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.
Email volume was much more reasonable than it had been the previous few days, so I got caught up within a couple of hours. Then it was just about monitoring incoming emails and working more on my year-end numbers.
My dental add-on got charged for $32.
Around noon, I got pizza and cinnamon sticks ($19.99) and some candy ($6.98) to enjoy my last day of dietary freedom. Then I came home and finished the workday.
After work, I watched TV and chilled out. Aaron texted in the evening to say hi and let me know he and his friend had gotten to Vegas and enjoyed the road trip. He knew I was worried about exposure, so he let me know they skipped the Hoover Dam when they saw a crowd there. Then they went straight to the hotel room and had food delivered. The plan was to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks from their room. The next day, they were going to go hiking in a national park.
That helped put me a bit more at ease.
Around 7 p.m. my friend Jen texted to see if I wanted to watch something via Teleparty. I was glad she reached out. She recently had to say goodbye to a mother she’d been estranged from for decades and was trying to process a lot of conflicting emotions. So I wanted to be there for her as much as a pandemic (and our being in different cities) allowed.
We watched a couple of episodes, but at 10 p.m. I called it quits. We switched to a phone call while I got ready for bed, and then I climbed into bed while we chatted more. At 11 p.m., she realized I should’ve been asleep long ago, so we hung up. But the fireworks had started randomly going off in my neighborhood by then, so I kept playing online and fell asleep around 12:30 a.m.
Total spent: $26.97
I was so tired when the alarm went off that I barely remember deciding to go lie down a bit longer. So when I woke up far more than “a few minutes” later, I panicked. Luckily, it was a holiday so there were very few emails. Phew!
I got through everything, but was still pretty groggy. So I lay back down. I got up feeling a little better and caught up on the few emails that had come in.
The workday passed without much happening. Then I played with my year-end numbers a bit more and watched TV. Aaron messaged a few times. He and his friend were having some wine, and he was a little tipsy which was kinda cute.
I ended up getting in bed around 10:30 p.m. and probably fell asleep around 11 p.m.
Total spent: $0
My first day off in 12 days! I love the overtime pay, but working 12 straight days sucks.
Josie started meowing around 9 a.m. but I didn’t get up until 9:30. Turns out she was complaining because she was out of water. Oops. I put her water in a dog food bowl, so there’s a lot of it initially. Meaning sometimes I forget to check the levels for a day or two. Bad owner!
I filled her water, ate a protein bar, then rolled up my metaphorical sleeves and started getting the house in shape. I’d been pretty lax about cleaning the last two or three weeks, so there was a lot to do.
- Changed the sheets
- Started a laundry ($3.50 into the Washer/Dryer fund)
- Wiped down both bathroom sinks and counters
- Wiped down the stovetop and adjacent counter
- Wiped down the back kitchen counter
- Cleaned the kitchen sinks
- Emptied the dishwasher
- Loaded in some dirty dishes
- Wiped down a mirror
- Cleaned a toilet (though that barely required scrubbing, yay chemicals!)
- Rubbed Old English oil onto the front door
- Cleaned the litter box
- Took out the trash
- Put away the Christmas tree
- Did a (very light) dusting
- Wiped down the dining table
- Opened four packages that had been sitting around forever
- Put away the jars of peanut butter from one of those
- Unpacked another that was mostly OTC items I’d ordered for free through my insurance (up to $60 a quarter) to give to a local shelter, so I bagged those up.
- Put up the 2021 calendar
- Emptied my recycling into the bin (which required a lot of pushing stuff down to make room because I’d forgotten to take the bin to the curb the last two weeks)
- Put the laundry into the dryer
- Swept up the most egregious of the strewn cat food
- Ran the Roomba
- Put a few items into a large envelope to send to Mom (compression socks that I’d ordered with the OTC credit and a bunch of greeting cards I’d been sent from charitable organizations)
I figured I’d be basically useless after all that, but it was worth it to finally get the house in order.
I spent the rest of the day just watching TV and relaxing and trying to ignore cravings. (I did have a second chunk of my Caramello bar, but all in all, I think I did admirably.)
Aaron messaged around 9 p.m. to say hi. He sent me some pics his friend took of him in the snow, and we chatted a little bit. He said that Sunday they were taking a lazy drive through Sedona.
So I had to just hope I’d see him Monday, if work wasn’t too crazy after the long weekend.
I called it a night around 10 p.m. and fell asleep by 10:30 p.m
Total spent: $3.50
I woke up before dawn to Josie passively aggressively making noise with her (presumably empty) food bowl. I fell back asleep until a little before 8 a.m. I got up, fed her, grabbed a protein bar and then just lay in bed for a couple of hours chilling out.
A little before 11 a.m. I ran to Walgreens to hit a sale on vitamins. I got four large jars for $49.55.
