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These diaries serve two purposes:
- They help keep me aware of my spending
- They’re great for those who, like me, are financial voyeurs
For reference, the goal is to live on $240 or less each week, though because of the cap, I don’t take amounts of more than $60 out of weekly funds.
So let’s see how I did this week.
I woke up pretty tired, but I got through the overnight emails and was able to pass out for a little bit.
I texted Cute Trivia Guy (CTG) to see how he was doing the day after his knee surgery. He confirmed he was still good. In fact, he hadn’t even had to take any of the pain meds, just the naproxen.
CVS sent me a 40% off coupon, so I was able to get a new bite guard to keep me from grinding my teeth at night. (I know, I lead a wild, wild life.) The total was $15.57.
When I got up, I put some chicken in the slow cooker. Those who have read me for a long time know this is a big deal.
I printed out my quarterly tax stuff for my business and made an online payment for my business’s FICA liability.
The day passed pretty quickly (and mercifully quietly), and Pirate Party Guy (PPG) came over around 6:30. He turned out not to be hungry — I’d forgotten to tell him I was cooking, and he’d eaten before coming over — so we just chilled out and chatted until he left around 9:30. I had a small piece of chicken, put the rest away, then passed out around 10:30 p.m.
Total spent: $15.57
I woke up feeling a bit tired but mostly rested. Which is pretty close to the best you can hope for with chronic fatigue.
I answered emails and performed my other work duties and then just kinda chilled out.
I ordered three more bottles of fiber gummies for $28.65. (As an Amazon affiliate, I am compensated for orders placed through my links.) Then I lay down for a little bit.
CTG and I had agreed to check out a local bar — or just hang out, depending on how we were feeling — so I showed up around 6 p.m. We ended up trying out the bar, which was fun. I had two quite-pricey drinks, so in addition to what I’d covered Wednesdays with his meds/snacks, I gave him $25.
We got back to his place, watched a bit of TV and passed out.
Total spent: $53.65
We slept in a bit, so I didn’t get going until after 10 a.m.
I had almost no gas left, but the place I stopped at only accepted cash. Thankfully, I had some left over from the money Mom had given me when I ordered UberEATS for us a couple of times.
I counted the full cost of the UberEATS at the time of the order — meaning that amount had already come out of weekly funds — so I’m not counting the amount this time.
I also stopped off at Fry’s for a couple snacks for $2.50.
It was the first of the month, so Netflix ($10.85) and my iCloud storage ($1.08) hit the card.
I got home and ate, then just chilled out. I was pretty weary.
I managed to get some cleaning done, since I was expecting Tucson Guy (TG) the next day. But I was too tired to go get more groceries I’d discovered I needed. And because I hadn’t thought ahead, I ended up using Instacart, paying $44.57 with tip and fees.
I’ll be very glad when I have a stimulant back in my system so I don’t have to keep paying the convenience tax.
I spent the rest of the night relaxing and watching TV. I called it a night around 11 p.m.
Total spent: $74 ($59 out of weekly funds)
I got up and messaged TG to make sure we were still on. He said yes, and he’d let me know when he left.
He was coming up to watch (and potentially participate in) his friends’ cricket game. So he’d have to leave at 12:30. But that’d give us a couple of hours.
Traffic delayed him a bit, so he got to my place around 11. But it was good to see him, given that he’d had a four-week work trip to Malaysia after the last (and only second) time I’d seen him.
I was kind of wiped that day, so after he left I mainly just relaxed and snacked for the rest of the day. I got caught up on the spending diary, but otherwise the day was gloriously unproductive.
My mom ordered me a bag of Basmati Rice from Costco for $25, which I sent her via PayPal.
I was in bed at 10 p.m. Maybe I’ll get my sleep schedule back on track after all.
Total spent: $25
I woke up before my alarm — which is good because I never feel completely rested when jolted awake by an alarm — and answered all the overnight emails. I dealt with my other work duties, and then I tried to deal with a few items on my to-do list.
I had to submit my time sheet for the month, schedule the spending diary, pay a couple of copays I’d gotten bills for ($10 and $40) and a few other choresa/errands. Yeah, my life is super exciting.
I also picked up two prescriptions from Walgreens for $60.60. Amounts of $60 or more don’t come out of my weekly funds. While I was there, I got $5 in candy, as well.
I came home and rested/answered emails for a bit before starting to get ready. I was meeting someone for a drink before the Monday board game event, so I needed to be ready to leave as soon as I was done therapy. I showered and intermittently checked for new emails as I got ready.
