Everyone thinks they have the solution to your problems. What is nuanced and complicated to you is simplistic to them. They give you suggestion after suggestion, all well-intentioned, but it never seems to help you. Sometimes you snap back at them in irritation, only causing scorn and guilt. Every sound, movement, look they make seems to say “Can’t you try a little harder?”

This is my answer to that. Play this on top, or instead, of your day-to-day life. Think of it as trying to walk a mile in my shoes. You will actually limit your spending, emulate a part of my life, and maybe gain some sort of understanding. Follow along and see if you can try a little harder.

*Begin on the 3rd Monday of either August or January (in reality and on the calendar)
*Check the calendar (see below) and follow the event of the current day, if any
*You start with a budget of $0 (not including your first student loan)
*You must spend 1 Bath & Beauty (B&B) point in order to leave your (real life) house. 48 points cost $200. You begin with 0 points
*You must visit a university campus at least 3.5 miles away from your home for 6 hours every school day
*Any food, mode of transportation, or other expenses must come out of this budget and cannot be carried over from before play
*The budget can only be supplemented by work centered around writing and editing skills, and donations
*If you cannot pay your cellphone bill, you can’t use your phone. If you can’t pay your loans or eat once for the day, you can’t leave your house until you do. You must move out of your house if you can’t pay rent

Email a request to mattie.brice@gmail.com for the calendar to be shared with you on Google Calendar. Or, use the most appropriate link for you to access it offline:

XML: https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/cbkh14jg6g02q5noegd3oj61ko%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic
iCal: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/cbkh14jg6g02q5noegd3oj61ko%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
HTML: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=cbkh14jg6g02q5noegd3oj61ko%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles

Budgeting Sheets
Here are printable PDF sheets to help you track your B&B points and money spending:

B&B Sheet
Money Sheet