My Last $100: 48 Hours in Chicago

$23.95: audiobook version of John Waters’ Carsick because I needed something to listen while flying LA to Chicago. (Hey, that sounds like a Sade song). Audiobooks are expensive but my eyes need a rest sometimes. I had to save them for my own reading at Women and Children First Books.

$4: six-pack of bottled water for hotel room and two Clif Bars

$18.38: shared Uber to Wicker Park from Hyatt Regency O’Hare and back.

$22.92 canvas Doc Martens, $50 minus the friend discount.

My Last Hundred Bucks: There Is a Baby In My Apartment Edition

Audrey Ference lives in New York.

Last Hundred Bucks: Graduate School Finals Edition

I took out one hundred dollars in cash on Black Wednesday and didn't spend it. Then I decided to go full-on hermit (and straight-edge!) for finals, making it easy to keep track of where the cash went (which, let’s face it, I was stressed so my spending was focused on eating).

My Last Hundred Bucks: Shanghai Edition

21元 ($3.42) Taxi, to meet a friend for lunch; I was running late.

My Last Hundred Bucks: Vegas Baby Vegas!

Lunch at Mr. Lucky’s in the Hard Rock Hotel. They may have called the turkey burger “Free Bird,” but it cost $15.

I Literally Only Spend My Money on Coffee and Food

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

My Last Hundred Bucks: Budapest Edition

Hungary is a place where fois gras is cheap, but flip-flops are expensive.

My Last Hundred Bucks: Scams, Wheels, and a Quest for Toilet Paper in Cambodia

$40: Two single-day passes to the Angkor temples. We may have overslept and missed our early start, instead plunging straight into the sweltering mid-morning heat, but it was still worth every dollar. Bring hats; leave your fear of heights at home. Scaling the rickety wooden steps to the top of each temple requires all your wits.