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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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#31 Lizzzard


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Posted 21 July 2006 - 04:02 AM

I fall into the 'no controls' category...much to hubbie's disgust laugh.gif

Hubbie has a very strict budget because he has to be - his income is reasonable, but not enough to be frivolous. I think he allocates himself about $20-30 a week on 'random' spending, which he generally spends on lunches. I make enough money so that I don't need to worry about my spending. I feel a bit guilty about that sometimes (in comparison to hubbie) but lots of my random spending is on stuff for both of us, not just me -e.g., eating out, things for the house etc. I probably spend $200 or so on dinners, taxis, magazines, manicures etc.
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Posted 21 July 2006 - 05:47 AM

We're BAD and have no control.

I've enjoyed it though but have decided that I will allocate myself $50 a week from now on in. Today is my pay day so it's a good day to start.

Shane and I still have separate accounts so I don't know what he does.... we just make sure our bills are paid and are always accumulating more.... stuff. rolleyes.gif
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 05:57 PM

Hi gals,
We are the same opinion as Little Poppett.
We still have separate accounts - and steve's money is used for savings/mortgage.
We live off mine, so after bills are paid and I put some away into savings - whatever is left is for spending - most likely on a new pair of shoes or clothing for myself!

Steve is like most guys I would say - he doesnt spend a lot of himself - maybe the odd mag but every now and then he splashes out on a bigger ticket item.


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Posted 26 July 2006 - 09:45 PM

I have $50 a week to spend on fun stuff - though this amount has to support my $20 a week grande soy latte habit!

I'm not sure how hubby budgets as we have separate personal accounts, but essentially I pay whatever I need to come pay day, take out $300 for petrol, parking, groceries (for us both) and fun then put whatever is left in savings.

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 11:49 PM

I voted for the last option, "no control". Which is bad because neither of us is on a particularly high income at the moment.

I will make sure we have enough to cover the week's mortage payment & bills.. then the rest is spent right down to the last dollar (admittedly by me, H2B doesn't spend much at all).

Our biggest luxury is eating out. Currently we have about 2-3 takeaway dinners a week, eat out for lunch maybe 3 times a week (each/together), and go out for coffee maybe twice a week. I estimate this would cost us around $150 per week?

But we do save in other areas - we don't spend a lot at the supermarket, and we don't spend much on DVDs, clothes or going out to the movies.

Some weeks we spend more than other weeks; it's hard to budget because our income varies greatly form week to week.
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 12:58 PM

We don't have a set amount as such for our "indulgence" purchases but we do keep an eye on the amount we spend to make sure we are getting out of control.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 01:30 PM

I guess on average I would spend up to $50 a week on lunches etc. But other times if I want clothes I may spend ALOT more! But H2B on the other hand would spend at least $100 a week! (on nothing!) I am WAY more concious of money than he is!!!
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