Between $40-$45 for just me (no pets).
I'm not a big fan of LinkedIn (or social media where I'm not anonymous) and never got much use out of it. However, I've heard stories where LinkedIn helped them find jobs (e.g. a friend saw that an employer looked at her account, contacted him and got a job because the employer liked her boldness). Guess it can't hurt to have one, assuming that it's in line with the rest of the person's job application materials.
If by "percentage of pay" you mean take-home pay, roughly 40%. Personally, living alone is worth the extra cost.
IMO, a good broker (yes, in NYC they are rare but do exist) is worth the monthly fee, especially if you don't have the time to hunt down every management company and Craigslist listing.
Lunch & takeout: $15 total Groceries: $46 Laundry: $4.50 Did not break the yarn embargo!
@dudeascending Yeah, definitely see that. My first thought was that the tone of some of the comments were like those in the "having it all" post.
@dudeascending I don't think Mike dislikes the guy, just that how he's been presented lately comes across as yet another "you can pull yourself by your bootstraps and be like me" shill (not that MMM is) and that one can do everything perfectly but get screwed. (I don't hate the guy either and thought his WaPo chat today was pretty good. )
At least: Friday Takeout - $12 Laundry - $7 (wondering if it would be cheaper in the long run to get a portable washer and dryer instead?) Groceries - $40 I am hoping to continue to enforce the yarn and needle embargo until at earliest mid to late May.
@TheDilettantista Heh, Spouse-elect also works! (Congrats to your friends, btw!)
@dudeascending But she grew up poor and that made a big impact on her. To me, it seemed like having discretionary income (and, at this point, no kids) represents freedom to her - the freedom to not have to worry about financial ruin, the freedom to (for the most part) get what she wants when she wants it, the freedom to be accepted by people. Yes, she does seem to wonder if there's something more, but she seems happy that she's free to do and buy things that for most of her life couldn't do.