Living in a big city while in school can be extremely frustrating. I love eating out, trying new foods, drinking wine and martinis, but that’s difficult to do on a budget…until I learned about happy hour! Just a few metro stops away from me is Bethesda. I’ve heard they have the most restaurants per square mile in the US. Who knows if that’s actually true, but I’d believe it. Everyday, just about every place there has happy hour. You can search online to look at menus and specials to find the places that suit you best. Personally, I like to go somewhere where I can get dinner (not just drinks) and not spend too much. Most of my friends are done with school and have pretty impressive jobs, so sometimes our differences in budget limit what I can do with them. When I want to see them, I just take charge, find a great place online that is affordable for happy hour, and plan the outing. This way, I get to hang out and enjoy great food, drink, and company without hurting my wallet too much. And even with great salaries, they never mind the savings. Just last night, I enjoyed an amazing pizza topped with goat cheese and crispy prosciutto and a glass of pinot noir for a total of $8…not bad for such an amazing meal! So, wherever you live, go find a great happy hour and enjoy yourself!
I know I haven’t written a post in a long time but I’m really going to try harder to keep new entries coming in. The problem is that I’m so busy that I forget how little time it takes to update this. Even though deep-down I know it only takes five minutes (or ten minutes at the most) out of my day whenever I think about updating I feel like it’s going to be some long, drawn-out process so I put it off. I’ll do better in the future I promise!
Happy August everyone! It’s been a little over a month since I last posted but I am not, contrary to the rumors, dead. It has been a very exciting time for me–I just got all settled down in my new home–Washington DC. It’s a really exciting place so you can understand why I haven’t had much time to blog. More to come!
I have been way too busy packing to move to DC to really have much time for the site. I probably won’t be blogging for at least another month while I get my affairs in order. See you then.
I’m not a computer geek so I’m just now really getting a feel for how WordPress works. My boyfriend was kind enough to set this up for me but I feel badly having to ask for help even though I think the questions I’m asking are relatively advanced. It’s not like “how do I make a new blog”, they’re more like “why can’t edit this or that”. Today I learned about the templates but without a class or two in HTML I don’t think there’s going to be any major changes. I really just don’t like the amount of space between the entries and Id like to get that fixed.
I’ve added some more recipes to the Frugal Recipes part of the site, mostly in the breakfast area. Who doesn’t love breakfast food?
This probably sounds crazy but I miss retail shopping. Up here there is mostly boutique shopping which means insanely high prices that are well beyond my student budget. On the bright side, there is a Filene’s Basement but most of their brands are super-brands; in my mind anything nicer than Express or Banana Republic is a super-brand that falls outside of the regular public’s knowledge of fashion and budget. Even on their discount prices a lot of the jeans were over $120 and that’s just impossible to afford. Oh well.
For some extra money this summer I have been working as a copyrighter. It’s a pretty terrible job–writing manuals for machines and whatnot. Even though Washington is such an expensive city, the pay isn’t really in-step with the costs of living here. The job pays about $15/hr, which is about what it pays in Florida. Everything else in Florida cost about 20% less, so when I moved here I was anticipating being able to earn 20% to compensate for the difference. Surprise!
I was spoiled in Florida. My boyfriend was a Starbucksaholic and I frequently would reap the benefits of his many daily trips. When I moved up here I learned the closest Starbucks was over a mile away and the thought of taking the metro ($4) to get to one was painful. Because of this I relented and bought a little coffeemaker, a bean grinder, and some flavored syrups. When it’s all said and done the total price of one of “my” cups of coffee is about $0.89 but let’s be honest, it’s pretty disgusting compared to SBUX. Oh well, that’s living on a budget.
You would think by not having my car up here I would be saving loads of money on gas. Not so. I of course don’t spend any money on gas, but the price of public transportation is not exactly cheap. I’m able to separate out the fact I’m doing my part for the environment though, so I guess some good does come out of it. I take the metro to the university shuttle every day and that cost $4. That’s about 1.50 gallons of gas. Even if I was getting atrocious gas mileage, I’d still be able to drive the two miles easily for less gas than that. I guess that’s the “convenience” of the metro, even though it’s not as frugal a convenience as you might think.