Well, I’d say that the first week of freedom was a success! I am happy to report that every single day I had some sort of social or fun activity planned, and was able to save a decent amount of money even when having some one-off expenses (looking at you, female grooming tax). Here’s another week in my life – unfortunately, with a ~busy~ calendar I’m way too lazy to cook and meal prep when I get home (usually around 10 PM), so that will just have to be for another time (perhaps next week). A little disappointed at my overall money spent on eating out this week, but hey it’s summer!
Sunday, August 14
9 AM: Today I blocked all day off for one of my greatest friends EB as she was visiting the city from Philly for the day. I first had breakfast with M’s parents before they left for the weekend before meeting up with EB for a later brunch.
12:30 PM: Walk on over to the Whitney, as we were looking for as many air-conditioned activities to do today as possible because of the heat wave. Spent a few hours browsing around – I have a corporate membership so we get in for free. $0.
3 PM: Wander around Chelsea Market for a few hours before EB has to catch her bus to Philly 😦 We get ice cream at a creamery that she’s been wanting to go to for a while. It’s exceedingly sweet, but not bad for a hot day. $7.
Sunday total: $25.
Monday, August 15
Nice to be back at work again! I bring food for breakfast and lunch.
5PM: Bought tickets for the Blue Lagoon for my upcoming Iceland Trip! $73.95 each including transportation. Iceland is apparently really pricy…but at least it’s beautiful.
8 PM: Stop by Modell’s to buy a Yankee’s shirt for the game tomorrow. $15.
9 PM: Buy some chicken at Fairway for the next few weeks. $12.17. M says I should eat dinner and makes me potstickers.
Monday total: $101.12
Tuesday, August 16
Forgot breakfast again (sigh), so bought a coconut cream porridge from the cafeteria. At least I brought lunch! $2.17
2 PM: Meet up with friend for networking coffee. We get bubble tea instead. $5.
6 PM: Pick up some burritos for dinner for 2 to bring to the Yankee’s game. $16.75
Tuesday total: $35.92
Wednesday, August 17
I’m not sure why but I was super hungry today…therefore my food spending was out of control.
10 AM: Breakfast. Walk over to Bluestone Lane, which is nearby since I’m working in a different office today, and order the AvoToast. Feta and tomatoes cost an addition $1.50 each, sigh. While the toast is pretty, I instantly cry while eating it because I could totally have made it myself… $11.01
5PM: Get too hungry and realize won’t have time to eat dinner tonight. Grab some pad thai from a store that has its grand opening today and most things were 50% off as a result. Unfortunately pad thai was not one of them. It’s mediocre. $9.20
7:30 PM: The Junior Women in Banking group at my work organized a great night out at Lincoln Theater for the Mostly Mozart festival to see Joshua Bell perform. We even had a champagne reception during intermission with the violinist himself. AMAZING! $0
10 PM: Take a cab back home across town. $13.55
10:30 PM: Pick up milk and bread. $4.28
Wednesday total: $47.30
Thursday, August 18
That waffle really saved me! I should really make the effort to walk into kitchen and make some breakfast again. Starting tomorrow…
Noon: Oops, plans of eating leftover pad thai went down the drain. Met up with a friend for lunch at @Spot, for some affordable Vietnamese food. $12.
Friday, August 19
7 PM: pick up gift for roomie’s birthday. I’m such a good friend 😉
8:30 PM: bday dinner at 99 Favor Taste. Birthday girl eats for free!! Everyone else is $25.99 for all you can eat hot pot.
10 PM: meeting, so have to skip the rest of bday festivities. Sad for me, good for wallet.
Hike gets cancelled because of pouring rain. I finally get some time to myself today as a result. I meal prep, clean my room, organize my files, get caught up on some work, etc. As much as I love plans, it was the PERFECT day. Spent $10.18 in the morning on some groceries.