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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 at 6 a.m., 45 minutes before my alarm. Blech. But at least I felt relatively alert.
I checked comments on the blog, updated the previous day’s spending diary and then started work early. I quickly caught up on emails, then had to twiddle my thumbs until my 10:30 appointment with my psychiatrist.
The psychiatrist appointment ($25 copay) went well. He decided to have me try a new drug, Seroquil. Unfortunately, it’s the one that made Tim sleep around 20 hours a day and stumble around bleary-eyed the few hours he was awake. I’m hoping I don’t have the same side effects. Just to be safe, we decided I should start taking it Friday night. Hopefully, any side effects should wear off by the end of the weekend. Hopefully.
I came home and felt the munchies strongly. So I blew off working out and ate instead. I’m doing a great job of eating around my diet. Maybe at some point I’ll get back on it.
Work was dead quiet, so I worked on the puzzle a little bit even before I got off work. Then I watched Batwoman, and did even more. I stopped with a couple of decent-sized sections left to fill in so that I didn’t deprive Mom of helping me finish once and for all.
Which we did!
We had finally finished Justified, so we went back to Schitt’s Creek. Mom is really loving it, which I’m glad about because it’s a great show.
I was really weary, so I called it a night around 8:15 p.m. and was asleep by 9 p.m.
Total spent: $25
So surreal that it was Friday. When I work an overtime weekend, the following week’s time is warped. And the pandemic does enough of that on its own!
I woke up around 6:15 a.m. and worked on a blog a little before work started. Once I caught up on work, I went back to the blog, polishing some posts and otherwise getting some good work done. I have to go back to narrowing down the posts soon, but it just seems so onerous that I’m putting it off. Maybe this weekend if I’m not zonked from the Seroquil.
I got a notification that the blog is using up about 84% of disk space — whatever that means, exactly — with more than 20,000 files. Since I “only” have 1,500-1,750 posts — and only maybe 200 images — I’m not sure where the 20k number comes from. So I contacted my host to find out what’s going on.
It turns out that more than half of the space being used was for backup files. And my hosting company keeps the last 15 backups on a server. So they deleted the backups from my disk space and the plugin that was keeping them.
This means I don’t have to go through old posts anymore. But a couple readers did suggest a chronology. So I guess I’ll probably do it anyway at some point. *whimper*
When I was reviewing my bank accounts, I thought my balance looked low. I went back over my monthly finance planning and discovered I forgot to keep out money for my mortgage. D’oh! I had to transfer money back out of savings, meaning almost nothing got saved in that account this month. Sigh. But at least it didn’t go down from last month. That’s… something.
I still had about four boxes of protein bars, but I wasn’t sure how Target’s shipping times were going. So just to be safe, I ordered the next round ($75.37). Normally, I don’t take anything over $75 out of weekly savings, but this is just barely over that limit, and I’m not spending much overall. So I’m taking it out.
I paid ahead of time for the prescription ($12.25) I was picking up later that day.
Also, I’m about halfway done with my current jar of moisturizer. (As an Amazon affiliate, I may compensation for purchases made through my links.)
Normally, I wouldn’t reorder so soon, but Amazon still hadn’t delivered one of the two packs of socks I had ordered more than two weeks prior. Plus there was a $5 off special when you spent $20 or more, and I’ll be out of my current eye cream soon. So I decided to try this new kind plus the moisturizer and got the two items for $26.53 plus $5 in saved savings.
Oof, it’s an expensive day!
I worked out. With weights. It sucked about as much as you’d expect. Then after work, Mom and I picked up the prescription, dropped off some donations at Goodwill and picked up a new puzzle (because apparently we’re masochists). Mom paid for the $2.49 puzzle, so no further money hemorrhaging from my account that day.
We came home, I watched some TV, then took a shower to be presentable for my Zoom chat with my trivia group. The chat lasted until 10:30 p.m., so I was asleep around 11 a.m.
Total spent: $119.15 ouch ouch ouch
The good news is that the Seroquil didn’t zonk me out the way it had Tim .The bad news is that this means I woke up at 6:30 a.m. as usual. So I didn’t even get eight hours of sleep.
Lack of sleep makes me more impulsive and also creates cravings bad food (more than usual, anyway). So it wasn’t going to be the most fun day.
The Hulu charge ($6.51) my account.
I was somewhat breathless again today — I had been as of the previous afternoon — and I read about some (admittedly small) studies showing lung damage in asymptomatic patients. My intermittent breathlessness has been going on for eight weeks now, so I got panicky. Well, not feeling able to completely draw a full breath leaves me slightly panicky anyway thanks to having been on a ventilator in my past.
I decided to ask my doctor on Monday about whether I was being a hypochondriac or whether it’d make sense to get a chest CT to check for damage. Since we can’t just do a simple antibody test (as they’re inaccurate and not widely available) to even see if I’ve had COVID-19. Ugh.
My friend did console me with the fact that she’s never had allergy symptoms before this year. So it’s highly probable that this is just newfound pollen issues. Which is somewhat comforting. Certainly better than the idea that I might have long-term lung damage.
