@andnowlights That's what I finally did this year. I was so tired of being stressed about money for presents that in July I started putting $25 a week aside in a totally separate account. It's at $525 now and will be at $625-$650 by the time I need to use it. It should just about cover Christmas. Such a huge relief.
I think it should be pretty cheap overall as we don't have much going on. Tonight we're going with my family to the Boston Holiday Pops. The tickets are already bought and since I bought my boyfriend's ticket, I'm going to let him treat me to dinner. So tonight shouldn't cost me anything. I"ll say $0. Tomorrow: bootcamp (already paid for) and then taking the Little Sister out Christmas shopping with me. We will mainly be shopping for her older sister and her mom. But I've set aside money all year for xmas, so I'm not sure how to tally this as it is technically a planned expense. It'll go on my credit card for airline miles but then that'll be paid off in January with the savings. So I guess I won't count this unless I buy something for myself during the trip. Sunday we're having a slacker/jammies day. I want to watch shitty Christmas movies all day and eat chinese food. I'll say $20 for that.
@andnowlights I never went to a tea but I did have matching dress. I think when I was 8 or 9, my mom got me the Christmas dress that matches Samantha. I was both completely stoked because I loooooooooooooved how pretty the dress was and more than a wee bit embarrassed because I felt entirely too old to match my doll. I still wore it though. There are photos of me in it somewhere I'm sure.
My boyfriend is an engineer and he uses 3D printers at work to mold parts for prototypes. All the hullabaloo around 3D printers has resulted in nonstop eye rolling from him. They're not easy to use unless you're a professional and they're not very practical. It's kind of like we're in the late 70s/early 80s of computer technology with them. In another decade things will probably be quite different but at the moment the buzz is a bit ahead of the present capabilities of the technology.
@EvanDeSimone That is the benefit. If you want to avoid checking baggage, it may well be worth your while to board early. That way you know you'll be able to store your bag directly above your seat. When seat upgrades were fairly cheap, I used to do that. But now it's cheaper to check a bag, so I wind up doing that for the most part.
My Thanksgiving was both relaxing and super stressful. Stressful because we had to drive a long ways in the horrible storm on Tuesday/Wednesday and relaxing because the rest of the time we spent hanging out drinking in a lovely house on Lake Michigan. But I spent very little over the long weekend. No online shopping and not much spent otherwise. Some money on snacks/food as we drove and some money on tolls but all and all, probably less than $50.
@lemur_niemer That place! I do not understand how they get me to spend so much money other than voodoo. I mean, it's not like I won't use the hell out of my new running stuff. I really will. I'm going to love it so much tonight when I'm running after work. But I hadn't planned on buying it. Blerg.
The weekend of 'givings' is complete and I am way tired. I did wind up going over my estimate because TARGET (shakes fist). :( Friday: Spent zero dollars. After we ran we ate the pizza in the freezer before bringing a pre-purchased six pack to boozegiving. Saturday a.m./afternoon - up at a decent hour to run the Friendsgiving Memorial 5K. The fact that it was a small race run meant that I actually placed in the top ten in my age group! w00t! That will never happen again (I am sloooooooow) so I shall savor it. Grabbed wings and beer at the after party but my boyfriend paid, so $0. Hit the grocery store for a few quick things but again boyfriend paid as the groceries were mostly for him. Saturday night: dinner at Sweet Cheeks for SIL and brother's birthday. I think I put in $90 or $100 towards the overall check. That place is spendy and they didn't even charge us for the biscuits or cake & pudding (SIL knows the owner quite well). So it was $300 before tip but then we tipped on the imaginary total with the freebies added in. So came out to be $$$$. Sunday: woke up and baked two kinds of brownies ($0) and then went and ate at Friendsgiving. I am STILL full this morning, no lie. It was fun though. Sunday night: stopped at stupid Target on the way home and I spent so much money I hadn't planned to spend. $96!! I went in for deodorant, came out with some very nice cold weather running gear. Ugh. But my cheapie cotton leggings from Old Navy haven't really been cutting it for the cold, cold nighttime runs we've gone on as late. And my black fleece, though warm and perfect for running, has seemed kind of dangerous for nighttime running, so I bought the same thing in a neon pink/orange. At least I'll be reflective now. So in total, close to $200 which is far more than I estimated. :(
@CubeRootOfPi DO IT: re: Breville toaster. I got my boyfriend one for his birthday in August and I love the shit out of it. It works SO WELL.