|Rita MacNeil has won our hearts like food has won her stomach|
|Courtney Loves to get smashed|
Let’s start with the bills. Lucky for me, I have 3 roommates which makes my power and internet bills only ¼ of what I would normally have to pay. My hydro bill is less that $10 per month, which is pretty effing sweet. All my other bills are included in my incredibly cheap rent so that certainly helped me keep the budget down. The groceries part was really easy. I ate lots of leftovers and plenty of pasta, but this was mostly doable because I have a fantastic partner who stepped up to the (dinner) plate and kept my belly full of delicious and nutritious food! How many people with no money can say they ate salmon this month? I realize that not all of us have someone in out lives to buy us food, so here are some quick tips on keeping your food bill cheap:
- rice, pasta, and bags of fruits and vegetables are dirt cheap - take advantage;
- scan your flyer for deals – it was dollar days at my grocery store this month;
- leftovers can be gross, but they are less gross if you reheat them in the stove instead of the microwave – if you can add cheese to the leftovers, do it;
- cook things in bulk; lasagna, roasts, stir-frys, can make multiple meals and you can freeze portions for later (I don’t recommend cheese on a stir-fry);
- potlucks enable you to make something for cheap and get to taste lots of delicious foods from other people – and if you host, you get to keep the leftovers;
- dust off the crock pot - a great tool for making delicious and effortless dishes for cheap;
- Did you know the internet has recipes on it now; even some that are specifically designed with cheap eats in mind? And you thought the internet was only for porn!
|My iPhone had more cracks than Rita's butt|
Now, the biggest challenge – social engagements. I don’t like to ask for handouts and there’s nothing I hate more than owing money to friends or family – especially to pay for me to go out and get shmammered. This is where I feel so lucky to have such wonderful friends in my life. My friends picked up the tab on many of my meals and hosted me to a plethora of events. Dana made delicious brunch, Nicole surprised me with a sushi platter and 3 bottles of wine, Gigi threw great parties, Caitlin spoiled me with sweets, Kate lent me some CDs to give me my music fix, and everyone helped me get through a stressful month by doing things that are dirt cheap. I won’t lie, there were times when I wanted to look for my credit card and go for some retail therapy but thanks to wonderful friends who enjoy the simple things in life – like a great conversation, going for a skate, playing a board game, this month was a lot easier to get through. If you’re in the same boat as me and you’re drowning in debt, let your friends know that you’re going to have to cut back on expenses and you’d be surprised how wonderful and supportive people can be to get you back in the black and out of the red!
Well, that’s it for this entry. I hope that January has treated you as well as it has I, and remember, if you’re every struggling with debt repayment – you’re not alone!
P.S. Did you notice that I was able to say penetrating in a blog entry without making a sex joke? I have so much restraint!