A Week In Washington, D.C., On A $40,000 Salary

7:30 p.m. — My friend wants to go out for dinner, but I don’t feel like spending money, so I decline. I take the bus home and make dinner (and several lunches) from my grocery store ingredients instead. I chop up the peppers, onion, and cabbage, and add garlic, a little olive oil, smoked paprika, and red wine vinegar. I add the kielbasa at the end. It’s pretty good!