I anticipated $60 without a grocery run, $90 with. I was right about Mom sending back a ton of food, so I skipped the grocery store. Friday I spent $16 on drinks (predicted $15); Saturday I ordered pizza after a long day at work, $20; Sunday I filled up the gas tank ($10 of which went towards my trip to visit my parents) and grabbed breakfast on the road ($5). Total: $51.
Today: concert at the river (free because I won tickets), 3-ish beers ($15?), probably a late dinner after ($25). Tomorrow: Seeing some of my classmates graduate, followed by a reception (free), then working for 2.5 hours, then weather permitting doing yard work. Sunday: Driving 150 miles roundtrip for a family reunion ($15ish gas costs), but I will likely return with a bunch of leftovers that mean I won't have to go to the store. Total costs: $60, rounded up. $90 if I have to grocery shop.
@probs That is exactly the reason I don't do automatic payments (other than car insurance & my mortgage)--I just forget the money is coming out! I also feel accomplished when I actually go through the motions of paying my CC bills. But basically I'm always impressed by people who can automate everything.
I estimated $250 for bachelorette-party-related shenanigans, and was under budget! $60 for hotel, $25 for wine tastings, $28 for a couple bottles, $54 for a tank of gas, and about $15 for various snacks/meals along the way. I also spent $30 on dog food and wallow-y snacks because I was in a bad mood when I got home to find that my roommate and her boyfriend would be using the kitchen for the next several hours. Total spent $212.
I have a big weekend planned so I think it'll be another spendy one. Tomorrow I'm driving 4 hours to meet up with my bride-to-be BFF and another childhood friend for some mellow bachelorette winery visits in the North Carolina countryside. We'll cover the costs for the bride, so between gas ($50), hotel ($60 for my share), wineries ($30?) and dinner ($50) that'll be $200--and, thankfully, will be the last of my bridal party costs unless I decide to get my hair done professionally instead of making my mom do it at home before the wedding. Sunday I'm gonna make some pizza and work in the yard; I can make do with the groceries in the pantry and freezer for at least a few days, I should get away with under $250 for the weekend.
Congrats! This hit home (the anxiety part, not the paid off part). Maybe I oughta suck it up and stick to a budget.
I did not predict on Friday, which is good because nearly everything I did this weekend was unplanned. Friday I bought my mom dinner at our family friend's new restaurant, $23 including tip (love rural dining). Saturday I got a brow wax and hair trim, $28 including tip, then bought a couple new tops, $38. Then I got fitted for a bridesmaid dress for a wedding I'm in next month, and paid the balance due plus cost of alterations on the dress: $154. I stopped at McDonald's on the way back home and got a McFlurry for $2.50 I wanted to order pizza for dinner because I didn't want to cook, but knew I'd be going out on Sunday so I made mac and cheese. Sunday I got up early-ish, dropped $90 at Lowe's on plants and garden supplies, and $49 at the grocery store, thinking I'd cook out that night. Thennnn my roommate and I went to this craft beer festival ($17.50), planning to stay a couple hours. We stayed four and a half. Luckily there were unlimited tastings, so we weren't spending anything extra. We did split the cost of a sunglasses deal, 2 for $15, so I paid $7.50 for those. Then we went to a diner to sober up a little before heading home, which was another $18. So my weekend total was a hefty $427.50. The $154 for the bridesmaid dress is fine, because I have been socking away money for that, but yowza the other $275.
My 1 thing today was to add all eligible debts to my Ready for Zero account so I have an actual plan/timetable for getting out of debt. It was kinda gross and I hate money, but now I know that if I pay $500 per month I will be out of debt (everything but the mortgage) in 22 months. I can do that.
Happy birthday, Billfold!
A prof brought this up in class today (though speaking of Ireland and Northern Ireland): the govt wants corporations to come take advantage of a better economic climate, but doesn't want its citizens to go elsewhere for their own benefit. So basically he was saying you do you (or ye do ye, as it would sound with his accent). I would not feel bad about going elsewhere for a better deal.