04/25: Final Weekly Reflection

Well, It’s April 25th, so that means we made it to our very last day of the project!

This week, I thought I would wind down the posts and just do one final post for the week. I didn’t spend much the whole week, so it just works out that way too!

The only things that I spent money on the whole week were essentials. I had to pay my cellphone bill, I had to get gas, and I had to get my license renewed for my 21st in less than 2 weeks.

It’s a little disheartening that I had to spend over $80 dollars this week and none of it was on anything fun. Oh well though, I guess that is just part of being more adult and responsible.

I wish I could say I’ve saved up a lot of money. I have hardly worked though, because of school and a wedding I had to go to and just a bunch of stuff going on. So, really, I don’t have much at all.

I’m hoping to get my computer this summer, but that might just not be possible. We’ll have to see I guess.


Weekly Spending Summary

 

Necessary Purchases: $12.99

Gas: $12.99. Haven’t had to get it in a while, was really cheap.

Mandatory Purchases: $68.77

Cell Phone: $42.52. Every month.

License Renewal: $26.25. I’ll be turning 21 on May 4th! So it’s the law that I update my license.


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Regret: $0.00

Overall: $81.76

This week, I had a few things that I had to spend money on. I didn’t spend money on anything else though! Nothing too exciting I guess. I think I did alright!

04/18: Weekly Reflection

Today is Monday again, which means I officially made it through the fifth week of the project, hooray! Now it is time to reflect on what I have done.

The week started out last Monday with my 04/11 post. This was the day that I for some reason didn’t have any classes and got to stay home. I didn’t buy anything, and it felt really good honestly!

Then, on Wednesday,  I had my 04/13 post. That day I was super busy, I had to bag and do carry-outs at work. I made $7 dollars in tips. With it, I bought myself a treat. I got myself some yummy posicles. It was bought with exclusively my tip money from the day, so I still feel I’m doing pretty well.

I also, on Friday, had my 04/15 post. I had a really long day. I had to go to school and then I had to go to work from 2:30 to 9. While I was at work I got a text from my boyfriend that we were completely out of kitty litter. I also remembered I needed dog food. So I had to spend some money and pick those up for my little babies. I got Iams Puppy food for $10.65, and the tidy cats lightweight litter for $17.59.

Sundays are my day to do research and post about what I find on the web relating to budgets, spending habits, blogging in relation to these things, etc. The first two weeks I found blogs that were really interesting, and week three I found an article to talk about instead. The fourth week I looked at some projects from people in class. This week though, for my Research Sunday Post I thought I would do some research into lifelogging.

I found a really interesting article though that immediately caught my attention with its title: Lifelogging: The Most Miserable, Self-Aware 30 Days I’ve Ever Spent. The article was written by Max Knoblauch about 2 years ago.

With a handful of apps, he begin tracking his daily activities. At the end of 30 days, Max says “It’s difficult to say if I learned anything about myself that I wouldn’t have guessed already.”

According to Felton, thinking about data tracking in terms of what hidden secrets it will reveal is the wrong way to go about it. He uses tracking more as a storytelling method, to give an accurate depiction of his year. Felton is confident that the future will only bring growth for this kind of storytelling.

He also had so many really cool graphs showing all of the things he tracked, I highly recommend you go and check this article out!

 


Weekly Spending Summary

From  04/11: Tracking My Spending

04/13: Tracking My Spending

04/15: Tracking My Spending

Unnecessary Purchases: $3.89

Patriotic Popsicle’s: $3.89. Really tasty, I’ve been wanting popsicles a lot recently.

Necessary Purchases: $30.46

Cat Litter: $17.59. Really needed it. I got the lightweight stuff.

Puppy Food: $10.65. Iams puppy food, needed it for my pup, Yoshi.


Regret: $0.00

Overall: $34.35

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This week, I got myself a treat of popsicles, some puppy food, and cat litter. Nothing too exciting I guess. I think I did alright!

04/17: Research Sunday

It is Sunday, Research Sunday! This is my day in the week to take a look at what others are doing money-wise.  I have been searching the web for something relevant and interesting to analyze.

The first two weeks I found blogs that were really interesting, and week three I found an article to talk about instead. The fourth week I looked at some projects from people in class. This week though, I thought I would do some research into lifelogging.

I googled around and found that lifelogging is actually super common. Between Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and more, we already document and share quite a lot about our daily lives, without really thinking about it. They are lifelogs of sorts, but without any sort of structure or consistency to them.

