These spending diaries are a way for me to be more cognizant of my spending. They’re also a peek into my daily life for those who care.
For those who are new, my style of “spending” is a little convoluted. I have two checking accounts. I keep the majority of my money in the secondary account, transferring $280 a week into the main account. But I charge everything to the card to maximize rewards. As charges accrue, I transfer money out of the main account into the secondary one. Then I make a weekly payment on my credit card.
A tad confusing, perhaps, but it works for me. Anyway, here’s how spending went this week:
In the morning, I worked on emails and ran the Roomba. I’m trying to get all the dirt and dust off the floors before company shows up, and I hadn’t been great about running the robot recently. So I plan to run it every day through Saturday to make sure the floors are as clean as possible.
The spinning brush stopped working on my Roomba (there’s no hair clog, I already checked), so I was debating whether to get a new one during the Black Friday sales. But the machine is still picking up plenty of dirt (an appalling amount, really — I’ve definitely got to run it more often), so I’m keeping the current unit.
I might do a light Wet-Swiffering in a couple of spots before people come over. But I don’t care enough to mop the whole floor. It’s not like dark tile shows many spots.
I discovered late the night before that the cheese I’d bought never made it into the bag, despite being on my receipt, so I had to return to the grocery store to get that. And to pick up eggs, which I’d forgotten. I also picked up a box of Whoppers. Because Whoppers. The total for both items was $2.29.
At this point, I will have spent about $43 on Friendsgiving, so I really hope there are plenty of leftovers. Though at least it’s still a cheaper way to hang out with friends than a night out on the town.
After I came home from the grocery store, I snacked, watched a little TV and generally relaxed. Luckily, I wasn’t antsy like the night before. So I think I’m still okay having gone off one of my medications. But monitoring of symptoms continues.
Total spent: $2.29
I got terrible sleep Thursday night. I woke up for at least two hours starting sometime around midnight. And then woke up for at least half an hour again a few hours later. Ugh. And right before a busy (for me) day, of course.
I had a doctor appointment at 10:30 a.m., had to make pies for Friendsgiving the following day, and later get my massage (ahhhhh). Plus Darryl and I were going to see each other when he got off work at 6. That’s a crowded day for me!
My doctor appointment wasn’t anything of concern, just a monthly trip to get the meds I use to combat the fatigue. They’re a controlled substance, so he has to write up a new prescription each month. Luckily, I have a $0 copay for my primary care provider.
At noon, I went to make the pies, only to discover that I needed two cans of evaporated milk, not one. After some mild swearing, I went to Frys and picked up the milk and a couple other things for a total of $3.34.
The pies turned out well, though they needed significantly more cook time than the recipe called for. Must be because the crusts were frozen and also I have an old oven. But the point is that they did come out okay. Hooray!
I got my massage and tipped $13 out of my walking around money.
I came home and chilled out. Darryl called to say that he’d forgotten that he’d signed up for overtime and had to be at work at 5:30 Saturday morning. So we agreed he’d just come over for Friendsgiving. Bringing the number of guests up to 10. Or 11 if our semi-flaky friend deigns to join us. Space around the table (and two card tables) is going to be TIGHT.
Anyway, I watched TV and called it an early night at 8 p.m. because I was exhausted.
Total spent: $16.34 ($3.34 out of weekly funds)
I woke up at 7 a.m. to start my overtime weekend. Whee.
Once I was caught up on emails (8 a.m.), I started the Roomba running to make sure the floor is as clean as possible for guests. (Well, as clean as possible without mopping/Wet-Swiffering. Because I’m lazy and have dark tile.) Then I cut up some blocks of cheese for people to snack on in case the turkey isn’t done right on time.
At 9 a.m. I pulled out all the folding chairs and the two card tables and set them up. Then I twiddled my thumbs until it was time to work out, answering emails as they dribbled in.
In the end nine people showed up, so we weren’t too terribly crammed in around the table. Everyone brought food with them, so a lot of what I’d provided ended up as leftovers. A lot of turkey was left, and after a couple of hours, I put the roasting pan’s lid on and put it in the fridge. I figured I should finish carving it when I hadn’t been drinking.
