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Hi everybody,

I returned to work again this week, after having taken time off due to my recent bereavement. It felt good to get back to work.

03/08/2020

This morning I bought two books for my Kindle, but I used Amazon vouchers to pay for them so it didn’t cost me anything. That was a saving of £7.52.

I took a walk to the nearest post box, which is also near a park that I decided to walk around the perimeter of before I started work. One of the letters I posted was an early birthday card to my nephew, my going rate for my nieces and nephews is £20 so that’s what the card contained. When I turned on my work lap top I had a lot of emails and messages to get through. One was from a colleague saying what my share of another colleague’s recent birthday gifts was, so I paid that.

It felt good to be back at work. I felt fully supported by the people I work with and I felt able to manage the work load.

At lunch time I used up some cashew butter I had opened in the cupboard for ages in a homemade houmous. I added chilli to it and copious amounts of extra virgin olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. It was a taste sensation. Best houmous ever.

I really felt like having some wine today, so I got my run out of the way early. I am up to day 98 in a row of running. I am aiming for 100. I hope I make it. The flat mate and I had batch cooked spaghetti Bolognese for dinner and we made enough portions for tomorrow’s lunch too.

I got most of the things done on my to do list but am still struggling with the bigger items. My mum once said to me that I should have a shorter to do list. Maybe she was right.

04/08/2020

I slept in today. Yesterday I had about 5 hours sleep so I guess I needed to catch up. I still made work on time. It’s hard not to when I have no commute. I was in a MS Teams meeting in the morning, but the speakers on my laptop stopped working so I had to do the old trick of turning it off and on again.

At lunch time I used the leftover spaghetti Bolognese sauce with some pasta shapes and had that. I felt a bit queasy after lunch, not that I’m blaming the lunch. Probably just the medication I am on.

The flat mate felt we needed to do a food shop after we had planned our meals for the week so he made a list and set off for the shops. We are taking it in turns to go to the shops during the pandemic. About 20 minutes after he had left he called me to say that he needed me to come and meet him to help him carry back the shopping. I walked to where he was and we came back together with all the food shopping safely carried between us. He had bought nonalcoholic beers (we love these), Pepsi, Lucozade, milk, mushy peas, tortilla wraps, cheese rolls, cucumber, eggs, vegetarian mince, carrots, cookies, falafel, halloumi, houmous and courgettes. The flat mate doesn’t like the houmous I made yesterday, hence him buying some for himself.  The food shopping came to £26.95, but we split the food and household shopping between us.

Today was one of my drink free days. I try to have four a week. I plan on having some whisky tomorrow as celebration of my 100 days of running. Today was day 99! I did have some non-alcoholic beers today as I really do like them. I don’t really like soft drinks and non-alcoholic beers are just a more interesting soft drink to me. Apparently they do actually have some health benefits too. Not that I am claiming to know that for certain, it is just something I’ve heard.

We had sausage and mash for dinner, then we started watching The Umbrella Academy season 2. I loved the first season, and had read the comic book too. It was pretty good. It was rubbish night tonight so we only watched the one episode and then took out the bins and I tidied up the kitchen.

Finally I caught up with some stuff on my computer and then prepared for bed.

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05/08/2020

I got paid some Amazon vouchers from one of my side hustles today, so I put through an order for two notebooks, a book and some toiletries. It was £53.05 but it didn’t cost me anything and I selected free postage and packaging too. I had my most successful day at work of the week. I felt really sleepy around 5pm but had to wake up for a run with a friend at 6pm. Before that I saw an advert for Collectif clothing and felt in lust with a white dress. I was really tempted to buy it but I just bookmarked the page and decided to revisit it at another time when I was a bit flusher with cash.

I did my 100th run. My friend surprised me by bringing supporters along to the run. That really made my day. I did two laps of the park and then went home for some whisky and a falafel and halloumi wrap. I did my daily French lessons on Duolingo and after the flat was cleared up after dinner I relaxed and read Runner’s World magazine.

06/08/2020

I had a bad night’s sleep so was in a moody funk all day. It wasn’t my proudest moment.

My sister had been in contact to ask if me and the rest of the siblings (I’m one of 6) wanted to chip in for a new laptop for my Dad for his birthday. I felt bad because I had already gotten my Dad birthday presents and I wasn’t sure I could contribute to the laptop as well. I would have to have a think about it.

I did a small run at lunch time with my flat mate who needed to run to the pharmacy to get his prescription. It wasn’t too bad a run. My 101st day of running in a row!

I was pretty sad all evening due to the lack of sleep and eventually went to bed at a decent time. I believe in the restorative powers of a good night’s sleep and I felt that everything would be ok in the morning.

07/08/2020

I felt a lot better after a good night’s sleep. I had a good day at work too. On impulse I bought a book for my Kindle, Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. I still feel I need to get a lot sorted with my sleep, and I had best work on it over the weekend as I have some early morning meetings next week. I paid for the book with vouchers so it didn’t cost me anything in cash and was a saving of £3.99.

