The end of the year is always problematic for my budget. From Halloween until January first, it’s an endless orgy of parties and shopping and family activities. Every party seems to demand a new dress. Every gift for the people I love seems inadequate, so what solution can there be but to spend more? Since everyone is coming closer to home, there are more outings – and of course, those always cost money.
Here are some expenses I’ve already incurred, and just the ones I foresee i the future.
$200 for paintball and assorted Halloween activities, for 2.
You guys, they charge $0.04 per paintball. I did not know this! I probably shot around $40 worth of paintballs. So. worth. it.
We’re going to THE football game of the year for Penn State. Unfortunately, THE game means we paid out the ass for tickets, and overnight accomodations weren’t cheap. We got a great price for everything (sharing a house with like 14 people does cut down on costs), but still, the total is a bit high. I can’t not go, though, and if we win, it will all be worth it.
$260 for 2 tickets and a parking pass
$300 for 2 people at the house for 2 nights.
$200 for miscellaneous things, like drinking (but I recall being able to get a pitcher of Long Island Iced tea for $5, so maybe not), food, and the near-certain purchase of some PSU paraphranalia during our visit.
Then, of course, we get to Thanksgiving, which shouldn’t be too bad. Tolls up to NY are still like $20, and there’s gas and everything. Still cheaper than flying in from Los Angeles!
Chad’s sister is having her baby shower, and I’m excited to have my first niece. I kind of want to go crazy with the gift – I’m bad at remembering gift giving, so I figure if I can get something good up front, that will cover me up until the first birthday.
$300 for the baby shower gift, maybe? I really don’t know what’s appropriate. Anyone who knows these things, let me know!
$600 for gifts. I always set this amount, and I always go over a little bit, but this is because my parents & my sister have their birthdays around this time too. Please refer to where I said that my gifts just never seem like enough.
$100 for a dress for my comapny holiday party. This I can probably skip. I have a red dress that is just about perfect for this kind of thing, and I’ve only worn it like… twice, ever.
$200 for holiday events, like the Hershey Park Christmas Candy Lane. Also for anything else that might come up.
$250 for New Year’s. TBH, most of this will probably be spent on a new dress. (I CAN’T STOP MYSELF!)
I’ve never really bothered to set up a budget for stuff this time of year. It’s the only time my whole family gets together, so it seems silly to miss those experiences just to save a couple of bucks. I’m good almost all year, and that means I can afford to loosen the old purse strings for stuff like this.