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:
Uh, yeah. I’m still in isolation so… I did nothing. There was nothing to clean, obviously I couldn’t run any errands even if I’d had some, and just generally I was going stir crazy.
I worked, worked on the blog and generally thanked my lucky stars the depression wasn’t as bad as the day before.
I ordered some facial cleansers from CVS. They were BOGO50, so two large bottles were $20.26. But I had $20 in Extrabux between CarePass and general Extrabux credits. So I paid $0.26 for the order and put $20 into saved savings.
I talked to Mom on the phone for a little bit. The severe depression from Wednesday having cleared, I could think a bit more logically, so I finally accepted her offer to come down and stay with me for a while. I don’t love the idea of her flying but… I can’t take many more days like Wednesday. It was pretty ugly.
She emailed that she’d come in the following day. Which wasn’t great because I’d specifically asked her to fly down Sunday or later so I could finish my isolation. But she misunderstood and thought I was just referencing cheaper ticket prices.
So we agreed we’d use separate bathrooms and I’d try not to get too close to her. I don’t think I really have COVID-19 (zero other symptoms besides slight shortness of breath). But I’ve got some upper respiratory thing, and with her asthma, she doesn’t really doesn’t need it.
After work I watched TV and counted the hours til bedtime.
Total spent: $20.26
Mom arrived first thing in the morning. That is, I was literally about to come out into the living room to start work at 7 a.m. when she got to the door.
I’m still antsy about finishing my isolation time, so we didn’t hug. But it was a relief to see her.
I’m still a little wheezy if I take deep breaths, but it no longer feels like there’s a band around my lower lung area, which it did the Saturday/Sunday. It’s more just that I can’t quite take deep breaths without a bit of effort and the feeling I’m going to cough (and sometimes it does produce an actual cough).
Otherwise, as previously stated, I’ve had zero other COVID-19 symptoms, so I’m guessing it’s just bronchitis. I get that every few years. But if it doesn’t go away in a week, I’ll call my doctor to see if he wants to investigate further.
For now, I’d rather not go see him because all he’d probably do is prescribe an inhaler. Folks are trying to stock up on prescriptions, so I’d rather leave the inhalers for the actual asthmatics.
So I slightly wheezed my way through the workday. Then Mom and I watched the latest episode of Stumptown, and I introduced her to Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.
I went to bed at 9:30 p.m.
Total spent: $0
It was my overtime weekend, so I got up and answered emails. I wrote up a blog post about why I need to spend my stimulus check.
Mom got up and did some work in the chair across from mine. I watched some TV after emails slowed down.
She went for a walk to get some activity and to visit Walgreens for a couple of things she needed, like soda. She came back with some snack foods and, miraculously, some hand soap. Hooray!
I noticed that I was down to two Cadbury milk chocolate bars. I have 1/3 of a bar each night (when I stick to my diet). So I had less than a week’s supply, and pretty much every Fry’s store online reported being out of stock of both those and Caramello bars (my preferred type of Cadbury).
Mom thought to look on Amazon — can’t believe it didn’t occur to me — and found an 18-count box for $25.45, so I purchased that.
Otherwise, we watched TV and chilled out. I went to bed at 9:30 p.m.
Total spent: $25.45
I got to leave the house!!!! For a few errands, but still… It was very exciting.
But first, as we went out to the car, I lamented to Mom that the weeds were getting crazy and that I hoped the neighbors would give me a pass. Because the city has been called on me before.
Which led to us pulling up a ton of the tallest weeds for a good 15ish minutes. We know how to party.
Then we got in the car and drove to CVS to drop off a prescription. After that, we stopped at Circle K to fill the car up. The card reader was out so I just paid an even $30 at the register.
Then we stopped by Best Buy and… FINALLY PICKED UP MY PHONE!!!! (It had died the previous Tuesday, and I was sorely missing it.) Like I said, this was a very exciting day.
