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 $250* 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.
The day after my second shot!
I woke up afraid of how I’d feel, but other than a slightly tender arm, I seemed okay. But some people didn’t have symptoms kick in til later, so I wasn’t counting my chickens.
Aaron had messaged early in the morning to see how I was doing.
I had a weird craving for fro-yo. But apparently 9:26 a.m. is too early for fro-yo stores to be open. Rude. So I got a Jamba Juice smoothie, which I figured was the next closest thing. I hadn’t had one in years, so I was startled by the price ($8.53). But it was a nice treat.
I found out new episodes had been released of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, so I drank my smoothie and watched those and laughed/cried as the episodes called for it.
Aaron videocalled for a bit but had to go deal with work stuff before too long.
The rest of the day was just me watching TV. My arm got increasingly sore, but that was about the only symptom I had. I started getting cold mid-afternoon and thought I might have a fever. But no apparently it was just chilly in my house.
At 5 p.m. I started feeling nauseated — I’d only had a smoothie and a sleeve of Saltines all day — so I went and got some Dairy Queen ($11.68).
Aaron called back around 8 p.m. and we talked for a while. And then more TV. I called it a night around 10:30 p.m. and fell asleep almost immediately.
Total spent: $20.21
I woke up and dealt with work, then started a load of laundry ($3.50 into the Washer/Dryer fund). I dealt with emails as they came in and messaged a bit with some friends.
I edited the spending diary and scheduled it to post the next day, then killed the last hour of my workday. Afterward I plunked down and watched some TV.
The rest of the night was pretty quiet. I stayed up a little late because I was enjoying Queen of the South, so I fell asleep around 11:30 p.m.
Total spent: $0
I woke up at 8 a.m., fed Josie, grabbed a protein bar and lay back down. I didn’t sleep, but I rested. I had the hike coming up, so I needed to not do too much that day.
My dental guard was wearing out, so I bought a new one. (As an Amazon affiliate, I am compensated for orders placed through my links.) I really like this one because it’s very minimal — just a band in front and two bite pads in the back. All the other guards made me drool or gag.
I also needed a lint brush because I’ve been noticing more and more lint on myself and even some of the clothes after I wash them. Then I noticed my Neutrogena sunscreen was 25% off if I started a subscription, making two bottles just $9.61. So I threw that in too. (Again, as an Amazon affiliate, I am compensated for purchases made through my links.)
The end total was $46.10.
I got up and got a couple things mostly ready for the hike. “Mostly” because I couldn’t put things like sunscreen in until I’d applied it before leaving the house, and I wanted to wait until the last minute to put on the new leggings and tank top I’d gotten for working out.
Then I updated my spending diary and spreadsheet and started Monday’s post.
I was supposed to be at Aaron’s at 1 p.m., and it takes me about 20 to 25 minutes to get there usually. But when I checked the map at 12:30, it said 35 minutes. So I hurried out the door but noticed I didn’t have much gas. So I went to Circle K, where two of the four pumps were out of service and both of the working ones were taken. I pulled in behind the car that hadn’t just pulled up. Only to notice the driver wasn’t in it. Presumably, he/she was in the store.
After about five minutes, I gave up and went to QT where I filled up for $30.83. Then on the freeway, it turned out the longer travel time was due to a crash in one of the two lanes leading to the second freeway I needed. So traffic slowed to a crawl about two miles before the exit. Gah!
I got to Aaron’s at 1:30 p.m. So we didn’t start the hike until around 2:15 p.m.
We somehow got off the trail, so we walked probably an extra mile or so before rejoining the original trail. So we didn’t finish until 4:40 p.m. And I got a little pink since I hadn’t brought my sunscreen along — because I didn’t think we’d be out long enough that I’d have to reapply. Sigh.
We got some takeout before going back to Aaron’s. I wanted to pay, but DoorDash wouldn’t complete the transaction and I’d left my wallet at his place. So he paid and we went to his place where I basically inhaled the meal. (In my defense, I’d been up for nine hours and had only two 200-calorie protein bars up to that point.)
We then relaxed and hung out until about 8 p.m. when Aaron suddenly announced he wanted ice cream. He rarely eats sweets, so this was novel. And I’m not gonna say no to ColdStone. But I did make sure I paid for that at least ($16.82 after tip — no wonder I only eat there like once a year!).
We went back and enjoyed our ice cream, then got in bed around 10 p.m. and officially tried to sleep around 11 p.m. But various things conspired against me, so I’d say I was lucky if I fell asleep by 1 a.m. Ugh.
