Those newer to the blog might not realize/may be surprised by the fact that Tim and I don’t budget — at least not in the traditional sense. Rather than drive myself crazy trying to keep tabs on several different spending categories every month, I simply transfer in $210 and that’s our money for the week.
Most weeks we make it (if barely), but last week the funds only lasted six days. And this week doesn’t look much better.
We have only ourselves to blame. Last week I suggested a meal at a sit-down restaurant that I knew would run $30. Which I knew ran the risk of ending our week early. But I was wrestling with cravings, and Tim was dealing with the nasty combination of boredom, hunger and depression from being cooped up for too long.
So I caved. And sho’ nuff it ended the week a day early.
This week looks even worse.
Once again, it’s due in part to our being too liberal with funds.
On Tuesday we went out with our trivia group for a social night at an arcade bar (yes, you read that correctly). Based on our previous fights on the subject, Tim let me do the ordering.
Happy hour specials means we were able to get him four drinks and a soda for about $22 after tip. An acceptable sum, but I forgot to adjust for the fast food we’d need to get afterward. (Apparently the bar’s rum and Cokes are stroooong.) A combo meal for him and some fries for me came to just under $14. When did fast food prices get so insane?!
Yesterday Tim wanted to hit the Buffalo Wild Wings Thursday special: $0.70 per boneless wing. Which means our meal was $20 with four wings left to take home, but combined with an $18 trip to Walgreens… Well, it hurt.
That plus Tim’s energy drinks and some other Walgreens runs (I’ve got a serious problem when it comes to remaindered Valentine’s Day samplers — and Walgreens gummy worms) plus a few other small things means that we spent 55% of our funds in the first two days of the week.
One of the things I like about doing a weekly lump sum is that stuff like this is a wake-up call. If you go a little crazy early in the week, you know to throttle back for a few days.
Unfortunately, that’s a little harder to do this week because we’re going out on Saturday.
Our trivia group is going to an “I love the ’90s” event. It’s held by the local children’s museum and will feature ’90s music/dancing, interactive exhibits, etc.
This sounds like fun, but the costs are adding up. Each ticket was $15. Then there’s the fact that we’ll need to bring some food and drink to the pre-event potluck/pre-funk the group is holding.
Granted, that should let us avoid the need to eat or drink while we’re at the event. Still, it’s an expense.
Not to mention that both of us will be drinking. (I could stay sober but… don’ wanna — I almost never drink, and I feel like cutting loose.) That means an Uber from the pre-funk to the museum and back. Tim or I should be sober by the time we get back to the gal’s apartment.
The tickets are non-refundable, so I couldn’t cancel even if I wanted to. Which I don’t. So we’ll just have to bite the bullet and be wary of ticket-necessary events in the future.
But hey, at least the costumes were cheap.
I spent $6 at the thrift store on a flannel shirt and a suitably attitudinal t-shirt for Tim to do grunge. He’ll complete the outfit with the beanie and boots he already has.
Nadine and I went out to another thrift store and found a sleeveless sweater and plaid skirt for just under $7 (thanks to her senior discount). There are some slightly-too-large-but-oh-well men’s shirts lying around here, which I can wear (untucked, of course), and I’ll use some loafer-esque heels I already own. A pair of knee-high white tights was $1 at Walgreens. If the tights don’t work, I have a pair of black knee-high socks as a backup.*
To help compensate for this spending I’m going to try to do a no-spend day today and/or Sunday. But despite the measures to save, we’re almost definitely going to run out of money before the seven-day mark. Again.
There’s nothing for it but to buckle down in the next couple of weeks to make sure we hit our goals. This means no more fast food/less candy for me (which is good anyway) and no more sit-down restaurants for a bit.
How are you guys doing on your budgets this month?
*They’re a backup because they’re actually batman socks, which means making sure that none of the yellow heel shows out of the loafers. This requires a surprising amount of finagling, but I’ll make it work if I have to.