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Poll: How much general 'spending money' (ie not groceries, petrol, bills) do you allow yourself each week?

How much general 'spending money' (ie not groceries, petrol, bills) do you allow yourself each week?

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#1 hubby33



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Posted 08 June 2006 - 01:53 PM

Just wondering. Following from the topic about saving money by putting change into a piggy bank I was wondering how much spare cash people allow themselves to spend each week on the 'luxuries' or 'fun' things.

I don't mean the necessities like groceries, petrol, bills; but things like coffees, lunch/dinner out, movies, magazines etc.

We try to give ourselves $20 each a week and then if we don't spend it during the week we can do take out on the weekend, a few drinks with friends etc. This doesn't include organised drinks/dinners for other people.

I've found it a great way to stop spending during the week. I used to buy a lot more takeaway coffees than I do now, I never buy lunch and most weeks my money disappears for odds and ends we forgot to buy in the weekly grocery shop.

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 02:47 PM

When I was single and wasn't really saving for anything I was spending up to $150 a week on rubbish.

Now that we are saving like mad to go overseas I've cut my spending down to only $50 per week. Mind you though, I often buy stuff we need out of this or buy something for H2B (if he doesn't have money in his wallet). So in reality, I probably only get about $20-30 a week for myself. Sometimes less.
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Posted 08 June 2006 - 03:26 PM

For us its more a monthly thing.. we dont buy stuff out much, I try not to buy lunch out unless its with hubby, then we'll eat something really decent and usually still too full for dinner.... I will have the occasional coffee though.

But we usually do "out" things maybe 2-3times a month? so maybe an average of $25pw? maybe? but like I said, its not weekly things, its more occasional over a month.
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Posted 08 June 2006 - 03:36 PM

HTB and I don't really budget like this. We both just buy whatever we want. I tend to not spend a lot on coffees/clothes/CDs etc., but whenever I want something I just buy it without sticking to some sort of budget.

HTB, on the other hand, buys AT LEAST 4 new DVDs a week. It doesn't bother me. We can afford it, and he works hard for his money smile.gif

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 03:41 PM

No controls - whatever we want to buy we buy. smile.gif

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 04:17 PM

Generally we take out $50 a week & we buy our train ticket out of that - say $35 so the other $15 is for lunch once a week. we generally try to take lunch to work 4 out of 5 day a week.

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 10:26 AM

we each get $100 a week for our hobbies, and for buying things like lunches, new clothes, dvds etc

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 10:58 AM

We really don't have an allocated amount for entertainment etc. I don't believe in quantifying 'extras' like that because I think you end up spending the money because you have it. For example if you allocate $50, then you spend $50.

Most of our pay is allocated the minute it goes into the account which puts us on a short leash until we're paid again. We find that works best. So I pay or allocate all the money we'll need for the next fortnight and then see what's left over (usually not much). If we are having a good fortnight, then I will start to think of the extras we could buy in advance, for example, gifts for Christmas or putting extra money against our debts or going to the hairdresser or something. But only if the money is spare that fortnight, if it isn't, then we just wait until it is.

Occasionally we do go out to dinner and to the movies and we rent dvd's and if we need new clothes or something then we get them but we don't have the mindset that we can get them whenever. I'm always doing the subtraction in my head and see what's left in the account!

Anyway, so I voted less than $20.
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Posted 11 June 2006 - 04:24 PM

We would probably fall into the "no controls, whatever I need to spend" category.

But having said that, we generally don't go over the top. We never buy lunches, Hubby might buy an iced coffee or a can of soft drink. But only with money taken from our change dish.

We don't really buy magazines or dvds/cds. We tend to rent dvds or borrow them from friends.

When we do go out for someones birthday (for example) we do splurge. But as it's not that regular of an occurence, we find it's okay to do.

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 05:53 PM

I voted the "no controls". Saying that, I don't buy lunches, coffees etc on a regular basis, but I do go out and occasionally splurge on clothes, jewellery etc wink.gif

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 08:57 PM

We don't limit ourselves to what we spend each week really. Having said that, we don't tend to spend much. We rarely buy our lunch, never go to the movies (we have sky as our entertainment), never buy coffees.

The only thing we will buy weekly is beer and wine and lottery tickets so about 30 for two of us. We go out on a date once a month as a treat.


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Posted 11 June 2006 - 10:20 PM

We are lucky that we both earn enough to fall into the no control category. We put a designated amount into our "House" account (trying to one day get a mortgage), take out rent and bills etc and we are probably left with about $300- $400 each a week to do with as we please. Not that we spend that much EVERY week on crap.....

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 10:25 PM

I get $90 a f/night to spend on my random crap (coffees, drinks, lunches out etc). Its a hangover from when we were saving DH's whole income for our deposit.

But really if I need/want more money I just take it out, we are living well within our means - just trying to get ahead on the mortgage so we can afford to send our (at present non-existent) kids to good schools and have awesome holidays wink.gif

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 10:13 PM

DH and I both get $70 a week each for 'Entertainment' which encompasses all personal spending, clothes, cds, eating out etc.
Sometimes I go through the week and dont use a cent, but other weeks i completely blow the budget!

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 11:11 PM

We get out $170 a week each which is for everything - groceries, transport, entertainment etc. We bring lunch from home but have 1 lunch out a week. Anything leftover goes toward fun. Its not hard and fast, sometimes there are reasons why we can't fit it all in. I think we do pretty well with spending $100 on groceries for a week for 2 ppl - inclusive breakfast/lunch/dinner for 6 days and also cleaning stuff/basic toiletries etc.

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