ETA: Prudence, I just saw your post. I'm so sorry. Big hugs to you.
8/22 $33 on gas, $4 for pool, $5 on Ebay, $3 on coffee & M&Ms: $45 ($8 discretionary).
8/23 $87 on groceries, $10 on a binsi: $97 ($17 discretionary)
8/25: $18 to mail return items (putting a net of $110 back in my pocket)
8/27: $78 at veterinarian's for cat's annual appointment
AUGUST OVERALL: $25 in discretionary spending, $195 in budgeted expenses.
AND.... I need help with a quandary!
A friend of mine and I have been playing e-mail tag all month to try and set up a dinner date. The vision was burgers, onion rings, and shakes at Johnny Rocket's -- something we do a few times a year. I generally spend about $15 when we go. I am trying to decide if I should:
--suggest that we do something free instead
--budget the $15 and go (we have the money in our account)
--budget less and just have the onion rings and shake, which is my favorite part anyway, or
--invite her over for dinner and buy some frozen onions rings and ice cream to make shakes with.
I feel like I'm already ahead of the game for even CONTEMPLATING instead of just doing, but I'd love feedback on how you would evaluate the same decision.