Location: North Hollywood, CA
Relationship Status: Single-ish/dating
Rent: $1,850 (utilities included)
Student loans: $0 (paid off)
Medical bill: $301.79
Cell phone: $40
VNYL subscription: $36
Gas: $150 to 200
Car: $0 (paid off)
Dog grooming: $98
I get up with my dog and spend the next 15 minutes trying to snuggle him while he rolls around in my bed, then take him for a walk. I could walk to my neighborhood Starbucks, but it’s Los Angeles Cold (read: 61 degrees) and I’m a wimp. Once we get back from our quick stroll, I clean and his water and food dishes and ask him if he wants the usual. He does. (We like routine.)
I light some incense and make a pot of coffee — it’s Monday and I will definitely need it. I work from home from about 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and get ready in that time, too.
I bid farewell to my pup and start the trek to the office. I stop at the gas station for — you guessed it — gas (and Red Bull because I have a serious caffeine addiction and am NOT afraid to admit it), then head downtown.
We just moved into a new office and I’m the first one to arrive at the parking garage, which means I accidentally pay the valet guy $15 instead of waiting for my coworker to get there with our monthly parking permits. Since I’m so early, I head over to G&B coffee at Grand Central Market and pay almost $6 for a tiny little organic latte that was honestly one of the best lattes I’ve ever had. WORTH IT.
I arrive home and drop my rent check off with my landlords. I live in a 400-square-foot house in a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, about 15 miles north of downtown LA. And while the rent is a little high for one person, I have my own yard, patio, and separate laundry facilities, plus all utilities (other than Wi-Fi) are included. To me, it's totally worth it.
I then take out random things from the fridge to cook for dinner. I love being in the kitchen and cook almost every meal at home, so I feel like I’m constantly taking inventory and going to the store every few days. Luckily, I do my big grocery hauls on Saturday mornings, so there’s still a ton of options for what I’m going to make.
Daily total: $1,897.92
I AM OUT OF COFFEE-MATE. How did this happen?
(JK, this happens literally once a week to me.)
Luckily, there’s a Rite Aid about a block from my house. I walk over when it opens at 8 a.m. and pick up Coffee-Mate, paper towels, and an 8-pack of Diet Coke Twisted Mango. (No joke, those new flavored Diet Cokes have changed my LIFE. Try them all. Also, Diet Coke: Sponsor me.)
Lunchtime! We get lunch delivered to the office through a catering service, which is covered by the company. About an hour later, a few coworkers and I head over to 85°C, a nearby bakery/tea/boba place, to get some midday treats.
I consult my coworkers about some furniture and home accessories I’ve been eying since I got part of my tax return back. (This shit has been in my shopping cart for a week.) I bite the bullet and poof — I am now the proud owner of a new bar cart and faux leather chair and ottoman set.
Usually, spending that amount of money on things I don’t technically need will send my anxiety through the roof, but since I’m a masochist, why stop there? I decide to order almost $200 worth of household items and accessories, too, and slowly watch my bank account rob itself of half a grand.
I continue today’s theme of Treat Yo’self and pair a box of Girl Scout cookies I stole from my parents’ pantry with a glass of whiskey and Season 9 of America’s Next Top Model, then shamelessly head to bed at 9:30.
Daily total: $576.17
I'm working from home today, which saves me some serious cash in the long run when it comes to gas, snacks, coffee, etc. I basically have everything I need at home, so I’m pretty set for today and don’t need to leave my house.
LMAO JK. I head to Target because today has been A Day™ and literally nothing cures my ailments like new crop tops and scented candles do. And wine. Lots of wine.
I end up going a *little* overboard with the YOLO “I deserve it” spending and buy a new ~organic~ cotton sheet set, junk food I’ll probably regret purchasing, a new dog toy, a few shirts, the PERFECT high-waisted baggy mom jeans, and a bunch of other shit I didn’t actually need. I don’t even feel that much better.
I plop in front of the TV — bottle of wine in one hand, grilled cheese in the other — and shut my phone off because I do NOT feel like engaging in any type of activity involving people, social media included.
