It’s been a while
I haven’t blogged forever.. Actually I think I had an unsaved blog entry back in summer about moving to NYC but I never managed to finish that and now it’s lost. Anyhow, it’s been almost 3 months since I moved. I have really been enjoying my time here in NYC, and am so glad that I made this decision in the end because I would have been miserable anywhere else. However, living on a stipend on the Upper East Side really makes me start thinking about how am I going to manage my money to maintain a healthy financial and lifestyle. Back in college, I used to spend money pretty carelessly. I was fortunate enough to receive a bunch of generous scholarships and my job in the library just gave me all those extra money that I could throw on Starbucks or Anthropologie. I don’t have any significant savings from college as a result, but at the same time I didn’t accumulate any debt and I am thankful for that.
Although the stipend and subsidized housing (still accounts for 50% of my income nevertheless o_O) are pretty generous and are enough to live, I feel responsible to actually start saving up for whatever uncertainties in life that I might face one day. So.. this means no more random shopping with credit card without knowing what exactly is the balance. This also means that I am cooking all my meals except maybe once or twice a week on the weekend to eat out with friends. I am glad that at least the kitchen in my NYC apartment is pretty spacious and functional, and I actually enjoy the time I spend in there. Cooking and planning meals for the week are definitely not as hard as imagined and I have to say it does feel kind of nice to try cooking something new. Being in med school and now learning about all these obesity epidemics and metabolism stuff, I think I got better at planning what to eat everyday (of course eating at home helps a lot too because I have no idea what restaurants throw into my dishes sometimes). However, I have to say I can’t wait to go home for Thanksgiving and get pampered by unlimited free food at home.
Oh well I get to go back to study =( we have a test every week now which is not cool. SIGH