You know you’re nearly broke when…

Thank you taxes.

Thank you secondary payments related to taxes.

Thank you 22-inch Vizio TV I owned for 5 years that unexpectedly broke that led me to buy a new 40-inch Hisense TV (If you’re ever going to upgrade….).

Thank you bills.

Thank you for putting me in the position of never being more excited than I am now on the eve of a check being direct deposited into my checking account.

You know your bank account has been hanging by a thread for a month (with some very appreciated help from your parents) when:

  1. You use Taco Bell as a bank to get quarters for laundry.
  2. You miraculously go two weeks without using a quarter of your gas tank.
  3. You can list the number of places you been in the last four weeks: Wal-Mart, Kroger, Sonic, the library, 7-11 and a visit downtown for your cousin’s birthday. That turned into a trip to the Water Gardens in Fort Worth and a weird sensation of vertigo.

    The Water Gardens in downtown Fort Worth.

    The Water Gardens in downtown Fort Worth.

  4. Sitting around doing nothing after a day of working (from home) becomes something you have to do and thus loses its appeal.
  5. Swimming in the apartment pool becomes an event.
  6. You take A LOT of walks in the subdivision behind you apartment, leading to your most steps taken in succession since freshman year of college.
  7. If you died, the stray cat that adopted you and your balcony would be the only living thing that would know for at least a week.
  8. Podcasting becomes your main source of socializing (give us a listen! Please?).
  9. You rediscover how much money you could have saved by getting all of your entertainment from the library. Seriously, Red Box and Netflix would go the way of Blockbuster if our society used libraries as they were intended. The 57 people ahead of me on the wait list for Will Smith’s “Focus” know what I’m talking about.
  10. You read more books (not complaining) than you have since your last bought with midterms. This leads to learning more about the American Revolution from one book than you did from your AP American History class in high school (You also start to question why we celebrate the Fourth of July and not the Third of September).
  11. You have trouble keeping track of which “Key & Peele” episodes you have and have not seen.
  12. Your habit of sleeping in until noon is now your most effective cost-cutting strategy.
  13. You sit in your living room writing a list about being broke.

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About Daniel McFadin

NASCAR writer for NBCSports.com. Former Sporting News intern. Graduated from IUPUI in Indianapolis with a master in sports journalism in 2014 and from Arkansas State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. Originally from Lewisville, Texas, now in Fort Worth. Ask me if I like Star Wars. I dare you.
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