It was announced yesterday state judicial employees will have to take more furlough days than originally planned. These two unpaid leave days a month will work out to roughly a 10% paycut. On the bright side, most of the days are conveniently scheduled around holidays and, most importantly, I still have my job.
Now that my income will be reduced, I need to start thinking about saving money/earning extra money on the side. I’ve spent today doing guide work on Cha Cha and am looking into babysitting opportunities. However, I think the main way I will be able to work through this will be to cut down on my food expenses.
I go out to eat waaaay too much. That can be fixed by limiting eating out to special occasions and by bringing a lunch to work at least four days a week. I know if I completely deprive myself, I will just crave stuff more and go off the deep end. I know myself all too well.
The purpose of this entry is a call for suggestions–cheaper food items to buy, cheap and delicious recipes, etc. I need to be a smarter grocery shopper. I only shop/cook for one person, which (I think) makes it a little more difficult. I can’t exactly buy in bulk because stuff will go to waste.
When I was a kid, we got by on hot dogs, spaghetti-o’s, bologna, Koolaid, and mac and cheese. On special occasions, we would get VELVEETA shells and cheese. But now, I think I’ve spoiled myself too much, buying whatever I want, when I want. That needs to change.
What are your favorite “poverty foods”?
What are some ways you’ve found to make extra income?
I know I’m not living at the poverty level, but maybe if I start eating like I am I won’t have to worry about facing it later on. Right? Riiiiight.