I swear I am not trying to dissuade you, but do look into the many articles about Portland's ready-to-blow rental and housing market. I am sure it seems affordable compared to Brooklyn, but the market for both rental and housing stock is super, super tight and it's only going to get worse. That three bedroom house was probably gone in five minutes, and probably someone offered above the asking rent. (And Airbnb isn't just bad for New York, it's bad for Portland. I've used it myself, but I do always feel uncomfortable about it. http://www.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2014/10/07/coming-tomorrow-mayors-office-sets-proposed-rules-for-airbnbs-expansion-to-apartments-condos)
While we're on the subject of stuff readers want, have you thought of doing a reader survey? I'd be fascinated to see summary stats on what readers earn, what they have in savings, debt, industry (maybe?), etc.
I am working really, really hard to not buy lunch anymore. (Last week I went the whole week without getting lunch out!!) But my favorites are a local burrito spot where I get a burrito (usually sans shell for caloric reasons) for six bucks. There's also a veg BBQ food cart where I get enough for 1.5-2 meals for eight bucks. When I'm feeling especially hungry and spendy, there's an Ethiopian buffet that's ten dollars and so, so good though I spend the afternoon in a food coma.
Mike, bless you for buying 1989. That is adorable. Friday I spent $15 on wine and beer for the weekend (and a special beer for our upcoming anniversary). We went to a pumpkin carving party and did not BYOP. Oops. Saturday I spent $6.50 at my library's used book sale. Last year I spent $25, so I count this as a success. I also spent $6 on a burrito. Sunday, I went grocery shopping and spent $55. $82.50.
I typically compromise and wait to see movies at the second-run theater, where they are $4 and come out a bit before the DVD release. (I meant to do this with Obvious Child, but I never got around to it, unfortunately.) Some movies, I'll pay full price for. I try to see most of the Oscars Best Picture nominees in advance of the awards, but usually at least some of them are out on DVD or at the second-run theaters.
I think we need a photo of Mike in the rainboots. I live in the PNW and typically my (half-price) Marmot raincoat does alright. (Along with my penchant for hibernation during the eternal rainy months.) My feet are almost always wet, though, which sucks. I approve of Zuckerberg's pretty normal house. (Photos here for others who haven't seen it before: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mel45efdk/mark-zuckerbergs-backyard/)
My car was broken into a couple of years ago. My Raybans ($100) were stolen, along with my boyfriend's ancient iPod that only worked on his equally-ancient dock. I repurchased the sunglasses about a year later and no longer keep them, or any other valuables, in my car. My laptop was stolen from my bag, which I was sitting with, in Barcelona. I ran after the guy yelling Ladron and an undercover cop helped me find it where the thief had stashed it.
The Oregonian is especially crappy because of recent transitions. They're now delivering just four times a week and the paper is tiny (it's tabloid format now). I don't subscribe to any papers. I dream of one day subscribing to the NYT, though I never plan to live in NY. If I move back home to Florida, I'd subscribe to the Tampa Bay Times (ne St. Petersburg Times), one of the great local papers, in my book.
FREE HEAT?!!? Jeals.
I didn't do an estimate. I felt like money was flying out of my hands this weekend. Friday, I bought a couple of things at the grocery story ($5)and we went to dinner with another couple. Our share (and part of theirs) was $35. Saturday I stayed inside and read all day for Dewey's Readathon, so happily I didn't spend any money. Sunday, we went on a fall excursion to Halloweentown (St. Helens, OR). I found cheap gas outside the city, so I filled up ($26). I grabbed a snack for $3 and we had dinner out. My share was $13. Total: $82