On My Whole Foods Discount Is the Best—Worst?—Mostly Best

I worked at lululemon, which gives a hefty employee discount- 40% off for part-timers and 60% off for full-timers. Plus 80% off your first $200 worth of stuff to get you outfitted for your shifts. Plus we received a group commission in the form of store credit every time we exceeded our daily store sales goal. The temptation to spend all your earnings at the store was definitely present, and some of my coworkers certainly did. I bought some stuff, but only things I really would use (and still do use to this day). And the stuff is such good quality that it's still going strong, 7 years later.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 11:27 am 0

On How People Do Money: The High Holidays

wow! i'm a lifelong member of the unitarian church and we don't do membership fees. we are just strongly encouraged/expected to make a yearly pledge. i wonder if we would have to listen to fewer sermons on the importance of giving if they just made the giving mandatory ...

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm 0

On Coffee vs Diet Coke vs a Pure, Uncaffeinated Life

another non-coffee drinker/non-caffeinated soda drinker here. people always ask me "how do you do it?!" to which i say SLEEEEEEEP.

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm 0

On Cooking: Secretly The Worst?

seriously, eff this pinterest, instagram, celebrity chef, food-as-performance cooking mindset. it just sets people up for failure. fried eggs on toast is a fine dinner. pasta with spinach and cheese is a fine dinner. and i agree that no one should touch pastry dough on a weeknight, ever.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm 0

On Why Can't Every Doctor Take Every Insurance?

@cryptolect Agreed. And I always feel mildly judged at the doctor's office, sort of like they never really believe anything I say. (and I am a very healthy person!)

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm 0

On Why We Live Where We Live

I never wanted to live in NYC, but I live here because this is where most of my family is and where I had a connection to a job lead that turned into a job. I often wish my family was instead located in a smaller, more livable Western city...

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 9:29 am 0

On Is 75 Enough?

I have a relative who just turned 100 and is still living a very full, rich life. His mobility and memory are not as good as they once were but he just has this irrepressible zest for other people and life in general. Most of his grandchildren are under age 25- had he shuffled off this mortal coil at age 75, he would never have met them and watched them grow. You never know how your life is going to pan out.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 4:06 pm 0

On Our Money Daydreams: Huge Apartments and Bustling Hometowns

Just wanted to say that the "stumbling upon secret room in Manhattan apartment" thing actually happened to me IN REAL LIFE. Granted, it was my aunt and uncle's apartment and not my own, but I once went to return a hairdryer to their master bathroom when staying with them one time and saw a door on the other side of the room that I had never noticed. It was slightly ajar and light seemed to be coming through, so I pushed it open there THERE WAS A WHOLE OTHER ROOM that I'd never seen before. I was floored. Who has a room off of their bathroom?!

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm 1

On It's Not Easy Being Green, Except in Vermont Where It's Mandatory

title instantly made me think of "because a Liz Lemon party is MANDATORY."

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 11:52 am 2

On Our Money Daydreams: Befriending Elderly Millionaires & Finding Bags of Gold

@Worgchef that's... basically what happened to my dad. befriend those ostracized older relatives, people!

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 10:25 am 0