I wasn’t planning on posting every day, or at least so soon, about my 28 days of No-Spending, but I was proud of myself. Still have $9.00 in my pocket, didn’t spend my allotted $0.32! My savings yesterday were:
Breakfast- this could range anywhere from $3.50 for an iced coffee and bagel with butter to $5.00 for iced coffee and an egg and cheese sandwich, all from Nick’s Coffee Cart on 48th and Park. Since I made iced coffee the night before and brought it with me, along with yogurt and cereal, I saved an average of $4.25 on breakfast.
Lunch- this averages about $8.00 a day since my cheapest lunch would be falafel over rice from the Halal cart and my most expensive would be Tuk Tuk Boy at $11. Even the cafeteria lunch falls between those prices, so we’ll say I saved the $8 because I brought salad and leftovers from the night before. Water here is free, as is coffee. At least we get that…
Transportation- I saved $22 because I didn’t take the LIRR. I know if I bought a weekly, or even a montly it would have been cheaper, but working from home one or two days a week kept me on a daily ticket. My Metrocard was already paid for, so my commute- as annoying and degrading as it is- was absolutely free.
So I saved about $34 on my first day alone! And that’s just on basic stuff. Pretty flippin’ good!
What made this sweet revelation even sweeter was that I got a check in the mail from Optimum! I was due a slight refund when I switched to Verizon. This gave me an idea to check out where else I can save- I’m already looking into the car insurance situation. Maybe I can get some discounts elsewhere?
Dinner last night was gathered from the big freezer downstairs and the deep recesses of my pantry closet. I made Kielbasa for Zombiegirl and MR and sweet potato pancakes from a Manishewitz mix I’ve had for about 5 years. Disclaimer: I am checking expiration dates and so far haven’t found anything dangerous. I was pretty disappointed in the pancakes, don’t think I’ll be buying a mix again. See? Tried something new and gained 6 square inches in my pantry. I will have to do a small shopping trip tonight since we’re out of milk and apples and bananas. So, if it ain’t on the list, we ain’t buying.
That being said, I just ran out of checks (yes, I still write checks) and went online to order more. $21.00! Screw that- I’m going to see how long I can hold out to reorder. Not a necessity.
I needed rubbing alchohol to clean a something I was making. I made do with vodka. Not a necessity.
I didn’t have pink ribbon for the thing I was making. Before this challenge, I would have run out to buy pink ribbon. I used the orange instead and it looked adorable! See, not a necessity.
After a long commute home on the bus, I needed a little “somethin’ somethin'” to take the edge off. We’re out of beer so I finished off the half bottle of Moscato in the fridge. Beer MAY be a necessity, but I can make do with something else for the time being.
It’s all about priorities.