I spent a lot of money last weekend because I was on vacation and not really paying close attention to the bills flowing from my wallet. So this weekend I'm going to be frugal. Friday: $20 for breakfast and lunch. I got locked out of my house last night and so I had no opportunity to make a lunch or have breakfast for today. Saturday: roller derby dues ($55) and post-practice lunch ($15), plus bus tickets ($30). Sunday: groceries ($25). Total estimate: $130, but I'll get $55 of that back when I submit the receipt to HR.
I'm on my way to New York for a short vacation, so I estimate something between lots of dollars and all of the dollars. But seriously, I estimate about $150 a day (exclusive of flight, accommodations and some show tickets booked a couple paycheques ago). I was recently offered a permanent position at my job, so I might do a bit of celebratory shopping, who knows.
I came in way under my estimate of $194-$244, but once again I failed to buy new jeans. On Friday evening I went out for dinner with a co-worker, then took a free (work-paid) cab ride home (total: $25). Saturday I wanted to go to the Comics Expo (Peter Dinklage was there!) but I could not find reasonably priced tickets, so I took those lemons and made lemonade by going to a Pet Expo instead ($18 for two, plus $8 for hotdog lunch). There was a three-legged chihuahua wearing a tiny polo shirt, and I got to pet a Mexican hairless dog and a wallaby, so I have zero regrets. Incidental spending included some bottles of water and a breakfast coffee ($14). On Sunday I went skating as usual, and had a post-derby brunch as usual ($14). Then, because I was stuck at the office for a few hours and it is finally spring-time where I live, I got an iced latte and a mid-afternoon donut ($6). Total: $85. But I still need pants.
I have no idea what I'm doing this weekend, except for derby practice and catching up on some work I've been neglecting. Also, I should buy some jeans maybe. Friday: skipping the after work drinks because there were drinks last night and I'm tired and expecting to spend a lot of the weekend at the office anyway. So probably $0. Saturday: jeans shopping, which I don't even know how to estimate for. I want a good pair of jeans for casual fridays and fancy weekends, though. So probably $150-$200. Sunday: post-derby breakfast burrito and coffee ($14). And probably bus tickets ($30). So total estimate: $194-$244 (plus probably $5 for a coffee saturday), but almost all of that is pants, which I expect to get a lot of use out of.
I estimted $124 and ended up spending just $25 because: (i) I worked all weekend (boo) at a fancy office (not my usual office) that has a magical coffee machine that can make lattes and mochas at the push of a button; (ii) working all weekend meant I had no time for belated Easter dinner (so no buying wine as a host gift) or grocery shopping (which means an inflated budget for the next couple of days as I will have to buy a lunch or two); (iii) working all weekend also means lunches and dinners are expensable - fingers crossed; (iv) I did not pay my derby dues, but those will get paid next weekend, so it's not like I'm saving any money on that, just shifting the costs around. Friday: $7 for a drink at a work acquaintance's birthday party. The bar was showing a hockey game instead of playing dance music, probably because the venue was Canada-themed pub, which it turns out means lots of pictures of lumberjacks and maple leaves, and posters re: "True Patriot Love" everywhere. Who opens a Canada-themed bar IN CANADA? Awful. Saturday: $8 for breakfast and coffee (before discovering the magical coffee machine). Sunday: $10 for post-derby/pre-work breakfast burrito.
This has been an expensive week, with lots of lunches out and after-work drinks, so I'll try to keep this weekend low-key. Friday: a quick drink after work for a colleague's birthday ($10). Saturday: Belated Easter dinner with the lady friend's family ($15, for a bottle of wine). Sunday: derby dues ($60 for April/May) and post derby breakfast ($14), and groceries so I don't end up buying lunch every day next week ($25). Grand total: $124.00.
"Established Middle Class," which sounds boring, but on the more elaborate test I scored a 90 on cultural capital and 85 on social capital! I think the cultural capital score is a bit inflated because up until last summer I worked at a university auditorium that hosted a lot of dance and classical music performances. Also, is "visiting stately homes" a thing outside of Britain? I have never visited a stately home in Canada.
I estimated $474 for a weekend in Whitefish, and ended up spending about $160 US dollars and about $70 Canadian. The hotel, which had a lot of taxidermy, was a really good Groupon deal, and my lady friend paid for that, so I paid for most of the meals, coffees, and snacks. I normally would have spent more but we never made it to a liquor store and there's no duty-free on the US side of the Port of Peigan for some reason. So total of $230 + the next couple of dates to make up for gas money.
This is going to be a spendy weekend because (a) long weekend, so an extra day of spending to estimate, and (b) I'm going on a road trip to Montana, so there will be gasoline, hotel and dining to take care of. But I haven't been out of the city for a long time and Montana is an exotic foreign land, so I'll spend whatever it takes. I'm just going to guess $200 plus half the gas and accommodation, the latter of which was acquired through groupon and I'm not sure how much that cost (my lady friend booked the hotel). I'm going to estimate $450 for the weekend, plus $24 for after-work cocktails last night = $474.00
I estimated $82-$90 and ending up spending $115.50, which is too much. Friday I went out for unexpected post-work cocktails at a bar that is kind of pricey, but it's the only bar I know of in this city where you can get a Negroni without making it yourself. Two drinks: $25, including tip. Saturday I went out for unexpected dinner with some friends, and to avoid the hassle of splitting the bill I paid for dinner. It was Vietnamese, though, so not expensive. 3 meals: $40, including tip. Sunday I bought socks, which I am wearing right now, and also brunch: $50.50. I didn't need to buy bus tickets, though, because I guess I took a lot of cabs last week (which I'll be reimbursed for a few paycheques from now).