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I Literally Only Spend My Money on Coffee and Food

Where’d your last hundo go, Brendan O’Connor?


$2 — Coffee.

$10 — I literally have only been spending money on coffee and food lately. Which I feel is pretty much fine? Like if I am going to spend money on something it might as well be food. Food is great. There is perhaps no better way to invest in oneself. (Sure, Brendan, why not.) Anyway, yesterday I spent $10 on lunch. I had a quinoa salad—grilled chicken, tomato, chickpeas, feta cheese, extra avocado please and thank you. Also I got a bag of Stacey’s pita chips, because they are bomb.

$2 — Coffee.

$18 — I went to Umami for a fancy burger with a friend. We both had fancy burgers and split an order of fries. Some people think that fancy burgers are not worth the extra money. Those people are entitled to that opinion, but also they are wrong and depriving themselves of a very important and meaningful experience.

$70 — Groceries. My weekly grocery budget is somewhere in the range of $75, so this is pretty on point. However, I just moved to a new neighborhood and I am still trying to figure out where the best value is. I am sort of close to the 1, so maybe I will start taking the train up to the 72nd Street Trader Joe’s? The idea of getting on the subway with groceries is still a little bizarre to me, but why not? Where I am shopping now is approximately as expensive as Whole Foods and the quality is way lower. It’s a disgrace, honestly.


Brendan O’Connor lives in New York. // photo by normanack


9 Comments / Post A Comment

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

So… you are that mythical person that could actually fundamentally change their spending by cutting out one coffee per day and eating out less?

By the way, that lunch sounds the best.

frushka (#1,207)

dude, don’t sweat it about taking groceries on the subway. the savings at TJ’s is way way worth it. I do almost all my grocery shopping there (except produce, duh) and lug all that stuff three stops on the train. no one ever cares, and usually there are lots of other ppl doing the same thing.

Allison (#4,509)

I shop at the TJ’s near my office and then take the bus home with a bag or so wedged between my feet. You can even get the resuable kind that zip closed so you don’t have to worry abou things falling out.

Or just a backpack.

kellyography (#250)

I live in JC, so I take Trader Joe’s bags on the train ALL the time. Lots of people do. Go for it!

raw money (#3,975)

The lines in that Trader Joe’s are INSANE, though. I go to Fairway just a couple blocks north and take the bags on the 1. Really glad I started doing that.

oh maaaaaan I miss Umami Burger in LA. used to go to the one on Hollywood Blvd and a friend used to work there. the truffle burger and the manly burger (right?) were just awesome. feel like they had good fries too. and it was right down the street from one of my favorite bookstores of all time, Skylight Books. wistful for LA now…

riotmute (#4,454)

I spent 100% of my money on coffee and food

.abbey (#2,509)

@riotmute “i spent 100% of my money on coffee and food” – i enjoy reading this as if you’re typing from Beyond The Grave

dham (#2,271)

The only category that outspends food & coffee for me is booze. I could have a retirement fund if I went sober.

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