I've been recommending that book non-stop since I read it in the spring. After I got over how sad it was it really opened my eyes and made me think about all of the things I take advantage of in every day life.
I've had really good luck with this with my apartment in NYC. Although I feel like I can't ever move out of my place because the neighborhood got too expensive. Currently, the condo building across the street rents a 1br for $700 more a month than my entire 3br.
Go for it. This is my second year doing a half share CSA from june-october. One of the tricks to not letting veggies go bad is to cook it prior and throw it in the fridge/freezer. I've totally made some meals/sauces/stews/etc and just stored the entire thing to eat at a later date. Of course, I love cooking and don't mind spending a few hours in my kitchen. Mike, maybe a winter CSA would be good for you. The one I do in the winter grows everything in the summer and immediately freezes it. And of course with frozen veggies you won't have to worry about it going bad. http://www.wintersunfarms.com/
Luckily, my roommates have not had any sex in my apartment. I have however heard my downstairs neighbor once.
@KatNotCat I do the same exact thing. Even with the walk to the library!
This works for medical bills? I just got a somewhat big one so maybe I'll give it a try. I threaten to cancel my cable about every six months and they always give me a discount to stay.
Austin by far has the cheapest food (and drinks) of any city I've ever been to.
@cryptolect I buy so many things on that subscribe and save. It's great that you can sign up for that and cancel right after one purchase.
I buy my cereal off Amazon. You have to buy 4 boxes at a time, but it comes out to be about $3 a box for a Kashi cereal I often see for around $5/box (in nyc). I also enjoy not carrying cereal home with me on the subway.
@pandaonaplane This really terrible bar in Manhattan does a free 1 hour open bar for 50 people with that. I'm pretty sure all of my friends have won. The place is so terrible we actually stopped going months ago, but they called me last week to tell me I won again.