I found a really interesting article though that immediately caught my attention with its title: Lifelogging: The Most Miserable, Self-Aware 30 Days I’ve Ever Spent. The article was written by Max Knoblauch about 2 years ago.

If you haven’t noticed, the art of lifelogging and personal data tracking once reserved for medics and athletes has permeated mainstream culture. Jawbones, FuelBands, Fitbits and countless other wearables adorn the wrists of an ever-growing percentage of the tech-savvy population.

He talks a little bit about the growing craze of lifelogging and says: “Having my doubts about the usefulness of the Quantified Self movement, I’ve spent the past 30 days recording my daily activities with a small army of lifelogging apps and my trusty, apparently rash-inducing Fitbit Force.”

With a handful of apps, he begin tracking his daily activities. Using MyFitnessPal to track his diet,Sleepbot to track his sleeping habits, Fitbit to sync his movements from my wristband and Felton’s Reporter to measure almost everything else, he logged everything from the existential “Are you looking forward to today?” to the trivial, “What do you smell?”

He says, “It is not enjoyable.”

Manual data input, as it turns out, is a hindrance to the daily activity it’s supposed to be tracking. He says: “I frequently put my book down to tell my phone that I’m reading, take my phone out at dinner to let it know I smell hamburgers and zone out of conversations to tell it who I’m talking to.”

Here is something  really funny he says: “I decided it’s only accurate to also track the time I spend tracking. For a brief moment I tried to track the time I spent tracking my tracking, but I found it too disruptive to my tracking.”

That is a lot of tracking, where does it end? haha

At the end of 30 days, Max says “It’s difficult to say if I learned anything about myself that I wouldn’t have guessed already. My mood averaged out around a 70 out of 100, my “most smelled” smell was cleaning fluid (for some reason) and I read 1,657 pages.”

But according to Felton, thinking about data tracking in terms of what hidden secrets it will reveal is the wrong way to go about it. He uses tracking more as a storytelling method, to give an accurate depiction of his year. Felton is confident that the future will only bring growth for this kind of storytelling.

He also had so many really cool graphs showing all of the things he tracked, I highly recommend you go and check this article out!

Have a great Sunday afternoon everyone!

 

04/15: Tracking My Spending

Today is Friday. I had a really long day. I had to go to school and then I had to go to work from 2:30 to 9.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I faced for 6 and a half hours. This is really weird to me because I usually only work 6 hours or I work 7 hours, not in between. The part that sucks is you only get a half hour lunch if you work 7 hours. If you work under 7 you only get one 15 minute break. So, when I work 6 hours I have to work 3 hours straight, which feels really long. 6 and a half will be even longer.

I asked if I could just stay an extra half hour in order to get a break. Facing can last forever, I really wanted a break to relax and eat some lunch. I felt like since I don’t get paid that half hour lunch, plus I’m not upfront where they need me at certain times, they would let me. I was right! Actually, my manager said I didn’t even need to stay another half hour, and that I could just take the lunch if I wanted either way. So score!

So then I only had to work 2 hours, got my half hour lunch, work 2 more hours, get my 15, and then finish with 1 hour and 45 minutes of work. I only got paid for 6 hours instead of 6 and a half, but honestly it was worth it. Plus we had a meeting last Sunday that I got paid to be there for, so that sort of makes up for my half hour loss. Actually even more since the meeting lasted almost an hour.

Anyway, while I was at work I got a text from my boyfriend that we were completely out of kitty litter. I also remembered I needed dog food. So I had to spend some money and pick those up for my little babies.

I got Iams Puppy food for $10.65, and the tidy cats lightweight litter for $17.59. With tax it came to $30.46. Was not expecting to spend over $30 dollars at the beginning of the day. Oh well though, it was needed.


Summary

Necessary Purchases: $30.46

Cat Litter: $17.59. Really needed it. I got the lightweight stuff.

Puppy Food: $10.65. Iams puppy food, needed it for my pup, Yoshi.

Regret: $0.00

Overall: $30.46

Today, I had to buy cat litter because we were completely out. I also had to get some puppy food for my dog. It was all necessities, but it sucks that I had to spend over 30 dollars today.

04/13: Tracking My Spending

Well, I got through Wednesday.

I had to go to class this morning, and then I had to work until 10 pm. This is a lot for me when I’m cashiering, but bagging is even harder on me because of all the running around and lifting heavy things.

I only made $7 dollars in tips today, which isn’t a whole lot. Enough to get myself a treat though! I bought myself a box of 24 patriotic popsicles for $3.89.

It’s kind of funny, I was so happy to have just a couple dollars to get a treat, and my friend who was also bagging managed to make $35.00 in tips. That is a lot of money!

