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.
Since I’d been up late (and thus had answered all the customer emails before I went to bed) I was able to sleep until about 9 a.m.
Unfortunately, the sleep didn’t make a dent in my sore knee. It was okay for walking (mostly), but sitting down or standing up made it twang. Also, my lower back wasn’t thrilled either. Getting older is the pits.
I caught up on emails quickly. Aaron videocalled to say hi/see when I was coming over. I told him I’d try to be ready to leave right after work. I wanted to get there plenty early as I didn’t want us to stay up too late. Because:
A) I needed to get back to my normal sleep schedule
B) I wanted him to get a good night’s rest Thursday and Friday night so he’d be all set when he climbed Mt. Humphries on Saturday.
So lots of sleep was important.
After we hung up, I caught up on my spending diary, which I was once again multiple days behind on. I’ve gotta get better about that.
The day passed pretty quickly, and I made sure I was ready to leave as soon as I was done work. So I got to Aaron’s around 3:30.
I was very hungry, so we ordered some food — some for me right then, some for him later — and chilled out.
The gal from my trivia group (the one I’ve gone out with for drinks twice) messaged to say hi. I told her that the next day I had to install a light fixture, but otherwise she was welcome to come by after work. She said that sounded great and would let me know when she was done at work.
Aaron and I got in bed around 10 p.m. but it took me about an hour to fall asleep.
Total spent: $0
Despite Aaron telling his phone three times to cancel all alarms, one went off at 5:30 a.m. He was so deeply asleep (and wears sound-blocking earbuds) that I had to nudge him awake to turn it off.
I fell back asleep, but sometime around 6 a.m. he was awake. I had turned over briefly, so he thought I was awake and started talking to me. So then I was awake. And not super thrilled about it.
I was a little grumbly for the first three hours I was awake. And weary, so I just worked from his bed.
My mood eventually got better, and we chatted when I’d caught up on work.
I left at noon, figuring I’d go get the light fixture then swing by Fry’s to pick up a prescription and some snacks for that night, then get back home.
It took much longer for them to retrieve my item than expected, so I was stressed by the time I got home. But the light fixture had been acquired, my prescription ($37) had been picked up and I’d grabbed munchies plus ginger beer and limes for Moscow mules ($24.66) for when the gal came over.
I came home and caught up, but since I had to do some follow-up emails to customers who hadn’t replied, I was working right up until the last minute of my workday.
I really needed to clean if someone was coming over. So I dusted a little, cleared the breakfast bar/kitchen counter a little, wiped down the stovetop, dusted the TV stand and TV, ran the Roomba, took out the trash, dumped my recycling into the bin outside, cleaned the toilets, scooped the litterbox and put some stuff away. It’s a small miracle I had any energy left to put the damn fixture up.
But I did. It took a while because the instructions weren’t quite as in-depth as I’d have liked. But eventually I figured out what they were saying. And even more eventually, I got everything all installed. Yay!
The gal messaged to say that she’d be leaving a little later than planned, but I told her that was fine. I still had to jump in the shower and lay out the food and such.
She got to my place around 8 p.m. and we chatted for a couple of hours. She had an early morning the next day, so we said good night a little after 10. But it’s nice to maybe have a new friend.
I poked around online looking for good affordable tile. When we had the house tiled, they went around the current vanity. So when I removed that in favor of a pedestal sink, some partial tiles will need removing and more tiles added. And since it’s a tiny amount of flooring (23 square feet), I figured I might as well just have them remove the current tiles and put in something more suited to a small space. Thus I decided I should just get the floor redone in a tile better suited to the tiny pace.
Unfortunately, I didn’t find much that was promising.
I also searched the auction site for medicine cabinets (no luck) and wall art (too much luck — so I fell down a rabbit hole there). I didn’t get to sleep until 1:30.
Total spent: $61.66
I slept until about 10, so I got ready to go shortly after waking up.
