I'm part of a slack channel that's all about finances, and for the month of March, the group is sharing weekly money diaries. The idea is to track every bit of discretionary spending outside of our monthly bills. It's been eye-opening to see all the times I swipe my card for random things and to see the total creep up by the end of the week.

It'll also be interesting to see how spending changes during a global pandemic. Do I buy enough groceries to fill my fridge? Do I order take-out to support local restaurants so they can pay their bills? Do I participate in these really good random sales since brick-and-mortar stores are seeing less foot traffic? I don't know, but I'm figuring it out as I go along.

Anywho, I shared it on the slack channel but also feel like it'd be fun to document it on TAS. So, here's everything I spent last week, before the world health organization declared a global pandemic.


  • family outing to chipotle as a late lunch / early dinner. somehow they’re out of chips, queso and sofritas?? at 3pm on a sunday? $20.14 
  • costco for gas: $19.08
  • target to return the phone holder i bought last week. of course i buy other things: $20.44
  • publix for random items i couldn’t find in yesterday’s grocery haul: $31.98


  • wfh days usually mean no spending
  • i return jeans to american eagle (+$63.55)


  • family dollar for a baby bottle, baby bibs and baby biscuits: $7
this would've been another no spend day if i hadn't forgotten to grab a bottle before leaving the house this morning. for this i am peeved. 


  • went to kale me crazy for lunch. tuna wrap and a match smoothie came in at a cool $19.88.
  • there’s a natural foods grocery store next door so i stop in and pick up some snacks to keep in my desk at work: $21.19


  • dinner and wine tasting with friends: $53.78


  • i have a free sandwich card for chick-fil-a, so i pair it with a small fry and a drink. gourmet meal: $4.28
  • Sephora.com is offering free shipping, which is a genius marketing move in response to a pandemic. i give them props... and some of my money since i've been eyeing a couple serums from the ordinary for literally years. i love when my patience pays off: $18.23


  • time for a wax!: $40 incl. tip.