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Wow this month sets a record (I always do the month's bills in the middle of the month). I have 286.30 more in bills than I do in income, this is a record low deficit since I've been employed as a librarian.
I am experimenting with new frugality. I've been bringing a lunch to work (although I liked leaving the building it was a brief respite - now I eat at the library and get grouchy because people won't leave me alone in the break room) I've been reducing my driving (I missed 2 free concerts in St.Pete because I didn't want to spend the $10 on gas).
I haven't gone to the shooting range in a few months; I haven't seen a movie at the theater since 2003; I stopped taking my shirts to the dry cleaners I need the $1.10/ shirt.
Of course I let my cleaning lady who came once a week go months ago, I stopped my netflix membership and I'm looking at alternatives to my DSL connection.
I've got some vacation property that I am going to sell.
At this rate I should exhaust my savings (at least those that are not in a retirement account) in just a few years. Thank goodness people value librarians and libraries so much that it makes this worthwhile.
Next month is going to suck though as I am going out ( and following Karl Malden's advice and not leaving home without my American Express) and drink until I forget that I have spent six years in college to get a degree that has an annual salary less than my student loans. I will then take a cab home- one of the few expenses I can justify.
Stop by O'Briens and I'll stand ya a pint!