On Friday Estimate

YAY weekend! I've been traveling for work for the past two weeks. I'm so happy to be home with my husband and our dog. I can't wait to relax, watch House of Cards, and enjoy doing nothing. Today after work I'm going to make dinner for the two of us; I already went grocery shopping yesterday. So I don't think I'll be spending any money today. Tomorrow most of the day should be mellow; might go to a friend's birthday party in the evening, but I'm leaning towards no. Sunday might be spendy. I'm meeting up with a friend and we'll probably go on a hike or walk on the beach. I'm sure lunch will be involved - $25. Then I'm going to pick up a big spread for our book club meeting that evening - another $25. And I may need to run some errands; can't think of what, but you never know. I'll throw in another $30 for that. Total = $80. Not bad!

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 1:52 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

TGIF indeed. I've already spent $20 on Amazon, and will spend another $10 on some groceries before going home. Tonight, we're hosting about 5 friends for dinner. I have a LOT of cooking to do! Tomorrow, I'm going to my friend's daughter's birthday princess party. Already bought her a present. I will probably see my parents for breakfast or lunch, too. On Saturday I want to stay in and relax! On Sunday, I'll surely spend about $5 on coffee, and hopefully go for a run with the dog. I think I will spend about $30 on groceries. I feel like I'm missing a lot of things. Let's add another $25 for good measure. Total = $90

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

It's Saturday morning in LA and I only just remembered that I haven't yet done my estimate. Here goes! I think this weekend's expenses will revolve entirely around our dog. He has major separation anxiety, and there are times when we just can't be with him, so we're trying out different things: a pet sitter, doggie daycare. Happily taking suggestions! Yesterday (Friday) I had to pick some stuff up for our dog at Petco. But I had a gift card there (birthday present), so no cost. We had dinner at home (I made chicken tikka masala - it came out really well!). Today a pit sitter is coming ($35) to give my husband and me some freedom for the afternoon. In the evening, we're going out with my family for a belated birthday dinner. Happy to say that won't cost anything on my end. Tomorrow I plan to go to the beach and do some running (with the dog). Then in the afternoon it is our dog's first trial at doggie day care. It will be $20 for 5 hours. This will free us up to go to our friend's Superbowl party. I'm bringing chili, and I already bought the ingredients for it. At some point I should do a little grocery shopping too - maybe $25? And I am going to order a few more things for the dog online, which may come out to about $50. I'll add another $20 for any other expenses that arise. Total = $150, almost all of it for the dog.

Posted on January 31, 2015 at 11:10 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Our weekend in San Diego was super fun! I'm counting Monday in my total. In terms of money, a highlight was when my husband found a tiny rock in his dinner (that was not the good part) and so they comped the meal (that was the good part). Other things we spent money on: 7 toll road (Waze directed me to a toll road! Damn you Waze) 50 dinner 22 movies 8 cab 12 museum 44 breakfast 21 gas 30 groceries Estimated $250 ish, came in at $194, although I think I might be forgetting something.

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 12:05 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

Oh boy. This weekend will be pricey. We are going to San Diego for a little vacation, and we don't really have any plans to hold back. I suppose most of our money will go to food because there's SO much good food there. We're staying in an Airbnb we already paid for, so at least that's covered. Tonight I need to do a little grocery shopping ($25). We're eating dinner at home. Tomorrow we leave for SD in the late afternoon and I need to put more gas in the car ($25). I think I'll pack some food to eat on the drive down. Sunday: eating and playing. Probably $50 (each) towards breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maybe another $20 for museum entrances and/or parking. And another $25 towards small stuff - a souvenir or snack. Monday: more eating ($50), more playing and parking ($25?). And more gas ($30). Total = $250ish

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 3:05 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

I think I did pretty well this weekend! Got a Thai massage on Friday - I didn't think much about it beforehand, or learn anything about it, and was NOT expecting my masseuse to get up on the table and literally walk on the back. I am not sure if I would get it again but I did enjoy the pleasure/pain element. $50 plus $12 tip. Plus there was a little grocery shopping and laundry, another $20. Nothing at all on Saturday! It's our quiet day and we stayed in, read, and watched TV. Yesterday I got a delicious iced mint coffee at Philz in Santa Monica - it's sooo good! ($4 plus $2 parking, but I got my money's worth by reading in the cafe for an hour.) Then I went to brunch at my friend's where I brought muffins I made. Did another grocery shop, $30. The highlight of the weekend was that my husband and I met with a dog we are thinking of adopting. He was SO wonderful and although my husband was very reticent, now he wants to adopt too. So that's a very exciting development in our household! Total = $118 (estimated $135)

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 11:51 am 0

On Friday Estimate

My first estimate of the year! Today: some grocery shopping, some laundry - $20. And I'm getting a massage later in the day, huzzah! It's $50, plus tip ($10). Tomorrow: nothing at all planned, probably lunch and dinner at home. Sunday: going to my friend's for brunch and bringing pumpkin muffins. Will get coffee before, $5. In the afternoon, we are going to meet a dog that we are interested in adopting! So excited. Also, grocery run, $30. And an extra $20 for who knows what. Total = $135

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 12:22 pm 0

On Da Do 1, 1 Thing, Da Do 1 Thing

I know this sounds ridiculously easy, but I need to mail a letter, and it's NOT easy in Los Angeles. I can't mail it from my home (our mailboxes at the apartment building are these little outdoor boxes with no place to put outgoing mail) and it is SO HARD to find a mailbox. I would prefer not to go to the post office if possible. I looked up mailboxes in the neighborhood and found one a few blocks away from my apartment; it's on a street that often has tons of traffic, but I'll make my way there (maybe by foot) tonight. Mailing a letter should not be this challenging!

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 7:40 pm 0

On Happy New Year! Here Are Some Pointless Or Obvious Savings Tips!

@jmdj I recommend unroll.me, which rolls all of your listserve emails/sales notifications/promotional stuff etc into one daily email. A great way to avoid tempting sales emails!

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 7:47 pm 0

On Home for the Holidays / Open Thread

@sherlock That's wonderful, congrats!

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 11:46 am 0