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.
I woke up and still didn’t really feel stiff from Tuesday’s training session. I had felt fine Wednesday, but sometimes muscle soreness/stiffness has a delayed onset. But not this time, apparently. Yay!
I got caught up on work, and Aaron videocalled in the morning. We chatted a little, but then I had some emails come in. So I told him I’d message after my training session.
I called USPS about my missing CVS pharmacy delivery, and they had to open an inquiry. I was pretty sure my medication was lost though. And since it was Adderall, I’d have to wait until the following month before my doctor could give me a new prescription. So I started mentally rationing my remaining pills — one for the hike with Aaron, one for my friend’s party, etc.
I had realized that all of my current workout clothes are paint-stained and/or have holes in them. I figured that would be a further deterrent to going to the gym, so I bought four tank tops for just under $40, plus a couple pairs of workout leggings for just under $30. Those plus an EPA/DHS supplement came to $79.45 after tax. Ow.
The workday went pretty quickly, and I got ready for my training session. Unfortunately, my trainer got stuck in traffic,* so he couldn’t start until almost 30 minutes into the session. He was very apologetic, and even though we did about 30 minutes of work, he said it wasn’t going to count toward my 10 sessions.
I messaged Aaron to confirm he was still up for company that night then got ready. I didn’t get to his place until about 6 p.m. We chilled out, and he ordered food for pickup. He encourages me to get healthy takeout, so that’s good at least.
We tried to go to bed around 9 p.m. but he didn’t doze off until at least an hour later. I couldn’t sleep at all. At 1:30 a.m. I gave up, put my contacts back in and drove home. I got in bed immediately but fell asleep probably around 2:30 or 3 a.m. Blech.
*It took him almost 90 minutes to drive the 14 miles from Bellevue to North Seattle. I do not miss traffic there.
Total spent: $79.45
I woke up and got through emails and some other tasks, then found an email from the post office.
The package had been sent to the wrong facility, but the issue was fixed and the package should arrive in two to three days. As I was reading that, the package got dropped outside. Hooray!
I was running low on protein bars, and took advantage of a Target deal for a $20 reward with two $75+ purchases. It required buying two months’ worth of bars. ($161.54)
I use discounted Target gift cards from GC resale sites like Raise, so no actual money was needed.
My friend Brandon asked the rest of the trivia group about doing something that weekend. I said I need to rest that night for my Saturday hike, and Saturday I’d probably be wiped. So I was out.
The lack of sleep had caught up with me, so I went to lie down and watched TV. Aaron videocalled to say hi. We discussed when I should come over so we could head out to the hike. He told me other items in his schedule that day, and it sounded like he’d barely squeeze in the hike. And that it would stress him out. So I suggested we put it off til the next weekend. He seemed relieved.
After we hung up, I went back to the trivia group and said I was free after all. A few more people said they could do Saturday afternoon. Brandon was proposing some bars with very wide open patios. We were starting early, so we figured we could stay well away from other people — and we could move to another location if things got too populous.
My workout leggings arrived and fit wonderfully. (As an Amazon affiliate, I am compensated for purchases through my links.) They were very comfy, had a little tummy control (which would be nice around all the lithe gals at the gym) and had a pocket on each side to hold things like a phone. Woot!
I watched TV until about 9 p.m. and got into bed to actually sleep (as opposed to TV-watching) around 10 and was asleep about half an hour later.
Total spent: $161.54 ($0 out of weekly funds)
I woke up at 7:40 a.m. a little groggy but pretty sure I couldn’t sleep more. I got up and fed Josie, then realized I was almost out of cat food.
I hopped online and found that PETCO had a 25% off deal when you ordered $50 or more for store pickup. So I bought some food but also found a great deal on litter: $15.36 for a 40-lb box before the 25% discount. I wanted to get a lot of them — I mean, I’ll use them eventually, right? — but I had to be able to carry them all in. So I settled on three.
