Saturday, November 15, 2008

In-depth spending tracking

In keeping with Fabulously Broke’s Money Diaries series and Saving Diva posting her daily spending on her blog, I’ve decided to list all the money I spend (and on what) from November 15-22. It’s entirely possible that this will wind up being an unusual week, if I do any Christmas shopping, but that’s ok.

Saturday, November 15
Peanut and I have a mystery shop at a chain restaurant in downtown Manhattan. We had originally planned to go to the Tenement Museum today as well, but the weather is ugly and the walking tour won’t be much fun, so we decide to just go to the mystery shop (I can’t reschedule it). This well-known chain doesn’t really stand out in any way, except for the price—we spend $11.02 on the required bar shop (for ONE drink) and $86.37 on the meal. We didn’t always stick with the cheapest options, but I don’t think there’s any way we could have stayed under the $60 reimbursement cap given all the things we had to order (drink at the bar, appetizer, salad, two entrees, dessert, soft drinks). I think it’s despicable that the chain restaurant jack up their prices in tourist-heavy areas—It’s NOT that expensive to eat in New York City, at least not at any local options that would have had comparable (or better) food than the chain. Total spent: $60 that will be reimbursed, $37.39 that won’t.

Then we went window-shopping at J&R Computer World—Peanut is planning to build a second computer for me to use at his apartment and is looking for parts and a monitor. We didn’t buy anything but priced some stuff and I played with HP’s touch-screen monitor.

We stopped in at my favorite shop in Chinatown, Kam Man, and I bought a package of lichi gummies and some Ferrero Rocher chocolates. They are much cheaper there than anywhere else, but still, I didn’t need them. Cost: $7.02.

On the way home, I picked up a head of broccoli to include with our pasta dinner, and then forgot to use it. Broccoli is expensive! $2.50

Total spent: $106.91, $60 of which I’ll get back next month. I might be able to deduct at least part of the $37.39 if there was really no way I could have spent under the $60 cap and still met the shop requirements.

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