The Joys of Bulk

One of the easiest ways to save money is to buy in bulk.  On the surface it’s more expensive because you’re of course paying for things that you don’t immediately need but if you’re certain you’re ultimately going to use something and you’re paying less per item, there’s no reason to pass up bulk savings.

A great thing to buy in bulk is batteries.  If you store in the back of freezer they’ll definitely last you a good while and you can be all but certain that the time is going to come when you’ll need a couple of AAA batteries.  When you’re buying them in bulk you can usually get them for about $0.40 each, which is way better than buying them at around $1/ea when you’re only buying six at a time.  At the moment, I have about two dozen of each of the common types and at least a handful of the weirdos (D, 9 Volt, etc).  Anyway, buying in bulk is where it’s at so when you see a great deal snap it up!

I’m back

I know I haven’t written a post in a long time but I’m really going to try harder to keep new entries coming in.  The problem is that I’m so busy that I forget how little time it takes to update this.  Even though deep-down I know it only takes five minutes (or ten minutes at the most) out of my day whenever I think about updating I feel like it’s going to be some long, drawn-out process so I put it off.  I’ll do better in the future I promise!

Happy August

Happy August everyone!  It’s been a little over a month since I last posted but I am not, contrary to the rumors, dead.  It has been a very exciting time for me–I just got all settled down in my new home–Washington DC.  It’s a really exciting place so you can understand why I haven’t had much time to blog.  More to come!

Slacky

I have been way too busy packing to move to DC to really have much time for the site.  I probably won’t be blogging for at least another month while I get my affairs in order.  See you then.

Handling WordPress

I’m not a computer geek so I’m just now really getting a feel for how WordPress works.  My boyfriend was kind enough to set this up for me but I feel badly having to ask for help even though I think the questions I’m asking are relatively advanced.  It’s not like “how do I make a new blog”, they’re more like “why can’t edit this or that”.  Today I learned about the templates but without a class or two in HTML I don’t think there’s going to be any major changes.  I really just don’t like the amount of space between the entries and Id like to get that fixed.

Missing Retail

This probably sounds crazy but I miss retail shopping.  Up here there is mostly boutique shopping which means insanely high prices that are well beyond my student budget.  On the bright side, there is a Filene’s Basement but most of their brands are super-brands; in my mind anything nicer than Express or Banana Republic is a super-brand that falls outside of the regular public’s knowledge of fashion and budget.  Even on their discount prices a lot of the jeans were over $120 and that’s just impossible to afford.  Oh well.

My Summer Job

For some extra money this summer I have been working as a copyrighter.  It’s a pretty terrible job–writing manuals for machines and whatnot.  Even though Washington is such an expensive city, the pay isn’t really in-step with the costs of living here.  The job pays about $15/hr, which is about what it pays in Florida.  Everything else in Florida cost about 20% less, so when I moved here I was anticipating being able to earn 20% to compensate for the difference.  Surprise!

Cheap Coffee

I was spoiled in Florida. My boyfriend was a Starbucksaholic and I frequently would reap the benefits of his many daily trips. When I moved up here I learned the closest Starbucks was over a mile away and the thought of taking the metro ($4) to get to one was painful. Because of this I relented and bought a little coffeemaker, a bean grinder, and some flavored syrups. When it’s all said and done the total price of one of “my” cups of coffee is about $0.89 but let’s be honest, it’s pretty disgusting compared to SBUX. Oh well, that’s living on a budget.