I packed up the three bags of cat food I’d bought right before the vet said to try the sensitive stomach variety, and went to PETCO to make the return.
Then I drove out to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to see if they had any good medicine cabinets or tile. I ended up browsing for most of an hour, but I didn’t find anything I wanted. But I did see a few things that I might want in the future, like when I replace the beat-up doors to the washer/dryer alcove.
After that, I drove up slightly north of my place to where the art in one auction was located. Only to find out that it was closed. Apparently, the preview day wasn’t for another few days. D’oh!
I stopped by Fry’s on the way home and got some strawberries and some munchies for a total of $9.24.
Once home, I rested, pretty worn out from everything.
Aaron finally messaged me around the time I was getting ready for trivia. I had messaged him the night before and hadn’t heard back and, frankly, had been starting to get concerned. He apologized, saying he’d initially thought he left his phone at home. Oops.
I got to trivia and… nothing happened. We were chatting just fine — there were three new people that night — but it got close to trivia time and the host was nowhere to be seen.
It turns out, the trivia company somehow missed filling that slot when booking emcees. Oops. Some of the folks left, but the three new folks and I stayed and chatted for another couple of hours, which was nice.
As a result, I didn’t get home until 10:30 p.m. and couldn’t fall asleep for ages for some reason. I dozed off around 2 a.m.
Total spent: $9.42
I woke up at 9 a.m. very unhappy to be conscious. I tried to go back to sleep to no avail.
At 9:30 a.m. Aaron called and wanted to come over. I said okay but warned him I was too tired to work out.
We hung out for a while, and I ordered lunch via DoorDash. Since I had a credit from a cancelled order the week before, I didn’t pay anything for the food.
At 1 p.m. Aaron went and did a workout. I tried a nap but… no luck. So instead I looked for good deals on tile for the tiny master bathroom. I wanted a small design that would help trick the eye — but most designed tile was more than I wanted to pay.
So I went on Craiglist and found the perfect stuff. And it was only $40!
The listing was 26 days old, so I assumed someone had taken it. But I emailed just in case. And then spent the rest of the day checking my email. No response. Sigh.
Aaron got back around 3, and we just chilled out. Meanwhile, lunch had been so large, we had enough leftovers for dinner.
But at 7 p.m. my body was demanding ice cream, so we went to ColdStone. Since it was my idea, I paid. It was $13.76 — an excellent deterrent against going too often — and I tipped $1 out of cash from my wallet.
We got home and once again just passed the time chatting until we got to sleep around 10.
Total spent: $14.76 ($13.76 out of weekly funds)
Aaron woke me up when he had to leave. We’d both overslept a little. Eek!
I checked my email briefly, since sometimes work stuff gets sent there. The guy with the tile had responded and still had it! Woot! We set up that I would go there after my massage at 4 p.m.
I was surprisingly busy most of the day, so it passed quickly. I stopped at the bank and withdrew $40 for the tile. Then went to my massage, which was $65 after tip.
Then it was just a matter of getting to the tile. See, the guy lived in Gilbert, which is the easternmost suburb of Phoenix. Even from my house ,it would’ve been a 34-mile drive. But since I’d driven west to Peoria to get my massage, it was a 41 mile drive. I was going to be on the road for an hour. Ugh.
I had to fill up the car first or I wouldn’t have made it. So there went another $30.54. Sigh.
It took me three different freeways, but eventually I got to the guy’s house. The tile looked great, so I gave him the $40 and thanked him. He also said that he could recommend a tiler who had done multiple projects for him. Hi house (and neighborhood in general) to was very nice, so I figured it was safe to assume his tile guy would do a good job. So I asked him to text me the number.
I was weary and hungry, and Aaron asked if I wanted to stop by on my way home. So I picked up some Chipotle for $19.89 and went to his place. We ate, and I rested a bit. But I had to get home since I hadn’t brought my nighttime meds.
