My Last Hundred Bucks: Wine, Bus Tickets, and Interest
by Rachel Krantz
$100! It is a lot of money, and yet, it is also not a lot of money at all. Where did your last hundred bucks go, Rachel Krantz?
$14.14: Jumbo bottle of Yellow Tail pinot. My mom’s visiting for Passover, and we’re going to need it.
$13: Two NJ transit bus tickets for us to go to Jersey for the seder. When my mom says she’ll pay me back, I laugh. A man at the ticket machine next to me launches into a lecture on being sarcastic. When we walk away he screams after me, “You only get one mother!” I scream back, “Don’t I know it!”
$15.75: Bistro Les Amis. I meet an ex, now a friend, during my intern lunch break. He suggests this bistro, because he has a real job and likes how they scrape the breadcrumbs off paper tablecloth. I order a salad and water, and this is what it costs. We split the tab. I recall why we broke up.
$4: Laundry machine. A double load because mom is still here. Eye-rolling and wine stains aside, I really do love her.
$53.89: Auto debit to Sallie Mae. This is the minimum interest payment for just one of my student loans. It doesn’t even pay any pay into the premium. I’m working on getting unemployment deferment, along with possibly a noose.