Well, I reckon the Big R (recession) has caught up with me—just last week, I was laid off from my software engineering job of 9 years.
I prefer to say I was “actionized” (as in the corporate lingo, resource action). It sounds better, and I hope that’s exactly what it does. If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that it may spur me on to consider entrepreneurial ventures aligned with my life calling.
In the meantime, I’m downsizing big time so as to give myself the most time to make something happen. For example, tonight’s Superbowl is the last hurrah for the TV. I’ve been “threatening” to cut the cable ever since reading Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander so many years ago. Finally, I’m doing it.
I also figure my menu is due for a shift to less expensive produce and bulk foods. To that end, it’s butternut squash instead of organic carrots; more broccoli, lettuce, and cabbage, over collards and kale; bananas; and bulk rice and beans. Yesterday, I put the strategy to the test. I wanted to see if these simple changes would make the savings mindless. Well, I think it did, a little. Coffee and some plums put me over a modest goal. Bringing a calculator along would’ve made it easy.
Speaking of keeping track of food costs, I had a story queued up in my drafts that I meant to post some time back. It’s about a challenge my alma mater (UNH) gave the students to see if they could live healthily off the daily allotment from the state’s Food Stamp program. The called it, appropriately enough, The $3.13 A Day Food Challenge. (If you add in the other 30% a SNAP recipient is supposed to contribute themselves, that’s still just $4.47/day or $31.30/week.)
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