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How much do you spend on YOURSELF per month - Part 2

Old 08-29-04, 11:43 PM
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How much do you spend on YOURSELF per month - Part 2

A year or so ago I posted a thread entitled How Much Do You Spend On YOURSELF Per Month asking the good folk of Otterville just that.

This spending was only to detail nights out, extra trinkets and gifts for yourself. It was NOT to include: Rent, Groceries, payments on your car, bus pass etc.

At time time, if I recall, some people came to realization that they spent far too much on themselves per month and were going to attempt to ease their spending habits. So now, a year or so later, has that happened?

For me, at least over the summer, I seem to have up'ed my spending habits which generally include nights out to the movies and DVDs to an even $100 (cdn.). With many amazing releases pland for the fall/winter DVD run I may be in trouble.

So, howsaboutyou? If possible, add what you generally spend said $ on.
Old 08-30-04, 12:09 AM
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Too much. I need to seriously cut back, since I'm on a budget now.

I will have a solid answer in about a month, now that I'm into "normal spending" again.

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What about if you eat out instead of eating in? Does that count? If so, I'm off the chart....
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I'm off the chart too when it comes to eating out as well.

I'd like to learn how to cook and start making some tasty meals at home.
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I lost count cause I spend a lot on myself.
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My CC bill is $3100 or so this month.....but I had alot of one time charges on there ($700 books, $450 shipping stuff, $500 mattress, $230 dressers, etc) I usually average $1200-$1400 on my card (not counting rent, but most everything else...car, insurance, utilities, etc)

Now it will change. I"m in school, and don't have a job. Wahoo!

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I would guess around $700 to $1,000 on average.
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Around $300 - 500 a month.

I'm a college student who only has to pay for car and gas.
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Rent - $552
Car - $275
Insurance - $145 ( )
Water - $18
Electric - $60
Digital Cable w/DVR & Road Runner - $105
CC - $35
Gas - $40
Other Bills - $50
Groceries - $150
DVD's - $100-200
Games - $50-100
General Entertainment - $150

My rent and utility expenses will be cut in half in November when my gf moves in .
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I suppose I should also ask what you do to earn said money to spend on yourself.

Quake: I wouldn't count much of what you listed. Rent, groceries and bills are monthly living expenses and not what I consider gifts etc.

I would indeed count going out to eat in the thread topic.
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I think I'm at $0. All I paid for in August was rent, electricity, phone, cable, DSL, gas, groceries (no eating out), and used clothes (to replace the "fat" clothes I've undergrown, which I gave away). So my splurgiest expenses are cable and DSL.
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All of it.
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Originally posted by ViewAskewbian
I suppose I should also ask what you do to earn said money to spend on yourself.

Quake: I wouldn't count much of what you listed. Rent, groceries and bills are monthly living expenses and not what I consider gifts etc.

I would indeed count going out to eat in the thread topic.
Yeah I know but I felt like putting it down anyway .
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Almost 80% of my salary!Thats way too much.I better get back to eating Subway sandwiches and drinking tap water
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too much and too little all at the same time
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I am going to guess a lot. I do a lot of stuff with the wife and kids. Movies, dinners, going to the beach for the day, etc. Vacations. It all adds up. Are you counting stuff like that?
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I have a $400 allowance per month that I can spend on anything I want. No questions asked. I use it to pay for the toys and other crap on eBay, and some of the more expensive gadgets. For instance, the last major purchase from the slush fund was a new receiver for the home theater. I'm thinking very seriously about getting the new Creative Zen Portable Media Center next. I bought my Canon EOS 10D digital SLR with slush fund money.
I also use the slush fund to pay my cell bill, since I've got a SmartPhone, and the data plan I use is what I consider an extravagance.
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Wow. From last month, I spent almost $500 on myself!
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Pretty much nothing.
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My wife and I each have a $300/month allowance which is used for things like movies, concerts, DVD's, cd's, eating out separately, etc.
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Originally posted by tcoursen
I am going to guess a lot. I do a lot of stuff with the wife and kids. Movies, dinners, going to the beach for the day, etc. Vacations. It all adds up. Are you counting stuff like that?
Hmmm, tough one. I'd split these family outings in half and count only half of what you spend and consider THAT spent on yourself.

* * *

While reading I am feeling slightly better at feeling bad spending nearly $100 on myself seeing how some of you are near the $1,000. Of course, it must be nice to have a job that allows such spending.

Then again, part of me thinks that almost anytime I am purchasing something for myself (save for a few blind buys or going to a flick because she wants to see it) I am getting something thta makes me really happy. Something, lets say, like Mystery Science Theatre eps or collecting old silent films give me a huge amount of joy. I think of friends of mine who spend most of their cash going to bars, purchasing booze or cigs and how they gripe about it. My addiction is film and, if anything, the ever growing library provides vast amounts of entertainment.

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Keep it coming guys. Interesting stuff.
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Originally posted by kenny79
I think I'm at $0. All I paid for in August was rent, electricity, phone, cable, DSL, gas, groceries (no eating out), and used clothes (to replace the "fat" clothes I've undergrown, which I gave away). So my splurgiest expenses are cable and DSL.
Also, I aim to eat no more than $5 worth of grocery store food per day.
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Few hundred dollars. It fluctuates depending on how many DVDs come out that I want in a particular month.
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$1,000 to $1,500
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250-300 per week easy, probably more like 400.

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