The Damsel Money Diaries: Week 2

The Damsel Money Diaries: Week 2

Welcome back, readers! I am done with my second week of money tracking and overall, I don’t think it was too bad. I did have a lot of urges to spend money where I shouldn’t….meaning Anthropologie had a summer tag sale. I was so close to buying a shirtdress I’ve been wanting, but I refrained. Oh, the willpower!

Before you read this money diary, click HERE to see week 1 and the breakdown of my living expenses.

The Damsel Money Diaries: Week 2



7 a.m. – Woke up early and fixed oatmeal and coffee for breakfast. I head to the grocery store to restock on food for this week. I spend $58.56 in Winn Dixie and buy a lot of produce, coconut water, toilet paper, eggs, Ziploc bags and coffee creamer. I head to Corner Market and buy chicken breasts, flowers, Thai curry paste, parmesan, mozzarella and kale. $25.32.

I aim to spend $60 a week on groceries but I went a little bit over because I needed to buy staples. I go to Target to buy almonds, dried cranberries, paper towels, tortilla chips and Ibuprofen. $15.12

I stop at the Shell station and fill up my gas tank. I use my Winn Dixie fuel perks and get 15 cents off per gallon. $20

9:30 a.m. – I get back to the apartment and start making meals for the week. This week’s meals are smoothies and breakfast tacos for breakfast, kale salad and Caprese salad for lunch, sweet potato tacos with radish slaw and coconut curry chicken with roasted veggies. I’m making recipes out of my Love and Lemons cookbook I bought over the weekend!

12 p.m. – Make a Caprese salad for lunch. I check my bank account and realize my $82.49 from ThredUp has deposited into my bank account! Woo!

2 p.m. – Get to work.

6:30 p.m. – Eat coconut curry chicken and roasted veggies while I converse with coworkers.

10:30 p.m. – Head over to Ashton’s place to see him. He’s been sick since this morning…we think he has food poisoning from the oysters we ate this weekend. Yuck.

Total spent: $119


7:30 a.m. – Wake up and drink some lemon water and make a blueberry smoothie. I work on my blog and then do some yoga!

11:30 p.m. – I cook tonight’s dinner and eat a kale salad with peaches and cucumbers for lunch.

2 p.m. – Afternoon snack of wheat thins and almond butter.

3 p.m. – Eat some trail mix because I’m still hungry.

6:30 p.m. – Munch on my sweet potato tacos with avocado and apple radish slaw & green beans!

Total spent: $0 (woo!) 


7:45 a.m. – I wake up and make avocado breakfast tacos with yummy tomatillo salsa from the Love & Lemons cookbook.

10 a.m. – I head to my power yoga class!

11:30 a.m. – Get back from yoga and make a Caprese salad along with some yummy chicken salad my roommate made! I watch some of the “Intern” until it’s time to get ready for work.

2 p.m. – Head to work with some lemonade coconut water.

6:30 p.m. – Eat my coconut curry chicken, roasted veggies and quinoa for dinner.

10:30 p.m. – Finish The Hundred-Foot Journey book!

Total spent: $0 (yay!) 


8:30 a.m. – Wake up and drink a big glass of water! I end up being really lazy this morning and basically watching Netflix for 2 hours. I also make a peach ginger smoothie from the Love and Lemons cookbook…it’s basically amazing.

12 p.m. – Eat a kale salad for lunch and the start getting ready for work.

1:20 p.m. – I head to Starbucks and buy a grande iced coffee and those yummy Justin’s peanut butter cups. $5.03

4 p.m. – Afternoon snack of tomatillo salsa (also from Love & Lemons) with blue corn chips and carrots

7 p.m. – Eat dinner of sweet potatoes tacos with radish slaw and seasoned green beans

Total spent: $5.03


8 a.m. – I wake up and make peanut butter oatmeal for breakfast with some green tea and a lemon water.

8:30 a.m. – Head to a relaxing yoga class.

12 p.m. – Eat another kale salad for lunch. I make some snacks for work.

2 p.m. – Head to work. Woo! It’s Friday

6:30 p.m. – Eat my coconut curry chicken, roasted veggies and quinoa for dinner.

10:30 p.m. – Get home from work, start a new book and also plan my grocery list and meal plan for next week. I know, exciting Friday night, right?

Total spent: $0


8:30 a.m. – Wake up (why do I wake up early on Saturdays?!) I make avocado breakfast tacos for breakfast with some coffee.

10 a.m. – I drive to Winn Dixie, Corner Market and Target for groceries. I usually only go to two places but I had specific items I wanted to get that weren’t all at the same store…at least I wasn’t rushed!

-I spent $43.29 at Winn Dixie and bought a bunch of produce, 3 salmon fillets and coconut water.

-I spent $11.46 at Corner Market and bought strawberries, 2 cartons of raspberries and bananas.

-I spent $38.17 at Target and bought chicken breasts, tortilla chips, salsa, popcorn, frozen edamame, popsicles, coffee k-cups and gum.

11:45 a.m. – I stop in Lifeway Christian store and buy a devotional book for my roommate, a book for me and a cute coffee cup. $37.43

12 p.m. – I get back and unload all my groceries. I eat the last of my sweet potato tacos with radish slaw and read my book for like three hours.

5 p.m. – I don’t feel like cooking tonight so I call Newk’s Eatery and order a pizza! $9.15

5:30 p.m. – After picking up the pizza, I realize this would taste even better with a crisp glass of white wine. I stop at the wine shop by my place and buy a bottle of Chardonnay. $12.73

7 p.m. – Ashton comes over and we watch a couple episodes of “Friends” before we head to the movies.

8:30 p.m. – We stop at the gas station and I buy us snacks. $4.89

8:45 p.m. – Ashton buys us tickets to “Finding Dory.” He also buys us a large popcorn.

Total spent: Debit: $106.96 Credit: $50.16


8 a.m. – I wake up and get ready for Bible study. I eat peanut butter oatmeal and coffee for breakfast.

11 a.m. – Ashton and I head to church.

12 p.m. – We eat at a local brunch spot. I get grits, a casserole and a salad! Ashton gets a yummy sandwich. He pays.

1:30 p.m. – I stop by the store again to grab some herbs they didn’t have yesterday. $5.28

6 p.m. – Head to a hot yoga class.

7:30 p.m. – Make dinner for tonight: Asparagus, edamame and tarragon salad with fresh salmon.

Total spent $5.2

Total spent this week: $286.43


  • Groceries: $197.11*
  • Dining out: $26.77
  • Gas: $20
  • Shopping: $37.43

*I was way over budget on groceries this week but I take into account that the groceries I bought on Saturday are for this upcoming week. Also, I’m going to be out of town the next two weekends, so I won’t have to buy as much.

What I learned this week: I think I did awesome this week! I am so much more aware of what I’m spending when I’m tracking it every week. I could have splurged on a few more items, but I decided to hold off until my next paycheck. I plan to save $200 from this week!

How are you saving money this week? I’d love to hear your tips!



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