These diaries are just a way for me to be more focused on and aware of my spending. It’s also a peek into my day-to-day life for anyone who cares.
Thursday: I’d forgotten a couple of things at the store (one day I’ll start making lists), so I ran to Fry’s. The items came to $8.11.
I stayed up late the night before on a date, so I was exhausted and didn’t exercise. Instead I just worked, worked on the blog and then watched most of the Stranger Things third season after I was off.
The exhaustion only got worse as the night wore on, so I went to bed around 9 p.m.
Total spent: $8.11
Friday: After years of faithful service, the one of the sides of the Roomba tri-brush thingy (to use the technical term) had about three bristles left on it. So I went onto Amazon and found a replacement part for $5.99.
In other news, my bedspread is cursed. It somehow attracts stains like crazy. So I took it to be dry cleaned. Again. At $25 a pop, I’ve officially spent more on dry cleaning it than I did for the actual thing. Argh! I’m going to get a duvet cover, so I can machine wash any future stains.
While I was out and about, I went to Fry’s. I’d found out my butter went bad, and I needed some for the corn I’d picked up. I got a container for $3.29. (And it’s a huge container compared to my needs, so it’ll also go bad in my fridge. Sigh.)
I went next door to the Dollar Tree and picked up some bleach, ginger snaps and nail polish remover. I also donated a school supply to a military family, so the total was $4.26.
Total spent: $32.55
Saturday: I worked this weekend, so I spent the day answering the emails that came in — a surprising amount for the weekend, but still pretty low volume — and worked out. I meant to work on the blog but just didn’t have the focus.
That night, I had a date. It went pretty well, though we cut it a little bit short because he was weary from work. He paid for my dinner and drinks.
I took a Lyft home, which was $16.43 after tip. I took advantage of a special, saving $4.47, which went to saved savings.
Total spent: $20.90
Sunday: Still had to work. So I woke up, caught up on emails, then worked on the blog a bit. I had a noon coffee date, so I got ready for that and met him.
I don’t actually drink coffee, so I just brought my water bottle. Turns out he’s not a big coffee guy either, so we just sat around in Starbucks chatting. I guess at least we weren’t there sucking up the free WiFi.
I had a second date at night (#playalife), so I didn’t pay for dinner either.
At this point, my financial week had stretched an incredible 14 days.
Total spent: $0
Monday: I woke up tired since I was up late with my date. I caught up on emails and laid back down for a little bit to rest. Then I got up and ran to Fry’s to pick up a prescription and some groceries.
The prescription was just $16, but the groceries came to $40.58. That included some Whoppers and popcorn that I really didn’t need, but oh well. Usually I remember to eat something before I run out to the grocery store, so this probably won’t happen again for a while.
I saved $4 using coupons and a sale on my frozen dinners, so that went into saved savings.
I had to start a new financial week, but I’m darn proud of how long the last one was.
I was supposed to have a date, but he flaked on me. Which was fine (if slightly annoying) because I was still tired from the day before. So I sat around watching the latest season of Madam Secretary on Netflix and eating junk food.
Total spent: $60.58
Tuesday: I was running low on foundation and a few other things, so I ran to Walgreens. There was a BOGO50 sale on L’Oreal True Match makeup, so I picked up some more concealer, which I use for the dark circles under my eyes and for contouring. I’m not running low, but I’m sure I will be soon enough. I figured I might as well save now.
I was also picking up a duplicate of a lipstick I really like. I’m using it a lot, so I decided to get a second one for when the first inevitably runs out. I found a second lip color that I really like, and there was a deal to get a $5 coupon when you bought two lipsticks. So I got the second color as well. (It was a painful $11.99. Ouch. But it’s the perfect neutral lip shade.) I picked up a couple of other things and spent a total of $54.14. An expensive day, but it means that I’m set on makeup for the foreseeable future.
I picked up my comforter from the dry cleaner — hopefully, for the last time in quite a while — and went home. I spent the evening watching Madam Secretary and otherwise being boring.
Total spent: $54.14
Wednesday: I did two loads of laundry in the morning, so I transferred $5 into the washer/dryer fund. Then I cleaned furiously because, the night before, a guy and I agreed that our second date would be him coming over to play board games. The next day. As in, Wednesday. As in, “Yikes! Gotta clean!”
The Ting cell phone bill hit my credit card for $31.94, so I transferred that amount out of the main account. I need to use the phone just a little bit less when I’m out and about. I went 58 MB over the limit for the lowest tier of data usage, and those 58 MB cost me $6. This is what I get for being addicted to Twitter.
I got some takeout at $8.91. But it was delicious and worth every penny.
The board game date was fun. We chatted for a while afterward, and he went home after about four hours over here. He asked when he can see me again, so I take that as a good sign.
Despite the cheap date, it was a pricey day. All in all, I definitely need some cheap or even a no-spend day soon to compensate for all these expenses.
Total spent: $45.85
Total spent: $222.13
Not great — nearly twice what I spent in weekly funds for each of the last two weeks — but it could’ve been worse. The $54.14 from Walgreens were from abnormal expenses. Recent evidence to the contrary, I don’t buy much makeup. I should be good to go for around a year now (maybe six to nine months for concealer but still…), so I don’t foresee that recurring. And my grocery bill runs usually clock in closer to $25-30 a week, so I don’t expect another $40 bill for a while. And of course Ting is just once a month. So maybe this isn’t a terrible sign. Maybe.
How did your spending go this week?