As most of you know, I rent out my basement. What I do every month is use that money as my disposable income for the month, using it to buy stuff like food, toiletries, entertainment, etc. My other bills get charged on my credit card, and I just pay that off every month, providing I can actually remember my online banking password. The system works pretty well for me.
What used to happen is I’d run out of cash a few days before the end of the month, usually just using my credit card to pay for the $100 or so worth of stuff before I’d get more money. Every month I’d vow to tighten my spending a little to save that $100, but most months wouldn’t really work out that well.
All that changed now that I’m eating healthier. I’ll end up with easily $200 in my pocket at the end of this month, unless I spend like a drunken sailor this weekend. So not only does eating healthy help the waistline, it helps the wallet too, at least for me.
What should I spend my $200 on? I’m thinking strippers.
Random Thing That Irritated Me This Week
I found out some more details about the redhead this week, concerning why she didn’t succumb to my irresistible advances. It turns out that she only intends on finishing out the school year here, and then she’s going to leave town forever. This is a quite reasonable excuse for not going out with me, I think anyway. I can understand the logic behind it.
Why does it make me angry? Because I heard it from a mutual friend and not from her. Ladies, please just tell the truth. As my old pal Kevin O’Leary likes to say on Dragon’s Den, the truth will set you free.
Speaking of Dragon’s Den, Brett Wilson is leaving the show. That’s too bad. I liked Brett.
Random Thing I Enjoyed This Week
I watched some curling this week and the sport is kind of growing on me.
It doesn’t hurt that some of the girls are CUTE either. Kind of like my love of baseball, curling is the perfect sport to watch while hanging out with your friends or playing around on your laptop. The game doesn’t go so fast that it requires total concentration. I don’t understand everything about the game by any means, but consider me a casual fan.
If I was in charge of curling though, I’d make one change. No more cowbells. I hate cowbells so much.
Song I Like And Therefore You Should Too
I was singing this song today as I froze my ASS off loading chips. It’s definitely a classic.
I’m not sure if this is my favorite Beatles song or if Let It Be is better. They’re both pretty good, so go check out Let It Be.
True story: The Big Cajun Man is so old that he was actually at Woodstock, yelling at the teenagers to get off the lawn.
Simpsons Quote Of The Week
Homer: If you really want something in this life, you have to work for it – Now quiet, they’re about to announce the lottery numbers!
Sports You Should Watch This Week
It’s the end of February. You can either watch spring training baseball or the Leafs fall short of a playoff spot.
The trade deadline for the NHL is on Monday, which might be fun if there’s any trades left.
Only two and a half weeks until March Madness.
Blogging Snack of The Week
This isn’t really a snack, but I’ve really been loving Frank’s Red Hot Sauce lately. Hot sauce gives those bland foods just the kick they need to be tasty. I put it all over some chicken I had for supper the other night and it was LIKE SEX IN MY MOUTH.
How can a condiment be the snack of the week? When I eat a lot of vegetables, that’s what you get. Also, if the Frank’s Red Hot people are reading this, put your sauce in a squeeze bottle. Glass is just annoying.
Speaking of vegetables, my girl Money Rabbit has decided to go vegetarian. If I had to choose meat or her, I think I’d choose meat. Vegetables suck compared to meat. There’s something manly about eating meat. I feel like a pansy when I ask for vegetables. Sorry Money Rabbit, I think it’s over. I definitely want to remain friends though, because you guys all know how much I love that.
Babe Loosely Related To Finance
I strongly contemplated going with another curler, but I won’t. I spoil you guys.
I cannot believe I haven’t used Kim Kardashian yet. You’re welcome.
I was watching an episode of the reality show with Kim and her sisters, where the girls were fighting for a reason that isn’t important. At one point in the fight, Kim made fun of her sisters for being stupid and not being good business women. The irony was amusing.
Oh Right, Time For Links
Terrific post by Sandy at Yes I Am Cheap about her childhood growing up poor. I sort of grew up poor, meaning my parents had a couple of bucks, but they (especially my Dad) wouldn’t spend any of it. I can relate, but only kind of.
Frank Voisin takes a look at Diana Shipping and concludes it’s the best out of all the shipping stocks. I’ve been researching the shippers lately and I like Diana except for the fact it doesn’t pay a dividend. They don’t have much debt and their ships are quite new. I may be plunking down some money on a shipping stock or two soon.
My other bad tenant story was on My Tenant From Hell. Alas, I have no more bad tenant stories.
I liked The Perfect Retirement Myth over at Money Smarts Blog. People spend way too much time and energy stressing about how much money they’ll need for the perfect retirement. They want to travel and do all sorts of extravagant stuff, and then realize when it finally is time to retire that they’re too old to have the energy for anything more than a cruise once a year.
Speaking of retirement, over at Canadian Dream: Free at 45, there was a post that had an interesting idea for living arrangements for retirees looking to save some money.
The Canadian Finance Blog tells you how to save money buying a vacuum cleaner. I got my vacuum cleaner when the previous owner of my house forgot to take it with them when they moved. Score one for me.
Carnivals I Was In This Week
I was in the Carnival of Personal Finance over at Money Smart Life.
I also sexied up the Totally Money Carnival with my presence.
Tom was very nice to include my late submission into the Canadian Finance Carnival.
Have a good week everyone.