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 had slept very badly the night before, so I sorta stumbled out and somehow made it through the initial backlog of emails and other work. I tried lying down, but I couldn’t turn my brain off.
As you’ll recall, this spending diary is about 10 days behind. So the previous day had been the insurrection at the Capitol. I read on Twitter/Facebook how many people felt unable to concentrate and that everything was surreal. I felt guilty because I felt no different. I barely even twitched when I saw there were 9,000 new COVID cases reported in Arizona that day or when Mom said that we officially had the worst hospitalization rate in the nation.
Either I was broken or just utterly empty on emotional reserves. Or maybe after two nights of bad sleep I was literally physically unable to feel much. But whatever the cause, it was disconcerting.
I got through the day and watched TV afterward. I read an article about how important regular cleaning of makeup brushes is, and I realized that a) I don’t do that and b) the shampoo I had was suuuuuper old. So I ordered a spray cleanser (for right after use) and a shampoo (for a weekly cleaning) plus a texturized mat. I also ordered some lavender and vanilla massage oil from Amazon. (As an Amazon affiliate, I am compensated for purchases through my links.)
The previous bottle of massage oil was now mostly empty because, as best I could tell, it hadn’t been completely closed, and the Roomba knocking into the side table it was on had jarred it open a bit and made it fall on its side. Creating a slow drip. So slow that it’d taken me a full day or so to notice. (Though admittedly I thought it was weird that the room smelled increasingly of a mango-y scent.)
Thankfully, all four items were pretty reasonably priced, so the total was still only $40.10.
I was stuck in the house because Aaron’s friend had developed a fever. While it was almost definitely from her sinus infection, we weren’t leaving our houses til she got her COVID test results back.
Otherwise, I chilled out. I got in bed at 9:30 p.m. and dozed before too long. But then was wide awake from 1 a.m. til at least 2 a.m. and slept fitfully thereafter.
Total spent: $40.10
I blearily got up and started work. Thankfully, the load was relatively light because after three nights of bad sleep, I didn’t really have the brain space for much.
I was so tired that I could feel it taking extra energy to sit up. I kept sporadically feeling like I was about to cry out of sheer exhaustion, but then it would stop. I think maybe I was too tired to manage it?
I tried lying down, but I couldn’t turn off my brain. So I got up and started figuring out my business tax numbers. I kind of hoped that checking numbers against bank statements would numb my brain into sleep but alas…
Aaron called around 1 p.m. to chat. His friend had been tested for multiple things, not just COVID, and she was negative for the flu. The fever was her only symptom and all three of us had our senses of smell and taste. So he said that was a good sign.
I got my W-2 filled out and filed online –being an S-corp means a little extra work around tax time — then finished out the workday, grabbed a protein bar (I felt nauseated, probably from low blood sugar). Then I gratefully crawled into bed.
Unfortunately, the nausea returned around 5 p.m. I was sipping water — when I’m really tired, sometimes I forget to drink water and end up with hangover symptoms from dehydration — but this felt more like hunger. I had food, but only microwaveable meals, which would mean being vertical for about seven minutes. I couldn’t handle the thought.
So I ordered a small pizza and cinnamon sticks, which after tip and fees was a painful $29.70 — and I’d only get two meals out of it. But I just didn’t care. I didn’t want to move. Which I guess is why I finally managed to cry a little when I realized I had to get up to get my credit card. Then I lay down until the food came about 40 minutes later.
Turns out, I was so tired I’d chosen the gluten-free crust. Which tasted fine but had added $2.75 compared to what I should’ve ordered. Oops. But whatever, it was food — tasty food, even — so I propped myself up very slightly to eat (I wanted to be as close to completely horizontal as possible) and chowed down.
Aaron messaged at 6 to say his friend’s test had come back negative. Phew!
He video called around 6:30 p.m. and said to let him know if I needed anything. He said he’d come over and help/bring me whatever. It was very sweet, but I was barely functional and just really didn’t want company.
I chatted a bit, but holding up the phone was… a lot. So I let him go, and a little before 7 p.m. I took my pills, turned off the lights and TV and just tried to sleep.
I fell asleep within an hour, probably less.
Total spent: $29.70
I woke up around 7:20 a.m. feeling human again. Hooray! But it was also my weekend to work overtime. Less hooray.
I got caught up with work, then did very minimal cleaning, since I didn’t want to stress my body out too much. So I just took out the trash (had to be done), cleaned the litter box, retrieved the recycling bin from the curb and ran the Roomba.
I was going through emails when I saw that Amazon’s Deal of the Day was finally something I was interested in: blue light-blocking glasses. It was literally the first time ever that the Deal of the Day has been a product of interest. I wanted to see if these would help my sleep, and they were only $7.50 for a two-pack. So I gave it a shot ($8.15 after tax).
I talked to Aaron, but he was reviewing some aviation stuff. He said he was going to do that periodically, just to make sure he doesn’t forget things. I told him to let me know if/when he had time to come over.
