I’ve been reading money diary entries on Refinery29 recently and loving the insight into how others view and justify their spending. I was interested to start my own and see how I match up so here goes.
I’m working 12 hours today so I wake up at 04:45 and spend an hour watching youtube and reading blogs online. The bright light in my face really helps to wake me up.
07:00 I get to work and realise that the coconut milk I have in the fridge will only last one more cup. I will need to pop over to Tesco during my break. I drink black coffee for now but I can’t finish the whole thing.
12:00 I head to Tesco to buy some soy milk( £0.59) and some Yogurt for my Granola tomorrow (£1.50-I’m vegan and dairy free yogurts are a little more expensive) they have some Nectarines for 49p and I get six apples for snacking while I’m in work (£0.80) and some vegan blue cheese from Tesco’s new dairy free line (£2.25) = £5.63
12:10 I have a stock of frozen meals in the freezer at work, I take our some chilli and heat it up in the microwave for lunch. It’s delicious.
17:00 I eat another frozen meal (after reheating it of course), today is a very busy day in work and it’s going great! We’re all sat around the office laughing and I have actually eradicated my to-do list!
20:00 I head home after having to stay late with an issue in work, Watch some Sense8 on Netflix which is a beautiful and amazing tv show, Play some piano and head to bed.
05:15 I sleep in a little bit today because I’m tired from yesterday, watch a little youtube, write a little on my blog then have a shower before work. We have a baby in the house and I don’t want to dry my hair this early so I put some home made dry shampoo in.
11:00 A colleague is going to be off work with illness for a few weeks and so I offer to cover his standby tonight knowing I had no plans anyway.
12:00 I stop for lunch and have one of the frozen meals- I find a pasta carbonara I made a month ago that was amazing! I didn’t know I had any left and am more excited than any adult should be about pasta.
19:00 After a standard day in work I now have to go collect one of our standby laptops from a colleague because we have to share and rotate them. I can’t get hold of him straight away and so I send him a message and hope it stays quiet until I can pick it up.
20:10 Sod’s law, I get a phone call saying I’ll need the laptop so I call my boss and ask him to cover until I can get into work but just then my colleague messages me his address and I go to get the laptop.
21:30 I’m home now with the laptop, thankfully I used a work vehicle to collect the laptop and I don’t have to pay any petrol. It’s a long call and I end up working until just past 01:30 in the morning
08:00 I was up late last night working so I get so sleep in a little later before going to work, lay in bed, spend some time with my cat and have a shower.
12:30 Work is in a bit of chaos and I’ll be working overnight tonight so I’m sent home to get some sleep beforehand.
18:20 I’m up and getting ready to head into work now, I’m told it’ll only be until about three in the morning (However it turns out being all night until 07:00) so I pack a laptop and my phone charger along with the apples and nectarines from the other day for some late night snacks.
21:30 Things are going okay at work, I get another frozen meal from my stash of freezer goodies, it’s a lentil curry. Two colleagues tell me it smells great and are in awe that it’s homemade, I tell them they should learn how to cook and they laugh- I wasn’t joking.
08:00 I get home from work and head straight to bed after opening the window for the cat, she looks out of the window then walks over to lay between my legs whilst I sleep instead.
13:00 I wake up and she’s still there, I smile and spend about half an hour stroking her before realising I’m really hungry now! I eat the rest of the Yogurt from Monday with some homemade granola then go out for a walk with my housemate and the baby.
15:00 We’re talking about food and I have a big hankering for some salt and pepper chips! I absolutely love that shit and in that moment nothing else will do. My housemate has chips and garlic and I have the rest of the ingredients so I agree to cook some for us. I make inappropriate pleased noises and tell the baby to stop eyeing up my lunch, he’s a sneaky one!
16:00 I’m heading over to Different-P’s house tonight as I have four days off work, bags packed I walk down to the train station. I usually cycle and I’m really surprised by how much longer it takes to walk! I left my bike at Different-P’s house last week and am really excited to be reunited with both of them! I have a 16-25 Railcard and so the ticket is £15.
19:30 The internet lied to me and there is no train from the stop I’ve gone to, I end up getting a metro to my final destination instead which is another £2.80.
20:20 I finally arrive at Different-P’s house to some freshly cooked Pain-au-raisins. They are freaking delicious! I make us some pasta and pesto for tea with some sweetcorn and sliced greens we got on sale last week and froze. We sit down to eat then watch some master of none before bed.