Daily total: $133.08
I cave in and go to Starbucks and order a Venti Quad Skinny Vanilla Latte and a ham and cheese croissant. I find an old gift card in my wallet and surprise! It has $10 on it, so my breakfast is free!
After lunch, I raid the snack drawers at work and stock up on protein bars and crackers because I'm feeling cheap AF and don't want to spend any money.
As it turns out, I didn’t go into a blind rage at Target the other day and actually bought ingredients to make a bunch of different kinds of bread, because what do I do when the tiniest thing stresses me out? I bake. And then I make everyone else around me eat.
Daily total: $0
Same old routine: Walk the pup, feed the pup, light incense, make coffee, start work. It’s another work-from-home day, which means I get up only to take my dog out or refill my coffee. I want to reiterate: Working from home is not only super convenient; it's a serious money saver (at least for me).
Somehow it’s 4 in the afternoon and I am READY for the weekend. I wrap up the last of my work emails, close my laptop, and head straight to my dispensary to ~stock up~ for the weekend and upcoming week. Whenever I go, I usually spend between $60 and $120 on various goods. This time, I land right in the middle.
The guy I’m seeing picks me up and we get In-N-Out to bring back to my place. He also buys a 6-pack of Blue Moon to drink while we finish watching Season 3 of Married at First Sight, which means I contribute $0 to this very laid-back date night. Plus, there’s still wine in the fridge. CHA-CHING.
Daily total: $90.41
I try to wake up within an hour or so of when I usually do during the workweek. My place gets a ton of natural sunlight in the morning and I currently hold the Guinness World Record for being the lightest sleeper, so I’m usually up really early. And yes — I'm bragging about being a morning person.
After I take my dog on his morning stroll, he settles in for his post-walk snoozle and I settle into my oversized chair and start watching Dismissed on Netflix, which is basically a Lifetime movie on steroids. (Seriously — if you thought Dylan Spouse peaked on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, your mind is going to be blown.) I also do laundry all morning and worry whether I can take a comfortably warm shower later or if my hot water heater will fail me yet again — either way, water is included in my rent, so I take advantage of my laundry facilities.
I check out the contents of my fridge and decide to make bacon, jalapeño, and gouda-stuffed French toast. I make a small bowl of guac to eat with chips while I prep and cook the French toast, because if you're not eating while you're cooking, you're doing it all wrong.
In between all of this, I look for a movie to rent on Amazon and finally settle on Bad Moms Christmas. And since I already gave half a grand over to “the man” (read: Wayfair and Cost Plus World Market), a mere $4.99 for a 48-hour rental doesn’t bother me — which is bizarre, because normally, my first thought is, That’s $4.99 that could’ve gone towards wine.
It’s late for me, y’all. I’m meeting up with old coworkers in Santa Monica, which is a $27 Lyft ride from North Hollywood on this particular night. When I get to the restaurant, I order a bowl of chicken tortilla soup and a very large margarita.
We end up walking from the restaurant to a karaoke bar instead of taking a Lyft, where I end up spending way too much money on Jameson while listening to a bunch of 22-year-old frat bros belt out "Rolling in the Deep." A few people from the group I'm with leave to go home, but my friend and I stay out and post up at a billiards hall for the rest of the night.
My friend pays for the Lyft home around 2 a.m. and honestly, I don’t know how I stayed up so late.
Daily total: $139.65
I head to my parents' place to celebrate my dad's birthday and stop for gas before I get on the freeway. I have $25 left on a Shell gift card I got for Christmas, so thanks, Mom, for technically filling up my tank!
After waiting a couple hours, my brother and his wife finally show up and take us to the Chinese place down the street from my parents' house. They pay for lunch, and I head home to spend the rest of the day hanging out and prepping for work the next day.
Daily total: $0
I'd like to say I'm pretty careful with my funds on a regular basis, but I definitely splurged this week. Also, leaving my house on the weekend took a bit of a hit on my wallet. The grand total for this week? A whopping $2,837.23.