets = $63). Possibly going skating afterwards ($0-10), and very likely getting poutine ($10). Saturday: antique shopping and farmers' market with my mom ($30 for the farmers' market, impossible to say how much I will spend at the antique shops); invitational bout in a neighbouring town ($10 for entrance fee, $15 for snacks, gatorade, and post-bout beer). Sunday: Pet Expo (free!), probably lunch at the pet expo ($10). I also need to pick up some descaler for my coffee maker ($?). Total: $148, plus descaler, plus possible antique purchases.
@andnowlights I love this couch so much. It's orange and amazing and looks like something Peggy Olson would take a nap on. It's been such an ordeal to get it into my apartment, though, because it's an ancient house with a narrow staircase and too many sharp angles. I got it on sale, but between buying the rope and pulley and the donation to my team, the discount is pretty much negated. But if I can get it into my apartment, it will all be worth it and I will regret nothing.
Should be a quiet weekend, but still costly. Tonight: doing all the laundry ($12-$15), cooking dinner at home ($0), and watching netflix/reading ($0). Saturday: coffee breakfast ($10), cleaning my apartment ($0), getting help from my derby team to get my couch into the clean apartment via the balcony and a system of ropes and pulleys ($200 donation to the league), then probably poutine for the team ($30). Sunday: Derby scrimmage! Maybe some work, and probably some coffee ($10), and groceries ($30). Total: $292-295. I really like that couch.
My office is closed this weekend, so I will be working from home. Good thing my internet is getting installed today. Friday: everyone is getting kicked out of the office at 5 today (besides which there's a free beer/snacks gathering for associates in my group starting at 4) so I'll be heading home early-ish. Then waiting for the internet installation ($0) and making a delicious dinner ($0) and watching a movie until I fall asleep ($0-$5, depending on whether "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" is on Netflix, or if I have to get it from itunes. For some reason I really want to see that movie right this second). Saturday: breakfast at home while I wait for the movers ($3, because I am out of eggs). Lunch reunion with film school chums ($25), and dinner at my aunt's place ($0 for dinner, $25 for a birthday gift). Sunday: working from home ($0, because I won't have to go out to get coffee), and probably buying some groceries for the week ahead ($30). Total: Going by the above numbers, it's a $83-88 weekend, but I'm going to tack on 25% because I will likely have a few incidental expenses (possibly including socks and underwear because my landlord still hasn't given me a laundry room key. Ugh), for a total of $110.
@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!