@Wilgrims Yeah, in France everything is pretty steeply discounted. Museums are free, train tickets are something like 40% off, movie and theater tickets get a good discount too...until you turn 26 and supposedly magically get a well-paying job.
I would say about $70-80 a week for two, depending how much booze we buy. We also order in or eat out about twice a week. Also about once a month I have to buy a few expensive things that don't need replaced very often (cooking oil, cleaning supplies, etc) that can bump it up quite a bit. We cook mostly from scratch and don't buy a lot of pre-made things.
@Bill Fostex Yeah really. I agree with all these tips except that one. That sounds like a good way never to get invited over for dinner anymore. I can understand rotating who brings what to these kinds of events but actually counting all the dollars every time? Also there are a lot of options between edamame and a really elaborate, expensive entree.
I'm relatively indifferent to cupcakes but if I died eating a salted caramel cupcake from Cupcake Royale in Seattle I would die a happy woman. I would even maybe consider paying more than like $5 for it.
@Michelle LeBlanc@twitter Has law school not priced people out of that choice at this point?
I've never noticed a difference between generic and name brand Dayquil or Nyquil? I haven't been sick in a while though...
I have a purse from jototes.com and it's the most multi-functional bag I own. It's fake leather but it's really sturdy, it has a laptop compartment and a bunch of removable velcro padding to put my camera/lenses in, but I can also pull all that stuff out and put whatever I want in it. The shoulder strap is also wide enough that it doesn't hurt my back if I have a bunch of heavy stuff in there. It's rigid and keeps its shape well enough that small stuff doesn't sink to the bottom never to be found again. Also, maybe most importantly, it's not ugly or utilitarian-looking. It might be pointless if you never carry a camera around and it still remains to be seen how well it lasts over time, but so far it's been my favorite bag I've ever owned.
That's a shame you have such bad memories of Bois Colombes. I used to work in Colombes, which is Bois Colombes' seedier cousin.
Mike, your paragraph about dark moments worrying that the next job will never come and resenting your student loans is the spot I'm in now and it makes me feel so much better to know that sometimes the next job comes and people only feel this way temporarily even if they did not go to grad school for pharmacology or engineering.
Wait, I'm confused. Was this a sit-down restaurant with a waiter or a cafe where you get the sandwich from behind the counter? I usually shove a dollar or some change in the jar for those people or for baristas, but I thought the tipping rules were different for them? Do those people also make $2 an hour? (My only food service job was Subway in high school, where we were told to tell anyone who offered us a tip to "use it for their next Subway purchase." I never accepted a tip but I definitely never said that.)