I’m not into it, this Christmas thing. After childhood, I gleefully quit. For many years, the opt-in to simplicity thrilled me to no end! Then I had a kid. It seems he enjoys the festivities, wha?? So, resume Christmas I did. I try to honour both our needs: mine for quiet and simplicity; his for… Continue reading Most Strategic Christmas Ever
Whew, this year has been one of my more expensive. It seems to come in waves, everything needing replacement at once. Our bikes (including their accessories and locks) were stolen, the car’s tires need replacing for the very first time in seven years, after six years of daily use my laptop battery AND power adapter… Continue reading My Wildly Expensive Year
I review every bill that comes in and, approximately once a week, I check all of my accounts (banking, investing). This is to ensure that nothing is cuckoo. Almost every week, something is. I told you about the cell phone fraud here, the merchant trickery here, the difficulty banks have counting here, and a couple… Continue reading $300 Per Hour
My place is super cheap… partly because I do some work around the property, and partly because it’s smallish, as well as short on some of today’s amenities. For example, it came with no lines for internet or phone, no tub, no dishwasher, no washing machine, and no dryer. It is, however, comfortable, silent, pretty,… Continue reading 4 Tweaks To Make A Cheap Apartment Work
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Sometimes I can’t bear to look at my spending. When I look at the line that notes I spent $500 on rent, in an area whose norm is $1600 and up, I’m confident and excited. But when I look at the line that shows my “car fuel” line jump from $42/mo to $135/mo, I get… Continue reading When My Spending Freaks Me Out
Sometimes it’s like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in here! All full of Oompa-Loompas and trained squirrels… Check it out: Where I live, rent runs $1600-$2000 and up. I pay $500, all inclusive, so my house-choosing strategy is awesome and definitely one of my primary successes. I own a car. I didn’t until I was 38, and… Continue reading My Nonsensical Budgeting Brain