Then we went to Fry’s and the Dollar Tree and got an inordinate amount of food. Probably far too much of it snacks, but we also got a bunch of fruit, some makings for chili for Mom and three 12-packs of Pepsi. Also, jasmine rice because regular rice was completely gone. Hopefully, the jasmine flavor is drowned by salsa. Eesh.
I’ll run out of frozen meals in about eight days, but we shouldn’t need to run to the store til then. And if we can’t get to the store, there’s the makings for food here.
It was a massive food bill of $107.05. Probably the most money I’ve ever spent at once for groceries. But we shouldn’t need to stock up like that again soon.
I was exhausted by 8:40 p.m. and went to take a shower and go to bed. Which somehow led to my staying up on social media and texting until 11 p.m. Oops.
Total spent: $137.05
I woke up at 5 a.m. Why????
I caught up on emails and was able to nap for about an hour. Then I got up and started getting things done.
I paid two medical bills online: $15 and $9.33.
When I had gone to pay my mortgage by phone — for reasons no one has been able to properly explain to me, I can no longer pay it online since I got Tim’s name off the loan — I was told there was a 90-minute hold time. So I wrote out a check and went to Bank of American to drop it off.
I picked up my prescription from the day before ($15).
Then I came home, finished my shift and watched some TV while Mom worked on freelance articles.
After that, we watched TV all night (the latest Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and then The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). I felt pretty exhausted from the past two days of running around (and the weed-pulling hadn’t helped), so I went to bed at 9 p.m. Then scrolled through social media/texted until 11 p.m. I’ve really gotta stop that.
Total spent: $39.33
I got up at 6:45 a.m. slightly sleep-deprived and caught up on work. Then went to lie down.
I had decided to stop being childish about the friend who stopped checking in on me right after I’d left messages about an imminent slide into depression, and messaged her. I apologized if I’d come off as flippant in our previous conversation about the exposure/spreading risk, and I said that if she was quiet because she was just going through something (I figured her anxiety might be so high that she was paralyzed inre: interaction) to take care of herself and I’d be here when she was ready to talk.
Then our group chat started conversing and she chimed in there several times and posted on Facebook multiple times that day. So yeah, I guess it’s just me she doesn’t want anything to do with. She’s my closest friend, so that’s just great.
So I cried some about that, then realized I wasn’t going to fall asleep and got back up. I worked on the blog a bit, admitted that I still didn’t feel up to working out, and otherwise just sat around answering the occasional email until work was done. Then I watched TV while Mom worked on some assignments.
I went to bed around 9 p.m., scrolled through social media/texted a bit (gotta stop doing that at bedtime) and was asleep around 10 p.m. After crying some more about the friend situation.
Before I dozed off, I decided to call my doctor in the morning to ask him to represcribe the Abilify I got off of a few months ago. The tension and fear is almost definitely putting a strain on my meds.
Total spent: $0
I was taking my daily pills and vitamins, I noticed I was down to about a week’s worth of fiber gummies. So I ordered some more off Amazon ($23.90). I’m trying not to order too much off Amazon in solidarity with the workers asking for better conditions, but there was a significant difference in price compared to buying at Walgreens. So I went against my morals this time.
I called the doctor’s office and left a message about getting back on the Abilify. He called it in later that day. I’m doing okay at this exact second, so I’ll pick it up during my next grocery run.
Mom and I ordered Thai food. I’m trying to support local businesses more, even if that means busting my takeout budget. (Obviously, also I like takeout, so this isn’t exactly selfless.) I got two meals — one for the next day — and Mom got one, so the total was $31 after tip.
I finished my workday, and we — I know you’ll be shocked — watched TV until bedtime.
Total spent: $31
Total spent: $253.09
Still a fair amount of spending for someone who’s mainly staying home. Obviously, the grocery bill was a good chunk — about $50 to $60 more than I usually spend — but now we only have to pick up a few odds and ends for a while. So hopefully, future weeks’ spending will better reflect our staying home.
How’d your week’s spending go?