On Agonizing About Vacation Expenditures

As a recent "snack pack" purchaser on American Airlines, at first I was going to be like, "Don't get the snack pack!! It's a ripoff!!" but then I remembered how much I enjoyed getting it. It was like a Birchbox, but with food! Yes, the crackers mentioned are definitely two Saltine-sized crackers, the cheese is pat-of-butter-sized, etc, but the snack pack kept me entertained for a solid 20 minutes, I felt very "treat yo self" that I ordered food whereas most people didn't, and it actually left me kinda full? If only because you can't really shovel that much individually-wrapped food into your gullet without at least pausing to remove the packaging, which helps in terms of satiation. So, my advice is: get the snack pack. It may be the best $8 you've ever spent.

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

I've already spent $57.39 + $33.23 on groceries this week, and this includes a large amount of beer for my Superbowl dinner. (Also, I ordered from Freshdirect, so delivery costs, etc.) I usually don't tip my Freshdirect delivery guys, but since it's so cold I'm planning to give him or her $5. I think that's appropriate? Lunch on Saturday after working out: $10 Possible extra groceries in case I forgot something $20 Laundry: $10 So about $50 for this weekend, which doesn't include the massive amount I already spent on groceries to prep.

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 10:12 am 0

On "Your Children Deserve To Know What You Make" Uh OK

I disagreed with this article so hard. But maybe in part because my dad made a fair amount of money but my parents chose to live frugally, and I feel like that was their right. My dad made the money--he could choose whether or not to disclose how much he had. And yeah, I feel like if I had known when I was young it would have altered my worldview, probably for the worse. Then again, that anxiety and frugality coupled with not-knowing about finances is something I have replicated in my own life, for better or worse. It's one thing to know that you have to spend less than $250 on groceries in order to save $300/month, and it's another to make weird value judgments about what brand of beans you "can" buy because you don't have a firm grasp of how much money is going in and how much is going out. I think what I would want to teach my kids the most would be how to make independent judgments about using the money you have to produce the lifestyle you want.

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 4:53 pm 2

On Monday Check-in

@tw0lle haha I messed up, I forgot the moisturizer/exfoliant, so it was actually $296. [has a seizure]

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm 1

On Monday Check-in

I'll make you guys feel better about yourselves. In my defense, it was my birthday weekend. Friday: My friend took me out for dinner, and I bought the first round of beers ($16) after which no one would let me pay for anything. Saturday: $8 on a delicious breakfast $12 at Sephora (because I was too embarrassed to ask for my birthday gift without buying anything, so I got a bottle of nail polish) $10 tip on a free brow shaping (at Benefit) $20 facial at an aesthetician school…but then I bought a moisturizer ($49) and exfoliant ($13) $25 pedicure ($15 + $10 tip because my feet were such a mess and I feel that my pedicurist went above and beyond. I *never* get pedicures, and I run.) $3 kimchi bun for lunch $26 in groceries at H-mart $10 in groceries at the Greek grocery $32 groceries at the regular grocery store $40 on Afghan food for dinner (I took a friend who is between jobs, so I paid for him) $10.50 on REALLY good desserts at Chikalicious dessert bar $16 on a round of beers at Barcade $5 in quarters Sunday: I didn't go outside or spend any money, thank god. = $234 for the weekend This wouldn't be SO extravagant (I guess…) except that I'm going on vacation later this week. But…at this point I guess I should just enjoy my expensive moisturizer, thank the universe that I could afford a nice meal, and move forward frugally into my 31st year on this planet….

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 5:31 pm 1

On The Working Life of Gwyned Filling, the 'Career Girl' of 1948

Wow! We come a long way baby?

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 1:51 pm 0

On Open Thread: Share Your 2015 Budget

@Scoville Your budget/take home is closest to mine in this thread, and I'm gratified to see that we have the same grocery budget. High five.

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 9:37 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Somehow managed to spend $67 on groceries (I had just purchased $50 in groceries earlier in the week). Oh well. I was making a two fairly complicated recipes (bread from the Josey Baker bread book and the whole roasted chicken from Pok Pok) so I had to pick up a few things I didn't already have. Man, lemongrass is expensive. On the plus side, the only other money I spent this weekend was $6 on laundry, most of which I already had in quarters.

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 10:25 am 0

On Sharing Time: How Much Did You Spend on Presents This Year?

@HelloTheFuture I was gift wrapped the roll of tape I was using to wrap the present with. So…yeah, maybe I shouldn't give handmade presents, actually. Unless they were of the "infused liquor" variety or something similarly non-crafty.

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm 0

On Sharing Time: How Much Did You Spend on Presents This Year?

1. How much did you spend on presents this year? $167 2. How much did your most expensive gift cost? $59 3. How about the least expensive gift? $23 (or, a $9 book in a present that also included a more expensive shirt) 4. Did you make a budget before you began shopping for presents? No u__u 5. If yes to #4, did you stay within your budget? n/a 6. Did you put any presents on a (gasp!) credit card. Yes, but I pay off the balance every month. I used the points from my Discover card to buy most of my Dad's gift. 7. Do you feel like you spent “the right amount” on presents this year? I always feel like I could've spent less if I handmade some gifts. My parents do give me some money for living expenses, so it's always weird using money to buy them gifts. I suspect that they'd be just as happy with less expensive but more thoughtful gifts? Idk.

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm 1