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Hair Cut and other misc expenses

July 17th, 2010 at 04:51 pm

Okay, so I budget $75 per week for spending money. This week I have gone over already. My best friend asked us to go see Twilight with her, her treat. But unfortunately, we got there too late for the 7 movie and had to wait until the 9:45 movie. Since there is an adult version of Chuckie Cheese attached to the mvoice theater, we killed two hours there. My friend paid for the time spent there. The only expenses I had was for dinner and one movie ticket(for my daughters friend). I had $$65 when I started and now I have $25. I am not sure where it all went. I don't know about this cash thing. Seems I spend money even faster.

I got a haircut today and DD and I had our lips waxed. Total Spent $50. Seems like alot, but considering I only get a haircut like every 3-4 months, it isn't that bad. Just seems to come at the wrong time! So right not I am $30 over on my spending money. I haven't touched the spending money for next week yet. Since I get paid every other Friday, I have broken the spending money and gas money down to how much per week. Hopefully XH will have the remaining $50 he owes me soon. That would sure come in handy right now! We were going to see Dispciable Me today, but since I spent so much last night, I don't have the money to do it. I am still in shock about how much I spent when I didn't have to pay for anything but one ticket. I must learn to do better.

6 Responses to “Hair Cut and other misc expenses”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    I'd recommend keeping receipts and making a record of what you spend your cash on. Then you'll get a better sense of where it's going. Stick with the cash spending money, that's my advice. I think we'd constantly overspend if we didn't do all our discretionary spending with cash.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Can you cut back on some other area of your budget to balance out what you overspent?

    I think it would be a good idea to practice in your mind a few things you can say in future social situations where you are tempted to spend more than your budget. Like with the pizza while waiting for the movie-- maybe something like, "Oh, gosh, let's go back to my house and roast some hot dogs and marshmallows. Remember how fun that was on a summer night when we were kids?" If you are feeling confident, you can add, "And I think I can just squeeze the $10 out of my budget to do that while we wait for the movie." It really is okay to mention that you have limits. Everyone does, so everyone should understand needing to be careful when you are close to a limit.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    FYI...we saw Despicable Me at the theatre and it was just okay. It wasn't quite as funny as we were expecting. A Netflix membership will provide much more entertainment than going out. I don't know your specific income, but going to a movie theatre is actually a luxury expenditure and should probably be avoided until your debt is gone.

    I agree with Joan that you may need to start having friends over to your home and offer popcorn and fruit as snacks or make some cookies from scratch if you need a sweet. Have your daughter invite her friends over, too. Play cards or board games. Use what you already have to entertain yourself. Board games can be picked up cheap at garage sales and thrift stores. Or have the friends bring the games or movies.

  4. YISave Says:

    When we were coming out of debt, we had to forgo expenditures like the theatre. Plus, our kids were gown and into college. Although you want your kids to have a social life, you can't deprive them of friendship. There are many things that you can do. If you check your newspaper each week, you can find alot of events that are free or low cost. Going to parks are great! I agree with Netflix. It's inexpensive and affordable. We only get 1 movie at a time, but that's enough. Tracking your money is good. I go to a County School to have my lips waxed and it's only $3.00. They offer alot of services there.

  5. whitestripe Says:

    Since DF and I bought our house we have cut all of our expenses a lot. This year we have only seen two movies at the cinema (DF saw Avatar twice, and I saw SATC2 with a friend). We always go on cheap nights. We stretch out our haircuts another month or two. Have you tried your own waxing?

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Have you checked to see if you have any dollar theaters in your area? I know near me there are at least 4 (within a 30 mile radius). If I go on Tuesday, it's only $.50. You do have to wait a long time for some movies to come out ... but it's worth it to get to still see it on the big screen for such small change.

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