I've been in no-spending mode for what feels like months in anticipation of moving, and the week is finally upon us! I spent about $150 on luggage for my trip and will be flying to New York for a week of fun times (and SPENDING noooo) before landing in Pittsburgh to try and make a go of it.
This is an unadvertised benefit of vegetarianism. One's available dishes are never the most expensive! Zero guilt!
I got through two rounds of interviews at Twitter, and I've always been convinced it was my funny and individualistic cover letter (which I actually spent less time on than my boring cover letters, since I feel like I understand modern internet culture a hell of a lot better than corporations and nonprofits) that got me noticed -- my qualifications were nothing special. Then again, they didn't hire me in the end, and here I am commenting through their service anyway, so I guess in the end the sucker is me. But maybe the lesson is write the letter you want to write? Especially if it doesn't matter anyway?
Surprisingly little given the kind of weekend it was. The best night of the Arrested Development-but-less-funny living situation I'm in came up on Friday: Mom's book club dinner party, which means me, my sister, and our dad take a field trip to my favorite tavern to pig out and get mildly drunk, Dad's treat. Plus hella fancy book club leftovers in the fridge when we come home. Saturday I was tempted to break my spending freeze for a pedicure, but luckily for my bank account that didn't work out. A friend and I have an annual get together with lots of food and booze and I was expecting her in the afternoon, but because she got extremely lost she arrived too late and tired for us to go out, which meant I only spent $48 in grocery preparation. Sunday was the cutest and goofiest parade ever - for my hometown heroes and "third best in the world!", the Petaluma National Little League team - during which I did spring for a $2 ice cream cone, and afterwards picked up some more groceries for probably not more than $16. And I don't think I spent anything on Monday, preferring to spend my days off in pajamas watching baseball, so under $75 isn't too bad I guess. (I am a couple days late on rent and my monthly IRS installment, however.)
I love Joanna Newsom AND staying in my room with the door closed! And I respect your sponge game. I would however follow you around turning off lights when you leave the room, and secretly hate your laughy friends.
Good talk. Can we get a baseball team high fives procession line up in here?
I feel this.
@ElBlynx I've been wondering about this! In a fit of planning I looked up "high yield" savings accounts the other day and was confounded to learn that the best I could do was earn one dollar for every hundred. Um.
A cool $0. Saving continues apace (as do plans to spend it all in a month).
I don't think the point of aspirational media is to encourage you to go out and buy cheap knockoffs. That's the practical result, but I'd argue that the POINT is to sell the fantasy of sophistication and high disposable income to the average reader, to make them feel emboldened/entitled to think they could have such nice things realistically, to grease the wheels of capitalism, and -- in the case of women's fashion, anyway -- to assure readers that normal people like them shell out several hundred dollars for staple pieces (like the little black dress, the great blazer, the gorgeous boots) that they can build numerous outfits around with cheaper accents -- so why not this reader? The point of aspirational media is to sow distaste for living within one's means, not find fun ways to look fashionable on a budget.