Starting a Saving Life ch4

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Chapter 4: What I Want, Hot Pots, and Chances

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After school. 

As a school that called itself a “progressive school,” it had a strong emphasis on both the liberal arts and the military, the club activities were popular, but I didn’t join any club activities.

To tell the truth, even though I’m not in need of money, I still don’t have enough to go to a prep school to prepare for the university entrance exam.

That’s why I didn’t join any club, so that I wouldn’t have to spend too much time on club activities and neglect my studies.

My mother always told me that I could only be a youth once, and that it was okay to join club activities, and her mother always told her that it was okay to join club activities.

So, after school, I went home without any plans.

“Do you want to do something today as well?

For me, not being in a club, you could say after school is a time when I have nothing to do, but you could also say it’s a time when I can do something.

“But it’s hot.

It’s already as hot as summer, even though it’s just before summer.

I can’t stand the heat, so I have to turn on the air conditioner.

I can’t stand the heat even though I know that all the money I save on food and other things could be wiped out by the cost of air conditioning in the summer.

However, if I think about it the other way around, it could be said that the money I save on food is offset by the money I save on air conditioning.

I don’t want to go through the hardship of having more money to play with, so this is fine with me. 

“I’m still worried about the electricity bill.

I’m not in a club, so I spend more time in my room than most people. The longer I stay in the room, the more power it consumes.

“The longer I stay in the room, the more power it consumes, and I wonder if there are any good ideas.

I looked up articles on the Internet about how to save money on electricity, but none of them were very good.The amount of money you can save is small compared to the amount of work you have to do.I had no choice but to give up and was surfing the Internet.

“This is it!”

I found an article about the release of the sequel to my favorite game.

I’ll definitely try to get it on the release date.

“I don’t have a console. ……”

I didn’t have a game console to play the game on.I heard that the game would be released on a state-of-the-art game console that came out just a few days ago.

The price of the game console was an astonishing 45,000 yen.

To be honest, if I don’t go out with my friends and cut down on food expenses, I’ll have enough money by the time the game is released.But, “There’s no way I can sacrifice so many things like that, even for a game.”

The conclusion is that you don’t have to force yourself to save up to buy a game.

Even if I couldn’t buy the game on the day it was released, I would slowly save money so that I could buy it someday.

It will be on sale next time. However, the game that will be released in a few months is a series that I have been following since I was a little girl.

I’m very attached to it, and although I gave up playing it on the day it was released, I can’t help but want to play it as soon as possible. That’s why I’ve been more conscious about saving money.

I reached out to turn off the power to save money on the air conditioner, but

“……”

But if I turn off the air conditioner, I will suffer from the heat. But the more I suffer, the faster I steadily get to the game.

“No, I can’t. I can’t.”

My body chose comfort.

But even if I couldn’t get the game on the release date, I wanted it as soon as possible.

I looked on the Internet to see if there was anything I could do to save money, but in the end, all I could find were articles telling me to save money on food and electricity.

And then It was already evening.

In the cooperative relationship we have formed, we take turns going to the supermarket to buy each other things we want. I went yesterday, so today is the day Yamano-san will go shopping for me.

 Yamano-san and I are still in the early stages of saving money. We’ve decided to go shopping every day for a while longer, because it’s hard to keep a stockpile, and we’re afraid that what we buy might go bad.

I visited Yamano-san’s room in the evening, specifically around 5:00 p.m, as I was told to come and tell her directly what I wanted.

“Yamano-san, I came to tell you what I want you to buy for me today.”

“Oh, by the way, it’s already evening, well time flies.

“What did you do to make the time go by so fast?”

“Well, I’ll tell you. I want to buy something new, but I don’t have any money. No, if you sacrifice a lot of things, you can accumulate money. But then I won’t be able to go out with my friends, and I’ll have to hold back on buying clothes. So I spent a lot of time thinking about how to save money.

The situation is exactly the same as mine.

I really felt that Yamano-San and I are too similar.”

“Me too. There’s a game I want to buy and I’m thinking about saving money.”

“Is that game really that expensive?”

“It’s a whole unit.”

“I see. So, what do you want me to buy for you today?”

I asked for the ingredients for the hot pot I was going to make today, a step up from the ginger dish.

I asked her for the ingredients for the nabe, which is a very simple dish made of cut vegetables and meat for the nabe.

