Friday, February 3, 2012

frugality and good books

1. Julie would like to know one frugal tip this week.

Umm, don't have a social life...

I think I'll go with the ones I'm using a lot these days. Buy a good water bottle and a good insulated travel mug, then USE THEM. Cheap coffee costs $1/cup anywhere. Expensive coffee made at home costs 50-75 cents. If you're cheap like me you can do it for 20 cents a cup (including creamer) And water is going to cost $1/bottle from just about anywhere.

In that same vein, carry a snack. Vending machine/gas station snacks will cost at least $1. You can buy that same snack in the grocery store (in that same single serving package) for about 35 cents. Or make a peanut butter sandwich for about 25 cents.

It would be cheaper yet not to drink coffee, but it's one of the very few things I treat myself to.

2. What are you reading this week?

Aristotle's Rhetoric. It's wordy as all get out - it seems he uses three pages to say what could be said in one. But it is rather interesting.

FWIW, I'm reading it for school, not because I'm trying to look exceedingly smart or something :p

3. Barbara wants to know: do you hit the snooze button on the alarm clock, and if so how many times?

Umm, yes... Usually a couple times. My dogs are well trained - they don't move to get up until I actually start getting up :D

4. If you had to travel in a sedan (or if you already drive a sedan type car) and you had five or six dogs, how would you handle it?

I'd rotate which dogs I'd travel with if at all possible and I'd try to fit a couple crates in the back seat. My two will both fit in a 30 in crate - it's a bit cramped, but it will work if we're not making a long trip

5. How much do you filter what you put on your own blog?

It's the internet and everyone can read it, so I do filter it. But what I write is still pretty reflective of me.

1 comment:

  1. You make a good point. It would totally be cheaper to skip coffee altogether... but I just can't bring myself to do it. I'm pretty hard core addicted to Diet Dew, but I'll skimp on them before I'll give up coffee!!