I did a little work on Monday’s post, but I felt pretty uninspired.
The rest of the day I spent not doing much. I rested, answered emails and watched TV. As usual, I interspersed this with some Twitter time. Love my Twitter peeps!
At 6:20 p.m. Aaron video called to see if it would be too late for him to come over. I told him I just needed about 40 minutes to be presentable. So he showed up a little after 7 p.m.
Around 8:30, he got a craving for yogurt — specifically parfait. (???) So we went to two stores before concluding that premade parfaits were no longer common. So we got some granola and yogurt, plus a six-pack of apple cider. The total was $16.52, which I paid because he’d paid for takeout twice in a row.
It’s why I also covered the $8.12 at Wendys when we stopped because I wanted fries. Also, he would’ve only been spending because of my craving, which seemed weird.
We got home and chatted while we ate and had some apple cider.
My back had been bad, so he gave me a backrub. We ended up not attempting sleep until 11:30 p.m. He fell right asleep (that bastard), and I followed suit around midnight.
Total spent: $32.79
I woke up around 8:30. Unfortunately, Aaron had to leave right away. He had some work to do and a few other things to get done. But I was late starting work, so I guess that was for the best.
I got caught up around 10 a.m. and then worked on the blog for a while.
I FaceTimed with Mom for around 90 minutes, catching up with her. Then I dealt with emails and finalized the next day’s post.
Around 3 p.m. I ran to the grocery store for snacks ($7.37), and came home to eat, watch TV, answer emails and basically be Josie’s chair for the rest of the evening.
I called it a night around 9 p.m. and was asleep by 10.
Total spent: $7.37
Work kept me pretty busy until past 1 p.m., though I messaged a little bit with friends.
After I was caught up, I finally called to get new insurance coverage — I’d started the quote right after Christmas — and got that squared away. There was a fee if I paid with my credit card, so I asked them to have the coverage start in a few days, giving my money time to transfer from Ally.
Then it was a matter of calling my current home insurance to let them know that I’d be ending my current coverage on January 14th. The new insurance company was able to set up the auto coverage cancellation. Hooray!
I did get rid of collision coverage, which helped a bit, but either way I would’ve saved money. This way, I’ll save $480 on auto/$300 on home insurance.
I was feeling super accomplished, so I also went out to put a payment in the mail and get my emissions test ($17). The latter meant waiting in a long line, so it took half an hour. But at least it’s done now.
I came home feeling pretty depleted. My legs had been shaking a little when I had to keep creeping forward in the line, then braking, then creeping forward, then braking. So I just rested for the remainder of the night, and got ready for bed around 9:30 p.m. I was asleep before 10:30.
Total spent: $17
I was able to get caught up on work in just a couple of hours, which was a nice change of pace from the last few weeks.
I wrote myself a check from my company and deposited it with my phone. Otherwise, I messaged with people to pass the day. Aaron asked me to download a different, encrypted (or better encrypted?) app called Signal. That man is obsessed with online privacy. So I did that and otherwise killed time, answering emails as they came in.
The workday was a little slow to pass, but finally it was quitting time. And then time for therapy. We discussed my stress levels and how they’d be higher until after January 20th.
Afterward, I watched TV and goofed off until Aaron called around 8:15 p.m. He mentioned that the past day or so, he’d gotten a runny nose going inside the gym and then when he went from the car to his apartment. But it was in the 30s/40s out, so we agreed that was just his nose reacting to the temperature change. Annoying, but not worrisome without any other symptoms of illness.
We hung up around 9 and I was asleep before 10 p.m.
Total spent: $0
I woke up pretty groggy, but the SAD light helped a bit. I was busy pretty consistently for the first three and a half hours of my shift. Then I was caught up and started sending some follow-up emails on resolved issues.
The Banfield charge hit my account for $33.95.
I moved all of my money around to various accounts and set up my IRA contributions for the month, making my money-nerd self very happy. Aaron finally answered my message from a few hours before. He’d been in a bunch of meetings — and was in two as he replied (yay teleconferencing?) –so it was pretty clear he wasn’t going to be able to come over. Poo.
I worked on the next day’s post in between emails.
After work, I watched a little TV. Then my friend Jen called and we hadn’t talked much in the last couple of weeks, so the conversation went on for more than an hour and a half.
Once we hung up, I ate, watched a little TV and then dyed my hair to get rid of my gray roots.
At the end of the process, Aaron called to say he was finally done with work. It was 8 p.m. We chatted for a while, and apparently during the day his eyes got watery and he said at the end of the night his nose was “acting up” (I think he meant stuffed up?) to the point that he took something for it. He said he didn’t have a fever, so I just decided to see how he felt after some rest.
We hung up around 9 p.m. and I was asleep by 10 p.m.
Total spent: $33.95
Total spent: $160.91
A relatively low-spend week! Those are so lovely. Unfortunately, I’m low on some foodstuffs, so next week will be pricey. We can’t have everything, I suppose.