long term living strategies
hi folks-- someone commented in an earlier post that they would like to see more posts that focus on strategies for long-term survival with little money. sounded like a good idea to me--so i'm throwing it out to you (as a graduate student who's, sadly, long-term poor). okay--what throws me into crisis? car/truck breaking down. its true that i don't NEED one (like i NEED to eat) but not having transportation available really shakes my cage. soooo--i am trying this new thing--the inevitable truck repair fund. so far--i put $15 a week into it right off the top and then force myself to live with what's left. this week, and last weekend, that has meant no extras--like coffee out or dinner w/ friends at a restaurant, or thrifting, or swinging by the grocery store to pick up the extra nicety that would make dinner even better. but i did it. and i think that this is going to be the long-term strategy that helps me live a little less anxiously. what are other people's ideas? holly +++++++++++ editorial addition: I read all y'all's comments and i agree--no extras is no way to live. that part of the strategy was just because its the end of the month (get paid monthly) and i was a bit foolish in the beginning. good point!