I don’t bag very often anymore, which is fine because cashiering is a lot better for me, but I do miss having a little spending cash on me from tips.

The real challenge will be work on Friday. On Friday I face for 6 and a half hours. This is really weird to me because I usually only work 6 hours or I work 7 hours, not in between. The part that sucks is you only get a half hour lunch if you work 7 hours. If you work under 7 you only get one 15 minute break. So, when I work 6 hours I have to work 3 hours straight, which feels really long. 6 and a half will be even longer.

I think I might just ask to stay an extra half hour in order to get a break. Facing can last forever. I hope they let me! I feel like since I don’t get paid that half hour lunch, plus I’m not upfront where they need me at certain times, they might just let me.

Wish me luck for the rest of the week!


Summary

Unnecessary Purchases: $3.89

Patriotic Popsicle’s: $3.89. Really tasty, I’ve been wanting popsicles a lot recently.

Regret: $0.00

Overall: $3.89

Today, I bought myself a treat. It was bought with exclusively my tip money from today, so I still feel I’m doing pretty well.

04/11: Tracking My Spending

It’s already Monday again, but to me it’s more like a Sunday.

Interestingly enough, both of my classes got cancelled today because both my professors for the classes I have today had things going on and could not be there. I thought it worked out great, because I get an extra long weekend now!

Well, I worked all weekend, so not really, but I did get to stay home today!

I slept in and everything, it was great. I did have homework though, so it wasn’t a total vacation day. Although I’m not even sure those really exist.

Anyway, because I stayed home instead of going to school, I didn’t have any opportunities to spend money! Which is great because I did not spend a penny today! Off to a good start this week.

I feel really good about it.

I don’t work today or tomorrow, but I do on Wednesday. The great thing about Wednesday is that I bag though. Honestly, I hate bagging, I would much prefer to cashier. However, with bagging you carry groceries out to people’s cars and that means you sometimes get tips from them! Tips means extra cash! I love getting tips because I justify it as money I can spend on treats!

I hope I get some decent amount of tips on Wednesday, I’ve been missing buying myself treats already. I just need to keep that new PC in mind to stop myself from buying things!


Summary

Purchases: $0.00

 

Regret: $0.00

Overall: $0.00

Today, I didn’t buy anything, and it felt really good honestly!

04/11: Weekly Reflection

Today is Monday again, which means I officially made it through the fourth week of the project, hooray! Now it is time to reflect on what I have done.

The week started out last Monday with my 04/04 post. This was the day that I talked with a guy about getting a brand new, top of the line PC that will last me a while. I decided to start saving up $1500 for it, and I’m going to start trying a lot harder to not spend money.

Then, on Wednesday,  I had my 04/06 post. That day I was super busy, I forgot to pack my lunch the night before but managed to get something packed quick in the morning thanks to some handy leftovers. I got through the day without spending anything!

I also, on Friday, had my 04/08 post. Friday I had school and work as usual. I thought I would be fine 6 hours without a drink, but after only 1 hour I felt SO thirsty. I decided to buy a Brisk half&half. It was really good, and was actually my only purchase the entire week.

Sundays are my day to do research and post about what I find on the web relating to budgets, spending habits, blogging in relation to these things, etc. However, this week we had the assignment to take a day out of our regular postings to go and take a look at what other people are doing on their projects. So this Sunday instead of research on my usual things, I did some research on my classmates!

The first project that I checked out was on Hannah’s Blog. I loved the idea of her project. I’m excited to see her next week’s “Punk Rock” section of the project that she mentions is scheduled in her proposal.

The next project that I checked out was Emma’s Cheers Love blog. I really liked reading her posts for this project. I love being able to tell how much excitement she has for travelling and everything she talks about. Her words just seem to pop out, she’s really a great writer.

The last project that I checked out was Melissa’s Vegan Style Blog. Her project is really interesting to read. Especially for someone like me who could never be vegan, it’s just kinda cool to see what that might be like! I like how she got other people involved in her project too. I haven’t really been talking about mine with anyone, that might be interesting to get feedback from people outside of class.


Weekly Spending Summary

From  04/04: Tracking My Spending

04/06: Tracking My Spending

04/08: Tracking My Spending

Necessary Purchases: $1.50

Brisk Half&Half: $1.50. Really refreshing,and actually the only thing I bought this whole week.


Regret: $0.00

Overall: $1.50

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This week, all I bought just a simple drink. It has been an insane week, but I managed to only spend $1.50, I think I did really well!