A Week In New York City On A $77,000 Salary

3 p.m. — I’m done with most of my work and calls for the day, so I run to the grocery store to pick up some chicken. I’m going to cook dinner and pack it up for later tonight to take out to our house, where we’ll be working after work. I get a pack of six organic drumsticks — the rest of the ingredients I need I can rustle up at home. When I get home, I sear the chicken and then add garlic, herbes de Provence, and balsamic vinegar to simmer and reduce to make a sauce. I sauté some haricots verts and peas I had in the freezer. I want to get moving so I can work at the house, so I add a cornstarch slurry to the chicken to thicken it faster. But I was overzealous and made it gloopy. Oh well, we’ll still eat it! I eat a quick slice of leftover pizza, pack up the dinner and dog, and hit the road. $7.84