i just need to vent for a bit. my in-laws were visiting over the long weekend, 4 days in total. we had a great visit, i feel like a total ungrateful, spoiled b*tch right now. we keep on making this budget, and then not sticking to it because "something comes up." this weekend (mostly because i've been posting here) i was constantly keeping track of what we were spending, and trying to get out of spending as tactfully as i could. dh is pretty generous by nature, and tends to like to treat people when we go out (plus has a weird independence thing with his parents where he doesn't want them to do anything for him). but we can't afford to do that 4 days in a row when the inlaws are visiting. even splitting 50/50 would totally wreck our budget. so i was constantly trying to work the conversation around so dh wouldn't get a chance to whip out his credit card until his mom had a chance to offer to pay. ugh. i HATED it. and eating and staying in all 4 days wasn't a great option either, since they don't really like the kind of food i make.
we're visiting my parents next weekend, so it'll another couple days of trying not to bust the budget... at least my parents are more naturally frugal and my mom and i will cook together instead of going out.
5/15 no spend days
1/8 art/work days
2/4 eat-out days
$123/$300 discretionary spending
(blah. we just went out for a stroll to our art fair and got really hungry... the food we got wasn't even that good...)
library fines. is there anything worse than library fines? something that should be free except you were too lazy/disorganized
BUT, i made a meal plan for the next week!
applied for two part-time jobs, and made my (hopefully) last ever diaper order today for $98.
$10 for movie and snack at moms and babies movie day, plus nearly half a tank of gas to drive across the city and back. i hate spending that money, but i guess i have to spend a little to see my friends and get out.
! but i forgot that this weekend is thanksgiving and we're having family visit. there's gonna be a big grocery bill this weekend. there goes my food budget
... went shopping for thanksgiving dinner supplies, and i didn't even get dessert yet.
, surprisingly, no other money spent today besides taking the inlaws to lunch.
nanny took us clothes shopping! i really needed some new winter clothes for dd, so that was a truly awesome gift. AND, since i was there, we managed to get out without anything sparkly, pink or otherwise impractical. dh spent $20 on groceries though.
13. almost a no-spend day! packed my lunch and ran important errands all day, then went to a play-date at a cafe... got a latte but the owner never charged me. we're there all the time and our group spends loads of money there, so i don't know if it was a treat or she just forgot. either way, i'll add it to my tally, and give it back in tips next time i'm there. $10 on city fees and lattes.