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Todays spending

May 23rd, 2007 at 03:21 am

$4 breakfast - ham and cheese on a hero, donut
$2.5 lunch - fruit cup
$21 shampoo and conditioner set, discount
$34 bebe blouse 50% off
$15 dinner - yogurt kebob
$14 organic milk, angel wings, ham, cheese
$90.5 Total


Not so good

Change jar results!

May 20th, 2007 at 04:55 pm

I cashed it in (they had to change the bags on the coin machine in the middle, as they got full)

And it was.....

$404.41!

Ima saver had the closest guess.

I don't know if the jar looked smaller in the picture, but it was a 3 liter one.


Guessing game - how much is in this jar?

May 19th, 2007 at 06:37 pm



It is finally full!

I will be bringing this to a penny arcade at the Commerse bank today.
Anyone wants to venture a guess on how much is 3 liters of money?

Living cash poor -- trial run.

May 17th, 2007 at 05:28 pm

Previously, after paying all our obligations(rent, utilities, studen loan, insurances, transportation, etc) we had about $3100 left monthly for discretionary funds - food, eating out, saving, clubing, clothing, weekend trips...

If we buy this co-op, after fixed expences, we will have only $1000 to live on the entire month!

I don't know if this is possible, but I will try. I will record every cent I spend from now on, get cheapest lunches, try to minimize waste, and try to figure out if this is worth it, after all.

So, to start, here are todays figures:

0.5 donut from a street cart guy in the morning, had it with coffee at work
3.37 lunch - buffet salad bar
From the grocery store:
3.49 butter 8.8 oz
3.99 organic milk
4.49 angel wings

15.84 Total

Seriously considering this condo

May 14th, 2007 at 04:26 am

a little less than 600 sq feet.
a tiny 2 bedroom(converted from 1) with no closets or a hallway.

It is 10 minute walk from the subway and 35 minutes total from work! (as opposed to 1.5 hours now)

Has lovely view of tree tops from the window. Good light and quiet.

No elevator, very narrow old hallway, but inside is renovated.

450K $675 monthly maintenance

I feel I will have to move fast, because it is the best deal below 90th street I have seen so far.

Slumming it and new food discovery

May 8th, 2007 at 11:31 pm

Today I woke up in the morning, felt sleepy so called in to work and asked a day off. Slept until 11. (I'm very lucky to have generous vacation benefits)

Than went out to do errands -- on a weekday, with the unemployed.
I like slumming it like this. I put on casual clothing and looked the part. I live in a working class but safe neighborhood that is slowly turning better. So now there are very cheap and more upscale options side by side.

The landromat was not crowded. I had a pizza and a soda combo while it was washing - just like in high school.

Going to the stores in midday is a treat to me. Bougth some stuff for the household. Did major cleaning.

Stopped by a little off-street place looking for something different to eat. Turned out it was owned by a Korean woman from Turkmenistan who spoke Russian. Food was very home made and cheap. And different. Kind of eastern food with Russian/Korean influences.
I am very happy to dicover something new.

Another -where have you traveled- map

May 8th, 2007 at 02:20 am

Saw it on Monkey Mama's blog so did one myself.

Amaizing fri. night -- I love this city!!!

May 7th, 2007 at 02:51 am

Love this city sometimes.

We went to a club in Williamsburg(Brooklyn) this friday (had no time to post before now).

It was a little place, good cocktails, spanish music and lots of dancing. All dancing people were very friendly and encouraging - we had a lot of fun, dancing until my stomach muscles hurt.

The weather was beautiful, the club was at steet level and had its glass door/windows open, giving an outside feel. Cherries and some other pink flowered trees lined the block.

The music carried outside, and we would go onto the street and dance under the sky in fresh air with white petals falling from cherry trees.

We had amaizing time. It was very romantic.

When we got hungry and drove back to one of our favorite restaurants for a romantic dinner.
On our way we listened to film scores on the radio, continuing the surreal feel of the evening. The night city was beautiful.

Cost: $40 drinks, $45 dinner.
Amaizing night - priceless