46%. sometimes i hate new york.
I spend 47% of my monthly take-home income on my NYC rent and I always end each month with spare money in my checking account (while also contributing 7% to my 403(b). I think you just need to take a good, hard look at your lifestyle and your values in order to determine what a comfortable percentage feels like. I don't eat/drink out that often, rarely take cabs, don't drink coffee, and pack my lunch most days. I do very much value a sense of home, so I chose to allocate a lot of my income towards living in a non-decrepit place in a decent neighborhood.
Mixed feelings on this. I feel like the multitude of such articles these days leads people to assume my enjoyment of cooking, crafting, etc is some sort of STATEMENT on WOMEN and THEIR ROLES TODAY, etc. It's not. I do it because I enjoy it, and I always have. I took all sorts of art, gardening, sewing lessons as a kid and have continued the hobbies. And that's it- they're just hobbies, fun things to do with my hands outside my desk-bound 9-5 hours.
My sister and I have both (separately) achieved Craigslist success in NYC, but I found that you really have to be ruthless about it. And also have a lot of time on hand- basically spend all day refreshing the listings. If anything seems remotely weird about a listing/person, move on. Show up with all your documents and a checkbook linked to a checking account flush with cash so you can put down a deposit on the spot.
$100 bills = Christmas gifts from grandparents. Tucked into a card.
I feel like you really missed out on a good hover-over text opportunity with that Carrie Bradshaw photo.
I definitely have friends who look down their noses at "junky" food like mass-market sugary cereals but will eagerly pay out the nose for Momofuku's concoctions containing... those exact cereals.
I feel like this is pretty easy for men to pull off, seeing as they pretty much have a uniform by default (for professional wear, that is)- pants and a collared shirt. We women have SO MANY more choices- pants, cropped pants, skirts, dresses... etc. So I think there is an expectation that women will change it up every day just because we have more options. A shirt and pants is pretty much always going to be a shirt and pants, so I see the utility in standardizing it.
@Molly F@twitter Seriously! It almost seems downright subversive these days, the way this magazine taught kids to resist marketing and advertising. And it shouldn't be like that. We should still be teaching kids about spotting bullshit and how to save money- especially in this horrendous economy. Zillions and MUSE magazines were my favorite magazines too. They really had a profound influence on my development as a person- they taught me how to be skeptical about what people are selling to me, but curious about the world at large.