@Greenbeans I had to deal with that same thing a couple days a week for the past couple years - I was working full-time, plus twice a week I had evening classes until 10:00. It is hard - I'm good at bringing lunch, but coming up with a dinner that can sit in the car with me for a while and then maybe be eaten cold if the microwave is broken again, that is also satisfying, was a pain in the ass, and took up a lot of room in my bag.
@Mae Oh, laundry quarters. I'm so glad our grocery store has just accepted that they basically supply all the coin-op machines in our neighborhood and stocks extra rolls of quarters.
@OllyOlly Yeah, I feel like mine is really high, but we also get most of our wine/beer at the grocery store, plus paper goods and cleaning supplies.
@SarcasticFringehead PS I love these posts. Graphs and comparing myself to other people are two of my favorite things.
We live in Seattle, and we shop at a slightly more expensive store, but we also don't eat too expensively (not a whole lot of meat, lots of bean-based things), and we also don't eat out very much, so groceries are by far the majority of our food spending. We also get a lot of non-food things at the grocery store (paper towels, dish soap, advil), so that brings it up a bit. My husband and I alternate weeks, and for the two of us, I would guess it averages $160/week (so an average of $80/week for me alone). (Except I just checked my magic spreadsheet, and it tells me that I spent $5500 at the grocery store last year, or about $105/week. Huh.)
It's weird to me that there is SO MUCH stigma around the lottery. I mean, I definitely get that there's an issue around people who are addicted to gambling and are playing irresponsibly, but I remember reading an advice column once where a guy was asking how to get his elderly father (who was not living in poverty) to stop spending $10/week on lotto tickets, and it was like, if he were spending that much on going to the movies every week, there would be no problem.
@Caitlin with a C At least Mike's experience is applicable to things that happen in life. I'm still trying to figure out a way to make my mad balloon-sculpture skillz relevant to...anything.
@ThatJenn Anyone who says, "you know what would be cool to do with this? A chart!" is a person after my own heart.
I mean, it's not like there's any social benefit to making sure women and babies make it through pregnancy in good health, right? Because otherwise, I might be forced to conclude that our entire health care system is thoroughly and sideways fucked.
@SarcasticFringehead No but seriously, how weird is it to put portraits of someone else's cat as your desktop background?