On The Year We Saved $10K: Paying the Imaginary Mortgage

@theotherginger It's doable if you're a single person, but I wouldn't say it's fun. During a few stretches of unemployment I was able to live on ~$30-$40 per week for food, but that felt extremely restrictive to me. I never ate out and I went without a lot of things at the grocery store (most meats, hummus, cereal). Since I was unemployed, I had enough time to walk to the three grocery stores and one farmers market nearby, compare prices, and buy the cheapest items...but this is a weird luxury that no one else in the world has. I also dug pretty far back into my cabinets and used up the random crap that I had bought but never used (bulgur?!). So...yeah, it can be done, but I hope I never ever have to do it again because it totally sucked.

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On How Much Do You Spend on Groceries Every Week?

As a single person, I spend $30-$35 per week on groceries for me and then $10-$12 more for the nights I cook with/for my boyfriend and need a few extra items. So, average $45? ETA: Reading through the comments, maybe this number is really low? I eat out 3-5 meals per week as well. Maybe more? However, those meals are usually a slice of pizza as dinner, or a bagel at a coffee shop as breakfast so I didn't even initially count those as meals.

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm 0

On The Next Generation of Job Seekers

I'll never understand people that hate on LinkedIn. I love having a "professional Facebook" because I certainly don't need my professional contacts or potential employers seeing pictures of my cat or my friend's birthday, but I still want to be able to be connected with them. I'm interviewing for a new job right now and I've scored a few interviews because I'm connected with a recruiter on LinkedIn that seems to know EVERYONE. I never would have been able to get some of these interviews without LinkedIn.

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 2:43 am 2

On What'd You Spend On Your Bed? Like $200? Does That Sound Right?

I can't speak to mattresses because I inherited mine from my best friend when I also inherited her apartment last December. HOWEVER, I ended up buying a cheapo IKEA bedframe and was like ugh about it but it was $49.99 WEL SPENT. It's not creaky at all and I love it. It's this one: http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/80185066/

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm 0

On A Thing About Mothers and Working That Won't Make You Scream

@lemons! In my job, all of my clients leave the office by 5 or 6, but the projects are still supposed to be delivered...so I end up working overtime so that they can see something in the morning. It's incredibly frustrating to talk to some of my clients and realize that they don't understand that I am also a human and not a marketing factory.

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 10:20 pm 0

On Catching Up On 2012's Movies: An MLK Weekend Guide

@Euphemistic Response The House I Live In!! I wish more people would see this because it was really amazing.

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm 0

On Catching Up On 2012's Movies: An MLK Weekend Guide

This Is Not A Film is playing at the Living Room if you're in Portland. I feel like BOTSW was the biggest trick of the year. I hated it AND it made me cry.

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm 0

On Why You Should Shop at Ethnic Grocery Stores

As a (recently) former Philadelphian, this piece is kind of killing me. The Cousin's markets are in actually bad neighborhoods. After eight years of living in Philly, in great neighborhoods and terrifying neighborhoods, I absolutely wouldn't go out of my way to visit Cousin's. There are a ton of Asian markets that I would take advantage of, but their produce was all pretty terrible. Yes it was cheap, but it was also old--even the ones in Chinatown! I would often buy a week's worth of produce only to see half of it go moldy on the second day. The meat was inexpensive, but I and my friends had good and bad experiences (stay away from the fish at Spring Garden Market) (also, when you buy meat, they just hand you the bag with all of the raw meat juices on it). I did appreciate having easy access to the "specialty" ingredients I need to make my favorite recipes, which is something I have yet to find in Portland.

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm 0

On MTV's "Underemployed"

I really thought i was the only person that watched American High. Thank god I'm not alone.

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm 0

On I Fell for Taylor Swift's Marketing Strategy

But it IS on Spotify! (minus a couple of songs, which is par for the course with Spotify.)

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm 0