All of these are signs of the end of the world as I know it... I called Comcast and reduced our cable subscription to the lowest possible that still gives me access to "Defiance," "The Strain," and "The Walking Dead." At the end of the call I'd reduced my monthly bill by $85. I cancelled my Hulu subscription. I decided to empty out my storage room, which means getting … [Read more...] about It’s the end of the world as we know it
I was good today and brought my lunch to work. Brown-bag lunches are part of an attempt to keep my diet regulated and my budget under control. That is, I eat better and spend less money if I bring my lunch instead of going out to buy it. I don't want what I brought. This happens frequently. I go to the trouble of packing a lunch, then when I eat it it's boring or I just … [Read more...] about A lunch dilemma
As if I needed further proof that God hates me... I bought a DSLR camera kit. I'd been lusting after one for quite a while but I couldn't justify it to myself. I own a very nice point and click I bought mid-2012 that produces very nice shots. But I really really wanted a DSLR camera. Christmas sales exist to make my life difficult. Amazon had been listing an "everything … [Read more...] about I didn’t plan that!
My niece got into the school of her choice! It's great news, really... until you realize that it will cost her an estimaetd $54,000 a year to go there. Yes, you read that correctly: fifty-four THOUSAND dollars. That's a little more than $200,000 for a four-year degree... assuming she doesn't have any extra expenses. I'm happy for her, and scared. If she doesn't get really … [Read more...] about The first choice (college) — the good news and the bad
I don't need anything new. I rarely do. I'm one of those people who buys new canned food when I still have at least one of each in the pantry. I buy sodas when I'm low. I buy new pants when I notice the ones I own are starting to show wear. The same with shoes and other things. I don't like to run out of things. I don't like to suddenly reach for something only to find that … [Read more...] about Smart Shopping in October