Daily Beer #6: Having Discipline but Still Living

I missed my upload yesterday morning, so much for having a schedule. In today’s Daily Beer I’m trying to budget better, get out of my apartment and do stuff.  It’s hard. Check out tonight’s beer at the end.

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I spent this weekend almost exclusively at home. I didn’t have fun, but it wasnt a bad time either. Lately, I have been thinking about my finances a lot. How not having a job will affect them. How I will continue to pay bills, etc, and more importantly I would even think about moving to a new location if I have to. So needless to say, I havent gotten out much lately.

So recap, I have fully stepped out of my current role and I have no reason to visit the office anymore, I am spending 100% of my time applying to jobs and related activities. I don’t have to get out of bed until I want to, the only appointments I have to keep are interviews. This is all nice to think about until I was reminded how lacking stucture and a proper schedule makes me feel; like I am wasting time. I need to go places, and experience things. I think most people are the same way. But a major part of going anywhere is money.

Now, I’m not saying I have no money to spend but I dont want to be spending $30 at the movies when I have a netflix subscription, or spending $50 on a meal or drinks I could have had at home at a fraction of the price. This is a double edged sword, I like saving money but I hate being bored or feeling trapped.

I am not good at this kind of discipline, aka budgeting this tightly, but I know it will pay off (pun intended) in the long run. Ultimately I need to figure places and ways to spend my time to make me still feel like a human, i.e. talk to other humans but I still need to do it in a way that don’t incur financial repsonsibility. It doesn’t really feel like I am living, just existing. It sucks because I know I am just trying to make up for poor spending habits from before I knew my job had a end date and I have reached a point where I need to find excuses to leave my apartment but not spend frivolously. Hindsight is 20:20, next time I’ll do a better job saving and remember that no job is permament.

Tonight’s beer is Victory Home Grown American Lager.Overall the flavor is pretty generic. The Home Grown is a dry-hopped lager, and while it’s definitely different from your standard lager offerings it doesnt quite do it for me. The beer is a lighter golden color than I expected vs. the darker amber I would typically see in a lager. It’s ok. I always say, I’ve never met a beer that I didn’t like. This one gets a solid 5 out of 10 beers from me, it’s just average. Very drinkable but don’t go out of your way to find it. Thats probably why it comes in the variety 12 pack.

P.S. Mom, I know you’re reading this and I am expecting an “I told you so” text about budgeting and being more financially responsible.

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