Battle 3: Going out vs. staying in
Average cost: $60*
This particular cost is based on five drinks, a shot, plus tips at a mid-range, East Village bar (fine, it was HiFi). Obviously this varies greatly on where you go out, how many bars you hit, etc., so if anything, I’m being slightly modest with this one.
*Price does not include the drinks you definitely forgot you bought with cash.
Average cost: $28.99
If I’m staying in, particularly on a weekend night, I’m ordering Seamless (see “Battle 1”), and chances are I order even more than usual because I have lots of movies to get through. Speaking of movies, Time Warner has a $4.99 rental fee for new releases (Trainwreck did just become available On Demand!), so that’s also factored into this cost.