I estimated $50 and spent $5. On my way home from sewing class Saturday I stopped at starbucks and got a pumpkin spice latte for $4 and change. I skipped out on my plans for Saturday night due to weather, exhaustion, and mild self esteem issues. worked on Christmas presents for people, watched Elf, ate a lot of stove-top popcorn. all around pretty good weekend.
@andnowlights I struggled with pricing a lot actually. The materials for this particular project aren't very expensive (all together I think will run me ~15 for 4 potholders + stash use) and I'm charging $15/potholder. But someone else thought I should charge $20/potholder because I am doing a fair bit of piecing and hand sewing on the binding so it DOES take a couple hours. In the end I figured it's for a friend's mother, I know her, it's my first attempt at selling anything... $15/potholder. x4 = $60. But then we went out to dinner and she picked up the tab so now it's like they're free and I kind of maybe owe her $20? I have no idea how to do this.
@erinep congratulations! It's a really fun hobby and I love the idea of making things for myself. mending things rather than throwing old ones out etc which is how I got started. It can be an expensive hobby though. I hope you have so much fun in your class tomorrow!
@endofherleash this is exactly what I'm struggling with (kind of!). It's really IS freezing in Boston. My coat that I've been eyeing was $219 and is currently on sale for $139 and I really need it BUT I also am going to the dentist on Monday which will be $350 which will be almost all my money. But I want the coat before it sells out or is no longer on sale. But I've already rescheduled the dentist twice. But I don't get paid until the Friday after Thanksgiving. Money is hard. Winter is hard.
@EvanDeSimone @stina thank you! It's super exciting. I don't imagine ever really making a profit off selling things that I sew but I just like making things and it would be great to break even/fund my hobby :)
I need to keep it cheap this weekend. For the most part I'm going to try to kick butt at my holiday cleaning schedule so when I come back from Thanksgiving I have a mostly clean house and can go get my Christmas tree asap. Saturday I have a sewing class and also need to pick up some materials to sew a bunch of potholders (first sewing commission! The idea of making something and someone giving me money for it is kind of blowing my mind). These should be free because I have a $25 gift card. Saturday night I'm meeting a friend for food/drinks ($30), maybe a comedy show ($10), and then going to someone's house party ($10). Sunday I'll likely be a touch hungover, clean for a while. maybe work on aforementioned potholders. Total estimate: $50
there are a ton of people at my work that brush their teeth in the afternoon. Brush, floss, brush again. gargle. stare adoringly at themselves in the mirror. repeat. I keep toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss in my desk drawer in case I'm going straight to the dentist, or meeting someone after work, or have an afternoon meeting. But, though I'd like to be a regular post-lunch brusher, I just don't have that kind of dedication. (note: I only floss at work specifically if something is stuck between my teeth)
I didn't do an estimate but I knew it wouldn't be too much... Friday I went out for drinks with a friend and anticipated spending $50. We ended up staying there for several hours, racked up a big bill ($120) and then when I was in the bathroom she paid. I feel kind of weird about it but she begged me not to and she was going to buy some sewing stuff off me anyway so now I'm just going to give it to her for free, which mostly evens it out. That's what I'm telling myself. How do you guys handle these situations? ($0) Other than that I tried to lay low for the weekend. made food at home, didn't order out (even though I was really hungover saturday and wanted chinese food! Yes, I'm bragging here that I didn't order food). ($0) I finished hand-sewing a potholder, did all my dishes, made a holiday cleaning schedule, got caught up on all the TV I missed by being too busy last week. ($0) I went through my fridge to see what I need to eat before I go home for Thanksgiving and then made a grocery list of the barest minimum that works with what's already in the fridge (this took longer than I'd like to admit). I price compared food at CVS versus food through peapod/stop 'n shop then got the items that CVS has because I had a 25% off coupon. ($33 at CVS) Tonight after work I'm getting the rest of the groceries ($50) and picking up my laundry ($20) that I dropped off yesterday. altogether about $100.
also - being sick in the hospital isn't always a sure fire way to get out of work. I ended up being hospitalized for an emergency surgery and while I was in recovery, with tubes coming out of me and a morphine drip my boss sent someone to my room with a list of questions she wanted answers to for work related stuff. never got a get well card though... (ended up leaving 5 months later)
This week has been a bit much and I have a million things to do around the house as every day this week I've left at 6:45 am and not returned until after 10 pm and now I have no clean dishes and everything is everywhere. SO, with that in mind - $75 groceries (and I think I'm out of trashbags) then cleaning, and sleeping, and maybe sewing