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The Latest in my Spending Journey – Weekend Spending Diary

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Hello! I thought I’d give you a peek into how I spent money on the weekend. This spending diary wasn’t planned, so I definitely wasn’t on my best behaviour. I think being radically honest is going to be a big part of this journey.

First, a note on last week

I didn’t spend any money between Sept 30 and the afternoon of Oct 4. The hand ended up causing me extreme and unbearable pain from the surgery. I worked from home Monday in pain. I went to work on Tuesday and left in tears, and didn’t go back to work the rest of the week. There was a Friendsgiving dinner at my place for 15 people the weekend prior, and I had lots of leftovers. Once I got through those, I made a big pot of turkey soup and lived on that for days on end. Mike bought us Swiss Chalet (a classic Canadian rotisserie chicken chain) with coupons we got in the mail one night to break up the monotony. I spent nada!

Friday, October 4th

I worked from home and left around 2pm for a break. For years now, I’ve used loyalty points cards to reduce my grocery bill. PC Optimum points came in handy to buy acetaminophen and ibuprofen for the hand pain (I alternate taking the two per the advice of my surgeon). The meds and a bottle of Gatorade came to $24 (I got economy-sized pill bottles). I cashed in $20 worth of points and as such, only spent $4 out of pocket.

On to the grocery store.

I bought kale, blue cheese, apple, red onion, and pork tenderloin for $21. With a nice dinner, one might enjoy a glass of wine. A decent bottle was procured for $14.95.

I made a giant massaged kale salad with toasted walnuts, blue cheese, apple, dried cranberry, and red onion that I nibbled on for three days. I served that with half a baked potato and scoop of greek yogurt, and jerk pork tenderloin (weird, but it all worked together).

Total spent: $39.95

Saturday, October 5th

I made eggs to eat with that kale salad for brunch. I’m lucky in that I really don’t mind eating the same foods over and over again. In the early evening, I walked to KFC for a dirty ol’ bucket of chicken, but there was a lineup out the door. Everyone received the same mailer coupons as me! I admitted defeat and walked home to eat leftover jerk pork and salad. I was VERY close to stopping for Hakka food on my way home (my neighborhood’s specialty!) but I didn’t want to blow $20 for no good reason.

That evening, I had plans to go to Nuit Blanche. It’s an all night art festival in Toronto, with large installations of interactive and immersive art all over the city. I hailed an Uber because I was late meeting my friends. Curling my hair with my injured hand took forever (I didn’t think that one through). That cost me $26 after tip. Mike purchased us a bunch of cans of cider, which we loaded in a backpack to wander around the city with. Toronto is kind of like a big street party during Nuit Blanche, and while drinking in the street isn’t legal, cops don’t bother you if you’re being courteous and orderly. Especially during Nuit Blanche.

I ended up getting an Uber for a very dear friend who uses a flip phone – $12.

Uber was also my way home alone at 5:30 am – $25

I ordered Uber Eats Mcdonalds breakfast for Mike and I – $18

Total spent: $81. All on Uber. Spending fail. 

Sunday, October 6th

Sunday, I slept until the early afternoon. I imagine a good deal of Torontonians did this.

In the afternoon, I went out for weekly groceries. Toilet paper, chicken, shrimp, laundry supplies, and cat food were the larger purchases. My pantry needed a few things stocked up as well. I spent $104, but have what I need for work lunches and dinner til Thursday or Friday. I made cajun shrimp and kale salad for dinner and called it an early night.

Total spent: $104

Weekend total: $224.95

Overall, I think this is a fair example of my routine weekend spending. The ride shares are gratuitous over this weekend. Other weekends, my food spending is off the rails. I have work to do here.


RueBucks – Christmas Present

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I mentioned earlier this month that I budget $150 to get Princess some winter clothes with the weather getting cold. On our drive back from Texas, we spent the night in Baton Rouge and ended up being across from a large mall on Black Friday evening.

After a day in the car and some hours to kill, we decided to hit the mall. And lo and behold, Princess’ favorite clothing store Rue21 was having a sale and she hadn’t spent any of her clothes money.

An hour later, she walked about with 1/2 new outfits for right at $80 – score!

Christmas Present on the Frugal Side

When I paid for the clothes I was informed we earned, 2 RueBucks. Which essentially means, if she shops again between December 26 and January 2, she can get $20 off her $40 purchase.

I got to thinking, I could buy her a gift card with $40 of the remaining clothes money I previously budgeted and then add these two RueBucks into her stocking, essentially giving her $20 extra dollars to spend. Is that a bad Christmas idea? To give someone something that is essentially is free.

I know she enjoys shopping at this store. She shops there every time she gets a chance (there is one an hour from us here in Northeast Georgia.)

I haven’t created a budget for Christmas presents. I know I should. I have begun picking up little stuff and it was all inside our trip budget so I haven’t used any extra money. But I really am focused on paying off debt and getting into a better financial place. I’m having a hard time balancing my desire to provide a Christmas for my three eldest and being as frugal as I have been the last few months.

Do you have a Christmas budget? How much do you spend on teenage children? I guess one of my challenges is that they don’t really “need” anything and their wants are pretty expensive…new computer, etc. So I have to find a middle ground I am comfortable with. And it’s not coming to me easily.

 


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