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 a little late and had to hurry to get caught up.
I messaged a bunch with a few people once it was quiet. The day dragged a bit because work was slow. But since I had to work Saturday too, I was grateful for some quiet.
I polished a post I’d been working on and got it ready to publish the next day.
After work, I ran out to pick up some prescriptions. Two were at CVS and were $0 (yay) and $30.90 (meh). The one at Fry’s was $28.99, and I got $20.16 of groceries while I was there. Some consoling junk food, but nothing too outrageous.
When I got back, my friend Jen called to check in. We talked a bit about how I was feeling but then chatted about other stuff. Again, I’m trying to take the breakup sadness in small chunks.
We hung up around 6 p.m., and I ate and watched TV and messaged with some people.
Suddenly it was 11 p.m. — I keep watching an extra episode or two of Big Sky because I’m enjoying it so much — so I got ready for bed, then read more of Die With Zero. I played around with some figures per the author’s instructions, so I ended up not falling asleep until around 12:30 a.m.
Total spent: $80.05
Finally Friday! Because of all the drama over the weekend and the breakup on Monday, it felt like I’d never really gotten a weekend. So starting Tuesday, I’d thought every day that week was Friday.
I got through emails relatively quickly and messaged some with folks. Then I sat down to update my spending diary and spending spreadsheet. I hadn’t recorded anything since mid-Monday because… breakup. So it was a slog, especially since I did stop to message with some people and of course to answer customer emails intermittently.
After work, I chilled out and waited for it to be time to leave for trivia. Thank goodness I’d scheduled the trivia for this night so that I didn’t have to sit around feeling weird about not seeing Aaron.
I got to the restaurant and ordered. The couple who usually comes to North and Central Phoenix events was already there even though I’d gotten there kind of early. Our fourth person (my vet friend, who I also met through the group) arrived a bit later but still well before trivia had started, so we got to chat.
Trivia itself was rough. We got a lot of answers wrong. But apparently it was just a tough night because even though we only had 36 points (out of 71), we were in second place.
We didn’t bet any points on the final round, so we ended up getting third place, but that was still a $10 off deal. The couple demurred, so I gave the credit to the vet. I try to make sure I give the venue some money so that they see that trivia is bringing in customers. My total after tax and tip was $19.17.
We all chatted for a bit after trivia but left before too long. Unfortunately, I stayed up far too late again. Especially since I had to work the next day. But I finally fell asleep around 1 a.m.
Total spent: $19.17
I woke up and got through emails, which took longer than expected. Usually weekends are a bit quieter than that.
Still, I was done before too long, so I rested up because I was a little tired but hoping to get more work done on the bathroom. That night I planned to take out the vanity cabinet and medicine cabinet and take down the light fixture. Then I hoped to spray at least the first coat of paint in the areas that would finally be exposed after that.
I messaged with people and watched a little TV in and among emails. Around 4 p.m., I went and got some takeout. The total was $10.75, but I used a gift card. So that amount went into my Saved Savings account.
I ate, rested more and answered email. Once I was done work at 7 p.m., I started on the bathroom work. Except one water supply line was rusted shut and the other didn’t have a handle. The husband of the couple had given me a knob that might substitute for the handle, but no such luck.
I rummaged around and found some penetrating liquid to work on the rust on the cold water side. It reeked, so I kept the fan running and my ceiling fan going and put my standing fan in the window facing out in the hopes it would take out some of the fumes. But the smell still got into other areas of the house. So I had to open the doors and windows.
It took four applications of the liquid plus trying a variety of implements before I could get the knob to move. And I had to wear one of my cloth masks because the smell was so bad. But I still felt triumphant!
But I still had to contemplate how to turn off the knobless hot water supply line. I really didn’t want to go out just to buy a knob.
At the start of this, I’d had to tighten the center screw in the cold water one because the knob (but not the valve) was spinning freely. Which, as I now looked from one line to the other a few times, gave me an idea. I unscrewed the cold water line’s knob and screwed it into the hot water supply one. It turned easily, and I was able to shut off last supply of water to the sink.
It was either brilliant or should’ve occurred to me days before. But whatever, it was done!
I got the water drained out of the lines, then disconnected them so I could finally start taking the vanity down. It had been at least an hour since I started. Sigh.
But the vanity turned out to be far more laborious to remove than expected. Because of course it was.
One of the screws holding the vanity to the wall was almost behind the sink bowl, so I couldn’t use a drill to get it out. In fact, even when using a screwdriver, the ridged handle was right up against the sink bowl. Meaning I could only turn the screwdriver about 1/6 at a time. So it took me around 15 minutes just to get that one screw out.
I wanted to take the sink off first to make it easier to access some of the screws holding the vanity together. But it was glued on, and a box cutter and later a flathead screwdriver both failed to make much a dent.
So I had to take off all of the screws in the vanity with the sink still blocking some of my access. This meant I was at angles that made some of the screws hard to remove, let alone use the drill to back out. And in a few places the cabinet had cam locks. Which, since we almost exclusively ran into them with Ikea further, Tim and I used to exasperatedly call The Swedish Screws of Death.
So I couldn’t just unscrew those but instead had to take all the regular screws out, then turn the cam lock slightly (too far in either direction locked it) and then tug at the pieces of wood. Finally, I got enough removed that I could lift the cabinet up over the lip of the tile surrounding it and turn it on its back. That let me get a better angle on the remaining screws out, and I was able to tug on the pieces hard enough to overcome the sink glue’s hold.
By the time I was done taking off the vanity and medicine cabinet, it had been at least another hour — probably more like 90 minutes — and I was exhausted. And now trying to get the penetrating liquid smell — out of both bathrooms, since I’d moved the pipes into the main one and they must’ve gotten splashed when I was applying the liquid to the water supply. Putting them under running water didn’t do much.
