Geez, I never finished my second post before vacation! Here are some things I did, though:
I packed a goddamned bagel. You'd think that'd be easy, but I guess it really wasn't for me the other four times I've traveled to San Francisco. I bought a bag of them for $3, bought some cream cheese, and then put it in a little wax paper bag in my bag. Simple! And saved probably $4 on a bagel.
I also brought some tea bags and my favorite brand of fake sugar (Xylosweet) and just bought some hot water from the airport. Or, rather was gifted some hot water and a cup. Thanks, Starbucks!
Because of the tea, I didn't really need to buy a coffee-like beverage the whole time!
I also brought a tupperware full of muffins that I made. I gave one to my neighbor on the plan and the rest to one of my hosting friends in SF.
I also brought two old magazines and read those on the flight, leaving them in the back of the seat pocket. I hadn't read them before, so they were new to me, but worth about as much as the $4 trash magazines I would've bought anyway.
When I was checking in, I realized that checking a bag would've cost me $30 each way. $60 total! Holy moses, was I glad I strategically packed.
On the downside, I spend $6 on some cut up fruit. STUPID! But I was hungry, needed something quick, fresh and healthy, and so I did it. Next time I'll buy a stupid banana.
The rest of vacation was wonderful: relaxation, hot hot hot moped boys, good eating and lots of Tecate. Yum! Kept it cheap, fun and interesting. Love it all!