Thursday: I was running low on sunscreen, and Walgreens was having a BOGO50 sale, plus 15% off when you spent $40 or more. I rounded out the amount with a couple of things I’ll need soon enough anyway — contact lens solution and generic Claritin — and was able to hit the $40 threshold. It was $41.25 after tax and a $5 redeemed reward. I put $5 into saved savings for the reward.
I was out of my two prescriptions, so I picked up refills at Fry’s. They were $16 and $34.86.
While I was at the grocery store, I returned two hummuses and pita bread packages I’d purchased, since the dentist informed me that bread was too chewy to count as a soft food. I received $15.96 back, which I transferred back into the weekly funds. While I was there I needed a couple packages of spaghetti and two jars of sauce, which I paid $5.48 for.
It was finally time to apply for a new passport, since I want to go to London as my next major trip. I paid $161.25, $110 of that was transferred in from savings (the State Department doesn’t accept credit cards) and $51.25 out of weekly funds.
Total spending: $247.88 net ($137.88 net out of weekly funds)
Friday: I was back on solid foods and really wanted hummus and pita bread, regretting my return the previous day. So I picked some up for $7.98, thereby depleting most of my remaining funds, and decided to have a no-spend day on Saturday.
Total spent: $7.98
Saturday: I got up, and my soon-to-be tenant came by to supervise some yard work she’d commissioned. She hired someone to get rid of the nasty thorny seeds (goatheads) in the yard so that her dog’s paws are safe. She had asked if I was okay with the service and made it clear she’d pay, and I said it was fine. While we waited for the guy to be done this service, we chatted for about an hour or so. We had a nice conversation.
Then it was time to get ready for a noon date. I was going over to the house of a guy I’ve been seeing. Unfortunately, he lives a 40-mile drive away, which was no fun. But we had a good time just chilling out and watching some TV and eating lunch.
I left around 5 p.m. and went home.
Total spent: $0
Sunday: It was the start of a new financial week. The previous financial week only lasted seven days, which I don’t love, but at least it lasted seven days. That’s something.
Still, the variance in the number of days in the financial week definitely favors the reader who said I should switch to a monthly budget. I’m going to continue the weekly funds for another month while I keep doing a spending diary. If the weeks keep varying too much to pin down after another month, I’ll switch to a monthly budget.
I did a load of laundry. Unfortunately, I’d thrown a wet towel into the hamper that never dried, so some of the clothes smelled mildewy even after the wash. I ran them through a second time then dried them. Alas, this still didn’t fix it, so I had to stop the dryer, throw everything back into the washer and run a load with a cup of vinegar. So I put $6.25 into the Washer/Dryer fund (three washer loads, two dryer loads).
My protein bars were scheduled to ship (I forgot to log in and delay them since I still have three boxes), so I had to transfer $76.90 out to cover those. Normally, I put anything over $75 on the card, but this is a recurring expense, not a random one. So it feels only right to cover it out of weekly funds.
Total spent: $85.85
Monday: I did a load of laundry during the day, so I put $1.25 into the Washer/Dryer fund at Ally. It was only $1.25 because all of the articles of clothing were things that got hung up to dry, no dryer required.
I joined as a member of a website for three months, which was $29.95.
Beyond that, it was a quiet day in which I hid in the house, away from the 108-degree temps outside.
Total spent: $31.20
Tuesday: I spent the day portion pretty quietly. Just worked and worked out, the same as Monday. But at night I went to rooftop bingo at a local hotel.
It’s a fun, quirky bingo session with cheesy prizes (one was a thermometer encased in a gold plastic ship wall-hanging) and it’s free. But to support the hotel I order from the happy hour menu. In this case, it was a $6 quesadilla. So I paid $8.52 after tip.
Alas, I didn’t win anything. But I did win the last two times I went, so that seems only fair. Besides, I “won” in that I didn’t melt like the Wicked Witch of the West, since it was still over 100 when bingo started at 8 p.m. Thank god for tank tops and linen pants.
Total spent: $8.52
Wednesday: Josie’s Banfield plan hit the credit card, so I transferred out $30.95. Money was getting awfully low as we were at the last day of the budgeted-for month, but my paycheck didn’t show. Never a dull moment, eh?
I knew I’d be hungry by trivia time if I just ate my Healthy Choice meal (a mere 300 calories), and I had zero other food in the house besides protein bars. So I went to get some takeout for $8.91. It was cheaper than eating at the restaurant where trivia was being held, where the dish I’d have ordered would have been $14 plus tip.
I was craving candy badly, so I went to Walgreens and got $3.99 worth of candy (four movie theater-size boxes, so I had leftovers).
I went to trivia and ordered a cider with the intention of supporting the restaurant. (Again, even with the takeout, it was cheaper than ordering a sandwich.) But we had $30 of bar cash, so my cider ended up being covered. I offered to throw in a couple of bucks for the tip, but my teammate with the bar cash waved me away.
We won trivia, so we now have another $20 of bar cash for the next time we visit.
Total spent: $43.85
Seven-day total: $425.28 ($315.28 out of weekly funds)