I got home at 9 p.m. exhausted but also weirdly keyed up. So I ended up not falling asleep until late. So I caught up on all of the emails in the inbox before going to sleep at 1 a.m.
Total spent: $155.43 ($90.43 out of weekly funds)
I woke still pretty tired. I hadn’t gotten quite enough sleep.
I dealt with emails and messaged someone on Facebook about a medicine cabinet I wanted. She confirmed it was still available and said she had to get it out of storage (they had just moved) but would let me know when it was with her.
Once again, I was kept pretty busy for most of the workday. Aaron messaged briefly to say he was also swamped with work. So it was clear we weren’t going to see each other that night like we’d hoped.
I called the recommended tile guy, and he was able to come over and do an estimate that day. He said that if I supplied the tile, he’d do the floor, tile the shower stall and set up the pedestal sink for $3,500.
I told him I had a few things I still needed to get — and I had to figure out what tile I wanted — but I’d give him a call.
It sounded like a great price, but I called my usual handyman service to get a quote for comparison’s sake. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t be able to come out for two weeks, but I still had plenty of things I had to figure out before I could get the project started anyway.
After work, I tried to relax, since I was tired. I looked around at different tiles and settled on some that I liked for the wall. And I messaged with some friends off and on.
Somehow it was suddenly 8 p.m., yet I still thought it was a good idea to check Craigslist for a few things, including pedestal sinks. There was one I really liked that was listed for $75.
That was a decent price, but since the listing was a few weeks old, I emailed and asked whether they’d consider $60. I started looking at pedestal sinks and found one I really liked on Craigslist. And they would!
I got into bed around 10 p.m. and fell asleep before too long, thankfully.
Total spent: $0
The morning passed relatively quickly thanks to a steady (if not overwhelming) stream of emails.
Since I was having so much trouble getting to sleep at a reasonable hour, and since Aaron and I were going hiking that Saturday, I called CVS to fill the sleeping pill prescription I had on file. They said they could have it ready that evening.
I left to pick up the medicine cabinet, which was 15 miles away in Sun City. Nothing is close in Phoenix.
It was $15, and I only had a $20. So I stopped at QT and picked up several Airheads for $2 to break the $20.
It took me half an hour to get there, but the medicine cabinet looked good — minus a smudge or two, which I could clean off or paint over if need be — so I was happy.
I came home and caught up on work. I’d just finished when Aaron messaged to say he was having car trouble.
He had noticed the coolant was low a month prior, so he’d refilled it with a full bottle. Now it was low again. But the dealerships were backed up and wanted to keep his car for five to seven days.
So he agreed to try my mechanic and just work from my place the next day.
I chilled out a bit after work, then got ready for trivia. On the way there, I picked up the sleeping pill for $1.83.
At trivia, I was keeping an eye on some auction lots of art that I’d liked. I wanted to win them, but I wasn’t willing to go too high on price since there were more pieces — pieces I really really liked — to bid on the next day. So I put my maximum bid at $10 for each and somehow still one them… for $5. After the buyer’s premium and sales tax, I paid $12.48.
During trivia I’d ordered a quesadilla, but we won second place, which came with cash that had to be immediately applied to the bill. So the waitress combined my and the couple’s bill and deducted $15.
We discussed Venmo, but then I realized I had some cash. They said I could just pay the tip, which was $7. Any cash I have is accounted for in spending diaries when I take it out at the ATM, so it doesn’t get counted in weekly spending, lest I count it twice.
I got home and videochatted a little with Aaron, and we agreed he’d come over late morning so we could drop off his car before his 1 p.m. meeting.
I took the sleeping med and mercifully fell asleep around 10 p.m.
Total spent: $38.31 ($14.31 out of weekly funds)
Total spent: $279.58 ($189.58 out of weekly funds)
Oof, well definitely not the cheapest week for overall spending — though 23% of total spending was just the massage — but out of actual weekly funds I did pretty well. Especially given that $52.48 of that $189.58 was for house stuff.