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Goals for next four weeks (thru Dec. 17)

November 20th, 2005 at 05:15 am

My debt reduction goals are to get the Discover down to $2124 and the Sony down to $1505. The Citi gets paid off each month anyway, so what the balance happens to be on a certain date doesn't have much meaning.

I want to read 2 books a week, for a total of 8.

I want to do aerobic exercise at least 2x a week, for a total of 8x.

I'd like to try and keep the Groceries part of my Everday Expenses down to $230, based on the USDA Thrifty Plan. Not to say we won't spend money on take-out, but I'd like to see if I can keep the food Must Haves to that basic level. I don't really expect to succeed--but it's a goal to shoot for.

Speaking of food costs, there's a cookbook I'd like to get hold of again--my public library had a copy years ago, but weeded it. Frown It's called Good Recipes for Hard Times, by Louise Newton. I've searched online, and there are only a few copies available, ranging from about $35 to nearly $100. (I know price on used books is largely based on rarity, but gee--if the book is geared toward people having hard times, how much are they going to be able to pay for it?) She has shopping lists and menus designed to keep you fed for *less* than the cheapest USDA food plan. There are some interesting blog entries about the book here: http://mungooftheshire.blogspot.com/2005_06_01_mungooftheshire_archive.html and here: http://mungooftheshire.blogspot.com/2005/06/grocery-bills-redux.html

I guess another goal in the back of my mind is to get my hands on that book. I wonder if any booksellers who have it would take another valuable old book or two in trade...

4 Responses to “Goals for next four weeks (thru Dec. 17)”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Sounds like a useful book. Maybe you could find it again on interlibrary loan and then make copies of the pages that are most relevant to you.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Have you tried Powell's Books? www.powellsbooks.com (I think). Its a bookstore in Portland OR - and its physical footprint is one city block in downtown Portland.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    You made me curious--I requested the cookbook through my library network. Smile It's currently out, so I have to wait a while.

  4. SMB Says:

    Not sure if you're still looking for it, but this book is now selling for around $12 on Amazon's Marketplace.

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