My dog is definitely more expensive than my cat but he is also the best purchase I ever made, so I really don't care. I did not purchase my cat bc she was a cute stray hanging around my old place, so luckily I don't have to rank them head to head on 'best purchases'.
Friday was after work driving snacks (snacks are my downfall) $3, then dinner out which we've been trying, poorly, to avoid lately $20. We did get stuck in the elevator for about 45 min before dinner, and while we'd already planned on eating out this really sealed it. Saturday I hit the farmers market for breakfast and veggies before work, $20. We went to a bar for a friends bday that night,$7. Sunday spring cleaning then we were invited to a friends huuuuuuge beautiful backyard for lunch, $19 on wine, cheese, and bread. Then went to trader joes on the way home and I picked up a few more groceries,$20. Total: $89
Friday: dog poop bags $9 ( bought in bulk). Saturday: breakfast before work $5, coffees on a walk with boyfriend $4. Sunday veggies at farmers market ( and managed not to buy any plants!) $15. Could that really be all I spent? If so, go me and my $33 weekend but I'm sure I forgot plenty! Also meaghan your weekend sounds lovely, and the guest check-in was a nice change of pace!
Also most of the vampires on Buffy just lived in abandoned factories, or abandoned mansions, or abandoned crypts. I assumed they were squatting and didn't have to pay rent. Some of them had jobs, also, like the vampire who used to work for the evil mayor. And they definitely stole things. ( I am currently re-watching all Buffy seasons on netflix)
Friday: $5 on ice cream on an after work dog-walk. Sat: $20 at farmers market before work. $13 at little market after work. $20 on garden flowers ( garden is the bane of my budget). $23 Budapest hotel tickets for me and boyfriend ( I wasn't that into it). $10 on beer after. Sunday had to use up some teacher gift certificates at the art store $13 over. $9 at the OTHER grocery store. $55 on a water filter from the rei outlet to use a discount before it expired. Total: $168.
Ok: Friday ended a long week so we went out for dinner, which ended up being a mistake because of a really long wait. We ended up driving across town to a different restaurant which was just ok: $13(each). Saturday I bought coffee before class ($5) and gas after($20) then we drove to dc for an opening and got tacos before ($20 for us both). Sunday went to the grocery first thing ($35) then a meeting then got some fertilizer for my garden ( $12 it better grow, dammit, after all I've invested this year ALREADY). Then some beers to share at a studio visit that evening ($12). Plus paying rent which I won't count and paying for a parking ticket, which I will ($32). And the grand total? $149. Ok, not as bad as I expected.
This was my exact experience dog walking. I expected a chill job where I hang out with dogs and spend the day outside. Instead I spent most of my time driving between dog's houses, worried about being late and stressed.
Unusually low-spend weekend for me. Friday: boyfriend wanted pizza so he paid for dinner. Sat: farmer's market for veggies before class:$10 but I had market tokens from a while ago, so freeee. Some beers at beer store after stopping by an opening:$11. Sunday: stayed in and went to the studio: $0. Ordered my dog a hiking backpack but used my rei dividend: free ( would have been $75) Total: $11!
Friday I got gas after work (20), ate dinner at home, then went to Target with boyfriend where I bought a watering can and some candy(14). I didn't make it to the garden store to get dirt bc I was too lazy once work ended. Saturday was a coffee stop before work ($5), then straight home after to make it to an art event in DC. Took the train in ($14, roundtrip) then $20 on my metro card. Korean food after ($16, including tip). Sunday I took the dog on a long walk, and ended up at the pet store where I got hime a new bone ($5, he needed a new distraction) bowling with some friends ($5 shoe rental, $18, total on some games.) I should have just done the $18/unlimited 2 hr bowl. Bowling is expensive, guys! Though, as one friend pointed out, $18 for 2 hours of entertainment is pretty standard. This is why I don't do things. Then grocery store, $17. In all, $120, which is what I estimated although I didn't do what I estimated.
No real plans yet this weekend, but I will be buying soil ($50, for other gardening incidentals that also pop up), probably food out one night ($20-30), and maybe a coffee ($5), groceries ($20) and gas ($20). $100-120 but I'll probably go over, lets be honest.