Entry 165: The Reduction Game
In an effort to save money, I have implored a few means of reducing general wastes by simplification and necessity.
As a young adult with a high metabolism, I enjoy snacking, which also turns out to be a luxurious expense that is not mandatory in my budget. So scratch that. No more Doritos Dinamite Sticks or Arizona Green Tea. Woe is me. I tried out popcorn for a while, which was considerably less expensive, but I've put that on hold for now.
Who doesn't like a long hot shower, aside from those ice cubes in Banjo-Tooie? Well, supposedly it draws some electricity to heat up that water, and all that drainage goes to waste just so I can wonder about the physical implications of monsters and their immortal abilities. Yeah, so I turn the water on for 1 minute to soak up, turn off the tap, lather up with soap, then resume the water for another minute or two so I can rinse off. We'll see how much this impacts come the new month.
And for a few months I've been cutting my electric bill by having all my major appliances connect to a power strip, and then turning it off so my TV doesn't draw "phantom" power. I also unplug my wifi at night, since I don't need to download dreams; I have cheese for that.
Everything was going fine and dandy last month, but then I got a new phone. Like, a new phone, so that bill kind of negated my savings plan in a mean way. But the primary reason I got the new phone was to have better and faster service, thanks to the wild invention of Project Fi, which uses three different carriers to provide maximum coverage. With this benefit, I can easily respond to my job by accepting newly posted shifts before all the spots are claimed. This alone helps pay for the phone.
So yeah, cutting out the (unnecessary) food was my biggest hurdle, but I'll make due with my awesome sandwiches and bottles of water (tap is nasty).