In a previous post, I commented how, since I am not going anywhere to do research, I am actually saving money during the sabbatical. Now I have a fuller picture of my habits during the sabbatical, so I can break down numbers better:
a)As I mentioned in the previous post, I didn't buy new clothing for the Fall, which probably saved me $150 (or around $50 a month). On the other hand, the fact that I put on 10 pounds in the last year also contributed to it, but let's change subjects.
b)I am spending less money on gas. I never drive too much, but during normal academic year, I spend between 1 and a half tank to 2 tanks of gas a month. Now, a whole tank lasts me throughout the month. That's probably saving me around $20 a month.
c) In addition, since there are many days I stay at home just reading, I am less lazy and feel less tempted to skip putting together my own lunch and just buy a sandwich at work (and a coffee, and so on and so forth). That means that I am saving 15 dollars a week (on average), which translates into $60 a month. Yay!!!
So far, I am saving $130 a month. However, I am spending more on certain things:
a) I am spending around $50 more on groceries.
b) And, even worse, I just saw my credit card bill, and I spent $120 on books on Amazon this month alone!!! Books that I thought I should have related to my project. That turned out to be true only sometimes. And no, I don't itemize my taxes, so I can't claim it as a business expense. But hey, new additions to my bookcase. I shouldn't be complaining.
So overall, I am not saving money during the sabbatical. Or I am, and that money is going towards buying books that would have constituted an additional expense otherwise (I know I would have bought them anyway). Oh well...