One of the drawbacks of never balancing my checkbook is that sometimes I miscalculate and overspend. I have done that for this pay period, which means I'm pretty much out of dough until the end of the month.
I think I can squeak by with my much-needed hair appointment on Saturday. There's nothing less attractive with blue highlights than grey roots, let me tell you. Aside from that, the belt-tightening has already begun.
Last night I made baked ziti with some fresh vegetables that one of my husband's studio clients brought us. (No, he's not trading studio time for produce...yet.) I used yellow and green peppers, zucchini, and some kind of pale yellow squash I didn't recognize. Luckily the recipe makes a ton, so we can both have it for lunch today and tomorrow.
Fortunately, I have lots of free and pre-paid entertainment options to carry me through the evenings and weekend: cable TV, the Internet, yoga class, a volunteer project, and perhaps the outdoors if the weather gets better. Tonight we're even going to a concert thanks to some friends with an extra pair of free tickets. As long as we can scrape up enough cash for parking, we can forego buying anything once we're there.
I never get too worked up about financial dry spells. When we first bought our house, we were broke, broke, broke. Every single month I ended up sending in the payment late, which cost us a $25 late fee that we didn't have either. We've long since broken out of that unfortunate circumstance, but it definitely taught me how to scale things back as needed.
It looks as though I'm going to have a bit of extra income soon: the cover band already has a potential gig lined up a week from Saturday. Looks like things are coming together even faster than I'd expected.
Well, I'm off to pack my lunch and make a yogurt parfait for breakfast. If you have any good money-saving tips, please share them in the comments.