People left around 11:30 p.m. I went to bed shortly thereafter.
Total spent: $0
I woke up to a bit of a mess. People had taken home the food that didn’t get eaten, except for the stuff I supplied: cheese, crackers, hummus, turkey and remaining pumpkin pie. But there were still empty bottles to contend with, a counter to clean and, more importantly, a turkey to carve up.
I answered emails first, then set about getting the house back in order. Turns out, I’m not great at carving a turkey, but I managed to get the meat off the bones eventually.
I put the white meat in the fridge for meals, and the dark meat went into the freezer. Mom’ll use it to make turkey chili when she’s down here in January.
Then I took out the trash, washed up the roasting pan, started a load of dishes, rinsed out the empty wine and beer bottles and wiped down the stovetop and counters. Then I put the card tables and folding chairs back in the garage.
Everything was clean and back to normal about two hours after I woke up. Phew!
Beyond that, I just dealt with work as emails came in and watched TV. It was a quiet day.
After I was off at 7 p.m., I went over to Darryl’s to drop off a hat he’d forgotten at my place as an excuse to be around him/people in general. He and his roommate were watching football, but he took a break starting at halftime and we just hung out.
Total spent: $0 (my first no-spend weekend in a loooong time!)
My monthly massage ($50) was automatically charged to my card. I have a deal with the massage place where I’m automatically charged for one massage a month. In exchange, I get that massage for $50 (and any subsequent massages that month for $40). I always rebook as I leave the massage place, so being auto-charged isn’t a problem.
It was a quiet day. I worked on the blog a little, but didn’t have any ideas for new posts. I need some soon because my buffer of completed posts is going to vanish at this rate.
I didn’t work out because I feeling flat and because my stomach was a tad upset. I didn’t think bouncing around was going to help the issue.
The night was quiet. I talked with Darryl for a little bit, but mostly I watched All American on Netflix. It’s pretty engaging. I still wasn’t feeling great — I think I might be fighting off a cold — so I went to bed early.
Total spent: $50
I woke up feeling pretty rested. Hooray! I caught up on emails, did a little bit of blog work, then went to therapy ($25 copay).
I got lightly scolded by my therapist for not asserting myself more about seeing Darryl more often. He’s doing a bunch of overtime for the next two to three weeks, and I’m not sure how often I’ll see him. The deal was that if we went exclusive, I’d see him at least twice a week.
My therapist wants to make sure I’m asserting my boundaries and not being so accommodating of others’ needs that I don’t take care of myself. He has a point. I’ll work on it.
Otherwise, nothing much happened. I came home, worked and worked out. Still feeling a little uninspired about writing, but I did at least start a post. Beyond that, I watched more All-American and read a little. I went to bed a little early because I still felt like I might be fighting off a cold.
Total spent: $25
Nope, not a cold: a bladder infection. Sigh.
I called the doctor first thing and got an appointment for the same day, so the infection wouldn’t go untreated over the long weekend. Unfortunately, the office the doctor was in that day was all the way out in Sun City (18 miles away compared to about five miles for the usual office I go to). And I had to take a couple of hours off work to get there.
The good new is that I walked away with a prescription. But the visit cost me $15, the prescription was $21.68 plus I picked up my Adderall too ($15). While I was at CVS, I used a 40% off coupon to pick up some stuff for my contacts ($8.13 with $5 going to saved savings).
I also picked up some probiotics for $12.65 from Amazon to help counteract the antibiotics’ side effects.
I was feeling out of it, and a tad sick of turkey, so I got takeout for $17.82. It was extra expensive this time because I treated myself to cinnamon sticks in addition to the pizza.
I chilled out and finished up the first season of All-American. By 6:30 p.m., I was feeling pretty punk. So I called it a night at 7 p.m., deciding that my body needed the rest.
Total spent: $95.28
Total spent: $188.91 ($175.91 out of weekly funds)
Wow, a very low spend week, despite that last day’s barrage of expenses! The no-spend weekend obviously helped a lot. If only all weeks could be like this!
How did your week go?