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My Last Hundred Bucks: Drug Store Spending Doesn’t Count Basically

Where’d your last hundo go, Ryan O’Connell? 

$13.39: Degree Clinical Sport Deodorant. It’s embarrassing to admit this but I spent a decade of my life smelling like a legit homeless person because I sweat too much. It got so bad that at one point I even considered getting Botox injected into my armpits. Fortunately, though, I discovered prescription-strength deodorant, which solved all my odor problems. The only downside to using this deodorant is that it’s so chemical-y and strong that I’m pretty sure I’m giving myself cancer. But whatever—at least I smell nice!

$3.75: Crest toothpaste. I should really start using the organic kind that’s just made out of mint leaves or whatever, but no.

$8.99: Disposable camera. I don’t own a digital camera because I want “to save money” but the amount I’ve spent on disposables throughout the years probably trumps the cost of any decent camera I could buy. 

$6.49: Brilliant Brunette shampoo. (It should be noted that all my purchases thus far have been made at a Walgreens AKA the one place where I can spend a hundred dollars in five minutes and not feel totally sick about it.)

$15.95: Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble by Nora Ephron.

$24.00: Lunch for one at The Smith. I know it seems like a lot of money but it’s the lattes that get you. Never order a latte at a restaurant. I once ordered one at The Mercer Kitchen, only to discover that it was a whopping $7.50. My pasta dish, on the other hand, was only $11.00. When I told the waiter about the hilarious irony of having your meal only cast $3.50 more than your coffee, he rolled his eyes at me and said, “It’s Soho.”

$13.00: A bottle of wine. I recently graduated to the $9 to $13 price range and I feel really good about it.

$14.00: Drunk nachos, a taco, plus tip.


Ryan O’Connell lives in NYC and edits Thought Catalog.


7 Comments / Post A Comment

chic noir (#713)

@ Ryan- Donna Karen’s “Cashmere ” deodorant was made for the ladies but the scent is so light that on a man it would take on a masculine scent. I recommend it because it is the best stuff for heavy sweaters. I’ve gotten so many people hooked on this deodorant it isn’t funny. It even works better than some clinical strength deodorants. It’s 14-19 bucks full size and. 10 bucks travel sized at Sephora.

@chic noir richard simmons wears DK cashmere. i know because he told me.

chic noir (#713)

@mean terry gross body shamer lol

Well I guess that means Cashmere is celebrity backed.

ThatJenn (#916)

I am not allowed in drugstores anymore unless I am picking up a prescription. Running low on toothpaste or deodorant? Better put it on the list for the next time I’m picking up my meds, because otherwise it’ll be a month before I can buy any (or I’ll have to buy it for more at the grocery store)! I’m allergic to a weird inactive ingredient in most toothpastes and bath products so it’s not like I can even buy it online, I have to be able to check the label before buying in case they’ve ONCE AGAIN reformulated a product I loved and trusted. But if I go in to CVS, I will come out having spent $50-100, so I had better keep that shit to once a month.

Megano! (#124)

I’m not even that sweaty and I need the clinical stuff to handle my stink.

bgprincipessa (#699)

More importantly than the cost of those disposable cameras, how about the cost of developing? With digital cameras you can just pick and choose which to develop and save so much that way. But I also understand the fun and enjoyment of the surprise when you develop the disposable camera pics.

BananaPeel (#1,555)

ooh, I got Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble at the library a couple weeks ago! I was so excited because for some reason I thought it was out of print.

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