09:15 I wake up naturally after a nice night’s sleep thinking it’s about 1pm but am happily surprised that I have the whole morning to myself! I eat a pain au raisin and sit down to watch some sense8 on the couch under the duvet.
11:00 I just finished the rest of the season and am now at a loss for what to do with my life until the next season comes out! I make some oat milk because I’m out of soy again. It’s a good job I only drink decaf tea because I drink a lot of it! I make some porridge with the pulp that’s leftover with some raisins, chia seeds and chocolate spread.
12:00 I start writing some material for my blog including this diary entry and reading some things online. I see an advert for a bamboo toothbrush set that’s 5 for £12 and am extremely tempted! It’s good for the environment and will have no BPA in it. I decide to hold off for now because buying things you don’t need is never good for the environment but resolve to keep an eye out when I’m in need for a new toothbrush!
15:30 starting to make some seitan steaks and crispy potatoes for tea when disaster strikes- we have no potatoes! I go out to the shop and buy a bag of organic small potatoes (£1.39).
17:00 We talk to our neighbours for around an hour and a half and learn that they are amazing gardeners! They repot a plant of ours that was apparently pot bound and set it up for a much brighter future than we did! Different-P tries to thank them by giving them a pan au raisin each and drops all but one on the floor!
18:00 We eat tea when we’re finished chatting and then settle down for the evening to play ‘Amnesia’ with some Rose. Different-P makes sure the lights are out. I throw the remote down multiple times for a break because the game is terrifying- after going to the kitchen for a drink I sneakily turn a hall light on and he doesn’t notice! We head to bed late.
09:30- I wake up and have a bowl of frozen fruits and home-made muesli for breakfast, we have a big day ahead of us and I have a bigger portion than usual with a coffee.
11:00 We set off to go bouldering! It’s like fake rock climbing without the ropes and an excuse to exercise and behave like big children at the same time which I am a proud advocate of! We cycle there and it takes about 25 minutes. I bought a 10 time pass a few weeks ago so technically it cost me nothing but I bought it from my savings account and pay it back from my spending account each time I go – £7.
16:00- We go to Lush on the way back home. I have lived six months without a conditioner and it’s time to start using one. I buy R&B as it’s the thickest vegan option and get a sample of veganese. I had a gift card for £5 so it ends up costing £15.60
17:00 We hit up Asda for some items and walk around the sales sections. We buy some Raspberries for 45p each, two huge sacks of potatoes for 60p each, some organic Almond milk nearing it’s expiry date for 50p each, some reduced cornflakes 19p each and some quinoa wraps that are 50p for six on sale and then some crisps £1 (originally the list was crisps £1, billionaires shortcake £2, a vegan milk chocolate bar 45p and some lemon and poppyseed cakes 50p but we wittled it down to one unhealthy item between us because we’d been so good exercising all day) and then we head home to cook tea. =£6.95
18:00- There’s some leftover pasta and pesto from the day before so we eat that with some sliced greens and broccoli for tea and watch master of none. It’s delicious but we’re both still hungry.
20:00- The hunger hasn’t subsided after such a hard day exercising so we make some soup with chopped tomatoes, lentils, mung beans and carrots, it’s really delicious and we each have two servings before feeling full.
21:00 We watch Tenacious D and the pick of destiny before heading off to bed.
09:30 I wake up earlyish again and have some more muesli and frozen fruit again and a coffee. I have a big day of cycling around the city today for some chores and we have to be back later to host guests before I go home.
11:00 We get the train into town to arrive half an hour early, using my railcard it’s £2.60 then try to find the places I need to go, we inevitably get lost and make it just in time.
13:30 Errands done, we stumble across a vegan stall in the centre of the city giving out samples of vegan food, we talk to the guys there about all the work they’re doing and hear about the Manchester Pig save which is an organisation that go to slaughter houses and spend some time with the pigs right before they die to let them know some compassion before it’s too late. I get a little emotional and am reminded that veganism is a really worthwhile way of living.
14:20 With an hour left to wait for our train we get some snacks to eat, I get some crackers, carrots and humus at the extortionate price of £3 before we head to the train station to hide from the rain. I should have brought snacks!
17:00 The familly have come over for tea and Different-P cooks up an amazing roast dinner for us all! We drink tea and eat before I have to get my train home, I cycle to the station with a few minutes to spare and call my mum and a friend for the remainder of the journey.
22:00 I’m up early for work again tomorrow and so I head off to bed.