This year, Jamie will be holing up alone in the warmth of her apartment from Dec. 1 to March 31. And who can blame her? The same period last year was the coldest four months in recorded Chicago history, according to the National Weather Service.
Jamie watches what she eats. Nutritionist Hannah Al-Amin, owner of Nutrition that Fits in the Near West Side, developed a menu of three balanced meals and snacks for her. A balanced meal consists of a whole grain, a protein and a fruit or vegetable, she said. The shopping list would cost $127.40, tax, delivery fee and $5 tip included, every two weeks with grocery delivery by Peapod.
Total four-month cost: $1,082.90
SPLURGING FOR DELIVERY
Like most of us, Jamie doesn't cook every night. So two nights per week, she'll use GrubHub to take care of dinner.
Total four-month cost: $1,243.79
For four months, the friendly guy at the liquor store is going to wonder where Jamie has gone. Instead of buying two six-packs of beer per week from the neighborhood bodega, she'll use Chicago-based DrinkFly -- an online alcohol delivery service. Jamie's two sixers of Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin' ale ($12.99) and Sam Adams Boston lager ($9.49) will cost her about $36.43 per week after tax, delivery fees and a 20 percent tip.
Total four-month cost: $619.31
To keep busy, Jamie is going to binge watch television. Like, a lot of TV. She'll pay for a $7.99 per month Netflix subscription.
Total four-month cost: $31.96 (tax included)
Since Jamie isn't going outside the apartment's four walls and her apartment building doesn't have a gym, she's paying for 24 sessions with an in-home personal trainer from Prestige Personal Fitness of Chicago.
Total cost: $1,440
Instead she'll use Washio -- an online laundry pickup and delivery service -- to do the dirty work.
Washio charges $27.99 for 15-pounds of wash-and-fold laundry with delivery, which, according to the company, should last one person two weeks.
Editor's note: Prices are specific to stores and/or websites and are subject to change.