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.
Work actually kept me decently busy, so the workday went pretty quickly.
Aaron videocalled and we discussed him coming over the next night to hang out. He wanted me to come there, but I politely pointed out I’d gone to him last time. And since I’m driving all over for trivia, I really wanted him to come here.
After work, I watched a bit of TV, but it wasn’t too long before I had to get ready for ’90s trivia, since I needed to be there at 5:30 p.m.
By the time I got there, the couple who comes to most North Phoenix events was already there. They pretty much always show up before I do. We chatted, and the fourth member of our group showed up before long.
We had gotten $25 of bar cash for ’80s trivia, so I used that to order a couple items for the group.
Trivia was… rough. A lot of the questions were more geared toward people who had been a bit younger than us in the ’90s. We missed a lot of the toy questions — why was there a game called Crocodile Dentist??? — and in the last round we missed a couple of questions. So we ended up not placing high enough to get bar cash. Oh well.
The fourth trivia member’s soda was accidentally placed on my bill, but he’s good about attending and it was only a few bucks, so I just paid it. The total after applied bar cash and tip was $9.76.
I went home and chilled out a bit. Aaron videocalled around 8 p.m. So we chatted a bit more and then said goodnight.
But I didn’t get into bed until about 10 p.m. and fell asleep about half an hour later.
Total spent: $9.76
Work kept me busy until past noon, and then I edited and scheduled the next day’s spending diary.
As soon as work was done, I took off for my much-anticipated massage. It was supposed to be on my birthday, but that ended up not happening. So I was extra bound up and very glad I’d scheduled a 90-minute session.
It was a painful $110 after tip — but that’s still a great deal for a 90-minute massage And it was my birthday gift to myself. Amounts over $60 don’t come out of my weekly funds.
After that, I went up and got my annual slab o’ chocolate cake from the Cheesecake Factory. I had a gift card, so the $11.76 after tip went into Saved Savings. I also got some Chipotle gouda cheese ($3.81) for cheese and crackers.
I came home, ate and then did some cleaning before I hopped in the shower. Which meant Aaron got there while I was just finishing up and still unshowered.
We chatted for a while and eventually I got in the shower and got ready to go. I was still full from my snacks, but Aaron was ravenous. So we went to Chili’s where he ate an entire fajita skillet meal by himself.
After that, we headed to the bowling alley to use my bowling Groupon. We didn’t order any food, but the waitress was good about keeping an eye on our water levels, which was appreciated (especially when she had paying customers to attend to) so I tipped $2 out of the cash in my wallet. That doesn’t come out of weekly funds.
Unfortunately, the alley was very busy and full of teens goofing around nearby and being loud. Aaron was having a day where he was apparently very sensitive to noise — and he couldn’t see the lane markers that well with the UV bowling lights — so we left before the full two hours was up. Even so, we’d gotten such a late start that it was 11:30 at that point.
I fell asleep around 12:30 a.m.
Total spent: $127.57 ($15.57 out of weekly funds)
Aaron and I woke up late — well, by Aaron’s standards — so we didn’t get to the gym until about 11 a.m.
Aaron took a bit longer than I did, but now that I’m doing weights and not just cardio, my gym trips take for-ev-er. By which mean I mean around 90 minutes.
After that, we were very hungry, so we went to a nearby diner. I didn’t have my wallet on me (Aaron had driven), so I couldn’t pay. I try to pay every other time for parity.
Once we were done, we came back and crashed for a bit.
We had planned on trying bowling again that night, but my arms were a bit weak from the workout and my mid-back was unhappy with me for whatever reason.
So we decided to go see Suicide Squad instead. Aaron doesn’t really watch many movies, but he likes Harley Quinn. And I had free passes.
Before the film, we grabbed some food at the food court. I wanted something different than Aaron, so we paid separately. I got a personal pizza (and a soda for Aaron who’d forgotten to get a drink) for a total of $15.25 after tax/tip.
We had gotten into the movie free, but I wasn’t about to watch a movie without popcorn. I’m not an animal, people.
I had a $5 credit on my AMC Stubs account, which I used. So the popcorn was only $4.18, with the other $5 going to Saved Savings.
The film was fun but sooooo gory in (many) spots. I’m pretty desensitized and I flinched multiple times.
After that, we headed home, chilled out for a bit and were asleep by 10:30 p.m.
Total spent: $24.43
We woke up and got to the gym a bit earlier this time. It was legs day. Blech.
Afterward, Aaron wanted something not greasy — which greatly cuts down on food options, obviously — so we went to a place called Mad Greens that serves protein bowls and salads. We each ordered a bowl and split a salad.
