@bgprincipessa You may already know about it, but this looks like it might be a good resource for you! http://www.bmorebikes.com/
@bgprincipessa Where are you located? In Portland (which might not be the most average example) a tune-up goes for around $50, and they would tell you at the time if you need to replace anything. I've definitely left my bike outside for a winter and it's been fine; you might need a new chain if it's completely rusted over ($15-20), and if your seat got moldy or anything you'll probably need a new one ($20-like a bazillion $$ depending on what your butt likes sitting on). A good bike shop will be able to look over your bike real fast and tell you for free if anything looks glaringly terrible.
@shannowhamo I wasn't married, but I got off my dad's plan when I was 24 since it was my one remaining financial tie to my parents, and even though it was more expensive it made me feel like an Independent Grown-Up Person, which was worth more.
@navigateher I think it really depends on the city, and the company, and the field, unfortunately. Some companies on those sites don't show their lower-paying salaries, so it can get pretty iffy. City pay is generally a lot better than small town pay, though.
$75/month (including taxes and fees, I think my actual plan is like $68 or something). AT&T, iPhone 4, the smallest data plan (300MB?) because I spend most of my time around places with wifi, the fewest minutes (450?) because I hate talking on the phone and use like 60 per month max, the smallest text plan which is still like 1000 messages a month. It seems like a lot to me, but it also seems like any cheaper providers don't have very good service where I am (Portland).
So my average is $190 per month according to Mint, and my partner spends about the same or maybe a little less (the old rule was that he bought when we ate out, I bought groceries, but that has slipped quite a bit since he quit his job and we don't eat out as much, plus the Costco card is his so that always ends up being a big chunk every month). I'm going to say it's an average of $85/week total.
I think I still don't understand why LinkedIn matters.
@Leila@twitter Yes! We haven't done it for a while but this weekend we made up for lost time by going to a LEGO ADVENTURE NIGHT at the children's museum, which was really, really excellent.
I was visiting family all weekend so my expenses were pretty minimal because my dad cooked every meal. $1.50 to buy a bag of popcorn for my 7-yo half-brother while we were having a Siblings Night Out on Saturday $23 + $5 tip last night on dinner for two once I got home. $2 on pinball at above dinner place Total: $31.50 but my car is running on fumes from the trip so I feel like I should add the $40 or so in gas that I'm going to get whenever I have a spare second.
My partner and I share a 2-bedroom apartment in Portland, OR and my half of the rent is 17.5% of my gross income, 26% of take home pay (in addition to tax I have other pre-tax witholdings like a 403(b), FSA, and health insurance premiums).