Full-Time Worker, Part-Time Grad Student and Committed to Cooking to Save

In 2013 I made the decision to go back to school and get my master’s degree. But since I didn’t want to take two years off (fear of lost income and long-term damage to my salary history beyond that of just “being a woman”), I decided to go part-time and continue my full-time job. I thought, “I’m good at multitasking. How hard could this be?”

Adventures With a Dinner Kit Delivery Service

A few months before she left New York, my friend Audrey started experimenting with menu-delivery services. For about $60 per week, companies like Blue Apron and Plated will drop off ingredients for multiple dinners for two people; each ice-packed box contains recipe cards, plastic-encased protein and vegetables, and mini-bottles of seasonings like marjoram to miso. Cooking from these “dinner kits” largely replaced our regular restaurant outings—once or twice a week, Audrey would invite me over or bring her ingredients to my kitchen, I’d buy a bottle of wine or dessert, and we’d cook, drink, eat and talk.

Three Friends Make An Attempt to ‘Live Below the Line’

Recently a number of my friends have decided to try subsisting on a food budget of less than $1.50 a day. It’s part of the Live Below the Line challenge, intended to draw attention to the problem of extreme poverty—which, though it has fallen dramatically, still affects billions of people.

Betting on Love, Leveling Up and Leaving Atlanta (Part V)

December—the end of the year, encroaching darkness. Adam and I worked a lot and nestled when we could.