It was still only 9:30 a.m. at this point, and I had nothing to do. It was going to be a long day. So I worked on the blog for a bit and generally tried not to be too bored.
Since I was feeling breathless again, I didn’t work out. Instead, I watched the rest of season one of Batwoman, did a couple of logic puzzles and tried to ignore how slowly time was going.
Around 6 p.m. Mom finished her work, so we started on the puzzle while watching Schitt’s Creek. This one is (thus far anyway) much less maddening than the other one. We made some major progress, so we may have to go get another puzzle on Monday or Tuesday. Mondays are half-price days at Savers, so that would probably be the day we go. I’ll try to get multiple puzzles so we don’t have to make trips too often.
Suddenly, it was almost 10:30 p.m., so I scooted off to bed and was asleep by 11.
Total spent: $6.51
I woke up around 7:30 a.m. Still would’ve liked to sleep later, but at least I got the necessary amount of hours of sleep.
I worked on the blog, polishing Monday’s post and setting it up to publish then setting the social media posts. Then I just played on social media and at 1 p.m. helped Mom watch my cousin’s kid’s graduation via Zoom.
Mom did a load of laundry, so $3.50 went into the Washer/Dryer fund.
I was really craving takeout, but Mom was cooking chicken and mashed potatoes. So for the second day in a row, I overcame a craving. Hooray!
Mom and I worked on the puzzle for a while and finished Schitt’s Creek. Madam Secretary’s sixth (and final) season was available, so we started that.
I called it a night at 9:30 p.m. and was asleep around 10.
Total spent: $3.50
I actually slept until my 6:45 a.m. alarm. Wonderful!
It was day 3 of the medication, and I was pretty sure my brain felt quieter. Less cluttered by worry, not always imagining the worst outcome of every situation. For example, while driving, I didn’t once worry about getting into an accident. Granted, it was 10 minutes each way, but still… That’s a good sign. Even when I did think about a bad scenario, I felt less connected to it. It didn’t generate the same response of surging worry and what always felt like an increased heart rate.
Work wasn’t hugely busy, but at least it was a little closer to normal volumes from overnight emails. Still, I caught up pretty quickly, so I did some work on the blog.
At 11:30 a.m. I had a doctor appointment ($0 copay) to get my monthly prescription for my medication. I was calmer about the lung issue and realized that since it’s intermittent, it’s almost certainly not lung damage causing it. That would be more steady, I’d think. So I didn’t ask about the CT scan after all.
Once I was home, I caught up on emails and played around on social media until it was (groan) time to work out.
My legs felt a little tired, so I skipped the ankle weights. I’ve really got to get back in the groove of using those, though.
After work, we hit the Saver’s 50% off sale to get some puzzles, first stopping to get some gas. We made a beeline directly for the puzzles, then Mom checked bakeware to see if she could find a pie pan (one she had in Alaska broke, and the thrift store selection isn’t as good up there), then we went straight to checkout.
We came away with two puzzles for $2.15. They’re 500 piece puzzles (the current and previous puzzle have been 1,000 pieces) but that’s still a screamin’ deal compared to retail.
We came home, and I watched a little TV and started on the puzzle. Mom lay down for a bit and then came out and joined me. We watched more Madam Secretary and generally whiled away the time muttering at pieces that refused to fit together.
I called it a night at 9:30 p.m. and was asleep around 10.
Total spent: $2.15
It was a relatively quiet morning. I answered emails, then worked on the blog for a bit.
A $25 bill came in the mail from a specialist’s office, so I paid that and got it set up to mail tomorrow.
Other than that, I texted/messaged with a few people and scrolled Twitter. I know, I know, it’s a fast-paced lifestyle, mine.
I worked out at 1 p.m. even though I super didn’t want to. Ugh. But I was glad I’d done it once it was over. It was just during the workout that sucked.
After work, I watched the newest season of Workin’ Moms on Netflix for a while to let Mom did her own thing. Then we started the puzzle again around 6 p.m.
By the time I called it a night at 9:30 p.m., we’d made a ton of headway and were pretty close to finishing. Guess it’s a good thing we got those other puzzles!
I was asleep by 10 p.m.
Total spent: $25
I woke up and got caught up on emails, then I worked on blogging in order to let Mom do some work. Once she was ready to take a break, we headed out to the store.
This was a bit of a stock-up trip — we loaded up on a bunch of produce and soda, for example — so it was a bigger bill than usual. But $62.56 still seemed pretty reasonable for what we got.
We came home and put everything away, then I caught back up on emails. I took a rest day, so I mainly lazed around snacking and scrolling social media in between emails.
We finished the second puzzle, and then Mom went back to work. I watched a couple of different shows trying to find something engaging. The Great seemed fun, but it had an awful lot of sex to be watching with Mom in the room. And/or with me having not touched another living soul since mid-March. So I started Little Fires Everywhere instead. It’s good, but I’m having trouble sitting still for it.
I was asleep around 9:30 p.m.
Total spent: $62.56
Total spent: $243.87
My spending definitely wasn’t as low as the previous week, but considering that 1/4 of the amount spent was for groceries and even more than that was spent on my protein bars… I’d say I did alright, all things considered.
How did everyone else’s spending go this week?