Money To Live

April 8, 2009

Changes in Spending Habits, Part 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — by moneytolive @ 5:00 am

Ironically, since I wrote “Changes in Spending Habits” on February 11, my spending habits have changed significantly.

The original list:

  1. I save a lot more money …
  2. I have a more expensive apartment …
  3. I pay for cabs and garage parking with much less angst …
  4. I am a member of a fancy gym …
  5. I got a cleaning lady …
  6. I spend more money on clothes …

The new list:

  1. I aim to not spend all of my savings.
  2. I am a homeless wanderer. The closest thing I have to a home is half of a closet in my parents’ guest bedroom.
  3. (No change. I still pay for cabs and parking garages with much less angst. It’s not worth the stress.)
  4. I am no longer a member of a fancy gym.
  5. I am my own cleaning lady.
  6. I spend as little as possible on clothes. Two weeks ago, my mom took pity on me and bought me some $7 camisoles from Target.
  7. I give larger tips at the coffee shop. After initially cutting back on small tips, I now give larger tips to promote my money-making karma. Even with my new circumstances, I may be better off financially than the people serving me.

Why so many changes? I was laid off on February 11.

Out of respect for my own privacy and that of my former colleagues, I am not going to write about why or how the layoff came to be. At this point, I do not need any condolences – save them for January 2010 in case I have not yet found a new job.

Over the next several weeks, I will tell you about the experience. Look for posts on these topics:

  • What not to say to someone recently laid off
  • Tapping my ’emergency fund’
  • Moving to …
  • Downsizing my life
  • The drive away from the East Coast



  1. I can’t wait for the “what not to say” post! It has the potential to be hilarious. I bet some people say some ridiculous things – although I home I’m not one of those people. 🙂 Excellent post today, btw.

    Comment by Shannon — April 8, 2009 @ 10:00 am |Reply

  2. But have you noticed how baby boom generation parents delight when their offspring boomerang back home? Granted, you have your own plan and you won’t be visiting us for very long. I have to admit that now that I see the situation described in print I wish we had cleared more than half a closet for you…. ~ Mom

    Comment by Lida Bold — April 8, 2009 @ 10:09 am |Reply

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