Working long hours definitely goes hand in hand with frugality. The later I leave office, the less money I spend. Last week was out of control and I am seriously looking for a new job around April. I know if I don’t, I will absolutely go crazy. What’s a girl to do? Save herself, I guess. So please keep me accountable here, OK? 🙂
I just spent an amazing, frugal day with T. We biked from Queens to Greenpoint in Brooklyn, sat in the Grumpy’s Café for a couple of hours splitting a cup of coffee, working on our laptops. After that we sat on a bench in the nearby park, enjoying 65 degree weather, where we ate a couple of ham sandwiches and drank a thermos full of hot ginger tea that we brought with us. That’s how we roll.
Since I’ve been catching a cold since yesterday I will be taking it easy for the rest of the long weekend. I was just actually watching some random videos on Facebook and stumbled upon a quite interesting one on motivation. Namely, motivation is a bunch of BS. We will never feel ‘motivated’ to do something we are scared of, something that is new and unpredictable, something we feel uncomfortable about. We just need to do it, that’s all. Motivated or not. We’re only a step away from change, and yet we find ourselves stuck for days, weeks or even years in an unhappy situation. I’ve basically hated my ‘new’ job a week after I started but here I am eight months later still going there every single day. I am literally finding it a joke at this point. I am paid almost $85K per year (which is a big upgrade from my previous job) but I deal with daily disrespect and I dare to say emotional abuse. It’s pretty awful. Or pretty laughable actually, I think I am going to start drafting a comic book on my work life. I mean, some of the things going on there, one can’t even make up.
So I am making a ‘motivation’ worthy decision. April / May I am getting out there and getting myself a new J.O.B, even if I get a lower paid job, I am ok with that.
Making money, saving money. That’s what I do. Having a job that pays a lot but is awful in every other aspect, is helping me with trying to save, save, save. And get out of there!
Last week’s frugal accomplishments:
- This week T. and I ate all the meals at home (except for whatever I ate for free in my office). No biggie though, cooking every day is not that hard so I know there will be no applause here for me 😉
- I finally got to my sewing pile and fixed 3 pairs of stockings (good only to wear under my jeans), I also fixed small holes in T.’s two sweaters.
- Except one coffee today, I spent an absolute ZERO on my wants this week. I had no time or desire.
- We continue to embrace free entertainment. Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon Prime Videos (through work) and Netflix (still using friend’s login). We also went biking today which was awesome, and then T. played tennis with a friend.
- I treated myself with a spa evening last night. Bath, face peeling and mask, home mani & pedi. Minimal out of pocket cost and making me feel like a million bucks.
- I resisted 75% clearance at my local Duane Reade, some beauty products were pretty tempting, but I still have so much stuff that I brought from Poland in November that it will take us at least six more months to use. I definitely do NOT need to be buying any shampoos or body creams right now.
How are YOU saving money?