Well, I did it. In response to being required to take some days off, unpaid, in the near future, I have called the bank and had my 401(K) contribution (via my paycheck) reduced by half, a temporary measure I hope will keep the creditors at bay.
Ack! This goes against my grain, as a card-carrying Midwest-type, a Daughter of The Frugal, and a nervous future retiree; but dammit people, we’ve gotta pay our bills.
So I’m sitting here, looking at my fancy pantyhose (now with reinforced toes!), my purse-sized hand lotion and my genuine imitation leather lunch bag/general purpose tote, and I think, how can I cut expenses from my budget?
My views on the under-appreciated Wienie Water Soup are well-known (not to mention that, frozen into cubes, Wienie Water Soup makes wonderful bouillon), but surely there are more cost-cutting measures?
For example, when was the last time you cut your own hair? Personally, the last time I did was just before pictures in second grade. That was a very special year for me, if the photo is any way to judge… Frankly, I prefer to think I was ahead of my time with that angular, piece-y look.
OK, maybe it wasn’t such a “special” year as much as it was a word used by my mother to both describe my hair style and save my feelings.
Wait – she was trying to spare my feelings, wasn’t she?
So maybe we shouldn’t cut our own hair.
But what about the heat? Do we really need the heat all the way up to 64 degrees?
And speaking of that, do we really need that refrigerator running 24/7? Wouldn’t the porch serve the same purpose? Must speak to someone about this…
What about those cats? Isn’t it time they got a job mewing for cash or something? Perhaps engagement as professional mousers? What are the kitties doing these days as employment?
Hmmm. And, well, there’s the cable TV. I could get rid of that…
HA! Thought I meant that, didn’t you? Well, no. I have a long way to fall before I give up “Intervention” and anything with the word “forensic” in the title.
I see whipping up a big batch of Wienie Water Soup in my future.
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