@Beaks Yesssss to fancy salads. This (http://www.doorsixteen.com/2013/05/02/lazy-cheap-tofu-lentil-salad/) has been a favorite lately. (I added cucumber shreds and snap peas.)
$50/week on average. Mostly fresh produce and staples (lentils, quinoa) to make a few big batch recipes for the week, and if I'm feeling ambitious, fixings for a special recipe (this week: chickpea cookies from the hairpin). No meat or dairy (vegan) and only the occasional soy/imitation product (they're expensive, though Gardein is worth every penny). That's like $20-30. And then there's booze.
@OllyOlly I couldn't stifle my laughter, and I'm on the reference desk right now. Straight up LOLing at the library.
@deepomega I agree, in that I don't see why passion has to mean this all-encompassing burning desire that surely leads to a single path marked 'ruin', when it can be tempered with thought and reason.
@Mrs. Beeton also, Craigslist. Go in with a good idea of what you want and don't be put off if you have to search for weeks (or even months...but it's worth it!).
@Mike Dang I considered it a little sketch that some units in my building have security doors - including the one I moved into. I'd planned to remove it (safe enough building) but then discovered the joy of hallway breezes. I second the screen door suggestion!
Post purchase: frequent real estate sites to see new listings, pat self on back for a good purchase and/or tear out hair at missed opportunities. Sometimes both in the same day! (Don't do this.)
I climbed the mountain of starting to date again (after some self-imposed mememe time). We did drinks at my place ($90, but I bought three bottles of nice booze that should last many [...three?] dates) then walked to the movies. The Avengers while tipsy: highly recommended.
@AnnieNilsson I'm picturing him dancing his way out the door, full on boogie-ing, and it is fantastic.
"Infusions Michael" - brava!