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Downshifting pt 2
It hailed last night. I've seen more hail in the last two weeks than in the past 22 years.
Imed people and wrote bad poetry last night. Also found some awesome photography at Odd-Art.com. Some of it is fetish photography but there's no nudity; I'm not sure if it is work safe.

I'm going to assess my finances and figure out how to purchase a Nikon D50 and still reach my goal of eliminating credit debt in 8 months. (That seems so slow.) At this point I know I really desire the camera as it's been constant for so many months; plus my ire at my current camera grows daily. I want to learn to use a better camera, take better pictures. Maybe even sell prints. I'm sure much of the desire comes from seeing sites like Odd-Art with it's amazing images. I want to do that too! I wonder if that's all it is, a weird form of consumer lust. Hrmmm. Now I'm unsure.

However... I think my finances are solid enough to do so since I'm getting better at saving and being frugal in general. This month of downshifting has gone really well. Even with the added expense to my brake repair, I'm still OK. I'm a library glutton which rocks. I've read three books in the last two weeks. I'm not sure what next month will look like, though, since Fox will be around more. I am more prone to spending when I see her regularly. Though that's mostly on food which has been a minimal expense this month. I wonder how much of her own money she spent on food and if it offset what I didn't spend.

I'm a little annoyed that I didn't technically have enough for the security deposit for the house but I knew I'd be getting a bonus, auto-deposited tomorrow morning, to pay for it. So, adjusting for that I'm ahead about $150. That means I can put extra money in savings on the first. So I only sort of failed? Right?

8 months seems too long to pay off debt, especially when I don't have much.
Stupid credit cards.
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lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: April 19th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I spent quite a bit more on food. Probably around $100ish... though I'm not positive on the figure.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 19th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
How does that affect your finances?

Every time I've gone shopping I asked you to add stuff to the list. I figured everything was OK when you didn't add anything specific. So I got what I thought we needed.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: April 19th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know. and I added a few things... problem was that since I haven't been HOME, I couldn't think of things to add. My finances are tight. But I'm ok.

I commented to answer your question, not to guilt-trip you. And most of my food expenses have been food for consuption at work, which... I feel guilty making you buy me things that you're not going to eat at all.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 19th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I buy stuff to make quick lunches and dinners, sandwiches and such. Are you eating that? That's why I made 600 pounds of chicken salad. :)
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: April 19th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grin* yes, but there are only so many salami sandwiches I can stomach... and yes, I'm trying to be better about it. I've found that CapTel is harder for me... They have a fridge, but I really don't like to use it for whatever reason... so I want to take non-perishables there... It's me being stupid, and why I grabbed the granola bars.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 19th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now, have you two considered downshifting your food consumption to nothing? It will make you more good looking and cut your food costs by at least 100% (more if you sell the food you have now to homeless people). Everyone wants to be more attactive. And think of the time you'll save! Why, a person, in the course of their life will spend over three years just chewing their food. Three Years! You could learn to sail, become a pirate, or sell you soul to our dark lord in that time.

BTW, this, and many many other helpful hints can be found in my new magazine "The Life Worth Living". A subscription is just three easy payments of 49.95. You'll be glad you did.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 19th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think you have our best interests at heart.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 19th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Psh. I always have the well being of my friends at heart. I mean, who else would I post annoying comments to day in and day out if not for you?
abmann From: abmann Date: April 19th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's really funny is that I'm listening to an NPR sci friday podcast discussing calorie restrictive diets and the associated health benefits.

The studying scientist is French.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 19th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Uh-huh, seems about right that a french scientist is talking about giving up calories.

Damn french.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: April 19th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... you have a point. Has it worked for you?
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: April 19th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Funny you asked. Why, I've sold eating plans to Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook. And boy did it put them on the map!
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: April 19th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grin*
justphoenix From: justphoenix Date: April 19th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Odd-art

Curious how you found Odd-Art?
abmann From: abmann Date: April 19th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Odd-art

Chatting with graydancer last night he directed me to an update on his site. A few of the gallery images he posted were credited to that site.
justphoenix From: justphoenix Date: April 19th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Odd-art

::nod nod:: I actually prefer the city pictures.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 19th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Odd-art

WELL! I guess we know what your priorities are.
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abmann From: abmann Date: April 19th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
The amounts you say are impressive but I'm guessing you make more money than I do currently. I can't really afford to pay off my credit card as quickly as I'd like since I'm supporting two people.. sort of.

I vaguely missed cable TV last night but not much. I watched House DVDs again. I love that show. :) But otherwise, I don't care. I still eat out occasionally and go to coffee shops. I've just found other things to do when I'd normally go buy clothes, or something. I think no cable TV makes a big difference.
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