I just ordered Christmas presents for my niece and nephew - $100 but I've been setting aside Christmas money for a few months. Tonight I am babysitting for the aforementioned nephew and will probably pick up dinner on my way home - $10 Tomorrow I need to go to the drycleaners - $25 and Target - $15 for a new shower curtain rod. I am going to try really hard not to spend any extra at Target because they have too much of my money already. Sunday I am cleaning house and taking the dogs to the groomers - $65 I need groceries but am not going to get them until Monday because I am catsitting for a family friend next week and will pick them up on the way over. My dad is dogsitting for me while I catsit so I don't have to pay him. (I offered and he got upset and told me to just leave instructions for the coffee maker and a few bottles of Mexican Coke.) One of the dogs is technically his, anyway. Hopefully the total for the weekend will be under $225 including the presents.
$65 sounds reasonable for the damage to yours, especially if they need to rebuild or even out any of the wood part before putting on the new rubber. I had a pair of my dad's cowboy boots resoled a few years ago and it was $45 with no damage, just new rubber. I'm in Phoenix. I think it is weird that it would be the same price for each pair unless your boyfriend's boots have a lot of damage. That makes me think they don't have a good way to gauge the amount of work a boot needs and are just throwing out a number. I would be worried that the repair on his boots (assuming it is just a regular repair) would be good but that the more extensive repairs to yours would be shoddy. If it was $130 a pair, then that is way to much in my opinion. I would ask well-dressed neighbors for recommendations on cobblers and tailors in the area. Or friends' parents if you have the chance. All the best recommendations I've received for service-type businesses have come from my sister's mother-in-law.
I went over my $75 estimate but my deposit hit my account on Saturday and my tuition payment didn't so I had a little more wiggle room than I expected. I spent $40 at the bookstore instead of $30 on Friday. The food and wine festival was a lot of fun though and I don't think I've socialized one-on-one with my sister for years, so that was nice. On Saturday my Starbucks plans were derailed. It seemed like everyone in Phoenix was out enjoying the cool weather. Starbucks was packed and spilling over to the patio next door. I spent $5 on breakfast at McDonald's and found a cubicle at the Phoenix College library instead. I spent a lot longer than planned there (algebra kicked my butt) and skipped lunch. I stopped at the grocery stop on the way home as planned but spent about $50. I studied at home on Sunday and didn't spend anything. Total was $95, $20 more than planned. Not horrible but I spent way too much last weekend at Target and Old Navy. I'm going to try not to spend anything this week.
I haven't done an estimate in a while and I have been spending way to much. Tonight I am going to a food and wine festival - tickets are already covered by my boss. It's next to a big bookstore, so probably $30 there. Saturday - camping out at Starbucks to use their internet and do homework. I'll get a drink and pastry but I have giftcards to cover that. Lunch shouldn't be more than $10. I also need to go to the grocery store - $30ish Sunday - staying home and studying - $0 Total - $75, I can't go much above that because my tuition payment is scheduled to come out on Saturday. I think they process it on the next business day and I also have a reimbursement coming in on Monday but I want to make sure I leave enough cash to cover it just in case.
@clairkin I do this and had forgotten about a couple of skirts I put in my Target cart on my phone a few months ago. I was in the store last weekend looking up a dress to buy my niece since they were out of her size and the skirts where on clearance for about $10 each. The skirts and the dress will be here tomorrow. Sometimes procrastination pays off. Or it costs less than it could have. I probably shouldn’t have spent the money anyways but what’s done is done.
I think ideally if people make a living wage they won't need to rely on places like Wal-Mart to make ends meet. But I also think that Wal-Mart and stores like it will raise their prices and blame it on the living wage regulations and suck people back down. No matter how small the reduction to profits, I can't see them passing up this opportunity. Then Wal-Mart ramps up its PR and lobbying machine and people end up thinking how horrible it is that the government is interfering and forcing stores to charge more, more big-business friendly politicians get elected, the legislation is overturned, and Wal-Mart gets to lower wages and tell its employees to get a second job at McDonald’s. Wow, it’s too early in the week to be this cynical.
I have a lot of things I need to do today and tomorrow but my 1 thing that I really really need to do is pick up my drycleaning. I dropped it off on Saturday early enough for same day pick up and life has been getting in the way. If I don't get it today, I won't be able to until Monday since I am going out of town.
I don't have internet at home, I have an unlimited data plan for my phone and access at work so I haven't seen the need. No cable or Netflix either, my dad showed up one day with a digital antenna that gets most of the local channels. I do have an Amazon Prime membership, but I only stream movies or shows when I am doing laundry at my parents.
My electric bill is $115 a month. I have an equalizer plan so I pay a set amount each month and it occasionally gets adjusted up or down depending on usage. I'm in Phoenix in a 750 sq ft, 71 year old house. It's just me, but since I have two dogs and a cat I keep the ac a little cooler than I would during the day otherwise. I haven't turned on the heater in two years. Before the equalizer plan, my bills went from $30 in the winter to $200 in August. I also pay about $20 a month for gas, billed separately, for my water heater and stove.
I have mixed feelings about this. The people publishing these types of warnings have been through or are going through humanities programs and even if they are struggling to make ends meet, it feels like they are saying do as I say, not as I do. That they aren't giving up but no one else should try. I listened to my mother and school counselor and all the well-meaning relatives who told me to “be sensible, Chel” and pursue a practical degree and job. My parents would have graduated into a recession had they graduated. My father planned to be a lawyer, he wanted to be a public defender and instead became a long-haul truck driver because his veteran benefits would pay for college but not diapers. My mom left her journalism program to help take care of her younger siblings and went to work in a church daycare. I switched from English to accounting and have spent the last six-plus years working in a financial planning office, surrounded by people who can’t write a coherent sentence. I try to make time for writing but know if I am going to continue and advance in this field, I am going to have to give that time up. There is no work-life balance here. If I stay, there are 16 hour workdays, answering emails from home and clients calling me on my vacation and the only benefit is that I am able to pay the dog-walker and cleaning person I need to hire because I am not home enough even do that. And if I want to take a stand, to say I am going home in the evening, not just taking a dinner break? Well, there are plenty of new graduates with fresh degrees eager to take my place. Fourteen years out of high school and I am making plans to go back to college next year and finish my long-abandoned creative writing degree. I’ve learned what I need materially to survive in my life and what I can do without. Turns out I can do without a lot. And I’ve learned emotionally what I need. Maybe I won’t make it. But I have to try. I know I’m not going to make it through the next five years, let alone thirty-five if I stay on the sensible path.