Welcome to Money Stories, where we ask New Zealanders to tell us how they spend their money over a seven-day period.
Today: A local Auckland council worker who makes $71,000 per year and knows how to spot a bargain when it comes to wine, petrol and entertainment.
7 a.m – I wake up with no alarm as our bedroom gets natural light. I haven’t had my alarm on since the beginning of the Lockdown (maybe one of the best parts of working from home). I spend some time lazing in bed before getting up and ready around 7:45.
8 a.m. – Set up my desk (dining room table) and go through work emails and schedule.
8:30 a.m. – Make some toast (homemade loaf of white bread from my flatmate with a newfound affinity for baking bread).
10 a.m. – Make myself a coffee with my Chemex.
12 p.m. – Lunchtime, Pesto Pasta leftovers from last night’s dinner
2 p.m. – Girlfriend’s brothers birthday was yesterday, so stopped work for a nice little bit of afternoon tea with some leftover cake she made him. No complaints here!
4:30 p.m. – Called it a day a decided to make dinner after going for a 30min walk round the neihbourhood. A red curry today using some spice pots and whatever veges we have, this time potato, carrot and spinach.
Daily Total: $0.00
Same morning schedule as Monday.
12 p.m. – Made an order with our local butcher at about 9am and he’s texted saying it’s ready for pick up. Walk 5min into the local shops to get it. It’s our standard fortnightly order (ranges between $80-90). On the more pricey side compared to the supermarkets but we enjoy the quality and make it last two weeks (alternate days with meat for dinner and days without). 1kg Mince, 1kg Chicken Thighs, 500g Rump steak, 500g Beef Sausages, 500g Pork Sausages $87 (I pay $29)
5 p.m. - Finish up work for the day and go for a walk around the block.
6 p.m. - A local bar/wine shop had advertised last week some new specials and deals which I’d thought about but not pulled the trigger on. We had Bolognese for dinner and a glass of red and I realised we only had one bottle left. Decided to go ahead and order 2 bottles of wine on special ($10.50ea, normally $15.90), bottle of whiskey to top up supply which had also just run out ($69, on special from $89). Then needed $10 more to get free $6 shipping, so my partner added in some Prosecco we’d really enjoyed previously. As they’re local they drop the deliveries off themselves so it wont get caught up in the delivery mayhem at the moment. - $109.90
7.pm. – Watch some Netflix on the couch with my partner. Get through a movie and then find a new cooking series to watch. Nice and easy 25min episodes.
10:30 p.m. – Call it a day and head to bed.
Daily total: $138.90
8.20 a.m – Snoozed for a bit too long this morning but since i’m working from home no one will notice if I’m a few minutes late or not... can’t exactly blame traffic though!
10 a.m. – The three of us in the apartment all get bored of work at the same time and decide to pick up a coffee from a cafe across the road. Quickly duck away from our computers and grab some flat whites ($4)
11.30 a.m. – In the excitment for Level 2 tomorrow my partner is keen to go out for dinner as we haven’t been out in months! Or maybe it’s just that we’re close to lunch and very hungry... I make a booking at a local Italian restaurant for tomorrow night.
1 p.m. – Power bill comes in just after lunch (leftovers) and it’s $60 more than normal! We were expecting more as we’re all working from home but not that much. Figure out our rates have gone up so we have enquired about this one. Also heard that a family member with the same provider as a free hour of power per day, so asked about that too as it isn’t advertised..
5 p.m It’s the flat mates turn to make dinner (chicken stir fry) so I chill out on the couch for a while before helping with the dishes… fun.
Daily Total: $4
7.30 a.m. – Woo! Level 2! Not that it makes much difference for me working from home (the office is looking at staging our return and I won’t be back for at least a week or two yet.)
10 a.m. – Morning is dragging on a bit so I go out for a quick walk around the block. My back is starting to get a bit sick of the dining room chair I’m on all day.
11 a.m. – We’d had troubles with our Insinkerator so a plumber came round. Happily it was quick fix and he was out in 15 minutes or so. Cost covered by our landlord.
4 p.m. – a little bit early but decide to end my work day. I popped down the road to my parents (5min drive) to pick up the Alcohol Order which I got sent to their place. I don’t trust deliveries to our apartment building. They had some feijoas from their tree so took some of those home too
6 p.m. – Time for dinner! My partner and I went out whilst my flatmate decided to also go out with a friend so he didn’t have to cook solo.
We got 2 pizzas, 2 entrees and shared a dessert. Brought along our bottle of wine and payed the $10 corkage. Dinner total came up at $105
8:30 p.m. – got home and watched a bit of Netflix. So full we could barely move so we called it a night fairly early.
Daily total: $105
8.30 a.m. Had porridge with feijoas on the side for breakfast, a nice change from toast most mornings.
11 a.m. – yet another standard lock down working from home day. A few meetings but all spent sitting at the dining room table.
3 p.m. – had our weekly Group wide meeting/catch-up. About 80 people or so on the same call engaging in very typical corporate socialising ‘fun’. I struggled not to sit there the whole time on my phone.
4.30 p.m. - Popped into countdown to pick up some beers in preparation for the night, also grabbed a little bag of chocolate fish because they were there in front of my and some plastic cups (hygiene!) $25
5.30 p.m. - Headed over to a friends flat to celebrate the end of Lockdown. 10 of us in the flat and we made sure to stick to our own plastic cups. Very exciting to finally be in a different house!
11 p.m. - We all got peckish and ordered some Pizzas. One of the sober group members also ducked off to McDonalds. $110 in total so about $11 for my share.
12 a.m. – walked the 25min home which was quite nice. Very ready for bed though!
Daily Total: $36
8 a.m. – Woke up far earlier than I wanted to feeling not as fresh as I would’ve liked. But I promised my parents I’d pick up some bread from a bakery they love and come over for breakfast.
9 a.m. – One shower later I was out the door and at the bakery. Got a couple loaves and some bread rolls and pretzels. $34
1 p.m. – went for an afternoon walk with my partner around the local neighbourhood. Ended up stopping by at a dairy as we’d gotten quite warm. Got a couple bottles of Kombucha and a bag of Doritos $13.
6 p.m – After a lazy afternoon headed over to my partners parents for fish and chips. A pre-lock down tradition for her. Happily the dinner was on the parents!
6 p.m. – Our flatmate stopped into countdown to pick up some food for breakfast $12 (my share) Really do need to do a big shop but none of us can be bothered right now. Especially not with the meal planning aspect.
8.30 p.m. – Saw petrol was 186c at Gull on the way home so filled up the tank, $65. How good!
Daily Total: $112
8 a.m. – My partner had invited her friend over for breakfast so we got up and gave the apartment a quick clean.
9 a.m. – My partner’s friend brought the hashbrowns, English muffins and juice. We cooked up a good big breakfast.
2 p.m. – after a lazy morning, hung the washing out and took my partner to go kick a ball around at the park.
5 p.m. – Make soup with the few veges we had left (cauliflower, potato, leek). Will definitely need to go grocery shopping tomorrow!
Daily total: $0