My bank account is, to say the least, terrifying at the moment. But still I spend most days thinking about ordering food, or about the money that I just spent ordering said food.
It was Sunday evening when I got the message from Cleo. 'Is it time time to activate your survival kit?'. I think so, yeah.
I went in-app and typed 'survival kit'. Here’s how the first five days went.
Cleo gave me a quick breakdown of how I used my money last week. Easy, only slightly painful, and it meant that I didn’t have to open my actual bank account and deal with the existential crisis that comes with that.
She asked me to set a target for how much I wanted to spend this week – I'm making a real effort to lay off the online shopping, but I wanted enough for groceries, an upcoming phone bill, and a takeout for Friday night because I’m not out here trying to make myself cry. I set it at $100.
Not my finest of days. Accidentally spent $10 online on hand cream because my cuticles were threatening to collapse. Not an essential, and I broke my no-online-shopping rule but DW, Cleo was watching.
She hit me up with some self reflection and asked how I felt about my money today. Deep breaths. She also came through with some useful stuff about how to negotiate rent with my landlord. Cleo knowledge: check. Cleo sass: working on it.
*If you want rent info, literally just type ‘negotiate rent’ to Cleo.
Today, I really glowed up. I didn’t spend anything online (thank you) and I had an update from Cleo on my weekly spending that didn’t make me want to shave my head. I also played Spendr which is basically rating your previous buys so that Cleo can help you get rid of your toxic spending behaviours going forward.
Nothing from Cleo today. Kinda missed her so used Hype mode just before I worked out in my living room. I did some grocery shopping – it set me back about $40 but got me a lot of chips. Salty self-care is important rn.
Heading into the weekend, I feel OK about my money. Cleo sends me a category breakdown of my weekly spending so far – it’s looking pretty slim, and given the sheer amount of time I’ve had to online-shop, I’m pretty proud.
I have a $25 phone bill to pay off this morning and concrete plans to order takeout tonight. That means I’ll have $15 left in my budget for the weekend. I’ve got my groceries and some absolutely huge Netflix plans, so I’d say I’m pretty well set up.
I find myself jumping between calm and utter panic at the moment, so it’s nice to have Cleo regulating my emotionally-charged hand cream buys. It also feels good to step away from the big picture and focus on what I can control right now: my week-by-week spending.
Was also nice to have someone checking in throughout the week now that my friends have all taken to sleeping through the days.