Bobo's Oat Bars: $32.89Every day is Blursday now, but somehow, my inner Garfield always feels the acute Weltschmerz of a Monday. During this particular one, I sweat and stress-ate my way through a freelance copywriting project I was on deadline for. During my frenetic sprint, I received a We miss you! email with an offer for 30% off from Bobo's, a Boulder, Colorado maker of tasty oat bars. The sentiment worked: I bought protein and oat bars, a purchase that will count toward my grocery budget.Lady & Larder groceries: $61.70Therapy: $60Maybe it was the aftermath of a Monday, but Tuesday begat the $16 bacon binge. I do most of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's, but as the product of two organic-food-loving parents, I've built certain splurges into my dining budget for things like $9 cherries from small farms, a $10 loaf of locally-made sourdough bread, and, yes, $16 pasture-raised, antibiotic-free, non-GMO bacon from a nearby purveyor. (Side note: Though I do pay more for certain grocery items, I'd never actually bought expensive bacon before.) I picked up these and a few other purchases from Lady & Larder, a local cheese shop that pivoted into a takeout store when the coronavirus severely impacted its business.After assembling and savoring an epic BLT, I joined my therapist online for our weekly video session. Therapy has been built into my budget for the last five or so years, and I've been fortunate to find sliding-scale clinics and counselors that work with my finances. I anticipate the cost will become tougher to maintain in the coming months, but it has been so essential to maintaining my well-being (particularly now, as I navigate constant uncertainty) that I'll make it work.Paula's Choice retinol: $45.55Before the pandemic, performing the ubiquitous lengthy skincare regime for which women are often mocked was keeping my skin clear. Now, I'm dealing with rogue breakouts that seem to magnify the haphazardness of life these days.And it's not just me: Experiencing adult acne in isolation is a thing — one that's making headlines. So while the pixelation of weekly Zoom calls hides my blemishes from friends, it doesn't conceal the ever-present unease I feel over my growing list of Things I Can't Control.Thus, a $45 purchase of Paula's Choice retinol. When it comes to beauty- and household-related spending, I generally only buy things that I've researched thoroughly and aren't full price. So I made sure to get a deal: I used a code that snagged me a 20% discount, free shipping, and a bonus travel size retinol. Laptop down payment: $452.70Blue Apron meals: $30My family doesn't financially support me (even as a kid, I had to pull weeds to earn my allowance), but a privilege I'm grateful for is making payment plans with my mom and dad when finances are tight. Every so often, they'll lay out money for me for a big purchase, and we'll configure a repayment system that's interest-free and follows an agreed-upon timeline. They did this for me when I bought my first real mattress at age 24, an extended warranty for my second car at age 27, and, now, a laptop at age 33. My jobs have always provided me with a work laptop, so I haven't owned a personal one since college. But because I had to return my laptop to my former employer, I needed one of my own for the first time in a decade. I held out for the newly revamped 13 MacBook Pro, which debuted in May and was going to cost me nearly $2,000. My dad offered to make the purchase, asking for an initial down payment of $452.70 to cover the tax and Apple Care. It's a win-win for us both: He gets beaucoup points on his credit card, and I can space out my payments.On Thursday, I also Venmo'd my roommate for a few Blue Apron meals we'd shared. As much as I love to eat, I find making three meals per day tedious, so I try to break it up with more accessible options or affordable takeout (I prefer gigantic burritos that can make multiple meals).Angeles National Forest hiking: $0One way my routine has significantly changed since becoming unemployed is that I am now able to get into nature on weekdays. I used to spend weekends camping, or on long solo hikes or road trips, but I had to contend for quietude with all the other urbanites seeking the same. That all changed when Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti closed the city's beaches and hiking trails, and I found myself taking frantic daily 4-mile walks around my neighborhood to quell my need for extended time alone and outside. But now that the city is beginning to reopen public lands, and I have the flexibility of unemployment, I've been heading to the Angeles National Forest on weekdays to avoid crowds and hit some of my beloved haunts. On Friday, I trekked up Mount Williamson and found myself gloriously alone for most of the 6-mile hike, hearing nothing but chirping birds and wind rustling through pine trees. (Note: Permits are required to park in certain areas, but an annual $80 America the Beautiful pass or annual $30 Forest Adventure Pass covers this cost.) Unlike $16 bacon, my hike cost no money (and was cholesterol-free), but the feelings both things evoke have something in common: They serve as a reminder that, no matter if I'm financially stable or pitching and rolling in a sea of change, small joys — however brief — are worth the investment.Week total: $682.84Los Angeles-based Michelle Juergen began her career at Entrepreneur and most recently served as senior editor of TravelAge West, an award-winning travel trade magazine. Today, she's a freelance writer, editor, copywriter, copyeditor, and ghostwriter. Connect with her on Instagram and Twitter.