My girlfriend and I are doing a workout/dinner/sleepover tonight with some friends of ours, then faffing about in their town tomorrow during the day. Cookout/potluck/birthday thing for one of them, gottta buy a present. Then going to girlfriend's grandma's in DE. Coming back to DC Monday night or Tuesday morning. Lots of free food and chilling by the Indian River Bay this weekend. Still, birthday present, road food, miscellany, and a tank of gas mean I'll guess $200.
I would hate to have an open office, but that's in part because in my cubicle I can get away with reading The Billfold and The Hairpin all day on my phone, so... Also, in what universe can conversation not be readily overheard through cubicles? I guess it does make a difference, though.
Congrats on being popular, guys! Can I sit at your lunch table?
@Jake Reinhardt nice! That's a cool benefit.
@echolikebells I guess it depends on what food you want, whether you want hot or cold stuff, etc., but I pack my lunch every day and I'm always really excited to eat the food I bring. The keys for me are making awesome dinners that make for good leftovers, or if I'm just making a lunch, not half-assing it. Crappy bread with a little meat and cheese is miserable; a sandwich on good bread with generous meat and cheese, some Duke's, a little sriracha or horseradish, a bunch of lettuce or spinach, that's a different story. This week I've just been eating a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables all day, but I fucking love fruits and vegetables, so ymmv.
I'd venture $60 to $70 just for me. That includes a produce box that's delivered once a week that I split with my girlfriend. I eat a fair amount of produce, not much meat (at least at home), and don't buy many super-processed foods, though I do have an unabashed fondness for what I call noodle food product. I very rarely buy sodas or other dispensable items, so I feel like I spend an appropriate amount on groceries. On average I eat out (including takeout and delivery) less than once a week.
Friday- $11, Rocklands Barbecue at Truckeroo with my work team and girlfriend (who works for the same company as me, just doing different stuff). Worked out. Got drinks at Park Tavern with girlfriend and a good friend of ours; my girlfriend paid. Saturday- $16.25, my share of Washington's Green Grocer produce box. Worked out in the morning. Drove with girlfriend out to McClean to watch my sister's Special Olympics swim meet with my mom. It was pretty cool, and it was fun seeing students from her program and recognizing them from the play they put on earlier this month. Afterwards my mom treated us to dinner at Moby Dick House of Kabob. The food was fantastic, and plentiful in the extreme. My mom and sister took a bunch of leftovers and so did we. Sunday- $45, Bill's Khakis gingham seersucker shirt on My Habit. I've been trying to up my pretentious/poseury summer shirt game and also have taken an interest in buying US-made clothes, and I was already looking at shirts from this company, happened to notice the deal on My Habit and went for it. My only trepidation is they only had Medium, I often wear Small, and the size chart kind of had me in between. May have to pay return shipping if it doesn't fit. It's also a little weird that My Habit's name intentionally draws parallel to thoughtless actions and addictions, but hey. Anyway, the next shirt I'm going to buy is a US-made madras, because I want to not just be pretentious and poseur-y, but obnoxious. In the afternoon, my girlfriend and I went on a bike ride to Anacostia to see how long it will take her when our offices move there, then rode to the gym, worked out, and biked back home. It was really fun! $54.09, groceries at Shoppers. Got a few things that should last me a while, like oatmeal, which mostly seems to come in gigantic canisters. Total: $126.34 . Predicted $100. I would have been under if not for that sure, but I've been wanting to get some more shirts and it was a good deal that incorporated a number of my wants, e.g. lightweight/cool-wearing, US-made, vaguely douchey. Did a lot of free stuff, cooked with food I had, used services I've already paid for, and also was lucky enough to have people pay for things for me.
I had an expensive week last week, and am planning on buying an engagement ring soon, so I would like to keep it under a hundo. I'll have $16.25 for my share of a produce box, will get TWO DRINKS MAX outdoors tonight, and Sunday may do picnic dinner with some friends. Plus groceries and cleaning supplies. I think I can do it.
@stuffisthings I suppose that all depends on how badly you wanted to die yesterday.