Weekend Money Diary 3: Nursing a hangover and testing my new bike

I’ve been inspired by The Luxe Strategist’s old money diaries and, of course, Refinery29, so this is my take on it. I’ll be tracking my spending during the weekends for now, since I like reading what I’ve been doing, and I don’t think I could keep track of an entire week yet. So here’s what I, as a 20-something student/freelancer/consultant in London spend during a weekend.

Friday

This day was a bit of a haze for me at this point, but I had a decent workday and then went over to a friends’ house for drinks and goodbyes before one of them is leaving the country.

7 pm: We are getting bits and pieces done in the house and I also manage to score a few things, including an ice cream mould. We get McDonalds’ and buy some cheap rosé in a supermarket. $23.67

The rest of the night is spent with cardgames, too many drinks, and I stagger home several hours past midnight. My partner is still out, and I don’t notice him coming home before I wake up in the morning.

Total spent: $23.67

Saturday

9.50: I wake up several hours later than usual with a splitting headache and an overall off feeling. That’s the price you pay, I suppose. My partner brings me tea in bed.

Breakfast: Tea and a waffle. I can’t be bothered.

Lunch: We stagger over to a nice little café where we get a jerk chicken wrap and a salmon poké bowl. My share is $20.68.

14.00: We do eventually go out for a walk in the neighbourhood, buy groceries (my partner owes me so he covers them), and watch the rain. We have a decent view over London, so it looks really nice, and none of us has the mental brainpower to do anything remotely productive.

Dinner: We make an easy dinner consisting of peanut stir fry and I make dessert – apple crumble.

We both go to bed and read.

Tried out a TikTok recipe – seems OK!

Total spent: $20.68

Sunday

Breakfast: Tea.

10.00: I clean the flat and start decluttering some of the things that were put in random place as we were moving in. I always feel more productive when my environment is clean and tidy.

12.00: I make a big bowl of pasta salad to last us for a few lunches in the coming week. It is the Cold Peanut Noodle Salad from Budget Bytes, highly recommend!

Taking a break in my old neighbourhood.

4.00: I forgot to deliver a key to my previous landlord, so I cycle over to the old place to hand it in. I am glad I took the bike, since XR protests have blocked a big area of London, but I can easily get through the chaos. I am very new to biking in London and it feels quite daunting, but I learn every time I am out there and I am slowly getting more comfortable. The saved $$$ and additional exercise is also a huge motivation to use the bike (bought secondhand).

Dinner: We’re having plant-based burgers with homemade chips and an apple/kale salad.

Total spending this weekend: $44.35

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Weekend Money Diary 2: Euro 2020, cheap drinks and to take away or not?

I’ve been inspired by The Luxe Strategist’s old money diaries and, of course, Refinery29, so this is my take on it. I’ll be tracking my spending during the weekends for now, since I like reading what I’ve been doing, and I don’t think I could keep track of an entire week yet. So here’s what I, as a 20-something student/freelancer/consultant in London spend during a weekend.

Friday

7.00: Im up and going earlier than usual because I have a lot of work to do, as well as grocery shopping, exercising and cleaning. We’ll see how that goes.

9.00: I go for a small run to the big Sainsbury’s to tick off the exercise bit and buy stuff I need for dinner and drinks later today.

9.30: My boss calls me about a project proposal that has to be done ASAP. I can already tell my plans are going astray.

10.30: I’m back from the grocery shop. I’ll split the cost of wine with my friends, so my share + groceries comes to $21. I also considered purchasing a travel card to see if I could save costs on travelling – but with the recent price increase, I doubt I will be using it enough to justify the cost, so I decide not to.

Lunch: Leftover chicken wrap.

1 pm: I go to the post office to send some clothes I’ve sold on eBay. I use leftover boxes I have gathered in the house over the last few months.

I continue with work and make time for some cleaning too.

7 pm: I’ve done what I can with work and I’m not as behind as I feared. Now I’ll cook dinner (a French casserole recipe) and be ready to have a chill evening with drinks and great company. I appreciate that none of my friends insists on spending every night at a pub or a bar, because I currently need to watch my budget much more than usual.

Total spent: $21

Sold clothes ready for their new homes.

Saturday

7.30: I had a terrible night’s sleep and wished I had had at least an hour more. Oh well.

Breakfast: Tea, toast and scrambled eggs.

