On the plus side, I found an unopened bag of naan in my freezer that I didn’t know I had. I also found some unexpired food left over from a previous Burning Man (admittedly, I don’t know which one lol).
On the minus side… well, there is no minus side, right? I have $120 of the Safeway gift card money left. I don’t have much whey protein left at all (and it’s $60 a pop for a new container). I’ve made good progress consuming freezer stuff, but much of what remains isn’t appetizing… but that’s probably a motivation problem on my part (e.g. I need to spend the time to make what I have more appetizing on the cheap). I didn’t finish a salad I bought, but did stretch a $7 Safeway take out plate over 2.5 meals.
I get paid next Friday, so I just need to eat through Thursday. Tuesday, work will pay for lunch *and* dinner (hooray!). I paid for gas last Friday, so it’ll probably last me another week if all I do is commute to work.
In my bank account, I have $323. I’ll still have to pay Comcast, so that’s $250. Five days of food maybe can only consume $100 Safeway dollars max, so I should end the month with the $250 in my bank account. In fact, the the Burning Man food, it’s probably possible for me to only spend like $20. That would put $100 back into the budget and bump the savings up.
First half of April expenses will be:
Which will leave me with $1985 that I can save toward mortgage payoff. $2085 if I can stand eating chili four nights in a row. $36,963 is then roughly the total and I’m ~78.7% through the slog. The next paycheck would be 84%.
Q: How much money is in my piggy bank? I should probably use up that crap on food money for the beginning of April. It probably son’t get me to an even $37k, but it’s probably better than just sitting around inside a pig.
It is important for me to remember going into April that this is historically the time of year when I get tired of saving and vacation / escapist spending becomes even more tempting.
Never give up! Never surrender!