Thursday: It was a quiet day at work, which is good because I wasn’t feeling well and had to lie back down for a bit. After that, I felt better so I worked out. Then generally narfed around.
After work I ran out to CVS for some contact lens solution. It should have been $14.11 after tax, but I had a 40% off birthday coupon (the store knows just what to get me!) and $2 in Extrabux. So it was $7.16. I put the saved $6.95 into saved savings.
I decided it was the day for takeout this week, so I ran and got that for $9.34. Then I went home to enjoy that and caught up on Brooklyn Nine Nine and Superstore, both of which had episodes I’d missed.
The Hulu charge hit my account for $6.49. Man, that’s a ridiculously low rate given how much I use the service!
I did hear back from the HVAC company. The manufacturer was overnighting the wheel, per my request for expedited shipping.
Total spent: $29.94
Friday: The daytime was relatively quiet work-wise. I finished up my shift, then exercised, then hopped in the shower to get ready for my movie date.
I was told that the A/C wheel didn’t show up before the end of business. So glad I’m paying $40 for something that didn’t, in fact, get there overnight. Grumble grumble. But on to the movie date!
The showing we’d chosen turned out to be IMAX and nothing else was playing around the same time, which meant my date paid a painful $31 for the movie. I insisted on buying his Dasani ($5.85!) after that. I got free popcorn and a drink since I’m a Stubs member and it’s my birthday month.
Afterward, we grabbed some drinks. I insisted on paying again because… $31!!! Drinks were $16.
Total spent: $21.85
Saturday: My protein bars ($76.90) hit my credit card. I meant to cancel the subscription so that I could reorder with some gift cards that I had, but oh well. I’ll use them next month. Besides, I’m trying to hit $3,000 in three months to get the bonus for my American Airlines card. So I can use the charge.
That said, I’m going to need to have a no-spend day tomorrow to compensate.
I worked on the blog for a bit, writing a new post, and then the HVAC company called at 10:30 a.m. to let me know that the part had actually arrived the day before after all. They sent someone out to fix the unit, so my tenant was able to be back in her place as of mid-afternoon. Woot!
I was supposed to hang out with the guy I’m seeing the most often (the one who’s helped me fix a couple of things in the guest house) either today or Sunday. I texted him to see which it was. He was at a friend’s apartment complex at a small BBQ party by the pool, so he invited me along.
I went over, met the friends, dipped in the pool for a bit and generally enjoyed myself. Then we headed back to my place for a bit.
Total spent: $76.90
Sunday: I woke up at 8 a.m., which is sleeping in for me. But I got bad sleep the night before so it still wasn’t enough rest. Oh well.
I got up and worked on the blog a bit, scheduling Monday’s post. Then I killed a bit of time until the mall opened. I went to Sephora to get my free birthday gift and to pick up my birthday gift to myself: BECCA undereye brightening corrector. LINK. It was $34.94 after tax, but I’m not taking this out of weekly funds since it’s a present to myself.
I’m mainly a drugstore brand gal now, but the buzz around this product intrigued me since I have terrible dark circles. Besides, I tend to buy myself something for my birthday. Last year, it was a $30 shirt from Express (the first time in years I’d paid that much for a shirt), so this admittedly overpriced makeup product is about in keeping with that price level.
I got an email from Victoria’s Secret offering me a free pair of underwear for my birthday, and I already had a $10 birthday reward from there. So while I was at the mall, I picked up two pairs of undies for a total of $0.55 after tax.
I went home and laid back down for a bit to rest. Then I got up and narfed around on Twitter and worked on the blog a bit.
One thing I found online was Best Buy’s anniversary sale. I needed a backpack for my trip to FinCon. (I gave Tim my old one.) I don’t want to carry my big purse, but I don’t want to try to fit everything in a laptop bag either. So I perused the site and almost immediately found one on sale for $9.95. It’s basic, but I don’t need anything fancy. Besides, I won’t be using it much, only when I travel. So it’s perfect.
