Spending Diary 18th to 24th of January 2021

Hi everybody,

Another week in the life of Flo’s wallet.


I’ve been having insomnia since Friday just gone. It’s as a result of coming off my medication risperidone. I’ve been waking up at the same times each night – 1.30 AM, 3 AM and 5.30 AM. I’ve then been struggling to fall back asleep each time that happened. I’ve been having some strange dreams and waking up all twisted in the bedsheets.

I have decided to just do walking as my exercise this week, I think I am too tired to do much else.

A surprisingly productive day at work despite the lack of sleep.


Another night of the 1.30 AM, 3 AM and 5.30 AM wake-ups. I have been able to start work at a good time each morning which is good luck.

I didn’t think I would be able to do any exercise today as I had my counselling session today. I realised late in the day though that she had contacted me to say due to feeling unwell she wouldn’t be doing the session tonight. This meant I saved £35. I went for a walk around the parks in the time I would have been having the session.


I think last night I only woke up at 1:30 AM and 5:30 AM, but I was awake for slightly longer than usual each time so it still didn’t feel like much of an achievement.

I have just been taking things slow and steady this week.


Not long till the weekend!


I don’t think I slept through the whole night, but I didn’t wake up nearly as much as I have done the rest of the week. Today was the first day of the week where I felt truly well-rested.

The flatmate had taken today off work. He went to the shops and bought himself a baguette, cucumber, milk and a gingerbread man for £3 from the local Tesco, which we will put on the food budget. We are doing surprisingly well on that front, giving up alcohol is working for me financially.

Ok, I haven’t given up alcohol, I am just finding I can’t drink anywhere near as much as I used to. I haven’t drunk once this week so far.

I owe my flatmate another takeaway, but he decided he would prefer to have it tomorrow instead. We just had some Spaghetti Bolognese.


I slept through the night!

I also slept till 11:30 AM, far later than I would like.

The flatmate and I decided to take advantage of the sunny, but still cold, weather and we ran around the parks. We then extended the run to a place we had never been before, which is a local reservoir. It was very muddy and many places were flooded. We ran back home along some quiet streets around the back of the park, this was mainly uphill so it wasn’t completely fun. Back home we fought over who would have the first shower. Our boiler only holds enough hot water for one shower at a time. I said my flatmate could go first, but he began dawdling and it takes an hour to reheat the water so, in the end, I had the first shower.

Snow is predicted for tomorrow!

We ordered an Indian takeaway. We made the same mistake we always make which is ordering far too much food. You would think this would mean we left some of it. We didn’t.

I had budgeted £45 for the takeaway and it came to £34.98, which is a win for me.


The flatmate woke me up to look out my window to see the snow. It was very light but still enough to cast a pretty light over everything. We quickly donned clothes and went for a walk around the parks. It was quite warm, I was just out in a hoodie and hat, so the snow would melt soon.

We then chatted to some friends on zoom, including a friend in Australia. After that, the flatmate and I made a food plan for the week and then I headed to the shops (it was my turn to go). In Iceland, I bought vegetarian burgers, halloumi burgers, Quorn chicken pieces, vegetarian pies and chocolate bar multipacks x 4, which all came to £17. In Tesco, I bought orange juice, vegetarian sausages, tofu, houmous, rice pudding, Actimel x 12 pack, pizza x 2, spring onions, mangetout, potatoes, broccoli, parsnip, scampi, onions, bread, burger buns and eggs. After reductions, it was £27.91. We still have more than £90 of the food budget to go at this point which is great!

In the late evening, I was messing around on my laptop and decided to place an order with Boots for some toiletries. I thought I had selected all the right products for all the right offers (3 for the price of 2 etc) and it was only when I had placed the order I saw it had only totalled 4 of the 6 ‘3 for 2’ offer products I wanted. In theory, this meant if it had of all gone through successfully it would have cost me another £5, but I would have had 2 products for that additional fiver, not one. Worst of all the product it had registered I wanted two of was probably the product I least needed to stockpile. It’s not much in the grand scheme of things but it was still annoying. I had saved over £16 on all the offers in total and came in slightly under budget at £32.27, but I know I will be annoyed about this for a long time.

With that, I declare that the week is over.





Published by flodebtfreediary

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

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