A Week In Pittsburgh, PA, On A $36,000 Stipend

4:30 p.m. — I borrow my roommate’s car to go shop at a local co-op. I’m super grateful that she lets me borrow it once a week for errands! I buy sugar, flour, milk, eggs, butter, brown rice noodles, pasta, sunflower seeds, mustard, miso, smoked salmon, Brussels sprouts, extra virgin olive oil, and cheesecloth ($69.19 with a 2% member discount). I get as much as possible from their enormous bulk section in my own containers. It’s an expensive shop today, but I stocked up on a lot of staples so the next few weeks should be cheaper. $69.19