@shannowhamo I love the checkout experience actually because I am a) a bag bringer and b) someone who hates using self checkout at other stores but dislikes the way the checkout workers bag groceries. I believe Aldi offers the best of both worlds there.
@sheistolerable I have been shopping at Aldi for months (and liking the prices very much) but never noticed the produce was not refridgerated!!! I need to be more aware of my surroundings.
Thankfully November was a 3 pay period month for me. I had to move $3 of spending to my Dec budget to get my exact goal of $1000 saved this month, but I feel like this is a totally reasonable cheat. I will work some OT in December, so my $5,000 goal seems likely! Saddle fund is still sitting at $0, ahh well. Opening an IRA account: Oct 2013: $3384 Nov 2013: $4384
@amglory89 I think I worded it oddly, the GPS+ Window+ GPS accessories + random other items in the car would all add up to just slightly less than $500 all told. $500 would buy a gold-plated GPS or something ridiculous.
@Bonnie St. Clair and @Stine Thanks for the support. The window was bad (repaired today for $285) and the lunchbox was the icing on the cake.
Interesting weekend- on Thanksgiving I drove to NYC ($42.85 in tolls), had dinner with family friends of a friend (it was fine, but there was a whole lot of 'I don't think you can go with us' 'Are you serious? It's Thanksgiving' beforehand). Had a great reunion with friends and spent $14 on drinks. Friday- $13 on a bad brunch sandwich, walked the entire length of Central Park, had a terribly stale pretzel and drink $7. $6 on the Subway. $14 drinks in Brooklyn. $1.60 late night bagel, which included free cold butter (ugggg) and free anger from the gas station owner over me using the men's bathroom. Saturday- $2 at the MET, $10 on lunch, $7.25 on the Subway, $12 on snacks for the drive on Sunday, $8.25 on beer. Sunday- Duct tape and plastic for sealing the window someone smashed in to steal my (hidden) GPS- $0. $9 on pizza to replace the stolen snacks (really guys, you stole my lunchbox too?) $28.55 and my soul to drive through post holiday traffic, on the turnpike looking at my destroyed window. Estimate: $180, Spent: $171, Actual Cost: $171 +$300 for window + up to $500 deductible for the GPS, if it gets approved by USAA.
Driving from MD-NYC tomorrow morning with or without a companion headed to NJ. Staying with a friend who tends not to plan well. I mention this because I don't trust that his parents are expecting me. Also, they are Jewish and I am nervous about ending up at Hanukkah. Will they not want my atheist self there? Who knows! We'll be spending lots of time drinking with friends, then I head back on Sunday. I am really hoping for about $180. Any hot tips on spending your first Hanukgiving with strangers?
@echolikebells That is ROUGH. Have you considered the shopping for cars on Craigslist/local classifieds? You'd be looking at less money overall, but not in payments of course. By the time you're spending that much to fix it, probably time to get something newer.
Friday- filled up the car $30 and got my stuff from the trash-tastic thrift shop. Saturday- rode and ran. Then went to the Haircuttery only to realize that other people also wanted their hair cut and I was not about to wait 2 hours. Got Dunkin ($1) and then saw a Rite-Aid and impulse bought (for $0) a flu shot. Filled up the flask with pre-purchased booze and rode the hockey bus to the great North of PA. Boys lost the hockey game, but won the pick up indoor soccer match...against 12 year olds. Sunday- most of breakfast was cooked. Spend $3.50 on coffee and snacks. Went to the fundraiser and served up my sweet potatoes and cornbread and drank some free cider with schnapps. Spent the rest of the day driving to pick up saddles, and then breaking ice in water troughs. Only spent $34.50 thanks to skipping the haircut, but I go to NYC for Thanksgiving and will come home broke.
Friday; going to the trashy thrift shop to retrieve some of my ugly costume jewelry they temporarily lost. It is out of the way and I have been genuinely busy/avoiding this for a week. I've been driving a ton recently, so $30 on gas to fill up. Then home to ride, cook in advance for a fundraiser and relax! Saturday: SLEEP, ride, run, finish my cooking and try to get a hair cut. I have a 1/2 off coupon to the Haircuttery- so this can't be more than $20, even with a tip. I hope this is accurate!I have a free beverage coupon for Dunkin, so $0 there. Then I drive up to a hockey game. $0 and strong possibility to do my hair and makeup in the bathroom with Mennonite girls fixing their bonnets. Oh Central PA, what a place you are. Hopefully $0 on booze later, I will be bringing some with me. Sunday: About $5 on a quick breakfast, then bringing my per-prepared food to the fundraiser. Free eating, then on a journey across Maryland to pick up saddles to try. Maybe $2 on coffee? I'm going to say $60 all told.