$530 on average over the last year ($440ish for restaurant meals and takeout, $80ish for lunch etc.). I guess that's a lot.
This article drove me nuts. What @stuffisthings said. Basically no part of modern American capitalism is about charging the lowest price for a commodity good. Basically everything we buy, we buy for a complex network of feeling-good-about-ourselves reasons. The huge and representatively American industry of marketing is *entirely about* that. This writer's kids understand capitalism. She doesn't.
They have 10 employees spread over 19 offices? Okay!
I'd be curious to hear how much the author, and other poets in the comments, *spend* on the work (books, chapbooks, readings, etc.) of other living poets.
@Sandy505 Well yes that is what words mean.
TO THE TOOTH!
@down the rabbit hole YES THIS. I assume that I get more out of tipping 25% than my waiter does. Self-satisfaction is a wonderful, and relatively inexpensive, indulgence.
@Choire Sicha@facebook Never mind the time that she spent WRITING THIS ENORMOUS THING FOR FREE FOR THE BILLFOLD.
Agree with Mike's advice. It is hard for young people to understand just how much old people like me LOVE to talk about ourselves and bask in the admiration of young whippersnappers. He's probably hoping you'll ask again, but figures you were just being polite and is too embarrassed to bring it up himself.
So about $75K all-in. That's (1) about what I expect to spend next year, (2) something like 18 months' income for an average American, and (3) depressing for both of those reasons. (And echo @TheclaAndTheSeals - I would've appreciated seeing honest numbers like this before I started planning my own wedding.)