So many responses to articles like these hinge on some variation of "do what you love on the side." I'd like to see more articles on the ramifications of doing creative work "on the side" without falling back on the old "well William Carlos Williams was a doctor"-style arguments. What does doing serious creative work without expecting to be paid for it look like today?
Dough really is good, though. Their donuts aren't as overwhelmingly sweet as DD and they don't make your mouth have that weird waxy feeling after eating them. I love the blood orange flavor.
This happened to me. My landlord must've lost my check, because he eventually stopped me in the hallway and started to give me a stern talking-to about not paying (meanwhile I was totally confused). So I just paid the $30 stop payment fee and issued a new check. But he seriously thinks I paid late that month, and I'm pissed because I had to pay the $30. It's a terrible situation, but yeah, just get it over with to minimize the bad feelings.
Yeah, I also brought a huge trashbag of clothing to Buffalo Exchange and they bought nothing. It was an embarrassing experience for me and for the buyer (especially since my clothing was not only cheap but also several years old and largely worn to shreds). Luckily the store I went to was one street over from a Goodwill, so I just hauled the whole bag to the Goodwill and threw it dejectedly into one of their big blue donation dumpsters.
Aside from a Trader Joe's trip ($38) I spent nothing, until I went out one night and spent almost $60. It was fun, but then I started thinking of all of the things I could've done with that $60. For example I've been pining for a facial at $50 for 5 months. I've been dying to buy a handbag (I don't have one) for $159, and I could've applied that $60 to it. On the upside I randomly sold an item I'd listed on Etsy 3 months ago, though. So, +$40.
AND THEN DID YOU SEE THESE SOY SAUCE CONTAINERS OMG http://www.amazon.com/Soy-Sauce-Container-15-Bag/dp/B001AJ8HOG/ref=pd_sim_k_2
I would've been on track with my predicted spending this weekend ($120) but I went to a bar for the Superbowl instead of going to somebody's house this year and got killed by drink-and-food spending. I also added not one but 2 extra grocery shopping excursions...terrible, terrible habit, even if, yes, I do need to eat food.
I'm going to say $120, but hopefully that's an overestimation.
I purposely overestimated $226 and ended up spending $98.57. I still feel uncomfortable about my inability to ballpark my spending within like $100, but whatever!
I have underestimated in both of my estimates, so I'm going to try to wildly overestimate this time in hopes that my total will be gratifyingly low. Going to get some groceries at Trader Joe's ($40) and budget another $20 for vegetables and stuff at other stores. I am pricing two kitchen things: a mini muffin pan ($16 with tax at Whisk whisknyc.com is the one I'm considering, although it's probably cheaper at the kitchen supply store near Union Square) and some kind of pour-over coffee accessory for work, to break me of my buying-coffee-at-work habit that costs me $6-10/week. I wish you guys would do a detailed post about how to make a decent cup at work, because I feel like I've tried everything. For awhile I had settled into a Bru (instant coffee with chicory) habit, but finally it started to feel disgusting. But I also don't want to be that person emptying my 3-cup Bodum press in the kitchen trash. You know? Anyway I'm intrigued by these disposable 1-cup drippers: http://www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmarias/coffee-brewers/filtercones/kalita-kantan-one-cup-drippers-pack-of-30.html ($10 for a pack of 30 = still way cheaper than buying coffee at Fika, plus no drip cone to clean) Anyway, dinner on Saturday plus drinks ($60), possibility of buying breakfast or brunch on Sunday ($30). I'll throw in the possibility of buying something warm to wear that still looks okay for Saturday ($25) and hell, let's do an extra $20 for miscellany. So if I really went all out and bought all of these things, I'd be looking at a $226 weekend. Hopefully that won't be the case!!