Thankfully, I love peanut butter, lots of fruit and veggies, beans and coffee, because for six months this will be the only diet my nursing assistant salary can afford.
I am saving to buy myself a Digital SLR – Single Lens Reflex camera; and no, not one of those hand-held, point and shoots that I have already. I want the big cameras that every serious photographer must have in order to feel like a serious photographer. At least, that’s how I felt when I worked as a staff writer for the newspapers and carried my manual Nikon 35 millimeter, working f-stops and switching back and forth from my telephoto lens. Now I want the digital version, which costs a pretty penny and I’m going to work to get it by …
…curbing my diet
I am already a clean-eating, vegan, so I am used to a trimmed-down diet of fruits and veggies that aren’t expensive. One celery bunch – with about 10-12 stalks of celery costs less than $2. My other diet staples don’t stress my wallet that much either: oranges, carrots, five pounds of fresh kale, apples, oatmeal, and packages of beans. Using my Magic Bullet for veggie/fruit smoothies, my crockpot, food processor, and about $150.00 a month to stock my fridge and cabinets, I can fill up without spending too much.
…cutting out my cell phone
Right now, I have my Cricket cell phone and the phone service that came with my Verizon Internet bundle. With Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Voices, and my Ezhealthcents.com blog, I have all the contact with people I need. I can save the $60 a month that I’m currently paying for that cell phone.
…nixing gym and miscellaneous costs
Warm weather is almost here! So, no more gym costs for me! I am back to running outdoors – which I like better than the treadmill anyway. On crazy weather days, Shaun T’s “T25,” that I bought and rarely use, will supplement nicely. As for my impulse-buying habit, it’s discipline time: No more going into Walmart with a $50 list and leaving with $200.00 worth of merchandise. It’s the Family Dollar store from here on out while I’m researching where to purchase a Nikon for a good deal.
The Nikon digital I want will give me clear pictures, a basketball-length zoom feature, and not weigh my shoulders down. The megapixels are what I look at first.
- · On www.buydig.com, there is the Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS digital that costs $496.95 right now. This camera is lightweight, offers 24.2 megapixels, which promise clear detail, as well as an 18-55 zoom feature.
- · On www.bestbuy.com this same style camera is marked down from $599.00 to $499.00.
- · Now at Walmart, if I accepted 14.2 megapixels on the Nikon D3100, the cost for the camera would drop to $388.00, marked down from the $429 list price. But all of these prices could change in six months. At the very least, I expect to pay at least $450 for what I want.
Wish me luck!