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.
This was going to be a hellaciously busy/stressful day. Because I’d been barely able to do anything Sunday through Tuesday and then had Aaron here Tuesday and Wednesday, I hadn’t had a chance to get a new printer. And this was the deadline for mailing in two tax forms. Ugh.
I got caught up on work and left to get the printer. First, though, I stopped at Lowe’s to check out some very affordable tile I thought might work for the shower stall. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it or the other affordable options. Sigh.
I got to Best Buy to find their printer section almost empty. I checked and rechecked the ones on the shelves, and they were all $180 or more. I just need a basic scanner/printer, so that’s way too much.
I was about to leave and try a different Best Buy when I thought to check on line and found an affordable one that was allegedly in stock. I asked an employee, and he helped me locate it. (It was in a floor display — folks, maybe leave at least a couple on the shelf???)
I don’t count business expenses in spending diaries.
I got home and Aaron and I discussed my coming over. He said he’d let me know about a time. I said that was fine because I was busy trying to set up the printer and get my forms together.
I got that dealt with, and then my phone reminded me I had my beauty service at 4:30 p.m. Argh! I’d forgotten all about it.
I had to withdraw $40 from the ATM on my way there. Aaron messaged to say he still wanted me to come over if I could. I said I needed to get the service done, fill up the car (I didn’t have enough gas to get to Tempe) and then see how I felt.
He said I could just come over another day, but I wanted to see him.
So after the $40 service and $36.48 in fuel, I went home, jumped in the shower, fussed with a bit of makeup and then left for his place. Meaning I didn’t get there until after 6.
So it was a short night, but at least we got to see each other.
Oh, also my dental add-on premium ($32) hit my card.
Total spent: $108.48 — owwwww
I woke up around 7 a.m. and worked from Aaron’s for a bit.
Netflix charged my card $9.76 for the month’s service.
I wanted to get home before it was too late, so I left around 12:30. I got home, fed Josie (who I like to pretend is happy to see me for reasons other than food) and settled down. Only to find that I’d left my power cord at Aaron’s.
He was planning on hiking early in the morning, so I couldn’t ask him to come here. So I told him I’d come to him, but he said that he wasn’t available until about 5:30 p.m. So I took the time to check out three tile places advertising amazing deals. Unfortunately, if there were amazing deals, they weren’t on the stuff I needed.
The third place had a sweets shop a few doors down, so I went in, curious about what there would be. They cupcakes, candy apples, caramel apples and a couple flavors of kettle corn. So I picked up a good-sized bag of that for $5.40.
It still was a bit too early to head to Aaron’s, so I checked out the ReStore in Tempe. It didn’t have anything I needed right then, but some folding doors would come in handy later — especially at $20 per set.
I got to Aaron’s around 5:45 p.m. We chilled out for a while, then both of us were hungry but not sure what we wanted.
We ended up at Chili’s, where Aaron got the biggest version of the fajitas (three types of meat) and a drink. So the total after tip for both of us was $52.53. Sigh.
We got home and chilled out further. Aaron declared that his body was a bit sore, and he would probably wait until Sunday to hike. So we stayed up a little later and fell asleep around midnight.
Total spent: $56.93
We were both awake around 7:30 for some reason. We relaxed in bed for a bit but eventually Aaron ordered breakfast. It was pickup, and Aaron kept getting distracted by trying to chat with me and missed multiple turns. Between that and his stopping for coffee after we finally got the food, we didn’t actually eat until after 11 a.m.
I was tired, so we lay down for a bit. I dozed, but he was calling some apartment places trying to find a reasonably priced one bedroom apartment in the area. And right now “reasonably priced” means under $1,200.
One place had been listed three hours earlier, but there was already an applicant by the time he called. The person hadn’t even come to see the unit. That’s how crazy things are right now.
I got up around 12:30 and took off. I decided to go check out the ReStore closer to my place. No luck for anything I wanted, but I’ll just keep trying.
I ended up not getting home until 3 p.m. I wanted to just collapse and rest. But I needed to feed Josie and clean her litter box.
Also, the sink was backing up with foul-smelling stuff when I ran the dishwasher, and a load earlier in the week ended with the same smell in the dishwasher too. Fun.
So I looked up potential issues, and thankfully it turned out to just be that the rotor was stuck. (I almost never use the dang thing, so it hadn’t been an issue before.) I stuck the broom handle into it and budged the rotor. Voila, problem solved!
By then, I’d earned some time just chilling out, watching TV and enjoying the kettlecorn. I had wanted to get some blog work done, but I just wasn’t up for it.
I went to bed around 10 p.m. but ended up reading for an hour. I’ve barely been reading since the pandemic started, so this was huge. Unfortunately the reading plus the effects of the blue light meant I didn’t fall asleep until sometime after midnight
Total spent: $0
I woke up at 9:45 a.m. Oops. Guess I needed it.
I sat down and got the spending diary — which was supposed to have run the day before — edited and published. I just feel like I’m constantly playing catch-up on everything lately.
