I'm a cheapskate (generally, more on that later). I use natural light to light the house when I'm there, I open the windows and doors instead of turning on the air conditioner unless it's oppressively hot. In the winter I wear layered clothes. I wash dishes by hand because I think I get them cleaner and I use less energy. For 3 years I didn't have cable because I didn't want/need it. I even unplug things wantonly in my apartment to cut down on http://www.grinningplanet.com/2004/10-26/vampire-power-electricity-article.htm
. In short I can be a tight-fisted miser when I want.
I have a pretty good job. For a 25 year-old I think I'm not doing too badly for myself. I make just a little above 52k a year.Weaknesses
I'm a sucker for my boyfriend. I'll give him anything he wants. He wants to go to our favorite Indian restaurant (~50 bucks a trip) I'm game. He wants cable tv, it's his (he's the reason I have it now).
Books. I'm a book addict. For the longest time I went to the local book stores and would come home with 4-10 that I'd read in a month or two and then repeat. It was bad. When I moved I had to give a bunch of my books to the local library. I winnowed it down to 2 bookshelves. and a few months ago I sold everything in one of them, but I've noticed that I've been adding to the one shelf. It's now stuffed with books. I need to learn to check them out from the library. I currently have 4 I need to read so there's no threat.Maximizing Strength Minimizing Weakness
Boyfriend has taken a job in another state on a trial basis. This should seriously cut down on my wild spending with him. Although his last weekend was a blowout on my part. I easily spent 400 dollars. As much as I'll miss him I won't have to worry about buying food for both of us, and I will be able to return to the cheap ways that I could never do with him.
I've been trying to lose some weight so weekdays after work I go to the gym. I find it's almost impossible to spend money when I'm at the gym. (There's nothing there I want to buy, except maybe my membership.) It keeps me out of the mall, shops etc, and it's good for me to get exercise.
I'm salaried so there's not really an easy way for me to increase my earnings, and work keeps me too busy on a very irregular basis for me to do a part-time job, but I do have a bunch of crap around the house I ought to get rid of. It's not going to bring a lot of money, but it will bring a little, and I need to get rid of it in the event that I need to move down with him. So we'll have to see about that.