Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday, November 17

I’ve packed my lunch today (leftovers from last night). My train gets all wonky one stop from work, so I end up having to walk the last 10 blocks. This means I miss my regular bagel guy. I try two different carts but neither has the bagel I’m craving (everything with butter). I am too picky and get to work with no bagel. And I’m late because of my train. I make a mental note to bring in a box of instant oatmeal to keep in my desk for days when this happens and decide to try to power through on an empty stomach. By 11, I’m lightheaded and spend $.75 on a granola bar from the vending machine. It’s what I would have spent on my bagel anyway, so I guess I’m about even.

I have a mystery shop at a trendy clothing chain during lunch. The pay is $8 and the reimbursement is $8, which doesn’t give me much room to actually shop. That doesn’t stop me from going a little crazy and spending $40.47 on a top and a wonderful grey cardigan. I don’t normally go over (at least not by a lot—maybe $1-2) on my mystery shops like this. It’s getting to be a trend I don’t like, all the more because I know it’s going to happen at least one more time this week.

I pick up my repaired shoes from the cobbler, but that's "free" since I paid for it last week when I dropped them off. They look like new!

I'm about to go to school, and I have a feeling I'm going to grab a sandwich or something from a deli. I'm starving. Normally I bring a snack with me for days I have school, but Peanut and I are out of our granola bars and haven't been to Costco in a long time. Also, I will be going to dance class tonight, so I need the extra energy. Boo. But I promise not to buy a soda.

Also, dance class is also "free" since I pay for 10 classes up front ($150). But for the purposes of this exercise, I guess I should report it. Should I also report my subway rides? Maybe that's taking it a little too far.

Daily tally: $41.22 plus whatever I spend at the deli. I have less than $5 in cash, and I don't want to use my debit card for this.

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