Living on a Writer’s Budget Part 2 – Feeling Good

This is my 120th post! 😀

This is a continuation of my ‘Living on a Writer’s Budget’ series.  Here is part 1: Ways to Spend Less & Bring in More.

And something to make you laugh: I have my notes for this series saved in Word.  It automatically titled the document ‘Living on a Writer’.  I feel a little cannibalistic every time I read it.

This post was supposed to be up yesterday.  I got distracted and forgot to write it, so it’s going up today instead :D.

Today’s “Feeling Good” topic will cover things like grocery shopping, and taking care of yourself physically.

Also, one thing I thought of that I forgot to mention in the last post – one very good way to save money is to give up cable.  Now, I’ve had the distinct advantage (at least I consider it that) to have never had access to cable television growing up.  The only reason we have it now is because it’s included in our already cheap rent.  I will have to give up Covert Affairs *sadsob* when we get a house.

I will never recommend a writer give up the internet, though.  That’s just not possible in this day and age.  But if you have the internet, use Hulu or Netflix if you MUST have access to some shows.  Networks like CBS and ABC also have the latest episodes of shows available directly on their websites.  There really is no need for cable these days.

Okay, now on to the REAL post . . .

Feeling good is tough sometimes.  We writers abuse ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally.  If you’re reading this and you say “But Rebekah, I’m not abusing myself emotionally when I write”, then you’re not writing for the right reasons.  That’s a post for another day, though.

Think about it – we spend most of our day hunched over a computer.  We’re not moving, except for our fingers, and we’re straining our eyes.

We write indoors.  That means we’re getting no sunlight exposure to develop that oh-so-important Vitamin D.

We tend to get lost in our own little worlds.  Literally.  And then we forget to eat.  By the time we do remember to eat, we’re so hungry we grab the first thing we can find, usually something processed and full of sugar, and repeat the same occurrence for the next meal.

Or we like to eat out, because we’ve spent all day writing and really can’t handle the thought of figuring out what on earth to make for dinner.

There are some solutions.  I’m a huge advocate of eating healthy, but even with my penny-pinching habits, I still can’t afford to eat organic all the time.  You can still do a few simple things, though, even without eating organic.

If you have the resources and the time, grow some of your own fruits and veggies.  They taste ten times better just because of the sweat you put into them.  Save the seeds.  You’ll be able to get more from spending $50 to invest in some basic garden supplies and seeds than you can spending $50 in the produce department at the store.

Buy in bulk whenever possible, but only of items that you use up frequently.

Baking mixes are easy to make – simply mix the dry ingredients in a Ziploc bag, and write the wet ingredients and cooking directions on the outside of the bag.  Buying the ingredients for things like pancakes, muffins, etc, will give you a greater yield with more savings than buying pre-made mixes.

Learn how to coupon.  Seriously.  It’s one of the best things that you’ll ever do.

Invest in a good multivitamin.  I use Liquid Life Complete Nutrition. It’s the best I’ve found for myself, since I tend to regurgitate any multivitamins in pill form.  This one is also very affordable.  I personally don’t buy it online, though, because it’s locally made and available in one of my local grocery stores :).  Stimulating the economy and all that . . .

The best way to feel good while living on a smaller income is to simply be content with what you have, though.  Things that the world considers necessities really aren’t.  I want a Kitchen Aid or Bosch mixer, but I still have two arms.  I can knead bread dough the old-fashioned way if I need to.

Make sure you know the difference between a want and a need.  It may require thinking through your priorities.

Also, if you have a gym membership, I’d say really think about whether you need it or not.  In some cases, you do.  But, if you’re just going there to use the treadmill, try running outdoors.  There’s nothing else like it!

Therefore I say to you, do not worryabout your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? ~ Matthew 6:25 NKJV