I'm visiting my parents in DC this weekend! So: Today: $10 for lunch, because I didn't want to pack lunch before going out of town. $6 or so on wine for the train (if you don't know about the wine shop below the big Amtrak sign in Penn Station, you should go check it out, because they have tetra paks of Bandit Pinot Grigio in the fridge and will give you cups!) and another $5 or so on train snacks. And that's it, because Mom offered to pay for a cab because she doesn't want to pick me up at the train! Dinner at home, with the folks. Saturday: Probably nothing. I'm going to be hanging out with my parents, no idea what we're doing. But I doubt I'll spend anything. Sunday: The big spending day. I've been planning to buy a Nationals jersey for ages, instead of just a t-shirt, and I'm going to buy one while I'm at the game with my dad. $70-100 before taxes, depending on if I buy a player-branded replica or just a plain one, and if I buy the ladies' version or the mens' version. I'm not sure which will fit me better, a larger ladies' size or a smaller mens' size. I'll probably also offer to buy a round of drinks at the game, $20. Total: About $120-150?
@jillcool Um, I don't anticipate having a washer and dryer to call my own maybe ever if I keep living in NYC. I'm lucky right now - basement washer and dryer! With a card system, so I don't need quarters! But before this place, I went to the laundromat. I do my own laundry (even when I went to the laundromat) because I air dry too many things. If I didn't need to air dry to keep my clothes from shrinking/disintegrating/whatever, I would totally do wash-and-fold, because I don't really have time to do laundry and I have to be home for the full two hours. I can't toss something in the dryer and then leave when it's a shared laundry room.
@joyballz Allison might have meant the Illinois Choice Action Team, not League? That's who I would recommend anyway - http://www.ilchoiceactionteam.org/ They run the escorting program at seven clinics around the state, and I would hope at least one of them is transit-accessible in Chicago.
When I worked for the Jews (instead of just, you know, being one) I got off at 3pm on Friday year-round, because that was easier than figuring out what time of year to let us off early. And who gets anything done after 3pm on Friday, anyway? Now, I get Summer Fridays from post-Memorial Day to Labor Day, so starting next Friday I can leave at 2pm or so if my work is done. That's the best.
@LookUponMyWorks Well thank you! I will always plug that I'm happy to help people find opportunities to escort where they live. Freedom of speech is important - and so is access to medical care, and that's why I do this about once a month. I escort in NYC, but I have connections all over the place thanks to the Internet!
I need to get back into the estimating habit! So: Today: Buying lunch because it's Friday and I had nothing left to pack, $8-12 depending on whether I get a milkshake with my food. My small department orders grilled cheese + tater tots together on Fridays, so that's what I'll eat. And I'm picking up some groceries on the way home, $25 or so? My roommate's parents are in town, we're having them over for Shabbas dinner. Saturday: Clinic escorting in the morning, $5 for breakfast on my way to subway at the crack of dawn. Maybe going to the gym after escorting, and then hopefully doing nothing all afternoon. Roommate's parents want to take me out to dinner. Cheap day! Sunday: I'm thinking I need to do a day of exploring - just go walk around in the Village or something? And I'll probably spend $50-60 on food/drink/whatever while strolling around. Monday: Cooking & prepping for the work week & such. Probably more groceries/farmers market veg, $30? Let's put the weekend at under $150, which inflates all my costs, just in case.
Rebecca, everything you are doing re: badass radical feminist Jewish existence sounds awesome. I hope that I get there one day. I think I'm on the right path.
@HelloTheFuture I didn't ask this question but am also super super interested. I like writing essays and am trying to figure out a way to make a little money on the side off them. So I'm okay with being pickier about the kinds of things I write, since I see it as more side hustle than JOB.
@calamity I am a ridiculous fan of "set a saving goal way above the cost of a thing, then buy the thing." So I saved $1000 in five months or so, and then I spend $600 on my iPad and I love that thing so much.
@Jake Reinhardt I said the CITIES need to do something, not the wealthy. I know the wealthy don't give a crap about their barista's commute. But I presume that the folks running the city might care a little more about the ability of city workers, for example, to live in the city? Because if we stick with NYC: you've got your MTA workers, and your police and fire department and teachers, and all of the city's bureaucracy, and so on. And since most city jobs require that you live in the five boroughs when you start the job, the city can't fill all of its jobs unless people can afford to live here. Though I guess that explains a lot of the last twelve years in NYC: Bloomberg as mayor = the wealthy were the city = who cares about the lower-income New Yorkers? But that's why I voted for de Blasio, right?