Spending Diary of 8th to 14th June 2020

Hi everybody,

It’s a new week, yes it is!

I wonder what this week holds in store for me.


Ok, so disclaimer, I bought something late on Sunday night which wasn’t included in my spending diary that I published on here on the 7th. This is because it was a bit of a spur of the moment purchase. My friend was doing a fundraiser on Facebook for The Bail Project, and I donated £5 to that. I am including it here.

I had today off work as I have booked every Monday in June off as annual leave. I did have to do a small training course though but that only took about 2 hours. I wrote a lot in the morning and I spent a good amount of time on Duolingo later in the day. The flat mate and I are watching a WWE Pay per View for their NXT brand and we had it with these amazing vegan burgers from Beyond Meat. They were absolutely delicious. I spent some time looking at flats online to see what sort of places I could move into this September and there were actually more options than I thought which reassured me.

A bit later I checked one of my receipt apps on my phone that pays me in Amazon vouchers and saw I had enough to cash out a £10 voucher which really cheered me up. I cashed it straight away and went on Amazon and bought Lemonade by Beyoncé and an Elton John 3 CD Greatest Hits. I had £20 in vouchers on my account so the two CDs cost me £4.99, plus I requested free postage and packaging. Not a bad saving at all.

I had been waiting in all day for a delivery to turn up – a few things from a local coffee shop – but it never did. I got the invoice late in the evening, my order was £32.30 (£16.15 for my half). I paid it, but then contacted the seller to say the order hadn’t turned up. He was extremely apologetic and assured me it would arrive on Tuesday. These things happen and he is offering a really good service, so I wasn’t upset.


A really interesting day post wise. My 12 bottle case of wine that was due to be delivered last week turned up, yey! There is in particular a white wine in the case I am eager to try. I also received in the standard post my latest issue of Runner’s World magazine that featured an article about one of my running groups, and I also had a letter from my Aunt and Uncle and another from my Cousin and her family. I also had my missing delivery from yesterday delivered, so all in all I had of lot of stuff to read and unpack.

Then a bit later on in the day there was another buzz at the door for a delivery and the flat mate answered it as I was in an online meeting. It was another lot of what I had ordered from the local coffee shop. I emailed the owner of the store to explain the mistake and said I would pay for the items if he sent me another invoice.

I did an online pub quiz later with some friends of mine and the flat mates, and then I settled down to read Runner’s World magazine.


The owner of the coffee shop who had delivered two lots of orders to me had replied to my email to say he was very sorry and although I said I wasn’t upset he still felt bad so the invoice he sent me for the second delivery had taken off the equivalent cost of the two bags of coffee, which was a nice little saving. I promptly paid the £20.01 price of the new invoice (£10.01 for my half) and then had a little panic about the amount of days left in the month with a vastly depleted food budget, but I worked out what the average amount left for a 7 day week was based on dividing what remains of the budget by the amount of days until I next get paid, and it looked like we would be alright. But suddenly that reduced price of the coffee did help.

My Amazon delivery of the two CDS turned up and I greatly look forward to listening to them later on. I don’t own any sort of streaming or portable music device, I don’t even have a Spotify account, so I do get a lot of use out of CDs which must make me really retro. I do have a vinyl collection as well!

Later on the flat mate and I went for a run, then he went to the shops to pick up some things we needed. We had put off shopping for as long as we could. My flat mate also went to the local chippie and got a small portion of chips, curry sauce and mushy peas. The Tesco shopping was £26.75, and the chip shop stuff was £4.80, so it was £15.78 for my half. It was really nice to have chip shops chips.

As predicted the flat mate came back with half the sweet aisle in Tesco. We have 2 bars of Dairy Milk, a packet of digestive biscuits, fig rolls (I admittedly asked for them) and 2 packets of 2 GU cheesecakes. Better be careful, I don’t want to come out of lockdown having put on weight.

I had a productive French lesson on Duolingo, completing another section before moving on. I sailed through the next session I was on, but eventually had to stop.

The flat mate and I watched a couple of episodes of This Country as we’ve only heard good things about it, it was pretty funny, and it was really well observed.

We then talked for a bit as I had been struggling a bit today with lockdown fatigue and it really felt good to chat. I had a good text exchange with my mum as well. I told her about a dear friend of mine who is suffering with ill health at the moment, she needs an operation and her only real option is to have private surgery. She’s launched a fund raiser and I was telling my mum about that. My mum being the kind hearted person she is wanted to help. I’m looking into if I can do some sort of sponsored event during lock down to raise money for her.

