@Spinach Party a,coworker recommended that site to me and it is seriously the best. So many recipes on there are now part of my regular meal rotation.
Went over on my estimate again. :( But I just checked my estimate and it wasn't as bad as I thought. My high estimate was $80 and I spent $89. I thought I did a lot worse until I added it up, so this was a nice reality check that I was being really hard on myself. Friday, I spent nothing, as planned, and stayed inside all day hanging out with a friend drinking tea and watching anime. It was great. $0 for friday Saturday, my drug store run cost me $50 on its own (my low estimate for the weekend was %50. Sad trombone.) and then I picked up a case of beer, which was another $25. Canada doesn't have cheap booze, guys, it makes me sad. So, $75 for saturday. Sunday was the Great Big Sea concert, on St. Patrick's Day, and also their 20th anniversary tour. So glad I bought the tickets way back in those happy days when I had money to spare. So worth it. A friend bought me a drink for $8.50 (!!!) but mostly to save on line-waiting time for the ATM and I'm paying her back next cheque - so I'm counting it here. Also, before I went out I got halfway through making a box of Kraft Dinner before I realized I was out of milk and also margerine, so $5.50 at the local convenience store. $14.00 for Sunday. So, $89 for the weekend, and I could have done a lot worse.
I keep thinking I will learn how to use liquid eyeliner, and it will look good on me instead of incredibly jarring, and I have yet to learn from my mistakes. Each time I move I purge all the old makeup that I never used, or that made my eyes itch, and at least once a year I think, "I should try and learn how to be more feminine, and learn to wear more than the absolute basics of makeup," and each year I go through the cycle again.
Wow, so many first time estimators! I wasn't going to do one this week because I've been feeling anxious about money, but seeing everyone else doing it convinced me. (Peer pressure for the forces of good!) I just worked 13 of the last 16 days, with no 2 days off in a row, so my willpower reserves are shot. What this means is that if I go out tomorrow to run errands, I will end up getting whatever little treats for myself that catch my eye instead of being a responsible grownup and putting them off till next payday (and then the payday after that, and after that, forever). So my only hope is to treat myself to cheap things like snacks and avoid expensive things like clothes and books and games and music. So, anywhere from $30-50 on errands tomorrow, depending on how well I can divert my attention from the pricey impulse buys, and then probably another $20-30 on Sunday for drinks and/or food at the Great Big Sea concert, which is my last big concert for the year before I institute my new "$20 or less on tickets" rule. So, $50 to $80, unless I stay in completely tomorrow, which is possible. It's been stupidly cold here lately.
After a solid month of hours being slashed like they've never been slashed before in my department (seriously, no one here can remember this happening) I checked my schedule and one of my shifts actually got EXTENDED! Could this be a sign of more hours to come? I sure hope so!
@loren smith Wow, that sounded super judgy. I make sure I always get a refund because owing a large amount come tax-time is basically my worst nightmare. My budget is tight enough as it is, and while I am able to save, I still mostly live paycheque to paycheque. I can't afford to pay a large lump of taxes on top of it. It's disaster avoidance, not stupidity.
i was hoping to make it under $40, but instead went way over, and it wasn't even on booze. Friday I spent $0, as planned. Saturday I also spent $0, because my friend is doing that thing where you spot your broke friends and pretend you aren't doing that. "I already have a bunch of beer so we don't have to stop at the LC" my ass. I see what you did there. It is very kind, but I feel awkward about it, because it is essentially charity. But Sunday was $63. $9 drop in at the Y, $6 booster juice after that, because I only have so much willpower, and then $48 on groceries.
Today is, I hope, $0, since I'm staying in after work. Tomorrow my beer buddy and I are hanging out in his basement, because it is cheaper and warmer than going out (we always say we will go out to a pub or something and never do. Canadian winters, y'all.) so I'm hoping to get away with $10 or less on beer - I only plan to buy as much as I will drink and Moosehead is cheap. And then maybe $20-30 on groceries on Sunday, since I'm running a little low on perishables like fruit. Wish me luck, I'm hoping to get away with $40 or less this weekend!
@calamity I have done that too, but I'm not as consistent with doing these estimates as I should be, and also often do my booze-buying during the week, so it's not on show for the whole internet to see. and of course sometimes I just can't afford liquor. *sob, flail*
@chic noir that is my big fear too. I was all about 2ndhand non-mattress furniture until bed bugs became such a big concern.