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 got up and caught up on work quickly. Aaron videocalled to say he’d be over around 10 a.m. He was having car trouble, and the dealerships were all too busy to see him. So he was dropping his car off with my mechanic and then working from my place.
We chilled out a little when he got here before dropping off the car at noon. We were both hungry, so we got some food, which I paid for ($27.03) then came home.
As we were eating, the mechanic called to say that a few things needed fixing. It wasn’t just an issue of a coolant leak. The coupler and hose needed to be replaced plus one other thing I now forget. So the bill would be $500. Ouch. But I guess it could’ve been worse.
I left to pick up the paintings I’d won in an auction the day before. I also wanted to take a look some other art whose bidding was ending that night. One of the lots (three canvas pieces) looked just as great in person. The other lot had some scratches in the frames which dampened my enthusiasm.
That said, wood stain markers exist, so I decided to just have a lower maximum for those than originally planned.
I came back, finished my work shift and chilled out with Aaron. And kept an eye on the auctions. The second lot (frames with a couple of scratches) didn’t have many interested people, so I got them for only $15.62 after buyer’s premium and sales tax.
I did have to bid a reasonable amount for the three canvases, but even so the winning bid was only $55. Even after the premium/sales tax I’d gotten three large (and cool) canvas paintings for $68.69. Amounts of $60+ don’t come out of weekly funds, so those won’t be counted in weekly funds spending.
Despite it being 7 p.m., we were both somehow still full from lunch, but I got a craving for frozen yogurt. Since Aaron wouldn’t have gotten it without my craving, I paid. ($15.98)
We fell asleep around 10 p.m.
Total spent: $127.32 ($58.63 out of weekly funds)
It was going to be a busy day. I had to pick a pedestal sink I’d found on Craigslist plus both of the lots I’d won, since both had only two day pickup windows and our drive to/from Sedona plus hike would take up Saturday’s pickup window.
So I was stressed from the get-go. Whee.
I had discovered the night before that I was out of Breathe Right strips. So I ordered some of those for $11.94. I also started some much-overdue laundry. Two loads, so $7 went into the Washer/Dryer fund.
I was supposed to get the address from the guy via email at 10 a.m. but nothing came in. I kept working and fretting and time ticked by. At noon., I finally went and picked up one of the lots — the canvas pieces, which I couldn’t fit in the car at the same time as the pedestal sink — and on the way home dropped off Aaron to get his car.
I unloaded the art, and Aaron came back shortly thereafter. I’d gotten the address of the pedestal sink finally. (Actually, I was running about half an hour behind the time I’d told the guy, so I was pretty stressed.) So even though he was hungry, he decided to come along.
I stopped at an ATM for the $60 and then headed out there. I’d thought my day-long stress and making it clear I didn’t know the area we were headed to and running late would’ve made it clear I didn’t feel okay stopping for food until after picking up the sink. But apparently not.
By the time we got to the guy’s house, Aaron felt woozy and had a headache. He’d turned down the music once or twice, but I’d put the volume back up so I could hear the directions. (Yes, in retrospect I could’ve paused the music or unplugged the phone. But I was stressed and didn’t think of it, and also the music was helping with my nerves, I think.) So he was a bit disgruntled by the time we picked up the sink and could finally go to a nearby Starbucks for food.
And I got his frustration — an extra five to 10 minutes to get food on the way there wouldn’t have killed me — but I also had given him the option of staying home. He’d just been worried about my getting the sink into the car. Except my backseat folds down, so space wasn’t an issue, and a pedestal sink in two parts isn’t all that heavy. So while I appreciated his concern, it was completely unfounded.
After that, we stopped to pick up the second lot of paintings I’d won. So I didn’t get back home until it was almost the end of my workday. Gah.
Thankfully, email volume was low, so I caught up before the end of my shift. Then we just tried to relax.
Around 7 p.m. we went and got food at Red Robin. As a thank you/apology for earlier in the day, I paid. ($47.39)
We came home and finally discussed the messiness of earlier that day. I apologized but also pointed out some things were just communication issues we needed to work on. And that in the future if he was hungry and I felt rushed, I’d just insist he stay the hell home and order food.
Things felt more resolved then, and we made sure to go to bed early, since we had the 90-minute drive to Sedona in the morning.
Total spent: $126.33 ($60.33 out of weekly funds)
We woke up around 7 a.m., gathered our stuff and got on the road about 45 minutes later.
