Spending Diary 10th to 16th August 2020


Hi everybody,

This week was a bit tough for me as on Tuesday my mum was cremated and it felt like I had lost her all over again that day.

I’ll take you through the spending.


My Dad’s birthday today! After work I called him up and spoke to him on a video call. My Dad’s speech isn’t what it once was since his strokes but he is able to say more and more words each week. It was nice to catch up with him and my step mum. His new laptop that I chipped in on the week before had arrived and he was very happy with it.

At the weekend I had read my latest issue of Women’s Health magazine and I saw an article about blue light filter glasses. I have been having trouble sleeping all throughout lock down and have tried various things including lavender pillow spray with little effect. The article said that this type of glasses can help with your sleep, and I am using screens much more than I did when I was working in the office before lockdown. So I went on Amazon and used the remaining £1.46 of my vouchers to get a small discount on a pack of 2 blue light filter glasses. I have always wanted to wear glasses, I just think people look great in them and a lot of my former boyfriends have worn glasses. They cost £13.51 and will be arriving Wednesday. I can’t wait.

When I went to brush my teeth that evening the head on my electric tooth brush broke mid brush. It was my last one. I did have a normal toothbrush so I could still keep my teeth clean, but I much prefer an electric toothbrush. I went back to Amazon and bought a four pack of recyclable toothbrush heads for £8.50. It was an expense I wasn’t expecting and could have done without.


I woke up early today because my family and I were going to be lighting candles in our respective places and reflecting on my mum at 8:30AM which is the time of my mum’s direct cremation. I listened to Into My Arms by Nick Cave and I suddenly started crying uncontrollably. I was really struggling. I contacted my line manager to ask if I could take the afternoon off as annual leave, but she let me take the full day off, saying that in theory this is like going to a funeral.

I stayed in the house most of the day other than going for my run. I cancelled three magazines I had taken out trial subscriptions of as I was hoping to keep them going but I just can’t afford them at this moment in time. I found the day very tough, understandably I guess. I just wanted to go to sleep and wake up tomorrow and hope it would be a better day.


I definitely believe in the restorative powers of a good night’s sleep. I woke up feeling much better than I did yesterday.

My glasses and toothbrush heads arrived and I was eager to try them out.

My flat mate went to the shops and bought alcohol free beers, scampi, vegetarian sausages, hand wash, cucumber, bread rolls and potatoes. It came to £13.30 but we will split that between us.


I woke up at the sound of my alarm and actually felt able to get up and out of bed. I don’t normally. I did later fall asleep on the sofa downstairs, so I am taking that as a partial success for the glasses.

It was unbearably hot in most places of the UK this week. I was really struggling. I could do little more than sit in front of my desk fan yesterday and although it was cloudy today it was still very warm. I don’t do well in heat.

The flat mate and I did a 5km run after work and I found it extremely difficult. I have been running slower this week and this run was a real struggle, but I haven’t run this distant a lot recently so I was happy to have completed it.


It my nephews 15th birthday today. He phoned me up to say thanks for the card and gift I had sent him which was nice. At lunchtime I went to pick up my prescription and bought 2 lots of hand wash and 2 lots of tissues for the house. That came to £5.78, but it will be split with my flat mate.

My flat mate went to spend the weekend with his girlfriend so I decided to plan my weekend around being able to watch what I wanted on TV. It would mainly involve catching up on a few things I watch during the week that I haven’t seen all episodes of, but I also planned to work on starting the final season of a boxset on Netflix.

My sleep has greatly improved since getting the blue light filter glasses. Today was another day where I woke up feeling refreshed. I would recommend for anyone with sleep problems to give these a try.


I woke up early as I was going for a run with some friends from a running group. I felt really good when I came home from that, though again I found the run difficult.

I then went to do the food shopping. First I went and picked up 2 body scrubs for myself which came to £2.98. Then I went to Tesco and bought oat milk x 2, lucozade, orange juice, frozen spinach, frozen sweetcorn, cheese, coconut milk, black beans, chick peas, butter, tofu, vegan mayo, bananas, gravy granules, spring onions, sugar snap peas, lemon and ginger tea, peppermint tea, potatoes, mozzarella, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, limes x 2 and eggs. It came to £31.46.

I spent the evening watching Netflix and cooking a stir fry heavy on the vegetables. I drink three days a week and Saturday is one of my days for drinking so I enjoyed a bit of whisky.


My run today was very difficult. I attempted a 5km but ended up walking a big chunk of it. I think it is clear that running every day for 111 days in a row is enough and I will be ending my run streak today.

I had woken up late for me. I had trouble falling asleep last night. This made me feel annoyed and like I had to catch up on my day. But at least it kept me from spending money.

With that I declare that my week is over for spending.








Published by flodebtfreediary

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

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