I live in denver, and we were walking by when they were filming- you can see my husband in the background during the opening! Yay Denver!
hmmm, we just got back from a 10-day vacation (Yay Montral! Yay Airbnb!) so we'll probably lay pretty low: Friday: $0, dinner is in the crockpot and we're bottling the beer we brewed 2 weeks ago (we may end up grabbing a late night beer with a friend who just started back at school and is having a rough first week, so maybe $20) Saturday: $10, laundry $15, coffeeshop to do work $40, dinner out Sunday: $40, farmers market groceries $60, knife sharpening at farmers market (ALL THE KNIVES) $20, day drinking Total: $185, but that feels low, so let's say $220.
Was I the only one who wanted to put in my own personal information for my family (2 adults) and was startled to see that this was not an option? I can understand that families like mine ( dual-income-no-kids, under 40) are not the target of the study, but what about parents with adult dependant children? Or couples whose children have moved out? Or, god forbid, childless adults who are on a fixed income?
we pay $55/month for internet through Century Link- no phone, no cable, no nothin'. We don't own a TV, but do have a $12/month netflix membership, worth it's weight in gold. We used to have Comcast until they raised their rates to $80/month- it would have been $70/month if we had added cable (combined total of $70) but they wouldn't just give us the lower price for not using the cable service.
in Colorado gas and electric are billed together- we have an amazing program that averages your yearly use over 11 months, the 12th month you get a refund or pay the overage. For 2 people, 2 bedroom duplex with 3 external walls: $60.00/month (so I guess technically $55/month, but that's not how it hits the budget)
My partner and I share- 2 new iPhone 4's, we do receive a small discount through my employer with AT&T, $62.50 each for middling data, 500minutes, unlimited text. we've never gotten near the minutes limit.
For 2 people in Denver, CO: -$80/month for light rail tickets for me (although the past few months this has been $40 due to some coupons, but they are running out) -$20 for extra tickets for my partner -$50/month- full coverage insurance for our car -$200/month- gas for said car- this is on the higher end of normal, and my partner is a teacher and about to be riding his bike exclusively, so this will decreace dramatically over the summer. TOTAL: $350/month for two people, one car, two well-used bicycles, and a lot of train rides.
I estimated about $220- here's where we ended up: Dinner/Drinks on Friday: $50 Saturday Brunch: $30 Clothes: $130 Grocery Store: $50 A beer to drink on the street: $9 Ended up at $269, mostly because I forget that clothes I will wear and that will not fall apart are more expensive than $3.
We're going out of town next week, so trying to keep it light this week (all estimates are for 2) Dinner tonight: $35 Drinks tonight: $30 Saturday Brunch: $35 Work clothes buying: $50 Groceries: $50 (we just need fresh things) Art museum: Free (members!) Misc randomness: $20 So, total of $220 for the weekend for both of us, including a fair amout of going out considering my teacher husband had to do standardized testing all week and that deserves a couple of PBRs if anything ever did.
@cjm OH YES to all of this. I am a first-generation college grad (grandfather: migrant farmer/3rd grade education; mother:high school diploma; me: most expensive college in the nation). I am so very grateful for all of the opportunities and aid and help and oh wow EVERYTHING that was available to me not only becuase of my geographic location and general bookishness as a child but because of people who were willing to work with me. I would love to add something else: Conversations about what college is *actually like*. I remember sitting on my dorm bed the night before registration for classes loosing my fucking mind because, I was in college! My whole goal for 6 years had been attained! What do I do now? How does this work? What is important and what isn't? How do you know? Who is it ok to approach in the hirearchy and who do you need an invitation for? How do you maintain aid when they try to cut it later? I still feel like an outsider to the whole higher education club.