I realized I couldn’t put off going to Lowe’s, though, because I had to pick up a replacement clamp for when my friend Andre came over the next day to help with the patio. One of the ones he’d lent me had a dial to help loosen/tighten the clamp, and I guess I’d spun it too loose at one point because the dial and its backing on the other side of the clamp both came off. And when I tried to put them back, I couldn’t get the dial to catch on the backing. So… new clamp!
I also picked up some mineral spirits (to clean the paint sprayer when I was done) and a funnel to get the paint into the paint sprayer. My shower floor was testament to the fact that freehand pouring into a smallish vessel isn’t a good idea.
Since I’m not taking the patio project items out of weekly funds, I purchased the claim separately for $11.92, and the other items (for the bathroom, which I am doing out of the weekly funds — because they tend to be smaller amounts) were $14.06.
I got home, realized I was way too tired to even attempt getting the light fixture down, let alone paint. So I watched some TV and went to bed around 11 p.m. But I didn’t fall asleep until about 1 a.m.
Total spent: $36.73 ($24.81 out of weekly funds)
I woke up and spent a couple of hours assessing whether I had enough energy to actually have Andre come help with the patio. I did not. Besides being a bit physically weary, I had pretty bad brain fog.
So I messaged to let him know and FaceTimed with Mom for about an hour. After that, I relaxed for a while until I had the energy to go get some snacks from Fry’s, which came to $19.46.
I also went onto Amazon and ordered some new batteries for my landline (well, VOIP) phone. Honestly, I barely use it; but Ooma is less than $6 a month and it’s comforting to know I can still make calls if something happens to my cell phone. (Which it did right before last year’s lockdown, in fact.) The batteries were $8.68.
After that, I rested and watched TV. Around 8 p.m. there were some auctions for tile that I wanted for my shower niche. I got a case (more than I need but oh well) for $12.51. Which was good because a) it was cheaper than the tile I had decided on at Floor & Decor and b) apparently the F&D tile had been discontinued and was no longer in stock.
I didn’t make myself go to bed until about 11:30, and I didn’t fall asleep until… very late. Honestly not quite sure when.
Total spent: $40.65
The workload wasn’t too bad, but I was pretty tired from insufficient sleep and didn’t find time for a nap.
The auction was for only one load-out day, so even though I was beat, I had to go get the tile that afternoon. Luckily, it wasn’t all that far a drive.
I got back home pretty weary, so I was relieved to see that my co-organizer had cancelled the trivia in Tempe that night because she wasn’t feeling great either. It would’ve been a 25-mile drive each way to get there.
So I sat around and rested and, you guessed it, watched TV. But I did have a small energy spurt, which I used to take down the light fixture, mask up the mounting bracket for that and the toilet and spray a first coat on the areas of the bathroom I hadn’t been able to get before.
Unfortunately, since people had painted around the vanity and medicine cabinet, even with some scraping there were still areas where the paint was uneven. Since I couldn’t scrape further without gouging the paint (creating more uneven layers) I just applied some spackle to try to even it out.
The spackle was still drying when I went to bed because I finally made sure I was getting ready for bed at 9:30 p.m. I was asleep around 10:30.
Total spent: $0
Emails actually kept me semi-busy during the day, but after work I was able to put a second coat on the spots in the bathroom.
I wanted to visit Floor & Decor before trivia to see their marble-look tile selection in person, so I got ready and left early. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the options at the store, so I guess I’m going to have to start going to other tile places until I find some I like. Siiigh.
Even though I got there about half an hour early, the couple was already there.
We thought the fourth person was flaking on us, but she had apparently been waiting for a package. So she showed up about 15 minutes after the “start” time of the event. But I schedule events to start half an hour before trivia actually begins — so that we can all chat/order — so there was still plenty of time.
We didn’t end up placing that night, but we had fun. And sat around talking for another hour before realizing it was 10:30 p.m. and we should all be home.
I had bought an entree, so after tax and tip I paid $20.04.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t fall asleep until after 3:30 a.m. I got up around 1:30 and took care of the emails that had come in so that I could sleep a little later in the morning.
Total spent: $20.04
I did sleep in a bit, but I still hadn’t gotten enough sleep.
After catching up on emails, I caught up this spending diary and tried to rest because I had to drive to my COVID booster shot appointment at 1:30 p.m. that day.
I had scheduled it so that any side effects wouldn’t hit until after work. And it meant that if I did get any that were too bad, it would be on Thanksgiving; and holidays mean fewer emails come in.
I got to the appointment on time, but it took a bit for them to finish all the documentation and actually give me the shot. Then I still had to sit there for 15 minutes to be sure I wouldn’t have a bad reaction.
Afterward, I got $13.83 in “I’m probably not going to feel great” snacks. And I got home just in time to finish up work for the day.
After work, I watched TV. I also finally remembered to download a song I liked off iTunes. Since I use gift cards from rewards programs, the $1.40 money went into my Saved Savings account.
In the evening, I felt relatively okay, but felt warm for a bit. The thermometer only put me at 0.8 degrees above normal, though. So either I can’t handle running any kind of temperature or several-year-old store-brand thermometers aren’t reliable. Either way, I did the scientific thing and ate ice cream to cool my insides.
I called it a night around 10 p.m.
Total spent: $15.23
Total spent: $211.87 ($199.95 out of weekly funds)
Okay, not the lowest spending week by far. But compared to recent weeks, this one was pretty damn frugal. I’ve been hemorrhaging money lately, so it was a relief to be down to even $200ish in a week. Let’s hope that trend continues!
How’s everyone else’s spending doing?