Could you survive on $100 a week?
Maybe you already do. If so, congratulations.
If not, come sit by me.
1-0-0. The Magic Number. The $100 will cover needs and wants (are those still allowed?) after fixed expenses, debt repayment and gas.
So, $100 per week is incredibly ambitious for a girl who can easily toss $100 in a single “casual” trip to the grocery store.
Following is a list of things I tend to buy on a weekly or monthly basis:
– Pet-Related Items
– Cleaning Supplies/Household Items
– Toiletry Items
– Meals Out
– Entertainment (DVDs, Theater, Etc.)
Let’s start with the items I absolutely must buy. The essentials, if you will.
1. Prescriptions. Right now, I pay for two a month. Birth control and an SSRI. They are $10 apiece. No getting around this one.
2. Food. This is a tough one, as our tastes can swing from decidedly basic to a bit more “foodie.” Also, we oscillate between paying for groceries. The things I absolutely know we cannot give up are the following:
– Fresh Produce. We eat a ton of it.
– Water. Flat and sparkling.
– Meat/Fish. We aren’t vegetarians.
– Non-Perishables. Pasta, rice, beans, olive oil, etc etc.
3. Pet-related items. Dog/cat food, cat litter, dog treats.
4. Toiletries. Basics obviously include TP, tampons, Ibuprofen, toothpaste, etc. Non-essentials include things like nail polish and expensive conditioner.
5. Household. Cleaning supplies and materials, mostly.
6. Wine. And beer.
Everything else is for the most part gravy. I suppose what I should plan on doing is putting aside the money I don’t spend every 2 weeks and using it for an occasional meal out.