The last two weeks have been fairly expensive ones for me. I went quite awhile without adding a lot of expenses and it was a streak that I expected to end at some point.
I went to three Red Sox – Athletics baseball games last week. The tickets were $30 a piece, but the seats were exceptional seats. Parking and tolls cost me $20 each day and it was probably another $25 in gas for all three days. Food, wow, it’s very pricey. A single draft domestic beer at Oakland Coliseum was $7.50. It did seem like it might be a 20 oz. beer, but that’s still really expensive for a team that can only put 27,000 people in the seats – half of them rooting for the away team. Of course this a bargain compared to tickets in Boston, which are so difficult to get, your best bet is through an agency at a ridiculous mark-up.
I followed that up with a $280 purchase of my travel computer that I described yesterday. My spending didn’t stop there. Last night, the spending continued. We had friends coming from out of town, so we went out for dinner. We found a fairly cheap place so the damage was minimal.
It looks like we’re going to have to start seriously saving again. I imagine it will last about a month, when we have to write the final checks for the wedding. After that though, we are going to start a grand two year savings plan. It might even include our first attempt at budgeting.