No real holiday-weekend plans (except AD! It's supposed to be rainy) but am meeting a lot of boyfriend's family tonight at a grad party and am NERVOUS. I have not heard good things. So free, but probably a stop at a bar after: $10 Saturday: Target run $50 + possible pant/bra shopping (both the worst) $100 Sunday: Walking some doggies so free love! Food for holing up at bf's and for the week $40 Total with pants/bras:$200 Without $100
I'm gonna write this before I read anyone else's and feel good/bad: $71/week for one person. This does include mostly organic produce and one month (so far) of a CSA that has been mostly meat, which I wasn't eating before. Food is a little pricey here- I just checked the cost of living index and we're at 108 for groceries. Already making excuses!
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@Bill Fostex Have you guys seen this new cookbook? It reminds me of the weekly food drawings.
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@Blondsak Congratulations! They must really love you! I was just going to comment that how, as a librarian, I'll never get more than a 4% raise, and at the next step up I'll only make 9% more than I do now. Without revealing too much identifying info, HOW DID YOU DO IT?
@OllyOlly I am luckily at my desk and not on the desk, but I did chortle rather loudly. If my co-workers new I was looking at cat pics they'd be all over me.
Friday: Beer turned into beer + sandwich: $12 Returned stuff to Target: +$53 BUT bought stuff at Target (pants, etc, meaning things I can't remember but needed like face lotion and Woolite): $60 Saturday: Mixer + snacks for staying-in: $7 Groceries: $24 Sunday: Took bf out to lunch/brunch (I actually owed him $10 from the slight over-repayment of the loan I made him): $24 Somehow more groceries: $13 Estimated: $55 Actual: $87 Not bad for including a spur-of-the moment meal out on what must be the day/time to eat out if you hate waiting and crowds- Mother's Day + college graduation + everyone getting out of church. Food was great though! Oops! Forgot car wash $8. It immediately hailed.
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Through example, my mother taught me that it is cheaper as a single person to buy giant bins of animal crackers and packages of three peanut butters and 48 toilet paper rolls, and pay for a Sam's Club membership. I have not taken this lesson to heart. On the other hand she makes spreadsheets of her finances, which has probably affected me somewhat- I read this site, don't I?
I’ve been watching my money even more closely lately- trying to eat everything in my freezer and cupboards first. But I did…lend money to my boyfriend. We both got paid today so I should be getting it back ASAP but I still didn’t like doing it. He’s usually Ok with $ but had an unexpected car payment go through (? how does that happen?). Friday: volunteering w/ work people to clean up park; we will probably go out for a beer after $5. Return stuff to Target: -$40, but will probably buy $20 of stuff. Saturday: walking doggies for the Humane Society: should be negative monies cause it probably saves on therapy! Laying low at boyfriend’s house in the evening catching up on GoT and eating Polish sausages and drinking beer. Aaah…the upper Midwest. Groceries at some point- $30. Total= approx. $55
I graduate in 1996 and most people still got their senior pics at studios, but a few of the "alternative" kids got their photography class friends to take black and white pics at a playground or used a picture of the back of their head. I split the difference and used a picture my mom took at some point where I didn't look unlike myself. I, too, take terrible posed pics. My eyes were closed in my sophomore year school pic- and the company still sent the whole package! 16 wallet-sized pictures of me looking normal with my eyes closed went immediately into the trash.
@amglory89 If you're Canadian: "Another way of measuring your tread depth is by using a traditional Canadian penny. The penny test is conducted by placing a penny in the tire groove with the Queen’s crown facing down. If you can see the top of the Queens crown, you need to replace your tires"