On The Work and Money-Related Secret Fantasies of Adults

Also Jazmine really nailed it with the universal desire for someone to selflessly share with you an HBO Go login.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm 2

On The Work and Money-Related Secret Fantasies of Adults

My secret money-related fantasy is every time I call a service provider to complain about how high my phone or internet bill is in comparison to the quality of the service, the person I talk to says, "Yep, let's cut that right down for you, no problemo, lookin' good, hey how about I give you a credit for all the annoyances of the past too." And they never put me on hold.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm 2

On Kids Trick-or-Treating Across Class Lines Makes 1%er Feel Faint

I grew up in a fairly affluent neighbourhood, but would regularly trick-or-treat in a friend's even MORE affluent neighbourhood, where all the houses could be relied upon to hand out full-size candy bars. FULL SIZE. I would do it again, too. Kids go where the good stuff is.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm 0

On The Ethics of Only Selling Clothes for the Very Thin

@ronswansonluva I wonder about that also-- I'm tall & slim and I wear a size 0 or 2, and I can't imagine how girls who have the same build as me but are 5'0 instead of 5'8 would ever find anything that fits them! Clothing sizes for women are weird across the board.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm 0

On How to Stay Married: Splurge on the Honeymoon, Not the Open Bar

Can someone explain to me if a honeymoon is different from just a normal vacation that happens soonish after one's wedding? My fiancé and I have an agreement/goal that we like to take one international vacation to a new place every year, determined by whims and flight deals, basically. So is it a "honeymoon" if it's our first trip post-wedding? Or do we have to do weird stuff like get the hotel staff to sprinkle rose petals on our bed? I seriously am not sure. I imagine honeymoons date back to when travel was more expensive and newly married couples were younger and so it may have been their first real trip together, but now that many people DO travel so much, is it just an outdated concept?

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm 0

On My Debt Problem Began With a Wallet

Oh wow, I loved your first novel. Congrats on the second!

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm 0

On How the Gilmore Girls Do Money

A few comments from a Gilmore Girls-obsessed lunatic: 1. It bothers me immensely that Rory and Lorelei never actually eat the food in front of them. They are always picking at it with their forks and rarely actually consuming it. They are always leaving full plates at Luke's! It pains me to see so many staged cheeseburgers go uneaten. 2. Logan is a dirtbag but I appreciate that he calls Rory out for being a hypocrite when she makes fun of rich people. She is so rich that her grandparents endow a planetarium in her name. 3. The show deals really badly with all the non-rich people. There is no class mobility in Gilmore Girls! No one but Rory gets to go to college: Dean becomes a construction worker and divorcee by age 19 (19!), Lane drops out of college and has two kids and a minimum wage job by 21, the class differences that make Marty sympathetic are negated by the show inexplicably turning him into a crazy person in Season 7. Ugh!

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm 1

On Things I Am Looking For in The Mid-Sized City of My Dreams

@Josh Michtom@facebook Nanaimo, BC actually fits this bill pretty well! I mean, Maeghan, look at this: http://www.kijiji.ca/v-house-for-sale/nanaimo/1265-mcgillvary-ave/1023118033?enableSearchNavigati (I mean only in relation to weather; I only drove through Nanaimo on my way to more fun places, and cannot speak to their culture.)

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm 0

On Money Talks: An Advice Column for Women in the Workplace

@ALady Also at universities I'm pretty sure they'd respond by saying "Well, that might be standard at Company X, but here we can only pay you between these amounts." Because they have unions and standard pay rates for different jobs.

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm 0

On Money Talks: An Advice Column for Women in the Workplace

@wafflez Yes to all of the above, and also keep an eye out for other positions at your university. Being an internal hire is a huge advantage, and a good way to move up to a higher pay grade in a related field. My university is very similar to the above- 2% annual COL raises + 1-3% performance raises per year. I have always thought that was pretty decent, plus it's extremely hard to NOT get a raise-- HR steps in on behalf of employees who are not getting salary increases each year, which is nice if you're an employee.

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm 0