here's my friday5!  see others' answers or answer for yourself here:

  1. When you have to cut back on spending for a time, what are the niceties you're least likely to give up even though you could (or should)?

    i drink plain, hot, black coffee so i suppose it's not such a wallet stretch compared to "grande skim caramel whipped cream iced espresso whathaveyous".  but still... i could make a whole pot for pennies at home but if i'm out. and i want coffee. need coffee.  i will pay whatever price to get a cup of crack caffeine happiness.
    before coffee:

    ^ don't frak with me! 8|

    after coffee:

    ^ all smiles!

  2. In leaner times, what are your go-to “famine foods?”

    i'm not sure how to answer this.
    are you asking a) what do i eat during a famine?  or do you mean b) what was eaten during the famine that is now not a desirable thing to eat?
    i guess i will have to answer both ways!

    a) rice is easily grown in bulk and i enjoy eating it.
    i also support the use of genetically modified "golden" rice because it will help diminish poverty and decrease malnutrition from vitamin deficiency.  furthermore, i support the use of other genetically modified crops because of the many benefits it provides to our health and the environment (think about this: suppose you have a crop that is modified so that bugs don't like to eat it.  now you can grow it without pesticides!) and no noted ill effects on the person consuming it (if i hear any of you talking about eating a bunch of modified DNA oh no i am going to get cancer/turn into a mutant... i WILL punch you!).  i know this is a very controversial topic and i am ready to defend my position, or alternately hear your thoughts for the converse side, but right now there is so much negativity toward gm crops that is based on speculation or rumors and it is making me mad!  and before you start throwing rocks at me i would like to note that i am supporting the growth and consuming of gm crops.  i am NOT SUPPORTING companies that exploit patents on gm foods (yes, i'm looking at you, Monsanto!! *angry eyes*) nor do i believe there is no benefit- nutritionally or culturally of completely obliterating natural or heirloom crops.  in fact, farms that grow non-gm crops will become more valuable over time!  i guess what i'm trying to say here is "cool off, everybody!", we can live in harmony- if you don't want gm food, don't eat it!  you don't have to yell at others who see the benefits of growing, engineering or eating it.  and if you are one of those who are against gm foods because "it's not organic" or "it's less healthy" or "it was made in a lab" do some homework before you raise your voice, less you make a fool of yourself.  may i suggest some light reading on how gm foods saved hawaii's papaya industry or how golden rice is full of vitamin A?
    did you lose interest in my blog yet?  haha.  i would just like to make one last note on this topic- recently the supreme court ruled that naturally occurring DNA sequences cannot be patented (YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!) but cDNA *can* be patented.  the future looks good for engineered crops.

    b) i feel like "famine" is referring to war time (for industrialized countries, like the US of A).  and a popular example is eating SPAM!  need i say more on the subject? :)

  3. How do you keep yourself amused or entertained in times requiring great frugality?

    public library! it has free books. free CDs.  free air conditioning.  free WiFi.  free magazines.  free newspaper.  and the DVDs are $1 for 1 week. i love the library!HEADING EAST: Hawaii Kai Librarytoday's library haultoday's library hauldreams come true girl

  4. When was the last time you had to go into austerity mode?

    this month is going to be a penny pinching month.  i just spent $$$ on re.member for my MLT certification.  also, i've returned from a vacation and a business trip (also read: here and here).  and i am going to have to pay for fall semester at UH next month.  :(  let the broke times begin!
  5. What’s a necessary expenditure others might consider an extravagance?

    i buy sensodyne enamel building tooth paste and biolage naturalizing shampoo. i've bought these common toiletries for years for just a few bucks so initially $5 for toothpaste and $20 for shampoo was kind of a shock to me.  but once you use the good stuff... you can't go back!  pantene makes my hair heavy and it's not as soft.  and anything that says volumizing makes my hair go crazy!  i am hooked on biolage!  as for tooth care, i just assumed everybody felt tingling in their teeth when eating ice cream, like how everybody gets a brain freeze.  even cold water or soda hurt my teeth.  but one day the regular colgate was sold out so i bought toothpaste for sensitive teeth and it was a life changing day for me!  i can actually bite popsicles!

    vanilla popsicle
    while not a "necessary expenditure", i do have a budget for comic books and playing cards.

    page turner

    because... i like those things. :)  i used to have a budget for 35mm film but now i buy in bulk and keep it in the fridge so i have a stockpile and don't have to purchase as often.

    analog photog pr0n!

    Last 8 packs

now feast your ears on SMALL BLACK !!

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