@germanwordfor_kichererbsen I don't know if it's because I don't work with young people, or because my office is in a post-industrial wasteland and food options are limited, or what, but I'm baffled that so many people here have coworkers that are so judgemental about bringing lunches. If I had a tip, it would be bringing appealing-looking lunches with lots of colors, which is often good for you anyway. Tuesday I had a bunch of cherries, a sliced cucumber, apples, a salad, and an orange, and one of coworkers said "you always seem to have the best lunch!"
@AitchBee yes, exactly! You win. The moral dimension is really interesting to me. I think it's true that some people haven't taken the time to prioritize and consider how little expenditures add up, but if they have and small daily comforts win out over big-ticket items in their cost-benefit analysis, who cares? I say this as someone who packs his lunch every day and makes tea in the office pantry microwave.
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.