The therapy televisit was good. We’re trying to work on goals in the present while also slowly giving her my backstory as needed. So it’s a bit slow going yet. But it’s a start.
A nasty dust storm kicked up during the appointment. It was howling outside. So when I left for the bar, I hit two traffic snarls due to downed lights and such.
This meant I was about 15 minutes late, so we only got about 30 minutes to chat before games started. But I found out he hasn’t been to some of the fun downtown bars, so I offered to show him some of those.
We agreed on doing that Sunday, since Monday was Columbus/Indigineous People’s Day. Not that I get off work, mind you, but holidays are pretty quiet. So as long as we didn’t stay out ridiculously late, it wouldn’t be too bad.
My blood pressure was low enough that I could order a cider while we chatted, so that was $5.98 after tip.
When the board game event started, we got a couple of people relatively new to the event and played a game with them. At that point, it was around 8 p.m. and I was ready to head home.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize the freeway was going to be closed a couple exists from my place. So I got stuck in traffic that was crawling at such a slow pace that a 15 to 20 minute trip took 40 minutes.
But at least I was able to get to bed by 10 p.m.
Total spent: $111.58 ($50.98 out weekly funds)
I woke up and got through emails. After testing my blood pressure, I took my first Adderall in six weeks. It’s extended release, so we’re seeing if my blood pressure will behave when the medicine doesn’t hit it all at once.
I then headed out for a blood test to see if the blood pressure medication was affecting any organ function.
I was at a Safeway, so I got some of the chocolate chunk cookies I love so much ($5.99).
I swung by CVS to pick up a prescription, which turned out to have a $0 copay. Yay!
While I was there, I picked up some contact lens cases, as I’d forgotten at CTG’s place. A two-pack was $4.33 after my 20% CarePass discount on CVS-brand items.
I came home and generally chilled out in and among emails.
PPG was coming over that night at 6:30 p.m., so around 6, I made myself presentable then relaxed with TV and a phone game until he got here.
As always we just chilled out, and he left around 9 p.m. I got ready for bed by 10, but I wasn’t sleepy until about 11. At which point, I got stuffed up (gah) and had to wait for the decongestant to kick in. Meaning I fell asleep around midnight.
Total spent: $10.32
So of course this was one of the days that Josie decided to cry for no reason at 7:30 a.m. #CatOwnerLife
Thankfully, I was able to fall back asleep until I’d gotten sufficient rest. Then I got up and got through emails.
I checked my blood pressure to see if the Adderall had made it freak out again. It was in the high end of normal (116/78) and the top of the normal range is 120/80) but still normal. So that was a win.
Right as I was finishing up, my computer decided that I’d asked it to delete my files on OneDrive. I cannot stress enough how much I did not request that. I hadn’t even gone into my file manager window that day.
And I only knew it was happening because I got a pop-up warning message that files deleted in OneDrive would be deleted everywhere. I had to press the “Got it” button — and this happened each time a document got deleted. There were at least 30.
Finally, it finished doing its thing, and I logged into OneDrive to fix the issue. Thankfully, it just took one click to restore the files. But still… not a great way to wake up.
Once that was taken care of, I answered some emails that had come in, dealt with my other work duties and then started ticking things off my to-do list. Among other things, I updated this spending diary and worked on a post during quiet spells between emails.
I finished up the workday, relaxed with some TV and then got ready for a happy hour Meetup event. My friend Cool Lady (CL) had offered to drive since we live close to each other.
This meant I could have hard alcohol beverages — I only drink cider (and only one) if I have to drive within about five hours — so I spent $25 on a couple of drinks and tip.
The event was fun, letting me chat with some people I hadn’t seen in a few weeks.
On the way home, I bought tickets for the latest play by the adult puppet troupe in town. They do snarky, fourth-wall-breaking, occasionally foul-mouthed versions of movies. This time it’s going to be Friday the 13th. And it’s a musical.
I’d gathered quite the group of interested folks — there’ll be nine of us total — but I’ll be reimbursed for all but my ticket, which was $35.
I got home around 9:30 p.m. and watched a little TV before getting in bed. Unfortunately, I had trouble sleeping. So I got up, answered the emails that had come in and then conked out around 2 a.m. Siiiigh.
Total spent: $60
Total spent: $350.12 ($249.52 out of weekly funds)
Well, I went a little over the maximum I’d like to spend in a given week — and way, way over in the overall spending. But $60 of the extra $100 was prescriptions, so it’s not quite as bad as it seems. Granted, 44% of the weekly funds were spent on non-necessities, but most of that was for going out, which is good for my mental health. So I don’t feel overly guilty about that.
How’s everyone else’s spending going?