Sunday, November 06, 2005

Lead us not into pathological cheapness.

Although I made my law school budget as humane as possible, it's still a pain in the ass. I generally have enough money each week to care for myself in one of a number of ways:
  • Cook nice foods on the weekend and eat them all week, but NO EATING OUT.
  • Go out to eat on the weekend and eat beans and rice or scrounged free pizza all week.
  • Cook some foods and eat at the many cheap lunch places near campus all week.
  • Frozen dinners.
  • Trader Joe's.
This week is the first week of attempting Trader Joe's. Unfortunately (but predictably), my trip to TJ's resulted in enough food and spending for two weeks. I suppose it won't go to waste.

One fortunate discovery: Miz Biz, unlike old Miz Bailey, will eat foods that are not laden with delicious meats and fats. She enjoys apples, carrots, banana. Why is this fortunate? Three words: canine garbage disposal. Mealy apple? Cut tiny pieces off of it and create 3 or 4 days' worth of "cookies" for the dog. Buy too many carrots for the stew? Ditto. Pear getting a little weird? The dog doesn't care! And they're all high in fiber and nutrients. Yay. Why pay $2.79/lb for dog cookies when you already paid $1.49/lb for that apple that's going to waste? (OK, maybe if the dog got horrible noxious gas, that might be a "why," but so far that's not a problem.)


At 12:53 PM, November 12, 2005, Blogger arguchik said...

um.....welcome (back) to my world, the world you inhabited as a grad student. it sucks! i am sooooooooo tired of living on nothing. i keep reminding myself of the trade-offs i'm making: not having to jockey a desk for 40+ hours per week; not having to sell myself as a conscientious, highly skilled worker (though i had to do that to get into grad school, of course); etc. but sometimes i really want to be able to stop worrying about money so much, to take a trip, enjoy some time and life for a little bit, and whenever i *do* treat myself to something nice, i end up worrying about how it might come back to bite me in the ass when some unexpected, unavoidable expense comes up.

At 12:54 PM, November 12, 2005, Blogger arguchik said...

i should add that unexpected, unavoidable expenses *constantly* come up.


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