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Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004 - 2:46 a.m.

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Budget Tightening Nixes Croissants and Chocolate

Second entry tonight. First one about my doggy, with photos here.

I just calculated that it would take 1250 days of no breakfast croissants and no swiss chocolate in order to pay off my income taxes for 2003. Hmm. I suppose that will put me a bit behind.

I suppose I should be all happy to be paying this, since $3600 goes straight way into the provincial pension plan. See me smile with glee and rub my hands together. Ah yes, I will be taken care of in my old age.

I am now one of those middle-income earners. Ie I make too much $ to get any tax breaks for living alone (since I heat the same amount of space, have the same rent, as if I had two roomates), or for rebates on sales tax, and I have somehow reached the top of the pension plan payment. If I made double or triple the money I made now I would STILL pay $3600 in pension plan. Exactly how fair is that?? Hmm.

Well, yes, anyways my plan is to not eat breakfast croissants and cut down on the swiss chocolate. Yeah, I realize that if I have cereal and orange juice at home it still costs SOMETHING, so my 1250 days is actually not right. It is more like 1500 days. So in about 4 years I will be paid off. Haha. (that is not a happy laugh) That is 4 years without swiss chocolate. Now we'll see how much of that chocolate was actually a mood enhancer, huh!!

I of course, being the combination of squirrel and grasshopper that I am, have some money put away and will dip into it to bring down the # of days without chocolate.

I guess that means I won't be buying a little chinese kid soon eh. I wonder if I could jump straight from "adopt a kid" to "adopt a grandchild"??


Other things to cut down on:

  • Corona with double lime (it is expensive and wasteful to only use a quarter of each lime before it goes bad)
  • Pigs ears and snouts for the doggies (she could have one slice of pig ear instead of two each goody time, that would cut the cost in half)
  • Call back long distance friends when they are not home, and leave a message so they will call me on THEIR bill
  • No more long distance girlfriends. If I have another long-distance girlfriend I should no longer
    • do most of the travelling even though I have a flexible job
    • not offer them a "friends and family calling card" so they can call on my plan which is much cheaper than theirs
    • do not call back a gazillion times in a night to read sexy stories on their answering machine, since the machine shuts off after two or three minutes, then I have to call back, always paying the higher "first three minutes" price.
  • If I meet someone adorable and charming, do not buy gifts for them over $10 until they have promised their undying love, moved in, married me and are paying my rent.
  • That last one goes especially for things like expensive rubber corsets and thigh high boots, gorgeous sheets to put on while we do it, and expensive lingerie.
  • No more buying fruits and veggies which like the limes, tend to dry out or rot before I eat more than one.
  • Try to eat the things that I bought at Costco in bulk that are in the basement for three years before buying new food (this is not as bad as it sounds... it is canned goods)
  • No more buying sex toys of any type, cuz they never get used anyways, and like the fruits and veggies will reach their "use by" date before I need them. This esp goes for condoms. Buy condoms THE DAY I NEED THEM and not in advance.

Well, that seems like a good start. I of course know that there are many other leakages in the boat, but many that I am unwilling to fix at this point. A few of these things:

  • books. um yeah. too many books.
  • magazines. I cannot read all the magazines I get though I am subscribed to only two or three now. Who knew the next month came so fast?
  • Long distance calls to friends in general. Sigh. Why do good friends move away? It should be a law of nature that they are replaced by new near friends.
  • Expensive animals. Kitties and doggies need food, flea shit, (no I don't mean flea shit which is gross, I mean anti-flea medication duh!), eye drops, heartworm shit (same thing eh!), anti-inflammatory drugs, glucosamine and chondritine. Etc etc. I keep thinking of all the little kids in the world who are infested with more parasites than my animals with no healthcare and food, but they don't live with me.
  • Travel. I should cut out the travel to small press fairs, family reunion, Midori workshops, Musicfest etc etc. Yeah right.
  • Zines, books, music, tshirts, posters etc made by creative people I want to be supportive of. I like to be supportive.

Those really are my big no-no's that eat up my spare moulah. (besides the girlfriends/ boyfriends doting-upon expenses which I have NONE of now). Sigh. And now the fetish club has closed, and I have no disposable income really, I do not buy cool things to wear there.

I guess I shouldn't worry too much about my spending habits, since I did put away into Registered Retirement Savings Plans (so I didn't have to pay even MORE taxes) nearly as much as I owe the gov't... so it wasn't all squandered. And I payed out $3000 canadian to print my new comic book, which I have still to sell. So I guess it is "invested" we'll say.

Damn. I'd really like some chocolate right now.


Back to doing my tax report (for the GST *goods and services tax) for Jan-Mar. Maybe I'll get a refund there?? hehe.

Byebye and remember to look at how cute my doggy is, if you didn't already read my previous entry tonight.



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