careful habits of saving fractions of pennies
So it’s clear that roommate-dynamics are going to prevent me from keeping a strict budget this month (and thereby exorcizing my displaced-anxiety-via-controlling-minor-things demons). So now I’m turning to Duolingo.
Spanish: Level 10.
Italian: Level 3.
(I tried dipping back into my French tree, but nope, and I’d prefer to embark on Italian at the moment.)
White Rice, 3 lbs: $4.31
Goya Black Beans, 2 cans: $1.54
Peanut Butter: $2.00
Carrots, 2 lbs: $1.99
Daily Average: $7.51
My portion of a birthday dinner of Korean BBQ: $32.00
Movie ticket for Snowpiercer: $9.50
Small cherry Coke and some Junior Mints:$6.00
Consuming unwise amounts of fried meat and then watching a sci-fi allegory about capitalism with explosions with my friends: Priceless (or possibly $47.50)
Quarters for the Laundry Gods: $3.50
Bananas: $1.35 (.69/lb)
Quart of Milk: $1.49
Dozen Eggs: $1.99
Loaf of Bread: $1.99
(aka: assorted offerings to the sharehouse gods)
Bustelo Coffee: $3.39
Daily Average: $6.43
(I’ve decided I’m not going to count tonight’s adventures in this weekly budget — there’ll be some check-splitting and much celebrating, and it’s not worth agonizing over the nickels — but I’ll write it up later for the purpose of tracking my expenses.)
The cheapest roll of paper-towels from Rite-Aid: $1.00
Four rolls of the cheapest toilet paper from Rite-Aid: $1.00
(Yes, I am aware this is penny-wise and pound-foolish; for this week, that’s where I have to be.)
Six-pack of beer: $9.00 (My contribution to a group dinner.)
Daily Average: $3.67
Looking ahead: I have a feeling that tomorrow and a certain long-planned festivity is going to wreck my fragile little budget, but we’ll see!