Aaron’s cats are spoiled rotten with toys, and it was making me feel guilty about Josie’s lack of them. So I added a wand toy and a rattling ball to the order. It was $77.58, so once again too much to take out of weekly funds.
I got up and did some very minimal cleaning: a light dusting of the TV and TV stand, cleaned the litterbox, put away some laundry and took out the trash. I wanted to keep activity minimal so I would be okay being out with my friends.
I came back in and grabbed a protein bar, only to notice I was going to run out before the Target shipments arrived. So I went on Amazon and got a single box. ($9.35)
I FaceTimed with Mom. At noon, I hung up and started to get ready. My ride ran a bit late, but it took me longer than expected to get ready, so we didn’t head out until 2 p.m. We both wore masks in the car and had the windows rolled down.
We got to the bar around 2:30 p.m. It was almost deserted, so we were at least 30 feet away from the next closest group.
I bought two drinks while we were there, plus one for my lift a as a thank you for the many times (including this one) she’s driven me to a group activity. She’s saved me a lot in Uber fares over the years. The total after tip was $32.68.
At 5 p.m. we adjourned to a Mexican restaurant (also with patio area). I got a full dinner plus a $10 drink, since I’d mostly sobered up from the bar drinks. The total was $30.72 after tip.
Brandon had to leave not too long after we got there, and Christine started running a fever from her second Pfizer shot that was high enough that she got chills. One other gal bowed out after the restaurant too, so it was just me and two others going to a second bar.
When we got there, we hemmed and hawed because the patio area seating was full. But there was a floor-to-ceiling open window with stools facing out so we decided that seemed safe enough. Perhaps safer because the patio was covered, as it turns out.
I got three drinks there. (The drink at the restaurant had been ameliorated by the food, unfortunately. Also, the drinks were delicious.) So after tip and tax I paid $44.04.
Ouch. But also yay for being out!
I got dropped me off around 11:30 p.m. I was in bed about half an hour later, but my legs started acting up. I got up to use the foam roller and started feeling woozy. I’d felt pretty sober when I got home, so I think it was dehydration from the alcohol more than a buzz.
I dizzily used the foam roller, filled up my water bottle and brought it back to bed, sipping intermittently/as I woke up. But before too long I had to use the foam roller again (I’d forgotten that alcohol can make RLS worse) at which point I brought Powerade into the mix. I sipped that and the water off and on all night.
Total spent: $194.37 ($116.79) owwwwwwww
Because I was up and down all night, I didn’t wake up properly until 10:30 a.m. Then I lazed for a while.
Two of the tank tops I’d ordered had come the day before. (Again, as an Amazon affiliate, I am compensated for purchases made through my links.) They were only $18.50, so I was pleased they felt nice and soft on my skin. So I was happy with those. Now I just had to get the wherewithal to go to the gym.
Then I sat down to write up the next day’s post.
After sitting for a couple of hours, my legs got upset again, so it was back to the foam roller once more.
Around 3 p.m., I got some groceries ($16.30) and picked up my PETCO order. I came home, watched the season finale of Wandavision.
I’d been debating some very pretty, very affordable rings I found about a month ago. They were $7 to $10 each and I found a 20% off coupon. So I figured I could finally afford to try the stacked ring look, and several went into my cart. The total was $56.20 for nine rings. (I’m not linking to the site here because I want to see the quality first before I send anyone there.)
Even with such a good deal, I couldn’t quite pull the trigger yet. I have trouble with purchases that I really want but aren’t really necessary. So I closed the browser and occupied myself with other things.
The other two tank tops had arrived during the day. (Again, as an Amazon affiliate, I am compensated for purchases through my links.) They were cute but hadn’t been available in a size Large, and my gamble in trying Mediums didn’t work out. I’d have to return them.
For the rest of the night I just chilled out. I was in bed around 9:45 p.m. and fell asleep some time before 11 p.m.
Total spent: $16.30
I got up and got through emails plus my secondary duties by 11 a.m.
