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!
“My goal is to always get you to break your estimate," love it. This weekend was devoted to apartment hunting, and I've found not one but two that I love! Now, fingers crossed things work out. On Friday I didn't spend anything, just came home and had dinner. Not very exciting, but cheap! Saturday was a big apt hunting day. Didn't cost anything though, except $7 at Fed Ex to copy and scan some documents. Yesterday was more spendy. I went to Ross, the best place for clothing shopping, and spent $68. I bought a bottle of wine for $26 for a friend who's hosting me this week. Spent about $10 at Trader Joe's, and $9 on lunch. Oh, and $17 for my monthly Weight Watchers fee. Total = $127. Estimated $90.
I've been staying with my folks for the past few weeks while searching for an LA apartment, and wow, it's a great way to save money! Free rent and free food, I'm not complaining, even if staying with my parents means... staying with my parents. Today I may treat myself to a dessert or drink for getting through the work week. $5? Will probably eat dinner at home. Tomorrow, going to look at a whole bunch of apartments. Might grab lunch while I'm out, hopefully no more than $10. A friend is having a birthday party tomorrow but I don't think I'll make it out to her neighborhood. But if I do - $20 on drinks. I don't have any plans for Sunday yet (maybe more apartments?), but I'll probably need to put more gas in my car - $35. And if I go out, I may be tempted to shop, so I'll make a limit to myself of $20. Total = $90
@wafflez I second AAM. I have asked her many questions, and she almost always posts them. You can get very helpful advice from her!
Hi Billfold! Last I wrote, which was a few weeks ago, I was preparing for a big cross-country move, from NYC to LA. I'm now living in LA and started my job here this week. The Mr. is coming out in a couple weeks, and right now I'm staying with my parents. So far, so good! I spent $35 on gas this morning, and I may spend another $5 or so on coffee this afternoon. Living with my parents has its pluses and minuses, the obvious plus being FREE RENT AND FREE FOOD. Tonight, I'm planning to eat dinner with them - Yom Kippur starts this evening, so I need to get in a big meal before the fast. Tomorrow will be a very quiet day - I'll be fasting and maybe going to synagogue, but I won't be spending any money on food or social activities. In the evening though, I plan to eat a lot of my mom's cooking and maybe treat myself to a big coffee and dessert. $10? On Sunday I'm going to a fair and plan to buy some food and tchockes - $30. I may need to buy a couple things on Amazon - another $25. Total = $105. Well that's not much different from my typical weekend spending in NYC. No grocery shopping to do though! Whee.
@LookUponMyWorks @annecara @CeeEm Thanks so much, you guys are so sweet. Everyone should move to CA!!
@Heather F G Thanks so much!
@Stina Just our things (a very full apartment). I'd LOVE to do a cross-country trip, but we don't have time!