We got started on the trail a little before 10. It was an out-and-back hike, and the first mile and a quarter (of two miles) weren’t too bad. But the next quarter mile got noticeably steeper. And then things took a turn. To give you an idea, this picture from AllTrails represents the last half mile of the “out” leg of the hike.
Aaron had warned me it got tough, but since it was only rated “moderate” I hadn’t been mentally prepared enough. So the last half mile was Aaron going up a few steps, then holding my hand and telling me where to step.
About 100 feet from the top, I had to stop and rest my legs for a bit because they were rubbery. I almost told him to go to the top without me, but I decided to tough it out.
Then going down a steep incline was even rougher for me because I was worried about falling. So I picked my way down slowly.
About half a mile into the “back” of the out-and-back, my pinkie toes started killing me. The shoes had been roomy so I hadn’t bothered to break them in. And of course, going down any type of incline meant my toes got pushed to the top of the shoe.
By the time we got through the worst of the inclines, my feet were throbbing and I was feeling like an utter wimp. I’d thought I was in better shape than that.
Later, I found out we’d accidentally taken the 5.6-mile version of the trail, but at the time I just thought I was just horribly wimpy when it came to hiking. So I was sniffling in self-pity for a fair amount of the way back.
Aaron asked if I wanted to stop, but it wasn’t going to get less painful with a 15-minute rest. So I said we should just keep going. (Of course, I also thought we only had about a mile left to go instead of two-ish miles.) I was limping a bit by the time we got back to the car, and I was having a hard time bending my knees when I walked.
We stopped for lunch, which Aaron paid for.
We got back around 5 p.m. Taking off my shoes helped with some of the foot-throbbing, but sure enough my pinkie toes had been rubbed raw. So I had to put on Neosporin and Band-Aids.
We lay around resting. After an hour, I knew I needed to eat, but I didn’t want anything except ice cream. Alas, I can’t eat sugary stuff on an empty stomach or I feel horribly nauseated. So I gave up and had some fig bars I had lying around.
Later, we ordered a small pizza for us to share. But by the time we were done eating, it was about 8:30 p.m. and we were both beat. So we went to bed shortly thereafter.
Total spent: $0
I woke up around 7:30, and sat down to attempt to catch up on multiple days of spending — in my spending diary, in transferring money out of my account and in my spending tracking document.
Oh, and in Friday’s rush I’d forgotten to schedule the spending diary for Saturday.
I got that taken care of first, then turned to updating my spending diary and double-checking that everything had been accounted for with bank transfers. It was an involved process, and unfortunately Aaron woke up before I was very far in.
I say “unfortunately” because he drives me a little crazy when I’m trying to do either my work or this stuff. He talks to me, and when I politely remind him I’m trying to concentrate, he then talks to himself/Josie. Then forgets and talks to (or at least at) me again.
We had gone through this cycle at least three times by the time he finally took off for the gym — and he’d only been up for about 40 minutes. It’s a good thing he left because I was getting genuinely crabby.
I tried to get a little work done on the blog, but I mostly rested. He was back before too long, and I ordered some food for $30.39.
After eating, we chilled out talking for a while. It had started raining, so Aaron suggested it was the perfect time to dig up two still-small palm trees that had taken root in my yard.
The weekend before, he’d hacksawed the tops off for me so I could pour RoundUp into the stalks. But just to be safe, it was definitely smart to take the dang things out.
I held the umbrella while Aaron dug. Then we poured RoundUp on the remaining roots and in the bottom of the hole, and put my folding tables over them to keep the rain off.
Then, god love him, Aaron then started pulling weeds in the yard. So I joined him — stupid, given how sore I already was — and pretty soon he’d carried out multiple armloads of weeds (some dead from the yard guy’s last spraying) and we were both pretty muddy.
I hopped in the shower while Aaron swept the back porch where clapping shoes together had caused a mess. Then he came in and took a shower, and I put our clothes and a few others things into the laundry ($3.50 to the Washer/Dryer fund).
Afterward, we lay around resting. I was increasingly sore from the hike, so Aaron used the massage gun on my legs. It was sweet of him, but also very unpleasant and at points downright painful.
I liked having him there, but I also wanted to binge eat and watch TV in a pity party for myself. So I was a bit relieved when he announced in the evening he was going to go home.
I put through an Instacart order, which I paid way too much for ($37.09) given that it was almost exclusively junk food. But I was so stiff, I didn’t feel safe driving.
