A week in Manchester, UK | Spending diary #1

I really enjoy reading this type of post, especially, of course, Refinery 29’s, and I wanted to create one myself. That particular week was super busy and I actually left the house a few times, so I deemed it worthy enough to be documented in my first spending diary post – although I couldn’t have known what surprises I would get…

Me sat in front of a shop

Photo by Ami Ford

Sunday, 25th November

I woke up much later than I usually do, and it left me a bit ‘meh’ for the day. I knew I had a super busy week ahead of me and would’ve liked to make this Sunday much more productive than it ended up being. After lunch, the anxiety hits and so do the Diet Coke and crisp cravings, so I head to Tesco and spend £2.70 on two cans of Diet Coke and two small packs of crisps (one for me, one for my dad each).

Total: £2.70

Monday, 26th November

At 5:30 am, after a mere five hours sleep, my anxious brain wakes me up. I try to get some work done but the neighbours on either side have other plans. As if I wasn’t in a less-than-ideal mood already, I receive some messages which really piss me off, so I make some necessary phone calls to sort things out. Then my card gets retained at an ATM. Fab.

Long story short: I borrow some cash off my dad, pay £4.50 for a Dayrider bus ticket and head to an appointment I am now stupidly late for. On my way back, I get my dad a nasal spray (£3.99) and stop by Tesco for another round of crisps and some honey (£4.30). I then spend ages on the phone to my bank to cancel my card after which I remember that I forgot to order a new mascara (I swear by the Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ mascara!). I hop on the Debenhams website and see that it’s still on offer from the Black Friday sales, but they don’t accept any other payment method than credit/debit card. Bummer. I decide on Selfridges instead (because I can pay via PayPal), even though they don’t have a discount going. I briefly consider treating myself to something else but I resist. The mascara is £19.00.

Total: £31.79

Tuesday, 27th November

Another early morning start thanks to the neighbours and a good dose of anxiety. I try to make the best of it and sit at my laptop for 7:40 am. That’s normally not my most productive time at all, but it’s another busy day and I try to get ahead with my work. Then the electricity goes out and I spend the rest of the day on the phone to or waiting for the electrician to sort it all out. A blessing in disguise, my meeting this afternoon gets cancelled. I need to do about 437 other bits in town, but that’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I suddenly feel grateful for the early start and the two hours of work I managed to squeeze in this morning.

Total: £0

Wednesday, 28th November

I’m not going to lie… I’m hanging a bit today. This morning, I feel groggy and unmotivated, but the to-do list is long! I read a couple of emails that need dealing with (I really need to stop checking them in bed, it’s not a very healthy start to my days!) but decide they can wait until I’ve run my errands.

I skip breakfast and pop into town (the bus ticket costs me £4.50), pick up my Selfridges order, buy a new makeup bag (£16.00), get a couple of wrapping and packing utensils at WH Smith (£17.95) and treat my dad and I to lunch from Pret (£12.45). In the afternoon, I send some Christmas parcels and cards off to Germany (£17.65, blimey) and get my dad some chocolate on the way back (£1.40).

Total: £69.95

Thursday, 29th November

Wow, I can feel the effects of this week now. That, and the effects of the amount of caffeine I drank yesterday. I know it makes my anxiety skyrocket but sometimes, I choose to ignore that. I’m paying for it big time today. To take my mind off (and because it’s on my to-do list), I give the Airbnb a good blitz and finish packing; I’ve been in this short-term accommodation between the end of the world trip and my holiday in Iceland whilst I looked for flats. I also accept some last minute projects coming in and end up working until 8 pm ’cause that’s the freelance life for you.

Total: £0

Friday, 30th November

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friiidaaay! I can’t believe I made it to the end of this utter shitshow of a week. The sun is shining and I am doing my best to channel every bit of positivity I can muster. Of course, most things go completely wrong today, and my dad and I end up stranded in the cold for an hour and a half. Long story. To cheer us up, we order a Domino’s (and split the cost), which actually makes me feel a bit sick. My diet has been the worst this week! Defeated, I’m in bed by about 9 pm. I can’t tell you how glad I am that this week is over!

Total: £15.00

Saturday, 1st December

The ‘Out of Office’ is on and so is my holiday mode! Dad and I are off to Iceland today. We’re headed to the airport for 12 pm where I get two new holiday reads: The original screenplay for ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ (which I devour entirely on the flight) and ‘The life-changing magic of not giving a f**k’ by Sarah Knight. I also get us drinks for the flight because we’re flying with Easyjet and have to pay extra for everything. Let the holiday commence!

Total: £27.08

The Breakdown

Food & Drink: £38.35

Entertainment: £24.58

Home & Health: £3.99

Clothes & Beauty: £35.00

Transport: £9.00

Other: £35.60

Weekly total spend: £146.52

’til next time x

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