I think I spent around $150 in the first month after I got my kitten. The biggest bill came a couple of months later when he was big enough to be fixed. Turned out he was a she and in heat. Spaying costs more and there is an extra charge if the cat is in heat. She took a few days to get comfortable around me (and a couple of weeks to warm up to the dogs) but she's a cuddler now. Its kind of strange because my previous kitty wasn't.
I estimated under $100 and spent almost $170. I listed bowling at $40, it went up to $65 when we decided to upgrade to an open bar for two hours. After tips and the train there and back, my share was $75. I'm calling it worth it though since I rarely go out like that and it was a lot of fun. Gas was $30, limited groceries were $13. I didn't realize we were low on dog food, so that was $33 and I stopped in Bed, Bath and Beyond while I was out and bought a box of hot cocoa pods for my coffee maker and a bottle of bubbles for my cousin's birthday ($14). He asked for them as a joke since there were a bunch of bottles at my younger cousin's birthday last weeked. There was also an egg mcmuffin on the way to my parent's house to sop up the residual vodka in my system and a jar to put the salad dressing I made into for about $2 each.
I'm aiming for under $100. I don't have any plans tonight, but tomorrow need to get gas ($30) and I am going bowling with some work friends and their friends, $40 each for the lane, shoes, snacks, and unlimited wine and beer. It should be fun, but I am new to socializing with work people outside of work, hopefully we have something to talk about. On Sunday I need to get indgredients to make ranchish dressing for a wing party at the office on Monday. Should be about $20. I am not getting groceries other than eggs and sugar becuase there is too much stuff in my cupboards and freezer that I need to eat.
@Worker Parasite Yeah, I fixed my car mirror myself. I hit the pole in my driveway and the stem snapped off. I googled around and found a discount parts website and got the new mirror for about $100. All I needed to attach it was a screwdriver. Of course, I can't sew worth a darn so I have a few pairs of pants I will take in to my drycleaners to be hemmed (or I will ask my mom, but she will lecture me about not being able to sew a hem).
I estimated $150-$175 depending on if I got my nails done. I didn't get my nails done or get the haircut I budgeted for and spent $360. Although I returned some stuff to Walmart for $160 and my dad gave me the $20 I forgot he owed me. So the net was $180. I picked up a $25 Toys R Us giftcard for my cousin and some snacks at Walgreens plus $40 cash back for the drycleaner and the street fair. - $70 I went to Target to get a box of hair dye, I should have just picked it up at Walgreens. The dye was on sale and had a buy two, get a $5 gift card deal, so I bought two. Plus $20 worth table linens on clearance. I also remembered I was out of trash bags and got ice cream, hot pockets, and a card for my cousin. - $60 Saturday I dropped off my drycleaning and went to the street fair. I spent about $15 on food like I estimated and nothing at the vendors. After the birthday party, my sister and I wwent to a kids clothing consignment store and I spent $20 on adorable clothes my neice won't fit into for at least a year. Sunday is where it all fell apart. I woke up feeling bored and depressed and decided to go shopping. I spent $150 at Nordstrom Rack on work clothes and shoes ($100 of it on my Nordstrom card). I feel like I should return them, but I probably won't. I stopped in Trader Joe's to pick up eggs and bought $50 of groceries. I had planned to eat what was in the cupboards and freezer this week to try and get rid of some stuff. And I got $20 of gas.
I need to pick up a birthday present and card for my cousin - he's nine this weekend and I think I am going to go the giftcard route. Lego sets are getting pricey and I don't want to try to keep track of what toys are popular. Shouldn't be more than $30. I also need to get gas ($20)and take a few things to the drycleaners ($15). There is a neighborhood street fair on Saturday that I am going to before the birthday party, I'll probably get lunch ($15) and am going to try to spend less than $30 at the vendor booths. I also need to touch up my roots ($10 for a box of dye) and get a hair cut ($16 - my hair looks about the same no matter where I go, so I might has well go to the cheap place). I shouldn't, but I really want to get my nails done. $130ish if I don't get my nails done, $175ish if I do.
I estimated $50 for groceries and gas (and returning a $20 jar of pie filling to William Sonoma) That was correct, but I also went to Total Wine on Saturday and spent $20 on a Bota Box, so the final total was $70. Worth it. I went to breakfast with my mom (her treat) and did my laundry at my parents house. I worked 6 hours on Sunday, so that will be nice come payday. I did not do my taxes. Maybe next weekend.
Friday - staying in and making some soup, going to bed early. No cost Saturday - I need to get groceries and gas and then return a jar of pie filling to William Sonoma. Around $50 (including the return). Sunday - I will probably be working overtime, I find out today if my request will be approved, so I will pick up coffee and lunch. I have a Starbuck's giftcard so there shouldn't be any real money involved. At some point I need to do laundry and should at least try to do my taxes. We've been swamped at work, so I don't know how productive I will actually be. Total estimate: $50
I estimated $75 for the weekend and spent about $85. Friday night I stopped at the bookstore on my way home and bought two books off the remainders table for $11. Saturday I got my groceries ($35) and picked up a couple things for my grandma, it turned out my aunt had done most of her shopping and just forgot a few things. I did spend $28 on Girl Scout cookies outside the grocery store, I knew I would but didn't know they would be there this weekend. I also met my mom and sister at Costco. I was a bit overwhelmed by everything and spent $10 on a pound and a half of blueberries and two packs of Laughing Cow cheese. It actually comes in a four pack, but my sister and I split it. I have never had so many berries at one time. I stayed in on Sunday and Monday, reading and getting some chores done. I also took the dogs for a couple of long walks, which we all enjoyed. In all, a nice weekend.
I'm going to my parents tonight, my mom is buying my dinner in exchange for helping with something on her computer. Tomorrow I will need to pick up some groceries for me ($30ish) and some from my grandma. She had surgery this week and is housebound for at least another week. My mom will reimburse me for whatever I spend for that. I am tempted to get a pedicure. I can do it myself, but it is so relaxing. If I do, it will be around $30. Hopefully I'll be under $75 for the weekend not including Grandma's groceries. I need to do some rearranging of my living room and clean out my closet, so I'll be staying in most of the time. I try to keep the second half of February as low-cost as I can since I am hourly at work and the end of the month paycheck will be two days shorter than usual. Although, our department is down one person for the next month (we only have three people) so there may be some overtime.