Recently, Mrs. ROB left for a couple of weeks to visit family and also engage in some wedding duties (she is a bridesmaid in a good friend’s wedding). Now that she is gone I am giving myself a bit of a challenge. For the next two weeks I am going to make my budget no more than $200. That is $200 for food and entertainment. Everything else is basically paid for. All of my bills are paid up. The mortgage is paid up. So the only expenses I have will be food and entertainment.
You might not think this isn’t a big deal because lots of people don’t spend $200 over a couple of weeks. Well, that is true. However, I am huge movie buff. I love going to the movies and there are several I haven’t viewed over the summer. Over the next couple of weeks I plan on seeing at least six or more. That amount of time at the movies can eat in your budget, plus if you want something to drink or eat it can be an expensive outing.
However, I should be able to maintain the budget because of a few things:
1) I am going to eat mostly at home. I have lunches made for the next week so I am good for that.
2) I have plenty of bread and peanut butter, plus frozen pizza, frozen steak, chicken, and a lean-mean grilling machine. I may not be able to cook that well, but I can stick some chicken or steak on that bad boy and have a fine meal.
3) I have several free sandwiches on my Subway card that I can use if I don’t want to spend money.
4) I often can get take out that will last me a couple of days depending on what specific food I am getting.
5) I need to do a whole bunch of work over the next two weeks (finish a book chapter, create two syllabi, create courses for our LMS system, and do some advising) that should keep me plenty busy so I am not just engaging in entertainment.
Despite the fact that I have all of this I might be asked to play golf or some other random activity that requires spending money. If the opportunity arises I will take advantage of social opportunities. I mean I can’t be a total monk for two weeks, but my goal is to stick to my $200 budget.
Let’s see if it works.