We’ve made it through (almost) two months of living together! I must say, now that the stress of the move is gone I’m finding it a lot easier to relax and just enjoy myself. We also survived the IKEA trip, which is obviously a big step in our relationship. I managed to keep a pretty detailed spreadsheet of what we spent, when, where, return dates, etc, so as a Type A organizer extreme I’m pretty happy with myself.
Here’s the breakdown of what we spent to set up the apartment in September:
Small home items (door hooks, storage baskets, curtains): $270.63
Furniture (expedit shelving units, kitchen table, chairs): $516.34
Total amount spent: $787.37
That may seem like a pretty high number, but I had some money saved for it and we basically split all the costs. I felt silly spending so much on the kitchen table ($300), but my Opa has always said to buy the best you can afford and Mr. Dollars said I should get the one I really want. So I did! It also has a really cool leaf system so we will definitely have this table for many years. I actually based the look of our dining area on this picture from Chatelaine magazine (Warning: that table is NOT from Ikea, I’m guessing it’s also from WestElm, like the chairs). Our table is a dark brown finish, and we bought two white chairs for it. It can definitely seat six comfortably, and lord knows if for some reason we have more people than that, it can fit them too.
kitchen table for two.
I’ve also been trying to keep the girly stuff to a minimum. By no means am I a frou frou pink frilly type of lady, but in my bachelorette pad, it was quite obvious that a lady lived there. We’ve yet to put anything on the walls, partly because most of them are concrete but also because my artwork involves flowers, Audrey Hepburn, and neon owls. That doesn’t mean that I can resist buying adorable flowers for the kitchen table though.
In August, I ended up buying most of the groceries (we did eat out a lot though), so Mr. Dollars has taken over that duty for September. In October, I think we’re going to aim to split the grocery shopping evenly. We’ve meal planned for a couple of weeks and when we do, it really works out well, but when we don’t, the fall back is take out. So that’s definitely something to improve upon.
All in all, for August, our grocery/personal care/cable/electricity expenses were $755.09. And again, that was without a meal plan. I bet you if we sat down and did a month long meal plan (I did that once, in January 2010 – it was awesome but a ton of work) we could really cut down on our grocery bill.