I wanted to do something a little bit different. I wanted to track just how much I spent in a week during quarantine.
Before the Coronavirus pandemic started:
- I decided to make the trip to Utah to stay with my parents.
- I wasn’t spending a lot of money going out or anything like that. I have always followed a daily routine during the week, so a lot of my days look relatively similar. That means getting up, working out, going to work, getting home at 7, and then just relaxing.
- My monthly bills were higher, but I had an easier time controlling my spending.
Now, as I mentioned, I have been staying with my parents during the Coronvirus quarantine. While I do help out and contribute, I don’t know how these numbers would differ if I was still at home.
Also, I still pay rent in Minnesota, but I am not paying on my student loans right now, and I am not making car payments. Probably not the smartest financial decision I have made, but these are also incredibly weird times.
Despite all of that, part of me feels as though I have still managed to find a way to spend more money during quarantine than I did before quarantine started. When I say this, I am talking about random trips to the store just to get out (with a mask on, of course), larger purchases on Amazon, and really just on anything that will give me an excuse to get up and get out of the house for a few minutes.
So, I wanted to track just how much I was spending and what I was spending my money on. I wanted to see what areas I could maybe start cutting back on so that I could save more of my money and really set myself up for financial success once this is all said and done with.
Money Spent On Overpriced Coffee
I told you I am a person who likes to stick to a routine.
Every morning during quarantine, I get up, go for a run, and then go to a local convenience store to get a coffee for myself and a soda for my dad. This comes out to $3.43 per morning, so $25.51 for the week. Not your $5 latte from Starbucks, but also not as cheap as just making coffee.
After I get done with work, I will do the same, only this time I will get a soda instead of a coffee. For the two sodas, it comes out to $2.86 per day, so $20.02.
That’s just the beginning of my spending. Already with coffee and soda, I am spending $45.53. It’s worth it though.
Money Spent On Groceries
Next, we have trips to the grocery store. I have been fortunate to the point where my parents have ordered all of the Green Chef and the majority of the meals, so if they ever need something from the store, I will usually be the one to go out and get it.
Over the course of the week, I spent a total of $53.97 on groceries. Not bad, especially for the amount of food that we eat.
Money Spent Shopping
There’s a local Walmart that I like to go to if I ever need anything. Sometimes I go to get groceries, but find myself wandering up and down all of the aisles looking for something to buy (again, wearing a face mask when I do).
Over the course of the week, I spent $72.76 at Walmart. This is a mixture of groceries, little unnecessary things that caught my eye, and then a friend of mine recently got engaged, so I bought some beverages as well.
Money Spent Eating Out
I did a really good job not eating out much this week. That’s probably a good thing now seeing my grocery bill, but in total, I managed to spend just $8.91 on a meal from Panda Express.
Money Spent on Amazon
Dear Jeff Bezos,
Let me just forward over 10% of my paycheck now…
In all seriousness, Amazon has been what I have spent the most money on during the Coronavirus quarantine. Normally I would just buy a few cheaper things on a weekly basis, but during quarantine, I get bored and just start surfing Amazon thinking I need all of these things I really don’t need.
This week, I managed to place just one order on Amazon in the amount of $129.30. I got a wireless microphone in hopes that it motivates me to actually start making YouTube videos on a consistent basis, and I also bought the book The Millionaire Next Door as I am really getting into personal finance.
I would say that I spend $100 on Amazon over the course of two weeks, so this amount was a little bit more than usual.
Money Spent on Monthly Bills
Now, when everything was “normal,” I was spending $475 on rent, $75 on a gym membership, $200 on my phone bill and car insurance, $315 or so on my car payment, and another $275 or so on my student loans.
During this pandemic, all of that has been cut except my phone bill and rent, so I have been able to save a good amount of money there.
Total Weekly Spending
Total spending for the week… $310.47.
Pre-quarantine, I would have given myself a weekly allowance of $200, so I spent $100 more last week than I would have pre-quarantine.
Now, obviously this fluctuates from week-to-week. Some weeks I will spend just over $100, and then you have weeks like this where I spent $310.47. As seeing as it’s “birthday season” coming up in my family, this amount is likely to stay the same or even increase with buying gifts.
All I can say is that I am incredibly blessed to have the job that I do where I am making the money I am.