“I’ll try to copy it. It’s so easy. It’s so easy to come up with recipes that you can easily cook by yourself without doing anything.

Yamano-san seemed to be copying what I was cooking today.

“But today’s recipe isn’t so economical, is it?

That’s the problem. But today’s dish isn’t so economical.

I noticed that, depending on the type of meat, the vegetables cost more.

This is a fact that I realized when I started going to the supermarket.

“It’s not like I’m trying to save money. That’s fine. But I’d like to get a computer as soon as possible, and I’m willing to work a little harder. But no, I don’t want to be in pain.”

“That’s right. I don’t see the point in saving money if it’s going to ruin the richness of my daily life.

“It’s best to work as hard as you can. Well, now that Mamiya has told me what he wants me to buy, I’m off.

Then, Yamano-san went to the supermarket to buy something.

Then, half an hour later.

Half an hour later, I received a call from Yamano-san who had gone to the supermarket.

“Hello, Mamiya-Kun?

‘Yes, this is Mamiya.”

“I’d like to talk to you about something. Why don’t we buy regular vegetables instead of cut vegetables? You see, there are two of us, right? I was thinking that if we buy them and divide them between us, we won’t run out.”

“Isn’t that too hard?, We haven’t even held a knife since yesterday’s ginger meal.”

But I think there are times when you have to get over it. Besides, if you buy vegetables in uncut form, you can get at least three times the amount for the price of one cut vegetable. Well, you’ll have to buy several uncut vegetables, so if you run out, you’ll be in the red.

I was approached with a very troubling question.

It’s true that cut vegetables are more expensive. But can I cut vegetables? Will I be able to dispose of the garbage properly? These were just some of the questions that came to mind.

But all of these thoughts were instantly blown away.

‘If you want to buy the game as soon as possible, you have to overcome the hurdles, right? I understand. So, please do.

“Yes, maam. We’ll share the vegetables. Also, as always, the more meat, the better deal, so the more meat, the better?

“Oh, yes, I’ll be fine. I’ll wait for you then.

I ended the call.

It was 40 minutes later.

That was when I heard the doorbell ring.

Thinking it was probably Yamano-san, I opened the door, and sure enough, it was  Yamano-san.

“I’ve bought it.”

“Thank you for your hard work.”

“So, Mamiya-Kun. I owe you an apology.”

She had a serious expression.

She sounded a little bit serious, but it was a joke, then it’s fine.

“What is it?”

“It’s a huge amount, If you don’t use it all, you’ll lose a lot.

She was holding a bag of uncut vegetables in his hand. In total, there were about fifteen bags of cut vegetables.

We’ll split it between the two of us, so that’s roughly 7.5 bags.

“…… is this fine. We will be fine.”

I was immediately worried.

“Well, I’m going to cut all the vegetables in half for now. I’m the one who suggested that we stop using cut vegetables.

“Oh, I’ll do it then. I’ll do it myself. It will be a hassle to go back to the room. It won’t take long to cut them into two. Can you wait a moment?

“No problem at all. I’ll take care of it.

I went back to my room.

I roughly cut the vegetables into two. I’m sure you can do this as a matter of course.

I almost cut my finger on …….

I’m not sure what to do with it.

“I couldn’t cut it neatly into two, so please choose the one you like.”

“You want me to choose? Then I’ll take this one.”

After saying that, Yamano-san chose one half of the vegetable that was cut in half.

 Yamano-san dared to choose the obviously smaller one.

She’s really too nice…

Just as I was finishing my selection, Yamano-san brought up a small topic.

“I’ve never made a hot pot before. It’s my first time making one. I’m not sure if I can cut the vegetables properly. 

“Me too. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to cut the vegetables well, but if this step is successful, I’ll get a big advantage. You’ll be saving money and your body will be healthier because you’ll be eating more vegetables.

“Yeah, yeah. Yeah, two birds with one stone. Well, that’s it then. See you later, Mamiya-kun.

“Yes, take care. Well, we’re next door.”

I parted ways with Mamiya-san at the entrance.

I was about to close the front door, thinking that if we get to know each other a little better, I’d like to have a Hot Pot with her.

I was about to close the door when I noticed Yamano-san forcibly going through her pockets.

“What’s wrong?”

“Mamiya-Kun. I think I dropped my house keys.”

She said this to me with a pale face.


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