On Do The Side Hustle

I took creative writing with a famous novelist my freshman year of school. The one piece of advice he gave that's really stuck with me is that day jobs give us fodder for future projects, discipline, and the creative freedom to work on what we want to do vs. what we need to write to pay the bills. For me, the financial/mental stability and routine of a day job helps me get more creative work done.

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm 1

On The Cost of Giving Up Grocery Shopping

This is a super interesting alternative to farmers' markets and CSAs. I got a CSA for two years but not this year, since dietary restrictions made me nervous I would be wasting food. I happen to have a farmers' market a couple blocks away from me, but if I didn't, this would be a great way to buy local and organic.

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:43 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@halloliebchen Love it!

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:36 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@kentuckienne What a nice Sunday! Massages are the ultimate treat =)

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:35 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@RiffRandell That sounds so fun!

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 10:33 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Hello! Went away with my family this weekend. I'm never sure what my expenses will be like during family vacations--as an adult I feel like I should contribute to the cost, whether part of our shared hotel rooms or a meal here and there. However, this time there were 12 of us, so I couldn't pick up an entire tab. Instead I got a few bits here and there, as you'll see below. How do you all spend during family vacations, especially large ones? Thursday: Took the train to my family's house after work in preparation for an early-morning departure ($13 for a one-way peak train ticket >.> ) Friday: Got up at 6 am to drive the 6 hours to our destination (younger brother's college graduation). Once there we had lunch (grandpa paid), went shopping on Main Street ($50 for several poetry anthologies from the local indie bookstore <3 ), and met up with our uncle and aunt for dinner (Dad paid). Back to the hotel (paid for by parents with credit card points), where we used the pool (free) and watched last week's Game of Thrones (free) before sleeping. Saturday: Up bright and early to get in line for graduation. I got Starbucks for my sister and me ($8), stole a donut hole from my youngest brother (free), and watched my Irish twin graduate from college with tears in my eyes! Afterward we had lunch (I chipped in $20 for tip), stopped by an incredible barn sale ($25 for amazing vintage glassware, ask if you want to hear about it!), and had a fancy dinner (grandparents paid) before going back to the hotel. Sunday: Up early again (sensing a theme?) to help brother pack. Got coffee and donuts from Tim Hortons for my dad, brothers and me ($9), then hit the road. Made good time and got back to the city by 2:00 pm. I went to the laundromat only to find it flooded and closed, so I tried an alternate. They wanted to charge me $3 for a new laundry card plus $3.75 for the machine, but I talked them into letting me use the staff card since this was a one-time-only visit. Tipped $1.25 for their efforts. I bought some groceries while waiting for the machine to finish ($15 at grocery store, $5 at corner fruit vendor), then went home, prepped lunches for the week, and collapsed! I'll count this morning's coffee expense on the weekend, too, since my exhaustion necessitated the spending ($5.50). Looks like $155.50 total. Not bad for a weekend, plus I have some new books and increeeedible antiques to show for it!

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 9:02 am 0

On It's Time to Go Grocery Shopping Again

That is some expensive toilet paper. Can you get a better price at Amazon or a drugstore sale?

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 8:49 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@Tripleoxer What a great yard sale haul! My favorite glass pitcher was $1 at a sale over the summer. It's elegant, 40s-era, and the perfect size for watering my household plants and holding a bouquet.

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 9:54 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@PicNic Have you ever been to Drink? It's, like, accessible-fancy, grown-up but cool, and cheap ($12 per drink, flat rate). Very good food, flattering lighting, hot bartenders, a lot of couples but also some singles!

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 9:53 am 0

On Monday Check-in

After spending way too much on food during two days of jury duty last week (seriously, the only interesting thing to do is go for lunch/snacks), I had a pretty low-key weekend. Friday night: $0. Came home and collapsed after a boring but somehow exhausting day of waiting around in the courthouse. Saturday: Groceries and errands. $22 at the farmers' market, $15 at Whole Foods, and $5 at the bodega. It was a pretty gross day so I spent most of it reading soon-to-be-due library books and watching X-Files, then took a walk to the newly open Cooper Hewitt Museum to check out an exhibit on poster design. Free between 6 and 9 pm on Saturday nights! Sunday: $0! Went for a run in the morning, came home to clean, packed a picnic lunch to eat in Central Park, and proceeded to read three books, listen to a few new albums, pet dogs that weren't mine, and mildly burn my shoulders all afternoon. Finished the night with some dinner from the freezer (spring cleaning!) and Game of Thrones. Total is just $42! I did, however, spend something like $40 on breakfasts, lunches, and snacks while at jury duty (and $250 on clothing sales the week before), so not *so* cheap on balance.

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 9:43 am 0