A Week In Pittsburgh, PA, On A $54,000 Income

8:15 a.m. — Grocery time! I live within walking distance of Whole Foods, Target, and Trader Joe’s, which is so convenient. I start at WF because their produce is the best. I used to sleep with a guy who worked in their meat department (“date” would be too strong a word), and it’s still a little triggering to go in. But I haven’t seen him there in a while, and I’ve convinced myself that he moved away. I eye vegan sausages and peanut butter–chocolate sandwich cookies, but they’re kind of a splurge. I have some canned jackfruit at home and decide a vegan sloppy Joe will satisfy my vegan meat craving. I end up with pita, tortillas, English muffins (the sprouted-grain kind), broccoli, dental floss, onions, an organic yellow bell pepper, tissues, peanut butter, coconut milk, tomato paste, and vegetable bullion cubes. While I’m there, Coffee Date Friend texts me because she needs to reschedule. No bigs! $37.03