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Monday, April 28, 2014

NYC Consumption patterns: employed vs. unemployed

I've noticed a serious change in my shopping habits in the last few weeks. As an economic major, I thought I'd analyze that data.

Things you consume when you're working a soul-sucking 9-to-5 job in New York City:

They're cheap, they're fast and, in New York, they're gigantic, so you can eat one at 8 a.m. and be full until lunchtime.

Because you had to wake up at 6:45. And you had to be at the office at 8:45. And you're still at the office at 12:45. And if you offer to go get fancy coffee for your boss, you can have a blissful 10-minute walk at 2:45.

Overpriced soup from Fresh&Co
At $5 a cup, still cheaper than anything else you can get for lunch in Midtown.

Always an appropriate office conversation topic. Helps you decide when to take your made-up errand walk.

The classy way to forget your day.

Over-the-counter sleep aids
Because you've had six cups of coffee today and need to wake up at 6:45am tomorrow.

Things you consume when you're unemployed in New York City:

Because you have time to eat at your own house in the morning.

Because you have time to prepare your own hot beverage in the morning.

Scratch-off lottery tickets
Better chances than sending off a resume. Less painful rejection than sending off a resume.

It's Monday afternoon and you've got nowhere to be.

Ben & Jerry's
Screw you, Editor Pants.

Things you consume regardless of your employment status in New York City:


  1. That pizza looks amazing and now I want to come to NYC and devour pizza with you.