I'm making a quick grocery run tonight, so $25, maybe? Tomorrow I may or may not go to a friend's holiday party depending on how bad that storm looks (ahh, New England in winter) and Sunday is reserved for baking cookies and Christmas knitting, so let's hope with some incidental coffee or whatever I can keep it under $50.
I'm one of three staff in my department (at a smallish college), and we all get each other small gifts for the holidays - technically one of the other staff is my supervisor, but we're not terribly hierarchical and she's also gone to bat for me in so many ways that I like being able to give her a present. I don't do a gift for our department chair, though.
@ladyj Get him a Man Candle.
I was too scared of Christmas shopping to put down my estimate, fearing it would be "a fucking lot." Friday: $18 at Whole Foods on chuck roast for stew (half price!) and some other ingredients. And macaroni and cheese. Saturday: $70 at the comic shop on comic collections for my brother and sister (plus the last issue of Fearless Defenders, sob, and the third-to-last issue of Young Avengers). $28 at the Harvard Book Store warehouse sale; presents for Dad and my roommate, plus a couple super discounted paperbacks for myself. $16 on groceries (eggnog, potatoes, chips, soda). $50 for takeout for me and the roomie because those books were dang heavy. Sunday: Writing, decorating, making stew: $0 plus a crapton of delicious leftovers. Total: $166, as roommate hasn't paid me back for takeout, which makes it really $141. Not too too bad, given that most of my Christmas shopping is now done!
Friday, takeout with lots of crunchy foods as a last hurrah before dental appointment: $26.71 Saturday, lunch before dental appointment because I was so nervous I forgot to eat breakfast: $7 Saturday, surprise filling + first half of crown: $550 Saturday, emergency grocery trip for soft foods: $19.88 Sunday was all housework and cleaning. Total: sobs brokenly into checkbook
Tonight: a CVS run for tissues and discount Halloween candy, maybe $10 at most Tomorrow: the first half of a dental crown, several hundred dollars (not sure how they're splitting it up between the two appointments?) (thanks dental insurance!); probably some soup and ice cream, $15 Sunday: laundry and housework if I feel up to it, maybe some takeout, but I'm hoping around $0. Total: hahahaha sob
I only live two hours away from my parents (and my hometown) but I don't drive, and the bus really is a pain - but it's not THAT big a deal. And my parents come visit me too, so I see them... every few months, more often in the winter when we have all the holidays. It's close enough that I can go for a weekend with a backpack and not have to take time off work. And my work (university!) shuts down for the week between Christmas and New Year's so I get a nice long stretch at home then.
I had a shit-terrible week and my apartment descended into squalor, so there's gonna be a lot of housecleaning and a lot of grocery shopping and no leaving the house if I can help it. Probably $100.
El Pico or Cafe Bustelo, whichever the grocery store isn't out of. It's what I grew up drinking and it's what I always reach for. Although I've recently discovered that Cafe Caribe (also usually sold in the Hispanic section with those two) makes a really great cold brew.
Tonight I may be meeting a friend for needlepoint and drinks, so probably $15. Tomorrow I'm taking commuter rail out of the city and going to the beach with my dad; that will cost me $10 but then I don't have to pay for a blessed thing the rest of the day. Sunday is the big crunch as I'm getting my hair done (no more pink, back to brown) and that's gonna be... plus tip, probably close to $200. So let's say $250 for the weekend as a whole, since I need to put money on the laundry card too. Augh.