I got a new computer for Christmas. It is gorgeous. I’m blogging from my bed. 🙂
The first full week of the 150 Project ended at midnight. It is really hard to spend only $150 in a week! I was helped out by starting the week with some food in the fridge and freezer (because I had a false start on the project, really). Being sick and needing tissues and cold medicine didn’t help, but really didn’t dent the budget too terribly, either (largely because I started to feel better). I ended the week with $6.65 to spare, and this was the breakdown of my expenditures:
“Personal” expenses cover tissue and cold medicine… drugstore stuff, haircuts, shampoo, toilet paper, etc. I dined out a mere three times (with Paul, Kris, Jenny, Barrett, and Beth — never alone!), and bought only one coffee (well, I bought two, but one was for my sister). I also only went to Whole Foods once, to pick up an onion last-minute on the way to Christopher’s. That single onion was a freaking dollar (and it wasn’t even very large!!). It would have been $.44 at Sunflower Market, and I believe even cheaper at Vitamin Cottage. It really illustrated the fact that it does make a difference where you shop, even for those staples that you think are more or less the same everywhere. They are not.
I should mention that there are a few things I’m not counting as part of the $150/week budget: monthly expenses like rent and utilities, other regular expenses like insurance and tuition, gifts, etc. And I’ve sold a ton of books on Amazon.com this week — not counting the expense of shipping those, etc., but also putting the profits straight into savings.
All in all, I think this is a great exercise for me, and I can feel some habits changing already!
The outlook for this week is good: I’m once again starting the week with a ton of food ready to eat and make (Spanish tortilla, tons of leftover fruit from a brunch today, leftovers from last night, and a bunch of soup in my freezer). I do, however, have a haircut scheduled, and plans for a concert on Thursday…