Total spent: $93.75 owwwww
The alarm went off at 7 a.m. because Aaron had an 8:40 a.m. yoga class about a 40-minute drive away. I got out of bed at 7:30 a.m. and chatted with him a bit, leaving around 7:50 a.m.
I got home at 8:15ish to Josie who was very excited to see me — and not even because I was pouring food! High praise indeed.
I was working that day to make up for the other gal covering me on Thursday. The emails were light, though a few other things needed doing. So I wasn’t caught up until about 11:30 a.m.
I finished and scheduled Monday’s post.
The inside of my legs had gotten stiff from the previous day, and it was getting more sore as the day wore on, so I stretched as best I could.
I ran to CVS to pick up a prescription ($30) and stopped at Fry’s for a few things, including Powerade. I’m going to look into Liquid IV some readers recommended but for now that will have to suffice for when I’ve had a lot of sun and also less water than usual. The total was $16.89.
I came home, answered emails as they came in and watched TV and ate. I started feeling a little woozy, so I drank one of the Powerades. But as the day wore on, I just felt worse. I was drinking plenty of water and tried to eat a little more in case it was low blood sugar. But by 8 p.m. I called it a night. I was asleep around 9 p.m.
Total spent: $46.89
I woke up feeling pretty good. Customers were quite rudely making me actually do my job instead of message with friends, and I had to finally get around to asking for tech support for a glitch on my site for Android phone users.
Aaron videocalled but I was so obviously scattered and preoccupied that he let me go. I finally got everything settled about 20 minutes later and called back.
We chatted for a bit, then he had to attend a video meeting. I started feeling very tired all of the sudden, so I lay back down while listening for emails. I considered cancelling my training session, but it was mostly going to be upper body (and he’s still not pushing too hard while I’m just starting out). So I decided to just give it a go.
The lying down must have helped because I actually felt okay when the session happened. Which is good because he actually put me through a harder worker than he had previously. Still nothing super difficult, but he’s definitely now pushing me a bit.
After the session, I stretched and messaged with some people. Then I went and got takeout with a gift card ($9.83 into Saved Savings). I came home, ate and watched TV until about 8:45 p.m. Then I started getting ready for bed.
It took me a while to fall asleep, but I was asleep around 11 p.m.
Total spent: $9.83
I woke up feeling pretty good, and got through work duties pretty quickly.
Surprisingly, my triceps weren’t killing me — the trainer had worked them pretty thoroughly (well, given where I’m at fitness-wise it was pretty thorough) — but maybe that’s a sign that I’m not as out of shape as I feel. Or that it’s just delayed onset and I’d feel it Wednesday.
I’ve been waiting for the refund check from my old home insurance company, which finally came. I set up an escrow payment with the bank. Once that goes through, I can request they analyze escrow again, since my new premium is lower. I expect it to lower my monthly payment by at least $15 a month. Every little bit helps.
The rest of the day went pretty quickly. Aaron videocalled for a bit. And then it was 3 p.m. At which point, I put on my workout gear and headed to the gym. I figured even if I only lasted 10 minutes on an exercise machine, at least it would be a start.
I ended up making it a full 20 minutes on the elliptical, though it was a slog. And at the 11-minute mark, I had to move to a different machine because a maskless woman got on the one beside me. (The ones I moved to didn’t have the moving handles, which is presumably why she chose the one right by me instead of the five vacant machines at the end. Sigh.)
Terrifyingly, maybe five other people at the gym had on masks — out of at least 40. And I’m including the gal who had her mask on her chin while huffing and puffing on a stair climber. Way to miss the point.
I hadn’t been aware until that day that the mask mandate had been struck down by the state Senate. After the governor opened everything up 100%. Oof.
I stopped at Fry’s to pick up some more grapes and a couple other things, but the grapes had gone off sale early, apparently. So I just spent $4.76 for the other stuff and went home to eat and watch TV.
Around 8 p.m. Aaron videocalled and as he started getting ready for bed. But we ended up talking for quite a while, so I didn’t call it a night until about 10:30 p.m. and I wasn’t asleep around 11:30 p.m.
Total spent: $4.76
I woke up feeling okay and got through work pretty well.
I messaged Aaron to see if he still wanted me to come over that day. He confirmed that he would be free, and happily the rest of the workday passed quickly. My friend and I messaged a bit after I was done, and I started getting ready to go.
I got to Aaron’s around 5:30 p.m. We had to run an errand, then grabbed some food and went back to his place. We talked for a while and went to bed around 10:30 p.m.
Total spent: $0
Total spent: $175.44
Okay, a decent week spending-wise. Especially considering that all but about $50 was for mundane necessities like sunscreen, a dental guard, gas and groceries. I lead a super exciting life, folks.