Where It All Goes – Spending Diaries
50, male, married with two kids, Newton
Eyeglasses, LensCrafters: $474.50
“Went for the 35 percent discount I get through my health insurance, thereby contributing to the decline of the local optician."
New mattress and box spring, Jordan’s Furniture: $2,929.31. “A neighbor told my wife about some new foam mattress that’s really great—turns out the damn thing costs twice as much as a regular mattress."
One hour court time, Sportsmen’s Tennis Club: $25
Temple dues: $1,202. “Bevakasha."
Groceries, Stop & Shop: $172.02
Textbook for wife’s graduate degree program, Amazon.com: $107.48
Tolls, Mass. Pike: $4. “I think $4, anyway. By using FastLane I lose all consciousness of the impact of toll booths on the monthly budget."
Tall dark-roast coffee, Starbucks: $2
Lunch for the kids, Five Guys Burgers and Fries: $15.37
Legal textbook, Amazon.com: $106.13
Life insurance payment: $60.38. “With all I pay for life insurance, I’d better predecease my wife."
Son’s college tuition payment: $4,250. “Total is about $50,000 for the year."
Tall dark-roast coffee, Starbucks: $3. “Extra dollar tip, because the barista was pretty."
Speeding ticket: $100
Fed Ex: $16.38
Pillows, Brookstone: $341.58. “When you’ve spent $3,000 for a new mattress, you really can’t use your old pillows, right?"
Three dozen doughnuts, Dunkin’ Donuts: $19.47
Gift cards for staff: $600
Textbook for wife, Amazon.com: $14.50
Credit card bill: $500
Tuition payment for wife’s graduate studies: $8,240. “Total will be about $24,000 for the year."
College applications: $160. “Three last-minute ones for my child who is a high school senior. Still more applications to go."
Glue and pens, Staples: $38.86
Bar tab: $75. “Neighbor has a 50th birthday party with a cash bar. I have just a glass of red wine and a gin and tonic, but also buy drinks for friends."
Copy of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Amazon.com: $10.95. “A New Year’s resolution to, as the saying goes, brush up my Shakespeare."