I really enjoy reading Save. Spend. Splurge. and her posts about her weekly spending so I was inspired to do the same. My report isn’t nearly as detailed as hers but I was still able to learn some things about myself.
7:10 a.m. I leave 50 minutes before I have to be at work so that I can find free parking. There are 2 parking garages at work and 2 lots that are uncovered. The intense Vegas heat is really tough on cars so I leave home early in order to find a spot in the garage. There are reserved parking spots in the garages but I refuse to pay the $30 monthly fee. Therefore, I leave home 50 minutes before work starts even though the morning commute takes about 25 minutes.
10:47 a.m. I’m so hungry and I want to grab a snack from the vending machine. I have oatmeal for breakfast in the mornings and it’s filling but only for a couple hours. In my haste this morning I forgot to grab the Tupper ware of snacks I had packed the night before. Grr. I make some green tea to tide me over and remind myself that lunch is only an hour away.
12:05 p.m. I stop by CVS on my lunch break to pick up a prescription. There was a slight wait so I check out the office supply section. I have a weakness for office supplies… I spot an adorable Paris-themed notebook and wanted to buy it to use as a blog journal. After realizing it’s $11.49 I change my mind. I know I have an unused notebook at home that’s perfectly serviceable so I decide not to buy a duplicate of something I already have.
5:35 p.m. I’m home and that means the money temptations are over for the day. Phew. On weeknights, once I get home from work, I don’t tend to leave the house again. We grocery shop on the weekend and I save errands for the weekend as well. I don’t do a lot of online shopping so once I’m home, my wallet doesn’t leave the purse again.
6:20 p.m. Hubby and I sit down for a dinner of spaghetti with meat sauce and salad. I had everything but the lettuce on hand already. I buy ground beef in bulk and freeze it in 1-lb portions. When I need it for a meal, I just defrost it overnight in the fridge.
8:29 a.m. I did not sleep well last night. I’ve been trying to cut out coffee but I really want some this morning. I think about running downstairs to Starbucks and treating myself to a cappuccino. On second thought, I decide the free coffee provided by work will be good enough. It tastes like lightly flavored hot water. Oh well. It’s better than paying $4 for coffee with steamed milk but the cappuccino would have tasted so much better!
12:30 p.m. I’ve had meetings all morning and finally get to enjoy the leftover spaghetti I brought from home. The good thing about being busy is that I’ve just been occupied by work and have not been tempted to spend.
5:30 p.m. Home. I change into sweats and a t-shirt and look forward to an evening of rest and relaxation.
6:00 p.m. Dinner is leftover spaghetti. I love not having to cook dinner.
6:30 a.m. To curb any Starbucks temptations today, I go ahead and brew coffee at home and bring in to work.
9:00 a.m. A coworker is going to the cafeteria to grab breakfast and asks if I’d like to go. I tag along and browse but don’t buy anything.
12:40 p.m. Enjoying a homemade quinoa salad. This is the third straight day that I’ve enjoyed lunch brought from home. Yay me.
5:30 p.m. Another work day down. Woohoo!
7:00 p.m. I make a dinner of faux Pad Thai with shredded cabbage, eggs, and shrimp.
10:20 a.m. A coworker is selling Mary Kay on the side to make extra money. She asks if I’d like to try a face mask. I want to say no because I don’t want her to try to sell me products but I’m a wimp so I accept the “free” sample.
12:15 p.m. Another day of quinoa salad. If it means avoiding food waste and saving money, I really don’t mind eating the same food multiple days in a row.
6:50 p.m. Salmon fettucine for dinner. All I had to do was cook the pasta, add pesto and cook the salmon. I love when dinner comes together in under 30 minutes.
6:10 a.m. I’m having such a hard time waking up but it’s Friday! Yay! Everyone in the office is so relaxed and happy on Fridays plus we get to wear jeans. There’s something about casual clothes that puts people in good moods.
12:00 p.m. There’s an unspoken agreement that our department goes out for lunch together on Fridays. I don’t always like the restaurant that’s picked as we need to accommodate people with dietary restrictions. I’d rather not spend the money but it’s good to socialize with the people that I spend so much time with every week. We decide on Japanese food and I get 2 rolls. I spend $13 including tax and tip.
5:35 p.m. I’m free! For 2 days…
7:00 p.m. We have leftover faux Pad Thai and watch E.T. on Netflix. All in all, a pretty frugal work week.
8:30 a.m. Hubby and I go to 99 Ranch, an Asian supermarket. We stock up on basics like dry noodles and soy sauce. It’s also a good place to get cheap produce and meat. For example, ground pork here only sells for $1.79/lb which is at least a dollar cheaper than any other supermarket. We also love to stop by the bakery in the market to pick up some bread for breakfast. Nom nom.
We spend $58. I’ll portion out the meat and freeze the extras. I’m also gonna stop by Sprouts during the week because they’re having a sale on 18 oz of fresh blueberries for $1.98.
1:00 p.m. We have a simple lunch of noodle soup.
2:00 p.m. It’s a day of cleaning and tidying up.
4:00 p.m. I take a break and watch Let’s Eat on Netflix. It’s a Korean drama about a group of people who bond over their love of food. So far it’s cute and not overly melodramatic. Plus, I’m a sucker for shows about food.
7:30 p.m. Tonight’s dinner included stir-fried veggies, oyster mushrooms with ground pork, and scallops. I make more labor-intensive meals on weekends when I’m not feeling rushed. Yum!
7:00 a.m. I really want to sleep in but I don’t want to get too much sleep and feel groggy so I get out of bed and work on my blog.
1:00 p.m. Buffet time. We get coupons in the mail from local casinos for 2-for-1 buffet deals so we treat ourselves to Sunday brunch. We consider this our weekly date. The total comes to $18 after tax and tip which is really good especially since unlimited mimosas are included.
4:00 p.m. I do some prep for the meals we’re gonna have during the week to make life easier. We snack throughout the day since we had a big brunch meal so we’re gonna skip dinner tonight.
6:00 p.m. It’s the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones!!!!!!!! So excited. We’ve been waiting for this day for months, lol. Since we have HBO Now (HBO subscription for those without cable), we get to watch new episodes as soon as they’re released. OMG this season’s going to be so good.
10:30 p.m. That’s it, folks. It’s time to go to bed and get ready for another work week.
- I should always pack snacks for work. When I’m bored, I tend to resort to snacking. Also, I eat breakfast at 7 and don’t eat lunch until 12 or 1. It’s hard to go 5 or 6 hours with no food. I’d rather eat the snacks I bring from home which are cheaper and healthier than resorting to the vending machine.
- I’m surprised at how many money temptations there are at work. You’d think that work simply entails putting in 8 hours a day and doing whatever your boss asks of you. But there are coworkers who want to lunch out or maybe it’s someone’s birthday and the department pools money together for a gift.
- It’s okay to spend money. Deep down inside, I’m a hoarder when it comes to money. I don’t like to spend on things I consider to be superfluous. Taken to the extreme, it’s unhealthy. That’s why I’m learning to relax when coworkers want to grab lunch together and hubby suggests that we go to brunch. We don’t exist in a vacuum and it’s healthy to interact and enjoy life.