7:30 a.m. — Wake up and have my usual: I squeeze the juice of one lemon and add water. I also have half a bottle of ginger kombucha and plain organic Greek yogurt, both of which are from Whole Foods. (I bought these groceries myself. Every once in a while, my mom picks up lemons and/or yogurt for me, and if she makes dinner, I'll usually have some if I haven't bought something already.) The yogurt was actually super reasonably priced (less than $6 for a tub that lasts me all week), and the kombucha was on sale (two for $5). I started drinking it for the first time a few days ago and really like it. I also have a packet of Emergen-C because I've had a perpetual head cold and really need to be on my game today since I'm going to Coachella!
12 p.m. — I make it to the festival parking lot and walk around the hot desert for almost 45 minutes before I find my friends at their campsite. I bring a bottle of rosé and a few cans of beer that I bought at Whole Foods a while back. I get sweaty, and my blood sugar dips while I try to find them, so I stop by a grilled cheese stand. Let the expensive festival food and beverage purchases begin! The sandwich does the trick, and I tip $1. I worked in the food industry to support myself throughout college and bought groceries entirely from my tip money, so I tip whenever possible. $8
2:30 p.m. — My friends and I make it into the festival grounds and I am very dehydrated from drinking too much rosé at the pre-game. I'm aware that I sound like an annoying, basic, L.A., Coachella bitch right now, but let me live! I buy a bottle of water for myself and my friend. $4
3:30 p.m. — Need. More. Water. $2
5:30 p.m. — I get low blood sugar again, so I leave my friends in the Sahara tent to go buy grilled corn on the cob with butter, parm, and yummy seasonings. After, I go into the Yuma tent alone to see some of my favorite underground DJs from the U.K. My friends don't know who they are, so it's fine that I'm solo. The crowd is different, and there's a very welcoming, European club feeling. I feel at home — and not so basic anymore. $5
7 p.m. — I leave the Yuma tent to go to the bathroom and get more water, and I end up walking past a Juice Served Here stand. Still coughing (I can only imagine what I'm putting my immune system through here), I buy a spicy green juice and a bottle of water. I leave a 15% tip. $14.95
8:30 p.m. — I'm hungry again and pass by a trendy burger stand where I order a cheeseburger with fries, then tip 15%. Unfortunately, the burger is served cold. By the time the fest is over for the night, I'm feeling pretty sick, so I end up driving back home. It takes about an hour and a half, but I'm glad to sleep in my clean, comfy bed, rather than in a dusty sleeping bag in a noisy campground. $16.10
Daily Total: $50.05