01
Aug
08

Announcement: This blog is moving

Okay, technically it’s merging. I’m in the middle of simplyfying my life, and FIVE FREAKIN’ BLOGS is too many. So my food and finance and fandom blogs are becoming one super-blog that will RULE THEM ALL.

Oh, I’m sorry, is my megalomania showing?

So head on over to Eat, Drink, and Be Mary (Sue) where I’m just about to write something about the Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck Friday Q&A, namely “How do you save on one income?”

(I’ll give you a hint: one dollar at a time)

30
Jul
08

Wheee!

I’m feeling kind of trapped in Portland and I want to get away for a weekend here soon.

I just checked my travel fund, thinking there was probably enough to get me a slice of pie up in Centralia, since last I remember I emptied it out for my Seattle Comic Fun Fest.

There’s $250 in there.

That’s what regular saving does! SAYONARA, SUCKERS! I’mna getting out of town!

24
Jul
08

Beans! Beans! YAY BEANS!

“I made beans and rice last night,” my coworker informed me proudly.

“I didn’t!” I said.

My coworker was shocked. And rightly so. I eat beans and rice at least eight meals a week.

Because beans and rice are tasty. And cheap. But also? TASTY! As for me and my house, we only eat tasty food. Because what is the point of living if you don’t eat tasty food?

Dal with strained yogurt and brown rice

That’s a double serving of beans and rice right there. Using 100% organic ingredients, because that’s how I roll. Including the strained yogurt, the cost for that double serving is $1.95. Sans yogurt? $0.95. Because I bought the expensive I-Promise-Not-To-Dink-Up-Your-Lactose-Intolerant-Digestive-Tract yogurt.

Which lied to me.

But anyway! BEANS ARE AWESOME. Chickpeas make hummus. Kidney beans make chili. Pintos make everything better. And lentils are f’n awesome, yo. For the pulse-challenged, the beanie weanies in the photo above are lentils. Lentils are the gateway drug to serious bean addiction. They cook up in 20 minutes flat, just as fast as pasta, and take a lot of the same toppings as pasta, but have something like 8 of the 12 amino acids that make up ‘complete protein’. The other four are found in rice.

BEANS AND RICE FTW! \o/

However, beans are scary to people for some reason. “I don’t know how to cook with them” I hear a LOT. I also hear that they’re boring. You see that picture up there? Does that look BORING TO YOU? The photo above is dal, which is not crazy-complex, but it does take about an hour with some intense onion carmelization action. Some days, though, all you want to do is boil and eat out of the pot. RECIPE FOR YOU! YAY RECIPE!

Continue reading ‘Beans! Beans! YAY BEANS!’

24
Jul
08

Bloody Hell.

Got a letter from the Oregon State Department of Revenue last night.

Apparently I did a math error on my taxes and owe them another $324.00.

Plus 7.85 in interest.

This month, since I was gone on an unpaid vacation for a week (yeah, temps don’t get paid vacay because it’s more fun to watch their heads explode from the stress of this work) I’m not going to be able to pay it. Good news, though! The State will only charge me $.08 a day in interest and if I pay before August 22nd, I won’t be hit with a 5% penalty!

This year has made me a 100% proponent of the Universal Flat Tax. 12% across the board, no excuses, no upper limits, no deductions, none of this bullshit.

15
Jul
08

How to Save Money on Clothes

This blog post is rated R for language. If you don’t like that kinda thing, best move along now.

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a bit of the office character. You know every office has to have (at least) one kinda geeky, out-there person. Well, for my office, that’s me.

My dislike for green vegetables is well-known, so when Coworker K stepped over to find me poking dubiously at the plastic container holding her spinach salad, she took it all in stride. “Yeah, I know, rabbit food.”

The microwave chose that moment to beep, and as I pulled my lunch* out of it I declared “Not-Rabbit food!”

“I bought a bikini this weekend,” she volunteered, picking up her salad. “So today I’m dieting.”

Coworker K walked off, and all I could do was blink.

Ladies and gentlemen– she spend MONEY on CLOTHES SHE CANNOT WEAR BECAUSE THEY DO NOT FIT HER.

Nuh uh, pumpkins. This is not how we do it. We buy clothes that fit, that flatter, and that make us feel good, for the body we have right now, not for the body we wish we had.

And fuck the designers and their ‘sizes’.

*For those of you who care, my lunch consisted of vaugely-steamed zucchini**, country-style pork rib, brown rice.
**How to vaugely steam zucchini for lunch: cut into matchsticks or rather thin slices. Pile atop rice in a microwave safe tupperware. Nukerwave the tupperware with the lid on.

11
Jul
08

Didja Miss Me?

Where have I been, young lady?

On vacay at the Family Homestead in Nowheresville, California. Where there is no Internet access, no cell service, and no paved road. 

Staycations are for people too proud to mooch off their parents, yo.

I’m back, baby! And ready to start living la vida frugal and telling you all about my Adventures at the Casino and Next Steps in Financial Planning.

But right now I’m tired. Go read this thing from Single Ma about living life on your own terms. This is something I will expound upon later, the only person spending your money, honey, is Y-O-U.

29
Jun
08

PF in the Singular Form: Bulk Food

This is an article in an occasional series focusing on the unique challenges of personal finance for single people. Yes, I’ve decided it’s going to be a series. Rejoicing may now commence.

If you’re single, buying food in bulk quantities is usually not a good idea.

I’m not talking scooping half a pound of sugar out of the bin at your local cooperative/hippie grocery store. That, actually, is brilliant and if you’re not doing it now, you really should. No, I’m talking about buying 10 pounds of dried potato flakes at Costco.

Face it: unless you eat dried potato flakes at every meal, you are increasing the chance of spoilage and bug infestation by having the big ol’ box sitting on your shelf for months and months. At which point, you would throw out the box of potato flakes, which is also tossing the money you spent on the unused portion.

Having smaller amounts of food on-hand also means increased food rotation in and out of your cupboards. Doesn’t that sound virtuous and frugal? Let me translate: increased food rotation decreases the chance of you standing in front of a cupboard filled with twenty pounds of, let’s say, pinto beans, and deciding that you can’t abide one. more. meal. of. pinto. beans… so you head for your favorite restaurant.

Am I speaking from personal experience? You betcha.

As a rule of thumb, I use the 1-5 Rule. If it is something I eat at least once a week, I will buy one quantity (pound or can or bag) at a time. If I eat it three or more times a week, I will buy five quantity (pound or can or bag) at a time.




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