I called it a night around 9 p.m. and fell asleep almost immediately.
Total spent: $70.98
I woke up even more sore than the day before. Goody.
My mid-back had joined in the chorus of complaints. Most of my legs had been helped by the massage gun, but somehow my hamstrings were more sore and tight. Sigh.
I took ibuprofen, but it barely touched the discomfort. I lay down most of the day, getting up intermittently to check emails. But I was increasingly miserable.
After work, I lay in bed (and a puddle of self-pity). Then I got the chills. It was 77 degrees in my house. I took my temperature, which was 1.5 degrees over normal. Not a lot, but not a great sign. Meanwhile, the day before I’d had some UTI symptoms, though they went away.
Given the confluence of the painful back, slightly elevated temperature and at least brief UTI symptoms, I started getting paranoid I’d gotten another UTI that was going septic. Almost definitely not, but I didn’t want to chance it. So I somehow got myself to Urgent Care. Which was chilly, so I was shivering intermittently, which was causing more back pain.
I turned out to have an extremely mild UTI, so definitely not septic, but the doctor gave me a mega shot of ibuprofen and some muscle relaxers for what at that point was basically back spasms.
Before leaving to pick up my prescriptions ($0.73), I went online and ordered sigh) a small pizza and cinnamon sticks ($19.98).
I came home, took my first dose of both meds and ate/watched TV til I felt sleepy. I passed out around 8 p.m.
Total spent: $20.71
I woke up still feeling uncomfortable, but not as bad as the day before. I couldn’t take the muscle relaxant while working, so I settled on ibuprofen, which took a bit of the edge off.
Aaron messaged to say that his coolant tank was just about empty again. Eesh. So he said he was driving over around 3 p.m. to drop off the car at my mechanic to see what was going on.
I finished work and started getting ready to pick him up, which is when the back pain really kicked up again. Sigh. It was only about a mile drive, so I got there and back but took a muscle relaxer immediately after we got home.
Aaron went and got me food, but he was having issues with his phone and I had to place the order ($23.89). I rested and watched TV, then we chilled out the rest of the night, with me slightly loopy but mostly coherent for the rest of the night.
Total spent: $23.89
I woke up feeling somewhat improved and started work.
The mechanic called and said the issue was the water pump and unfortunately the fix would be more than $700. Aaron was a bit skeptical, so he found a place that offered free second opinions.
So we went to pick up his car… At which point we found my car wouldn’t start. Sigh.
We got my tenant to give me a jump, so I had to make sure I drove around for at least 30 minutes. But that wasn’t a problem since I had to drive him to my mechanic, then follow him to a second one that gave free second opinions and then we got him coffee on the way home.
The second mechanic called pretty soon after we dropped off the car. He confirmed it was the water pump and quoted Aaron more than $900. Aaron said that my mechanic had given him a much lower quote. At which point, the new guy said he could bring it down to about $760 if he took off the coolant flush.
At which point we both got skeptical about this fellow, given that Aaron had filled the coolant (and had it drain more or less completely) twice in the last month. So a flush was definitely not necessary. So even though the guy ended up offering to match my mechanic’s quote (which was still $50 lower), Aaron decided to go back to my mechanic.
I was nowhere near caught up with work, so Aaron drove my car to the second mechanic, picked up his car and drove that to my mechanic, then Ubered back to get my car.
Somehow, by the time he got back it was 3 p.m. We ate some Chipotle he’d bought and chilled out until I had to start getting ready for trivia around 5. Aaron took off slightly thereafter.
Despite the late lunch, I was pretty hungry when I got to trivia at 7 p.m., so I got a meal at the food truck outside ($15.54) and to support the venue I got a sour (the closest thing they have to cider) for $5.84 after tip.
In addition to the couple that always comes to any trivia in North Phoenix (bless them!) two other folks showed up. We did decently and came in third out of 10 groups. So not too bad.
I came home and resumed my search for various home upgrade stuff. I was watching a large lot of tile that I wanted to use for the shower stall. But since it was 448 square feet of tile and I only needed 72, I figured someone would outbid me pretty quickly.
I fell asleep around 11 p.m.
Total spent: $21.38
Total spent: $390.61 ($255.92 out of weekly funds)
Okay, so definitely an expensive week — though a lot of the overall total was house stuff, so semi-justified. But as I mentioned in my spending report, a lot of my recent spending has been takeout. So I need to work on that.