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 $240 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 got through emails, then Orkin showed up.
I’d noticed termite activity in the garage. But the guy who took a look pronounced it a wasp nest. Eek! He brushed them down and sprayed the area but recommended I get some wasp killer.
After work, I went to the ATM to get $20 out for walking around money. Then I stopped at Goodwill to find a frame for an art piece I’d seen online and wanted to buy.
I found one for $6.49. Then I stopped by Michaels and got a small bottle of bronze paint ($2.60).
I stopped in Dollar Tree and got two bottles of bleach for $2.72 after tax. Then I went to Fry’s and picked up some on-sale strawberries and a couple of other things for $10.16.
After that, I came home and chilled out for the rest of the night.
Total spent: $41.97
I woke up and got through emails. Before long, Orkin was here for its bimonthly pest control inspection/spraying. I’m charged $92.36 per visit. Amounts of $60 or more don’t come out of weekly funds.
Later, the HVAC people came by for the semi-annual inspection. That’s covered with the $15 protection plans I have for the main house and guest house units.
Once he left, I jumped in the shower to get ready for trivia that night. Unfortunately, we didn’t do well on the last question, meaning we didn’t place in the top three. So no bar cash for us.
I paid $17.32 after tip for my food there.
Afterward, my friend (Trivia Buddy aka TB) and a gal he’s been seeing all went downtown to check out some bars.
I paid for the Uber downtown, which was $24.98 after tip, and they said they’d just pay for the return trip. We ended up at a bar with a lot of cool drinks, so we stayed there to sample. I spent $56.11. However, I was getting very low on my bank account funds — it was the end of my financial month — so I didn’t take any money out of weekly funds for this night.
I got back pretty late, and I was about to start my overtime weekend. So I answered the emails that had come in so far, allowing me to sleep in a bit.
Total spent: $190.77 ($17.32 out of weekly funds)
I got up and took care of emails. I had a lot of downtime, so ran out to grab some snacks for $15.10.
My paycheck also came, so I deposited that.
After those two errands, I just ate and chilled out watching TV/answering emails for a bit. Then I went back and sanded the wall I’d applied mud to the previous weekend.
I ended up covered in dust. And somehow the dust blew out into my bedroom and covered everything. Siiiigh.
I didn’t have as much time to rest in between the sanding. catching up on emails and getting ready for my date as expected. So I didn’t have time to eat anything.
I also discovered that I’d lost my teasing brush at some point during the previous night. I ordered a new one for $12.98
When I got to the bar, I ordered some food, which ended up being $13.32 after tax/tip.
Unfortunately, I was just… not feeling the guy. He was nice and fun enough to talk to but… Just nope. My body was protesting the earlier sanding, so thankfully I had an excuse to call an end to the date after about 90 minutes. Also thankfully, his friends were partying in Tempe, so he could still go have fun there.
I came home, rested, messaged some and went to bed around 11.
Total spent: $28.42
I woke up and dealt with emails.
Josie’s monthly charge for her Banfield plan ($39.95) hit my card. I ran to Home Depot to get another sanding block — the previous day’s sanding had destroyed the one I had — and some paint for the Goodwill frame. The total was $16.
I came home bushed, answered some emails and eventually got hungry but, predictably, not for any food I had around. I ordered a couple of entrees via DoorDash for $34.17.
I kept up on emails, but there was a lull. So I went in and sanded the few ridges from the previous day’s mudding efforts. Thankfully, it was minimal; so the bedroom didn’t end up covered again.
I finished up my workday and watched TV until it was time for bed, around 10 p.m.
Total spent: $90.12
I got through emails and then went to check the fit of the contacts that had come in. The previous pair had been too strong.
Unfortunately, they’d scheduled me on the wrong day. The doctor who deals with rigid gas permeables — which very few people use anymore, so it’s something of a specialty — wasn’t in. They apologized and rescheduled me.
I was beat, so I went home, answered the couple of emails that’d come in and lay down for a bit.
I was running out of a trial size of the Strivectin I’d bought to see if I could de-age my neck a bit. There was a sale going on, so I bought a full size for $58.13.
After that, I finished my workday, rested a bit and then left for a talk that was being given by a friend’s group about love languages. It was interesting, and I chatted with some people after the discussion was over. So I ended up not getting home until 9:30. Oops.
I messaged with a new guy who has a gorgeous, all white cat. I later learned is named Falcor. Which is amazing.
I didn’t pass out until about 11 p.m. Oops.
Total spent: $58.13
I got up, got through emails and went and grabbed some groceries/snacks for $16.76.
I munched and kept up on emails. But around noon I started getting a headache. I rarely get them, and when I do they’re mild. This one started getting much worse around 1 p.m., though.
There was a lot of downtime for me to sit around and think about, even after some ibuprofen, how much it hurt. Whee. So by quitting time of 3 p.m., I was miserable. And wondering why I was being such a big baby about it.
