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Aug. 29th, 2007 | 10:51 pm
music: got in a weird mood to hear classical music - mozart, funeral march*
It's the first time in 3 years that I've been out of steady employment, as in, I know my paycheck is coming in 2 weeks, and I know how much it's going to be. Not that I've been rolling around in piles of money from my Fortune 500 office in the sky, but thinking about October rent is making me a little nervous. I got hired at a temp agency, and have upped my applications to stupid promotional gigs to "as much as humanly possible," but with those you don't always know if you've got the job until a day or two beforehand.
Waiters, and waitresses, just how do you get by? I went up to Bennigans (might be a chicago thing...), the one right across from Millenium Park and asked about a job. Yeah, they're hiring, but your paycheck is like $80-120 a week?! Including tips! Huh? I made more than that working parttime at a Barrel of Crackas! Serving the after-church crowd! You know those folks are cheap! If you can't get decent tips there...I just don't know.
So anyway, I'm trying to come up with little penny-pinching practices here and there. For instance, I've taken inventory of all the food presently in the apartment, and am coming up with plans and combinations to eat every single morsel. For next month, I'm going to try to downgrade my phone to less minutes. I'm going to clear out my trunk in my car to save on gas money. No, I don't have cable, but I should probably cancel my Netflix subscription, it's $8.99. And yes, I'll be headed to the Department of Human Services for food stamps on Friday. What else can I do?
*no I'm not depressed, okay? just in a weird classical music mood like it says.