On How To Get Our Belongings of Questionable Worth Across The Country

@Wanita We used ABF Upack two months ago to move stuff from Portland to southern California, which is about 1000 miles. We used 21 feet of space in the 28 foot trailer though so it cost a small fortune... about $2300.

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm 0

On How To Get Our Belongings of Questionable Worth Across The Country

Just chiming in to say if you need movers in Portland to help you unload call Portland Movers Ready. A few months ago my husband and I had one day to pack all of his mom's stuff from three storage units onto an ABF truck and the original movers were a no call/no show. We found these guys on Yelp and they were there within an hour, and loaded everything super carefully and tied it all down inside the truck. Nothing broke in transit... including super old antique furniture and paintings. Then my sister used them a month later to move into a new place in Portland. I'm not affiliated with them, just very happy to have had a good experience with movers since all you usually hear is the horror stories! Good luck!

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 7:13 pm 1

On Living by the Microwave

@alpacasloth Not that I'm trying to diminish your article! Solid article, great ideas but I just really love my dessert. I brought my lunch today but spent $2 on double choc. chip cookies. But I justified it by forgoing the morning latte that I really wanted (but didn't need).

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm 0

On Living by the Microwave

"You’ll also never be just hungry enough to splurge on dessert, with either your calorie count or your wallet." LOL, okay. Maybe if you're... a robot. I don't eat dessert because I'm still hungry. I eat it because my brain wants sugar!

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm 0

On Clothes Are in the Top 5 Most Important Things of My Life, Maybe Top 3

Also big YES to only shopping alone or with my mom.

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm 0

On Clothes Are in the Top 5 Most Important Things of My Life, Maybe Top 3

I relate to this so much. Except I probably have at least 60% of my closet that I never wear. And some of it is junk that should go to Goodwill, but a lot of it is somewhat nice, I just never wear it. Which makes me feel extremely guilty. My new shopping problem is buying stuff on etsy/craigslist and thrift stores for my wedding. Glassware, tables, funky bottles, old suitcases, really old books... I know I can rent all this stuff (and I probably will rent some of it!) but I just LOVE the thrill of the hunt and getting a deal. Flea markets, garage sales, etc... that kind of shopping is my crack.

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm 0

On When Things Fall Apart: The Cost of Divorce

@steponitvelma @ThatJenn You guys both make good points. We will definitely have to work with a lawyer on all this stuff. California has a gift tax exclusion for transfers made between spouses but we would have to see how it would affect the mortgage if he just added me to the title. We agreed going into this that at some point when we are married it wouldn't be fair for me to just be paying rent and that I should get some ownership in the house. But figuring out how to do that (we can't refinance with both of us because my credit isn't as good and wouldn't get us a very good rate) has raised some legal issues.

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm 0

On When Things Fall Apart: The Cost of Divorce

@@fo Thanks for the advice. The mortgage is through a local credit union so there's a loan officer we can actually talk to.

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm 0

On When Things Fall Apart: The Cost of Divorce

@@fo Yeah, and that's essentially what we're trying to figure out. We both agree that it's not fair for me to just be paying rent. Is it fair for me to be added to the title but not be on the mortgage? I don't know. Stuff is complicated.

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm 0

On When Things Fall Apart: The Cost of Divorce

@spectacularisms Yeah, I've done some very basic research and if my fiance and I do decide to get one we will definitely go the "hire a real lawyer(s) and do it right" route. But I'm asking because I'm currently in a situation that you and other commenters discussed above... I live with my fiance in a house that he bought while we were already dating but in his own name. I didn't put anything toward the down payment but I am helping to pay the mortgage. The reason we didn't buy it together was I was unemployed for a few years and then working as a temp at the time and have a lower credit rating than he does, so I knew I wouldn't qualify for the loan. I guess a lot of people think that's naive. I knew the risks going in.

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm 0