I have rehearsal in New Jersey today at 1. I’m running late because of the subway, so I skip buying a Dr. Pepper or snack (I had leftover spaghetti for breakfast, yuck) but I do stop to buy my bus tickets at the machine instead of paying cash on the bus. I prefer to do this so I have a receipt for tax deductions although the cost is the same with either method ($6.80). Unfortunately, the machine takes so long I miss my bus. By the time I get to the studio, I’m starving so I buy a Nutrigrain bar at the deli across the street ($1).
On my way home, I pop into Duane Reade to pick up some chapstick, my favorite face-scrubby thing, and something caffeinated. The store is out of the scrubby thing so I grab a Burt’s Bees chapstick and a Dr. Pepper. I don’t realize until I get home that the chapstick cost $4.99 which is ridiculous. I could have gotten regular peppermint chapstick for $2.19, but I really thought the sign under the Burt’s Bees said $2.99. I’m irritated, but I’ve already used the chapstick (which, of course, I don’t even like that much) so I’m just going to suck it up and use the entire tube. Total spent: $6.23
Peanut meets me at the grocery store so we can do our weekly shopping. We plan our meals at the store which sort of works—we can’t think of anything we want for dinner on Thursday so we decide we’ll pick something up that night. I prefer to handle this at home when we can look at what we already have, but it’s late and I’m cranky from an unproductive rehearsal. I also really need to do laundry. It’s my turn to buy groceries, so I spend $24.71 at one store and $9.69 at another to get almost everything we’ll need for the full week of lunches and dinners. We’ll pick up fresh produce tomorrow for the fried rice.
Daily tally: $48.43, $6.80 of which is fully deductible, $1 of which is half deductible