I can now officially say that yes, the best way to save money is by not leaving the house, but also, it's totally not worth it.
Let me back up for a moment and take you back to the beginning of the month/ end of last month. Life has been pretty sweet. Work has shifted from being student focused to summer project focused, which is equally interesting, but a little less frantic; I've been taking rowing lessons, which I love; running has been going really well and I logged nearly 100 miles in May; weather has been mild enough that just having the windows open has been comfortable. In short, everything was hunky-dory.
Then I got Mono.
That's right--the kissing disease. The scourge of the Junior High School set. The disease that I was actually a bit smug about never having to deal with way back when, and that I kind of didn't realize that adults can get.
Symptoms of mono, for the unfamiliar include:
- Extreme fatigue--like sleeping 18 hours a day or more fatigue
- Sore throat--like swallowing knives
- Loss of appetite--best diet ever!
So far, the savings have been impressive. I have zero interest in food and everything I eat tastes terrible to me, so I haven't been to the grocery store except to deploy bf to buy me the occasional jug of juice and a few other things. I also haven't been out to eat, though I have ordered a couple pizzas (if I'm craving something, I'm going to go for it, even if I can only eat half a slice). I can't really drive, so that saves money on gas and wear and tear on my vehicle. Drinking is just as out of the picture as eating. As much as I yearn to enjoy a beer, in practice, I do not.
So there you go. The theory that you will save money by never eating out and staying in all the time is true! I've tested and verified it, though I will say, it is not worth it. Despite the fact that I sleep 18 hours a day, I still have a fair amount of partly awake/drowsy time that needs to be filled with something non-strenuous. I can't read, because I fall asleep immediately, but I can watch TV. And I have, I have watched ALL the TV. I am now officially sick of watching TV, which is something I didn't really know was possible.
So yes, staying home all the time will save you money, but it may also make you a crazy person. At least I know I am getting the most out of my Netflix subscription!