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I am thankful for the joy of the Lord. In my life, that means that after a day of staying inside because of rain, I am in a giddy sort of mood.

– My first stab at tomato-chickpea curry is simmering on the stove.
– I’m swaying to Christina Aguilera crooning ‘Genie in a Bottle’ on the TV.
– I earlier videotaped Cool Baby and I jumping around to dance music. If you’re good, maybe a clip will pop up in the near future.

I don’t know if I’m supposed to feel solemn because many are pondering Jesus’ crucifixion and this day that He spent in the grave. I take the crucifixion dead seriously. However, like Jesus said, “It is finished.

Jesus conquered death, and although tomorrow is the ‘observed’ day of joy and celebration, I’m living it today. Jesus died 2000 years ago. Two days later, He arose and He’s been alive ever since. That’s worth celebrating – every day.

We’ll just have some extra fun tomorrow. :)

The boy has diarrhea this morning. Cool Mum had to cancel her outing plans because of it. We were just sitting in the kitchen, and CB was playing the drums to Coldplay. Then I heard a bit of flatulence resound from his bottom.

I said to Cool Mum, “Did you hear that?”


“He just did another one.”

CM checked, and thankfully it was just a warning shot. When she asked me how I heard it, I issued this profound statement that will surely go down in the annals (anals?) of parenting history:

“My ears are finely tuned to the toot-toots of my son.

You can use that one whenever you want (for a small royalty, of course).

Gallon of milk
FL: $3.49 on sale at Publix
NY: $3.59 regular CVS price

8 oz block of cheese
FL: $2.00 Kraft, on sale at Publix
NY: $1.99 generic, regular grocery store price

Goya can of black beans
FL: $0.89 regular price at Publix (by memory)
NY: $0.89 regular grocery store price

Health insurance – family coverage
FL: under $200
NY: $1,200.00 or $1,000.00 COBRA

Housing expenses, incl. electricity
FL: ~$1000/mo for 1200 sq ft house
NY: $1450/mo for 250-300 sq ft studio apt in Manhattan (electricity included in rent)


Groceries are definitely more expensive in general for non-sale items, but we found a favorite grocery store and the staples we buy don’t seem to be much more than we were paying in Florida!

But, in keeping our living expenses under $3000, we don’t have much to work with after paying $1000/mo for COBRA health coverage from the last job and $1450 of rent. Yikes.

More keys to the cheapo life that we hope will continue to work:

1. We don’t have to eat meat with every meal. Cool Dad usually has on-sale deli meat sandwiches for lunch, while I eat a LOT of beans and rice with cheese (I was blessed with an undying love for this meal, which may help us stay here!). Cool Baby has the best and most varied diet–he gets the best stuff and we eat his leftovers. I sometimes shake my finger at CD if he tries to eat some of it before it has been turned down by CB. Sad?

2. We shop at the produce stands on nearby streets–super cheap. Especially if you happen to be there as they are closing down for the day. A shining example–eight large bananas for a dollar! And I didn’t spend any gas money to get there, just a one minute walk from our place.

3. Walk. Everywhere. Cool Dad has been getting his unlimited metro card covered so far, but I don’t have one. So I try to avoid using public transportation ($2 each way) more than twice a week. I like walking, but it may get tough in the dead of winter!

4. Did I mention beans and rice?

Some areas for improvement:

1. Sometimes we can’t resist the 2-3 dollar slices of pizza, which may add up quickly.

2. We need to find a better solution for health insurance. This one item is killing our budget!

3. The occasional thrift shop or clearance rack clothing purchase. Ah, New Yorkers sure do have some cool cast-off clothing.

So there are some numbers for the curious, as promised. Thank you for giving me more motivation to analyze this stuff! Any advice?