I finally decided which two replacement tanks I wanted. It was only an $0.81 difference, so I transferred the additional amount out of weekly funds. I also got some magnesium supplements since my Restless Leg Syndrome has been so bad lately. That was $10.
The day passed relatively quickly. I finally sucked it up and bought the rings for $56.20. I reminded myself that I’m doing fine financially, that these were a great deal and it’s okay to spend on yourself sometimes. But I think I’m good on new jewelry for a while after this.
At 3:30 p.m. I had my personal training session. We worked on legs, but we’re still keeping the sessions a little briefer than usual while we work on my stamina.
Afterward I stretched extensively while the trivia group debated about what things we wanted to do once everyone was safely vaccinated. We debated brunch locations, too, since I’d said I wanted to give that a fair shake.
I went and got some takeout $9.83. I came home, ate, watched TV and vegged out until about 9:45 p.m. I was in bed by 10:30 p.m. but I didn’t fall asleep until some time after 11:30 p.m. Bah.
Total spent: $75.84
I woke up and got through emails pretty quickly. I asked Aaron how he was doing since he’d gotten the second vaccine shot the night before.
Apparently, he had a pretty bad reaction a couple of hours after it. He said it felt like his muscles were being torn apart. Eek! He also had chills and some other issues. He finally fell asleep after 2 or 3 a.m. but at least he felt better when he woke up.
He asked if I was sure I didn’t want him to come with me. I told yes, upon reflection, that would be nice. Because his answer completely freaked me out.
I spent the rest of the workday following up on old cases that were still open, politely nagging people to please look into these things and give us resolutions. Whee.
After work, I went and got more Powerade and a few other groceries ($18.22). I got home, and checked in on Aaron. He said he was feeling pretty out of it and was very fatigued. Poor guy.
I watched TV for a while. Around 7 p.m., I felt pretty tired, so I lay down while watching. I started getting ready for bed around 9:15 p.m. and was asleep around 10 p.m.
Total spent: $18.22
I woke up, got through emails and messaged Aaron to see how he was feeling.
The place was kind of messy, so I tidied up a little, ran the Roomba for the first time in far too long and just tried to make the place a little more presentable for when Aaron showed up that night.
I finished up work and got some takeout. I stopped on my way home and got some Swedish Fish at Walgreens ($2.99) because admittedly I was a tad nervous about the second shot and eating my feelings.
Aaron let me know that some things had come up at work, so he wouldn’t be finished until about 6:30 p.m. I told him it was fine, I just appreciated him coming.
I watched TV and around 6:30 p.m. Aaron said that the meeting was going on far longer than anticipated. Data gathering was involved and it was going to take a while. In short, he probably wasn’t going to make it.
I was disappointed, especially since he’d freaked me out with his description. But it’s not like he was flaking to go hang out with friends. So there wasn’t much I could do but say okay.
Getting the vaccine took ridiculously long because so many people were there. It took me around 25 minutes to get from the cross street for the stadium into the actual stadium parking lot. It took more than two hours to get through — and I’d felt a slight need to pee as I reached the cross street. By the end, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it.
I did get to a gas station in time — though I almost burst into tears when he wasn’t immediately sure where the key was — and then just drove home feeling scared of impending symptoms* and generally miserable about going it alone.
I got home, quickly got ready for bed and passed out by 11 p.m.
Total spent: $2.99
*Just so no one is worried, I’ll give a spoiler and say that I felt fine the next day other than an arm that was increasingly sore as they day went on. Phew!
Total spent: $548.71 ($291.37 out of weekly funds)
Excuse me while I go puke. The workout clothes are obviously an investment — hopefully one that actually pays off — and the protein bars included in overall spending are just a matter of prepaying.
There’s no real excuse for rings, but I don’t really need one (even though it feels like I do). Of course, a huge part of this amount was going out. But it was glorious, and I will definitely be whooping it up again in the near future — especially now once I’m at full vaccine efficacy. Whooping it up outside, still. But whooping nonetheless.