I messaged with some people and finally decided to lie down and see if that could help.
The ceiling fan’s squeak started to hurt. I tried to calm myself down because I started feeling nauseated and thought I was working myself up. Then the nausea got worse. And by 6 p.m. it became clear I was going to throw up. Clearly this wasn’t a regular headache.
I thought maybe another UTI had gone septic — I’d had some symptoms of one that morning, and symptoms don’t always appear right away — so once I’d gotten the puking out of the way, I stumbled out to the guest house and asked my tenant for a lift to the ER. (Bless her.)
I got there at 6 p.m. and was taken to the back since there was less noise there. There was still a TV on and people were talking and I hated everything. Thankfully, I’d brought my cataract surgery-sunglasses (since regular ones wouldn’t fit over my glasses) and I wore those because the light was starting to hurt my eyes. Then of course I shared my super-sexy look on social media because I have a grim sense of humor.
I got seen pretty quickly because my blood pressure was alarmingly high. Literally. They hooked me up to the machine and when it was done, an alarm went off. For multiple minutes. I debated how much I’d be charged if I broke the machine.
But they came and turned it off, and the doctor came in before too long. They wanted to do a CT scan, since I didn’t have a history of migraines, but they suspected that’s all it was. So they would give me what they called a headache cocktail to calm down my pain, any swelling and nausea.
Unfortunately, my stomach did not seem to appreciate the movement of the CT scan platform I was on. The nausea started again, and once I was back in my room, thanks to my diligent hydrating earlier in the day, I brought up an amount of liquid. Like, even the nurse was surprised. Always nice to make an impression.
The intake person finally came around and, after running my insurance, informed me that I owed $120. Ouch. But much less than the ER bill my insurance will get, I’m sure, so I’ll count my blessings.
Then they had trouble getting the IV started. My veins had apparently gotten super fragile, which has never happened before. Every time they inserted a needle, a bruise would immediately start to form. Which meant little to no blood would come out.
Eventually, the nurse had to get someone who went used an ultrasound machine to get a good vein. Then I could finally start to get some relief.
It took longer than I’d hoped to pass out, but it did happen. Around 90 minutes later, they woke me back up. My blood pressure was down to a semi-reasonable amount and the headache was mostly gone. So they let me leave and told me to follow up with my doctor.
My tenant had offered to pick me back up (again, bless her) so I got a ride back and came home. I was pretty alert after the nap, though, so I crawled into bed with a snack and read for a bit, falling asleep around 12:30.
Total spent: $126.76 ($16.76 out of weekly funds)
I had asked my coworker to cover me, so I was able to sleep in until 9:30.
I got up and pledged to take it easy that day, only leaving to pick up my meds. But I was also very sure that after the previous night’s debacle, I was owed some Cheesecake Factory chocolate cake.
So I put in an advance order for a meal and some cake there, paying a painful $37.14. But I was trying to be nice to myself so I shook it off.
The mess around the house had been a bit distressing, so I put a few dishes into the dishwasher and started a load, then put a few things away before forcing myself to relax.
I messaged with some friends — several folks were checking in on me, since I’d been quasi-live-tweeting my stay the night before — and relaxed until food arrived. And the cake was exactly what I needed. Totally worth it.
Around 1 p.m., I went and got the prescriptions. One was for nausea in case of future migraines, and one was for the UTI that I did in fact have. The total for both was only $9.39.
But I had a coupon expiring that day, so I also grabbed a couple of boxes of hair dye for $9.92.
I came home and rested a bit, but it was June 15th and I had to pay my quarterly taxes. Normally I do my business and individual ones at the same time, but business ones weren’t due until the 30th, and I was trying to take it easy. So I just paid state and federal taxes.
I paid a credit card processing fee of $8.81 for the state taxes.
After that, I just tried to rest.
I’d gotten some Extrabux from that day’s purchase, and I had more that were expiring shortly, so I used those to buy a bottle of contact lens solution for $9.
I’ve been looking for a floor lamp for my bedroom, since the overhead ceiling fan light is pretty harsh. I won one from the auction site I use. Almost no one was bidding, so I got it for $10 — $12.49 after the buyer’s premium and sales tax. Woot!
I had stayed up just to finish up the auction, so after that I crashed in bed at 9 p.m. and was asleep almost immediately.
Total spent: $86.75
Total spent: $622.92 ($339.47 out of weekly funds)
Owwwww. I know that $210ish was just Orkin and my ER copay. But still… yikes. Lots of indulgence here. And while I wince at the total, given everything we’ve all dealt with these past two and a half years — and now the Roe v. Wade being overturned — I just can’t be arsed to care much, as long as I have a healthy savings account. Hopefully, I snap out of it soon, but I’m just so very tired. I imagine many of you are as well.
How’s everyone else doing with their spending?