Friday: $43 on a phone case and screen protector, because I lost my phone and had to get a new one and decided to upgrade to a smartphone. Feeling a little conflicted about that, because I basically decided to pay for data to avoid the annoyance of having to plan my work routes the night before and print out google maps everyday. But then I immediately used the phone to figure out how to get to a postoffice to send my father's day gift ($12.95) so the expenditure was justified? Saturday: Beers from beerstore ($14) groceries ($20) work breakfast, bagel and coffee ($4.50) Sunday:bagel and coffee from a worse place than yesterday ($5.50) Beer w a friend but the bartender used to live with guys we both dated (different guys) so he comped our beers. Total: $115. And I bought gas, which I added in but forgot to mention.
OMG this is my dream Billfold post. I could talk about grocery shopping to anyone who will listen, it is one of my favorite activities. Sunday after work, talk to boyfriend over and over and over about going to the grocery store. Insist we go before the studio, or else I will be thinking about it the whole time I am in the studio. buy: Whole milk 1 $3 cheese Yogurt (they just got rid of my favorite brand!) 1/2 pound of walnuts (aggravatingly priced cheaper per ounce than buying a whole pound but boyfriend refuses to buy two, even though we used to buy the entire pound container when the pricing was the same) canned tomatoes canned beans, or refried beans bread (usually) granola or oatmeal, depending on the season tortillas (non-bread weeks) Chicken, discuss intently which cut to buy (always thighs) and whether to buy 1lb for a week, or multi lbs to freeze (one week the multi lb chicken package was mis-priced and we bought so much chicken for only $3 and I still talk about it, deal of the century) probably rice or pasta bananas We somewhat jokingly refer to going to the grocery store as a date because it makes me so happy, although I refer to anything my boyfriend and I do together as a date. He buys the groceries, I buy the produce at the farmer's market, but this post isn't about farmer's market purchases, but let me just tell you my methods: buy everything from the old man who claimes his X is better than the rest of the market because it is 'grown in lime soil!' Also 1-2x per week, go to the OTHER grocery store that is closer but worse and buy ice cream.
Pretty spendy lately. I don't really have plans for the weekend. Friday: Bike party: $5 if I buy a beer, Farmer's market: $20, probably will buy a six-or twelve-pack this weekend: $14. I will assume some coffees or maybe eating out once so will try to keep it below $75.
I spend about $30-40 a week on gas, plus $60 a month on insurance, divided between 2 people. Every 3 months I pay for an oil change: $30. I spend, lets say, $160 a month on the car, but as a household, we probably spend $250 (what my boyfriend pays for gas/his share of insurance.) This was hard to calculate and I don't know if I am convinced by my numbers. Also, during the semester I spent less on gas bc I had a carpooler who gave me money, next semester I will drive only ONE day a week but spend $30/week on the train so my travel expenses vary.
This week the Billfold has inspired me to: a) open a second savings account for saving up for things I want to do and b) wax my eyebrows.
@breakfast Also, I forgot the twice a week trips to Safeway to buy ice cream or snacks-add another $10. Two nine year olds living together. My new, official total: $60 a week for two people, which works out to about $240 a month, not counting eating out and buying beer for the home.
We spend about $50 a week for two, and go out for dinner maybe once or twice a week. I do a farmer's market trip on Saturdays and boyfriend gets grocery staples on Sundays. I typically buy breakfast bagels twice during the weekend, but otherwise mostly eat lunches and breakfast at home. Boyfriend frequently buys lunch out. And this does not count beers. Haha. I was feeling smug about my low grocery bills until I remembered all the eating out and beer buying.
Ok, I took a couple weeks off from this, because I've been spending like a banshee...it is going to hurt. Friday:Went bowling for my boyfriend's birthday. $14 bowling lane rental, $9 bowling snacks, $24 bowling beers (byob) $10 other miscellaneous snacks. Saturday: $5 coffee and bagel work breakfast (in the habit of buying breakfast when I work weekends because I begin at 7am) $18 farmers market $43 dinner out Sunday: $5 work breakfast $30 grocery store because my boyfriend forgot his card even though grocery store is his food purchase. Total: $160 which is clearly too low and I probably forgot something and did my math wrong.
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@stuffisthings Thirding Brewer's Art for beers (half-price on Sunday night) and Golden West is good for brunch (I love their Hopi Cakes). Depending on your tolerance for charm, pricey farm to table food, and pretentious coffee, you could go to Woodberry Kitchen or Artifact coffee. Club Charles or WC Harlan (bars) if you want to try and have a John Waters sighting. Trinacria is good if you want a delicious cheap sandwich from a place that looks like a dump. If you like art stuff Current Space has an opening on Saturday night, or visit that neighborhood Saturday afternoon and see the art at Gallery 4, SophiaJacob, and Current. Probably something you could get in DC, but we have a charming delicous Pho place called Mekong Delta.
This weekend I went shopping for necessities, went to NY and didn't predict my spending, so it will be interesting to see where my money went. Friday: bought new bras, socks, underwear, and work shoes ($138), looked at some MFA thesis work, then got a beer with my friend after ($5.25), met my boyfriend and another friend at a bar for dinner-got my friend's meal because he agreed to walk my dog while I was in NY ($20). Saturday: I covered my boyfriend's NY bus ticket, so he paid back some of my in-city expenses. Breakfast on arrival (free), hoodie from HM because neither of us dressed warm enough (free) Guggenheim entrance ($18-thanks, 5 year old student id!) coffee/pastries after ($12--me and boyfriend) dinner tacos (free) Sunday: farmer's market ($15), I was working near the grocery store and feeling generous, so I got our groceries for the week ($25) beer for a friend's earthday/birthday party ($10). TOTAL: $243.