A Week In Queens, NY, On A $90,000 Salary

5:30 p.m. — Out of work and to the subway. I stop at the grocery store to get food for dinner tonight. This morning, I saw the vegetable stand across from the market had 99-cent asparagus! At the grocery store, I get chicken breasts, Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, two bottles of seltzer, two boxes of Uncrustables PB&J (don’t judge, they’re good grab-and-go food and on sale), and two Country Crock butters (also on sale!). At the vegetable market (a 24-hour vegetable market, by the way, I love NYC), I get asparagus and a carton each of sliced watermelon and cantaloupe (all this for under $3). Then I carry it all the two blocks home and set out to make chicken alfredo with asparagus. $27.48

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