As you probably don’t know, I also write another blog that has to do with dancing and as it happens since I am in that business there are times when what comes up there should also come up here. That’s definitely the case with Kristin Lewis’ article in the December, 2007 issue of Dance Spirit Magazine. Her article on page 92 is called Money Matters and in it she lists 19 ways to survive on a shoestring budget. From pack your lunch to skip the fancy coffee to get a job with perks her advice rings true and accurately describes the real world of making a living especially when you are just starting out. Her advice is targeted for the dancer who needs a second job to support them while they are working on becoming a success but that doesn’t mean it wont help us all. Never charge basic living expenses to your credit card is one tip that really hits home with me. One month of putting my gas purchase on a card can cost me a year of budgeting to try and pay it off. Buy a Brita. “3 months of bottled water – $93, 3 month Brita filter – $8.99, reusable water bottle – $2” also hits home since I still have the Aquifina habit going on. And I really like #16, They don’t call it happy hour for nothing – look around your city, check out how many hotels and restaurants offer happy hour buffets where you can get a great meal at sometimes just the cost of a beverage. Added benefit, you can bring your friends.
Connecting things up . . .