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A Year of Living Positively-Day 269

It was an ordinary Monday. I taught two classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I enjoyed chats with colleagues. One had lunch with me in the staff cafeteria.

I had a wrangle with the online banking system in trying to complete some procedures with respect to what must be done in order to access my credit line in Canada. However, I mailed off a slip with a signature post haste in the end. I am confident it will all be sorted out in time to complete the land purchase. In fact, I am going to the bank to make the main transfer of funds in the morning.

A colleague writes weekly blogs. I have been thinking about it since I read it occasionally. She does one about teaching English in Korea and another on “passive income.” As for the latter, she is always talking about money when I see her and brags about her teaching income. She says she is living frugally and socking away the rest. However, she recently posted a statement saying that her living expenses are $2,300. What! With free or subsidized housing (as per the teaching contract), that’s what she spends on regular monthly living expenses? I don’t call that frugal. My regular expenses are between $500 and 600. If I averaged out travel and special expenses and included them, it would still be less than a thousand.

I guess that the more money you have, the more you spend. In that light, what one may consider a luxury expense, another might consider a necessity. I can’t even figure out how I might spend $2,300 a month. The woman in question spends a minimal amount on clothes, accessories and grooming. On the other hand, she has two cats and several online subscriptions and services, which I would call luxuries. She uses public transit and does not own a car, but she goes out frequently. Eating out or going to cafes and bars a lot is really a waste of money, in my books. 

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