Friday my boyfriend, sister and I went around to three different liquor stores for complimentary tastings. Awesome time, everyone was friendly,the wines were delicious, and I was a tad buzzed by the end. Tastings were free, but I spent about $35 on a few bottles for Thanksgiving. Afterwards I cooked dinner for the three of us at my apartment. Met a few friends out late for a drink, but my guy paid for that. Saturday I got to be a plus one at a charity dinner gala. Super fun and free to me. Took a taxi to go meet my boyfriend because I was in a cocktail dress and too cold for public transport ($10). Paid for a couple rounds of drinks ($24) and a late night snack ($8). Sunday I made bought a couple of coffees ($6) and made a quick trip to the grocery store for a few Thanksgiving things ($24). Total: $107
Friday I made a quick post work trip to the grocery store. I needed cat litter and I was having a few friends over for homemade pizza/wine/movies. The pizza was delicious, the wine was boozy and Hocus Pocus was campy goodness as always. $45 at the store and $2.99 for Amazon instant rental. Saturday I had morning yoga (previously paid for). Got a coffee afterwards for $2.50 and then bought a pair of shoes at DSW for $29. Steal of a deal. My boyfriend was hosting a house party Saturday night so I picked up a few things for him at Target $23. Oh and $6 for a quick dinner. Sunday the boyfriend was hungover and I was starving so I ran to Panera and got us lunch. $17. Bought a 2 liter bottle of Sprite Zero on the way home. On sale for $1. Total: $125ish? Eh, I like to stay under $100 but I got shoes so whatever. They were necessary.
Friday: Nothing!! Went to the gym, and then made dinner at home and watched watched a mediocre documentary with my sister. I had a bottle of wine kicking around that we drank. Saturday: Yoga in the morning (previously purchased class pack). Spent $9.50 at the farmers market on the way home. That got me one sweet potato, one acorn squash, a tiny cucumber, a large apple, and a bunch of beets with decent looking greens still attached. Made a trip to the regular grocery store for dinner making ingredients as well. $45 but got a bunch of specialish things like wine, nice cheese, ice cream, etc. Made my boyfriend dinner and we watched the Tigers game. Well, he watched the Tigers game. I fell asleep in the sixth inning. Wine... Sunday: My guy bought me lunch. Made another trip to the store because I forgot some stuff i needed for the week. $25. I went for a really long run. I lounged around after my run because I was tired and my hamstring hurt. Weekend total: $79.50 ALL ON GROCERIES. That is so sad :(
Super late doing this as usual, but here goes: Friday: $26 at the grocery store. Picked up a bottle of wine to bring to a friend's new apartment (she was providing dinner) and a few other odds and ends. We decided to just have extended drinks at her place rather than venturing out, so that was it. Saturday: $4 for Coffee and a banana on my way to yoga in the morning (class pack previously paid for). Went home and watched college football, did a few chores, ate etc. Headed up to my boyfriend's place in the evening to watch the Tigers play. Wasn't feeling beer so I grabbed a couple bottles of wine. $22. Drank too much wine and fell asleep before the game ended. Sunday: Spin class in the morning (class pack previously paid for). Went to Sunday Funday at a friend's place in the afternoon. Boyfriend paid for our food/beverage contribution at the store. I paid for two Diet Cokes and carry out pizza in the evening $21. Total: $73.
Super belatedly... Friday: Got out of work early (hooray) went for a jog on The Mall. Stopped at the grocery store on the way home to get bananas and a few baking ingredients. Stayed in a watched Netflix with my sis. $10. Saturday: Chores and football at home during the day. Baked cookies to bring to a evening gathering. Also picked up a bottle of wine to bring. $14. Sunday: Spin in the morning (previously paid for class package). Met a friend at a bar to watch football. Tab with tip ended up being $35 for a brunch quesadilla and three fairly crappy Bloody Marys. Total of $59, but I also should throw in $34 for my Relay grocery order that I picked up on Monday. Should have been $64 but I had a $30 credit for referring a friend.
$11 at Whole Foods for a bottle of red wine. I had Friday night plans to go to a friend's birthday gathering at a bar a block from another friend's apartment. Decided to be efficient. Shared the wine with the apartment friends before heading to the bar for one beer. Threw in $10 there to keep it simple. Dancing afterwards was free. No cover and too much work to wade my way over to the bar. Saturday my roommate was out of the house all day so I took the opportunity to be a hermit. Went to the gym, cleaned, read, watched some football. Super lovely. Made an unplanned $45 trip to the store for a few necessities. Needed lady items and figured I may as well get laundry soap, yogurt and avocados too. Sunday I went to my spin/run combo class. Previously paid for so zero. Made a quick stop at CVS to pick up Gatorade, seltzer and gum. $5. Watched football and made a delicious eggplant flatbread. Total: $71. A good total but I need to learn to minimize grocery store runs. Go in for one thing, come out with twelve... Over the course of a month it really adds up.
I have a 2 bedroom apartment in DC average and my average is about $65. It stays quite warm in the building so I don't think I've ever run my heat. I keep my AC around 75, so even in summer there isn't much of a bump. The bill can get a little higher when we're doing lots of laundry.
Friday: $5 for a Father's Day Card at CVS which is going to be late (sorry Dad). I used my office stamp machine to send it. A little tacky, I know but I didn't feel like a trip to the post office. Went out to a bar for a friend's birthday in the evening. Drinks were $12 and I think I spent $1.50 to play ski-ball. Picked up late night falafel for my boyfriend and myself after $11. Saturday: Hosted some friends at my pool for the afternoon. $10 at the grocery store for ingredients to make Riesling strawberry slushies. I threw together a grain salad with things already in the fridge/pantry. Went out for drinks with friends later that night. They insisted on paying, I felt guilty. Sunday: Zoo day with boyfriend. Diet Coke for $2.75. Greek food for dinner $28. I paid since my fella always drives me around and I never give him gas money. He bought frozen yogurt for dessert. We considered telling the cashier that he was a Dad so his would be free, but I thought it wasn’t worth the potential bad karma ;) Total: $65.25. Leaves me about $40 for groceries, not bad.
Single ply toilet paper is the worst!!!
My parentals gave me $500.00 a month, paid for plane tickets home, and sent care packages with things like shampoo and peanut butter. I thought it was generous of them. There were no surprises in my family. For as long as I can remember I was told that college was my responsibility. I had a legacy from my grandmother that paid for my first year. The other three were financed by loans and some savings (I tried to save the $500 each month for tuition time). I worked about ten hours a week for spending money and full time in the summer to decrease the loans I needed for the next year.