I keep struggling to go to bed at a sensible time and I really must work on that as it is starting to badly affect me. There just never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done.


I realised today was the 2 year anniversary of being in my current role at work. I looked up what the symbol for a 2 year anniversary was and found out it was cotton, so I decided to buy those two sports bras I had been considering for a while. But I didn’t just buy them straight away, I went through an employee benefits scheme I have at work and purchased a £50 voucher for that store (the price of the two sports bras) and I got a 7.5% discount on the voucher, meaning it only cost me £46.25. A small discount, but a good one, and I had spent enough to qualify for free postage and packaging too which is another saving.

I had an open discussion about how I was feeling with my line manager and I feel so much better for it and I’m ready to start again afresh tomorrow.

The flat mate was in a bad way today, all of his technology stopped synching with each other and this causes major problems for him, so he was really upset because of all that. I wish I could help him.

I completed another level on Duolingo, I did a 6.86km run in a quick time and in general I felt good about today.


I woke up at 5am today and felt wide awake, so I decided to stay up. I wrote about 1700 words in the morning, as well as blogged, and then I did a 36 minute interval session near my house. I quickly had a shower, stretched and foam rolled, then I started work.

I had quite a good day at work, but I later had a phone counselling session with the support team that my employer has. It wasn’t necessary to arrange any more sessions, but I felt good for having had this session, and I ended the working week in a really good mood.

Such a good mood in fact that when my flat mate said he felt like a takeaway I agreed, though I knew it would probably be bad on the scales tomorrow morning. I was to pay for the takeaway since my flat mate has very generously agreed to do branding work for me in exchange for two takeaways. We decided to order from an Indian place nearby that my flat mate had been to before with his girlfriend and they had been very good to him, so we wanted to give them money. The takeaway wasn’t the best one in the world but it certainly was quite nice, and it was something different.

The takeaway was £27.55. I later saw my friend was doing a sponsored event for the Samaritans, who she volunteers for, so I sponsored her for £5, with a 31p admin fee, so £5.31 in total.

Not a bad day all in all.


In direct contrast to yesterday, today I woke up at 11am, which I hate. It throws my entire day off balance. I would much rather have too little sleep than too much. I had stayed up late the night before finishing a Haruki Murakami book (A Wild Sheep Chase) so at least I had gained something from my oversleeping.

We needed to get more supplies from the shops. I hate going to the shops. The amount of people who don’t obey the one way system or the 2 metre social distancing guidelines is shocking. But we needed supplies. I went to Savers first and picked up Vaseline, toothpaste, hand wash and anti-bacterial wipes for £10.91 (£5.45 for my half). Next I went to Tesco and bought orange juice, 2 bottles of squash, olives, Ben and Jerry’s, black beans, gravy granules, a jar of roasted red peppers, vitalite, flora, vegan mayonnaise, tomato puree, frozen spinach, courgettes, apples, fresh peppers, strawberries, bananas, 3 multipacks of crisps and eggs for £33.42 (£16.71 for my half).

Once back from the shops I watched a Euro 96 football match of Netherlands versus England. My flat mate said it was one of the best football matches he had ever seen and recommended that I watch it. It was pretty good, and it is nice to see footballers I remember from my childhood again.

I went for a run after the game and then the flat mate and I just watched TV and films the rest of the evening. Around 10.30pm I got the urge to buy father’s day cards before I forget again, so I bought two from Moon Pig, one for my Dad and one for my Grandpa. They came to £8.30 for the two.


I have really been debating about whether to buy some more Lush products, more specifically the same Lush products I bought last time just in bigger sizes. After creating a £46 shopping basket I eventually decided to cast it aside. I do need the products, but the flat mate and I have a very small amount of the food budget left and 2 weeks to get through with it, plus I have put the cost of the takeaway on my credit card. There is a chance I will get £75.13 on Tuesday, but I decided it was much better to make sure I had the money first and then use that to pay off the credit card and use the rest for food than buy some products.

So with that I declare that the week is over for spending!


FOOD AND HOUSEHOLD SHOPPING = £128.19 (£64.09 my half)



This is much more than I was expecting to have spent, so it will have to be a leaner period for the rest of the month.




Published by flodebtfreediary

Hello, I write about food, debt, saving money, mental health and social anxiety.

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