Sunday, February 10, 2008

Discretionary Spending Budget for This Week: $0

I went to see Sweeney Todd tonight with K and a friend. Afterwards, we strolled over to Veniero's for coffee and desserts. It was a nice night, and cost me $24. I don't have any more discretionary money to spend until next Saturday, when I will spend $20 or less on brunch with a friend who's coming on an impromptu visit from the West Coast. I have plenty of money for food, and money for my laundry, and money for my Netflix autodraft, but no money at all for anything else. I mean, I have money—it's not like my checking account balance is $48 or anything—but I don't have money to spend.

This is essentially fine. I have enough for the necessities, and I can certainly socialize—just, at home. I have a bottle of wine and lots of tea and some beer and some frozen gingersnap dough in my house; I could easily have a friend over for a nice afternoon of chatting and Scrabble. I should actually make a couple of dates to do just that over the next couple of weeks, so that I don't feel like my inability to spend money is isolating me. That's a very good plan, actually, and I can think of several people I don't see enough whom I could invite over for such an afternoon. Ah, planning, light of my life, fire of my loins, etc., etc. It may not quite trip off the tongue, but it does wonders for the sanity. And the budget.

4 comments:

Little Miss Moneybags said...

I do that, too--I call it my blow money. Money I can spend on whatever I feel like without feeling bad about it.

It does seem to run out faster than the other funds, doesn't it? :)

Dasha said...

VENIERO'S mmmmmmmmmmmmmm :)

SavingDiva said...

I'm pretty much tapped for entertainment/misc spending too...

Tanya said...

I've been lurking , but just had to say... that I miss Venieros, and that whole part of the city. When I was wee, all my birthday cakes came from there. Ah, nostalgia.