Man… I am broke as shit right now. Fees and funding and this and that and a couple dollars here for some bullshit and ant poison. It’s really been putting my ass through the wringer. I guess I’m going to have to be more proactive about my frugality. Sadly, this means that going out to eat just fell off my list of hobbies and onto my list of liabilities.
It’s OK, I’ve been working on my cooking at home anyways. The leftovers from dinner tonight, for example (some grilled, thin sliced beef and beans) will turn into one, possibly two lunches this week. Other meals I have planned (chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy) will likely stretch (at least the potatoes) into the weekend.
The other big problem is that all my savings is depleted. Kaput. Gone. Got to fix that shit aggressively. I have no emergency fund right now, outside of my credit card (and anybody should realize how dangerous a situation that is), and I have some medical expenses that are coming up in the short term (cavities, again. Sigh). These will be offset to a degree by my insurance, but it will still involve a significant cash outlay on my part.
In the meantime, here are my plans to have fun on a low budget.
1) Get rid of shit. I am constantly complaining about the clutter in my life, it’s going to be a zero cost thing to get rid of most of it. Craigslist’s free section has already rid me of a dryer I no longer had use for, some bunk bed stuff that I inherited. Now it’s time for it to do it’s magic on some more significantly bulky stuff, like the useless computer cases and comic books I’ll never re-read.
2) Work on the house. A lot of stuff I would like to do to the house is going to cost money, but a significant portion of the prep for that, and tons of other projects are a very low money prospect. Raking up lava rocks is free! Hooray!
3) Work on the motorcycle. I know this will require some money to get finished, but I have the gasket kit for the engine and the rebuild kit for the fuel petcock and whatnot already, so I may as well do what I can on it.
4) Work out. I already paid the $60 for the weight set, I may as well use it. My routine of doing exercises every morning has been great, but if I spent some time to actually build a workout plan, it would probably be even better.
5) Write. I haven’t been writing nearly as much as I used to. This one is entirely free, and extraordinarily satisfying.