I had intended to pay, but I had to pee before we got to the register. By the time I was done, he’d already checked out. Oops.
Aaron once again petitioned for bowling, but legs day had taken a toll. My legs weren’t really working well. So we decided to watch a movie on Prime and order in.
Unfortunately, the DoorDash order never showed. When it had been 50 minutes after we were told it’d been picked up (three miles from my house), I contacted customer support. I was given a $30 credit for my hassle and asked if I could wait a little longer.
Twenty minutes after that, I gave up and cancelled the order. Unfortunately, the app just credited my DoorDash account for the $36.36 rather than refund my card. Grrrr. We then went to Chipotle directly — where the same meal was only $19.11. As I’ve said before, food delivery app fees are ridiculous.
By the time we got back, it was past 9 p.m. We finished the movie and then went to bed.
Total spent: $55.47
It was Labor Day, so while I had to work, Aaron could sleep in and then stay the rest of the day.
My mid-back was threatening a rebellion, so I opted out of going to the gym with him at noon. I told him I’d get some food for lunch so we wouldn’t have to order anything greasy.
At the store I got some more Chipotle gouda cheese plus crackers, and some rolls and other deli meat/cheese so we could make toasted sandwiches. The total was $25.41.
I started laundry while he was gone, so $7 went to the Washer/Dryer fund.
When Aaron got back it was already 2:30 p.m. He’d had to go get some breakfast food before the gym, so his gym excursion took a bit longer than expected, apparently.
I finished out my day shortly after that. The toasted sandwiches were very good, and there was a lot left over that I’d have to get through.
I ended up downloading a song, which I used my iTunes gift card balance for. So $1.40 went into Saved Savings.
Somehow, it was suddenly 6:30 p.m., so we ordered dinner. Given that I’d spent $55 the night before, I let Aaron pay for that. And we did pickup to avoid another delivery issue.
We crashed around 9:30 p.m. and I was asleep about half an hour later.
Total spent: $33.81
I woke up and got started on work, but I woke Aaron up not too long afterward because I wasn’t sure if/when he had meetings that morning. It’s all virtual, but he hadn’t brought a computer with him.
He left around 9 a.m. and I spent the next three hours trying to get everything at work dealt with.
After that, I updated this spending diary and my Excel sheet tracking spending — because I’d completely slacked while Aaron was here. So I had to go back over all of my charges for the previous five days. Oops.
I didn’t have any RSVPs for the next day’s trivia event, so I messaged Aaron to see if he wanted to try to go bowling again. I said I needed to know that day so I knew whether I should do arms that day or could put it off til Wednesday. If we were going to bowl, obviously I needed to do it Tuesday.
He said he was interested for sure. So I started looking up good upper body workouts because I had decided I wanted to do weight machines and not just dumbbells. Aaron sent me a YouTube link for back exercises and recommended I look at the channel for other upper body routines.
I went to the gym at 4 p.m. and added in three new exercises. Cardio plus that plus crunches plus stretching (which took longer than usual because I was looking up some official names for the moves so I could keep track of what I’d done) meant I didn’t get out of the gym until 6 p.m. Eesh.
I came home, made a toasted sandwich and ate while watching TV.
The rest of the night passed pretty quietly, and I was in bed by 10.
Total spent: $0
I’ll be honest, I once again fell behind in keeping this particular spending diary up to date. So three days paste Wednesday, I don’t remember much of anything that happened before 3 p.m.
So presumably it was a quiet workday?
As soon as I was done at 3 p.m., I took off for the gym. I had cardio only — Aaron and I were planning to go bowling — but even so I didn’t get back home until almost 4:30. (There’s the 10 minutes driving to the gym, 35 minutes of cardio/cooldown, 5ish minutes of crunches, 10ish minutes of stretching and 10 minutes in the hydromassage chair and then 10 minutes back home.)
I hopped in the shower, put on a little makeup and drove to Aaron’s, getting there a bit before 6 p.m.
He was already hungry, as was I, so we ordered delivery. By the time we got it and were done eating, it was after 7 p.m., which meant two hours of bowling wasn’t a good idea. Since he gets up for the gym at 5:30 a.m.
We went to bed around 9 p.m. and I fell asleep around 9.
Total spent: $0
Total spent: $251.04 ($141.04 out of weekly funds)
Finally, a pretty low spend week — out of weekly funds, anyway. It was helped by my not going to trivia one of the night, since I generally spend $15 to $20 on a meal out. Even without that, though, I got out a fair amount and certainly had lots of time with Aaron. Let’s hope that continues even when it’s cool enough out for him to resume hiking and volleyball.
How did everyone’s spending go this week?