After that I FaceTimed with Mom for a while. Then I just kicked back and relaxed and mostly watched TV.
Aaron messaged in the late afternoon/early evening, saying he was back in town but going to the gym. We said we’d talk the next day.
I started getting ready for bed around 9:30 p.m. and was asleep by 10:30 p.m.
Total spent: $49.55
I got up and sat down to a fair amount of work. There were more emails than usual, and then I had my secondary duties, which had somewhat piled up over the weekend. And emails kept coming through as I tried to catch up on that. (Rude.)
I also found out that our automatic system had had some reports months late, and I knew we’d already credited people for some of them. So I had to go back through the past year and double check that things weren’t credited a second time. If they were, I removed the new credit and email the customer to let them know. (Technically, I didn’t have to do this, but my boss appreciated it greatly when I told him I had.)
All in all, other than brief bathroom breaks or grabbing a snack from the kitchen (or briefly messaging someone back), I worked from 7:10 a.m. straight through to 2:58 p.m. Ugh. Let’s not do that again.
During that time, Aaron let me know that he couldn’t come over. In addition to a backlog of work, the system he works with was having issues and he had to wait for it to be fixed before he could start. Oh well, we agreed to shoot for the next day.
The Netflix charge hit my account for $14.11.
After work, I went to get groceries since I was low on a few things. Despite annoying cravings, somehow I managed to walk out with grapes as the only impulse purchase. Given that I wanted every. single. piece. of junk food in the store, I’m expecting my trophy any day now.
But because I had to buy a lot of healthy stuff, the bill was a painful $61.07. Ouch.
I went home and watched TV and ate the food I was actually allowing myself to have. The grapes were lovely, so I was glad I splurged on those. I chatted a little with Aaron and on Twitter, then called it a night around 9:30 p.m. I was in bed by 10 p.m. and asleep about half an hour later.
Total spent: $71.82
I woke up around 2 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep until some time after 3 a.m. Ugh.
So I was unhappy when the alarm went off. But I trudged out and dealt with the fair number of emails. Then my secondary duties (plus new emails coming in) meant I was busy for most of the first four hours of my shift.
At 11 a.m. I left for a doctor appointment. They always send me a bill after the visit for some reason, so I didn’t pay anything that day.
I came home and caught up on emails, then checked in with Aaron to see when he was thinking he wanted to come over. He said about 5.
I finished getting my quarterly taxes dealt with. Then I went to the post office to get them and a package to Mom mailed and… there were around 10 people in line. No thank you.
I had to pick up a prescription at Albertson’s anyway ($21.41), so I got some stamps ($11) there. I put them on the various envelopes and guesstimated on the package to Mom. It was just a big envelope with greeting cards and some socks, but I put $2 worth on there. I figured even if I overpaid, I was just supporting the post office.
Then I came home and started getting ready for Aaron.
My friend Jen texted. She’s having a hard time right now, so I was glad to hear from her. We chatted up until Aaron showed up a bit after 5 p.m.
He and I just relaxed, and we had some delicious toasted sandwiches with cold cuts (or I guess hot cuts, in this case) and cheese. I told him he had to take the leftovers home so I could stick to my diet.
We didn’t fall asleep til probably 11 p.m.
Total spent: $32.41
Thus I wasn’t thrilled to wake up before dawn (probably around 5:30 a.m. or 6) but we just lay around for a bit. I got up with my alarm but Aaron had fallen back asleep, so I let him doze and started work.
Around 8 a.m. he finally woke up. I sent him off with the food and said I’d talk to him later.
I didn’t caught up with work until almost 11 a.m. and was so tired I had to lie down for a bit. But it was soon clear I couldn’t sleep. So I sighed, got up and took my energy med. I got my doc to switch to a higher dosage, so I could actually feel the effect for a change. Given how tired I was, that was a relief.
I was excited when the Georgia Senate race got called. But around 1:30 p.m. my friends alerted me to the protests at and invasion of the Capitol. Because I was tired, I was already having cravings anyway and had been considering making that day my free day. Aka getting takeout.
This news cinched it. Except I went a little further and stress ate. Sigh.
I got takeout for $9.77 and some candy at Walgreens for $7.99. Then I came home, checked the news periodically, and tried to immerse myself in TV.
Aaron called to say hi… and to tell me that his friend from the roadtrip had a fever. They stopped in Flagstaff and played around outside when it was in the 30s, so she got a sinus infection. Which was almost definitely where the fever was coming from, but she was getting tested for COVID the next day to be sure.
Ugh ugh ugh.
I was in bed around 10 p.m. but didn’t fall asleep for ages.
Total spent: $17.76
Total spent: $202.21
Okay, definitely not the lowest spend week. But considering more than half of it ($110.62) was healthy food and vitamins, I’m not too upset.
How did everyone else’s spending go? (P.S. It was just the sinus infection.)