Thursday, November 1, 2012

.soul food.

I made a retro-active budget today... I went through my checking account records for the last few months and split up everything I'd bought to see where my money went.

I excluded rent and textbooks, and put the rest in basic categories:
"Coffee (Chapters)", "Coffee (other)", "Books", "Going out to eat for fun", "Going out to eat because I didn't plan well" (clearly very different), "Fabric store", and "Because I am an idiot" (under which would fall a new cell phone because I somehow lost mine on a ten-minute errand and tragically late library books, among other things).

I was pleasantly surprised that for the amount of books I bought this semester (oops), the total wasn't too astronomical... yay for buying used!

So just now I may have accidentally bought another one I've had my eye on for awhile upon noticing there was a crazy-inexpensive copy on Amazon.

Justifying it to myself in my head,

"I mean, okay... I didn't really need this. And I need to save money the rest of the term...

but books weren't even the biggest part of where my money went this semester.

I spent WAY more money getting groceries.

Really, I should just buy less food."

It took me a good few seconds to realize I had actually just
articulated that to myself without a twinge of irony.

(In my currently-reading basket by my big chair currently:
working my way through the stories in Fidelity

 (Edited to add:
In the ten minutes since writing this post,
I may have bought one more.
All right, I have a problem.)

1 comment:

Think Positive and SMILE! said...

You have a cool blog! I live here in Oregon too! I like all of your pictures. I like the "happy family" pictures. I love the "Fall colors" pictures. I think it's funny how you color-coordinated your books on your book shelf! That's interesting about the work with helping the kids who need help. That's great that you're involved in that. Keep the positive stuff coming!

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