The flat mate and I have rapidly made our way through the non-alcoholic beer stash. So I went on the Flavourly website who I get a monthly beer crate from and ordered a case of low percentage beers we have had before. That came to £36 which interestingly is more expensive that the actual beer crate I get. I haven’t yet worked that out. Oh well. Neither the flat mate nor I drive and carrying back beers of any variety is a lot of hard work from the local shops so buying online works well for us.

I decided to contribute to my Dad’s laptop birthday gift. I sent my sister £30 towards it. She had found a very affordable model with all the trimmings my Dad would want so between us kids and my step mum it would be doable.

I caught up on this week’s episodes of Neighbour’s, and I will also do the same for The Heights which is another daytime Australian show I like.

Today marks 20 days until I become debt free. Whilst becoming debt free is still an achievement and something I have been working towards for a long time, it doesn’t matter as much to me now that my Mum is gone. I just wish I could share this with her.

I decided to make the house all nice and tidy for the weekend ahead. It’s something I like to do on Friday’s so it is one less thing to do at the weekend. I had already done the worst job which is the washing up so it was just general clearing up that needed to be done. My flat mate’s girlfriend had repotted my peace lily so I had three new plants to find places for.

Sitting around with my phone later I impulsively bought the latest album by the band Sparks. After using Amazon vouchers it didn’t cost anything, so was a saving of £10.99. However I did sign up to a one week trial of Amazon Prime which cost 99p, but I cancelled it as soon as I placed the order.

08/08/2020

My alarm went off at 8am, but I slept for a further two hours. Bad Flo.

I like ‘pottering’ about for a couple of hours in the morning before I do anything, so it was about midday when I went to the shops to do the weekly food shop. I bought 2 packs of alcohol free beers, 2 cartons of oat milk, orange juice, a 1kg tub of peanut butter, 0% fat Greek yogurt, onions (brown, red), cucumber, green tea, garlic bread, tomatoes, beetroot, ground coffee, mozzarella, 2 packs of goats cheese and 2 lots of spaghetti Bolognese ready mix spices. The shopping came to £32.58 because I got 10% off it using the Tesco clubcard plus app.

Once home I tidied up and messed around on social media, and then at 3pm I went for a 5km run. As I left the house I realised I was going to try and run the furthest I’ve run since hearing about my mum’s death, and it would be the same route I did on the day she passed away. I found the run very tough. It was extremely hot in Wales today and even though I was wearing lightweight capri trousers and a vest I was still boiling hot and sweating like crazy. Sorry for that image. I had a very cool shower when I got home and did my weekly beauty maintenance (shaving, face mask, body scrub). I then made a really nice dinner of goat’s cheese, beetroot and walnut macaroni cheese. You can find the recipe on my blog now.

It was nearly 9pm before I settled down for my daily Duolingo lesson. I am learning French. I learnt French in high school, getting a mediocre grade C in my GCSE exam. I would say my grasp of French is much better now from the Duolingo lessons than it ever was in high school. Just goes to show that youth really is wasted on the young. I am taking it much more seriously now than I ever did in high school, which is a pity because when I was younger I was desperate to learn a new language. My Grandad was a Russian translator and my Aunt is a German translator. So languages must be in my blood somewhere.

I decided after my lesson I was going to relax with some Netflix and try to go to bed at a sensible time.

09/08/2020

I slept in very late today, and still felt tired when I got up. That’s not how it should work! I had had a dream about my mum and felt sad when I woke up. I decided to get on with my day to distract me from it.

I tidied up the flat, then I went to the shops to do food shopping part 2. As it is just me in the flat this weekend there is only so much shopping I can carry on my own so decided to split the weekend’s shopping into two loads. I bought milk, Pepsi, Lucozade, mouthwash, beetroot juice, 2 tubs of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, frozen salmon fillets, frozen cod fillets, 2 packets of 4 chocolate bars, 2 slabs of chocolate, mushrooms, bread, eggs and bananas. It came to £27.15. I had saved £4.90 through various offers. I had also compared the price per 100g on the chocolate slabs against some other size bars they had in store, so I know I got the best price on them too.

I caught up with my admin stuff at home, then at 4pm I went for a run with my friend. It was still very hot even at that time. After the run we treated ourselves to an ice cream at a local Italian place. I had a two scoop ice cream of chuckleberry and a special milk ice cream. It was lovely. It came to £3.95, good ice cream is always worth paying for.

My Sparks CD had arrived today. My notebooks, skin care and book had arrived yesterday. When I got home my flat mate was back and was feeling sleepy on the sofa. Neither of us were in a hurry to eat dinner so the evening stretched out before us.

And with that I am signing off for this week. I really don’t plan on spending any more money today.

TOTAL SPENDING THIS WEEK

FOOD AND HOUSEHOLD SHOPPING = £122.68 (MY HALF £61.34)

PERSONAL SHOPPING = £58.44

TOTAL COMBINED SPENDING THIS WEEK = £119.78

Published by flodebtfreediary

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

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