Hosting breakfast for dinner on Friday night was a big success. It was a lot of fun and we had plenty of leftovers to keep us going for the rest of the weekend. And it was free (er, minus the cost of all those groceries earlier in the week). On Saturday, we went to my friend's birthday party at a bar; I had anticipated spending $25 on drinks but I actually didn't spend anything. There was tons of food and birthday cake, and I am not much of a drinker, so I was happy just eating my cake :) And we took the subway to and from, so all in all an incredibly cheap night out in the city - $0 to be precise! On Sunday I enjoyed the warmth and took a nice long walk before grocery shopping. My half of the groceries were about $21. We also ordered some household items and canned goods on Amazon - my half was $23. The rest of the day was spent eating and reading - what a great Sunday. Best of all, nothing "randomly popped up" that I needed to use any more money on, so all together I spent $44. I'd estimated $80something. Huzzah!
Hoo boy I spent so much money this week. I enrolled in a Spanish class, bought a wedding present, ate out a few times, and bought an inordinate amount of groceries for a dinner we're hosting tonight. This weekend MUST stay within my estimate. Fortunately, the ingredients for the dinner I'm cooking tonight (breakfast for dinner - whee!) are all purchased, so now I just need to hurry home after work and put it all together. Tomorrow I think we'll stay in during the day, but that evening is a friend's bday party. Must take the subway, no cab! I think I'll spend about $25 on drinks. Sunday is the weekly grocery shop, and I may also buy some cooking-related products online - maybe $40? And throwing in the usual $20 for whatever may randomly pop up. Total = $85
Friday: $7 on lunch $40 on my brother's birthday present - totally forgot to include that in my estimate. Saturday: We resisted the temptation to take a cab! Spent $20 on drinks at my friend's birthday party, and that's it. Sunday: I did a lot of grocery shopping at 3 different stores (what can I say, I'll go wherever there's a good deal). But it didn't add up to all that much; in the end my half was about $25. And then I forgot that my Birchbox subscription gets automatically renewed at the beginning of the month. $11 Estimate: $102, Total: $103!
Yay so happy it's payday today. I just paid rent, but we'll leave that out of the calculations. I've already spent $7 on lunch today. Tonight, I'm excited to make this dish I've been wanting to try, creamy chicken curry. After dinner we're going to our neighbors for dessert, and bringing ice cream we already bought. Tomorrow is a friend's birthday party in the evening and it is HIGHLY important that we resist taking a cab. So provided that we leave on time, and take the subway, the only expense might be buying some drinks. $25? On Sunday, it's grocery shopping time ($40). I think some other costs might come up so I'll add another $30. Total = $102
What a thoughtful, important article. Thank you, Megan. It has some overlapping themes with this article, which basically says that the "do what you love, love what you do" mantra is elitist and dangerous: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2014/01/do_what_you_love_love_what_you_do_an_omnipresent_mantra_that_s_bad_for_work.html
@BornSecular Can't comment on your BudgetBytes question but I do have this recommendation for frozen herbs: http://mydorot.com. They sell them at local grocery stores in NYC - not sure where you are. Highly recommend them to avoid herb waste.
@Stina Thanks! Me too!
I've been sick for a week now, which is good for my budget (had to cancel evening outings with friends) but sad for me in general. Today I'm home sick from work, so I guess I'll be watching the Olympics and eating at home. Tomorrow - same? The hubby is here to take care of me, bless his heart, although I know he's nervous about getting sick too. Sunday - at some point we need to buy groceries, so $50. If I'm back to normal we're going to a friend's for dinner, but we don't need to bring anything, so $0. Knowing me though, being in front of a computer for much of the weekend with nothing to do will likely lead to online spending, which I'm OK with as long as it's for things I genuinely need (eg rainboots) as opposed to things I would like to have (eg jewelry). I'll say $50. So total, I'm going with $100, and with any luck it will be less.
@RiffRandell At least the kitchen water is going into the bathroom and not the other way around?
@halloliebchen I need to get myself a puppy sitting job! That sounds like a lovely way to spend the weekend.