I live in Kentucky and am not ashamed. Louisville's actually a really fun city right on the edge of booming, where there are a lot of things happening but it hasn't gotten expensive (yet? ever?), and there is also room to "grow" arts-related organizations, etc., which is a priority for my husband. Our families are both from here and it makes life pretty easy, if busy. And the connections in a place you have roots CANNOT be beat. I've gotten a side gig related to my creative field just on the merits of my own character, without internships, a harrowing search, or really even formal credentials, and the camaraderie you gain with people with whom you have places in common (schools, neighborhoods, etc) goes far in networking and getting jobs. Husband and I HAVE talked about packing it all up and moving to NYC if after a certain period of time he has no luck with the job search. More realistically, we'll end up in a tiny college town somewhere, though I hold up hope that it won't be far from our families.
@halloliebchen My husband is an avant-garde composer and Berlin's a really (like REALLY) good place to make money doing what he does, actually! I said "Fine" if the dog can get a visa.
@pinches Their bakery section is incredible! What I miss most are their baguette deli sandwiches, and their candy aisle, of course.
@Erica Some cereals really get more delicious that way, like shredded wheat. Now I'm sounding like the weird one!
@coastalelite @chickpeas akimbo Me too, depending on when it is (i.e. NOT Saturday morning)! If 10 p.m. on Tuesdays wouldn't totally put me past my bedtime, I would go at that time every week and use it as therapy.
@Erica My husband has cereal every day, to the point that, if we're out of it, he'll go to the grocery store to buy more rather than have toast or something, haha! What I find weird is that he has it without milk.
I used to LOVE grocery shopping when I had more time in my life, but, since I moved back to my hometown, family obligations, work schedules, not having Wegman's, and the dog have gotten a little in the way of the slow trip up and down the aisles selecting what I'll have for the week and playing with the nail polish, etc. You know, discretionary spending. Now, I generally have exactly a 2 1/2-hour window on Sundays to get the week's shopping done, so I do have my list of things I need to get, and I only get My Things. I do generally make a list of what we normally need (stuff for egg sandwiches on weekend mornings, my daily work diet of a granola bar of some sort, a banana, and Greek yogurt for breakfast for me, Cheerios and a banana for the husband, either tuna-and-crackers or peanut butter and an apple for lunch,a turkey sandwich on wheat and an apple for the husband almonds, string cheese, and oranges for an afternoon snack for me, peanut butter crackers or a cereal bar for him, Diet Coke, coffee, something small and sweet for dessert), and then the stuff for a Budget Bytes recipe for the week's dinner (we make a HUGE batch), which I used to make on Sunday but now make on Monday. My game plan is, first Aldi for everything I can find there that's on my list, and then Meijer or Kroger for the rest. My one splurge is yogurt, because I love pomegranate Chobani yogurt and Stonyfield Petite Creme, so I get a variety. Since our wedding we've tried to keep it under $50 a week.
@DalelyDale Get better! Also Swedish shoes forever.
I'm having a pretty grouchy Monday morning, but it's my last week at this job, so that's exciting! I may not be estimating much in the future, because I was promised I'd be verrrry busy at my next position. Friday: Panera lunch/ didn't get dinner till after 10 so we had to go to a really expensive place because it was all that was open nearby/ treated our houseguest to dinner: $73 total Saturday: Breakfast: $8, gas on way to friends' town: $30; shoes at the best discount shoe store in the WORLD: $55 (unanticipated, but I got two pairs of new work shoes, one of which was a pair of Clarks brogues that a friend described as "marshmallows for your feet"). Went to a festival with @DaleyDale, who got me free VIP passes, which got us Diet Coke, beer, and fruit snacks, $0! Once home, we spent $40 on dinner and drinks. Sunday, coffee was $3, groceries $46. My grandma sent me $20 so I frivolously spent it on a new wristlet (cash doesn't count, right!? It was $12). Weekend total: $255. $100 more than anticipated. :/
@HelloTheFuture Yours look like they're not made of Croctonite or whatever mine are made out of, so that could be key! Foot sweat is weird. I hadn't experienced it since the '90s with all those terrible, weird incarnations of synthetic fabrics and various "chunky" platforms.