@francesfrances Something was just posted today! http://thebillfold.com/2014/10/trying-to-pay-off-debt-and-falling-off-the-wagon-as-we-do-sometimes/
My 1 thing was getting my eyebrows threaded - I'd been putting it off so long that things were getting rather unruly. I did that about an hour ago, so I'll add a couple other "things": pack for a wedding I'm going to this weekend, and feed myself this evening (harder than it sounds, just moved into a new apartment and have no food + haven't unpacked the kitchen stuff yet).
@annecara I second Ask A Manager, it's a fantastic resource.
I didn't do an estimate, but I'll tally it up anyhow: My husband and I moved to LA from NYC this month, and so far things are going well. He started his new job today. Yesterday, we did a test run of his bus route and rewarded ourselves with empanadas afterwards (about $8). We went to Santa Monica and took a walk on the beach (no cost). We also went to a friend's pumpkin carving party in the evening, and spent about $12 on a pumpkin and snacks. Also, all that driving necessitated filling up on gas - $30. The day before, we were able to spend $0 while still going out. We went to a new synagogue we're trying out, and there was a big lunch afterwards. We liked it a lot and appreciated the free food! That evening, we met up with one of my husband's mom's friends, who bought us dinner. On Friday, I bought a coffee cake for dinner for $5 and ate leftovers for lunch. Total for the weekend = $55. One of my best (least expensive) weeks in a while!
This is so funny! I too would be horrified if I tallied the amount I spend on sweets, alcohol and fancy paper products.
For me, I prefer to use my credit card because of the miles I get. I try to put everything on my credit card for that reason. And it really does pay off - I've gotten numerous flights with my miles for (virtually) free. Also, I agree with the others who wrote above that when you see your monthly card bill, it's more "real" than using cash. But I think it's all about whatever works for the individual.
@WorkinHardBrother I worked in Manhattan for eight years, at different companies. I was always given company devices to use, and working 12 hours was never the standard.
This place sounds so gross, on so many levels. I'll never use their services. Thanks for the informative article!
After three weeks of searching, my husband and I finally have an apartment in LA, and we're signing the lease today! And moving in next week. Yayyyyyyyyy Today or tomorrow I need to do some grocery shopping - $20. My friend is having an Oktoberfest party tomorrow and I need to bring a dish that has been as an ingredient. I'm thinking beer black bean soup? On Sunday I'm going to a friend's birthday brunch. I already bought her a present but will go in on the brunch for her - plus my own - $40? I need to go to Walgreen's for some errands that will probably be about $10. And pick up my dry cleaning - $15. And maybe coffee tomorrow - $5. Plus $20 for any other expenses while I'm out and about. Total = $110
This sounds so yummy! I am not a vegetarian, but I try not to eat meats most nights, since it's better for the environment and for my wallet. The beans in this dish will give you plenty of protein, and I bet it's super filling. I live recipes like this that give you a lot of options - templates, not ingredient-specific. Would love to see more of it in The BIllfold!