12.00: We were supposed to attend a birthday party in a park today, but the host has been in close contact with someone who tested positive. I choose to do work instead so I can catch up and take a mental note of the new date of the party.

Lunch: I get caught up in work and skip lunch. Woops. I have some crisps.

4.00: Im feeling the effects of the lack of sleep now. Maybe if I just close my eyes for a little, I’ll feel better…

5.25: Ah shit. My country is playing today in the Euro 2020 but I wake up when the game has started. We’re doing surprisingly well this year so I actually try to stay updated – we’ve already scored so off to a good start.

Dinner: I have my final leftover chicken wrap, and resist the tempation to get a takeaway. There are a lot of offers since England is playing.

I go to bed and read a bit.

Total spent: $0.00

Sunday

Breakfast: Tea and a waffle. I am waiting for my bananas to ripe so I can experiment with baked oats.

9.00: I check my budget and make a loose meal plan. I have decided on a weekly spending limit to ensure I stick to my budget, so I need to keep track of things.

10.00: Time for run and grocery shop (for the things I couldn’t carry home on Friday). Total comes to $14.09.

Lunch: I have another urge for takeaway, but planned ahead and heat some chips and fish fingers in the oven instead.

Rest of the afternoon and evening is spent doing chores and preparing for the coming week.

Dinner: Stir-fry with easy ingredients from M&S I bought earlier.

Total spending this weekend: $35.09

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Weekend Money Diary 1: You don’t spend a lot when you are sick

I’ve been inspired by The Luxe Strategist’s old money diaries and, of course, Refinery29, so this is my take on it. I’ll be tracking my spending during the weekends for now, since I like reading what I’ve been doing, and I don’t think I could keep track of an entire week yet. So here’s what I, as a 20-something student/freelancer/consultant in London spend during a weekend.

Friday

7.30: I have barely slept this night because the side effects of my second jab of the vaccine is kicking in. Not only do I have a ton of work and a medical appoint, but I’ve also got plans for the evening. We’ll see if they hold up.

8.00: Cancel the medical appointment. Decide to get bare amount of work done.

Lunch: Leftover burger and home-cooked fries. Easy.

4 pm: Fever kicks in again after the paracetamol starts wearing off. I cancel my plans for the evening, and my partner and I agrees on date night the following day, where my side effects should be drastically diminished (based on what other people have reported).

Dinner: Nothing. Im exhausted, shivering, feverish, have a headache and muscle pains. Don’t wanna eat.

Total spent: $0

Saturday

8.30: I had a really good night’s sleep and feel pretty decent. But I also have work to catch up on because I’ve been dealing with side effects for two full days, so that’s what we’ll get into.

Breakfast: A waffle and some melon. I’ve run out of tea, and Im a bit of a tea-snob, so I’ll have to restock asap.

1 pm: I decide to clean my room and dress up. Im going out for sushi later, so I need a refresh. And a break from work..

Lunch: I decide to go with some more melon and toast, because Im strongly counting on getting my money’s worth of sushi later.

5.40: I go to buy tea and arrive last minute before they close – but I only need a refill, so they’re being nice about it. I still have some time before meeting up with my partner, so I stop by Apple on Regent’s street to check out their Apple Watch, which I am considering investing in. However, the store is too crowded for my liking, so I decide to go on a stroll instead while I wait. I walk into three different protests along the way but eventually arrive safely at the restaurant in SoHo.

Dinner: It is all-you-can-eat-sushi, but made to order so it comes fresh out of the kitchen. Some people think that’s a given – it is not if you grew up in a small town with one Chinese (yeah, they weren’t fussed) restaurant. It is delicious. I pay for dinner since I invited. It comes out to $72.00 for two people.

We go on a walk in central, then back home and watch an episode of Vikings.

Total spent: $72.00

Sunday

Breakfast: I wake up to tea, baked goods and fruit. I spend most of the next hours just chilling, walking around the flat to do bits and pieces.

1.00: I’m supposed to catch up on the work I missed when I was sick, but I get caught up watching Iliza Shlesinger’s new movie. No regrets.

Lunch/dinner: Im not feeling hungry or in the mood for cooking, so I go out to buy a frozen pizza. I’d never had one before I moved to this country and now I voluntarily eat them. Sigh. $2.70.

The rest of the day is spent on catching up on work and putting things for sale on eBay. It has been a very chill weekend, but I suppose that is to be expected when I got knocked out by the vaccine. It was definitely worth the temporary illness though.

Total spending this weekend: $74.70

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