I barely managed to find enough quarters to put together twenty bucks for food today. Being so tired over the past few months has led to some lapses in judgement, including spending most of my disability cheque before the first week of this month was over.
So this month I had to roll quarters so I could feed myself… for the past week it’s mostly meant cereal, and bacon and egg sandwiches.
Having no money at the end of the month is nothing new for me, for most of the 1990’s I was almost always searching for coins and rolling tobacco from old cigarettes by the tenth of the month. It just hasn’t happened often over the past few years.
But it sucks just as hard as I remember.
I probably have a hundred dollars in nickels, pennies and dimes left over in various jars and cans, but they’re a pain in the ass to roll, plus it takes forever to roll enough so it makes sense to take a trip to the bank.
Grocery stores hate pennies, so there were a few times when I ended up in line at the bank with eight rolls of pennies in my hand. That’s four dollars. Back then I think it would have gotten me a loaf of white bread and four cans of tuna, which would have lasted three days.
Thankfully I only need enough food to last me until Thursday, when my federal disability cheque ends up in my mailbox. So now I’ve got three apples, a tomato, a loaf of whole wheat bread, four hamburger patties, eight generic oatmeal cookies, blueberry yogurt, 1L of 1% milk, 2 cans of V8, and 2L of Diet Pepsi.
A veritable feast.
But I had to fight against the urge to order out for General Tzo’s chicken and some Hunan Beef. It would have meant dropping some nickels and dimes into the delivery dude’s hand, but totally worth it.
I probably would have if my cheque was coming tomorrow, but two full days plus the general uncertainty of receiving government cheques on time, was just too much to risk.
So my questions for this sacred No Post Day are:
1. When was the last time you were holding your last $20? (re: “holy shit, I’ve only got $20 left until pay day?!!”)
2. What’s the most money, in coins, you’ve brought into a bank?
Bonus points if you’ve got a recipe for something that costs less than $20, but there has to be enough to last three days, or six meals. Extra special bonus points if you come over and cook it…