Welp, it’s been two weeks since my last post and a week since I wrote two half posts and then never finished them. So much for getting back to a regular posting schedule.
The truth is, I’ve felt very disconnected from money lately. Which is a weird state to be in for someone who is usually so consumed with watching finances.
There are a few potential explanations:
- November/December contained a flurry of spending: I bought up some Black Friday deals, bought items for friends, I got the new HVAC, and I finally bit the bullet and got a dining set (pic at end of post). I loooove it but it wasn’t cheap.
- January was an excellent savings month. Mom gave me one “free” house payment for Christmas, so that was $600 less in outlays. That freebie, plus my bonus and raise meant I made a huge retirement contribution.
- I realized I’ll be okay in retirement, no matter what.
- Feeding myself requires more work/planning. I’m a picky eater and prefer recipes that stretch (aka not meals where a full chicken breast is consumed each time), so finding low-sodium recipes is a bit of a pain. And now that I’m back on Adderall, my metabolism speeds up. I’m mildly hypoglycemic — I get very nauseated when my blood sugar is low, then I can’t bring myself to eat anything, which makes me even sicker, ad infinitum — so I’m also having to be careful to always have something to eat and to eat on a very regular schedule.
- I finally have a life again!
— I’m trying to get back to two trivia events a week.
— Pirate Party Guy (PPG) and I see each other twice most weeks.
— I’m trying to get back to going to a Monday board game event
— I’m doing a monthly game night & friends have 1-2 as well
— Goldstar finally has some plays of interest, so I see 1-2 a month
— There are local events, like Dirty Disney* or the Renaissance Festival
— My friends throw parties once or twice a month
— I’m nominally on a dating app again, though I’m taking is slooooow
* Dirty Disney was drag queens doing some wildly in appropriate and hilariously raunchy takeoffs on classic Disney songs. (The biological woman among them sang “Let it flow” instead of “Let it go” and… two guesses what that was about.)
So yeah I’ve been pretty busy, and it’s hard to keep thinking up worthwhile posts, let alone sitting down to write them.
And then there’s the question of how relevant my content even is for most people. I’m in such a different spot than I was 14 and a half years ago (!) when I started this site.
This blog started out as how to get by under imperfect conditions. For me and Tim, that was health issues that made it untenable to work outside the house — and made it harder to do the extreme frugality everyone was touting.
We struggled to pay down debt on not much money at all. Since then, my income has nearly tripled.
So is it really okay for me to be touting high saving rates, given that a lot of my success just comes from having more money to start with? And with plays and shows and parties and nights on the town, am I even careful enough with spending to blog about frugal hacks?
And… I don’t know the answer to that.
I suppose a lot of my entertainment is (relatively speaking) fairly cheap:
- For trivia/board game events, usually just a soda (since I can rarely eat anything on the menu)
- For game night, $20 or less (usually less) for snacks
- Parties, a few bucks for ingredients for a food dish, plus the cost of any mixers I want to bring for the copious amount of booze I already have
- Goldstar tickets for $20ish (for small plays) or $43ish (for the major theater company’s productions, which normally run $70ish to $100 — or more)
- Happy hour pricing if I go to one of the happy hour MeetUp events for my groups
And I do some other frugal hacks, I suppose. But I don’t feel particularly frugal lately.
So I genuinely have no idea what the future holds for my blog. Maybe this is a temporary slump, and I’ll go back to gabbing about money all of the time. Maybe not.
In the meantime, please enjoy a pretty picture of my beloved new dining set. (As an Amazon affiliate, I’m compensated for orders through my links.)
For anyone who’s wondering what “not cheap” means… It’s a little over $870 on Amazon, but then there was about $75 in sales tax and the cost of some fabric protector to spray on the chairs.
And since a lot of reviews mentioned the chairs being a bit of a pain to put together, I just paid $80ish for assembly to save myself the headache.
So, all in all, I spent around $1,050. Which isn’t bad for a six-piece dining set. But it was still an ouch.
But the chairs I’d been using were starting to separate, and I couldn’t easily glue them together (even with a vise). Plus I wanted a larger table for game nights. So… dining set