Total spent: $46.34 (11.40 out of weekly funds)
Monday: Today is my birthday! (Yes, these spending diaries are about a week and a half behind.)
Since I tend to blow it out a bit on my birthday, anything spent comes out of vacation funds because I consider it a (very brief) vacation from life. It’s probably weird logic on my part, but the beauty of personal finance is that you have complete autonomy over your money rationale, how to spend you funds and where you draw them from.
It was a great day. I woke up too early, though, at 6:20 a.m. (25 minutes before I normally get up, ugh). I shrugged it off and took myself to Cracker Barrel around 7 a.m. for some birthday French toast. I scarfed down a tremendous amount of food (the French toast, eggs, hashbrown casserole and biscuits with apple butter) and paid $12.26 after tip.
I came home and checked the blog to see a lot of lovely birthday wishes from you guys (thank you!). I read a little, then had a sugar crash from all of the food and napped for about 90 minutes.
I got up and called my mom to say thank you for the gifts and for pushing me out 41 years ago. We chatted for a bit, and I discovered I’d double booked us for a hotel one of the nights in DC. That is, I’d booked us for both the FinCon hotel and still had us at the Residence Inn. Cue a 25-minute hold while I tried to modify my reservation with Hilton. I should’ve waited so I didn’t have the hassle on my birthday, but I was afraid I’d forget and cost us $169 (plus taxes/fees). So an annoying hold it was.
At noon, I went to my massage — already paid for by Groupon — and tipped $14 out of my walking around money. Then I took myself to lunch. I paid $11.49 at Smashburger, which I haven’t had in probably a year or more. I’d forgotten how pricey it can be. Then I took myself over to Coldstone Creamery and paid $7.80 (!!!) for a concoction. It’d have been a bit less, but I got a waffle cone because… birthday.
I came back home to discover I’d missed a flower delivery. They’d called Tim’s cell phone number, which caused me to think he’d sent me flowers and sent me into a panic. I had no idea how to take that. Later, I found out my supervisor had sent them and still had the old number is all. Phew!
I putzed around for a little bit, then Ubered over to the Mexican restaurant for drinks with friends ($19.64 with tip). Over my protestations, my friend covered my tab at the restaurant. Then we went over to Cheesecake Factory, where another friend covered my cake. The cake was delicious but it defeated me about halfway through. So I brought the rest home.
I got home around 8 p.m. and called the guy I’ve been seeing the most often. He came over for a bit, bringing me some yellow and red roses. Even though I told him repeatedly he didn’t have to get me anything. Still, it was sweet of him. Except I couldn’t find a vase, so the flowers are currently housed in the blender jar. Quirky is part of my charm, okay?
Overall, a great birthday.
Total spent: $65.19 ($19.64 out of weekly funds because Uber uses my PayPal account, which directly debits my bank account)
Tuesday: A much quieter day. I worked and worked out. The only expense of the day was dropping off some pants to be hemmed so I could wear them at FinCon. I found a $79 pair of Express black dress pants (which look brand new) for $6.50 at the thrift store. The only problem is that they were a long cut. Still, even with the expense of having them hemmed ($12), I’m saving a bunch of money.
Other than that, I worked out and read a book Mom gave me as one of my birthday gifts. It’s a very engaging read, and I highly recommend the book: Caleb’s Crossing.
Total spent: $12
Wednesday: A quiet day. I worked, worked out and picked up a medication from CVS. The med is so cheap that there’s a $0 co-pay, so I’m always happy to pick it up.
While I was out, I got my weekly round of takeout ($9.34). Then I went home, finished my book and called it an early night.
Total spent: $9.34
Total spent: $261.56 ($181.07 out of weekly funds)
A lot of spending this week, but about $80 of it will come out of the vacation fund, since it’s birthday-related. So all in all, not too bad on mundane expenses.