On Open Thread
@ATF@twitter Is there a restaurant she LOVES but doesn't go to because of money? School is expensive. Eating out is expensive. One of those has to give, and it's usually eating out (source: I'm PhD Student wife, lol). I'm sure she'd like to celebrate more than once! We love getting gift certificates to some of our favorite restaurants in town as gifts for holidays and such so we can actually go out to eat!
We're over budget for the month, so I was really hoping for a low key weekend outside since it's going to be GORGEOUS here! Then we found out yesterday that my brother-in-law is coming to town and since husband is working 8-4 tomorrow, I'll need to entertain him. Figured we'll go to the flea market and maybe the park since there's a free concert at some point. Hoping for no more than $75 since the budget is already shot. Sigh. May has financially been a long month and June is going to be even longer.
Oh man. Crying at my desk over this one. This is beautiful and so “real life economics that defies best laid plans.” I actually have a contingency plan in case I ever lose my husband (that I hope to NEVER have to use), and it involves some reckless spending in the form of a day after the funeral plane ticket to a VERY expensive ranch out west where I can just... be and grieve. And then more therapy then I can imagine at the moment. Thank you for sharing and I’m so sorry for your unimaginable loss.
@franceschances It helps when your husband is a PhD student so you're basically living on 1 income in a VERY over-inflated rental market (50% of our monthly expense is rent, but we live right next to Vandy's campus), ha ha! Also a lot of the hot chicken places only serve chicken, so he can't eat there (I still eat meat). We do have some awesome restaurants, though! Where did you eat?
@Emma Peel I bake a lot too, and MAN some weeks that hurts. Seems like I'm always out of all the things I need at the same time!
We spend, on average, $125 a week for two people in Nashville, TN. That includes a 6 pack of good beer a week for my husband and toiletries, plus Nashville has a 9.25% sales tax on EVERYTHING. We eat in pretty much every meal: 3 nights a week and vegetarian 4 nights a week (husband can't eat "meat with feet" due to a liver problem). I bake a lot, so that adds some extra $ when I'm out of stuff I need.
RODEO! Was so much fun, even if none of the bull riders stayed on the full 8 seconds. First rodeo I’ve been to where that happened. 39.02 for the tickets, 19 in food (ate a whole stick of cotton candy by myself), and 18 for a t-shirt so… 76.02 all told. Otherwise we just stayed around the house. I cooked a lot and read 1.5 books; husband worked on his moral philosophy comprehensive exams. Low key weekend other than the rodeo.
@ThatJenn We saw the first Star Trek with Chris Pine on IMAX... it was SO GOOD but also made me soooo sick, ha ha.
We’re going to the rodeo this weekend! And I am SO EXCITED! Bought tickets this morning: $39.02. Another $25 for food. Husband is working til midnight tonight so I’ll just do stuff around the house since I only have 1 friend in Nashville and her aunt is in town. I have thank you notes to write and our apartment is a mess so I really should clean, plus I have 11 books checked out from the library. Church and reading and baking Sunday… really the rodeo thing is the only thing going on, so $75 just to round up. Did I mention that I am SO EXCITED? I haven't been to a rodeo in years.I told one of the nurses I work with that I'm going and she goes "really? You never struck me as the type to do that!" I don't know how to take that, ha ha.
I'm going to write my birthday thank you notes tonight. My birthday was 2 weeks ago. That is COMPLETELY unacceptable and I am so embarrassed I haven't gotten them out yet!