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A Week of $pending: Mandy

A Week of $pending: Mandy

Since my last cost of living article got so much love I've decided to dig a little deeper into how much I spend in a week and what I spend it on. There are some expenses that are specific to having food allergies, such as buying Epi Pens. Others are more grey area such as buying groceries every night so I can cook at home instead of eating in a restaurant or ordering takeout. If the grocery expenses seem a little high for one person that's because I live with my boyfriend, Brandon, so all our groceries are for two.

And then there are those costs that you hate to spend, like renewing one's passport (bleughhhh). But they kind of (hopefully?) get balanced out by walking to work (I'm lucky enough to live down the street from the office) and having my morning coffee at home. In the afternoons at work I have a cup of tea instead of getting Starbucks every day, a habit that was extremely difficult to kick. It has taken me about 8 months to finally stop going to Starbs every day, but now I just have it once a week at most and think of it as a treat. 

Sunday
- Brunch at Drake 150 : Free! Courtesy of my dad. We were out for my mom's birthday
- Tickets to the Mystical Landscapes exhibit at The AGO (my brother and I treated our family): $81
- Back to Brandon's and my place for tea and cake. I already had tons of tea at home and I made the cake myself
- Quick run to the grocery store to grab dinner supplies (I was craving a chicken cutlet) and a couple lettuces for the week, $26

Monday
- Breakfast: $0 I had leftover chocolate avocado cake and a coffee at home
- $35 on skin care at Shoppers Drug Mart (gotta have great skin!)
- $53.13 for 2 new Epi Pens (God bless Canada)
- Lunch: $0, I brought leftover chicken from last night's dinner
- $22.11 on sandwich ingredients at Loblaws (I accidentally bought the family pack of turkey)

Tuesday
- $0 on breakfast, I had coffee and an oatmeal at home
- Stopped by Shoppers and spent $11 on personal care items
- $0 for lunch, I brought salad with leftover prosciutto from last night's sandwich run
- Coffee from Quantum today was free (!) at a lunchtime work event in the office
- Back to Shoppers (I should just live there) for frozen berries to make Strawberry Yoso Soft-Serve $10.03
- $0 on dinner because I'm a grown-up and just felt like eating a huge bowl of popcorn
- $60 on website-related fees

Wednesday
- $0 on breakfast - had coffee and a homemade scone at home
- $0 on lunch - another scone (!) plus boiled eggs and avocado
- $28 on groceries and cosmetics at Loblaws

Thursday
- $0 breakfast
- $3.10 on Sanpellegrino at Starbucks
- $2 on a coffee at Starbucks
- free lunch, sandwich
- $160 passport renewal

Friday
- Had breakfast and coffee at home so they were free again
- Visited the Microgreens greenhouse in Stouffville, then had lunch at the cottage which cost $20 for both of us (groceries)
- Spent the rest of the day at the Scandinave Spa in Blue Mountain, free with gift cards from the fall!
- $7 on limes and other things we forgot to buy at lunch but needed for dinner

Saturday
- Coffee and breakfast at the cottage, $0
- Spent the day at Creemore Springs (treated by a friend)
- $100 on groceries and skin care at Loblaws/Joe Fresh

My total for the week: $608.37

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