My Last 100 Bucks: Juice Edition

When your bank statement reveals that you just might have a problem.

$10.14—Zoe’s Kitchen “The Tossed Greek” Salad

It was a Friday night and a quick trip to the store with a friend turned into dinner on the way home. He order (and recommended) “The Tossed Greek” salad, so I opted to try the same. It was satisfying, but I regretted not getting one of their giant homemade chocolate chip cookies on the side. Oh, well. The things I will do for a swimsuit-ready spring break bod…

$20.50—Juice Laundry “Coco Verde Bowl” and Coconut + Aloe Vera Water

[Read: amazing hangover cure, while at the same time staying on track for Spring Break]

OK, I know. $10 for water is insane, but wow that stuff is fresh. I could even see flakes of coconut collecting at the bottom of the bottle. All in all, worth it.

$11—Juice Laundry “Blended Brew Bowl”

It was my second day in a row at my favorite smoothie place, so I opted to switch things up. This time I got the BBBl, which has cold brew blended into it. I had a long meeting for my advertising class, so I needed all the energy I could get.

$6.45—Integral Yoga “Açai Berry Energizer”

It was a beautiful Thursday afternoon and my friends asked me if I wanted to take a walk to get smoothies with them. Seeing as it was 75 degrees and the salad I had for lunch didn’t fill me up, I jumped at the chance to go. With a grumbling stomach, I ordered the Açai Berry Energizer. I knew I could count on its protein to fill me up. I was the first one to finish my smoothie by a good 10 minutes.

$22—Juice Laundry “Coco Verde Bowl” and “Blended Brew Bowl”

Before our Friday morning class, my friend asked if I wanted to get breakfast. My fridge was empty except for some week-old asparagus, so I said yes and we took his moped to Juice Laundry to pick up the order I called in. To save time, my friend suggested putting both bowls on one card, seeing as the order had been processed over the phone as one order. Prior to Venmo, I might have asked if we could still pay separately; I’m not a huge fan of IOUs, as I feel like I’m always the one not being repaid. Yet, knowing my friend had the money-transmitting platform, I agreed to foot the bill.

Leaving Juice Laundry, I was conscious of the fact that he didn’t immediately Venmo me, but I didn’t worry because I knew how much he owed, and felt comfortable knowing I could request the money using Venmo in the event that he forgot.

An electronic tally system for the 21st century, Venmo has consistently helped make my day-to-day promises with friends easier. While David Graeber explains the Sumerians (among other civilizations) used “tabs,” which were “notched [objects] to keep track of transactions,” we have the centuries-forward fortune of using technology to directly charge others the amount they owe using a mobile phone app. Between calling my order in and paying easily with a friend, things have certainly gotten easier!

$21.22—Plaza Azteca “Combination #19”

It was a beautiful Friday afternoon and my friend’s parents took us to Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. I was uninformed that she and her parents had already eaten lunch, so I snacked on the cheese plate they ordered. However, being a 3-square-meal-a-day kind of girl, I was absolutely starving by the time we got back. Hence, combo number 19 at Plaza Azteca, complete with a large order of guacamole, queso, and a margarita.

$8.82—Roots Natural Kitchen “The Southern”

After a distgustingly large and unhealthy (yet very satisfying) meal the night before, I decided I needed a healthy lunch. I hadn’t restocked my fridge since throwing away that week-old asparagus, and with an afternoon full of schoolwork to do, eating out was my best bet. When I went to leave the library, however, I was greeted by a torential downpour (the radio called it a microburst, but that remains to be confirmed). At the time it was around 2:30, so I was in desperate need of food, but with a dwindling bank account balance, I couldn’t bring myself to use OrderUp. So, I sat pitifully hungry and waited out the rain before walking to Roots Natural Kitchen to pick up my usual order.

Reflection

Unfortunately this experiment confirmed what I really wasn’t ready to face—I’ve become a little too juice-happy. Within the span of 8 days, I managed to spend $100 dollars on food, with $59.95 being juice.

Looking at my bank statement now, I can’t help but laugh. Each time I pulled into the Juice Laundry parking lot, I told myself, “This is a treat! Spring Break is coming up and that $2 Bodo’s may be cheap, but it certainly won’t help you get rid of the tummy forming from all that late-night pizza.”

Seeing as this “treat” turned into 4 juice purchases and one expensive coconut water, I’m afraid I’ve begun to walk a fine line between what Frederick F. Wherry would call a frivolous and a faithful spender. In classifying groups of spenders based on social constructions, Wherry calls the people our society perceives as frivolous spenders, un-calculating and irresponsible, while those perceived as faithful spenders are calculating and responsible. So, where did that leave me? Here I was, a college student with no disposable income, rationalizing my purchases with a devotion to looking good for Spring Break; but then again, I was carelessly charging the juices again and again with no regard for how the charges were accruing or for the future of my bank account.

Although I hate to admit it (something Wherry points out frivolous spenders avoid doing), I think my juice habit has begun to align me with those society would perceive as frivolous spenders, and a recent text from my mom regarding my bank statement indicated this hunch of mine was right.

In order to break from this, I plan to truly treat juices as treats. According to Robert Wuthnow (quoted by Wherry), if I do this, I will again be perceived as a responsible spender. Sure, I want to look good for Spring Break, but my college-student budget calls for yogurt and a piece of fruit, not an artful blend of kale, acai, spinach, mango, dates, coconut oil and coconut water.

Heading into the rest of my final semester at school, I definitely plan to keep Wherry and this experience in the back of my mind—I certainly wouldn’t want people to perceive me as a frivolous spender as I enter my first year in the real world. Goodbye juice bowls, hello better habits.