Speaking of catching up, I hadn’t updated the spending diary since the previous Sunday, so I had to go through charges and try to reconstruct what the hell I’d done/spent.
That took me until 12:45 p.m.
After that, I FaceTimed with Mom for a bit. Then set out to the grocery store for sustenance/junk food ($22.31) and Lowe’s for some wood stain markers ($6.49) to touch up some scratched frames on art I’d won on the auction site.
I spent the afternoon snacking and watching TV. In the evening, I touched up the frames and decided where to hang those. Then went back to relaxing with some TV.
I found some sconces I liked on AuctionNation because the hallway light I have has never quite been to my satisfaction. I won those for $5 — so $6.23 after buyer premium and sales tax. Still a ridiculous deal.
I went to sleep around 10 p.m.
Total spent: $35.03
I woke up and tried to get caught up before the handyman came over to give me estimates on a few projects. The main one I want to get done is my tiny master bathroom. But I’m also looking at screening in my unsightly back patio (unsightly because it used to be screened in and is just an empty frame — with a tear in the metal in one spot) and wanted an opinion on venting the stove in the guest house.
I wasn’t completely caught up when the guy arrived, but close enough that I wasn’t too stressed.
The handyman said unfortunately, there wasn’t a good place for a vent, given where everything was placed. But he said a ductless hood — a real one with a filter, not just a grease screen like the current one had — would do a better job than I thought.
He said he’d email me the estimates on the other two projects and installing a garbage disposal. Though Mom and I may tackle the screening when she’s here.
I got back to work and got caught up enough to finally start my monthly spending report. But that wasn’t completely finished before my massage that afternoon.
With tip, the massage was $65. Amounts over $60 don’t come out of weekly funds.
On my way home, I stopped at the ReStore to check out doors. Not quite what I wanted. I’m haunting those stores and AuctionNation in the hopes of finding shower doors and maybe some bifold doors for the laundry area.
I stopped on the way home for some munchies ($7.21), then came home and ate and watched TV.
I found a 24″ ductless hood on AuctionNation — which surprised me because that’s not standard size at all — and bid. I won it for only $7.50 ($9.37 after premium/sales tax). Hoods are pretty cheap ($75 to $100) but that was still an amazing deal. The filters for the hood will cost me far more. And they’re not expensive.
I went to bed around 10 p.m. but it took me almost an hour to fall asleep. Sigh.
Total spent: $81.58 ($16.58 out of weekly funds)
The first half of my workday went pretty quickly because I was trying to get caught up so that I could run to pick up two auction items (the hood and the lights) and get to Aaron’s to chill out a bit before trivia. The stove hood was more or less on the way to Aaron’s, and the lights weren’t far from him. So I wanted to do everything in one fell swoop.
I was ready around noon, so I headed out.
When I got to Aaron’s, I found that he hadn’t gotten my message (WhatsApp was being buggy) and had left for the actual office because he was having technical issues at home. So I settled into the business office at his complex and used my phone as a hotspot to connect and finish up my work.
He came back right around quitting time, so we got to chill out for a couple of hours before I had to leave for trivia.
This was a new trivia venue but a format we do regularly. But the venue is on the main drag for ASU, so there was no free parking. I had to buy time in one hour increments, and I had gotten there early. So I paid for four hours of parking ($6) to be safe.
I got to the restaurant and waited for folks. Two new people were joining that night, and they turned out to be a couple. The three of us chatted for a bit while waiting for the other attendees to arrive. I grabbed some food for $10.56.
A member of my old trivia group, plus their partner, came to play, so it was good to see them again. But I tried to remember to also engage with the couple so that they didn’t feel left out.
We did quite well and ended up winning first place. Yay!
I got back to Aaron’s around 9:30, and we went to bed shortly thereafter.
Total spent: $16.56
I got up and caught up on emails while Aaron was at the gym. We chilled out for a bit, but I had to leave for a haircut at 1 p.m.
On my way, I stopped at Wendy’s for some fries and a drink ($6.57).
I paid for a haircut plus some hair product I was out of, so the total was $58.01. Ouch.
On the way home, I picked up some groceries (okay, mainly junk food) for $20.88. Then I came back home and rested.
While I’d just gotten a new vanity light, I had decided the darker color was better for the main bathroom. I already have a silver fixture in the main bathroom, so I was just going to switch them around. But I accidentally saw a light fixture I really liked, so I’d put it on my watch list in case it didn’t get bid too high.
As it happens, I won it for just $10 ($12.56 after buyer’s premium and sales tax). So I was excited.
I went to bed around 10 p.m.
Total spent: $98.02 — owwwwww
Total spent: $396.60 ($331.60 out of weekly funds)
Yes, I know the amount is more than what I said I keep for weekly spending. But this seven days spanned the end of one spending week and the start-to-middle of another. But still I feel sick at all the spending. I know it’ll calm down now that I’ve got almost everything I need for the house but eesh, it’s unpleasant to recount the outlays.
How was everyone’s spending last week? Hopefully, better than mine.