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The Mid-Career Fund-raiser: $150,000
Jack, a 35-year-old fund-raiser for a nonprofit news organization, lives with his fiancée in downtown Brooklyn, in a 1,000-square-foot converted loft that costs $2,000 a month. After rent, his biggest expense is the $5,000 to $10,000 a year he spends on two European vacations. He spends $76 on a monthly MetroCard and has a $67-a-month membership to the Y. His utility costs are relatively low; his landlord pays for heat and hot water, while his Internet, telephone, and cell phone are covered by his employer. He has no cable television, but his Netflix membership costs $45.50 a month (for seven DVDs at a time).

MONDAY
Diet Dr. Pepper . . . $1.49
Regular pizza slice, Ray Bari . . . $2.76
Bedouin Tent dinner delivery ($17.50 plus tip) for two: one lentil soup, one garden salad (served with fresh pita), one small order stuffed grape leaves (stuffed with rice and spices), one order (two pieces) baklava with walnut and cinnamon, red wine, bottled water . . . $21
Total . . . $25.25

TUESDAY
Large iced coffee with milk . . . $2.50
Tube of Mentos (mint) . . . $.85
Bran muffin and regular fountain drink from Au Bon Pain . . . $3.30
Cheeseburger, side of onion rings, order of buffalo wings, two Johnnie Walker Red Labels, two Saratoga sparkling waters, one fountain soda water, for three people total, Cedar Tavern . . . $50
Two 24-ounce Poland Spring “Sport-Pack” bottles . . . $3
iTunes album purchase (artist: Fdel; album: Audiofdelity) . . . $9.99
iTunes album purchase (artist: Hi-Tek; album: Hi-Teknology 2: The Chip) . . . $9.99
iTunes song purchase (artist: Krafty Kuts; song: “Summer Samba”) . . . $.99
iTunes song purchase (artist: Krafty Kuts; song: “The Funk Is”) . . . $.99
iTunes song purchase (artist: Duran y Garcia; song: “Jazz Expression”) . . . $.99
Total . . . $82.60

WEDNESDAY
Large iced coffee with milk and a cinnamon-raisin pastry from the Victory (State and Hoyt Streets, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn) . . . $5
Groceries . . . $9.67
Ki Sushi dinner delivery: edamame, one miso soup, one garden salad, two pieces bluefin-fatty-tuna sushi, two pieces white-eel sushi, one piece uni sushi, one piece botan-shrimp sushi, one Fashion Roll ($54.19 + tip) . . . $60
Total . . . $74.67

THURSDAY
Large iced coffee with milk from Victory . . . $2.50
Bottle of Botalcura Carmenere Grand Reserve (Chile) from September Wines & Spirits . . . . . . . $21.66
Johnnie Walker Black Label (neat) and Red Stripe from Max Fish on Ludlow . . . $9.50
Half of the bill for two bottles of wine (Sancerre and Carignan) at Jadis . . . $60
One pint Harpoon I.P.A. and one seltzer water from Local 138 on Ludlow Street . . . $9
Reuben, small potato salad, diet Dr. Brown’s cream soda, regular Dr. Brown’s cream soda to go, Katz’s Delicatessen ($22.81 + . . . $3 tip to counterman) . . . $25.81
Total $128.47

FRIDAY
Large iced coffee, a ham-and-cheese croissant from the Victory . . . $5.50
33.8-fl.-oz. San Pellegrino, 1.5-l. Fresca, 50.7-fl.-oz. Volvic, Lindemans 750-ml. Pomme Lambic, from deli . . . $20
Total . . . $25.50

SATURDAY
Breakfast delivery for fiancée and self from Fast & Fresh Deli on Hoyt (sausage, egg and cheese on a toasted English muffin, egg whites and tomato on a toasted English muffin, side of bacon, two large coffees with milk, one two-quart-size Tropicana orange juice) . . . $15
One can R.W. Knudsen Jamaican Lemonade, avocado roll, apple, one 20-fl.-oz. bottle Canada Dry mandarin-orange flavor from Sunac Food Corp. (440 Union St., Boerum Hill) . . . $7.28
Two rose bunches (one light red, one slightly orange) from deli . . . $10
Birthday card from drugstore . . . $2.50
Two car-service rides . . . $16
NY Brite cleaning service . . . $100
Total . . . $150.78

SUNDAY
Large hot coffee from the Victory . . . $2
Half a bag of groceries split with fiancée, plus one Sunday New York Times, one Sunday Times of London . . . $20
One bottle of Mexican Coke from Fast & Fresh on Hoyt . . . $1.50
One order chicken-Parmesan entrée (with Greek lemon soup and dinner roll), Salonike Carroll Gardens Classic Dining on Smith Street ($15.50 plus . . . $3 tip; split with fiancée) . . . $18.50
Total . . . $42


TOTAL WEEKLY SPENDING: $529.27


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