Saving Money, Smashing Reading Goals

Being a writer and musician, I am poor. Scraping by on occasional factory work, freelance writing gigs, and welfare payments for years trained me to become a blackbeltbudgetmaster. I find it a little disgusting, but it is necessary. I started a full-time editing job in January of this year, but the pay is hells shit, so my budget mastery continues. I’ve even downloaded a rather cool app called Spending Tracker. It lets me visualise my spending in a little chart, so I can more easily find and plug money leaks.


Hint: booze is a leak


This budget-conscious mindset has started to spill over into other areas of my life in cool ways. For example, this Christmas was the first in a very long time that I was single. Usually, at Christmastime, I put aside a chunk of change (about $300) to buy my significant other something fancy. So this year, I just put that $300 into my savings account.

No wait, I bought myself a three-year magazine subscription, a new Criterion Blu-ray, and a bottle of slivovic, and renewed my Mubi subscription! It was and is excellent.

Some of the prizes from cashing in my singledom

So, that was a budgeting fail (although totally a win for singledom and self-indulgence), but I have had a budgeting win when it comes to time. To make my Mubi subscription worthwhile, I’ve been watching a movie every single night – so long as I check off my dailies in Habitica. What that means is that I have roughly an hour and a half ‘budgeted’ for a movie each night.

Since that time is already set aside, I’ve decided to alternate between a movie and reading each night. I set a timer for 90 minutes, start reading, and don’t stop ‘til it goes off. It’s fantastic! Sometimes I combine it with a bath and scented candles. Seriously, the best.

I dunno about you, but since childhood, my reading-for-pleasure sessions have rarely lasted more than 15-20 minutes. But if I am so fat with time that I can watch a movie each night, I can also devote time to hitting my reading goals!

Current read is a gift from my sister, called Incognegro, it’s many interesting!



7 thoughts on “Saving Money, Smashing Reading Goals

  1. I’m sorry to hear about the singledom; I’ve been a resident in that kingdom for many a moon, mostly happily. i just saw 10 films in 10 nights with MoviePass here in the US. Will have to check your links. Need to read more. Friend requested you on GoodReads. Maybe that will help. Cheers, Dude!

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      1. Loved and have that movie to rewatch. Met a girl who ride Alaska to Argentina on Moto. May have to just find fiction I like to get in habit. Have too much nonfiction around.


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