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:
I woke up with markedly more breathlessness than the previous few days. So that was fun.
I decided that, depending on how that day progressed, I’d make an appointment to see my doctor to make sure it wasn’t anything that needed an antibiotic.
By early afternoon, I was very uncomfortable, so I got an appointment for the following morning.
I worked on the blog a bit, but otherwise just worked and then putzed around in the afternoon/evening until Mom was ready to watch some TV.
I went to bed at 9 p.m. and fell asleep somewhere around 11 p.m. I’ve got to stop scrolling social media in bed.
Total spent: $0
I worked until it was time for my appointment. Of course, my lungs were feeling better than the day before. Still a bit wheezy, but nothing like Thursday. Must’ve been exacerbated by pollen or something.
The doctor said my lungs sounded fine, so he didn’t think it required medication. To help minimize trips out, Mom and I made the weekly grocery run ($36.10) a couple of days early since it was on the way home from the doctor.
Unfortunately, they wouldn’t have my prescription ready until later in the day due to a mix-up. So I had to come back the next day. I’m trying to stay home, guys, I swear.
Came home, finished work and then watched TV. Oh, and a couple of hours after we got home from the store, a pack of Fry’s coupons came in the mail. Because of course they did.
We stayed up a little late, so I didn’t fall asleep until midnight.
Total spent: $36.10
I woke up at 7:30 a.m. for no apparent reason. Whee. I stayed in bed for a couple of hours messaging with people and otherwise trying to rest since I couldn’t actually fall back asleep.
Netflix got charged ($14.11) for the month.
Around 11:30 a.m., I ran to the store to get my medication. ($18.18) This is the antidepressant that I got off a few months back. I no longer needed it at the time, but the anxiety and uncertainty of the pandemic has been putting a strain on my remaining meds.
I used the coupons to pick up a couple more grocery items. I also picked up Band-Aids. I’ve been chewing two of my fingernails back painfully far, so I had to put Band-Aids on those fingers to stop myself. (If I paint them, I just strip off the paint and then go back to chewing them. So… Band-Aids.) I spent $17.24.
At 1 p.m. Mom and I went over to the park to take a short walk. It was slow, since I’m still a little easily winded thanks to whatever is going on within my lungs. But at least it was activity. And that fresh air/sun everyone is so convinced will help. (For the record, meh. Didn’t notice a difference.)
Mom cooked a chicken and made mashed potatoes. Then we — surprise, surprise — watched TV. Throughout it, I played endless games of Poppit online. I’ve been doing that a lot lately. It’s brain-numbing, which is soothing.
We finished catching her up on Superstore, so we finally remembered to start Picard.
I went to bed around 11 p.m.
Total spent: $49.53
I woke up at 9:30 a.m. feeling nice and refreshed. I got up, worked on the blog a little and… two and a half hours after I got up, I had to lie back down for a nap. This was even after I took my energy medication.
Bodies are weird, especially ones with chronic fatigue.
I played around online and on social media, then Mom and I watched some more Picard. The plan had been to take another walk outside, but I didn’t want to stress out my body. Even after the nap I was a little weary. Oof.
But at least my lungs are starting to feel like they’re back to normal. That’s something.
I went to bed at 9:30 p.m. I kept my phone away from the bed, so I actually fell asleep pretty quickly. #learning
Total spent: $0
The fatigue was bad again today. I have no idea what’s going on. Maybe I taxed myself with the walk on Saturday? If so, that’s very depressing because it wasn’t a fast or long walk.
I could also be readjusting to the Abilify I went back on. It can cause drowsiness, but this doesn’t feel like drowsiness. Just a complete lack of energy.
Oh well, nothing to do but rest up.
I worked and worked on the blog and otherwise played on Twitter. I geared up for an emotional therapy session after work (my first tele-health experience!) only to discover that it was actually the following day. Oops.
Mom took a brief walk, and then she came back and we finished watching Picard (after the most recent episode of Zooey’s Extraordinary Playlist).
I’ve very glad CBS All Access decided to offer a one-month trial since everyone is stuck at home. I really wanted to see Picard, but I didn’t want to pay for it. We’re also going to try to watch the two seasons of Star Trek Discovery before the free trial ends.
I went to bed at 9:30 p.m.
Total spent: $0
Woke up feeling pretty well-rested. Did some work and dinked around a little on the blog.
I paid my add-on vision/dental insurance premium ($24). I’m pretty sure I’m due for my dental cleaning right now, in fact, but oh well.
I got some pizza and cinnamon sticks. Because, well, they’re delicious and I’m still unsuccessfully battling stress-eating. Apparently, a lot of delivery people aren’t getting tipped now that it’s contactless delivery, so I boosted my usual tip by a few bucks, meaning I paid $38.21.
After work, I had my first tele-therapy session. Insurance companies don’t normally cover this type of tele-health, but they’ve changed the policy for the pandemic. Thank goodness.
He was concerned that I didn’t call him when my depression got bad, so I explained that the decision to have Mom come happened pretty much immediately after the depression surged. We discussed my struggles with feeling isolated and the ways in which I’m trying to work on that, like the virtual game night my friends and I want to have. And of course Mom’s presence here is making the biggest difference.
My co-pay was $25, which meant I had to start a new financial week. But at least the last one lasted eight days, I guess. Still, it feels like my money isn’t stretching much farther than usual.
Around 7 p.m. Mom and I took a short walk in the park. There were other people there, but everyone is staying pretty clear of each other for the most part, which is good.
We watched some TV and I fell asleep around 10 p.m.
Total spent: $87.21
I woke up, worked and then wrote a blog post.
I cleaned my bathroom sink, toilet, mirror and shower stall. I also dusted a bit and ran the Roomba for the first time in about two weeks. Eek, so much dust and hair!
At 1 p.m. I did my first workout in more than a month, and it was exactly as unpleasant as you’d expect. Worse was that for the rest of the day I felt short of breath, even though it wasn’t a problem during the workout itself. Weird.
After a day of being pretty productive, I plopped down in my chair and watched TV for the rest of the night. I went to bed at 9:30 p.m.
Total spent: $0
Total spent: $172.84
Well, spending was pretty low this week, but I feel like overall my spending hasn’t dropped a huge amount even with staying home so much. As I said previously, I attribute this to a few things. First, I’m spending a little more on groceries than usual since Mom is here. Second, I’m ordering more takeout — and pricey takeout at that. Third, I didn’t buy a ton of unnecessary stuff to begin with, so the only real change is that I’m not going on dates and spending that way.
How did everyone else’s spending go this week?